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Sylvia Acevedo

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Engineer & Rocket Scientist; Cybersecurity Expert; Corporate Director for Qualcomm; Education Advocate Promoting Universal Access; Former CEO of Girl Scouts USA

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Sylvia Acevedo Biography

Sylvia Acevedo is a nationally recognized and highly awarded trailblazer in a variety of industries and fields, starting with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratories as a rocket scientist, a tech executive in software, hardware, storage and networking, a federal governmental leader and CEO of one of the most trusted brands in the world.

Acevedo started her career at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory where she worked on two missions. She was a member of both the mission of Voyager 2’s Flyby of the planet Jupiter and the initial program phase of the Solar Polar/Solar Probe Mission, renamed, Parker Solar Probe Mission which is now circling the sun.

A trailblazer in the field of technology, Acevedo earned promotions to the executive ranks for her ability to lead organizations to higher levels of performance. She made her mark in the USA and global markets positions at industry giants such as Apple, Dell, Autodesk and IBM. As an entrepreneur, she was a co-founder of REBA Technologies, a tech software company that was acquired.

Acevedo most recently served as CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA where she led the largest program rollout in the 100 plus year history of the organization with over 146 new badges and programs in STEM, Outdoors, Entrepreneurship and Civics. Millions of girls in rural, urban and suburban communities across America earned valuable skills in cybersecurity, automotive engineering, entrepreneurship, coding, robotics, and leadership. In her last full year as CEO in 2019, across America girls got their start in technology by earning over 1 million STEM badges, 180,000 of them in Cybersecurity.

An avowed believer in the power of education to transform and improve lives and communities, Acevedo worked to close educational disparities starting in Austin, Texas. Acevedo’s grassroots educational campaigns scaled across the nation, distributing over a quarter of a million books, providing more than 11,000 eyeglasses, 25,000 dental kits, 20,000 sports balls, and reaching millions of parents of school aged children with the resources that they needed to support their children’s educational journey.

In 2010, President Barack Obama appointed Acevedo to be a White House Education Commissioner where she chaired the White House Initiative for Educational Excellence for Hispanics in Early Childhood. She is credited as the key driver of the Administration’s Early Childhood Dual Language Education Policy. In 2010, the Government of Mexico awarded Acevedo, the Ohtli Award, their highest honor for a non Mexican citizen, for her work in improving parental engagement in education in the USA.

To inspire the rising generation of students to live a life of their potential, Acevedo authored, "Path to the Stars: My Journey from Girl Scout to Rocket Scientist," a middle school memoir that details Acevedo’s personal journey from the dirt streets of Las Cruces, New Mexico, to become a rocket scientist.

Acevedo serves on the Board of Directors for Qualcomm and Credo Semiconductor. Acevedo has served on numerous non-profit boards and as the Chair of the Austin Community Foundation. She was a founding member of the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders in Austin, Texas and Extraordinary Women on Boards in New York City. She has received many distinctions for her leadership, including in 2019 the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering awarding her the Captain of Industry Leadership Award, the Hispanic Heritage Foundation conferring her with the Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award and being named the “Cybersecurity Person of the Year”, by Cybersecurity Ventures. Forbes named her as one of America’s Top 50 Women in Tech and In Style’s listed Acevedo as “Number 7 on the Badass 50: Women Who are Changing the World.”

Acevedo holds a bachelor's degree with Honors in Industrial Engineering from New Mexico State University. In 2010 the New Mexico State University College of Engineering named her as one of their most Distinguished Alumna. Acevedo earned her graduate degree in Engineering at Stanford University, one of the first Hispanics, male or female, to have done so. In 2020, Acevedo was conferred an Honorary Doctorate from Washington College for her STEM national leadership and Duke University conferred Acevedo with an Honorary Doctorate of Science in May 2022.

Speaking Topics
  • Leadership

  • Women Leadership

  • Path to Success

  • Personal Story: Inspiration

  • Hispanic Heritage

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Path to the Stars: My Journey from Girl Scout to Rocket Scientist

Path to the Stars: My Journey from Girl Scout to Rocket Scientist

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  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Sylvia Acevedo?

    Booking fees for Sylvia Acevedo, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Sylvia Acevedo, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Sylvia Acevedo?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Sylvia Acevedo for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Sylvia Acevedo for your next private or corporate function.
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Engineer & Rocket Scientist; Cybersecurity Expert; Corporate Director for Qualcomm; Education Advocate Promoting Universal Access; Former CEO of Girl Scouts USA

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Sylvia Acevedo Biography

Sylvia Acevedo is a nationally recognized and highly awarded trailblazer in a variety of industries and fields, starting with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratories as a rocket scientist, a tech executive in software, hardware, storage and networking, a federal governmental leader and CEO of one of the most trusted brands in the world.

Acevedo started her career at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory where she worked on two missions. She was a member of both the mission of Voyager 2’s Flyby of the planet Jupiter and the initial program phase of the Solar Polar/Solar Probe Mission, renamed, Parker Solar Probe Mission which is now circling the sun.

A trailblazer in the field of technology, Acevedo earned promotions to the executive ranks for her ability to lead organizations to higher levels of performance. She made her mark in the USA and global markets positions at industry giants such as Apple, Dell, Autodesk and IBM. As an entrepreneur, she was a co-founder of REBA Technologies, a tech software company that was acquired.

