Countless women today continue to face various forms of personal tragedies, such as domestic violence, sexual abuse, discrimination, gender bias, inequality, and poverty brought about by uncontrollable circumstances such as a pandemic. Empowering these women to confidently overcome adversities and exercise their inner creativity to survive a season of crisis is one of the most important commitments of the Pareja Family Foundation, an organization committed to providing tools and opportunities for women and minorities to become leaders and increase their earning potential.
“We are helping women escaping domestic violence, women who have lost their businesses due to COVID-19 and young, energetic kids that live in low-income neighborhoods just like the one I grew up in,” co-founder and President Ariana Pareja explained.
The Pareja Family Foundation’s core programs are the Women Who Lead and Breaking Bias. Women Who Lead is a one-on-one mentorship program that is designed especially for small business owners, executives, managers, and industry experienced individuals where they get to share valuable experiences that others can learn from. Breaking Bias, on the other hand, is an apprenticeship program that is uniquely created to serve disadvantaged minorities who have not had the privilege of experiencing a proper college education. The program helps them jump-start their careers in some of the most sought-after companies in the technology sector and even the federal government.
The vision of the Pareja Family Foundation is to ensure that the technology industry accommodates employees that represent the dynamic demographics of today’s generation. Co-founders Leo and Ariana Pareja are both children of immigrants who went into the real estate industry. Over the years, they have successfully explored finance, brokerage, and tech and have recently managed to raise over $40 million in venture capital for their tech company. Their latest venture exposed them to see how the tech industry operates. It was this venture that inspired the Pareja family to establish the Pareja Family Foundation, a 24-week tech boot camp that prepares women and minorities for the necessary skills demanded by tech companies.
The co-founders believe that all women and minorities deserve a shot at making something out of themselves within the tech industry with the right tools, training, and guidance. Regardless of their socioeconomic background, they, too, deserve an opportunity to make a name for themselves in a very competitive line of business.
“The entire tech industry is changing. More and more companies are no longer requiring a 4-year college degree and the old antiquated idea of hiring people based on what college they attended is no longer a thing. The opportunity to enter the tech space is no longer limited by someone’s ability to afford college, which opens up the career path to a whole lot of folks who have been previously left out.” Leo Pareja revealed.Find out more about the Pareja Family Foundation by visiting its website.