Learn how Hispanic businesses are pivoting post-pandemic in today’s SBA virtual event

Join the SBA today, October 14 , 2021 from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT to learn how Hispanic businesses are pivoting post-pandemic. 

Hispanic Heritage Month is a time dedicated each year to celebrating the successes and accomplishments of Hispanic individuals. As the fastest growing population in the U.S., the Hispanic population is a powerhouse with the ability to shape our nation’s future economy and market.

Along with the population, Latino small businesses are growing too. The 2020 State of Latino Entrepreneurship Report revealed that the number of Latino-owned businesses has grown 34% over the last 10 years compared to just 1% for all other small businesses.

Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with virtual event: Testimonies of Excellence & Pride (Excelencia y Orgullo).The event will celebrate the accomplishments of Hispanic business owners as they share their stories of facing adversity and challenges on their way to success. 

Beginning at noon, the event will open with a panel discussion where SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman will lead a discussion with Hispanic business owners to hear how they have successfully pivoted and adapted throughout the pandemic. Panelists will share truths of how they have overcome challenges, and how they face this adversity with “grit and ganas (a drive to succeed)”. Following this discussion, SBA Associate Administrators Bibi Hidalgo and Mark Madrid will have a candid talk with Hispanic business leader Ana Valdez, executive president of The Latino Donor Collaborative, about the state of Hispanic entrepreneurship in the United States.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and learn how Hispanic businesses are pivoting post-pandemic. (Photo credit: SBA)

Register Now: Testimonies of Excellence & Pride (Excelencia y Orgullo)Today October 14, 2021 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT

 “Over the past 18 months, our nation’s 32 million small businesses and innovative startups have faced unprecedented adversity and shown incredible resilience. However, Latinx entrepreneurs -– despite starting businesses faster than at any other time in our history –continue to struggle because of historic inequities and persistent barriers to the capital, networks, and markets they need to sustain and grow their businesses. As a former entrepreneur myself, I understand what a difference we can make by building equity, breaking down barriers, and bringing new investments and opportunities to historically underserved communities,” said  SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman in a press release. “As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, let us continue to embrace the extraordinary entrepreneurial spirit and rising achievement of America’s Latinx communities and the innovative spark they bring to countless industrial centers, innovation hubs, and Main Streets by helping them start, grow and thrive.”

About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.

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!

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

You might be interested:  Final Lineup of Stellar Speakers to support THRIVE! 2021 Women Entrepreneurs Empowerment Summit

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. 

Get Dr. Ginny Baro’s PERSONAL POWER Toolkit

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! 

2021 WEES

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. 

 #2021 WEES Register now and join us to THRIVE!

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).

 

2021 WEES

 

Last day to Register! Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and a Personal Donation, we are now offering limited FREE tickets for our Summit. Please use Promo Code WEES100 at registration. 

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!

2021 WEES

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. 

2021 WEES

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. 

Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn, 2021 Women Entrepreneurs Empowerment Summit

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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Vogue Senior Editor Latin America Jose Forteza and Univision Correspondent Daneida Polanco to support THRIVE! 2021 WEES

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 while Univision Entertainment Correspondent Daneida Polanco will be the MC at the third annual Latinas in Business Women Entrepreneurs Empowerment Summit.

Jose Forteza, Albania Rosario, 2021 WEES

Vogue Senior Editor Latin America, Jose Forteza and Fashion Designers of Latin America’s founder, Albania Rosario, to sit in Fire-Side Chat at 2021 WEES.

Celebrities are stepping up to support Latinas and minority women entrepreneurs at the 2021 Women Entrepreneur Empowerment Summit (2021 WEES), a unique virtual conference that takes place on June 10, 2021 from 1:30pm to 6:30pm. 

Condé Nast Senior Editor for Mexico and Latin America Jose Forteza (Vogue, AD and GQ) and Univision Entertainment Correspondent Daneida Polanco will participate at the upcoming event to help promote the mission of Latinas in Business Inc.  Registration is now open at https://2021wees.eventbrite.com/.

Born in Havana of Spanish and Cuban descent, José Forteza has lived in Europe, Dominican Republic and the United States. Currently, Forteza is the Senior Editor of Condé Nast (Vogue, GQ and AD) for Mexico and Latin America, and has been in Condé Nast Publications for more than 20 years.

The fascinating creator has explored every aspect of the arts including dance, music and publishing. He is a TV writer, producer and radio host. He has been nominated for an Emmy Award and is a Producer Grammy Award winner.

