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10th Annual National LATINA Symposium
Thursday, September 5, 2013


Honorary Event Chair: Honorable Grace Napolitano, Member of Congress, United States House of Representatives


7:00 am – 8:30 am
(Pre-Function area – Arlington Ballroom Foyer)
Registration and Networking
8:30 am – 8:55 am
(Arlington Ballroom- Salon IV, V, VI)
Welcome & Leadership Breakfast
Mistress of Ceremonies: Telemundo Anchor to be confirmed
Introduction: Robert E. Bard, President & CEO, LATINA Style, Inc
Sponsor’s Remarks: Terry Vazquez, Strategic Alliances Manager, Strayer University
Sponsor’s Remarks: Dineen Garcia, VP, Diversity Strategies, Macy’s, Inc.
9:00 am – 9:45 am
(Arlington Ballroom- Salon IV, V, VI)
Nurturing Women’s Leadership
Focus: The role of the military in promoting diversity is well known. But as in all endeavors, the successful implementation of diversity initiatives requires commitment, constant vigil and champions who forcefully lead the effort. Nowhere is this more evident than at the U.S. Military Academies.  Learn from the original award recipients of the Distinguished Military Service Awards in 2004.
Moderator:  Major General Angela Salinas, Director, Manpower Management Division, U.S Marine Corps
Panelist: Capt Maia Molina-Schaefer – US Marine Corps – Naval Academy Graduate (to be confirmed)
Panelist: Cindy Nieves Boynton, Director of Operations, Iacquire – Us Air Force Academy graduate
Panelist: Jessica Clarene Tomazic, Westpoint Academy graduate
Panelist: Lily Zepeda, US Coast Guard Academy graduate (to be confirmed)
9:00 am - 10:00 am
(Arlington Ballroom- Salon III)
Empowering the Leaders of Tomorrow
Focus: High-School and College level students will learn pathways to their own success from experts in the fields of education, military services, and the public & private sector. In this panel they will hear on such topics as but not limited to: Multiple pathways approach (Education, Military Service, and professional development), Career development/transition, Importance of STEM, developing strong professional networks
Moderator: Ms. Nadine Santiago, Manage the Coast Guard’s trademark and licensing program, U.S Department of Defense
Panelist:  Mariana Valdes-Fauli, J.D., Chief Diversity Officer, Senior VP, Human resources, Strayer University
Panelist: Delia Garcia, Senior Liaison, Latino American Community, National Education Association
Panelist: Lenora M. Green, Senior Director, ETS Center for Advocacy and Philanthropy, Educational Testing Service
Panelist: Lupita Colmenero, Co-Founder and Publisher, El Hispano News
9:45 am - 10:10 am Break
10:10 am - 11:10 am
(Arlington Ballroom- Salon III)
Workforce Opportunities…Jobs in Today’s Economy
Focus: The federal government, the intelligence community, and the military, are some of the places where the jobs and careers of the future are always in demand. Learn how to prepare yourself to take advantage of these exciting professional opportunities. 
Moderator: Ilsa Ferro, Chief, Equal Opportunity and Diversity (EO), Defense Intelligence Agency
Panelist: Dena Perkins, Supervisory Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Panelist: Nancy Santiago Negrón, Chief of Staff, Strategic Partnerships at U.S. Department of Education
Panelist: Clara Villarreal Varner, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
Panelist: Katina Rojas Joy, U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of the Secretary
11:10 am - 11:20 am
11:20 pm - 12:20 pm
(Arlington Ballroom- Salon III)
Learning Strategies for Success
Focus:  Successful   Latina professional working women face challenges that are unique to themselves. Many are the firsts to achieve their positions of influence. They are under the microscope all the way to the top. Learn how some of our most successful leaders have managed their success and how to apply that to your own career path. You may be the first, but you are not alone.  
Moderator: Lourdes Diaz is Vice President of Diversity Relations at Sodexo USA
Panelist: Belinda Garza, Director of Federal Government Relations, Walmart
Panelist: Elizabeth Del Rio, Manager, Logistics, Macy’s
Panelist: Sandra L. Moore, Director of Customer Experience Development, General Motors Company
Panelist: Belitza Bossio, director, Talent Programs, USAA
12:20 pm - 12:45 pm
(Pre-Function area)
Networking Break
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
(Arlington Ballroom- Salon IV, V, VI)
Distinguished Military Awards Luncheon
During the Distinguished Military Awards Luncheon, a one of a kind gathering that is a showcase event in Washington, D.C. and, an integral part of Hispanic Heritage month activities, in the Nation’s capital. LATINA Style presents a recognition program honoring the accomplishments of women serving in the Armed Forces. The awardees will be honored for their service to our country, leadership, accomplishments, and commitment to building a strong community.
Latina Style Hero Initiative
(Arlington Ballroom- Salon III) LSHI Outreach and Recruitment of Veterans & Transitional Active Duty Members
Our sessions will provide you with the tools and resources to assist you in your job search in the civilian workplace.  We will share best practices on creating pathways to the workplace by showcasing your military experience and credentials.  Learn what corporations and HR professionals are seeking in their search for veterans.
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
(Pre-Function area – Arlington Ballroom Foyer)
Registration and Networking
4:00 pm - 4:15 pm
(Arlington Ballroom- Salon III)
Opening Remarks and Overview
Robert E. Bard, President & CEO, LATINA Style, Inc.
Richard D. Roberts, Ph.D., Manage Principal Research Scientist in the Center for Academic and Workforce Readiness and Success, Educational Testing Service
4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
(Arlington Ballroom- Salon III)
Corporate Military Recruitment: Hiring Our Veterans
Hear from private sector leaders why and how they are actively seeking and hiring veterans. Learn what skills they are looking for and how your experience makes you the right candidate.
Moderator: William D. Rodriguez, Rear Admiral, US Navy, Retired, President of ANSO
Speaker: Major Ariel Grace Batungbacal, U.S. Air Force, White House Fellow
Speaker: Patricia Brozozowski, Diversity Director, Women’s Strategy and Military Veterans Strategy, Prudential Insurance Company
Speaker: Henry Casanova, Regional Director, Executive Recruiting, Macy’s
Speaker: Walmart Rep (to de determined)
5:15 pm - 6:00 pm
(Pre-Function area – Arlington Ballroom Foyer)
Speed Mentoring HANDS ON Session
Work one-on-one with HR professionals to gain networking and interviewing insight.  You MUST email your resume in advance and bring it with you.  During this session, we will help you translate your skills for Corporate HR managers.
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
(Arlington Ballroom- Salon I and II)
ANSO Welcoming Reception
* Please note this agenda is tentative & subject to change
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