2018 Latina Empowerment & Development (LEAD) Conference


Saturday, February 3, 2018, 8:00am to 9:30pm


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The David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies is pleased to support Latinas Unidas de Harvard and the 2018 LEAD Conference. 

The Latina Empowerment & Development Conference, also known as LEAD, is an annual conference hosted at Harvard University by Latinas Unidas. LEAD is about empowering Latinas and other minorities who plan on fulfilling leadership and other professional career-oriented paths. Since its inception in 2007, LEAD has brought together hundreds of college Latinas and professionals from all over the country. The 11th annual LEAD Conference will be on February 2 - February 3, 2018. Learn more about LEAD Conference and purchase tickets to attend the conference at http://www.harvardleadconference.org/.

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Keynotes: Alejandra Campoverdi, media executive, and Claudia Pavlovich, Governor of Sonora, Mexico.

Alejandra Campoverdi is an advocate for women's health and empowerment, a First 5 California State Commissioner, a former White House aide to President Obama, and a media executive. Prior to running for U.S. Congress in California in early 2017, Alejandra was founding Managing Editor of #EmergingUS at the Los Angeles Times, a digital platform founded by Jose Antonio Vargas that explored the emerging American identity. Alejandra previously served as Senior Advisor for Innovation and Communications Strategy for Univision Network News and was a part of the team that launched Fusion.

Claudia Pavlovich is the first woman governor of Sonora, and the only woman governor in all of Mexico. Originally from Magdalena Sonora, Governor Pavlovich studied English at the University of Arizona, French in Montreux, Switzerland, and eventually graduated with honors from the University of Sonora’s law program. In her term, Governor Pavlovich has enacted historic changes to Sonoran public policy. With the Law of Internal Regulation of Congress in the State of Sonora, she radically increased government transparency and efficiency, while her “Healthy Woman, Healthy Family” program has significantly decreased diabetes, hypertension, and obesity in her state. She has defended public and consumer interest in telecommunications, urging Sonoran congress to open the sector.



Media and Communications Panel

Paola Ramos, Political Strategist and Former Deputy Director of Hispanic Media for Hillary for America, Cynthia Lopez, Former Commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment , Natasha del Toro, Correspondent for Fusion's The Naked Truth and Host of PBS's America Reframed.

Business and Entrepreneurship Panel

Eliana Murillo, Head of Multicultural Marketing, Google, Betty Francisco, General Counsel, Compass Working Capital, CEO and Founder, FitNation Ventures, Inc., Co-Founder, Latina Circle, Susana G. Baumann, Editor-in-Chief, LatinasinBusiness.us, Roxanna Sarmiento, COO of #WeAllGrow Latina.

Law and Public Policy Panel

Judith García, City Councillor for District 5 Chelsea, MA, Cristina Gonzalez, Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer at Staples, Inc., Sonia Chang-Diaz, Massachusetts State Senator.

STEM Panel

Lillian “Lee” Llambelis, Deputy Commissioner for Community Partnerships and STEAM Initiatives at NYC Department of Design and Construction, Malena Gonzalez, Founder of NutriCount Inc.

Academic Panel

Dr. María Luisa Parra, Senior Preceptor in Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University, Dr. Ana Villareal, Assistant Professor in Sociology at Boston University, Dr. Adriana Zavala, Associate Professor in Art and Art History at Tufts University.

More on Latinas Unidas:

Latinas Unidas (LU), a student-run organization at Harvard College, firmly believes that Latinas hold a wealth of untapped potential and skills that can benefit the larger community. Every year, LU plans the Latina Empowerment & Development Conference (LEAD) to foster a network of strong and talented Latina women.

Learn more about previous events and activities organized by Latinas Unidas on their Facebook page


Conference Schedule:

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Location: Harvard College Campus | 8 am -5:30 pm (Registration begins at 8:00 am)

· Saturday Breakfast | (8 am -9 am)

· Opening Remarks | (9:15 am -9:45 am)

· Keynote Speakers and Workshops | (9:45 am -1:00pm)

· Lunch/networking (1 pm -2:15pm)

· Keynotes and Workshops part 2 | (2:15pm -5pm)

· 1 Musical performances (5:00pm -5:30pm)

· Break | (5:30 pm -7 pm)

· Keynote Speaker and Closing Dinner | (7:15pm -9:30pm)

Ticket includes meals and stay (for students only).

**SEF Option is available for Harvard Students.

**Financial Assistance: We are committed to making LEAD accessible for everyone. Money should not be the reason you do not come. If you need financial assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Contact us at leadconference.harvard@gmail.com.