The IT and cyber security entrepreneur
Name of Organization: SWATware LLC
Bio: Laura Sanchez is one of the few Latina entrepreneurs in Chicago’s technology field, where she combines quality service with a passion for IT. She is the founder and CEO of SWATware LLC, a full-service information technology firm that delivers comprehensive telecommunications, IT and web solutions with a focus in cyber security. Sanchez has been in business for almost 10 years and her company has assisted numerous companies in improving their IT strategy, IT infrastructure and web technologies, while at the same time improving their information security and reliability.
Sanchez has used her proficiency in English and Spanish to perform work internationally and is well-recognized for her expertise in the IT field. She has spoken for Google, Verizon, HMG Strategy’s Chicago CIO Executive Leadership Summit, the City of Chicago, the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Women’s Business Development Center, UNAM Chicago, HACIA, HispanicPro and other organizations dedicated to educational and economic development that encourages the proper use of technology.
She received her master’s degree in innovation and business development from the Tecnológico de Monterrey, one of Mexico’s top universities. She also graduated summa cum laude with an undergraduate degree in international business and marketing. In 2013, Sanchez was named a Nueva Latina Estrella in the technology category by Verizon, and was an honorable mention recipient of the 2013 Enterprising Women of the Year Award by Enterprising Women Magazine.