Female founders and leaders gather for holiday Fundraiser and Silent Auction

Latina in Business’ Annual Fundraiser and Silent Auction is a time for giving and receiving. This year, our fundraiser titled Latinas Are Back in Business, will focus on celebrating the successes of female entrepreneurs and founders, supporting each other, sharing the struggles and lessons learned during the pandemic, and amplifying the voices of minority small business owners. 

The Annual Fundraiser and Silent Auction will take place on December 8 from 4pm to 7pm, featuring special guests, celebrities and female founders. 

“We are extremely excited and grateful that many sponsors and members are joining us to amplify the voice of  Latinas suffering during the Covid-19 pandemic.  We want to bring a little joy and hope to many female founders and tell them we will continue to support them,” Susana G Baumann. President and CEO, said.   

Join us for this free virtual event on Wednesday, December 8 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm EST –Zoom and Live streamed on Latinas in Business Facebook page. 

You won’t want to miss this event! Register Now! 

 Guest speakers to share their stories of business and success as female founders 

Mariela Dabbah, CEO and Founder, Red Shoe Movement

Mariela Dabbah, CEO and Founder, Red Shoe Movement

Mariela Dabbah is the founder and CEO of the Red Shoe Movement, a leadership development company powered by a global community of women and men allies who support each other for career success. She is also a TEDx and International speaker, award-winning, best-selling author and go-to corporate authority for Fortune 500 companies interested in inclusive cultures.  

Dr Ginny A. Baro, founder of Fearless Women at Work.

Dr Ginny A. Baro is an award-winning international motivational speaker, certified leadership coach, career strategist, and #1 bestselling author of Fearless Women at Work. Named one of the Top 100 Global Thought Leaders, she delivers coaching programs, trainings, and keynotes to global audiences to develop individual women and leaders and helps Fortune 500 companies build inclusive leadership dream teams.

 

Rosario B. Casas is an award-winning women-in-tech advocate, co-founder of Business Creative Partners, leading digital adoption and transformation for Hispanic owned businesses. She is a Colombian-born serial entrepreneur, with over 8 years of practical experience in data and technology platforms and management roles. Most recently, she co-founded  Brooklyn2Bogota, a digital incubator for Hispanic business owners. The program aims to help close the digital divide post-COVID for business owners and entrepreneurs 

Tania Molina, founder and CEO of Villakuyaya Organic Dark Chocolate.

Tania Molina is the founder and CEO of Villakuyaya Organic Dark Chocolate. Originally an architect by profession, Tania shifted her career in 2014 with the entrepreneurial dream to create her own chocolate brand. Drawing on her Ecuadorian roots, Tania created Villakuyaya with quality ingredients and sustainable practices as her guiding goals. 

Lourdes Lulu Carey

Lourdes “Lulu” Carey, owner and founder of SweetLove gifts.

Lulu Carey is the owner and founder of SweetLove gifts, an online gift shop that personalizes a variety of products, from wine bottles to balloons and surprise gift boxes. Lulu started her business during the pandemic after discovering her creative side this past year. From hobby to business, Lulu shares her story as a new entrepreneur and the challenges and successes throughout her journey so far. 

Erica Sandoval, author and clinical therapist.

Erica Sandoval is a passionate licensed clinical therapist who is dedicated to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. She is also committed to amplifying the voices and businesses of Latinx social work leaders. Erica’s book, Latinx In Social Work, has been named a #1 Best Seller New Release on Amazon. 

Jacqueline Camacho

Jacqueline Camacho Ruiz, entrepreneur, author, motivational speaker, philanthropist and pilot. 

Jacqueline Camacho Ruiz is a visionary social entrepreneur that has created an enterprise of inspiration. As an entrepreneur, author, motivational speaker, and philanthropist she has created two successful award-winning companies, two nonprofit organizations, published over a dozen books, created many products, and held dozens of events around the world in just the past decade. Additionally, she is one of the few Latina sports airplane pilots in the United States, living by the motto: “taking off is optional, landing on your dreams is mandatory.”

Pilar Avila, founder of interDUCTUS, and  Renovad experiential retreats.

Pilar Avila is the founder of organizational change management consulting practice, interDUCTUS, and  Renovad experiential retreats. After building a fruitful career over 26 years providing leadership at institutions across the private equity, hospitality, and nonprofit sectors, Pilar decided to launch a consulting practice as a boutique lifestyle business inspired by her journeys across 5 continents and 18 countries, and the desire to spend more quality time with the extraordinary women who serve as her mentors and collaborators. 

Crystal Berger is the Founder of EBO.

Crystal Berger is the Founder of EBO, an on-demand expert bookings API that is committed to breaking barriers to entry in media using emerging technology. She is also the host of the Counter Culture Podcast, and a lifestyle contributor using emerging tech to break barriers to entry in media and corporate as a media tech entrepreneur. Berger has been recognized as a NAACP Award-Winning Journalist and is a Social Media Ambassador for the United Nations.

Nicole Mason, National CEO of Lemonade Day.

Nicole Mason serves as the National CEO of Lemonade Day, a non-profit committed to preparing youth for life by instilling an entrepreneurial spirit. For 15 years, Lemonade Day has offered youth K-8 an entrepreneurial and experiential program infused with life skills, character development, financial and business literacy, and mentorship. Their vision is for all children to be introduced to entrepreneurship through the real-world experience of starting their own business – a lemonade stand, the quintessential first business for young entrepreneurs.

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Register now for our Silent Auction for a chance to win big prizes from our donors! 

This year’s Annual Fundraiser and Silent Auction is all about giving and receiving. For over a year, small businesses and entrepreneurs have struggled through hardships due to the Covid-19 pandemic. As an organization, Latinas in Business has been committed to amplifying the voices of minority small business owners and female founders through these turbulent times. 

