Latina Style Inc
Latina Style Inc
Latina Style Inc

Dallas Program Agenda

AT&T 308 S Akard St Dallas Texas 75202 – 12th floor

7:00 am – 7:30 am Registration & Networking Breakfast

7:30 – 8:00 am Welcome & Introduction

Introductions: Robert E. Bard, President, LATINA Style, Inc.

AT&T Host Remarks: Maria T. Lensing, Vice President, Global Business, AT&T

Welcome Remarks: Hon. Regina Montoya, Attorney, Chair, Mayor’s Task Force for Poverty, Dallas

Title Sponsor Remarks: Lory Burgos, Senior Consultant, Enterprise Diverse Marketing, Nationwide


8:00 am – 8:50 am The Essentials of a Successful Business: This panel combines a unique blend of professionals with extensive experience in the areas of business bank lending; private, venture & angel investments; and government lending for small business. Panelists include Internal Revenue Service, SBA, and, Bank expert will present available sources and ways to build capacity to position a small business to secure capital for expansion.

Moderator: Maria Santi, Director of Minority Outreach, Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce

Speaker: Derenda Fisher. Lender Relations Specialist/Administrative Officer, SBA

Speaker: Isela Aguilar, VP, Banking Center Manager, Comerica

Speaker: Debbie Hurst, President  & CEO, Women’s Business Council – Southwest (WBCS)

Speaker: Velena McRae, Communications & Liaison, Internal Revenue Service

#ForYourWellness Break presented by Nationwide — Morning Stretch and Breath with V12 Yoga Early Morning Stretch for Success” — learn basic Yoga stretches to start your morning off right! Stretches include invigorating breath work to get you going.

9:00 – 9:50 am Successful Marketing Strategies: Promote Your Business and Yourself:  This workshop combines a unique blend of panelists with expertise on the areas Mainstream & Multicultural Marketing, Media, Social Media, and Supplier Diversity.  This panel focuses primarily on the personal and professional marketing strategies each panelist has implemented within their respective professions to achieve maximum success.

Moderator: Silvana Rosero, President & CEO, Laguna Media Group

Speaker: John Starkweather, AVP Marketing, AT&T

Speaker: Tilde Guajardo, Founder & CEO, Womanars®

Speaker: Brianne C. Martin, Engineer turned Entrepreneur, singer, speaker, STEM and Diversity advocate, Vice chair, SHPE

Break 10 minutes                                                                                                                                      

10:00-10:15 am AT&T Custom Session: Maria T. Lensing, AT&T Vice President, Global Business & Healthcare Solutions, a 2019 LATINA Style Executive of the Year shares her Executive Insights: A health, wellness & balance conversation.

10:15-10:50 am Cyber Fraud Threats of Today Is your business prepared for a security breach? Learn first-hand how to develop solutions to help organizations build strong security programs.

Moderator: Robert E. Bard, president & CEO, LATINA Style, Inc.

Speaker: Joel Quejada, Lead Product Marketing Manager, AT&T

Break 10 min                                              

11:00-11:50 am Marketing Your Business for Success: Conducted by Frantz Tiffeau, Director, Supplier Diversity, Nationwide

LATINA Style Luncheon 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Mistress of Ceremonies: Norma Garcia, Anchor, Telemundo 48

CEO Remarks: Robert E. Bard, President & CEO, LATINA Style, Inc.

Title Sponsor Remarks: Flavio Mesquita, Territory Sales Leader – Southwest Regional Operations, Nationwide

LATINA Style Entrepreneur of the Year: Rosa Santana, Founder & CEO, Santana Group

1:00 – 1:50 pm Entrepreneurs Spotlight: Learning Strategies for Success: Leading Successful Latina entrepreneurs at different stages of business maturity discuss lessons learned, insight gained through their experiences, challenges encountered, and ways to overcome these. Learn how some of our most successful leaders have managed their success and how to apply that to your own career path.

Moderator: Veronica Thomison, Founder & President, MPR Source, Inc.

Speaker:  Rosa Santana, Founder & CEO, Santana Group

Speaker: Dr. Di Ann Sanchez, President, DAS HR Consulting LLC

Speaker: Gabriela N. Smith, Esq., Managing Attorney, the Smith Law Group

Speaker: Erica Armendariz, Owner,Armendariz Insurance Agency

#ForYourWellness Break presented by Nationwide — Afternoon Mindful Meditation with V12 Yoga: Practice a mid-day meditation of gratitude and mindfulness. The best way to quiet your busy mind is with a midday meditation break.

2:00 – 2:50 pm How to Bring Your Supplier Diversity to the Next Level: Corporate Supplier Diversity & Minority Small Business programs offer a major opportunity for business growth for entrepreneurs.  Learn the ins and outs of qualifying to become a minority / small business supplier and secure contracts from corporate America. Introduced by Jalayna Bolden, Director of Supplier Diversity, AT&T

Moderator: Jessica Narvaez, Chief Diversity Officer, Pinnacle Group

Speaker: Betty Manetta, President & CEO, Argent Associates, Inc.

Speaker: Nancy Alvarez, Supervisor of the 8(a) Business Development Division, SBA

Speaker: Laura Ramirez, Director of Supplier Diversity, Ericsson

 2:50 – 3:00 pm Let’s Talk Your #LatinaLegacy presented by Nationwide: What’s your #LatinaLegacy. Join Nationwide as we reflect on the day and also announce the winner of a $150 gift card, compliments of Nationwide.

3:00 pm Closing Raffle

LATINA Style Business Series Sponsors

Title Sponsor:

Nationalwide Insurance


Host Sponsor:


City Sponsor

Comerica Bank

Platinum Sponsor

American Airlines

National Partners

Parents Step Ahead

Media Partners

Capital Wire PR

Media Partners

Old School 104.7FM

Community Partners

Latino Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce

Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce





Latina Golfers Association (LGA)


Hispanic Heritage Foundation HHF

Mujeres a prueba de Fuego


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