9:15 AM – 10:30 AM – Morning Workshops
1. YOUNG LATINA LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP – “Latinas Embrace Your Story, Alza Tu Voz”
Telling your story is one of the most powerful tools you can have. Many leaders have demonstrated the influence of storytelling. The “Latinas Embrace Your Story, Alza Tu Voz” workshop will empower young women to lift their voices by communicating their personal stories to effectuate transformation. Young Latinas will hear from a dynamic panel on how to use and develop platforms that will enable them to influence and motivate others.
Wendy Martinez, Associate, 1868 Public Affairs
Linda M. Baron Cortes, Founder & Executive Director, Bright Futures Club, Inc.
Marisol Conde-Hernandez, Law Student and Co-Founder, NJ DREAM Act Coalition
Marleny Cruz, Owner, Celestial Space Radio & TV Network, and Founder, Young Adult Role Model Academy
Pamela Campos-Palma, Geopolitical/Operations Intelligence Analyst, US Air Force Reserve
Co-Chairs: Diana Calle and Pamela Razo
Committee Members: Emy Quispe, Maria Del Cid, Kimberly Keyes
2. LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP – “Taking Charge of Change and Daring to Dream”
What does leadership mean for women in the real world? Webster’s Dictionary defines leadership as “the power or ability to lead other people” but leadership means something different for every individual. This workshop will focus on addressing the deeper meaning of leadership and how women, and Latinas in particular, have developed leadership skills. The panelists will provide real-life examples of what it means to be a leader; how you can claim a “seat at the table”; and how to foster leadership among future generations.
Arlene Quiñones Perez, Esq., Partner, DeCotiis, Fitzpatrick & Cole, LLP
Honorable Wilda Diaz, Mayor, City of Perth Amboy
Maria Vizcarrondo, Executive Director, Nerney Leadership Institute at Cabrini College
Francis Blanco, Chief of Staff to Mayor Eric E. Jackson, City of Trenton
Idida Rodriguez, Partner, 1868 Public Affairs
Noemi Velazquez, Special Assistant, Jersey City Public Schools
Co-Chairs: Andrea Martinez-Mejia and Peggy Anastos
3. HEALTH WORKSHOP – "Health Care Matters for the Latino Family"
Latinos face daily difficulties of being caregivers to multiple generations of family members. Leading health care experts from NJ will address caregiver issues. Alzheimer's disease, mental health illness, preventive care, and more. Our experts will share resources that exist to alleviate some of the hardships Latino families face in health care today.
Michellene Davis, Esq., Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs, RWJBarnabas Health
Jennifer Velez, Senior Vice President, Community and Behavioral Health, RWJBarnabas Health
Julie Marte, New Jersey Associate State Director, Multicultural Outreach, AARP
Mylene Colon, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
Kristine Allen, President & Co-Founder, Alzheimer's Resource Center of New Jersey and President, Act Now Foundation
Co-Chairs: Sara Pena and Iveth Mosquera
4. PUBLIC SPEAKING WORKSHOP – “Lifting Latina Voices”
This workshop will provide specific tips that will improve you ability as a public speaker. You will learn how to claim you voice in a powerful way, how to keep the audience interested, how to regulate any anxiety that arises, & how to identify your speaking style.
Karla Jackson Brewer, Lecturer, Rutgers, Entrepreneur and Co-Founder, Sine Qua Non: Allies in Healing
Margarita Muniz, Adjunct, Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration
Patricia Campos-Medina, Co-Director & Extension Associate, The Worker Institute, Cornell University, School of Industrial & Labor Relations and President and CEO, Campos Strategies Group LLC
Chairs: : Yolanda Mendez and Deanna-Marie Norcross
5. FINANCIAL WORKSHOP – “Latinas and their Money: Managing Your Credit and Building Wealth”
This workshop will focus on how to manage your money and credit, how credit unions can help you and how to start your own business and be successful.
Glisel Jimenez, CHFC, CLU, State Farm
Lourdes Cortez, President and CEO, North Jersey Federal Credit Union
Kellie LeDet, Regional Administrator, US Small Business Administration
Esther Tanez, Founder and Owner, ESTIR Inc. Insurance Agency
Telma Andrade, Division Leader, Primerica
Chairs: Connie Sanchez, Lissette Morales and Iveth Mosquera
10:40 AM – 12:00 PM – Plenary Session for all Attendees
“Latinas Empowering Latinas and Leading the Way”
A panel of Latina Legislators who will share their insights and experiences in the legislative process. Part of the session will include how a societal need or idea becomes a policy proposal, then a bill, and finally law. In addition, the panel members will share, with Summit participants, their individual legislative priorities, their experiences as legislators, and ways in which participants can become involved to help achieve legislative goals.
Grissele Camacho, Esq. and Zulima Farber, Esq.
State Senator Nellie Pou
State Senator Teresa Ruiz
State Senator Nilsa Cruz Perez
Assemblywoman Annette Quijano
Assemblywoman Marlene Caride
Assemblywoman Angelica Jimenez
Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin
Assemblywoman Gabriela Mosquera
Assemblywoman Maria Rodriguez-Gregg
Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro
Chairs: Grissele Camacho, Esq. and Zulima Farber, Esq.
1:45 PM - 3:00 PM – Afternoon Workshop for all Attendees
“Latinas Breaking The Glass Ceiling and Breaking Down 'Walls'!”
These Latina leaders will encourage and amaze you with their vast experiences and inspirational stores of perseverance. They will share their keys to success despite barriers facing Latinas in a male-dominated world. From the gender pay equality issue to balancing family with career, you are sure to walk away feeling you can conquer the world!
Lillian Plata, Esq., Member, McManimon, Scotland & Baumann, LLC
Gloria Soto, Esq., Assistant Vice President, State Government Affairs, Rutgers
Lizette Delgado Polanco, Executive Director, Service Employees International Union New Jersey State Council and Vice-Chair, New Jersey State Democratic Committee
Lydia Valencia, Congreso Boricua of NJ and Community Leader
Sylvia Jaurequi, Publisher, President, Founding Partner and Co-Owner, Jersey Bound Latino Magazine
Chairs: Lillian Plata and Peggy Anastos