On this episode of Hazard Girls we welcome Diana Iracheta to the show. Diana is the Founder of Latina Engineer, an organization she founded in 2019 and who’s mission is to empower Latinas in Engineering by providing educational and professional development resources. Diana sits down with Hazard Girls Host Emily Soloby and shares her experiences and obstacles as a Latina in engineering, her inspirations and what it took to grow the Latina Engineer network to over 10,000 women in STEM around the world.
Sn 5 #15: Diana Iracheta – Founder of Latina Engineer and A Strong Advocate for STEM
Emily received her BA in Women’s Studies and JD from Temple University. Early on, she worked as a legal advocate for women in domestic violence cases. After practicing law, Emily began working on the business side of things. She is the co-owner of AAA School of Trucking, a truck and heavy equipment safety training firm, which she has spent the last 10 years growing into a thriving national business through government and military contracting and corporate partnerships.
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Diana Iracheta is an active advocate for Latinas in Engineering. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Northern Illinois University, and works as a Manufacturing Engineer, focused on Automation design at Amsted Automotive.
Diana founded Latina Engineer in 2019, now with a network of over 12,000. She shares her journey and creates resources for students and young professionals in hopes to increase the representation of Latinas in Engineering.
In 2020, she launched the first International Latina Engineer Week conference. In 2021, she started the Diana Iracheta Foundation NFP to create scholarships for minorities in STEM.
Diana has shared her expertise to large audiences at various international events such as CIIMM Congreso by Instituto Tecnologico de Hermosillo. Diana was Keynote speaker for SHPEtinas Region 5 Conference 2021. She received the ICCTA Pacesetter award in 2020 and is a contributing author in Hispanic Stars Rising: A New Face of Power.