Carina López, an engineer from Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, is a charismatic emerging Latina leader. Carina has deep roots in the Caribbean, having been born and raised by her hardworking Dominican parents in Puerto Rico. She quickly learned from her family the power of education and the value of investing in her development.
Carina's career began as a work-study administrative employee while pursuing her degree in environmental engineering at Polytechnic. Through her dedication and accomplishments, Carina was awarded over $20K in merit-based STEM-focused scholarships from various organizations to which she attributes her academic success. In 2013, as Summa Cum Laude she was awarded the highest honor in the Environmental Engineering field in Puerto Rico and received the Engineer Rafael Miranda Franco Award for academic excellence and social responsibility.
In addition to her professional accomplishments working in oil and gas for more than 6 years, Carina is keen to share knowledge and best practices with her colleagues and her community. Her recent accomplishments include being recognized as a 2017 Emerging Leader by the Greater Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and successfully passing the Professional Engineering exam.
Furthermore, Carina is equally focused in her personal business endeavors. As owner of Power Latina Shop, a mission-based, clothing brand, she focuses on providing powerful confidence to Latina professionals through flattering, one of a kind skirts, as a physical reflection of their own uniqueness as Latina professionals in the workforce.
Driven by the scholarship support she received as an engineering student, she also contributes to the next generation of empowered Latinas by donating 10% of sales to the creation of scholarships for the advancement of Latina students and in business as part of the Power on Heels Fund, Inc. organization, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit from Houston, Texas in which she also serves as a Board Member.
Featured in Latina Style Magazine March 2019: http://www.magazinevolume.com/32267LS/page_1.html