Despite residing in a modern world where everything seems to be transparently laid out across digital platforms, many women and children still suffer in the shadows of domestic abuse, and their stories remain unheard to this day. On a mission to help struggling individuals find their voice and rise from their captors, Leo and Ariana Pareja built the Pareja Family Foundation. The organization is recognized for empowering women and minorities by equipping them with the proper knowledge to excel in the technology industry through the Breaking Bias Program.
Leo and Ariana are both children of immigrants, making them no strangers to the challenges of adapting to new cultures, environments, and people. They both pursued the path to become entrepreneurs, primarily in the real estate industry. Eventually, Leo and Ariana expanded their ventures and entered brokerage, finance, and technology. The power couple’s latest venture secured over 40 million of venture capital. It also led them to scale a software company and further learn the ropes in the tech scene.
Fueled by their recent ventures, learnings, and experiences, Leo and Ariana created the Breaking Bias Program under the Pareja family Foundation. The idea sparked in their minds upon realizing that there are countless opportunities in the tech industry, and women and minorities are some of the biggest untapped resources not only in the country but across the globe. Breaking Bias program aims to bridge the gap and create a lasting impact through its 24-week tech boot camp. Additionally, the program teaches women and minorities how to jump-start their careers as competent professionals in the tech scene without having to shell a single cent out of pocket.
In an open statement, co-founder and Pareja Family Foundation President Ariana Pareja stressed that every individual in the Breaking Bias Program is capable of reaching great heights. “All women and minorities deserve a seat at the tech table, regardless of socioeconomic background,” she explained. The Breaking Bias Program has helped several women facing financial hardship establish a new lucrative career path and the foundation aims to continually expand its community of students eager to claim their place in the tech landscape.
“The entire tech industry is changing. More and more companies are no longer requiring a 4-year college degree and the old antiquated idea of hiring people based on what college they attended is no longer a thing. The opportunity to enter the tech space is no longer limited by someone’s ability to afford college, which opens up the career path to a whole lot of folks who have been previously left out.,” shared co-founder Leo Pareja.
Besides the Breaking Bias Program, the Pareja Family Foundation also launched a program called Women Who Lead, a heartwarming mentorship program made for women who want to reenter the workforce. It tackles gender income equality, work-family balance, gender bias, and overcoming harassment, commonly faced by women every day in the workplace, regardless of the industry or work setting they are in.
“We are helping women escaping domestic violence, women who have lost their businesses due to COVID-19, and young, energetic kids that live in low-income neighborhoods just like the one I grew up in have a chance at making a six-figure salary,” said Ariana Pareja.
To learn more about the Pareja Family Foundation and the Breaking Bias Program, visit their website.