Jun 10, 2016

Latinas summit for economic empowerment set in El Paso, Texas

Public art display will be at the El Paso Museum of Art

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WISE LATINA INTERNATIONAL SUMMIT to Empower Latinas Through Arts & Entertainmant
                                   
News Release (Not just for Latinas!)

El Paso, TX- June 9, 2016- Wise Latina International’s Annual Summit, “Tapestry of Evolution: Strength, Power & Influence will take place Saturday, June 11, 2016 at the Camino Real Hotel, 8:00 a.m.- 4p.m. 

 The tapestry theme “Redefining the Meaning of Wealth,” will be addressing building value in terms of finance, politics, economic development, entertainment, and behavioral health.

 Featured speakers include, Rodri Rodriguez, CEO and Founder of Rodri Entertainment production company. As a multi-talented artist/producer, visionary and arts advocate, Rodri played a key role in the decision to have the Latin Category added to the Grammy Awards currently sits on the Board of Trustees of the Hollywood Arts Council, she is a member of the Grammy Foundation. 

WLI Summit featured artists include a luncheon performance by local Latina lead bands, The Chamanas, a wrap-up performance by Papaya Riot in the Dome Bar, and a public art display, Zapatos Rojos, by local binational artist, Ari Willis.

Tickets are available at www.eventbrite.com Wise Latina International Summit, or by calling (915) 999-4990. $30 Early Bird $35 at the door. Students/Military $25 with ID.

The Zapatos Rojos installation will be featured for the WLI annual summit: "Tapestry of Evolution: Strength, Power and Influence".  Zapatos Rojos (Red Shoes) is a collective traveling installation of public art created by Mexican visual artist Elina Chauvet. 

Each pair of shoes represents a victim of gender violence, and the use of the color red represents the blood, violence and suffering of the missing women.

Each pair of shoes represents a victim of gender violence and femicide, and we have collected and painted more than 250 pairs of shoes thanks to the collaboration of the Ciudad Juárez-El Paso community.

Zapatos Rojos has been installed around the world in places like México, Italy, Spain, Argentina, Ecuador, Chile and the United Kingdom, among others.

In collaboration with WLI and The El Paso Museum of Art, "Zapatos Rojos" will be installed on Saturday June 11, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and will be open to the public free of charge.

WLI Summit highlights include:

Ramona Ortega, CEO and Founder, of Mi Dinero, Mi Futuro, NYC

Rodri Rodriguez, CEO and Founder of Rodri Entertainment production company, L.A.; 

Barbara Robles, Principal Economist in the Division of Consumer and Community Affairs Board of Governors of the U.S Federal Reserve

Dr. Christina Bejarano is the author of The Latina Advantage:  Gender, Race, and Political Success (2013) and The Latino Gender Gap in U.S. Politics (2014), Elizabeth Robles, a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Certified Clinical Training Professional (CCTP) and is also trained in Critical Incident/Disaster management.

#LatinaPowerHour workshops throughout the day, conducted by local latina leaders, to include, facilitators: Diana Washington Valdez, journalist/author; Dr. Gina Nunez,  Director Of UTEP’s Women & Gender Studies program; Lorena Andrade, Director of La Mujer Obrera; Lily Limon, El Paso City Councilwoman; Cemelli de Aztlan, El Paso Equal Voice Network; and Corinne Chacon and Bianca Saucedo, Mano y Corazon; Musical performances by local Latina lead bands, The Chamanas and Papaya Riot; public art display, Zapatos Rojos, by local binational artist, Ari Willis.

Ramona Ortega, CEO and Founder of My Money My Future/Mi Dinero Mi Futurowill be among the featured speakers.  Recognizing that Latinos are experiencing a major power shift both in politics and economics, Ortega launched her innovative multi-city boot camp as part of Mi Dinero Mi Futuro’s online financial services platform targeting Latino Millennials. According to Ortega, “Latinos have a Trillion dollars in buying power but only 2% of the wealth, so the boot camp was created to empower Latinas to manage their money with confidence by breaking down the jargon, simplifying the options for investment and engaging in a more comprehensive discussion about building wealth in our communities.” 