Our fundraiser this year, titled Latinas Are Back in Business, aims to bring together our vibrant community of business owners and entrepreneurs to celebrate their success and share their stories and experiences throughout the pandemic.  

The Annual Fundraiser and Silent Auction will take place on December 8 from 4pm to 7pm, featuring special guests, celebrities and female founders. 

“We are extremely excited and grateful that many sponsors and members are joining us to amplify the voice of  Latinas suffering during the Covid-19 pandemic. Many female founders have suffered losses not only in their businesses but also in their families and friends.  We want to bring a little joy and hope to many female founders and tell them we will continue to support them,” Susana G Baumann. President and CEO, said.   

Join us for this free virtual event on Wednesday, December 8 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm EST –Zoom and Live streamed on Latinas in Business Facebook page. 

You won’t want to miss this event! Register Now! 

Register and make a bid for a chance to win big prizes! 

The silent auction portion of the event will feature big prizes from our donors and fellow minority business owners, female founders, and entrepreneurs. Register for the event and make a bid for a chance to win one of these prizes. Below is a list of our confirmed donors so far, with more to come! View the full auction page here

fundraiserCrate & Twine Gift Box donated by co-founder Tania Molina. Crate & Twine combines the efforts of two strong, independent small business women from two distinct fields of industry. Tania, creator and owner of Villakuyaya Organic Dark Chocolates, and Suany Baca, creator and owner of Sweets by Suany, came together with a vision of uniquely curated gift boxes centered around Tania’s chocolates and Suany’s cookies and sweets, and filled in with heart and soul items that give the receiver of the gift box a feeling of love and pride from receiving.   

Win one of these beautiful gift boxes to share with a loved one this holiday season. The gift box includes: Villakuyaya Chocolate Bars (3), Villakuyaya Hot Chocolate Jar, Villakuyaya Truffles (4), Sweet by Suany Alfajores Marplatences (2), Sweet by Suany Design Christmas Cookies (2), Sweet by Suany Choco Bomb by Villakuyaya Chocolate, Christmas Rompope, Palo Santo by South Rhoades Apothecary, Crocheted Mini Christmas Gnome by Lnkreactions, Fancy Matches by Candlefolk, and a Custom Candle. 

Create your Business or Career Vision for 2022! donated by Dr. Ginny A. Baro. Connect with Dr. Ginny for a private 1-hr. VIP strategy & business acceleration session AND a copy of Dr. Ginny’s latest best-seller “Healing Leadership” book.

During that one hour, Dr. Ginny Baro will cover the top 3 challenges and create a 12-month practical action plan based on what’s most important and meaningful to you!

Dr. Ginny A. Baro is an award-winning international motivational speaker, certified leadership coach, career strategist, and #1 bestselling author of Fearless Women at Work. Named one of the Top 100 Global Thought Leaders, she delivers coaching programs, trainings, and keynotes to global audiences to develop individual women and leaders and helps Fortune 500 companies build inclusive leadership dream teams.

Group Session for 6 donated by Erica Sandoval. Erica is a passionate licensed clinical therapist who is dedicated to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. She is also committed to amplifying the voices and businesses of Latinx social work leaders. 

This prize includes an inspiring group session for 6 people on “How to Set Boundaries & Cultivate Joy with Latino Families this Holiday Season” Or “Navigating Difficult Conversations.”

Additionally, winner will receive a copy of Erica’s book, Latinx In Social Work, #1 Best Seller New Release on Amazon. 

3-month Business Coach and Advisor to Grow! donated by Jennifer Garcia. Jennifer Garcia is a multi-faceted business professional and leadership coach with a passion for empowering people and transforming businesses. 

Jennifer is also the founder of Fluential Leadership, a business and leadership consulting firm focused on elevating small-to-medium-sized business performance through developing and executing growth strategies, recruitment, and retaining talent. 

Let Jennifer guide you and help you grow your business with this 3-month coaching package! 

Improve your Life with YOGA virtual classes! donated by Norma Colón. Win 2 Sessions of 5 classes each that will teach you simple techniques!

Norma Colón, a proud Latina, born and raised in The South Bronx, brings her passion for Iyengar Yoga to every class and private lesson.

A Certified Iyengar Yoga instructor since 1999, (with other prior certifications) Norma has been practicing and teaching Yoga for more than 40 years, in the tradition of Yoga Master B.K.S. Iyengar since 1987. Norma has studied with many of the world’s top Iyengar Yoga teachers as well as with her Guru, B.K.S. Iyengar and his daughter, Gita Iyengar. She continues her studies with Abhijata Iyengar, even on Zoom.

Private YOGA classes to jumpstart your wellness! donated by Norma Colón. Place a bid on this prize for a chance to win 3 private yoga classes with Norma, an experienced certified yoga instructor with over 40 years teaching and specializing in Iyengar Yoga. 

Reconnect to the Power Within with RENOVAD donated by Renovad Experiential Retreats. Renovad hosts world-class renovation experiences around the globe in destinations that evoke relaxation, inspiration and adventure, providing women of consequence a unique opportunity to reinvigorate mind, body, and soul. 

Bid for a chance to win a $500 GIFT CERTIFICATE towards one Renovad 2022 Experiential Retreat.*

Choose from the following upcoming Retreats:

MOROCCO: Zagora Desert, Marrakech & Atlas Mountains, May 27 – June 4, 2022, OR GREECE: Athens, Paros & Santorini, Sept 3-10, 2022.

*Valid with the purchase of a complete CORE RETREAT PROGRAM. Please find additional information about these trips: https://www.renovad.co/retreats

fundraiser4 VIP Tickets to Disney on Ice at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ donated by Investors Bank.

