“Women need women, and not just any women, inspiring women” with those words in mind Laurie McGraw, a successful professional with a thriving career in leadership positions at both high-growth commercial companies and nonprofits, launched the Inspiring Women podcast on March 8th, 2021. For the past five years, Laurie has been serving as a Senior Vice President at the American Medical Association and one of her greatest passions over the years has been working with many women, as a mentor, coach, or friend, to support, challenge or even inspire.
Through her “Inspiring Women Podcast”, Laurie shares weekly with her audience short-form interviews from women who are at the pinnacle of their careers and inspire women who are just starting out. She believes that women need to hear the stories, the advice, and the guidance from other women as they navigate their career paths and try to make a positive impact in the world.
On that note, on April 26, Laurie invited Maritza Diaz, Chief Executive Officer and founder of ITJuana—a technology services company based in the San Diego area that enables customers to create technology centers of excellence in Tijuana—as a key speaker on her podcast. Maritza shared her mission to impact people’s lives by generating jobs through her company; jobs that are not only developing the Cali-Baja Region but also aiding to solve problems of the future, like developing technology to advance the remote-working need that is growing due to COVID-19.
Over the past seven years, Maritza has established herself as a thought leader in the cross-border collaboration field within the software industry between San Diego and Baja California, paving her future and setting a great example as a strong and inspiring woman. Her mission resides in developing the San Diego-Baja California area to create a Tech Hub Mega Region. Her vision is supported by a combined population of more than 7 million, which makes the Cali-Baja region one of the largest population concentrations along the U.S-Mexico border. Thanks to its unique cross-border integration, experience in manufacturing, R&D, and IT/Software development, Maritza is rooting for the area’s unique qualities for the relocation of global and bi-national business investments, as well as its transnational culture and high-end binational pool of talent.
Far beyond the importance of ITJuana in the Cali-Baja Region, the company’s mission to establish full gender equality with a 50-50% ratio of employees’ genders stands out as a beacon of hope for women’s rights within the industry. Maritza’s great strength is an inspiration to all. In her closing words, she gives this advice to other women out there trying to open their way in the business world:
“Think of yourself as a professional that can deliver and that can be trusted, if you do that, there’s really nothing that could get in your way.”
To listen the full interview click here: https://bit.ly/3ve9D18
ITJuana is devoted to serving fast-growing, high-value market sectors that contribute to the growth of the Cali Baja region. With a Nearshore model, working with the highest quality software engineers, data scientists, and creative designers from across Mexico and Latin America, ITJuana enables companies to create world-class software engineering centers of excellence in Tijuana, MX. For more information visit www.itjuana.com