Daneida Polanco

Univision Entertainment Correspondent, Daneida Polanco. (Photo courtesy Daneida Polanco)

“I expect this Fireside to bring some light on a difficult topic in the Fashion and Luxury industries, which is the lack of real inclusion of minority women not only as protagonists but also as a huge and upcoming market. With some exceptions, women of color are still largely invisible in mainstream media,” said Susana G Baumann, President and CEO, Latinas in Business Inc.

Daneida Polanco is currently the New York correspondent for “Primer Impacto”, Univision Network, one of the most popular TV shows for the Hispanic Market worldwide. Born in San Francisco de Macorís, Dominican Republic. This dashing Latina arrived in the United States when she was 18 years old and soon began studying Mass Media Arts at the Bronx Community College in New York. She continued to work her way up to become one of the most thought-after Spanish television correspondents. 

Baumann continued…“Latinas and other women entrepreneurs are a striking force in the US economy; and a powerful market that spends 9 times in beauty and hair products than their white counterparts. They cannot be left behind. We are grateful to leaders like Jose Forteza and Daneida Polanco who are supporting our mission to keep women entrepreneurs not only surviving but also thriving during the difficult pandemic economic transition,” said Susana G Baumann, President and CEO, Latinas in Business Inc.

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THRIVE! What to expect from deep-dive workshops at 2021 WEES

Don’t miss out on these fantastic deep-dive workshops and our signature peer-to-peer networking sessions at the 2021 Women Entrepreneur Empowerment Summit!

2021 WEES, deep-dive workshops

Register for the 2021 WEES to participate in deep-dive workshops in three key areas: Personal Power, Financial Wellness, and Business Innovation.

This year’s 2021 Women Entrepreneur Empowerment Summit theme is, “THRIVE! Imperatives Shaping the Future of Women Entrepreneurs.” The theme is reflective of the changes and trends generated by the COVID19 pandemic and the event will bring together corporations, minority women entrepreneurs, and students to take advantage of tools and insights that will propel YOU forward to THRIVE in the “new normal.” 

This must-attend hybrid event will feature a variety of deep-dive workshops in three key areas: Personal Power, Financial Wellness, and Business Innovation. Then, after each workshop session, take part in our signature Peer-to-Peer Networking Sessions, where you will have the opportunity to engage with the Workshop Facilitators and share your own best practices in a collaborative group learning discussion. 

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Join us for our Deep Dive Workshops! 

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

SESSION 1 Workshops

PERSONAL POWER – Taking Care of Your Inner Self: The Road to Resilience (2:00 PM – 2:30 PM) 

How to harness your potential by learning how to manage stress, personal care, and relationships. These insights will help you empower your business, career, and life beyond the pandemic.

 

Jennifer Garcia, Interim CEO at Latino Business Action (LBAN)

FINANCIAL WELLNESS – Getting to Series A: Advancing your Business to the Next Stage of Growth (2:00 PM – 2:30 PM)

You may have launched your business with seed capital, which was invested by friends, family, or your own savings. Now it’s time to attract investors for the next stage of growth. Learn what Series A can do for your business, if it’s right for you and how to go about securing this crucial funding for your next stage of growth.

Speaker: Jennifer Garcia, Iterim CEO, LBAN

BUSINESS INNOVATION – Sustainability and Digital Transformation: Upgrading your Tech to Optimize your Business Performance (2:00 PM – 2:30 PM)

Google is not just a brand; it is a verb! Have you tried to “Google” your business?” Have you ever wondered how potential customers can find your business online but never dared to try?

In this workshop, you will learn how Google Search works and how you can improve your website’s visibility with Search Engine Optimization (SEO). The session also introduces products like Google My Business, Google Trends, Search Console, Google Analytics, Google Ads, and more.

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SESSION 2 Workshops

Speaker: Dr Ginny A. Baro, PhD, Executive Bound, Author, Healing Leadership

PERSONAL POWER – The Sandwich Generation: Thrive while Homeschooling, Caregiving and Running a Business (4:00 PM – 4:30 PM) 

A recent study found that school closures, stay-at-home orders and balancing family responsibilities disproportionately affected working moms more than fathers. In this workshop, we will learn ways to tackle the tough decisions, unique anxieties and challenges women still have to face while trying to balance many priorities as we approach a post-COVID world.