Thanks to Investors Bank, one of our amazing sponsors for this event, you will have a chance to make memories with your entire family at Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate! at Prudential Center in Newark NJ.

See your favorite Disney characters like never before! VIP tickets for the best location

We will also be giving away a number of Latina Inner Circle Memberships during the silent auction to all who participate on December 8 from 4 pm to 7 pm on our Facebook LIVE Streaming event.

To view the full list of prizes and donors, visit the silent auction page here. For more information and to register for the event visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/208728290937.

“Latinas are Back in Business” Annual Fundraiser and Silent Auction to continue advocating for female founders 

Celebrities and small business owners will come together on December 8 from 4pm to 7pm in a virtual LIVE Streaming session to tell stories about the struggle of female founders during the pandemic, and how not only they survived but also thrived! 

Latinas in Business Inc. is asking for the general public support for their Annual Fundraiser and Silent Auction to take place virtually on December 8 from 4pm to 7pm. The event will feature special guests, celebrities and female founders who will be interviewed to tell stories of resilience and success over the adversity of the Covid19 pandemic.

The free virtual event takes place on Wednesday, December 8 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm EST –Zoom and Live streamed on Latinas in Business Facebook page. For free registration to this event visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/208728290937. The event is open to the general public regardless of gender, race or ethnicity. 

“We are extremely excited and grateful that many sponsors and members are joining us to amplify the voice of  Latinas suffering during the Covid-19 pandemic. Many female founders have suffered losses not only in their businesses but also in their families and friends.  We want to bring a little joy and hope to many female founders and tell them we will continue to support them,” Susana G Baumann. President and CEO, said.   

You might be interested: How women-led companies can raise more money through crowdfunding

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Latinas are back in business! Join us for our annual fundraiser and silent auction to continue supporting female founders and entrepreneurs.

The Silent Auction page includes donations from major sponsors and also, high-end female brands including Renovad Experiential Retreats, Fashion Designers of Latin America, Stuyvesant Champagne, Villakuyaya Gourmet Chocolates, and many more. The lowest bid starts at $15 but viewing of the Silent Auction Page is free to all who register.  

“We are very grateful to one of our main sponsors and supporters, Investors Bank, for donating one of the most valuable prices, 4 VIP tickets to the Disney on Ice, Let’s Celebrate show at Prudential Center in Newark NJ, for a value of $1000. And to the Investors Foundation, for providing a grant to support the event for another $1000,” Baumann added. 

For registration to this free event, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/208728290937.

LULAC

LULAC Women’s Conference proves Latinas are “America’s CEOs” 

Women leaders of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) are holding a milestone two-day national gathering of Latinas from across the United States and Puerto Rico, November 12-13 in New York City. This is LULAC’s first major in-person event since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020 marking the longest period in modern times for the country’s chief Latino advocacy organization without a national assembly.

“The journey to this point has been long and difficult given the uncertainty of our times, but we are ready and committed to making this a tremendous success,” says Elsie Valdes-Ramos, LULAC National Board Officer and Vice-President for Women. “This event matters because it is about the empowerment through the action of hundreds of women leaders who are coming together and tens of thousands more linked through social media. These are the women we want and need, to support each other, learn from one another, and make us even stronger in unity,” adds Valdes-Ramos.

Sindy Benavides, LULAC National CEO

The two-day LULAC Women’s Conference program includes plenary sessions, specialized panels, and interactive workshops that cover a wide range of timely topics including technology, mental health, general health equity, inclusion and diversity, federal careers, and women’s empowerment and leadership. Attendees confirmed included elected and appointed officials, community leaders, LULAC Women’s Commission members, and guests

“As we look ahead, the growth of the Latino community will double in just three decades. Latinas are at the heart of that growth and transformation,” says Sindy Benavides, LULAC National Chief Executive Officer. “The purpose of the LULAC Women’s Conference is to empower women by exchanging experiences so that we identify the most critical challenges we are all confronting daily, and the actions we need to take to overcome them.”

See conference catalog: Diverse Women in Action 

Latinas are “America’s CEOs” 

Two of the event’s principal organizers are Ralina Cardona, LULAC National Board Officer, and Sylvia Mata, LULAC Women’s Commissioner for the Northeast. Both are veteran social justice advocates in their communities who have served in elected and appointed positions. Also, they are staunch champions for Latinas, whom they call America’s CEOs, a fact borne out during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We were the hardest region early on, and the unknown of what was in the air, New York emerged almost like the Phoenix rising out of the ashes,” says Cardona. “We are looking forward to the women just sharing their best practices. We all know that Latina women already know how we are. I think now the world and country have seen how we are; multi-generational families, and CEOs of our households, and just taking care of everyone,” she adds.

Cardona says the pandemic taught America a new phrase, essential workers. The country quickly saw how important people of color were in our vital industries and roles, especially women. Every day, Latinas ventured to their jobs in hotels to transportation and health care. They never quit or gave up.

Sylvia Mata, LULAC National Women’s Commissioner

Mata says the focus now is on women’s empowerment and the significant impact on their families and communities. “I am very proud to be a part of LULAC because of its power for good and how respected the name is in many areas. This event will give us a greater presence here because I know of many successful professionals like attorneys who are now judges, and they tell me their first scholarship came from LULAC. This is the impact we are making,” adds Mata.

Mata has worked on educational programs related to health, immigration, finances, art, and small business. She co-produced an art, science, and technology (STEM) program for grades 10-12. Her goal was to reduce the school dropout rate in Queens, New York. Also, she owns and leads her small business. Today, she focuses on education from the perspective of inter-American business relations with a specialized focus on art and art investments.

