Hi, I’m Meli!
My life is straight out of a telenovela—full of stories and unexpected twists. I’m a traveler, avid learner, and polyglot who went from working with oil cargo ships in a small town in Venezuela to running field marketing at one of the top software companies in the world.
Although I was born and raised in Venezuela, I also call Morocco, Spain, and Argentina home—all places I lived before making my way to San Francisco, and now New York. As a Latina and globe trotter, I’m very passionate about translating my personal experiences into advice and help others advance their career and see obstacles as opportunities for growth.
I’m a marketer by day and an enthusiastic career coach by night. I’m currently a Regional Marketing Manager at MuleSoft, a Salesforce company. I have ten years of experience in B2B software sales and marketing, going from account development in Latin America to being responsible for creating marketing programs that accelerate & generate business for MuleSoft’s East region.
I recently founded Venezolanas in Tech, a community dedicated to inspiring Venezuelans and other Latinas to pursue a career in tech. In my free time, I love to dance, travel with my husband and my camera, learn new languages, and currently taking on Ukelele!
My early career dreams were to be a superhero, I’d dress up as Wonder Woman or Batgirl on every carnival. That was an early indicator of my passion for helping others. What I didn’t know, but would learn later on, heroes don’t wear costumes and they’re more human than I thought.
I was raised by my grandma after my parents passed away. To me, she has been the epitome of resilience and rebellion, in the sense of resisting the “conventional norms”. She’s the head of the family, the one who survived everything despite the circumstances she had to face, the trailblazer for the younger generations, and my hero. It’s her, “ita” (as I call her, who nurtured my voice and my beliefs, even if they were not the norm.
As I started to grow professionally and get access to different platforms, I started to use my voice and personal experiences to create awareness around different challenges faced by underprivileged communities. From educating on why it is necessary for companies to update the “talent checklist” and include more diverse candidates, to leveraging my network to empower other Latinos to advance their career.
Even though I don’t wear my Wonder Woman costume, my 4-year-old self still leads my heart and my purpose: to help others.