The Definition of the American Dream By a Woman in Technology

Text by Carlos Alfaro/
Photos by Carlos Alfaro

American Dream: Federica Cabrera Fernandez sitting in front of her home business casually dressed during daylight
Federica Cabrera Fernandez sitting in front of her home.

Federica Cabrera was born in Caracas, Venezuela. After high school, she briefly studied social communication in college in Venezuela before moving to Atlanta in 2001. 

Caberara worked a series of jobs as a nanny, in sales for Mundo Hispanico and as an executive assistant and then data analyst with The Coca-Cola Company. 

Caberara always worried she would be held back by not finishing her college degree, but years later, she has survived layoffs and worked her way up to senior data analyst. 

She loves her career and enjoys the challenges that her position brings every day. 

American Dream: Federica Cabrera Fernandez standing in her kitchen while on the phone and holding a baby
Federica Cabrera Fernandez in her kitchen.

“I like the job I do today because every day is different,” she said. “When I turn on my computer, I don’t know how my day is going to end.” 

Caberara follows the words of her idol, Amelia Earhart, “ The most effective way to do it, is to do it.”

She lives her life by “respect, rules and routine.” 

“Overall, life will present you challenges, but your success is determined on how you deal with them,” she said. “No matter what, you should always give ‘la ñapa,” which means in her culture the little extra you get, or you give in every situation.

Student Biography: Carlos Alfaro is pursuing a master’s of business administration from Kennesaw State University.

Women’s Leadership through Virtual Exchange: Youth Sharing Digital Stories (WLVE) is a project engaging 100 undergraduate and graduate students from Hassan II University Casablanca with 100 undergraduate students from Kennesaw State University in a unique cross-cultural virtual exchange experience focused on better understanding women’s leadership through research, analysis, and digital storytelling. This virtual classroom-based project will collect biographical stories of successful women leaders in both countries written by the students and publish them online on Bokeh Focus.

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