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Mata sees a growing power for Latinas in America. “Women represent a significant part of the population, and we are moving the economy through our small businesses. We are advancing in federal jobs and leading important community groups, so, significantly, we are celebrating the LULAC National Women’s Conference here. I invite all Latinas who can join LULAC or collaborate with us. We are hopeful for the future.”

About LULAC

The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest Hispanic civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 1,000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services, and advocacy address the most prominent issues for Latinos, meeting the critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit https://lulac.org/.

National Small Business Week delivers virtual summit for post-COVID renewal resources

National Small Business Week commences with three-day free virtual summit from September 13 – 15, 2021. 

Hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), virtual summit will focus on the resilience and renewal of small businesses as they build back from the economic crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Photo by Sigmund on Unsplash

The National Small Business Week virtual summit will feature a variety of virtual events and activities including educational panels providing tools and practices for entrepreneurs and small businesses looking to pivot and recover post-COVID. With panels such as “The Importance of Black and Brown Community: Coming Together to Support Hispanic Heritage Month, Black History Month, and Small Business Day”, “Empowering the Veteran and Military Small Business Community”, “Unlocking the Doors to Access for Black-Owned Businesses: Funders and Founders Share Their Real-Life Stories” and more on the agenda, the diverse and inclusive summit offers resources and tools to support all business owners expand and succeed. 

Register now for the free three-day virtual summit. 

SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman. (Photo Source)

“Over the last 16 months, we have seen the incredible determination and ingenuity of small businesses across the nation.  During NSBW, we will honor and celebrate their impact on our economy and strengthening of communities as we look towards recovery,” said SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman in a video message

As the 27th Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, Guzman represents the more than 30 million U.S. small businesses and is committed to helping small business owners and entrepreneurs start, grow and be resilient. 

The SBA works to empower entrepreneurs and small business owners by providing the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from disaster. The organization delivers services through its extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. 

You might be interested: Latina Leaders share small business post-Covid recovery resources 

“NSBW is the perfect time for small businesses across the nation to network and learn about the many services and programs at the U.S. Small Business Administration, including our no-cost business counseling and mentoring opportunities available via our district offices and resource partners. We look forward to celebrating with you as we rebuild our economy and help our small businesses build back better,” Administrator Guzman added. 

About SBA

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) works to ignite change and spark action so small businesses can confidently start, grow, expand, or recover. Created in 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration continues to help small business owners and entrepreneurs pursue the American dream. SBA is the only cabinet-level federal agency fully dedicated to small business and provides counseling, capital, and contracting expertise as the nation’s only go-to resource and voice for small businesses.

Networking blast, workshop, summer speaker series,

Join us for our Summer Speakers Series and Networking Blast Events

Join us for our Summer Speakers Series and Networking Blast events for entrepreneurs and business owners, and participate in a chance to win a ticket to the Fashion Designers of Latin America LIVE Shows in NYC! 

Latinas in Business is excited to announce the return of our Summer Speakers Series and Networking Blast events, but with a twist!

Networking blast, workshop, summer speaker series,

If you did not have the chance to attend these workshops during the 2021 Women Entrepreneurs Empowerment Summit that took place in June, now you can!  And also have a chance to win a ticket to the Fashion Designers of Latin America LIVE Shows in NYC. 

Women entrepreneurs and business owners, you won’t want to miss out on these fantastic events and networking opportunities. Meet us at our Networking Blast to talk about you and your business and connect with other entrepreneurs! Members and non-members, we invite you to share your experiences!

Register ASAP to receive your private link to these must-see workshops

How to participate in the Summer Series Networking Blast events

The Networking Blast events will take place over the course of three Wednesdays throughout August, starting on August 4th. Attend these Summer Series and gain the tools you need to THRIVE in business!

  1. First, register and select one, two, or all three Networking Blasts! One extra ticket to be raffled among all those who sign up for all 3 workshops.
  2. You will receive a private link to watch a workshop at your convenience during the week previous to the Networking Blast.
  3. Open the link, watch the YouTube private video. Participants should watch at least 15 minutes of the video to participate in the FDLA ticket raffle. Then, leave a comment so we know it was you!
  4. Show up at that same week’s Networking Blast from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
  5. All participants who left a comment on the YouTube private link will participate in a raffle of a ticket** to:

Fashion Designers of Latin America LIVE Shows in NYC. (Photo courtesy FDLA)

The Fashion Designers of Latin America LIVE Shows will take place on September 8 and 9, 2021 in NYC. Each FDLA VIP Ticket (Value $250) includes:

  • Access to all Shows
  • Red Carpet Reception
  • Open Bar
  • Gift Bag

** Ticket does not include any other cash or in-kind compensation or accommodation. It’s personal and non-transferable. Certain restrictions apply. Not valid where the raffle is not legal. Only available in the US.

Our must-attend workshops

These three stellar workshops from industry leaders were featured during our THRIVE! 2021 Women Entrepreneurs Empowerment Summit in June. Each of these three featured workshops will help you gain the tools and resources you need to grow your business and reach your next business goals. 

Workshop 1: Grow with Google 

First, learn how to utilize Google to increase your business’s visibility with Sandra Elise Garcia’s workshop. Want to know how to make your business stand out online? Or how to make your business appear on the first page of a Google search? This workshop will teach you all about the different tools and resources Google offers to maximize your business’ visibility online. 

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Register ASAP to receive your private link to Speaker Sandra Elisa Garcia

Sandra Elisa Garcia is a Marketing and Branding strategist and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Consultant. Her corporate experience includes organizations such as Clear Channel Outdoor, Time Warner Cable Media, PEOPLE.com, and CNNMoney.com developing marketing strategies and compelling sales programs. Sandra has strategized for brands such as Toyota, L’Oreal, Estee Lauder, Apple, Verizon Wireless, Sephora, Pepsi, and American Express to name a few.

