San Antonio Women in Tech Who Can Speak at Your Next Event

By Iris Gonzalez
A woman at a laptop, image courtesy #WOCinTech Chat via Creative Commons license.

San Antonio has talented women working in many disciplines of interest to our growing tech industry. When it comes time to organizing your next tech panel or event, we hope you consult this list of over 130 San Antonio women who are at the top of their game and can add their voices to the discussion about the tech industry.

Who are these women? Over 50 are founders or co-founders of tech or biotech companies in San Antonio. Many are entrepreneurs, software engineers, infosecurity and other cybersecurity professionals, data scientists, IT analysts, biotech professionals, tech-focused lawyers, marketers working in the tech industry, and other tech-focused experts who are a part of San Antonio’s tech ecosystem.

Luckily, we got a head start with the list of San Antonio Latinas in tech Amanda Keammerer and DeAnne De Cuellar assembled in 2019. Latina women are underrepresented in the world of tech. Looking at STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) jobs more broadly, Hispanic women comprise a startling 2% of all science and engineering positions. 

We added to that initial list of 40 women the names of more San Antonio women working in tech. We’ve alphabetized the women-in-tech speaker list and added links to LinkedIn profiles. We encourage you to look at LinkedIn profiles for more information on that person’s background.

This is our first time publishing such a list. If we missed anyone or need to correct something, please let us know. We’ll keep this list updated as submissions come in and share it on a regular basis. 

