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Society of Foreign Consuls in New York Recognize Fil-Am Minerva Tantoco at the International Women’s Day Celebration

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NEW YORK, March 18, 2016 -- Twelve women leaders representing 12 nationalities in New York were recognized  at the annual event organized by the Society of Foreign Consuls  (SOFC) in New York  entitled  “International Women’s Day: Celebrating Women Leaders in our Communities”.

Ms. Minerva Tantoco, a Filipino-American and  New York City’s first-ever Chief Technology Officer (CTO), was nominated by the Philippine Consulate General New York to SOFC’s annual celebration of International Women’s Day to celebrate the commitment of women in the US mainstream and their contributions to the City’s diversity as well as their respective communities.  Ms. Tantoco was honored along with distinguished nominees from Algeria, Barbados, Hungary, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Switzerland and Turkey. Each honoree was introduced by their respective Consuls General or Deputy Consuls General and was presented a citation plaque by the current SOFC President, Consul General Jana Trnovcova of the Slovak Republic.

In her brief acceptance remarks, Ms. Tattoo disclosed that New York City has 58% women leaders serving under Mayor de Blasio’s administration and added in jest that New York is run by women. “However, in science and technology sector which has always been dominated by men, I draw my strength from my Filipino roots” acknowledged Ms. Tantoco.

As CTO, Ms. Tattoo directs the Mayor’s Office of Technology and innovation with responsibility for the development and implementation of a coordinated citywide strategy on technology and innovation, an in encouraging collaboration across agencies and with the wider New York City technology ecosystem.  Since her appointment in September 2014, Ms. Tantoco  has transformed the digital structure of New York City to a more transparent and modern government that connects and improves people’s lives. Her initiatives like Tech Talent Pipeline, prioritizing broadband access, capacity building for parents to apply for Pre-K seats, among others have elevated technology across New York agencies.

Deputy Consul General Kira Danna Azucena introduced Ms. Tantoco as one of the three Filipino-American women who hold a prominent seat at the New York City government together with Commissioner for Human Rights Carmen Mallis and former Commissioner for Small Business Services and now President and CEO of New York City Economic Development Corporation Maria Torres Springer. She mentioned that Ms. Tantoco was born in the Philippines, and moved to the United States with her family when she was a child. Raised in Flushing, Queens, she is a product of New York City public schools and attended Bronx Science High School and while still in college, moved to Silicon Valley where she co-founded a technology start up, Manage ware Inc. Ms. Tattoo holds four US patents on intelligent workflow and is a speaker and author on mobile technology, security, big data and innovation.

Following the program was a reception co-hosted by the 12 Consulates where each Consulate shared their national cuisine and drinks. The Philippine Consulate invited Phil am Kusina, a participant of Filipino Restaurant Week to introduce Filipino food to the attendees. - Olive Osias-Magpile, Cultural Officer, PCGNY

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