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LATINA HISTORY DAY AGENDA & SPEAKERS

Morning Program

Morning Program
8:00 AM - 9:45 AM / Concourse Hall

Kick off Latina History Day at our morning main stage program! Highlights include the presentation of our Latina Future History Maker Award recipients - inspiring Latina college students making a difference in California, and our Keynote Panelists. Continental breakfast provided!

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Justina Machado

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Award-winning actor and producer

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Maria Lackner

SPONSOR REMARKS

Senior Director of Strategic Planning and Engagement, Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan

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Gloria Calderón Kellett

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Award-winning writer, producer, director, and actor

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Leslie Lopez

MISTRESS OF CEREMONIES

Meteorologist, ABC 7 Eyewitness News Los Angeles

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Assemblymember Sabrina Cervantes 

SPECIAL REMARKS

California State Assemblymember & Latino Caucus Chair 

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Laura Arciniega

CONFERENCE CHAIR

Principal, The Raben Group

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Allison Pollack 

SPONSOR REMARKS

Executive Director, North America Marketing, Too Faced Cosmetics, The Estée Lauder Companies

Concurrent WS 1

Concurrent Workshops - Session 1
10:00 AM - 11:05 AM 

Cultivating Your Story to Harvest Success 

Latina leaders in the creative and entertainment industries will discuss their professional pathways, valuable career insights as accomplished Latinas in the workplace, and the importance of storytelling and personal branding in achieving success. 

Presented by 

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Anabel Muñoz

MODERATOR

Reporter on Race and Culture, ABC7 Eyewitness News 

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Jennifer Altarriba

PANELIST

Vice President, 
Legal Operations & Office of the General Counsel,

The Walt Disney Company

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Marina Barreto

PANELIST

Vice President,

Brand Strategy & Analytics, 

The Walt Disney Company

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Elizabeth Roberts

PANELIST

Vice President HR Business Partner & DEI, 

 The Walt Disney Company

Building a Flourishing Education System That Serves All

With a diverse student population and the state’s need for an increasingly more educated citizenry to maintain its economic standing, we must ensure California’s education system, from K-12 to postsecondary education, serves students equitably and is accessible to all. Some of California’s most important educational leaders will discuss challenges and opportunities in reimagining California’s educational system to better serve the needs of students, particularly Black and Latinx students, multilingual learners, and students experiencing poverty. What is California’s vision for a more equitable educational system, and what promising strategies, initiatives, and solutions are being piloted and scaled? What remains to be done to build a flourishing education system that advances educational justice for communities of color and other historically marginalized and minoritized populations? 

Presented by 

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Max Espinoza

 MODERATOR

Senior Program Officer,

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

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Anne Vasquez

PANELIST

EdSource, CEO

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Dr. Frances Contreras

PANELIST

Dean, UC Irvine School of Education

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Eileen Miranda

PANELIST

Board Member, West Covina Unified School District 

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Vicky Santana

PANELIST

Member, Rio Hondo College Board of Trustees

The Growth of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity in Innovation and Communications 

Brands are seeking to meet the needs of their diverse audiences and consumers are demanding that their culture and identity is seen, respected, and authentically portrayed. This panel will explore how you can lead the charge within your field - whether corporate, nonprofit, or government work environment - to drive inclusive representation. Leaders in this space will discuss the progress we have made, the changes we are still fighting for, and challenge you to think outside of the box. 

Presented by 

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Dr. Vanessa Díaz

MODERATOR

Assistant Professor of Chicana/o/x and Latina/o/x Studies, Loyola Marymount University

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Karina Martinez

PANELIST

Founder, The Avana House

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Alicia Romero

PANELIST

Vice President Brand Integrated Communications and Cultural Relevancy,

The Estée Lauder Companies 

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Sonia Smith Kang

PANELIST

Founder/Designer,

Mixed Up Clothing

Centering Mental Health to Build Healthy Community Ecosystems 

We know the foundation of life-long mental health begins in childhood and is interconnected with overall well-being. As the COVID-19 pandemic emerged, it was no surprise that it soon became a stressful time for youth and their families, especially youth of color who disproportionately experience negative mental health and well-being outcomes. Join us for a conversation on culturally responsive care across generations and gain insights on building healthier communities, self-care, and practical resources and tools.   

Presented by 

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Carmen Márquez

MODERATOR

News Anchor, Telemundo 52

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Rosa Ana Lozada

PANELIST

LCSW, IFMHS, RPF II,

CEO of Harmonium Inc.

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Alejandrina Ricardez

PANELIST

Statewide Manager for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, 

Blue Shield of California

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Laila Flores

PANELIST

Senior at Eastlake High School 

Flourishing Finances: Creating Healthy Financial Habits 

Learn how to create good financial habits and budgeting practices to set you up for success in college and beyond. Participants will put new skills to the test with real-life scenarios and financial goalsetting. 

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Sasha Morales

FACILITATOR

Senior Engagement Coordinator, Girls Inc. Orange County

Concurrent WS 2

Concurrent Workshops - Session 2
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM 

Latinas in Sports: Ensuring Equity Flourishes On and Off the Field

Latinas are making history and literally changing the game for women in sports, yet deep disparities persist in the Sports Entertainment industry. A panel of gamechangers on and off the field will discuss their wins and efforts to advance equity and parity in women’s sports, from athlete pay and conditions, to representation in management and front office roles. 

