Announcing Atipica CEO, Laura Gómez, as honoree of the Frederick Douglass 200

We are honored to announce that Atipica’s CEO and founder, Laura Gómez, has been selected as one of 200 awardees, and of 25 entrepreneurs, whose modern-day work best embodies Douglass’s enduring legacy of social change.

In honor of his bicentennial, the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives and the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University have chosen to honor a group of 200 outstanding leaders who best embody the spirit and work of Frederick Douglass. The list of 200 visionaries and leaders span industries, geographies, and background, focusing on the key areas where Frederick Douglass had an impact as an abolitionist, politician, writer, feminist, educator, entrepreneur and diplomat.

Laura is honored to stand alongside her fellow awardees, a powerful group of change makers and dreamers, including her fellow entrepreneurial awardees, Ramona Ortega, Sara Blakely and Oprah Winfrey. She is looking forward to the opportunity to meet her lifelong role models, like Michelle Obama, Dolores Huerta, George Soros, LeBron James and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

To identify the 200 awardees, the family of Frederick Douglass, and the staff at the Antiracist Research & Policy Center, invited the public to nominate individuals whose work reflects the spirit and life of Frederick Douglass. A selection committee spent months evaluating potential honorees, and based selection on the individual’s record of growing and sustaining innovative organizations, building bridges to unite uncommon people in common struggle, influencing public discourse, and offering novel intersectional critiques of the struggle for racial justice.

Laura’s entrepreneurial spirit and drive led her to start Atipica. At Atipica, we use data and inclusive AI technology to drive organizational diversity, equity, and inclusion. We aim to open up access to opportunity to those who have been historically underrepresented and disempowered. Laura founded Atipica after spending years in the technology industry, where women, especially women of color, were systematically underrepresented.

Laura will be attending the ceremony at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. alongside her mother, Virginia Ortiz. Virginia immigrated to the United States from Mexico as a young woman, eventually bringing her children to join her in the Bay Area. This celebration of Laura’s work and success is also a celebration of Virginia’s life, love, and support. They look forward to visiting the Library of Congress for the first time, and exemplifying the American spirit of inclusion, opportunity, and resilience in the face of challenge.