Acevedo most recently served as CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA where she led the largest program rollout in the 100 plus year history of the organization with over 146 new badges and programs in STEM, Outdoors, Entrepreneurship and Civics. Millions of girls in rural, urban and suburban communities across America earned valuable skills in cybersecurity, automotive engineering, entrepreneurship, coding, robotics, and leadership. In her last full year as CEO in 2019, across America girls got their start in technology by earning over 1 million STEM badges, 180,000 of them in Cybersecurity.

An avowed believer in the power of education to transform and improve lives and communities, Acevedo worked to close educational disparities starting in Austin, Texas. Acevedo’s grassroots educational campaigns scaled across the nation, distributing over a quarter of a million books, providing more than 11,000 eyeglasses, 25,000 dental kits, 20,000 sports balls, and reaching millions of parents of school aged children with the resources that they needed to support their children’s educational journey.

In 2010, President Barack Obama appointed Acevedo to be a White House Education Commissioner where she chaired the White House Initiative for Educational Excellence for Hispanics in Early Childhood. She is credited as the key driver of the Administration’s Early Childhood Dual Language Education Policy. In 2010, the Government of Mexico awarded Acevedo, the Ohtli Award, their highest honor for a non Mexican citizen, for her work in improving parental engagement in education in the USA.

To inspire the rising generation of students to live a life of their potential, Acevedo authored, "Path to the Stars: My Journey from Girl Scout to Rocket Scientist," a middle school memoir that details Acevedo’s personal journey from the dirt streets of Las Cruces, New Mexico, to become a rocket scientist.

Acevedo serves on the Board of Directors for Qualcomm and Credo Semiconductor. Acevedo has served on numerous non-profit boards and as the Chair of the Austin Community Foundation. She was a founding member of the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders in Austin, Texas and Extraordinary Women on Boards in New York City. She has received many distinctions for her leadership, including in 2019 the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering awarding her the Captain of Industry Leadership Award, the Hispanic Heritage Foundation conferring her with the Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award and being named the “Cybersecurity Person of the Year”, by Cybersecurity Ventures. Forbes named her as one of America’s Top 50 Women in Tech and In Style’s listed Acevedo as “Number 7 on the Badass 50: Women Who are Changing the World.”

Acevedo holds a bachelor's degree with Honors in Industrial Engineering from New Mexico State University. In 2010 the New Mexico State University College of Engineering named her as one of their most Distinguished Alumna. Acevedo earned her graduate degree in Engineering at Stanford University, one of the first Hispanics, male or female, to have done so. In 2020, Acevedo was conferred an Honorary Doctorate from Washington College for her STEM national leadership and Duke University conferred Acevedo with an Honorary Doctorate of Science in May 2022.

Sylvia Acevedo Speaking Topics

  • Leadership

  • Women Leadership

  • Path to Success

  • Personal Story: Inspiration

  • Hispanic Heritage

Sylvia Acevedo Videos

  • Sylvia Acevedo Keynote | Blueprint Summit 2021
    Entrepreneur, investor, business leader, rocket scientist, and founding board chair of E3 Alliance, Sylvia Acevedo is a devout believer in the power...
  • ETL Speaker Series: Sylvia Acevedo, Author
    An entrepreneur, investor, business leader, and rocket-scientist, Sylvia Acevedo is the author of Path to the Stars: My Journey from Girl Scout to...
  • Sylvia Acevedo

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  • How to book Sylvia Acevedo?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Sylvia Acevedo for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Sylvia Acevedo, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Sylvia Acevedo or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Sylvia Acevedo?

    Booking fees for Sylvia Acevedo, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Sylvia Acevedo, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Sylvia Acevedo?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Sylvia Acevedo for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Sylvia Acevedo for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Sylvia Acevedo or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Sylvia Acevedo or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Sylvia Acevedo is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Leadership, Women Leadership, Path to Success, Personal Story: Inspiration and Hispanic Heritage. The estimated speaking fee range to book Sylvia Acevedo for your event is $30,000 - $50,000. Sylvia Acevedo generally travels from Santa Barbara, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Linda Alvarado, Randi Zuckerberg, Erin Brockovich, Lisa Leslie and Gisel Ruiz. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Sylvia Acevedo for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Sylvia Acevedo Speaking Topics

  • Leadership

  • Women Leadership

  • Path to Success

  • Personal Story: Inspiration

  • Hispanic Heritage

Sylvia Acevedo Speaker Videos

  • Sylvia Acevedo Keynote | Blueprint Summit 2021
    Entrepreneur, investor, business leader, rocket scientist, and founding board chair of E3 Alliance, Sylvia Acevedo is a devout believer in the power of education as an agent of transformation to...
    ETL Speaker Series: Sylvia Acevedo, Author
    An entrepreneur, investor, business leader, and rocket-scientist, Sylvia Acevedo is the author of Path to the Stars: My Journey from Girl Scout to Rocket Scientist, which tells the story of her...
  • Sylvia Acevedo
    CEO Sylvia Acevedo talks lessons from Girl Scouts
  • Sylvia Acevedo, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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