REDWOOD CITY, California - A Filipino-American is making her mark in America’s high-tech industry.
Kathrina Miranda was recently awarded the Silicon Valley Business Journal's 100 Women of Influence for 2014, an award given to women who contribute to Silicon Valley's innovation and development.
Miranda is the CEO and founder of MIMA.
"After I became pregnant, I decided to start my own company to empower my daughter and spend a lot time with her. So that's when I launched MIMA. It stands for Miranda International Marketing Agency," Miranda said.
MIMA is a marketing company that serves clients from start-ups and nonprofits to global companies.
Miranda has made it a priority to give back to the community by focusing on non-profit organizations that especially supports education for girls and women.
"I received a scholarship from Goldman Sachs. It's called '10,000 Women'. In five years they were committed to giving 10,000 women management and business education, that way they can impact more communities. And I feel that's exactly what I did. I started my own company. I hired the women I was classmates with and so now we're all giving back. It's part of our corporate social responsibility to give back. It's a must," Miranda said.
In spite of her achievements, Miranda wants to do more.
"I actually don't feel that accomplished. Even though you see all the accolades, I have a long way to go. So I think there are many more milestones to come," Miranda said.
Miranda believes her drive to succeed has been motivated by her Filipino upbringing.
"My mother brought us here from the Philippines in the 80s. We came with two suitcases and $400 dollars and we lived in a very humble town in Oakland. And I always said whenever I make it, I’ll always give back," she explained.
Miranda's advice to her fellow kababayans is simple: "Never give up. I mean I think that's the Filipino spirit. We are hard-working people. We are humble. We’re gracious and we don’t take things for granted. As a Filipino culture we already have that in our DNA and it’s just up to you to reach for your goals. Strive as hard as you can. If not us, why not, right?"