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[live] Latina Power Hour // Facebook

Latina Empowerment Day San Jose: Wealth and Wisdom 1


Join us for a critical conversation discussing the SheCession’s impact on Latinas and how we can pivot to Si Se Puede!

Price: Free.
Where: Facebook Live.

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About this event!

The coronavirus pandemic has led to significant financial insecurity for many however there has been disproportionate damage to women’s employment specifically.

The US is facing a historical and devastating “SHECession” – an economic downturn where job and income losses are dramatically affecting women. Since the pandemic began “women have lost 5.4 million jobs” and women in senior roles, working mothers, and women of color are most at risk.

Latinas have experienced some of the worst outcomes in the recession. With 20.1 percent unemployment in April 2020, Latinas had the highest unemployment rate of any group during the recession. Don’t miss an amazing opportunity to learn more about the economic needs of our community and learn what WE can do to support the economic success of Latinas.

It’s time we write our own narrative for economic empowerment and pay parity!

Moderated by: Blanca Virrey, Associate Director of Educational Programs and Operations at Stanford University


We welcome our wonderful panelists:


Lizette Ojeda, PhD, Founder of Work-Life Lab

Dr. Lizette Ojeda is a career psychologist and behavioral scientist specializing in evidence-based intersectional approach to help diverse leaders in STEM do their best work as their whole self. She is part of Houston Business Journal’s 40 under 40 and has been honored with Fellow status by the American Psychological Association for her outstanding contribution to diversity initiatives on a national level.Her work has been recognized by The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. She is on the editorial board of Journal of Career Assessment and Journal of Latinx Psychology. She has presented and published her research in numerous outlets, including Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology, Journal of Career Development, The Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology, and The Handbook of Career Counseling for Women.

Labeled an at-risk youth, she is the daughter of Mexican immigrants who did not even attend high school, She has reached levels of success that only 2% of women like her ever achieve. Her mission is to empower diverse leaders to unlock their best most confident selves at work without having to burn out or opt out.

Elisa Charters, President/Co-Founder of Latina Surge National

Elisa Charters is a passionate advocate for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), the BIPOC community and small business development. In 2014, Elisa co-founded Latina Surge, a small grass roots non-profit in Essex County, NJ. This was an extension of her community work at several organizations throughout the State of NJ. The organization has since evolved to become Latina Surge National (LSN), expanding its network to multiple states and with partnerships across the country. LSN’s mission is charitable and educational in advancing DEI, cultural intelligence, and racial and gender parity in government, corporate America, and higher education. Professionally, Elisa has conducted international trade, and wholesale and retail apparel sourcing from LATAM. More recently via her consultancy EAC Business International LLC, she has supported manufacturing and distribution areas, and technical sales, in the fire, hospital and hotel industries with specialized commercial and industrial laundry equipment, while also providing DEI guidance to other companies and organizations. Elisa currently works closely with many government officials on DEI initiatives relating to disparities amplified by the COVID19 pandemic.

Anna Dapelo-Garcia, Founder and President of Lean In Latinas

Anna Dapelo-Garcia is an Inclusion, Diversity and Health Equity Leader at Stanford Health Care. She is also the 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 graduated from the Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) Leadership Institute program. In 2017, she was named as 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 was vice chair and board member for the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley and is currently serving as vice chair and board member for the University of San Francisco. 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. In 2019, Anna was appointed by the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors to the Women’s Equality 2020 Leadership Council and in 2021 she was appointed to the Santa Clara County Hate Crimes Task Force. In March 2019, she was chosen by the Silicon Valley Business Journal for a Latino Leadership award. Anna has also been featured in Forbes, National Public Radio (NPR) and the Wall Street Journal.

Leena Mendoza, Founder of Intentional Leadership

Leena Mendoza is the Founder of Intentional Leadership. She is a Business Coach who guides Entrepreneurial Leaders to create, establish, and launch their business. She is highly sought out after for her ability to help others go from idea to implementation, help clarify the vision of their business, and holds them accountable. When leading a team with vision, she shares the importance of aligning your purpose, setting goals, strategic planning, and developing collaborative partnership for business growth. She has a successful track record of guiding others to reach their full potential.

