Take Charge: A Lean In Latinas Annual Conference 2019 // Newark

Saturday at 9 AM – 3:30 PM
Stanford Health Care
7600 Gateway Blvd, Newark, California 94560.

Our goal and theme this year is to highlight the #LatinaEqualPay gap in the corporate workplace. Interested?

Hope so! If you join us, you’ll have not one but two opportunities to workout your negotiation muscles with us 🧠💪🏽.

Newark, California – The annual Lean In Latinas conference is back! For the 4th year in a row, we’ll bring together our community of remarkable mujeres to engage in meaningful dialogue and purpose-driven networking. Join us for career enhancing activations built on both the barriers we face as Latinas, but also the unique opportunities we can leverage as the largest ethnic minority in the U.S.

Tickets starting at $65.






Tickets starting at $65.

  • Tickets include breakfast, lunch, gifts and the invitation to sit at the table!
  • Saturday, November 16th 2019
  • 9:00 am to 3:30 pm
  • Starting at $55.



This year, Latina Equal Pay Day falls on November 20th, exactly 19 days later than last year’s November 1st date (yes, it’s getting worse for us, amigas). This day of awareness is symbolic and highlights the approximate number of days Latinas must work into the new year to make what their White male counterparts made at the end of the previous year.

And aren’t we worth the whole dollar? We think so, and so does Eva Longoria (read her Forbes article, please!). That’s why we’re focusing this year’s sessions on economic advancement for Latinas and how we can take charge as individuals until we reach systemic change.

In partnership with JFK University, a hispanic serving-institution committed to raising awareness of the value of higher education and providing a life-enhancing educational experience.


*Meet Our Speakers & Panelists*

We are thrilled to activate our platform and power the conversation with the voices and stories of Latinas driving change in their communities. Join us for a collective day of vulnerability and bravery as your comadres reflect on their experiences in the workplace.

Jessica Aguirre is the evening anchor at NBC Bay Area News and an Emmy award winning journalist. Jessica has been a primetime, evening anchor, in the Bay Area for the last 20 years. She began her career at the Spanish Language network, Univision, while attending the University of Miami. Before arriving in the Bay Area in 1998 she anchored and reported in Los Angeles and Miami, earning Emmy awards for her series on the struggles of migrant children and for her investigative work on child molesters. Her journey to Cuba, chronicling the struggles of boat people fleeing the island, won an Associated Press award. As the daughter of immigrant parents, Jessica is fluent in Spanish, and deeply involved in organizations that promote literacy and help stem the Latino achievement gap including The Silicon Valley Education Fund. Jessica can also be found at many community events in the East Bay where she lends her voice to a variety of local causes. Her passion for news and global events has taken Jessica from Cuba to England and many places in between. She’s covered natural disasters like Hurricane Andrew, and man-made catastrophes like the Oklahoma City bombing, as well as race riots in Miami and the 10-year anniversary of 9/11 from ground zero. Jessica traveled to Brazil for the summer Olympic Games where she interviewed Bay Area athletes and covered security and political issues, facing the people of Rio and Olympic tourists. Jessica resides in the East Bay, with her two daughters. Her devotion to learning, supporting children and local charities has her routinely on the lecture circuit in the Bay Area discussing education and advocating for better, safer communities.

Ingrid Rojas Contreras was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. Her first novel Fruit of the Drunken Tree was a silver medal winner in First Fiction from the California Book Awards, and a New York Times editor’s choice. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Paris Review, Buzzfeed, Nylon, Guernica, and elsewhere. She is working on a family memoir about her grandfather, a curandero from Colombia who it was said had the power to move clouds.

Rachel Thomas is co-founder and president of the Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Foundation, the nonprofit organization behind LeanIn.Org and OptionB.Org. Under Thomas’s leadership, the foundation supports a community of more than two million women and men in 171 countries and runs public awareness and education programs that reach millions of people each year. Prior to co-founding LeanIn.Org, Thomas co-founded and served on the executive teams of several consumer technology startups. Thomas frequently writes and speaks on issues that affect women and is the host of “Tilted,” a podcast exploring the intersection of gender and culture.

Helen Vallaeys is a Sr. Director at LeanIn.Org and author of the children’s book, What You Can Do, I Can Too. As a mother of two little girls, she felt inspired to write this book after seeing research that shows that girls lose faith in their own talents by the time they are only six years old. The rhyming story shows women in a variety of professions – from scientist, to fire fighter, to president – to show little girls that they can DO and BE anything.

Katty Lopez De Gull is helping Latinas working in male dominated environments, to create a high-achieving Personal Brand Look. Katty is a certified Image Consultant, and Fashion Stylist personally trained by Stacy London, co-host of the internationally known TV Show: What Not To Wear!

She has worked with women of different walks of life, locally and internationally, and has been featured in Univision’s morning TV Show for the San Francisco Bay Area. She has the honor to count among her clients with Ruby Polanco, Owner of Ruby Makeup Academy in Hollywood, Flor Melara, Univision 14 morning show Producer, and Gabriela Dellan, Weather anchor at Telemundo 48.

Anna Dapelo-Garcia is Founder and President of Lean In Latinas. Anna acquired a Master of Public Administration from the University of San Francisco and a Bachelor of Arts degree in management from Saint Mary’s College. In 2013, she was named as a Silicon Valley Business Journal Woman of Influence and the Woman of the Year by the Women’s Health Care Executives. She also served as a State Commissioner with the California State Senate for Cost Control in State Government. She’s currently vice chair and board member for the University of San Francisco Master of Public Administration program and 2nd vice chair and board member for the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley. In 2015, she became the Founder of Lean In Latinas and was appointed as a Regional Program Leader by LeanIn.Org. Anna was featured in The New York Times for her role in creating Lean In Latinas, now a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. In 2018, she received a Top Latino Leaders Award by the National Diversity Council in Los Angeles and was also appointed by the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors to the Women’s Equality 2020 Leadership Council. In March 2019, she was chosen by the Silicon Valley Business Journal for a Latino Leadership award. Anna has also been featured in Forbes and on National Public Radio (NPR).