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Latinas Connecting Across Generations, Reaching New Heights

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Thursday, November 3

Friday, November 4

Saturday, November 5

Civ.Eng Civic Engagement EP Emerging Professionals
ELP Executive Leadership Program EMC Executive Mid-Career
ExL/M Executive Leadership Management LLL Latinas Learning to Lead
LT Life Transition PD Professional Development
PF/B Personal Finance/Business Corp Corporate

Thursday, November 3, 2011

7:30 AM

Zumba - Sponsored by Pfizer
PRESENTER: Marisa Schor, Instructor, Zumba Fitness LLC

7:30 AM

PRESENTER: Alex Ornelas, Instructor

8:30 - 10:00AM
Sierra Ballroom

Alumnae breakfast (NHLI Alumnae only)

9:15 AM

Open Ceremony Latina Expo / Marketplace
Marketplace will be open to the public from 9am to 5pm. There will be demos, raffles & prizes.

9:30 - 11:00AM

Latina Expo Stage Sessions at Marketplace

10:30 - 11:30AM
Garden East

10:30 -10:35 AM

10:35 - 11:00AM



11:00 - 11:30AM

Openin Panel Sessions
“Generational Leadership: Past Present and Future”

Video: Chicano! History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement

Panel 1: Generational Leadership: Past, Present and Future
MODERATOR: Bea Stotzer (ELP '98), CEO, New Capital

Assembly Member Norma Torres
, California State Assembly, 61st District
Cynthia Ruiz, Deputy Executive Director of External Relations, Port of Los Angeles
Nancy De Los Santos, Entertainment Writer & Producer, De Los Santos Productions

Panel 2: Continuing to Lead and How to Balance it All
MODERATOR: Lisa Baca-Sigala (ELP '97), Executive Director, CA Latino Caucus Institute

Andrea Alarcon, President, City of Los Angeles, Board of Public Works
Chef Lala, Professional Chef and Advocate Healthy Latino lifestyle
Yolanda Fuentes, Office of the Mayor, City of Los Angeles

12:00 - 1:30PM
Pacific Ballroom

Kick-off Lunch - Sponsored by UPS, Walmart and Chevrolet

Hon. Gloria Molina, County Supervisor, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, First District

Alumnae of the Year Awards
María Rita Jaramillo, Senior Liasion, External Partnerships and Advocacy, National Education Association

1:30 - 2:30PM
Pacific Ballroom

Keynote Address
Dr. David E. Hayes Bautista, Founder, Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture at UCLA

Dr. David E. Hayes-Bautista is internationally recognized for his cutting-edge research on Latino health and culture, which focuses on the dynamics and processes of the Latino population's health status.

2:30 - 3:15PM

Latina Expo / Marketplace
Special stage presentations and raffles

3:30 - 5:00PM
Garden East

Ask the Expert One-on-One Coaching Sessions - Sponsored by Chevrolet
(Pre-event sign up required)

Trying to land that résumé to give you that extra boost in this economy? Come to the "Ask the Expert" workshop. We will assist you personally with One-on-One help from trained professionals. This workshop will teach you a variety of things you need to know while embarking on your job hunt!

3:15 - 4:45PM

Concurrent Sessions


Living on Purpose
PRESENTER: Beatriz Mieses Hernandez (ALL IN 2010), Founder, Beatriz Mieses Coaching

In this workshop we will explore how to live life "intentionally". Latina women of all ages can feel overwhelmed by the demands placed on them by their families, careers and society. Many times you may feel that you are just reacting to your circumstances. "Living on Purpose" is designed to help you be more present and engage in life in a more purposeful way. A combination of grounding, assertiveness and goal setting techniques will be used to design a purposeful, more satisfying life.

