On May 16th, the halls of Columbia University’s Barnard College buzzed with excitement, as the first ever Latinas Think Big™ event, hosted by ELLA Leadership Institute, opened it’s doors. Women from across the country united in New York City to celebrate the careers of Latinas and start a conversation about advancing women in leadership.
Founder and CEO of ELLA Leadership Institute, Dr. Angelica Perez-Litwin, addressed the crowd in her welcome remarks by sharing the reason for ELLA Institute’s founding and the importance of leadership initiatives for women, and especially for Latinas.
ELLA Leadership Institute takes a comprehensive approach to career and leadership development by offering strategic and tailored training, consulting and mentoring programs to women seeking career and leadership success, including the LATINAS THINK BIG™ event tour and a National Conference on Latina Leadership.
LATINAS THINK BIG™ NYC
The Latinas Think Big™ event in New York City featured four presentations from a group of talented and entrepreneurial Latinas who shared their poignant stories and hoped to inspire attendees to take action in their own careers. Presenters took the stage to share their experiences as rising Latinas and identified their own challenges and what life events inspired them to THINK BIG and take action.
During the four hour event, presenters pointed to self-determination, mentorship and fearlessness as key factors in their own career success. As part of the event, organizers asked attendees to reveal their own dreams and career goals, as well as what would help them to reach those goals. Attendees left the event inspired and ready to take action in their own lives and careers.
Throughout the event, LATINAS THINK BIG™ Twitter ambassadors shared their favorite quotes and photos from the event live on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. The event was also live streamed on Google Plus and YouTube for national visibility. View the live stream coverage.
The event, which hosted a diverse audience of Latina professionals, students and organizational leaders in health, education, STEM and corporate leadership, welcomed both women and men to ELLA Institute’s premier event on Latina leadership. From a 16-year-old scientist and innovator, to an entrepreneur, social media expert and Latinas MDs, the room was filled with powerful women and poised for impact.
Below, you’ll find the event agenda and presenters, as well as the official live stream video and a round up of your own conversations happening online.
5:00PM – 6:15PM
Guest Registration, Hors d’Oeuvers, Mingle & Network
6:15PM – 7:00PM
Welcome Remarks by Dr. Angelica Perez-Litwin, Columbia University Welcome by Dean Terry Martinez, Meet the ELLA Institute’s Faculty
7:00PM – 8:30PM
LATINAS THINK BIG Presentations
8:30PM – 9:00PM
Closing Remarks by Marisa Rivera & Dr. Angelica Perez-Litwin, ELLA Celebration & Music
Host: Caroline Avakian, ELLA Faculty
LATINAS THINK BIG™ PRESENTERS
SAMANTHA MARQUEZ, 16-year-old Award Winning Scientist and Innovator
Developed a three-dimensional hollow structured made of living cells, called a celloidosome.
NATALIA OBERTI NOGUERA, Founder & CEO, Pipeline Fellowship
Named “One of Five Most Powerful Women Changing the World in Venture Capital and Entrepreneurship” by Forbes.
KETY ESQUIVEL, Digital Vice President, Fenton
Social media expert leveraging the intersection of social media, new media, journalism and marketing to promote social change.
DRS. JUANA CUEVAS, LISSETTE LUGO & MONICA SIMMONS, Partners at Every Woman Wellness
Three Latina doctors share their unique journeys excelling in the medical field and their leap to join the start-up economy.
A special thank you to our sponsors and media partners!
ELLA Institute: Igniting the Pipeline for Latina Leadership
WATCH THE LIVE STREAM VIDEO
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