I am very honored to share with you the letter I received from the National Association of Latinos in Information Sciences and Technology (LISTA) as a recipient of their LISTA New York/New Jersey Latina Excellence Award. After more than 18 years of advocating for Latinos and Latino businesses in the USA through our company LCSWorldwide and just at short 10 months of launching LatinasinBusiness.us, we are excited and grateful to be recognized by such a prestigious national organization.
It is a great honor to invite you on behalf of the National Association of Latinos in Information Sciences and Technology (LISTA) and its Board of Directors, to join us as an Award Recipient during our upcoming Latinas Tech Leaders Luncheon at Waterside Restaurant, 7800 River Rd, North Bergen, NJ 07047 on Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015 between the hours of 11:00 pm – 2:00 pm.
This year’s Emerging Technology Leadership Forum will concentrate on Latina business, Diversity and Inclusion, STEM Education, Small Business Incubation, Mobility and Technology Trends and shall serve as a learning experience enabling Latina leaders from inside and outside the tech office to develop core competencies in the use of social media and technology, while getting together to discuss issues affecting Latinas in the Technology Industry. The LISTA Emerging Technology Leadership forum luncheon is our signature event in Atlanta and always has a great attendance.
LISTA’s focus on developing America’s 21st Century Information Sciences and Technology Workforce and empowering our community with technology to close the digital divide, as well as our develop the next generation of Latina tech business.
Words fall short when expressing, in full measure, the indispensable value of America’s Hispanic women. Fortunately however, the numbers speak for themselves:
– Women-owned businesses employ 7.5 million American workers.
– The total economic impact of these businesses exceeds $3 trillion.
– If women-owned businesses were their own country, they would have the fifth-largest GDP in the world, surpassing global economic powers such as France, the United Kingdom and Italy.
Over the past decade, there has been a nearly 200 percent increase in Latina-owned business, a sign of enormous growth by any measure, especially when compared to the 55% increase made by their non-Hispanic female counterparts. Moreover, studies show that Latina business owners have a start-up rate of six times the national average. Incredible numbers on behalf of incredible women.
As you already know, LISTA is a not-for-profit organization (501c3) assisting Latino/a technology professionals to advance their careers, their small business and providing inroads for the community at large to take advantage of technology. Through our membership, we provide professional development, career mentoring, small business development and technical education opportunities for Latinos across the country. LISTA is a vanguard for change in policies and programs that will lead to the prosperity and inclusion of Latino tech professionals and entrepreneurs.
At the “Latina Tech and Leadership Luncheon,” LISTA will celebrate those who have reached the highest echelons in their fields and are making outstanding contributions to the business community. The New York/New Jersey Latina Excellence Awards pays tribute to extraordinary women in New York/New Jersey who have committed their professional career and personal life to both entrepreneurship and philanthropy. Who better than you to that for so many years has made Latinas look so good.
Our network currently reaches over 95,000 Latino professionals nationwide. These individuals are the current and future leaders of the international technology revolution. Our members would be thrilled and honored to hear your thoughts on the issues and insight into your journey in reaching your professional status.