Latina Style Inc
Latina Style Inc
Latina Style Inc

Agenda Dallas, TX 2014

Dallas LATINA Style Business Series
Thursday, April 17, 2014 – 7:30 am to 3:00 pm
Location: Hyatt Regency Hotel
300 Reunion Blvd
Dallas, TX


8:00 am – 9:00 am
Location: Landmark AB Foyer
9:00 am – 9:30 am
Location: Landmark A
Welcome & Business Series Introduction
Mistress of Ceremonies
Rebecca Aguilar, Freelance TV & Online Reporter, National Association of Hispanic Journalists – VP of Online
Chair Remarks
Laura Estrada, President, Garza Business Services, Inc.
Welcome Remarks
Robert E. Bard, President & CEO, LATINA Style, Inc.
Official Welcome Remarks: (tbc)
Title Sponsor Remarks:
Carlos “Eddy” Riveiro, AVP ES Sales, Central Plains Region
Nationwide Insurance


9:35 am – 10:30 am
Location: Landmark A
Accessing Capital: Building Strong Businesses
Focus: 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 will present available sources and ways to build capacity to position a small business to secure capital for expansion.
Moderator: Janie Barrera, CEO, Accion Texas
Speaker: Nancy Alvarez-Hernandez, Supervisor, Business Development Specialist, SBA
Speaker: Juan Cervantes, Agency Development Sales Manager, Nationwide Insurance
Speaker: Velena McRae, Stakeholder Liaison, IRS
Speaker: Bank Representative (PENDING)
10:30 am – 10:40 am
Location: Landmark AB Foyer
Networking Break & Expo area
10:40 am – 11:00 am
Location: Landmark A
Business Protection: Covering your People, Property and Profits
Conducted by LS
Sponsor by Nationwide
Speaker: Virginia Goza Simpson, Nationwide Insurance
Speaker: Sandy Garza, Nationwide Insurance
Speaker: Juan Cervantes, Nationwide Insurance
11:00 am – 12:00 am

Location: Landmark A
Women Empowerment through Technology
Focus: As a business owner you are faced with many challenges, one of them being keeping up to date with the latest technology. In the ever-expanding world of texts, tweets, and online blog communities, the corporate world is gradually integrating social networking into a new business model that is only increasing in popularity. This panel will share valuable information to gain an advantage, remain competitive and thrive through the use technology in today’s business climate.
Moderator: Tilde Guajardo, Founder,
Speaker: Rebecca Aguilar, Freelance TV & Online Reporter, National Association of Hispanic Journalists – VP of Online
Speaker: Lydia Gonzalez Welch, Chef & Owner, Latino Culinary Institute, LLC
Speaker: Byrdie Franco, Director for the Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter, LATISM
12:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location: Landmark A
Latina Entrepreneurs Spot Light: Lessons Learned
Focus: Successful Latina entrepreneurs at different stages of business maturity discuss lessons learned, insight gained through their experiences, challenges encountered, and ways to overcome these. These women will share ways to be ready for growth and new opportunities. 
Moderator: Ellen Castro, Chief Energizing Officer
Speaker: Erica Armendariz, Agency Owner, Nationwide Insurance 
Speaker: Marie Diaz, Chief  Visionary Officer, Pursuit of  Excellence, Inc.
Speaker: Claudia Mirza, CEO, Elahi Enterprises, Inc., dba Akorbi
1:15 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Landmark B
Welcome & Luncheon Introduction
Mistress of Ceremony
Norma Garcia, News Anchor, Telemundo 39
Co-Chair Remarks
Jessica Narvaez, Staff Operations Director, Pinnacle
LATINA Style CEO Remarks
Robert E. Bard, President & CEO, LATINA Style, Inc
Title Sponsor Remarks
Jennifer T. Martinez, Staff Operations Director, Nationwide Insurance
Keynote Speaker
Shayla Rivera, Motivational Speaker, Former Aerospace Engineer with NASA, TV Host, Emcee/Host, Humorist, Comedian, Actor, Writer, Producer and Awareness Expert
Closing Remarks
LATINA Style Entrepreneur of the Year
Claudia Mirza, CEO, Elahi Enterprises, Inc., dba Akorbi
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Location: Landmark AB Foyer
Dessert Reception
Join us in closing the event with dessert and gift raffles provided by our partners!

* Please note this agenda is tentative & subject to change

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

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