You might be interested: Grow with Google: Lucy Pinto discusses digital tools, trends, and resources for small businesses 

Workshop 2: Real Strategies to Access Business Funding

Every business needs funding to expand and create new products. Join Peggy Paulson and Orlando Camargo as they explore real funding options to help you grow your business. 

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Register ASAP to receive your private link to Speakers Peggy Paulson and Orlando Camargo.

Orlando Camargo is the Vice President | SBA Business Development Officer for Valley National Bank in Totowa NJ.

Peggy Paulson is the Vice President | SBA BDO, SBA Department at Valley National Bank in Jericho, NY.

Workshop 3: Increase Revenue with Sustainable Practices 

Finally, sustainability is key to keeping businesses running and adapting to changing times. Join Apple White and Dorothy Kahlau to learn sustainable practices you can implement into your business that not only motivate employee engagement and encourage technological solutions but also save your company money. 

small business, entrepreneur, women entrepreneurs, networking blast

Register ASAP to receive your private link to Speakers Apple White and Dorothy Kahlau

Apple White joined Valley National Bank in 2020 as the Workplace and Environmental Sustainability Strategy Manager. As a champion of effective change management, she provides solutions to amplify Valley’s workplace experience through space design, technology enablement, and workforce flexibility. She also drives environmental sustainability programs throughout the organization by partnering with purchasing, facilities, construction, and business group leaders.

Dorothy Kahlau is Valley Bank’s Director of Women in Business program, a multistate program designed to support women at all stages of their career and business: from aspiring women in business to well-established executives and anywhere in between. In this position, she fosters connections and encourages collaboration between women to help them take their business to the next level.

THRIVE! 2021 Women Entrepreneurs Empowerment Summit first recap and highlights 

Entrepreneurs, business owners, and industry leaders gathered last night to THRIVE! for the third annual Women Entrepreneurs Empowerment Summit, a unique conference that year after year gathers successful Latinas and other minority women entrepreneurs to Learn. Connect. Succeed!   

This year, the summit focused on key areas of growth to connect and empower women business owners with tools and insights to propel them forward in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic so they can grow their businesses to the next level. 

This amazing event featured stellar guest speakers, inspiring panels with industry leaders, and motivating deep-dive workshops and group discussions that connected and inspired Latina and other minority women entrepreneurs, empowering them to take the next step in achieving their business goals and turn their dreams into actionable business plans. 

The virtual portion of the 2021 Women Entrepreneurs Empowerment Summit opened with introductions and welcoming remarks from Latinas in Business Inc. CEO and President, Susana G Baumann, and Berkeley College President, Michael J. Smith. 

Women Entrepreneurs Empowerment Summit

Susana G Baumann opening the 2021 WEES

“Latinas in Business has grown exponentially in 2020-2021, and achieved many of the goals we had for this fiscal year including extending our national footprint and completing our Executive Board with 6 unstoppable Latinas! However, for small businesses and especially Latinas and other minority women entrepreneurs, this has been a difficult year of survival. ” Baumann said.

“In a glooming and already unequal pre-pandemic environment, from solopreneurs under the risk of losing their homes to small enterprises letting go of all their hired labor, it is estimated that around two-thirds of Latino businesses were at risk of closing their doors for good or significantly reduce their operations,” she continued.

“We have designed this Summit with these female entrepreneurs in mind: young start-ups, mothers running their businesses from home while caregiving and home-schooling, those struggling to expand and grow their business with funding that is not always available for them; and finally, sharing the business innovation knowledge and information they need to make the jump to this new environment where virtual is here to stay!” she stated.

And concluded, “We are inviting you to participate in this unique opportunity, to hear from these inspiring speakers, learn from experts in their topics, and share your experiences, your questions, and your concerns. We want to learn from you as much as you can learn from us.”

The State of Latino Entrepreneurship 

We then heard from Claudia L. Dulac, Senior Vice President, New Jersey VP Local Market Executive, Bank of America, and Marlene Orozco, LBAN Researcher at Stanford University, who shared key insights from the 2020 State of Latino Entrepreneurship report.  

 

Claudia L Dulac, Bank of America, and Marlene Orozco, Stanford Researcher at Fireside Chat 2020 State of Latino Entrepreneurship.

Our Opening Keynote Speaker and presenting sponsor, Lucy Pinto, Program Manager of Grow with Google, noticing that after a year shaken by the COVID-19 pandemic, the necessity for digital tools and resources for businesses has never been greater and in fact, since the pandemic began, 72% of Latino businesses are now using digital tools to reach customers online and keep their businesses open. 

This is why the work Lucy Pinto and the Grow with Google team do is so important. Grow with Google works to level the playing field for communities who face digital divides and barriers to digital resources by delivering free digital skills training for U.S. Black & Latino small businesses.

We were moved and empowered by their inspiring stories! 

Three inspiring women shared their stories of success in the face of adversity during our Women’s Panel: “THRIVE! Women Turning Adversity into Success.” Against all odds, these women found the way through to embrace their inner power and THRIVE! 

Marvina Robinson, founder and CEO of Stuyvesant Champagne, shared her story of launching her champagne company in her hometown of Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn, NY and the challenges she faced as one of the few African American women owning a Champagne brand. She inspired us all when she shared her thoughts on dealing with “competition” in her field, emphasizing how she does not focus on competing at all! Instead, Marvina focuses on how she can improve her own business, bring the best experience to her customers, and ways to collaborate with others in her industry. 

