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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

8:00am Registration & Networking Breakfast
9:00 Welcome Remarks by Cristina Lopez
Welcome Remark, Chris Ward, Agency Vice President, State Farm Insurance Companies  

9:20 Latinas in the US presentation and Overview of NHLI by Cristina Lopez, NHLI President

9:50 Unlocking Your Leadership Potential: 10 Keys to Leadership Success

What makes for strong effective leaders? We all know it when we see it; the trick is to articulate what the key ingredients are. Learn about 10 key elements of successful leadership, and how you can maximize your leadership impact.

11:15 Break/Networking Activity

Visit exhibitors and learn about unique programs and services from community based organizations, corporate partners and others.  Each attendee receives a “passport/networking card” that will get “stamped” at each exhibitor table.  All fully stamped cards are eligible to participate in the raffle at the end of the day.  Raffle prizes include a Southwest flight voucher, Complimentary Registration to the 2011 NHLI Conference in Los Angeles, books, and more. Winners must be present to receive prize.  Terms and conditions apply.

11:30 Lunch & Panel - Latinas Sharing their Secrets of Success

Yvonne Solis, Agent, State Farm Insurance Companies
Lisa Baca-Sigala, Executive Director, CA Latino Caucus Institute for Public Policy  
Dr. Ana Nogales, Ph.D., Founder Nogales Psychological Counseling, Inc.  
Maria de Lourdes “Lulu” Sobrino, CEO, Founder Lulu’s Desserts
Bea Stotzer, CEO, New Capital

12:45pm Professional Development Workshop: Finding Your Path to Success, Misson and Money by Nely Galan, President of Galan Entertainment

Nely Galan, a successful self-made woman, shares her path to success and a life of abundance: being mission driven and building wealth.  Learn to discover your mission in life and the satisfaction that comes with achieving it and building wealth.  Learn about Nely’s 7 principles of money: Find It, Ask for It, Earn it, Save it, Risk it, Grow it, and Give it back. 

2:15 Break
3:45 Professional Development Workshop: its about quality of life by Gina Linn Espinoza, Life Coach and Founder, What Makes You Smile.com

Is your work life creeping into your personal life? Or your personal life spilling over into your work life?  Is the stress making you feel out of balance?  Learn four principles that will help you better understand yourself and why you operate the way you do.  Learn how to re-construct yourself and create a happier, healthier you!

From Chaos to Clarity by Carmen Contreras, Agent, State Farm Insurance Companies
 Tips on financial planning and how to prepare long term for retirement - what you should think about in your 30s, 40s and 50s or regardless of your age to build financial security.  

4:00 Closing Remarks, Evaluation & Raffles

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Panelists (click on name to view bio)

Lisa Baca-Sigala, Executive Director, CA Latino Caucus
Cristina López, President, National Hispana Leadership Institute
Dr. Ana Nogales, Founder, Nogales Phsychological Counseling, Inc.
Margaret Quinones-Perez, El Camino College
Lulu Sobrino, CEO/ Founder, Lulu's Desserts
Yvonne Solis, Agent, State Farm Insurance
Bea Stotzer, CEO, New Capital

Speakers

Carmen Contreras, Agent, State Farm Insurance
Gina Linn Espinoza, President, What Makes You Smile
Nely Galan, President, Galan Entertainment



Deborah Aguiar-Vélez

Lisa Baca-Sigala

Ms. Lisa D. Baca-Sigala is a native of Los Angeles. Ms. Baca-Sigala has served as the Executive Director for the CA Latino Caucus Institute (CLCI), since its founding in 2002. In 2008, she was elected as Chief Information Officer for the City of Los Angeles Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council for the 2008-2010 terms. Ms. Baca-Sigala is also a member of the Echo Park Chamber of Commerce, Echo Park Library Community Group and works to support community and public awareness events. Appointed by Mayor James Hahn, she served the Los Angeles City El Pueblo Monument Authority Commission from 2002-2005. She began her professional career as a Field Deputy to Senator Art Torres in the early 1980s and has worked within the Latino Community of southern California and the southwest for over 25 years. In 1988, Ms. Baca-Sigala graduated from California State University Los Angeles with a double major Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Public Administration. She is a 1997 graduate of the National Hispana Leadership Institute. Married to Jose Sigala, she is the mother of three daughters, Gabriella 21, and 11 year-old twins, Jennifer Sonia and Jacqueline Sophia.   

