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5 things I learned organizing a conference on healthcare for Latinos

In less than one month! Sometimes, we are unaware of our own strength, and do not acknowledge how resourceful creativity can be!

Last May, I organized an entire successful conference for 150 people in less than one month, without knowing even where it was going to be. And organizing means: speakers, reservations, media, communications, marketing, website, posts, catering, and most important people! I have organized events before, like a TEDx Women, also without much time, resources, neither experience. But this time it was different, it had to make a change, the topic was really important.

How I came up with all that? Here the 5 things I learned from organizing a conference:

1. Find resourceful and efficient people

This means, I knew I have a team of people finding speakers. All I had to do was confirm them. Sounds easy, but that requires a whole new approach to busy, very busy people, to respond to things like “you are assigned to 1pm, but it may change” and still have them respond. Persist. As you work and fill with things to do, you will surround without notice, of the most resourceful and responsive and efficient people.

2. Keeping a list of everything

And that’s exactly what I mean, everything. Eventually, you will have so many things on your plate, that you better know the status of each one of those things. And this information will be so resourceful later.

3. Be creative

People are too busy, and your may not be the first thing on their priority list. So, create a newsletter, send them videos, photos and show them how important is this conference is. Create a cause, and prove it’s worth attending. I created from a Facebook event, flyer, newsletters, and blog posts. I also worked with the community in creating a

4. Be patient

I tend to be such a perfectionist, this is an important lesson learned. People don’t necessary know what to expect, they only know what’s on the agenda, so if the food is 10 minutes late than your 30 minutes in advance, nobody will notice it, just enjoy the party.

5. Be grateful, report, and share

Contact back the people you worked with. After this exhausting experience, I reached out to every single person who helped putting all together. Which brings the other important point, report. Make a report, it may be used by your boss, but in fact, it will be more useful for you. Knowing how it went is very important, and you will be able to improve things at any upcoming event. And add that to all the resources that you have, from newsletters, videos, stories…

Let’s do weeweechu….a merry Christmas wish

It’s a romantic full moon, when Pedro said, “Hey, mamacita, let’s do Weeweechu.”

Oh no, not now, let’s look at the moon!” said Rosita.

Oh, c’mon baby, let’s you and I do Weeweechu. I love you and it’s the perfect time,” Pedro begged.

“But I wanna just hold your hand and watch the moon.” replied Rosita.

Please, corazoncito, just once, do Weeweechu with me.”

Rosita looked at Pedro and said, “OK, one time, we’ll do Weeweechu.”

Pedro grabbed his guitar and they both sang…..

“Weeweechu a Merry Christmas,
Weeweechu a Merry Chris tmas,
Weeweechu a Merry Christmas,
and a Happy New Year.”

I just got this from a colleague, Feliz Navidad!!


“haz lo que te hace feliz”

Xirimen es un ingeniero, artista innovador y talentoso. De origen ecuatoriano, vivió en Madrid desde los 3 años de edad, cuando su familia decidió poner rumbo y dar a los tres hermanos un mejor futuro. Xiri creció en un entorno familiar y lleno de cariño, con las dificultades que conlleva ser emigrante. Siempre ha sido un joven optimista y con un profunto talento artístico, que le llevó a formar parte del Cream Kingz/Madrid Kingz Flava como b-boy. Un arte que desarrolló desde los 13 años de edad.

Xiri ingresó en una de las universidades de mayor prestigio en el ámbito de la ingeniería en España y Europa. Llevado por su pasión al sonido y a la música, estudió ingeniería en telecomunicaciones en la que obtuvo varios honores. Durante sus estudios, Xiri experimentó con Turquía en el programa de Erasmus Mundus. Y al graduarse, decidió ampliar sus conocimientos en el resto de Europa.

Xiri-Men, cómo saliste tan innovador? tan maduro? tan alegre? tan inteligente?…tan bueno en todo?

Contigo estoy Xiri, pensando en ti todo el tiempo mi hermano. Siempre pensando en esas profundas conversaciones y tu lecciones sobre la felicidad. Cuánto me ha enseñado. “Haz lo que te haga feliz”

Prometí no cantarte este año, pero quiero rendirte un homenaje. porque eres grande, y es lo que se hace a los grandes.

Feliz cumpleaños.


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Software Engineer with a MSc on Telematics and Information Systems, with a wide experience in relevant institutions in the software area from testing, to programming, training and also project management. Interested and focused on Information Systems based on Web and databases. With an attentive personality and outstanding communication skills in both Spanish and English. Read here some of the things Monica has underway.


01/2014 – Present Program Coordinator. Johns Hopkins Centro SOL. Baltimore, MD (USA)

07/2013 – 01/2014 IT Specialist, Sharepoint Consultant. Community College of Baltimore County – CCBC. Baltimore, MD (USA)

08/2012 – 02/2013 Assistant Professor. State University from Southern Manabi – UNESUM (Ecuador)

06/2012 – 07/2012 Software development consultant. CCBC and ELITEIAS (Maryland, USA)

03/2010 – 11/2011 Incidents manager and IT service desk. Telefonica International Wholesale (TGS) (Madrid, Spain)

09/2009 – 11/2009 Information system consultant. United Nations Headquarters (NewYork, USA)

02/2008 – 03/2009 Software analyst, GIS developer and project analyst. Polytechnic University of Madrid, Latingeo (Madrid, Spain)

02/2008 – 12/2008 Web site designer. Autonoma University of Madrid UAM (Madrid, Spain)

10/2006 – 04/2007 Information Systems designer and programmer (Expert on mission). United Nations, UNDP (Ecuador)


MSc Telematics and Information Systems, Rey Juan Carlos University (URJC), Spain

Software Engineer, Technical University of Madrid (UPM), Spain

IT Database Certificate, C. College Baltimore County (CCBC), USA

About me

<Monica/>Graduated as a Software Engineer from Polytechnics University of Madrid (UPM) right after participating as Expert on mission in Ecuador under the UNITeS Program created by the UN. Become a Master’s student at Rey Juan Carlos University (URJC), during her studies was awarded as UN intern at the UN Headquarters in NY. During this period, the project for international cooperation in Bolivia she created with another colleague was awarded by the X UPM Calls for funds in Madrid. She graduated then as a Master on Telematics and Information Systems. She gained experience and improved her skills during and after her studies in areas such as IT Management, Project Management, Standards, Programming, Teaching, Communication, Interpersonal, Entrepreneurship, Organizational so on and forth.

She is dynamic, professional, openminded, committed with her tasks, and with the fact that a better world is possible through education and technology. Love her profession, her family, her friends, music, a good book, hiking, breathing fresh air and a city with parks and trees. Time is an investment in any of them.

<philosophy/>She believes that a good (woman) engineer knows a bit about a lot, and a lot about everything (she knows).

Self-taught, hardworker, responsible, flexible, envision a world really connected. Want to be in the Network? I’ll help you!

Autodidacta, trabajadora, responsable, flexible, que imagina un mundo realmente conectado. Quiere ser parte de la red? Yo puedo ayudarle!

tamoja is the energy that makes everything easier, fantastic and worthy, is the water that fills the cup when it seems empty. tamoja is challenge and power, consciousness and professionalism, failure and learning, family, love, light, joy, commitment…life, spirit.

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Monica en Puyo, Ecuador