Civ. Eng

Latinas in Politics
Helen Torres, Executive Director and CEO, HOPE
Nora Vargas, Campaign Management Consultant and VP of Community Engagement at Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest. Women are more than half the population, yet hold only 17 percent of Congressional seats, 23 percent of state legislative seats, and six of 50 governorships. As underrepresented as women are in public office, the numbers for Latinas are even more dismal. There are just seven Latinas in Congress, four in statewide elective executive office, and 66 in state legislatures – only 4 percent of all women legislators and not even 1 percent of all state legislators. This underrepresentation has a profound impact on policymaking. Speakers will share the difference it makes to have women setting the agenda and making decisions about public policy, and why it's important for more women, and particularly Latinas, to run for office in 2012.


Negotiating Salary: You're Worth Every Penny!
Diana Mendoza (ALL IN 2010), Youth Development Director, Instituto del Progreso Latino Negotiating salary can be a scary experience, but it doesn't have to be. In this workshop, participants will learn the five principles that will guide any candidate through the negotiation process and ensure success. We will cover the negotiation process within the private, public and nonprofit sectors. Participants will leave knowing what to ask for and how to ask!


When You Know Better... You Do Better - Sponsored by Prudential
MODERATOR: Gale Britton, Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion, Agency Distribution PRESENTERS:
Ana Maria Gonzalez Wood - Financial Planner, The Prudential Insurance Company of America
Ani Victoriano, Manager Financial Services, The Prudential Insurance Company of America You are not the only one making difficult financial choices these days. In fact, 83% of women (According to All About Women Consumers, 2008), make financial decisions. So come and learn how to make more informed decisions about your financial future. This panel is comprised of Prudential Associates skilled at assisting their clients realize their hopes and dreams. Prudential's clients have been bringing their financial issues forward for 135 years; and for 135 years they have been up to the task. Come to the session and bring them a new challenge.

5:00 PM

Close Latina Expo / Marketplace

6:00 - 8:30PM
Macy's Plaza
(Walk to Macy's)

Welcome Reception - Sponsored by Macy's
Macy's Plaza: 750 W. Seventh St. Los Angeles, CA 90017

Wear your conference name badge to receive special discount at Macy's
Come Join us at Macy's Downtown LA Store for a fun-filled Welcome Reception & VIP Shopping Excursion! Be the first to see the entire collection of Holiday Cosmetic & Fragrance sets, and enjoy a night of pampering with beauty make-overs. Don't forget to stop by our complimentary gift-wrap & engraving stations for all your Holiday purchases. Celebrate your "Hermanas" as they strut their style during Macy's Fashion Presentation, and receive 1:1 fashion consultations.

Friday, November 4, 2011

7:30 - 8:30AM

Zumba - Sponsored by Pfizer
PRESENTER: Marisa Schor, Instructor, Zumba Fitness, LLC

7:30 - 8:30AM

PRESENTER: Alex Ornelas, Instructor


Latina Expo / Marketplace
Marketplace will be open to the public from 8am to 4pm. There will be demos, raffles & prizes.

9:00 - 10:00AM
Pacific Ballroom

Rising Stars Breakfast - Sponsored by McDonald's, Nissan and National Education Association

Keynote Speaker : Gina Rudan, President, Genuine Insights

Rising Star Awardees
Elisa Perez
(LLL 2002) , Teacher, District of Columbia Public Schools
Ivet Santiago (LLL 2004), Executive Director, Nevada Child Seekers


10:30AM - 12:00PM

Concurrent Sessions


Becoming the Boss

Lissette Nieves
(ELP 2010), Visiting Professor of Public Policy & Administration, Brooklyn College

Becoming the Boss is not as easy as one thinks and there are many stumbling blocks. This workshop is on how to become a stronger manager and build your influence management skills.




