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NHLI Latina Empowerment Conferences

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Thanks to the
Latina Empowerment Conference's Sponsors

Portland, Oregon

Friday, August 13, 2010 | 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Benson Hotel, 309 Southwest Broadway, Portland, OR 97205

Cost per person
(Now – August 6)
$40 (August 7 – Onsite)
Individuals register here

(Group Rate)
for 4 registrations 
Groups register here

Both rates include breakfast and lunch

Space is limited. Register today and help us spread the word to other leaders like you. 

Microsoft Co-sponsor of the Portland Latina Empowerment Conference



8:00 am Registration & Networking Breakfast
9:00 Welcome Remarks from Sponsors
9:20 Overview of Latinas in the US and NHLI
9:50 Seven Demands of Leadership (Gallup Org.)
11:15 Break
11:30 Unleash Your Genius
12:45 pm Lunch & Panel –
Latinas Sharing their Secrets of Success

Concurrent Workshops

From Chaos to Clarity ] by State Farm Insurance Companies
Discovering and Nurturing the Leader
Within by Nancy Leon

3:45 Closing Remarks
4:00 Event Ends

Speakers & Panelists (click on name for bio)

Zulma X. Barrios, Senior Advisor, Gallup University
Gale Castillo (NHLI 09 Executive Leadership Program fellow) President and Founding Member,
Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber
Elvira N. Corey (NHLI 09 Executive Leadership Program fellow) Human Resources Director of Global Apparel and Merchandising, Nike
Monica Diaz, Global Diversity & Inclusion Director, Microsoft
Nancy Leon, (NHLI 88 Executive Leadership Program fellow) Former President, NHLI, Consultant
Cristina López, President, NHLI
Celia Núñez (NHLI 04 Executive Leadership Program fellow), Agent, State Farm Insurance Companies
Gina Rudan, President, Genuine Insights

Click here to download a pdf with all the Portland LEC information.

Zulma Barrios Zulma X. Barrios is a native of El Salvador. She is the Senior Advisor for Gallup University whose efforts are dedicated towards a better understanding of Multiculturalism as it relates to Insurance Companies and community-based non-profit organizations. Zulma worked in the International insurance arena for 27 years, earning many awards of excellence. Sheholds the distinction of being the first woman General Manager for the Mutual of Omaha Companies. She is a certified Registered Health Underwriter. In January 1994, Zulma was recruited by the Gallup Organization. As Vice President of Women and Diversity Leadership for Gallup University, she helped individuals develop their leadership talents for the benefit of their companies, organizations, and communities. In 2005, her role with the Office of the Governor of the State of Nebraska was to assist in the development of Latino leadership. She sits on several national boards, and was instrumental in the creation of the National African-American Women’s Leadership Institute and the Asian Pacific American Women’s Leadership Institute.
Gail Castillo Gale Castillo (NHLI 09 Executive Leadership Program fellow) is the President and is a founding member of the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber that was established in 1994. The Hispanic Chamber is a local chapter of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Washington, DC. Its mission is to work with all members of the community to increase the economic advancement of Hispanic-owned businesses. The Hispanic Chamber, headquartered in Portland, OR, is the largest Hispanic chamber of Commerce in the Northwest with over 850 members. Castillo is also the co-owner of Cascade Centers, Inc., one of the largest privately held companies that provides Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services and staff development throughout the United States.

Castillo has been recognized by a variety of groups for her community service. In April 2004, Ms. Castillo was selected by the U.S. Small Business Administration as Oregon’s 2004 Minority Small Business Advocate of the Year. Also in April of 2004, Ms. Castillo was recognized by the Business Journal as one of the top “Woman Executives of the Year for Non-profit Organizations.” In October of 2002, the Oregon Business Magazine named Ms. Castillo as one of “Fifty to Follow” in Oregon.

Castillo's current community involvements include: Leaders Roundtable (Portland, OR), Portland Trail Blazers Business Advisory Board, American Leadership Forum, Class IV Fellow and former Board member.

Castillo received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Linfield College and a Master’s degree from Portland State University. Ms. Castillo is married to Gerald "Jerry" Brown. They have three sons—Anthony Castillo Brown, Robert Castillo Mejia and Brett Brown.

Elvira Corey Elvira N. Corey (NHLI 09 Executive Leadership Program fellow) is the Human Resources Director of Global Apparel and Merchandising at Nike. Corey represents the Americas region which consists of five key Latin countries, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, and the country of Canada. She provides strategic HR direction in the function of Human Resources for all countries impacting approximately 1500 employees worldwide. She has been at Nike for over ten years and has worked within different businesses in the areas of retail, sales, team sports, and apparel.

Corey’s multicultural and bilingual skills have enabled her to drive the Nike Global HR strategy to another level by bringing the Latin countries’ voice to the table and ensuring there are more global approaches and solutions to Nike’s employees in the areas of recruitment, development, and movement within the Nike organization. Prior to Nike, she worked within the retail industry for Nordstrom and Meier & Frank in Sales and Management before going into Human Resources. Elvira’s true passion in developing people has provided her the opportunity to mentor other Latinas and to take on additional opportunities within the community.

