9–10:30 am ET

Cisco Webex



Paving the Way for Women in Technology in Central America

On February 16, AS/COA and Portafolio Inmobiliario bring together experts for an invitation-only program to discuss ways to close the region's tech-sector gender gap.

9–10:30 am ET

Cisco Webex




In partnership with Portafolio Inmobiliario, AS/COA will host a roundtable discussion on the existing gender gap in jobs in Central America's technology sector, and about the fundamental role of girls' education in this matter. How can early education help bridge the gap in this industry? What trends and opportunities exist in Central America's tech sector for women to succeed? What are the persistent issues that pose the biggest challenges?

The program aims to discuss the role of education from an early age as a tool to reduce the existing gender gap in technology. It also seeks to discuss how the private and public sectors could work together to better prepare women for positions in the tech field.

This program is part of our Women’s Hemispheric Network.  


  • Alejandra Alpízar Cordero, Manufacturing Manager, Intel Corporation
  • Jessica Bedoya, Chief of Staff and Chief of Strategy Officer, Inter-American Development Bank
  • Ineke Geesink, Country Manager, Costa Rica, Microsoft 
  • Miriam Manrique, General Manager, Central America, Uber
  • Michelle Aybar, Managing Director, Girls in Tech, Dominican Republic; Co-Host, Dominicans en Tech (moderator)

This roundtable is private and by invitation only, and will be held in Spanish.

Event Information: Alexia Braun | abraun@as-coa.org
COA Corporate Membership: Miranda Gastelum | mgastelum@as-coa.org
View a list of COA corporate members.


Alejandra Alpízar Cordero
Manufacturing Manager, Intel Corporation

Alejandra Alpízar Cordero is a manufacturing and supply chain professional at Intel Corporation with over 18 years of experience in multinational companies and more than 10 years in management positions. Cordero has practical experience as a senior leader in manufacturing, new...

Michelle Aybar
Managing Director, Girls in Tech

Michelle Aybar is the managing director of Girls in Tech, a non-profit organization that she founded in the Dominican Republic to help increase female representation in the field of technology.

She has a degree in business administration with a specialization in systems...

Jessica Bedoya
Chief of Staff and Chief of Strategy Officer, Inter-American Development Bank

Jessica L. Bedoya is the chief of staff and chief strategy officer at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Bedoya is the primary advisor to the president on matters of institutional strategy and investment policy, while leading the bank’s operations. She has extensive...

Ineke Geesink
Country Manager, Costa Rica, Microsoft

Ineke Geesink is an executive with a career spanning more than 20 years at Microsoft. Last year, she took up the position of country manager for Costa Rica. In this position, she oversees the impact of the business within the country and manages Microsoft's national plan...

Miriam Manrique
General Manager, Central America, Uber

Miriam Manrique became general manager of Uber Central America in January 2020. Since then, she has worked toward one of Uber's main objectives: creating opportunities through movement. In addition, Manrique has continuously abided by the app's commitment to security and...

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