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MAOF is pleased to announce the 35th National Latina Conference scheduled for Friday, May 17, 2013 at the Quiet Cannon Conference Center in Montebello, California. This all-day event is one of the largest conferences of its kind, where more than 2,000 professional, college and high school Latinas gather to gain valuable insights on career advancement, personal growth and policy issues affecting Latinas today. This conference also delivers informative and engaging workshops, inspirational speakers and recruitment opportunities for job-seekers.
MAOF invites women of all ages to attend this highly anticipated event designed to inspire Latinas while gaining valuable insights on career advancement, personal growth, and policy issues. The day-long event will feature an opening session, breakout workshops and the Woman of the Year Luncheon.
The National Latina Conference will take place on May 17, 2013 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Quiet Cannon Conference Center in Montebello, CA.
7:30 a.m. to 8:25 a.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Welcome Plenary
9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Workshop Session I
10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Workshop Session II
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Luncheon
1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Fashion Show
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Exhibit Area Open
Woman of the Year Honorees
MAOF will recognize five extraordinary women with the Woman of the Year Award. These women have served as role models and leaders in various areas such as education, the arts and through services in the community. In the midst of their accomplishments, the Woman of the Year Award honorees have found ways to empower the Latino community and support its advancement in society through the arts, education, sciences and overall leadership.
Arguably the best Mexican athlete of all time, Lorena Ochoa started her professional career in 2002 on the Futures Tour, where she won three tournaments, granting her a place on the LPGA. In 2007 Ms. Ochoa, then 25, became the top ranked female golfer in the world and remained there for 157 consecutive weeks. In 2008 Ms. Ochoa was named one of Forbes Magazine’s Celebrity 100, named one of the 100 Most Influential World Celebrities by TIME Magazine, and was awarded the Best International Athlete ESPY Award. Ms. Ochoa is the founder of the Fundación Lorena Ochoa A.C. which is dedicated to helping children through educational programs that focus on sports and healthy living.
Dr. Mildred Garcia, current President of Cal State University Fullerton, has been a role model to women who seek a leadership role and in education. Prior to accepting the Presidency at Fullerton, Dr. Garcia served as President of Cal State University Dominguez Hills from 2007 to 2012. When she accepted this position, Dr. Garcia became the first Latina president in the California State University system. In 2007, Dr. Garcia was named in Hispanic magazine’s 100 Most Influential Hispanics. She also serves in President Obama’s Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics and is working on developing recommendations to improve student success at community colleges. Dr. Garcia welcomes the opportunity to speak with other Latinas and she openly shares her journey of achieving higher education and the process of achieving her goals.
Yolanda Gonzalez makes her contribution to the advancement of the Latino community through her talents in the arts. Gonzalez’ art runs through her veins. Her family, including her father, brother, and other relatives, are all artists. Gonzalez art has made its way to the walls of many museums in the US as well as abroad in such places like the Japanese American National Museum and the Diego Rivera Museum in Mexico City. She studied art in Pasadena at the Art Center College of Design and has since found her passion in people. She uses the strokes of her paintbrush to create portraits that tell the story of the individuals in them.
Ana-Luisa Ramirez is a Systems Engineer at Northrop Grumman. Ramirez received Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland College Park Campus in 2005 and was recently awarded the Luminary Award at the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference (HENAAC). HENAAC Luminary awardees are recognized for their leadership, collaboration and initiative in programs and research within their respective organizations. Ana-Luisa serves as a role model to other Latinas, especially students who have never considered a career in the sciences or those already on their way but in need of some additional support.
Corinne Sanchez is an attorney and CEO at El Proyecto del Barrio, a small non-profit organization focusing on recovered alcoholic and drug addicted individuals. El Proyecto del Barrio provides comprehensive primary healthcare, occupational training, employment placement, child care, and peri-natal social services. Ms. Sanchez is the founder of the Latina Lawyers Bar Association and is the recipient of the NCLR OHTLI Award.
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