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San Antonio Women in Tech

  1. Adriana Andrade, Technical Recruiter, Peyton Resource Group
  2. Stacey Alvarado, Vice President of Business Development, P3S
  3. Esme Araiza, Marketing Strategist, FunnelAI
  4. Nyssa Arcos, STEAM Education Consultant, EduTechSpec
  5. Susan Ashmore, Development Director, FIRST Robotics
  6. Kori Ashton, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Founder, WebTegrity
  7. Katy Aucoin, Founder and CEO, Dearduck
  8. Lara August, CEO, Robot Creative and TechStars Super-Mentor
  9. Mariana Barham, Social Network Analyst, Bexar County
  10. Jordana Barton, Senior Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
  11. Bonnie Baskin, Founder, Science Mill
  12. Staci Beane, CEO and Co-Founder, Tekgration
  13. Nicole Beebe, Director, The Cyber Center for Security and Analytics at The University of Texas at San Antonio
  14. Kamilah Beltran, Founder and CEO, ADO Digital
  15. Kimberly Britton, CEO, EPIcenter
  16. JoAnn Browning, Dean of College of Engineering at The University of Texas at San Antonio
  17. Christine Burke, Director, Commercialization & Technology Transfer at The University of Texas at San Antonio
  18. Mariana Cano, Sales Development Representative, Inspired eLearning
  19. Sarah Ann Cantu, Director of Marketing, Qualaroo
  20. Anastasia Carter, Manager of Business Development, IT Net Pros  
  21. Deborah Carter, Director, Bexar County Economic Development
  22. Bianca Gonzales Cerqueira, Co-Founder and NovoThelium Co-Founder, Neuroscience Data Analyst at KBRwyle Science Technology & Engineering Group
  23. La Juana Chambers Lawson, President and Board Chair, San Antonio African American Community Digital Archive and Museum & CEO and Founder Tacit Growth Strategies
  24. Stephanie Chandler, Corporate Partner and head of Jackson Walker law firm Technology Section
  25. Magaly Chocano, CEO and founder, Sweb Development
  26. Monica Cholico, Software Developer, USAA 
  27. Vanessa Garza Clark, Chair, Computer Information Systems and Security Program, Our Lady of the Lake University
  28. Veronica Colon, Cyber Analyst, IPSecure
  29. Lauren Cornell, CEO and Co-Founder Novothelium and Fellow at the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research
  30. Adrienne Cox, Chief Operating Officer (COO), Port San Antonio
  31. Louise Craig, Experience Architect, City of San Antonio
  32. Angel Crockett, CEO and Founder, Inflow
  33. DeAnne Cuellar, State Director, Texas, Older Adults Technology Services (OATS) & Senior Planet Center
  34. Amy Daali, CEO and Founder, Lucea AI
  35. Crystal Darby, Business Advisor, UTSA Small Business Development Center
  36. Lynda Y. de la Viña, Director of the Center for Global Entrepreneurship and professor, UTSA, and co-founder of Operational Technologies Corp
  37. Joyce Deuley, pre-accelerator program manager, Geekdom
  38. Cat Dizon, Co-Founder and COO of Active Capital
  39. Teresa Evans, COO, Trauma Insight
  40. Amanda Fernandez, Assistant Professor Department of Computer Science Vision & Artificial Intelligence Lab (VAIL), UTSA
  41. Andrea Figueroa, Executive Director, Martinez Street Women’s Center
  42. Dana Fisher, Project Manager, UTSA SBDC Technology Commercialization Center 
  43. Priscilla Fuentes, Director, Application Development and Strategy, HOLT CAT
  44. Heather Hernandez, Strategic Innovation Director in PNC Claims Innovation, USAA
  45. Mariana Rios Holguin, Family and Community Engagement Specialist, CAST Tech High School
  46. Stephanie Garcia, Business Development Coordinator, Port San Antonio
  47. Jess Garza, CEO, Earth Class Mail
  48. Marina Gavito, Innovation Business Development Director, USAA
  49. Brielle Insler, Co-Founder Duable and former Digital Director for Julián Castro campaign
  50. Cristal Glangchai, CEO and Founder, VentureLab
  51. Paula Gold-Williams, President and CEO, CPS Energy
  52. Christina Gomez-Terry, System Integration Manager, Plus One Robotics
  53. Illeana Gonzalez, Activator, TechBloc
  54. Iris Gonzalez, Board of Directors, Building a Purpose
  55. Janie Gonzalez, CEO and Founder, Webhead
  56. Maggie Guist, Data Science Curriculum Director, Codeup
  57. Erica Salinas Hakim, Corporate Recruiter, Accenture Federal Services
  58. Jessica Hazelrigg, Director, Platform Threat Defense at USAA
  59. Sara Helmy, Founder and CEO, Tribu Branding & Digital Marketing
  60. Marsha Hendler, Founder and CEO, TerraFina Energy
  61. Aaryn Hernandez-Smith, Director, Innovative Services, VIA Metropolitan Transit
  62. Kay Jones, CEO and Founder, Moxie Professional Development
  63. Sujatha Kamma, Chief Strategist and Co-Founder FunnelAI
  64. Amanda Keammerer, CEO and Founder, Javilud LLC and Vice President of Cybersecurity and Director of CyberSecurity San Antonio, San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
  65. Kate Kinnison, R&D Director, City of San Antonio
  66. Jacqueline Kuykendall, Design and Innovation Consulting Lead, Deloitte
  67. Robin Laine, CEO and Co-Founder, Transect
  68. Elexus Liggins, Moki and Outreach Coordinator, School’s Out Hackathon
  69. Andi Littlejohn, Energy Incubator and Accelerator Program Director, EPIcenter
  70. Monique Long-White, Technology Commercialization and Research Economist, UTSA Institute of Economic Development
  71. Laura Lopez, Product Owner, HEB
  72. Linda Lopez-George, Director, Research Partnerships and Business Development, UT Health San Antonio
  73. Amanda Loredo, Test Engineer, COLSA Corporation
  74. Charlotte-Anne Lucas, CEO and Founder, NOWCastSA
  75. Ell Marquez, Community Architect at Linux Academy and Jupiter Broadcasting
  76. Liz Maya, COO, Codeup
  77. Cindy McClister, CEO and Founder, DC Industries
  78. Lisa McComb, CEO and Co-Founder, Rectify
  79. Candelaria Mendoza, Smart City Coordinator, City of San Antonio
  80. Elaine Mendoza, Conceptual Mindworks CEO and Chair of the A&M Board of Regents
  81. Evangelina Mendoza, Executive Director of Information Technology, San Antonio ISD
  82. Ina Minjarez, Texas State Representative House District 124  and Attorney 
  83. Caroline Mora, IT Instructor, St. Philip’s College
  84. Anna Morton, Founder and CEO, Morton Gestalt
  85. Jennifer Navarrete, Founder of National Podcast Post Month (NaPodPoMo)
  86. Gabriele (Gabi) Niederauer, President and CEO, Bluegrass Vascular Technologies
  87. Jianwei Niu, Interim Academic Director of School of Data Science and Associate Dean of University College, UTSA
  88. Susan Swearingen Oelsen, IT/Cyber Workforce Development Employer Relations Coordinator, Project Quest
  89. Edith Orozco, Dean for Academic Success, Applied Science & Technology, St. Philip’s College
  90. Clarissa Renee Ozuna,  Lead Insights Research Analyst, USAA
  91. Lettie Ozuna, Systems Engineer/Lead Associate, Abacus Technologies
  92. Angelica Palm, Marketing Director, The Bank of San Antonio and founder of the Bank’s San Antonio Business Heroes Podcast
  93. Rhia Pape, Research and Development Specialist, City of San Antonio
  94. Edith Pena, Senior Lead Technologist, Booz Allen Hamilton
  95. Debi Pfitzenmaier, CEO and Founder, Youth Code Jam
  96. Cynthia Phelps, CEO and Co-Founder, InnerAlly
  97. Cherri Pitts, User Experience Researcher, iHeartMedia
  98. Debra Placette, Technology Attorney, Chief Legal Office at USAA
  99. Susan Price, CEO and Founder, Firecast Studio
  100. Allison Pyle, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Co-Founder, WaterFleet
  101. Clarissa Ramon, Government and Community Affairs Manager, Google Fiber
  102. Pamela Rachel, Director of PR & Marketing, IPSecure
  103. Roxanne Ramirez, CEO and Co-Founder, CNF Technologies 
  104. Heena Rathore, Vice Chair of IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) chapter and Assistant Professor in data science at UTSA
  105. Bethany Reese, director, TechQuarry
  106. Bianca Rhodes, CEO and Founder, Knight Aerospace
  107. Jeannette Robinson, Account Director of Investor Relations, Blue Lake Capital
  108. Emily Royall, Smart City Coordinator, City of San Antonio
  109. Duvelza Saenz, Lead Associate Cyber Operations Intelligence Analyst, Booz Allen Hamilton
  110. Nikki Salas, Cyber Intelligence Fusion Analyst, Bitdefender
  111. Torii Salinas, Operations Manager, Geekdom
  112. Kathryn Salts, Data Scientist, CyberFortress
  113. Sarah Sanchez, Executive Vice President of Global Development, San Antonio Economic Development Foundation 
  114. Katherine Sanchez-Rocha, Executive Director, Alamo Academies 
  115. Tori Santos, Director, Claims Modernization at USAA
  116. Ravae Shaeffer, Coordinator III, Strategic Partnerships and Innovation, Education Service Center, Region 20
  117. Liz Simpson, Founder and CEO, Stimulyst
  118. Megan Smith, Founder, M.V. Smith Political Strategy
  119. Bethany Stachenfeld, Co-Founder, Sendspark
  120. Ann Stevens, President, BioMed SA
  121. Melanie Tawil, CEO and Co-Owner, SwipeTrack Solutions
  122. Tiffany Teixidor, Marketing Manager, New Horizons Tech Workforce and Career Development
  123. Estrella Torres, President, Cyber Tigers, St. Philip’s College
  124. Tiffany Tremont, President and CEO, Silotech Group
  125. Melissa Unsell-Smith, President and Co-Founder, Rectify
  126. Rosa Elleni Vargas, CEO and Founder at Obsidian Partners and INNOVAPP Design Thinking Facilitator at Centros Tecnológicos Comunitarios
  127. Jill Vassar, Director of Development and Partnerships, EPIcenter
  128. Bria Woods, Executive Producer of Digital KAVU-TV and Founder of Glo App
  129. Stefanie Young, CEO, iNNOV8 Place
  130. Maria Zannes, CEO and Founder, bioAffinity
  131. Alejandra Zertuche, CEO and Founder, Enflux 

