2015 ThinkMujer Summit

8:00 am - Onsite Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00 am - Welcome & Musical Performance by Edna Vázquez
Edna Vazquez

Edna Vázquez is a mariachi singer, and musician who plays, sings and writes her own songs, from boleros to zapateados, and has performed before a wide range of audiences locally and nationally. Watch her interview with OPB.


9:30 am - Mujeres Chingonas Panel


Cecilia Giron

Cecilia Giron is Director of Adelante Chicas at Adelante Mujeres, a Forest Grove-based, nonprofit serving Latino children, young women, and Latina small business owners, and recipient of the 2013 Women of Achievement Award. Read her Oregonian interview.

Carmen Rubio

Carmen Rubio is the Executive Director of Portland-based, Latino Network, a community-based nonprofit focused on Latino youth, families and civic engagement. Previously, Carmen was Senior Policy Advisor to Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish. Watch her HandsOn interview.

Narce Rodriguez

Narce Rodriguez is Dean of Student Development of Portland Community College at Rock Creek Campus. A former migrant farm worker, Narce has previously taught Chicano/Latino Studies, Women's Studies and Counseling Guiding courses. Listen to her Colors of Influence interview.

Perla Rodriguez

Perla Rodriguez, Ed.D., is Principal at Echo Shaw Elementary, a dual language, PreK-5 school in the Forest Grove School District. Besides earning a Doctor of Education from George Fox University, being a co-founder of the Oregon Association of Latino Admininistrators, Perla is also Oregon's only female professional boxing judge. Read her Oregonian interview.


10:45 am - Break

11:00 am - Latina Lightning Talks


Delia Hernandez

Delia Hernández is an news anchor, reporter and producer at Noticias Noroeste Univision KUNP-TV, the first Spanish language newscast station in Oregon. A graduate of Washington State University in Television Production/News, Delia has covered thousands of stories throughout the Pacific Northwest ranging from human rights to breaking stories. Watch her Fair Housing Council story.

Teresa Alonso

Teresa Alonso, MPA, is a Woodburn City Councilor, a member of Latina Associates for Collaborative Endeavors (LACE) with the Nonprofit Association of Oregon, and the State GED Administrator, Office of Community College and Workforce Development at the Higher Education Coordinating Commission. A native of Michoacán, Mexico, Teresa has completed several leadership training programs including, the National Hispana Leadership Institute, Harvard’s Executive Leadership Program, and the Leadership Program through the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government Institute for Nonprofit Management.

Lucy Arellano

Lucy Arellano, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor, Adult Education & Higher Education Leadership in the College of Education at Oregon State University. Previously, Lucy was at the University of Hawaii in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Students. An author, writer and presenter, Lucy hails from East LA and is a graduate of University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and University of California at Los Angeles. Read her UCLA Graduate Quarterly interview.

Lucy Escobar

Lucy Escobar is a Branch Manager at US Bank, and previously led teams and client relations as Branch Manager with Bank of the Cascades, Key Bank and AIG. Lucy is founding board member of the Salem Latino Business Alliance, the Willamette Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce helping Latino business owners get off the ground. Read her Willamette Live interview.

Leda Garside

Leda Garside, RN, BSN, MBA, is the Tuality Healthcare Clinical Services Manager for ¡Salud! Program, a migrant health program providing and facilitating health care services to Oregon’s seasonal migrant vineyard workers and their families. A native of Costa Rica, Leda has served on the boards of the Northwest Health Foundation, Oregon Latino Health Coalition, the National Association of Hispanic Nurses, Oregon Health Services Commission, and Oregon Public Broadcasting, and previously was honored by The American Nurse Project. Read her interview on Palate Press.

Veronica Grave

Veronica Grave is a Sr. Application Developer for the Information Technology Group at Intel Corporation. She is responsible for creating and supporting secure data automation solutions that enable 30,000 employees worldwide accelerate Intel's quest to bring smart, connected devices to every person on Earth. Outside from building software, Veronica serves as president on the board of directors of Adelante Mujeres.

Dani Ledezma

Dani Ledezma is Governor Kate Brown's Housing & Human Services Policy Advisor. Previously, Ledezma served as Education Advisor for Governor John Kitzhaber, and as Director of Equity, Policy, and Communications at the City of Portland's Housing Bureau. In 2014, the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber honored Dani with the ¡BRAVO! Award for Latino Community Service for her contributions to the economic and social advancement of Latinos in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Dani is an Unidos for Oregon Latino Network alumnus. Watch the Cohort I interview.

Irma Valdez

Irma Valdez, JD, is an immigration attorney who was born in a small village in Michoacán, Mexico and grew up in Chicago's Pilsen/Little Village Neighborhood. Irma studied at Brown University and attended Loyola Law School, and was the founder of Portland's non-profit, Latino Home Initiative, which helps working class families become homeowners. Irma served as a Commissioner on the City of Portland Planning Commission, where she was the driving force behind the name change from 39th Avenue to César E. Chávez Boulevard.


12:30 pm - Jefa de Jefas Lunch Panel


Edith Molina

Edith Molina is Founder & CEO of ThinkMujer, a member of Latina Associates for Collaborative Endeavors (LACE) with the Nonprofit Association of Oregon, co-founder of RED Consulting Group, and co-founder of bilingualhire. Previously, Edith served as a Trustee to the Portland Women's Union Foundation, Chair of the Oregon Latino Health Coalition, and board member of Familias en Acción.

Marcela Alcantar

Marcela Alcantar is President of Alcantar & Associates, a design support, construction and maintenance service firm that has served U.S. federal, state and local agency clients throughout the northwest. Originally from San Luis Potosí, Mexico, Marcela is a co-founder of Oregon's Hispanic contractors group, the Diversified Builders & Engineers Council, and founding member of the League of United Latin American Citizens, the largest and oldest Hispanic organization in the United States. Read her Portland Monthly interview.

Victoria Lara

Victoria Lara is Founder & CEO of Portland-based, Lara Media Services, a Hispanic advertising agency specializing in advertising, market research & public relations. In 2014, the U.S. Small Business Administration honored Victoria as a Small Business Champion. She serves on the boards of All Hands Raised, CAUSA Oregon, Hacienda CDC, and Latino Network. Watch her CNN Español interview.

Maria Garcia

Maria Garcia is Owner & Chief Barista at Revolución Coffee House, a Mexican coffee house in the heart of downtown Portland. Originally from Mexico City, Maria previously owned Cocina Cultura y Más, a Mexican catering company and predecessor to Revolución.

1:30 pm - Community Career Fair & Expo

Portland Community College, ITT Technical Institute, Corazon Chiropractic, New York Life Insurance, Department of Human Services at Office of Equity and Multicultural Services, Momentum Alliance, KBOO Community Radio 90.7FM, Adelante Mujeres, Western Oregon University, Mary Kay, Washington County Department of Human Resources, Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center, Artesanía Table Herbalife Nutrition, Portland Public Schools, Amway-Claudia Sarate, Planned Parenthood

4:00 pm - Summit Ends

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