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Silvia Vasquez Lavado


Silvia Vasquez-Lavado is a humanitarian, adventurous mountaineer, explorer, social entrepreneur, and the author of the critically acclaimed Memoir, "In The Shadow of the Mountain." In 2016, Silvia Vasquez-Lavado became the first Peruvian woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest in Nepal. By 2018, she completed climbing the 7 Summits (otherwise known as the tallest mountain on each continent), becoming the first openly gay woman to do so. Silvia founded Courageous Girls, an organization to help survivors of sexual abuse and trafficking with opportunities to find their strength, courage and cultivate their voice.Silvia is a fierce advocate for LGTBQ+ equality, women's rights, and sexual abuse survivors. As a technologist, Silvia has been recognized for her leadership and insights. She developed Centers of Excellence in India, focusing on being one of the first corporate teams to hire women. In 2015, CNET recognized Silvia as one of the most influential Latinos; and Fortune Magazine named Silvia as one of the Corporate Heroes of all Fortune 500 companies.