Rodri Rodriguez CEO and Founder of Rodri Entertainment, a Los Angeles international entertainment production company, will be the featured luncheon speaker for the Wise Latina International Summit 2016 with an opening performance by award-winning locally based band, The Chamanas and closing performance by Papaya Riot. Rodri J. Rodirguez, creator of the Mariachi USA Festivalcelebrates 26 years of playing to sell out crowds  at the famous Hollywood Bowl, is a multi-talented artist/producer, visionary and arts advocate. Rodri, who played a key role in the decision to have the Latin Category added to the Grammy Awards currently sits on the Board of Trustees of the Hollywood Arts Council, she is a member of the Grammy Foundation and served as President of  the Vikki Carr Scholarship Foundation.

Among the group of 25 successful entrepreneurs who in 2006 became Founding Shareholders of the first Latino owned bank, ProAmerica Bank, headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, catering to the burgeoning Latino entrepreneurship in the #1 Latino market in the nation. In 1991, Rodri founded the Mariachi USA Foundation, to provide a vehicle to nurture the proliferation of the culture through music and performing arts education in school-based programs. Rodri has continued to advocate for culture and arts as tools for empowerment and change and her international work has extended to Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Israel and Europe and includes concerts with artists like Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder, Eric Clampton and among the Latin artists concerts with Julio Iglesias, Vicente Fernandez, Lola Beltran and Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine to name a few.

In 2014, Rodri launched a 3-day festival, Dia De Los Muertos USA in Cochella, California to celebrate the ancient Aztec tradition that includes art, entertainment food and libations. This October, Rodri will be introducing Mariachi USA to the people of Havana, Cuba for the first time.

Dr. Barbara J. Robles is a Principal Economist in the Division of Consumer and Community Affairs Board of Governors of the U.S Federal Reserve. She received her PH.D. in Economics with fields in Money and Banking and Econometrics from the University of Maryland-College Park.

 She is the author of Economic Inclusion and Financial Education in Diverse Communities:  Leveraging Cultural Capital and Whole Family Learning (2014); Financial and Asset-Building Capabilities of Southwest Border Working Families: An Action Research Approach to Culturally Responsive Economic Resiliency Behaviors (2013); U.S. Latino Families,  Heads of Households, and the Elderly: Emerging Trends in Financial Services and Asset-Building Behaviors (2009), and a co-author of the 2006 Gustavus-Meyers Human Rights award book, The Color of Wealth:  The Story Behind the U.S. Racial Wealth Divide (2006). 

She has taught at Arizona State University, the University of Texas-Austin and the University of Colorado-Boulder. She has held the position of Revenue Estimator/Economist for the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation scoring tax legislation for the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committees. Her research focuses on wealth inequality, community asset-building, community economic development, economic inclusion, tax and economic education, micro-businesses and entrepreneurship with special focus on Borderlands and low-to-moderate income populations.

Dr. Christina Bejarano is the author of The Latina Advantage:  Gender, Race, and Political Success (2013) and The Latino Gender Gap in U.S. Politics (2014).  In her books Bejerano recognizes that Latinas are increasingly present in U.S. politics, but they and women in general are still greatly underrepresented.  However, in the Latina Advantage a key finding is that instead of being a hindrance, candidate gender can de-emphasize the disadvantage posed by racial/ethnic differences with voters and identity similarities in gender and race/ethnicity can increase electoral support.

Her research and teaching interests are in American politics, primarily in areas of gender, race/ethnicity and political behavior.  She is particularly interested in studying the conditions under which racial/ethnic minorities and women successfully compete for U.S. electoral office.  Bejerano currently serves on the national advisory council for LatinasRepresent, a joint initiative working to increase Latina political leadership and representation and serves as a guest expert for Presidential Gender Watch, a non-partisan project to track and analyze the gender dynamics of the 2016 presidential election.

Elizabeth Robles, LPC, CCTP  is a native El Pasoan with roots in Zacatecas, Mexico. Elizabeth has worked in the counseling field as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Certified Clinical Training Professional (CCTP) and is also trained in Critical Incident/Disaster management.  Her professional focus includes women’s issues, depression, anxiety, grief and loss and she has a deep interest in spiritual issues related to the process of death and dying.

She treats individuals throughout the lifespan ranging from children to the elderly. Prior to establishing her private practice in 2014, she worked as a development professional, directing her efforts to strengthen the system of social services for women, families and other vulnerable populations.  Ms. Robles remains deeply committed to social justice and has served on the Senate District 29 Health Care Advisory Committee where she currently serves as Co-Chair and is on the Mano y Corazon Planning Committee since 2012.

