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Maria Mangual Latina Leadership Conference & Award Ceremony
Wednesday, October 2, 20138:00 am - 4:30 pm
The Maria Mangual Latina Leadership Conference and Awards Ceremony brings together Latinas for a day-long conference featuring professional development and leadership training, networking, and a celebration of Latina accomplishments.


8:00-8:30 – Registration and Networking

8:30-10:00 – Power Breakfast and Opening Plenary

10:00am to 11:30am—MORNING WORKSHOPS

Session 1: Finding your Digital Media Voice
In today's world technology continues plays an ever more important role in connecting people and communities around the world. This workshop showcases a group of Latina bloggers who will share their stories and detail how they are using new media outlets—such as Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and blogs—to voice their community’s concerns and their own perspectives.

Session 2: Being a Mentor, Creating a Leader
It’s all about making meaningful connections. This workshop will focus on the importance of mentor relationships for Latinas and how these connections can improve influence personal and professional success. Speakers will discuss how to seek out a mentee or a mentor, as well as, how to gain and apply networking skills.

Session 3, Spanish: El Poder de tu Dinero (The Power of your Dollar)
This workshop will explore the ways in which individuals can achieve advocacy through philanthropy. Speakers will highlight different ways that even small scale individual or community giving can have an impact in the community or influence social change. This session is in Spanish.

12:00pm to 1:30pm—Leadership Lunch Plenary and Leadership Award Ceremony

Latinas Influencing Public Policy
A group of prominent Latina leaders share their stories of success and personal involvement in the public policy arena. This plenary will discuss the different avenues for getting involved in public policy, such as, grassroots, grasstops, and political campaign advocacy, among others. Speakers will highlight the ways in which you can influence change in your own communities.
This plenary leads conference-goers to specified panels focused on Mujeres’ main advocacy fields: Immigration, Violence against Women, Latina Health Disparities and Reproductive Justice, and The Affordable Care Act.
Announcement of the 2013 Maria Mangual Leadership Award and the Emerging Leader Award winners.
Luncheon is in English with Spanish translation available.


Session 1: Latina Health Disparities and Reproductive Justice
From high rates of heart disease to difficulty accessing birth control, Latinas’ face significant health disparities. Due to a variety of factors ranging from institutional racism and immigration status to lack of healthcare coverage or access to culturally appropriate services, Latinas face significant barriers to  the information and medical care they need. This panel will discuss the health disparities particular to Latinas, current barriers to creating change, and how you can make a difference.

Session 2: Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Path to citizenship, legalization, and naturalization: What does it all mean? Comprehensive Immigration Reform is a popular topic on everyone’s minds, yet, how much do we really understand? Despite significant public attention on immigration reform, many of the basic facts about this matter remain misunderstood or misrepresented. This panel seeks to debunk myths surrounding this important legislation by clarifying complex issues raised by the immigration debate.

Session 3: Violence Against Women
Violence against women can manifest itself in various forms depending on a range of existing factors; nevertheless, Latina women and girls are disproportionately affected. This panel discussion will speak to the particular causes and detrimental effects that violence against women inflicts not only on Latina victims, but also on their families and communities. Find out what you can do to advocate on behalf of Latinas and their families.

Session 4, Spanish:  Affordable Care Act
Separating the politics from the policy, this panel will demystify the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and what this new policy means for you. The panelists will touch on the benefits and changes that the ACA will bring, alongside qualifications and accessibility. Popular misconceptions and scams will also be discussed during this highly instructive panel with a Q&A session to follow. This session is in Spanish with English translation available.

3:30pm to 4:00pm—Adjourn
Raffle (Exhibitor Bingo)

Early Bird $75

DoubleTree - Magnificent Mile Hotel

300 E. Ohio Street

Chicago, IL 60611

Cheryl Wisniewski


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