Women’s Panel at 2021 WEES

We then heard from Jessie Gabriel, CEO and Founder of All Places, the go-to business and legal strategy firm for women asset managers and entrepreneurs. Jessie shared her struggles in the corporate world and how she felt very underappreciated at previous firms. Her ideas were not heard, her value undermined, and salary demands dismissed. These experiences began building a seed in her mind of a dream firm. Then, after a push from fellow women colleagues one night at dinner, Jessie was decided to start her own firm, All Places–the name a reference to the famous quote by the late Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg: “Women belong in all places where decisions are being made.” Jessie’s story is an inspiration to all women who have big dreams and are ready to take charge of their careers that anything is possible when you take charge and turn your dreams into action plans.

Finally, Maria Piastre, President and CEO of Metallix Refining shared her story of rising up through the ranks in the male-dominated industry of metal refining. As President, Maria has brought to the position a new generation of values that transcends gender and instead is based in learning and reward based on individual merit. One of her greatest achievements as President is the value and focus placed on women employees, granting them fully compensated maternity leave and opportunities to grow in their careers. Her story is an inspiration to Latinas everywhere that there are no limits to what we can achieve.

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Inspiration was all around during our deep-dive workshops 

Our deep-dive workshops inspired and empowered participants with the tools to THRIVE! From tackling areas of Personal Power, Financial Wellness, and Business Innovation, we learned how to turn dreams into action plans for success! 

We learned from Sandra Garcia how to optimize our business’ online presence and reach on Google. The “Taking Care of Your Inner Self: The Road to Resilience” Personal Power session taught us how to harness our potential by learning to manage stress, personal care, and relationships. And in the world of Financial Wellness, we learned what Series A can do for our businesses, and how to go about securing this crucial funding for the next stage of growth. 

Later, in our second session of Workshops, Dr. Ginny Baro taught us how to build on our strengths, prioritize our goals, and turn those dreams into our living reality with a motivational presentation and empowering post-workshop discussion. 

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In the area of Business Innovation, Apple White and Dorothy Kahlau shared how integrating sustainable practices into a company’s operations can not only motivate employee engagement and encourage technological solutions, it can actually save their company money. 

And finally, for those interested in growing their business to a million-dollar company, Orlando Callegari and Peggy Paulson of Valley Bank shared key funding options and strategies to help your business grow to that next level! 

2021 Women Entrepreneurs Empowerment Summit, a beautiful and moving award’s ceremony 

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The “Unstoppable” Latinas in Business Executive Board with Susana G Baumann, President and CEO

Last but certainly not least, we ended the 2021 Women Entrepreneurs Empowerment Summit with the Latina Leaders Award Ceremony, broadcasted live from New York City. It was a beautiful and touching moment where we saw 12 influential Latina Leaders from the past year honored for their success as entrepreneurs and community leaders. 

The stunning Daneida Polanco of Univision presented the awards alongside Latinas in Business’s CEO and President, Susana G Baumann in a heartwarming ceremony that gathered and celebrated not only our Latina Leaders but Latina entrepreneurs everywhere. 

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Maria Piastre, President, Metallix Refining, receives her Latina Leader Award.

It was a touching moment, seeing our guests and speakers take the podium, many meeting in person only for the first time after a year of virtual communication. Hugs were all around for our Awardees and speakers. 

We were especially moved by the tribute and memorial to the life of Jessica Asencio delivered by her sister, Shirley, who accepted the Latina Leader Award on the late Jessica’s behalf. Jessica’s life and memory will be remembered always by the Latinx community. 

The 2021 Women Entrepreneurs Empowerment Summit was certainly a night to remember! We look forward to our next event where we will continue to Learn. Connect. Succeed! 

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Final Agenda for the spectacular must-attend THRIVE! 2021 Women Entrepreneurs Empowerment Summit

Last day to register! Don’t miss this powerful must-attend event for all entrepreneurs, business owners, and career-oriented professionals. Get the tools you need to THRIVE! post-pandemic at the 2021 Women Entrepreneurs Empowerment Summit. 

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Join us at this year’s hybrid Women Entrepreneurs Empowerment Summit, a unique conference that year after year gathers successful Latinas and other minority women entrepreneurs to Learn. Connect. Succeed!   

With THRIVE! as our motto this year, the 2021 Women Entrepreneurs Empowerment Summit will center on key areas of growth to connect and empower women business owners with tools and insights that will propel them forward in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event will feature various panels with industry leaders, inspiring guest speakers, deep-dive workshops, and our signature peer-to-peer networking sessions and post-panel discussion forums.

The event takes place on June 10, 2021 from 1:30pm to 6:30pm in a Virtual Space, followed by the Latina Leaders Awards ceremony from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Berkeley College’s Mid-Manhattan Campus (by invitation only).

 

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THRIVE! 2021 Women Entrepreneurs Empowerment Summit Agenda 

Opening Remarks

1:30 – 1:40 PM |  Welcome 

Welcoming remarks from Latinas in Business President and CEO, Susana G Baumann, and Berkeley College President, Michael J. Smith. 

1:40 – 1:55 PM |  Latino Entrepreneur Landscape Overview

The 2020 State of Latino Entrepreneurship report provides organizations focused on supporting businesses (e.g., chambers of commerce, trade associations, economic development associations, etc.), think tanks, policymakers, and corporations with insights into the business outcomes of Latino-owned businesses to inform data-driven policy and programs. Business owners are operating in largely uncertain and unprecedented times, and we would like to thank those who contributed their data to ensure that the stakeholders listed above can work together to reshape and rebuild the U.S. economy.

Facilitator: Claudia L. Dulac, Senior Vice President, New Jersey Local Market Executive, Bank of America

Speaker: Marlene Orozco, LBAN Researcher, Stanford University

Lucy Pinto, Grow with Google Program Manager.