Did we miss someone? Know a woman working in tech in San Antonio who should be on this list? Post a comment below and connect with us on LinkedIn. We’ll update this list with your additions.

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  • Bonnie Baskin, PhD, founder of the Science Mill in Johnson City, would be a great addition to this list.

    Founder and Chair of the Board of the Science Mill, Bonnie Baskin is a career scientist and business entrepreneur who founded and served as CEO for two successful bio technology companies – ViroMed Laboratories, Inc. and AppTec Laboratory Services, Inc. – which she led to acquisitions by larger public corporations. Among her current and past board memberships are the Minneapolis YMCA, the Minnesota Biotechnology Association, the University of Minnesota Office of Technology Commercialization Advisory Board, and Affinity Ventures IV and most recently the Texas Regional Collaborative for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching. Her many honors and recognitions include the “Entrepreneur of the Year / Minnesota and Dakotas” award and being a 2012 inductee of the University of Minnesota YMCA Hall of Fame. She has a home in Johnson City.

    The Science Mill is a family destination offering a fun, interactive learning environment for all ages. Through cutting-edge technology-based exhibits, games, and programs, the Science Mill expands students’ understanding and appreciation of science in their everyday lives. By igniting their curiosity and inspiring them to pursue post-secondary education, the Science Mill experience starts students on the path to a life-long career in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

  • La Juana Chambers Lawson, Owner & Principal Consultant of Tacit Growth Strategies, LLC and President and Board Chair of the San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum

