If You Don’t Build Tech Skills Now, You’ll Hate Yourself Later with Laura Berrocal (Ep. 20)

If You Don’t Build Tech Skills Now, You’ll Hate Yourself Later with Laura Berrocal (Ep. 20)

Ms. Laura Berrocal has a decade of experience working in strategic alliance and partnership building at both the national and local level. She currently serves as Director of External Affairs at CTIA, where she manages the association’s grassroots, grasstops and third party relationships and develops communications strategies to educate communities about CTIA’s work across the wireless and tech sector.

Prior to CTIA, she served as Vice President of Public Policy and Legislative Affairs for Net Communications, where she led the development and implementation of comprehensive legislative, business development, and communications strategies for Fortune 500 companies and industry trade associations spanning the tech, telecom, media, health, and energy sectors. In previous roles with the Pennsylvania State Senate and national and international organizations such as the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council, the National Puerto Rican Coalition, and Third World Network, Ms. Berrocal has provided public policy counsel in the areas of technology, minority entrepreneurship, energy, education, and health, as well as developed results-driven communications and educational campaigns.

Ms. Berrocal has appeared as a guest on HuffPost Live and Fusion TV and her work has been featured in publications such as Minority Engineer Magazine, Fox News Latino, and Politic365. Ms. Berrocal serves as a Contributing Writer to media company Silicon Valley Latino and sits on the Board of Directors of the National Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Advisors of the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council. She also serves as an advisor to Intuit’s Latino Outreach Advisory Group and a member of its Diversity and Inclusion Work Group.

She holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from The George Washington University Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration (TSPPPA) and a B.A. in Political Science from Temple University.

In this episode we discussed

  • How the tech and wireless sectors stack up when it comes to diversity and inclusion
  • Why building tech skills NOW can help avoid regret later on
  • The critical role of spectrum in wireless competition
  • The single most important success factor Laura has maintained, no matter what

Resources

CTIA

Michael Mandel, The California/Tech Info Boom: How it is Spreading Across the State (Progressive Policy Institute, 2015).

Jennie Allen, Restless: Because You Were Made for More (Thomas Nelson, 2014)