Women owned businesses in the U.S. employ 7.5 million workers.  The total economic impact of these businesses exceeds $3 Trillion.  Over the past decade there has been a 200% increase in female Latina owned businesses in the U.S. compared to the 55% increase made by their non-Hispanic female counterparts.

Tickets are available at www.eventbrite.com Wise Latina International Summit, or by calling (915) 999-4990. $30 Early Bird $35 at the door. Students/Military $25 with ID.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Liz Chavez (310) 721-4623
Cemelli de Aztlan (915) 799-2890

Schedule
Tapestry of Evolution: Strength, Power & Influence
“Redefining the Meaning of Wealth”
Camino Real Hotel- June 11, 2016

8:00 a.m.        Registration/Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m.        Welcome- Liz Chavez, President Wise Latina International
                        Invocation-Cemelli de Aztlan, 1st VP Wise Latina International                       

9:15 a.m.        Opening Plenary-Introductions- Dr. Gina Nunez, Director Women & Gender Studies, University of Texas at El Paso

 “Tapestry of Evolution: Strength, Power & Influence- Redefining the Meaning of Wealth”-  Keynote Speakers:

                        Ramona Ortega, CEO My Money My Future/Mi Dinero Mi Futuro
                        Dr. Barbara Robles, Principal Economist, U.S. Federal Reserve
                        Dr. Christina Bejarano, Author, “The Latina Advantage: Gender, Race and Political Success” and “The Latino Gender Gap in U.S. Politics
                        Elizabeth Robles, Licensed Professional Counselor, Clinical Certified Trauma Professional, “Health is Wealth”

9:35 a.m.        Ramona Ortega- “Building Wealth-My Money My Future”- Ballroom

9:55 a.m.        Transition to Workshop I

10:00 a.m.      Workshop I- “Building Wealth-My Money My Future”
                        Breakout A- Pancho Villa Rm- Facilitator- Diana Washington-Valdez
                        Breakout B-   Kohlberg Rm - Facilitator- Michelle Salinas

10:00 a.m.      “Zapatos Rojos,” Public Art Exhibit Opens – El Paso Museum of Art (Front Court Yard- Ongoing from 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.)

10:45 a.m.      Break “Mind, Body & Spirit”- Mezzanine (Ongoing all day)

11:00 a.m.      Dr. Barbara Robles- “Creating Wealth & Opportunity in Low-Income Communities”- Ballroom A

11:20 a.m.      (Transition to Workshop II)

11:30 a.m.      Workshop II-“Creating Wealth & Opportunity in Low-Income Communities”
                        Breakout A- Pancho Villa Rm. - Facilitator, Dr. Gina Nunez
                        Breakout B- Kohlberg Rm. – Facilitator Lorena Andrade

12:15 p.m.      Break- “Mind, Body & Spirit”- Mezzanine (Ongoing all day)


12:30 p.m.      Lunch – Mistress of Ceremonies- Dr. Gina Nunez
                        Entertainment by “The Chamanas”


12:45 p.m.      Luncheon Keynote- Rodri Rodriguez, CEO Rodri Entertainment
                        Mariachi USA, ProAmerica, Hispanas Organized for Political Equality

 1:15 p.m.       (15 minute cushion/transition to Keynote # III) 

 1:30 p.m.       Dr. Christina Bejarano- “The Latina Advantage: Gender, Race & Political                                  Success” and “The Latino Gender Gap in U.S. Politics”

 1:50 p.m.       (Transition to Workshop III)

 2:00 p.m.  Workshop III- “The Latina Advantage: Gender, Race &Politcal                                                    Success” and “The Latino Gender Gap in U.S. Politics”
                        Breakout A-Pancho Villa Rm.- Facilitator- Councilwoman Lily Limon
                        Breakout B- Kohlberg Rm.- Facilitator- Cemelli de Aztlan

 2:45 p.m.       Break “Mind, Body & Spirit”- Mezzanine (Ongoing All Day)

 3:00 p.m.       Elizabeth Robles, LPC, CCTP- “Health is Wealth”

 3:20 p.m.       (Transition to Workshop IV)

 3:30 p.m.       Workshop IV- “Health is Wealth”
                        Breakout A- Pancho Villa Rm.- Facilitator- Corinne Chacon
                        Breakout B- Kohlberg Rm.- Facilitator- Bianca Saucedo

4:15                 Wrap Reception – Camino Real Hotel – Dome Bar
                        Entertainment/Music by “Papaya Riot”


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