  • Considering the conversation I feel it is important to showcase that Black women in this city have been repeatedly marginalized, especially in tech. This list holds a lot of weight – yes. However there aren’t ANY Black women or Afro-Latinas listed and it makes me question the types of representation we (as a sisterhood) are putting forward. Of course the national climate gives Black women their due respect, news surrounding accomplishments is easily searchable. But to see a list like this, that stresses diversity and inclusion but is solely made up of White and Hispanic women, I’m dismayed and offended. And while I’ve heard EVERY excuse on why Black excellence is not spotlighted in San Antonio, the most articulated being “the percentage of African Americans in the SATX population is amazingly low” – but I’d think that would make it easier to seek and spotlight industry innovators. A few women I feel can lend insight to the diversity, inclusion, and integrations of San Antonio’s tech scene can also include: Tuesdae Knight, SAGE | Tiffany Tremont, Silotech Group, Inc | Me, EHCÜ Public Relations (we’ve led in procuring digital news, leveraging analytics to increase community involvement in campaigns) | Kamilah Beltran, ADODigital.com | Paula Gold-Williams, CPS Energy | Bria Woods, a tech GENIUS creator | MaCherie Sims, corporate digital marketing extraordinaire | Liz Simpson, Stimulyst | Phallon Doss, Doss Audiology. All of whom have been published, cited, degreed, awarded, referenced, and invited to address large crowds. Google them – invite them – we belong here too.

    • Avatar Iris Gonzalez

      Christian, thanks for the submissions. In developing a comprehensive listing of anything– startup resources, the ecosystem map, this list — the first iterations will always have gaps. I’ve had to learn not let the fear of debuting a less-than-perfect first draft prevent any efforts to build a comprehensive listing that benefits everyone.

      I welcome submissions from our engaged community to build an up-to-date list of accomplished women in tech for everyone to consult. Keep the names of female leaders in tech coming!

  • I would be happy to be added to the list. I’m Angelica Palm and I lead the marketing and digital strategy for The Bank of San Antonio and The Bank of Austin. I created a podcast called San Antonio Business Heroes, highlighting our city’s entrepreneurs and use digital to tell our brand story.

  • I would like to be added. I’m Angelica Palm and I lead the marketing and digital strategy for The Bank of San Antonio and The Bank of Austin. I created a podcast called San Antonio Business Heroes, highlighting our city’s entrepreneurs and use digital to tell our brand story.

  • Hi Iris, I’d like to recommend Tiffany Teixidor, Marketing Manager for New Horizons Career Development. She’s super passionate about connecting with young adults about how to get started in IT or the workforce with the support of NHCD’s professional certification scholarships.

  • I’d be happy to be added to the list. I launched and lead NOWCastSA, an online-only journalism startup that is a lot like a local CSPAN. I’ve taught digital media literacy, web development, livestreaming and all of the ancillary technology, with an emphasis on ethics and transparency. Of NOWCastSA’s 36 interns over the past ten years, 51% are women and 75% are nonwhite. My first intern manages editorial video for the print and digital team at Cosmopolitan.co.uk, and another intern was the videographer for the New York public library.

    • Avatar Iris Gonzalez

      Added you to the list! Charlotte, we should meet up and discuss the challenges of digital journalism, especially with local coverage. It’s a battle worth fighting.

  • Avatar Louise Craig

    Thanks for including me (and thank you Susan Price suggesting my name). I’ve recently changed positions at the City. Please update my listing to Louise Craig, Experience Architect, City of San Antonio.

    • Avatar Iris Gonzalez

      Yours is not the only one, Louise, got it, I made the change. Ladies, tell the world the amazing things you’re doing and update your LinkedIn profiles, please!

  • If you’re still receiving names, I would also like to be added to this list…

    Staci Beane, CEO and Co-Founder, Tekgration LLC. Tekgration is an IT provider for hardware and software procurement, cybersecurity solutions & new innovations.

  • Avatar Lizzie Maldonado

    Kimberly Lanier is the Co-Founder of tech startup Xpedition based in San Antonio, TX.

    http://www.xpedition.exchange

    Kim is a visionary leader bringing customer and employee experience together from her background in employee engagement and customer experience working for some of the world’s largest technology companies to something new and innovative for health and home services organizations.

  • Avatar Dr. Lynda Y. de la Viña

    Dr. Lynda Y. de la Viña
    Co-Founder: Operational Technologies Corp; VuTex; OES; VINJER: delavina/jerge productions; Honey West Entertainment
    Professor: Graduate/MBA Entrepreneurship at UTSA; Graduate Entrepreneurship, Translational Science Program/ UTHSCSA; Undergraduate Small Business Economics & Entrepreneurship/UTSA; Graduate and Undergraduate, Global Entrepreneurship/UTSA
    Director: Center for Global Entrepreneurship/UTSA
    Mentor: Novothelium
    Current Project: Virus Visualization Project with Dr. Douglas Frantz (UTSA/ SW Biomedical Institute)

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