Founder and Executive Director
We want you to meet Katherine Chaves!
‘Cats’ is the founder, director, and *heart* of Rocket Girls. Now Cloud Solution Architects Manager of Data&AI at Microsoft, Cats never even considered the possibility of working with technology when she was a teenager. “I was part of the large group of women who think that the STEM world is not for us,” she says.
After fate — and her decisions — pushed her into the area, she saw remarkable opportunities. More than a significant financial improvement, she found in IT a professional satisfaction that her old work area never provided her. The desire to share these discoveries gave way to the creation of Rocket Girls, an association dedicated to generating study and work opportunities for young women within the world of science and technology.
The Rocket Girls proposal fully integrates into the concept of STEM education (from the acronym in English for the integrated teaching of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). It considers the country’s less favored areas: poor neighborhoods in metropolitan regions, coastal areas, and rural areas. Parallel to her NGO, Cats dedicates herself to recruiting, retaining, and developing female talents in the IT area.
Lau is a psychologist, and her work at Rocket Girls arises from her desire and passion for working with women and creating new tools and knowledge to seek and sustain new opportunities.
She started with Rocket Girls as a volunteer in 2018, formally incorporating the team at the beginning of 2019. Her functions entail contact between the Foundation and alliances and the coordination of students who carry out their University community work, interns, or volunteers.
Additionally, she coordinates and supervises the projects carried out by the Foundation and looks for volunteers who wish to be part of these. At the same time, she provides psychological and moral support to the students who require it.
Her short and long-term goals are to specialize in gender study, learn a new language, and continue learning pastry, one of her passions. She likes swimming and spending quality time with the people she loves. Lau has three pets, Sergio, Kiara, and Kira. Sergio is 11 years old (AKA Ninja Sergio for his silent disasters), but he is doesn’t understand yet he’s a senior dog. Kiara is super calm and full of love. Kira is better known as “Little Miss Everything-is-edible,” she loves peanut butter and stealing anything that gets in her way.
Eu has been part of the Rocket Girls Core Team since 2017, where she helps other women leading employment workshops, diversity, soft skills, and mentoring.
She is a native Spanish speaker, fluent in English, speaks some French and German, and is currently learning Japanese. Her goal this year is to learn Python. She works at Cargill as part of the recruiting team and is now a Project Manager for Small Works.
She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, a Technical degree in Human Resources, and, for over a year, has been learning about Continuous Improvement and Project Management.
She has a mix breed dog named Francisco Antonio – his friends call him Paco. Together they foster dogs and sometimes cats. Fun fact about Eu: She started a herb garden during the pandemic that evolved into an urban garden, and now her house is pretty full of plants since she found joy in taking care of them. She also enjoys watching series and movies, mostly on Netflix and videos or tutorials on YouTube.
She has been part of Rocket Girls since 2018. She’s a Rocket Girl Mentor and our Fundraising expert.
As a people empowerer, she believes in the importance of celebrating our successes and enabling others to reach the highest levels in their personal and professional development; hence, in 2020, she created our ‘Rocket Boost for Rocket Girls’ program.
She’s Senior Site Programs Manager at Akamai Technologies Costa Rica, where she ensures the successful development of employee program initiatives through collaboration with Program Core Teams. She’s a certified #IamRemarkable facilitator, design thinker, animal lover, fierce feminist, and avid reader.