Boris Pilev started helping Latinitas last year first with some great workshops on taking advantage of Google’s suite of free apps and then later providing strategy support for Latinitas’ alumni. His enthusiasm for matching his technology savvy with non-profit need is so appreciated by Latinitas staff, board and program participants. We asked him a little bit about himself and what he liked about volunteering at Latinitas.
Q: What do you like about Google’s outreach programs to community?
A: Being able to help in the communities where we work and live has so much impact because I am able to see the changes in front of my eyes. Austin is a special place and I am still in love with the community here.
Q: Talk about your origin and how that relates to helping a group like Latinitas –so focused on culture.
A: I was born and raised in Bulgaria, small country in Eastern Europe. My family immigrated to the US when I was in my last year in high school. Moving to central Illinois I found myself in predominately Latino neighborhood where most of my friends were Spanish speaking. This is how I started speaking Spanish, even before I learn to speak decent English.
I am fortunate to have lived in multiple different cultures – some widely different than the others but this to me is an incredible gift. I can relate to more people, I can find common language ( literally).
The moment we came to the Latinitas offices I felt taken back to the organizations in Urbana-Champaign, IL who helped my family – the vibe was the same.
Q: What kind of training did you have to work at Google?
A: I can speak of my personal background. I have undergraduate degree from University of Illinois in International Studies with minors in Anthropology and Spanish and Masters in HR Management, with added focus in European studies and Portuguese. When I finished, I joined Deloitte Consulting in their Human Capital consulting practice where I spent 2 years before joining Google as Recruiting Coordinator for Latin America.
Q: What do you do for fun?
A: I am an avid photographer and I travel as much as I can (both are very complimentary). Experiencing new places and meeting new people is another form of education for me and I cannot get enough of it. My last voyage was to Perú this summer and I am already working on my next trip