Name: Amanda Llerena
Company: The silicon valley organization
Title: Program & Events Coordinator
How long have you been a part of The SVO?
For about 9 months!
Why did you choose to work at The SVO? What about what you do keeps you here?
I love that The SVO works hard and passionately to help the people of the Silicon Valley get engaged and connected with their community, local businesses, local government and people. We are a strong voice with valuable knowledge of our surroundings, and serve as a huge hub of information and resources that allow people to become more informed citizens and well-rounded employees.
What was your first job like?
I worked in retail ... at Hollister folding clothes in the dark, with loud music, spraying perfume on clothes …
Describe your current job.
My current job today is about going around in the local community to learn about new spaces, venues, restaurants and businesses. It is through these efforts that I am able to meet new people and create new partnerships that translate into the monthly events we put on for all of our members. The best part is creatively brainstorming events and opportunities for the Young Professionals of the Silicon Valley to get engaged in each month. I get to connect with new people and organizations to put on events like professional development seminars, community service projects and networking mixers.
What has been a “career high point” for you thus far?
I have been in love with San Jose my whole life, so proud of the city I grew up in. However, now more than ever in my life am I finally becoming a true San Josean. The SVO has been an important part of my career by keeping me connected and informed about my surroundings, the people, the businesses, local government and much more.
What words of advice can you share for other professional women working in the Silicon Valley?-
“Keep on learning because life will never stop teaching.” This is a quote I live by. The world will continue to evolve. Now faster than ever, and it is important that we keep up, work hard and continue to absorb new knowledge so we may have wisdom later.
On August 26, 2017, Women’s Equality Day is celebrated across the nation. To celebrate, The SVO is highlighting some of the women who choose to make their mark in Silicon Valley business - SVO members & SVO staff - through the SVO Women series.
Every week, we will have new SVO Women profiles on members and staff. Follow along on social media: #SVOWomen
READ THE SERIES
- SVO Women: Joan Escover, JP Graphics
- SVO Women: Cat Uong, Sr. Public Policy & Workforce Development Manager - SJUSD
- SVO Women: Susan Ellenberg, Sr. Director of Community Development
- SVO Women: Janikke Klem, Tech CU
- SVO Women: Kelly Peaton, Director of Education and Workforce
- SVO Women: Mariana Faerron-Gutierrez, Tico Coffee Roasters
- SVO Women: Mayra Flores De Marcotte, VP of Communications
- SVO Women: Geri Wong, Newmark Cornish & Carey
- SVO Women: Lina Guzman, Executive Assistant & HR Administrator