1:55 – 2:00 PM |  Opening Keynote Speaker Lucy Pinto, Program Manager, Grow with Google

Deep Dive Workshops

2:00 – 2:30 PM |  Workshop Session 1 

Are you ready to THRIVE? Make the jump to a better you by joining us for our deep-dive workshop sessions with industry leaders. Choose your path from PERSONAL POWER, FINANCIAL WELLNESS, and BUSINESS INNOVATION. 

See here for more on each of our Deep-Dive Workshops. 

2:30 – 2:55 PM  |  Continue Breakout Sessions — Networking & Group Discussion

Take center stage at this multi-participant discussion with the Workshop Facilitators! Attendees have the opportunity to engage with the Facilitators and each other by sharing their feedback and voicing their reactions to the content.

Participants are encouraged to share their own best practices with the group related to the topic discussed on the panel. This Peer-to-Peer Sharing is a tried-and-true collaborative learning experience that helps everyone expand their business knowledge.

General Session: Women’s Panel 

3:00 – 3:30 PM |  THRIVE! Women Turning Adversity into Success

These women have struggled against the odds, not only during the Covid-19 pandemic but also in their industries and their businesses. They understand that it is essential to excel and show confidence and vision as well as have a well-rounded set of skills to effectively run their businesses. Continuously developing those competencies is essential to not only help your business grow, but thrive. Listen to their fantastic stories!

Panelist: Maria Piastre, CEO, Metallix Refining

Panelist: Jessie Gabriel, CEO, All-Places

Panelist: Marvina Robinson, CEO, Stuyvesant Champagne

FACILITATOR: Susana G Baumann, Latinas in Business

Fireside Chat 

 

3:45 – 4:00 PM  |  Fireside Chat

Condé Nast Senior Editor for Mexico and Latin America for Vogue, GQ and AD, Jose Forteza, will sit one-on-one with Fashion Designers of Latin America’s founder Albania Rosario and touch on the important topic of how mainstream media can support Latinas and other minority women entrepreneurs and be more inclusive of their stories.

Deep Dive Workshops

4:00 – 4:30 PM  |  Workshop Session 2 

Continue THRIVING! with our second session of deep-dive, informative workshops. Choose from exciting topics such as: 

  • PERSONAL POWER – The Sandwich Generation: Thrive while Homeschooling, Caregiving and Running a Business
  • FINANCIAL WELLNESS – Why Am I Not a Million Dollar Company? Understanding Alternative Sources of Funding 
  • BUSINESS INNOVATION – Bottom Line: Sustainable Practices that Increase Your Business Bottom Line

4:30 – 4:55 PM  |  Continue Breakout Sessions — Networking & Group Discussion

Engage with the Workshop Facilitators and each other by sharing their feedback and voicing their reactions to the content.

Participants are encouraged to share their own best practices with the group related to the topic discussed on the panel. This Peer-to-Peer Sharing is a tried-and-true collaborative learning experience that helps everyone expand their business knowledge.

General Session: Men’s Panel

5:00 – 5:30 PM  |  Enlisting Men’s Support to Expand and Grow your Networks

Women entrepreneurs don’t often have the gender ally benefits that their counterparts in corporate America may be offered. Join us and our panel of gender equality advocates as they share with us why enlisting men to grow and expand your networks can offer a valuable perspective. There is no one approach to break gender barrier challenges, so we’ll explore how different strategies may serve different needs and real-life examples of partnerships in which our panelists have taken part.

Panelist: Damian Rivera, CEO ALPFA

Panelist: Thomas Savino, CEO, Prospanica

Panelist: Ron Gonzales, President and CEO, Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley

FACILITATOR: Maria del Pilar Avila, Latinas in Business Inc. CEO InterDUCTUS/Renovad

Keynote Speaker and Closing Remarks

Keynote Speaker, Alice Rodriguez, Managing Director, Head of JPMC Community Impact JPMorgan Chase & Co.

5:40 PM – 5:55 PM | Keynote Speaker: Alice Rodriguez, USHCC Chairwoman of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Patricia Pacheco de Baez, Bank of America, Managing Director, Global Corporate & Investment Banking

5:55 PM – 6:00 PM |  Closing Remarks: Patricia Pacheco de Baez, Bank of America, Managing Director, Global Corporate & Investment Banking 

Latina Leaders Awards Ceremony 

Latina Leaders Awards,

2020 – 2021 Latina Leaders Awardees

6:00 PM – 6:45 PM  |  Latina Leaders Awards Ceremony

Twelve inspiring and influential Latina Leaders will be honored at the 2021 Women Entrepreneurs Empowerment Summit in a hybrid awards ceremony streaming Live from New York City. 

6:15 PM  | Remarks: Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn Assembly-member, New York State’s 42nd Assembly District

Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn, 2021 Women Entrepreneurs Empowerment Summit

Hon. Assembly-member, Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn (Photo courtesy 42nd Assembly District)

SMALL BUSINESS CHAMPION: Wendy Garcia, CDO, NYC Office of the Comptroller Scott Stringer

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Wendy Garcia, Chief Diversity Officer of the NYC Office of the Comptroller

 

6:45 – 8:00 PM  |  Live Reception (By invitation only)

We hope to see you tomorrow for this spectacular event!

Register now and join us to THRIVE!

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Final Lineup of Stellar Speakers to support THRIVE! 2021 Women Entrepreneurs Empowerment Summit

Announcing final lineup of stellar speakers for the Latinas in Business THRIVE! 2021 Women Entrepreneurs Empowerment Summit  (2021 WEES) to support Latinas and other minority women entrepreneurs. 

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THRIVE! 2021 Women Entrepreneurs Empowerment Summit Speakers Lineup.