Irma Santana

Carmen Contreras

Carmen E. Contreras has worked from the ground up with State Farm Insurance Companies as a team member, policy holder, and now, an agent.  Ms. Contreras started her career in 1986, and worked for several successful State Farm agents.  In 2000, she was offered the opportunity to become a trainee agent in California.  In order to be closer to her Hispanic community, Ms. Contreras chose to train in the town of Indio, California, and currently resides there with her family.  Ms. Contreras has built an amazing team that is full of character and life; she believes in her company, her Agency Field Office, and team building skills.  Most of all, Ms. Contreras feels very blessed and is proud to be a hard working, Hispanic business woman. In the near future, she wants to continue to protect and educate her policy holders to the fullest, and grow with them. Ms. Contreras' goals and aspirations are to continue to rejoice in the success of this opportunity. She is happily married to Michael Buckley. Together, they have three beautiful children: Austin 17, Hailey, 15, and Madison 6. 

Marison Johnson

Gina Linn Espinoza

Ms. Gina Linn Espinoza, a.k.a. “Doctora Love” is dedicated to growing and nurturing talent as a successful life coach.  Ms. Espinoza’s diverse corporate management experience, energy, and positive approach make for a formidable combination. In 2008, she graduated from the National Hispana Leadership Institute.  During her NHLI fellowship leadership training, she attended the JFK School of Government at Harvard University.  Ms. Espinoza serves as Vice President of Thirteen Senses, a non-profit she co-founded with Victor Villasenor.  Their mission is to preserve family history worldwide. She is on the board of CASA 0101 in East Los Angeles, and an active member of Las Comadres Para Las Américas. Ms. Espinoza has had the pleasure of working with The Foundation for Women, United Way, and the Children’s Miracle Network.  Locally, she has worked with San Diego MANA, and is an Ambassador for Wise Latinas Linked, and the San Diego USO, where she created the most attended event in its history, “Beauty from the Inside Out.”  Ms. Espinoza also worked pro-bono with the families called to duty for 2 years following 9/11. Ms. Espinoza lives in Los Angeles with her dog Don Pepe, who inspired her children’s program, “Las Aventuras de Don Pepe”, teaching tolerance and coping skills. She works pro-bono with all types of artists to help them develop business sense, in accordance with their extraordinary talents, depicting her philosophy that there is beauty in everything.

Nely Galan

Nely Galan

Ms. Nely Galán has been bringing her considerable expertise to owning and operating her own media company since 1994. Ms. Galán, dubbed the “Tropical Tycoon” by The New York Times Magazine,is one of the entertainment industry’s savviest talents, both as a successful producer and entrepreneur.  In the Latino world, she is a female empowerment and motivational speaker. In 1989, Ms. Galán became an alumna of the National Hispana Leadership Institute. A former President of the Telemundo network, she has launched 10 groundbreaking television channels in Latin America. She has produced 600 episodes of programming, which cross all genres, in both English and Spanish. Ms. Galán also created and acted as executive producer on the 2004 FOX reality hit “The Swan”.  Subsequently, she wrote the bestselling book “The Swan Curriculum”.  Recently, she appeared on NBC’s “The Celebrity Apprentice with Donald Trump”, where she raised $250,000 for her charity Count Me In for Women's Economic Independence, furthering her reputation as one of the nation’s top female moguls.  As a public speaker, Ms. Galán routinely draws rave reviews for her presentations on the Latino market, entrepreneurship and female empowerment.  She is frequently cited for her influential work outside the industry. She serves as a board member for Count Me In, the Center for the Advancement of Women, and The Smithsonian Institute. Ms. Galán has launched two websites targeting women.  The first, msmogul.com, is a forum for female entrepreneurs aimed at providing support and sharing resources.  The second website, thenewyoutv.com, addresses issues such as women’s health, wellness, and beauty.  She also frequently appears as a guest expert on “The Today Show” and “The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch”.  Ms. Galán, the original "Ms. Mogul”, is a devoted single mom to her 8 year old son.  Based in Venice, California, she also frequents New York, Miami and Santa Fe.

