Sylvia Acevedo’s debut middle grade memoir, The Sky’s the Limit, is a personal account of how Acevedo overcame childhood poverty through her involvement with the Girl Scouts and Head Start, to become one of the first Latinas to receive a post-graduate degree in engineering from Stanford University. The book will be published simultaneously in English and Spanish by Clarion Books/HMH in fall 2018.
Sylvia grew up in Las Cruces, New Mexico, where she had family on both sides of the border. She credits her local Head Start program and Girl Scouts troop for making her feel like anything is possible. After graduating with a degree in engineering, Sylvia’s first job was at Jet Propulsion Labs, where she worked on the Solar Polar/Solar Probe project and the Voyager mission fly by of Jupiter and her moons. She went on to graduate from Stanford University with a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering, and at the dawn of the Internet era, moved from rocket science, to technology. She eventually became an executive with Fortune 100 companies including Apple, IBM, and Dell.
Sylvia currently serves as the CEO for the Girl Scouts of the United States, and as a consultant for a number of companies linked to education. She has received many awards and recognitions for her work to make education more accessible, including being named to the White House Commission for Educational Excellence for Hispanics by President Barack Obama. The government of Mexico honored Sylvia with the Ohtli Award, the country’s most prestigious civil rights recognition of non-Mexican nationals for her work in parental involvement in education. Sylvia is currently hard at work on her memoir, which she hopes will inspire young people to discover the joy of following their interests, even if unique, and especially if they involve STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). She lives in Santa Barbara, California with her spouse and flying dog, Xochitl.
Visit her at www.sylviaacevedo.org or follow her on Twitter @sylviaacevedo