She has taken on a leadership role by working with Portland Public Schools in facilitating leadership programs and elevating the overall skills of school and district leaders. In her time off, she enjoys spending time with her three children, one who has graduated from college and the other two who are still in enrolled in school. Elvira also enjoys running and has completed her first marathon. She competes in numerous races throughout the year and has competed as a dual athlete. She intends to continue dedicating her life to provide encouragement and support to others so they too can experience the life they envision for themselves.

Monica Diaz

Monica Diaz, Monica Diaz is Global Diversity & Inclusion Director at Microsoft. She leads global enterprise initiatives, focusing on learning, development, outreach, communications, public relations and integration, to strengthen diversity, inclusion and enhance market innovation. Monica is responsible for identifying and leveraging synergies across diverse groups, developing strategies to address vital differences in specific constituencies, while developing internal and external relationships in support of Microsoft’s diversity and inclusion strategy.

Monica joined Microsoft in February 2009, with over 20 years of experience in the HR field, and over 13 years of experience in D&I, applied in Pharmaceutical, Apparel and Staffing Service industries. Monica's experiences also include leading roles in Global Talent Management, HR Operations, Organizational Development and all other functional HR areas in the US and Latin America. She has a multi-cultural background, is bilingual-biliterate in English and Spanish, with proficiency in Portuguese. Monica holds MA in Industrial / Organizational Psychology and BA in Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico. She is a Council member of The Conference Board, Board member of Madrinas and advisor to other professional organizations.

Nancy Leon

Nancy Leon, (NHLI 88 Executive Leadership Program fellow) is a graduate of the first NHLI Executive Leadership Program, served on the NHLI Board of Directors and was President of the NHLI. While President, she provided technical assistance for the development of the Asian-Pacific and African-American Women’s Leadership Program. She also co-developed curriculum and implemented a three-day summit for Asian and Hispanic-American women to increase understanding and build bridges between the two groups. She secured funding to facilitate a coalition of women leaders from the Hispanic, Asian, Native and African-American communities to foster understanding and develop strategies for working together on common issues.

As a private consultant, she has taught leadership seminars throughout the U.S., Mexico and Central America and has led women’s personal development and empowerment groups. She was an executive coach for the Gallup Organization’s Leadership Institute. Within this capacity she coached clients from fortune 500 companies, government and the public sector on how to better utilize their talents to be more effective leaders and managers. She also taught leadership and management seminars for the Gallup Leadership Institute. She was an educator in the California public school system for eighteen years. She developed and directed bilingual and migrant education programs for Hispanic students in preschool through secondary school. She developed “Yo Puedo” a college bound program that received numerous awards including the California School Boards Association, a Congressional Award and national recognition from the New York Times, USA Today and CBS. She was President and co-founder of the Monterey Country chapter of the National Coalition Building Institute which provides training in diversity and prejudice reduction. Her leadership was recognized by Bennett College, the National Hispanic Employees Association and El Congreso Internacional de Mujeres Hispanas in Guadalajara, Mexico. Nancy’s accomplishments are featured in the book Notable Hispanic American Women Volume II.

She earned an M.A. in Multicultural Education from Pepperdine University and a teaching credential and B.S. from California Polytechnic State University. She also studied Spanish language, history and culture in Spain and Mexico.

Celia Núñez Celia Núñez, (NHLI 04 Executive Leadership Program fellow) cares about her community and is active as both a small business owner and as an elected-official. She has held a variety of challenging and significant leadership positions in both the private sector and state government. In state government ranging from Executive Director for the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs to the highest-ranking Latina in the Oregon Legislative Assembly as Caucus Policy Coordinator for the Oregon Senate Majority Office. Prior to her commitment to public service she spent over a decade in the private sector as a banker, communications director and marketing officer. Currently, Celia is a State Farm Agent in Newberg, Oregon for State Farm Insurance Companies. Previously, she was an Agency Executive Recruiter for State Farm Insurance in the Pacific Northwest Region responsible for recruiting future agents in Oregon, Washington state and Alaska.

Named by Hispanic Magazine as one of the top Latinas in government and politics, Celia is proudly serving her second term as a City Council member for the City of Wilsonville, Oregon. She is a recent Fellow of the Portland Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Program and serves as a board member. In addition, she is a Newberg Rotary member and actively involved in the Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce. Recently, she was appointed to the Oregon Civil Rights Council by Brad Avakian, Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries Director.

Celia has earned her B.A. and her M.B.A. from George Fox University in Oregon. She is a proud graduate of the NHLI Class of 2004.

Celia is a proud Latina of Mexican descent, is bilingual and bicultural and very passionate about making a difference for her family and community.

Gina Amaro Rudan

Gina Amaro Rudan is a high-impact speaker, trainer and strategist with a passion to inspire genius. Gina recently left her corporate cocoon to blossom as an entrepreneur and as a result of moving from vision to venture was recently awarded the 2009 March of Dimes Woman Living to the Fullest Award.

Gina has held executive positions at Fortune 500 companies including Avon Products and PR Newswire, where she responsible for spearheading multicultural and international marketing efforts. A native New Yorker, Gina graduated with a Bachelor's degree in English Literature from Binghamton University and is a National Urban Fellow holding a Master's degree in Public Administration from Baruch College in New York City.

She has been a guest lecturer and keynote a speaker for numerous organizations including: Booz Allen Hamilton, BET, Fannie Mae, InterPublic Group, Merck, The Stern School of Business at New York University, and for the Endeavor Organization.  Gina is a founding board member of the Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership, a women's leadership academy in New York. 

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