Latina Style Inc
Latina Style Inc
Latina Style Inc

Program Agenda for Raleigh, NC 2015


Registration (7:30 am- 9:00 am)

Networking Breakfast (7:30 am – 8:30 am)

Opening Ceremony (8:30 am – 9:00 am)

Emcee: Leyla Santiago, Anchor, Fox 50 – Hola NC

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

Featured Speaker: Honorable Nancy McFarlane, Mayor, City of Raleigh

Title Sponsor Remarks: Loreley Burgos, Senior Consultant, Nationwide Direct

Advocate of the Year: Dr.  Gloria Patricia Herrera, MD PA, Owner, G Patricia Herrera PA: Herrera G Patricia MD


Entrepreneurs Spotlight: Lessons Learned (9:00 am – 10:00 am) 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: Mary Cantando, Founder, Growth Expert, Women’s Advantage
  • Speaker: Claudia Casco, Owner, Teacher,   Maracas Montessori
  • Speaker: Dr. G. Patricia Herrera, Owner, G Patricia Herrera PA: Herrera G Patricia MD
  • Speaker: Nationwide Rep – tbc

Accessing Capital: Building Strong Businesses (10:00 am – 11:00 am) 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: Astrid Chirinos, Chief Development Executive, Latin American Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC)
  • Speaker: Patrick Rodriguez, Senior Area Manager, NC U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Speaker: Larry Ross, Mentor, SCORE Chapel Hill
  • Speaker: Nivia P Hayes, MBA, Stakeholder Liaison, IRS/SBSE/CSO
  • Speaker: Nationwide Rep – tbc

Enhancing Women Empowerment through Technology & Social Media (11:00 am – 12:00 pm) 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 social media via texts, tweets, and online blog communities, the corporate world is rapidly integrating social networking into a new business model that is only increasing in popularity. Hear valuable information to gain an advantage, remain competitive, tools for getting the most out of your data, and thrive through the use of social media and technology in today’s business climate.

  • Moderator: Leonor Clavijo, Executive Director, North Carolina Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Speaker: Bianca Montes Jones, CEO and President of Justotech
  • Speaker: Tobi Bower, President, Instinctive Branding
  • Speaker: Patricia Martinez, President, Leadership in the Clouds™ (invited)

12:00 pm – 12:15 pm Energetic, short brain break with Maria Elena Williams!

12:30 pm – 3:00 pm Latina Style Entrepreneur Awards Luncheon.

Mistress of Ceremonies: Ginna Cardenas, Univision Anchor

Title Sponsor Remarks: Loreley Burgos,Senior Consultant, Nationwide Direct

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

Keynote Speaker: Marisa Rivera, President, MPowerment Works, LLC

LATINA Style Entrepreneur of the Year: Claudia Casco, Owner, Teacher, Maracas Montessori Pre-School

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm   Closing

*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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