Gina Amaro Rudan

Cristina Lopez

Ms. Cristina López is President of the National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI), a national nonprofit dedicated to developing Hispanas/Latinas as ethical leaders through training, professional development, relationship building and community activism.  Ms. López has broad experience in nonprofit management and in design and implementation of health, education, and leadership development programs. Ms. López has worked in Latin America on education, health, and human trafficking programs as well as organizational development. Prior to coming to NHLI, Ms. López served as Deputy Executive Director of the Center for Community Change, a national social justice organization that focuses on strengthening, connecting, and mobilizing grassroots groups and leaders to enhance their leadership, voice and power. Ms. López also served as Vice President of MOSAICA, a non-profit multicultural organization that provides organizational development assistance to nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and internationally; and Vice President for Institutional Development at the National Council of La Raza.  Of Cuban Heritage, Ms. López was born in Colombia, SA and raised in Florida. Ms. López has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of South Florida in Tampa; and a Masters in Social Foundations of Education from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville.

Mary Ballentine

Dr. Ana Nogales

Dr. Ana Nogales, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist, is the founder of Nogales Psychological Counseling, Inc. She is also the Clinical Director of her non-profit organization Casa de la Familia, established for victims of rape, sexual assault, child sexual and physical abuse, human trafficking, and domestic violence. Dr. Nogales practices in Los Angeles, Orange County and Riverside County supervising fifty-five bilingual-bicultural mental health professionals. She has authored four books, including Latina Power!, and the Latina Power Workbook: Using Your 7 Strengths to Say No to Abusive Relationships. Dr. Nogales is a TV/Radio psychologist, and a writer for La Opinion, PsychologyToday.com., among other periodicals. An accomplished mental health playwright, her most recent play, Don't Call Me Baby!, deals with the explosive issue of human trafficking. Dr. Nogales' high school curriculum LaTEENa Power! - 7 Inner Strengths for Creating Success will be offered throughout the country. She has written twelve self help audio materials and a curriculum of empowerment for teen agers. She is launching her own magazine Doctora Ana on Health, Psychology and Lifestyle. She is President of the Association for Latino Mental Health Awareness (ALMA), and a board member of the 2-1-1 Orange County, and Las Comadres Para Las Américas. Dr. Nogales' life and accomplishments were featured in the exhibit "Latinas: the Spirit of California" at the California Museum for History, Women, and the Arts in Sacramento. Most recently, she received a Certificate of Congressional Recognition for her Ambassador of Peace Award from the Violence Prevention Coalition of Orange County.

Zulma Barrios

Dr. Margaret Quinones-Perez

Dr. Margaret R. Quiñones-Perez was elected to the Santa Monica Community College District Board of Trustees in 2000, re-elected in 2004, and served as chair in 2004.  Prior to that, she served eight years as a trustee on the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board, including one year as president.  A Lead Counselor at El Camino College, Dr. Quiñones-Perez has experience at both community colleges and social service agencies.  She has also been active in several professional and community organizations, primarily in education and Latino organizations.  A graduate of Santa Monica College, she received her bachelor’s degree in Mental Health Research Methods from California State University at Dominguez Hills, a master’s in Counseling Psychology from the University of Southern California, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from UCLA. She is a graduated fellow of the JFK Harvard School of Government, with the National Hispana Leadership Institute.  Dr. Quiñones-Perez was the first Latina elected to both the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board, as well as the Santa Monica College Board of Trustees.  She is a former member of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, which sets policy and provides guidance for the 72 districts and 109 colleges that constitute the system.  As a member of the Board of Governors, Dr. Quiñones-Perez was appointed by the state’s Governor and interacted with state and federal officials and other state organizations. 

Andrea Bazan

Lulu Sobrino

Ms. Maria de Lourdes “Lulu” Sobrino is Founder and CEO of Lulu’s Dessert ® Corporation.  Born and raised in Mexico City, she came up with the idea of ready-to-eat gelatin when looking for the dessert while living in the U.S. With her mother’s recipes, Ms. Sobrino introduced it to American grocers and revolutionized the food industry by creating the first-ever ready-to-eat gelatin category. Established in 1982, with an initial production of 300 cups of gelatin a day, Lulu’s Dessert® has overcome many challenges and obstacles to become a leading maker of ready-to-eat gelatins.  Now, Lulu’s Dessert®, is ranked among the top 500 Hispanic businesses in the United States. Jim Hopkins from USA Today wrote she is “the queen of ready-to-eat gelatin and a force in the surging number of Hispanic entrepreneurs.”  Lulu’s customers are Wal-Mart Supercenters Stores, Food 4 Less, Ralphs, Stater Brothers, Superior Warehouse and many others. In her first book, Thriving Latina Entrepreneurs in America, Ms. Sobrino shares her story along with seven other outstanding Latinas and their business successes.

