Slugs & Scones Morning Meet-Ups

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Slug & Scones Morning Meet-Ups


May 21, 2024
8:00–10 a.m.


UCSC Silicon Valley Campus
3175 Bowers Ave, Santa Clara

Slugs & Scones Alumni Meet-Up in Santa Clara: 
Unlocking Latinx Leadership


What is "Slugs & Scones"?

As we continue fostering connections within our alumni community, we're thrilled to announce the next installment of Slugs and Scones, Morning Meet-Ups. This quarterly event series aims to bring together our Silicon Valley alumni, offering opportunities to expand your local network while providing avenues for continued learning and support.

May's Theme: Latinx Alumni of Silicon Valley 

This edition of our quarterly gathering aims to spotlight the rich contributions and diverse experiences of our Latinx alumni in Silicon Valley. From groundbreaking innovations to influential leadership roles, our Latinx Slugs have been instrumental in shaping the landscape of Silicon Valley and beyond.

Join us for a morning filled with networking, inspiration, and community building as we hear from UCSC alumnus Ron Gonzales (Kresge, ‘73), current President and CEO of the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley and former Mayor of San José. 


  • 8:00 - 9:10 AM: Registration, coffee, light breakfast 

  • 9:10 - 10:00 AM: Welcome and Introduction, Keynote Presenter     (6 - 8 minutes), Q&A, In-Person Mingling 

Lisanna Dominguez

​Ron Gonzales (Kresge, ‘73), President and CEO of the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley, has over 50 years of experience in technology and public policy. Before his current role, he founded Presencia, LLC, providing marketing and sales consulting services. Ron served as Mayor of San José from 1999 to 2006, leading initiatives for

strong neighborhoods, improved education, and affordable housing solutions. He championed the extension of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) to San José, earning the nickname "Mayor BART." Previously, Ron worked at Hewlett-Packard and served on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors and the Sunnyvale City Council. He has received numerous honors, including Silicon Valley's Top 100 Influencers and the Character Award from the Boy Scout Council of Santa Clara County. Currently, he serves on the boards of the Silicon Valley Capital Club and KIPP Northern California Public Charter Schools.

Ron will be introduced by UCSC Latino Alumni Network (LAN) co-chair Guadalupe Sanchez


Guadalupe Sanchez (Crown, ‘13), a first-gen UC Santa Cruz grad, has devoted her career to education. With experience in college recruitment from UT San Antonio to UC Scout, she now directs recruitment and retention at St. Lawrence Elementary and Middle School, prioritizing holistic student growth. Beyond her role, she advocates for education with the University of California Chicanx Latinx Alumni Association (UC CLAA) and sharpens her leadership skills through Toastmasters. In her downtime, she treasures moments with her fiancé, finding balance in both her professional and personal pursuits.


Please register to confirm your attendance. Feel free to arrive in the morning at your leisure. While we've indicated times, your presence, whenever suits you best, is warmly welcomed.

We look forward to seeing you at Slugs and Scones, Morning Meet-ups - Latinx Alumni of Silicon Valley Edition.

Our event is a celebration of diversity, bringing together individuals from all walks of life. It is designed for anyone who values inclusivity, open-mindedness, and a sense of community. No matter your background, ethnicity, gender, or beliefs, you are welcome to join us in fostering connections, understanding, and shared experiences.

Tuesday, May 21 at 8:00am to 10:00am

Silicon Valley Campus
3175 Bowers Avenue, Santa Clara, CA 95054

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations

Invited Audience



Professional Development



Alumni Engagement, Professional Education, University Advancement
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