Nanci Luna Jimenez (ELP 2006), Founder, Luna Jimenez Seminars & Associates

Have you ever given or received a sincere, unqualified apology? Over the course of our lives we will hear and say the words "I'm sorry" thousands of times. These two small words can be extremely difficult to say and sometimes even harder to receive. Yet when sincerely meant and genuinely received these words have the capacity to reconnect, repair and strengthen any bond. The most powerful apologies are "clean apologies:" given without any expectation of forgiveness. All too often we Latinas give "leaky apologies" which can reinforce stereotypes of submissiveness, accommodation or subservience. Join us for this highly experiential and insightful session to learn more about the 3 leaky apologies, a tool to break the habit and a new awareness for how to genuinely initiate and support repair at home and the workplace!


Civ. Eng

Todos Contamos

Sol Flores
(ELP 2010), Founding Executive Director, La Casa Norte
Dulce Quintero, Director of Operations, La Casa Norte

As the growth of the Latino population occurs across the US, the safety net that supports the most vulnerable of this population has not caught up. There is a growing number of Latino youth and families that are either at-risk for or experiencing homelessness across the country. With all of these facts, policy makers and communities have yet to understand the impact and have not fully prepared to deal with this emerging crisis.


Personal Offline and Digital Media Strategy - Sponsored by Microsoft

Midy Aponte (ELP 2011), Founder, The Sanchez Ricardo Agency
Elianne Ramos, Vice-Chair of Communications and PR, Latinos in Social Media [LATISM]
Claudia Galvan, Principal Lead Program Manager, Microsoft
Penny Delgadillo, Senior Product Manager, Microsoft

Developing a personal offline and digital Media strategy that:

  1. Elevates your visibility throughout online media;
  2. Solidifies your reputation as a thought leader in your field or community; and
  3. Positions you as the go-to resource for partnerships with individuals/organizations/others.

Arts & Leisure

Memory Bracelets and Charm Necklaces

Laura Lopez Cano (ELP 2006), Life and Business Coach, LauraLopezCano.Com

Learn basic jewelry making techniques to create one of a kind wearable art. Personalize and express yourself by using personal images and pictures uniquely you.


12:00 - 2:30PM
Pacific Ballroom

12:40 - 2:30PM

Leadership Lunch - Sponsored by State Farm® Insurance Companies, Goya, AT&T and HBO
Keynote Speaker: Julie Stav, Financial Expert, "Tu Dinero con Julie Stav"

Special Screening of "The Latino List" and panel discussion featuring executive producers, Catherine Pino (ELP 2006) and Ingrid Duran (ELP 2002), interviewer Maria Hinojosa (2011 Chair Awardee) and interviewee Julie Stav.


3:00 - 4:30PM

Concurrent Sessions


Garden West

Embracing Diversity in the Workplace - Sponsored by Prudential

MODERATOR: Liz Montoya (ELP '92), Chief of Staff/Director, External Affairs, U.S. OPM PRESENTERS:
Ignace Conic, VP, Diversity at Prudential Financial
Vicki S. Smith, Senior Manager, Corporate and Social Responsibility, Nissan
Walmart Representative

Like America, the American workplace is becoming more diverse every year. There are more people with diverse backgrounds whose cultures, values and behaviors may not match those of the "traditional" American workplace. Until these differences are understood, embraced, and managed well, they may result in conflict and lack of productivity. Using case studies and group exercises as well as the presenter's own personal and professional experiences. This workshop explores what happens when people from different cultural backgrounds work together. It will identify potential areas of conflict, ways to minimize it, and areas of opportunity.


Arts & Leisure

Sixteen Women in Salsa
PRESENTER: Eileen Torres (ELP '91), President, Eileen Torres Productions Sixteen Women in Salsa is a 90-minute presentation highlighting the women that successfully crossed gender lines in salsa. Salsa has been and continues to be a male-dominated industry. However some women have made great strides and become well known for their work. The pioneering all-female Cuban band Anacaona, was comprised of the Castro sisters and others. They broke the male barrier and were well received in Europe and other parts of the world. Machito's sister Graciela, (part of Anacaona), was to make a bigger mark in New York during the Palladium Era. Myrta Silva, Celia Cruz, La India and many others were in the spotlight. These women were able to penetrate the male dominated salsa industry in various methods. Video and music clips punctuate this presentation.