Janet Childrey

Yvonne Solis

Ms. Yvonne Solis began her career with State Farm Insurance Companies in 2002 as an office associate in Corpus Christi, Texas.  Ms. Solis quickly realized the personal and professional satisfaction she gained while serving her clients. After six years in various positions with State Farm, she opened her own State Farm Agency in the Los Angeles community of Echo Park. Since opening her office in 2008, Ms. Solis has continued to reach both personal and professional success while sharing the enthusiasm she has for State Farm with others.

Astrid Chirinos

Bea Stotzer

Ms. Beatriz Olvera Stotzer is CEO of NEWCapital, LLC, a real estate development firm in Los Angeles.  Ms. Stotzer’s passion is finding economic solutions for poor families and poverty’s worst victims, women and children. Ms. Stotzer is one of the founders, and current Board President, of New Economics for Women (NEW), a Los Angeles non-profit agency engaged in housing and economic development. NEW has been recognized as one of 10 exceptional community development corporations in the nation by the Fannie Mae Foundation; the only Latina organization to be so recognized. NEW also won the Fannie Mae Maxwell Award of Excellence under the Most Successful Public/Private Partnership category, and the Charles E. Edson National Award in the Urban/Metro category from the Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition.  In 2000, Fannie Mae named Stotzer one of six national James A. Johnson Community Fellows for providing decent, affordable housing in urban neighborhoods. Ms. Stotzer currently serves as Chair of the Commission for the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, Chair of National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders, and is Vice Chair on the Board of the Women’s Policy Inc. She was a recipient of the 2006 Leading Boldly Award in recognition of her work on behalf of children and families. Ms. Stotzer is a founding board member of Inner City Arts, California Women’s Law Center and HOPE (Hispanas Organized for Political Equality). She serves on the Southern California Goodwill Industries Board and had the honor of serving on President Bill Clinton’s Council on Sustainable Development. Ms. Stotzer is a graduate of the prestigious CORO Public Affairs Leadership Program and was awarded the coveted Crystal Eagle for her contributions to the community and the “impact she has made to the public good.” She holds a master’s degree and is a graduate of the Harvard University Senior Executive Program.  Ms. Stotzer also graduated from the National Hispana Leadership Institute fellowship in 1998. She currently resides in Sherman Oaks with her husband Samuel and has two sons.

Marison Johnson

Gina Linn Espinoza

Ms. Gina Linn Espinoza, a.k.a. “Doctora Love” is dedicated to growing and nurturing talent as a successful life coach.  Ms. Espinoza’s diverse corporate management experience, energy, and positive approach make for a formidable combination. In 2008, she graduated from the National Hispana Leadership Institute.  During her NHLI fellowship leadership training, she attended the JFK School of Government at Harvard University.  Ms. Espinoza serves as Vice President of Thirteen Senses, a non-profit she co-founded with Victor Villasenor.  Their mission is to preserve family history worldwide. She is on the board of CASA 0101 in East Los Angeles, and an active member of Las Comadres Para Las Américas. Ms. Espinoza has had the pleasure of working with The Foundation for Women, United Way, and the Children’s Miracle Network.  Locally, she has worked with San Diego MANA, and is an Ambassador for Wise Latinas Linked, and the San Diego USO, where she created the most attended event in its history, “Beauty from the Inside Out.”  Ms. Espinoza also worked pro-bono with the families called to duty for 2 years following 9/11. Ms. Espinoza lives in Los Angeles with her dog Don Pepe, who inspired her children’s program, “Las Aventuras de Don Pepe”, teaching tolerance and coping skills. She works pro-bono with all types of artists to help them develop business sense, in accordance with their extraordinary talents, depicting her philosophy that there is beauty in everything.


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