We are pleased to announce our final lineup of speakers for the Latinas in Business THRIVE! 2021 Women Entrepreneurs Empowerment Summit (2021 WEES), a unique conference that year after year gathers successful Latinas and other minority women entrepreneurs to Learn. Connect. Succeed!  

With THRIVE! as our motto this year, the 2021 Women Entrepreneurs Empowerment Summit will center on key areas of growth to connect and empower women business owners with tools and insights that will propel them forward in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event will feature various panels with industry leaders, inspiring guest speakers, deep-dive workshops, and our signature peer-to-peer networking sessions and post-panel discussion forums.

The event takes place on June 10, 2021 from 1:30pm to 6:30pm in a Virtual Space, followed by the Latina Leaders Awards ceremony from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Berkeley College’s Mid-Manhattan Campus (by invitation only).

Register now at https://2021wees.eventbrite.com/

Announcing Final Lineup of speakers for THRIVE! 2021 WEES 

Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College

Michael J. Smith, Co-Host – Michael J. Smith is the President of Berkeley College. Since his appointment as President in 2015, Mr. Smith has been unwavering in his commitment to student success. 

Under the leadership of Mr. Smith, Berkeley College has expanded its reach among diverse communities, including through prominent Latino and African-American organizations. In addition, the College has been recognized for its volunteer and community service contributions, and was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. 

Before joining Berkeley College, Mr. Smith was Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of MetLife Realty Group. He is also an accomplished public servant. He was twice elected to represent the 55,000 residents of District 3 on the Westchester County Board of Legislators from 2012 to 2015, serving as the Chairman of the Committee on Economic Development and Capital Projects during the 2014-15 legislative term. 

Mr. Smith is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Financial Analyst. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from Fordham University Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Fairfield University.

Lucy Pinto, Grow with Google Program Manager.

Lucy Pinto, Opening Keynote Speaker – Lucy Pinto is the Grow with Google Program Manager. 

As the Grow with Google Program Manager, Lucy works to level the playing field for communities who face digital divides and barriers to digital resources by providing them with the digital tools and resources to succeed. 

Additionally, Lucy is a thought leader, a consultant, and a partner who helps teams at Google audit and anticipate inclusion needs as well as implement strategies to make better products, processes, and services. 

Currently, she manages the Grow with Google Digital Coaches Program which delivers free digital skills training for U.S. Black & Latino small businesses. Prior to her role as Program Manager, Lucy served as Diversity Systems & Programs Design Manager at Google, and Business Inclusion Program Manager. 

Lucy received her B.B.A in Management and International Business from the University of Georgia. 

Patricia Pacheco de Baez, Managing Director, Global Corporate Banking, Bank of America Securities.

Patricia Pacheco de Baez, Closing Remarks – Patricia Pacheco is a managing director in Global Corporate Banking at BofA Securities, the institutional broker dealer business of Bank of America. 

Pacheco is responsible for Latin America and European large corporate subsidiaries with $2bn above in global annual sales based in North America. In this capacity, she manages a $60M portfolio and has driven more than 316% growth in revenues since 2014 when she joined the firm. 

Pacheco has been actively involved in leading many Hispanic and employee network initiatives throughout the course of her career. She currently serves as co-chair of Bank of America’s Hispanic Latino Executive Council and emeritus chair of the firm’s Hispanic Network Executive Advisory Board (HOLA NY).

Pacheco holds an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Manhattanville College with dual majors in international business and Latin America studies.

Alice Rodriguez, Managing Director, Head of JPMC Community Impact and U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Chairwoman. 

Alice Rodriguez, Keynote Speaker – Alice Rodriguez is the Chairwoman of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Head of JPMC Community Impact Organization. 

Alice Rodriguez has over 30 years of extensive banking experience with JPMorgan Chase and its predecessors. She has held executive positions in Business Banking, Consumer Banking and Wealth Management. Her most current role is Head of JPMC Community Impact Organization. 

She provides strategic counsel and serves an integral leadership role in community engagement initiatives and localization strategy. In this capacity, Alice collaborates with Corporate Responsibility to bring together the best of business, philanthropy and policy efforts to drive inclusive economic growth. Alice leads the Community Impact team that is driving the firm’s a $30B commitment to advancing racial equity.

A trailblazer in her field, Alice has a natural tenacity, tempered with a steadied approach in both life and business. In a career spanning three decades, she has put people and purpose first, supporting community efforts beyond her corporate responsibilities. A lifelong commitment to minority-driven causes has earned her numerous board appointments and accolades including her current role as Chairwoman of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Alice holds a BBA in Management from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. 

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Assemblywoman, Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn

Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn, Latina Leaders Award Ceremony Remarks – Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn is the Assemblymember and State Committee Woman/District Leader for New York State’s 42nd Assembly District representing Flatbush, East Flatbush, Midwood and Ditmas Park in Brooklyn. She is the Chair of the Subcommittee on Oversight of Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs), which serves to promote economic diversity in New York State.

Bichotte Hermelyn, a former Wall Street banker, engineer and small business owner, has leveraged her experience in the free market to push public-private partnership initiatives across the state.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, she championed bills to jump start the economy and improve equity for minority and women-owned small business owners. Bichotte Hermelyn hosted a webinar and participated in several panels with MWBE stakeholders to help them navigate the Coronavirus crisis and access resources, including grants and loans, and helped with strategies to reduce the spread of the virus. 

She provides annually, a platform that promotes networking, education, and resources for existing or potential MWBEs through a series of workshops at the National Association of Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Conference. Under her leadership, the number of certified MWBE firms in New York State has more than doubled. The state has also set a goal of utilizing MWBEs for 30% of all state contracts, the highest rate in the nation. 

Bichotte Hermelyn holds an MBA from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management and four undergraduate degrees in mathematics and engineering. She is currently a Juris Doctorate Candidate at Brooklyn Law School.

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