Civ. Eng

Lobbying Public Policy and Civic Engagement Starter Kit
PRESENTER: Edith Gonzales Duarte (ELP 2010), Community Executive, United Way Find out how to be a successful advocate for issues that are important to you and the Latino community. The session will focus on influencing public policy, the do's and the don'ts, as well as the value of being civically engaged at the legislative level. This workshop will give you another tool for your tool box to help you exercise influence upon elected officials. You will learn how to craft your message, count your votes, and be effective in the legislative setting. Lobbying may seem like a daunting task, but it is an important process needed to reach your policy goals.



Mediating Solutions to Life's Conflicts
PRESENTER: Jodi Valenciano Perry (ELP 2010), President, DFW Strategic Group This Mediation Skills Clinic is an overview of methods and techniques needed for resolving conflicts. Participants will learn skills to be more effective in resolving conflicts, problem solving, reaching resolutions and improving personal, professional and community relations. Participants will eliminate the fear of conflict by understanding human differences, overcoming obstacles and applying problem solving techniques to defuse conflicts and mediate solutions.

Hot Topic

P.A.C. In Style Session - Sponsored by Macy's (3.00pm- 4.00pm)
Dineen Garcia, VP Diversity and Strategies, Macy's, Inc.
Laura Nieto (ELP 2010), Senior Manager, Community Affairs and Grassroots, Southwest Airlines
Elizabeth Torres, Wardrobe Stylist Get some tips from the Pros on how to "Pack And Carry In Style." Join Macy's and Southwest Airlines Travel Tipsters for an informative and fun-filled Packing Session. Just because you're on the go doesn't mean you have to leave your style behind. Learn how to pack and save $$$ on check baggage fees. Join us for a chance to win exciting prizes!



Surround yourself with Genius - Sponsored by Fannie Mae
Gina Rudan, President, Genuine Insights
Darlene Slaughter, VP Diversity, Fannie Mae
With opportunity on the horizon, the more people in your corner, the better. But an effective network goes beyond a large list of names in your contact list – and if strategic relationships with senior leaders aren't included in the mix, you are missing a critical tool that is necessary for leadership development and advancement. A positive reputation with key stakeholders can improve your chances of securing future opportunities to align with business goals and increase your value. Additionally - interaction with leadership might uncover a mentor, role model, coach or feedback provider who will play a game-changing role in your career. Identify strategies to help diversify your contacts and improve access to senior leaders.


Garden East

Latinas stepping in the forefront of Homeownership - Sponsored by JP Morgan Chase
Carmen Mercado, Chairwoman, National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals
Vanessa Montanez, Business Development Manager, Multi-Cultural & Affordable Lending, JP Morgan Chase. Preserving homeownership for multicultural buyers has been a challenge during the economic recession. During this workshop, you will learn about the leadership role of Hispanics in becoming advocates for Latino families and empowering future generations. You will learn how Latina leaders and Latina business owners have taken this challenge and stepped into the forefront of Latino homeownership. Workshop presenters will provide important tools and information for future homebuyers and valuable advice to those who have been most affected by the housing crises.


6:00 - 7:30PM
Pacific Ballroom

Pre-Gala / Art Reception - Sponsored by Goya and Chevrolet
First Place: Patssi Valdez, Second Place: Zoraida Haibi

7:30 - 10:00PM
Pacific/Sierra Ballroom

Mujer Awards Dinner & Gala, Award Presentations

CHAIR : Maria Hinojosa, President, The Futura Media Group
LEGISLATIVE: Hon. Lucille Roybal-Allard, Congresswoman, 34th District, California NATIONAL: Maria Contreras-Sweet, Founder, Promérica Bank
Hon. Gloria Molina, County Supervisor, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
Lillian Roybal-Rose, Founder, Lillian Roybal Rose Seminars