Leena Mendoza is a proud mother and believes that is her most important role. She believes that being a “Hero In Your Home First”, is where leadership begins. She is committed to developing Entrepreneurial and Executive Leaders of excellence and integrity by providing the training necessary for personal, professional and purposeful growth. She founded Intentional Leadership to motivate thousands of people to take charge of their life and live intentionally. She is also the Vice President of Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley. Her educational background includes a M.S in Counseling, B.S. in Health Science and a minor in Gerontology and Criminology.



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Our monthly Latina Power Hour focused on Mujeres in Media!  Listen and learn from an amazing panel of Latinas.

Join us to hear from an inspiring panel of powerful Latinas in media who are breaking down barriers and empowering our community.

You will have an opportunity to meet these influencers and hear about their personal experiences within the entertainment industry.

As Latinas continue to grow in many industries we still remain under-represented in media. We deserve to see ourselves on TV, hear ourselves on the radio and learn about the various narratives of success in our community.

Don’t miss the opportunity to meet these amazing mujeres on Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 6:30 PM PST for our Latina Power Hour focused on Mujeres in Media!

Moderated by: Jennifer Delara, Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley Board Member


We welcome our wonderful panelists:


María Leticia Gómez, Director of Communications and Public Affairs, County of Santa Clara

María Leticia Gómez was born in Rosario, Argentina, and grew up in Mexico City and Washington, DC. She earned a double degree in French Literature and Sociology from the University of Maryland, and a master’s degree in Sociology from The George Washington University. For her master’s thesis research, Ms. Gómez lived in the Zapatista communities in the rainforest of Southeastern Chiapas, Mexico, where she discovered her passion for journalism. After reporting for TV Azteca and Univision News in Mexico City, in 1995 Ms. Gómez became the Washington, DC, correspondent for Canal de Noticias NBC. As part of her career in journalism, Ms. Gómez was also a junior correspondent for Spain’s El País newspaper in Washington, DC, and worked as an anchor/reporter for Univision in New York City. In May 2000, she joined the Univision team in San Francisco as a prime time anchor. Her journalistic work earned her 21 Emmy Awards; she was also honored with six Mark Twain Awards from the Associated Press. Ms. Gómez left Univision in 2017 to become Director of Communications and Public Affairs for the County of Santa Clara.

Tayhana Garcia, Univision Communications Inc.

Tayhana García es periodista de Univision 14, oriunda de la República Dominicana. Ha ganado 9 premios Emmy por su trabajo, el cual incluye la cobertura de devastadores huracanes en Miami, Hawaii y Nueva York, incendios masivos alrededor de California, piezas de investigación, campañas políticas, entre otras.

Tayhana ha trabajado profesionalmente en mercados televisivos y de radio en Los Angeles, Miami y California; en español e inglés. Se egresó Summa Cum Laude de la universidad St. Thomas en Miami, con títulos en comunicaciones, administración de empresas, teología, y diseño de moda. Actualmente graba, escribe, produce y edita cada uno de sus reportajes. Multifacética en todas sus aristas, tiene como objetivo empoderar a la comunidad, una historia a la vez.

Ozzy Mora, KAVU-TV

Ozzy Mora is currently a bilingual Anchor/ Reporter and Producer for KAVU-TV in Texas.

Azalea “Ozzy” Mora, originally from Los Angeles, California, landed a job straight out of college at KPNX-TV in Phoenix. After having previous experience working at ABC7 and Sirius XM Satellite Radio in Los Angeles, she was ready to follow her dreams of telling stories with purpose. KPNX-TV gave her the chance to begin her career in journalism as a social media producer and then progressively, a social media in-studio anchor.

Other than telling just stories, Ozzy has a passion for telling stories specifically of people making a difference, organizations coming together to help others, and assisting to provide resources for people in need.