Speaker: Dr Ginny A. Baro, PhD, Executive Bound, Author, Healing Leadership

FINANCIAL WELLNESS – Why Am I Not a Million Dollar Company? Understanding Alternative Sources of Funding  (4:00 PM – 4:30 PM) 

After years of running your business, do you find yourself asking, “Why Am I Not a Million Dollar Company?” Ask the Experts instead!

You know you need capital to expand, hire and prototype new products. We’ll explore funding options to help you grow your business to where you always knew you could be: a million-dollar company.

BUSINESS INNOVATION – Bottom Line: Sustainable Practices that Increase Your Business Bottom Line  (4:00 PM – 4:30 PM) 

Integrating sustainable practices into a company’s operations can not only motivate employee engagement and encourage technological solutions, but it can also actually save the company money. Find out which sustainability practices you can readily implement without increasing your overhead and boost your company’s bottom line.

Take center stage with our Peer-to-Peer Networking Sessions

Each workshop session will be followed by a networking and group discussion session. 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.

The time to THRIVE is now! Register for #2021 WEES today!

2021 WEES: Announcing THRIVE! Men’s panel speakers 

Latinas in Business is pleased to announce three Latino business leaders as guest speakers for our Men’s panel: “THRIVE! Enlisting Men’s Support to Grow and Expand your Network” at the 2021 Women Entrepreneur Empowerment Summit. Our 2021 WEES hybrid-event is set to take place on Thursday, June 10 from 1:30 PM – 6:30 PM EDT. 

Register Now for this must-attend event! 

 

With THRIVE! as our motto this year, the 2021 Women Entrepreneur Summit  (#2021 WEES) 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 inspiring Keynote speakers, fun networking sessions, and various panels with industry leaders and entrepreneurs.

2021 WEES: “THRIVE! Enlisting Men’s Support to Grow and Expand your Network” panel

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 network 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. 

We welcome our three panel speakers: Ron Gonzales, Thomas Savino, and Damian Rivera. 

 

Ron Gonzales, President and CEO of the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley.

Ron Gonzales is the President and CEO of the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley.  The Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for Silicon Valley Latinos. 

Gonzales has over 40 years of technology and public policy experience.  Prior to leading the Hispanic Foundation, Gonzales was the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Presencia, LLC which provides marketing and sales consulting services. He also served as Mayor of San José, the Capital of Silicon Valley and the nation’s 10th largest city from 1999-2006. Mayor Gonzales may be best known for championing the extension of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) to San Jose and Silicon Valley.  So much so that former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown nicknamed him “Mayor BART”. Before his election as Mayor, Gonzales worked as an executive with the Hewlett-Packard Company, in the areas of marketing, human resources, and corporate philanthropy.

He currently serves as Chair of the Silicon Valley Capital Club Board of Governors, and Board Member of KIPP Northern California Public Charter Schools, and SV@Home. 

Thomas Savino, Chief Executive Officer of Prospanica.

Thomas Savino is the Chief Executive Officer of Prospanica, the nationally recognized and premier nonprofit dedicated to developing Hispanic talent and growing the number of Hispanic professionals represented in industries of America to perpetuate economic growth and corporate competitiveness.

Thomas has an impressive history of advocating for business education and is a respected executive in the Hispanic community. As an expert consultant specializing in performance measurement analysis, knowledge management, and organizational structure, he has collaborated with corporations and national boards throughout the country.

During his time as a research analyst and internal consultant for McKinsey & Company, he specialized in the development of global initiatives, later joining TMS Consulting as managing director and also serving on the former National Society of Hispanic MBA’s national board.

Damian Rivera, CEO of ALPFA (Association of Latino Professionals For America).

Damian Rivera is the CEO of ALPFA (Association of Latino Professionals For America), one of the country’s largest & oldest Latinx membership associations in the country.

Prior to joining ALPFA Damian was a Managing Director with Accenture focused on the energy industry, and led their Hispanic American ERG for 6 years. He is also on the National Board of Per Scholas, a member of the Columbia Business School Young Alumni Board, a member of Angeles Investors, a Latino focused Angel Investor network. Damian has an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BS in Chemical Engineering from Rutgers University. Damian bridges the non-profit and corporate sectors bringing together management experience with authenticity, a drive to impact the lives of every person he meets and a passion for service to others.

Hear their stories of allyship and collaboration and learn from their experiences at the 2021 Women Entrepreneur Empowerment Summit, Thursday, June 10th. Register Now! 

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