MANA Takes DC by Storm!
The 2016 MANA AvanZamos Leadership Institute and Hermanitas Leadership Institute was held July 21-23, 2016, in Washington, DC. The weekend activities began with an opening reception highlighted by a keynote speech by Jaqueline Cortez-Wang, Deputy Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics and the presentation of awards for the National Hermanitas Program as a Bright Spot in Hispanic Education and a Commitment to Action.
An experiential day included workshops at the U.S. Capitol with leaders representing our partners Voces Verdes and NALEO, as well as a panel discussion with Latinas Changing the Face of Washington. The afternoon included tours of the U.S. Capitol, Supreme Court of the United States and Library of Congress. This great day ended with a rooftop reception hosted by our friends from AT&T, which included great views of Union Station and the U.S. Capitol! Speakers included Lucy Laflamme of the National Resources Defense Council; Felipe Benitez of Mi Familia Vota; Laura Maristany, Washington Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs for the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials; MANA Staff Alum, Geenae Rivera-Soto, Diversity and Inclusion Specialist for the Federal Housing Finance Agency; Alma Molina, Senior Associate at Latinovations, Dewey Square Group; and Dr. Lisette Garcia, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility.
Our final day began with a Breakfast Platica on Latinas Breaking Technology Barriers, followed by an interactive STEM workshop for Hermanitas and Latina Financial Literacy provided by WISER. In the afternoon, Hermanitas were taken to East Potomac Golf Course for a Get Ready Golf Clinic presented by the PGA of America. Adult MANA Members were treated to an AvanZamos Luncheon featuring MANA Co-Founder Bettie Baca. Afternoon sessions included workshops on Good Governance and Chapter Management and a discussion on the MANA National Bylaws. The conference day culminated with the Annual MANA Membership Meeting, where the members voted to accept the updated MANA National Bylaws. The day's speakers and presenters included Antoinette Fox, Process of ME Lead, Global Puopulsion System, General Motors; Janie Flores DeLosRios, General Motors; Rosa Mendoza, Executive Director, Hispanic Technology and Telecommunications Partnership; Cindy Hounsell, JD, President of the Women's Institute for a Secure Retirement and MANA National Board Treasurer; Michelle Cuevas-Stubblefield, MANA National Board Member; Clara Padilla Andrews, Former Secretary of State of New Mexico and MANA National Board Member; Celina Caprio, JD, MANA National Board Member. The weekend culminated in a Graduation Dinner for the Hermanitas and AvanZamos Leadership Institute participants.