Ozzy was one of the first to tell stories in the Spanish language at KPNX-TV as a digital journalist. Then, she started a blog called “Go Ask Ozzy” about the importance of community and transitioned to being on-air talent

Through her stories she has helped children become entrepreneurs through lemonade stands to help organizations raise enough funds to build shower trailers for the homeless. She has been recognized by nonprofits and organizations for her strides in helping the community. Azalea also has modeled for music videos, Aston Martin, and has been on a cover of a local magazine in Arizona called “Que Magazine.”

Shan Berries, Shades by Shan Cosmetics

Shan aka Shan Berries is a well known TV & Radio host in the San Francisco Bay Area. She was most recently the Executive Producer & On-Air Host for the top-ranked Morning show on 99.7 [NOW!] / KMVQ-FM, considered to be San Francisco’s biggest pop station.

Shan bid farewell to the morning show in 2019 to focus on her growing makeup line and nonprofit. She is the Founder and CEO of Shades By Shan Cosmetics & The Mamaberries Nonprofit Foundation where a portion of proceeds from each Shades By Shan purchase goes to support single parents in need. You can find Shades By Shan Cosmetics in stores all across California and online at sbscosmetics.com.

Shan has hosted several TV shows, Gas Money on CBS, NiteCap on KBCW & Cal Hi Sports on NBC California. She has also served as the Entertainment Correspondent for Night Beat on KBCW. Shan is often found conducting interviews and hosting events with various celebrities and athletes.

Shan attended college at Webster University in London, has lived in five countries and has visited close to 40 countries. She is a proud Latina, speaks Spanish fluently, and has some skills in French and Mandarin.

Arie Rose, Sip and Slay

Arie Rose is a Latina who continues to break barriers in the media. In a short time she has made a major impact as an influencer across the nation empowering women with her motivational speaking, books and events. As the creator of “Sip and Slay”, women empowerment events, Arie Rose has become a highly sought after motivational speaker who is empowering millennials across the map. She was recently honored by Hennessy VSOP as an influencer from the West Coast making a national impact through her motivational brand. Arie’s 2017 self published book “Fight The Funk & Slay In Everyway” went #1 new release on amazon in the first week of distribution. Arie Rose is a television producer, published author, motivational speaker and TV host.

Maria “Mia Amor” Sanchez, Mia in the Morning

Maria “Mia Amor” Sanchez is a Salvadorian-American on-air personality, Author, Voice-over pro & Emcee. Starting as a station intern at the age of 18 and working in the street team, setting up events, board op’n and doing call in’s Mia was able to move up in the ranks. Due to her sassy personality, Mia has worked for various formats including Rhythmic CHR, Urban, Hurban & Regional Mexican that’s allowed her to be one of the most versatile personalities in the radio game. She is currently the host of “Mia in the Morning” 6am – 10am on 102.5 KSFM Sacramento and 6pm – 12am on Q102.1 in the Bay Area.

Born in El Salvador and raised in the Bay Area, Sanchez has served as a voice to the community throughout her entire career. Her passion lies in being on-air and interacting with listeners on a daily basis through music and pop culture. Mia has emceed THE WOMEN’S MARCH for the past years which is something she is passionate about. Her commitment to serve the community is Mia’s priority. Due to her likable approach and dynamic nature, Mia has landed interviews with some of the top recording artists and celebrities in the industry including Jennifer Lopez, J. Cole, Nicki Jam, Mike Tyson, Ludacris and Chris Tucker, Ashley Graham and Ice Cube to name a few. In addition to her on-air acumen, Sanchez enjoys fashion, traveling, R&B music, Fitness and is a self-proclaimed, part-time “foodie.” She has also received numerous endorsements from major, national and local brands including Macy’s, Gold’s Gym, Cricket Wireless, Money Gram and more.

In 2019 Mia was part of a collaboration book titled “LEAD WITH V.I.V.A” Stories and Strategies of Leaders Who Lead with Vision, Inspiration, Voice, and Acceptance (Volume Book 1) where for the 1st time she told her story to inspire youth and women all around the world.

Mia Amor currently resides in Sacramento, CA

May 06 2021


Date: May 6
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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