Presented by 

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California’s Blooming Community School Movement: Centering Community Partnerships and Coordination so Students Thrive 

The community schools movement aims to transform a school into a place where educators, community partners, government agencies, families, and students work together to strengthen conditions for student learning and healthy development. As partners, they organize in- and out-of-school resources, supports, and opportunities so that young people and their families thrive. Come learn about CA’s historic investment in community schools and how you can get involved. 

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Nadia Diaz Funn

 MODERATOR

Portfolio Manager,

Ballmer Group

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Carolina Couto Cervera

PANELIST

Senior Manager for Community Schools,

Promesa Boyle Heights

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Dr. Leyda Garcia

PANELIST

Associate Director for Professional Learning, UCLA

Latinas in Power: Lessons on our Growing Community and Leadership 

While Latinas grow in population size and labor force, they continue to lack the systemic investments and structural opportunities their peers receive. Join the UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Institute and the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center for a timely conversation on why focused attention on Latinas is critical for our shared future and how Latinas can grow their leadership across key industries. Attendees will be challenged to reflect on how they show up in their personal, organizational and community roles and identify ways they can amplify their leadership in those spaces. 

Presented by 

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Belen Flores

MODERATOR

Project Policy Analyst, UCLA Latino Policy & Politics Institute

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Dr. Veronica Terriquez

PANELIST

Director, UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center 

Creating a Housing Bloom 

Housing affordability and accessibility are some of California's most pressing issues, with urgent needs for visionary solutions. This panel brings together Latinas that are at the forefront of addressing these challenges to discuss the housing shortage, affordability, racial equity, and other issues facing our communities. 

Presented by 

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Chantal Camarillo

MODERATOR

Senior Mortgage Program Consultant, Wells Fargo

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Secretary Lourdes Castro Ramirez

PANELIST

 Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency

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Ana Padilla

PANELIST

Senior Business Growth Strategy Consultant,

Wells Fargo

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Christine Villegas

PANELIST

Principal,

Mariposa Development 

Latinas Shaping the Future of STEM+ 

In this session, participants will learn more about the quickly growing fields of science/ medicine, technology, engineering, and mathematics! Distinguished Latina professionals will share their stories and experience in the STEM field. These are the fastest-growing work sectors in California and Latinas are greatly underrepresented. This session is designed to increase awareness, knowledge, and interest in these careers among Latina high school students. 

Presented by 

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Lauren Salaiz

MODERATOR

Youth Programs Manager, HOPE

Panelists

Anaelisa Aberto, Technical Artist, Meta

Lunch Program

Lunch Program
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM / Concourse Hall

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Ana Navarro

OPENING KEYNOTE

Co-host of The View, Political Strategist, Commentator

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Patty Juarez

SPONSOR REMARKS

Head of Hispanic/ Latino Affairs, Wells Fargo 

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Vanessa Cajina

CHAIR REMARKS

HOPE Board Chair

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Cristela Alonzo

CLOSING KEYNOTE

Actor, Comedian, Producer

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Cindy Chin

SPONSOR REMARKS

Director Public Affairs, Communications & Sustainability, Coca - Cola

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Helen Torres

HOPE, CEO

Special Remarks

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Wendy Carrillo

SPECIAL REMARKS

California State Assemblymember, 52nd District

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Jovana Lara

EMCEE

News Anchor, ABC7 Eyewitness News

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Hilda Solis

SPECIAL REMARKS

Los Angeles County Supervisor

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Laura Arciniega

CONFERENCE CHAIR

Principal, The Raben Group

Comadre Network
2:15 PM - 5:00 PM / 2nd Floor Rooms 403 AB & 404AB


Exhibitors & Book Signings | Live DJs | Dessert & Coffee Served 

Comadre Network Vendors & Services

Flower Crowns by Melina Duarte
Wardrobe Divas
Inicreations
Cisele Handcrafted Leather
For My Home Girls
My Serenity Designs
Educated Chola
Virauful by Elvira
Nice and Bella jewelry
Young Anatomy
For Keepz Permanent Jewelry
Amor Por Vida

Casita Del Pueblo
Oh Comadre Candles
Mi Corazon Infinito

Mi Amor Artesanal
Maria Ivonne Zarate DECOR

Con Todo Press
Lil' Libros
Skillful & Soulful Press
Sabukana
Chicpartygoods
Mexicons Art & Stationery
"CHINGONA" Author Alma Zaragoza-Petty
The Designing Chica

Mug Dealer Jefa
Earthy Corazon

Kaleidoscope Kollective

Mextica

Mex Treasures

Western Governors UniversityIrma Villegas Real Estate

Mejor Amigo Pet Supply

CLN Vida

Athens Services

Coca-Cola

Blue Shield of CA

Starbucks

Verizon

HOPE

Verizon

Mexican American Opportunity Foundation

Kuyateh Law Group

La Tient

Art by Anna Alvarado

Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural and Bookstore

DJ & Catering

Estee Lauder

Book Signing

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Tricia Montalvo Timm

Author of

Embrace the Power of You

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Check out Tricia's book at the Comadre Network

and other great authors

SUMA Wealth Giveaway

Come by the SUMA Wealth booth and obtain a FREE 1-year Wealth Building Membership ($150 value). The membership will give you access to a web and app-based platform that provides users with smart suggestions and tools to grow their financial knowledge and wealth. 

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