LULAC Historic Mujeres Virtual Summit This Saturday
Nation’s Leading Latino Civil Rights Organization Says Event Launches A New Era for Women Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
Washington, DC - The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is holding its first ever Women’s Commission Virtual Summit this Saturday, December 5, 2020 to ensure the safety and well-being of hundreds of attendees participating from throughout the United States and Puerto Rico for this historic event. The theme is “Our Future is Latina: Breaking Barriers and Shifting a Nation”.
“Our priority in deciding to go virtual was to make sure we were adhering to the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) while at the same time making a bold statement that Latinas will not be deterred from doing the important work at hand,” says Elsie Valdes-Ramos, LULAC National Vice President for Women, Chair of the Women's Commission and Chair of the Mujeres LULAC Virtual Summit. “Our goal with this event is to present timely, accurate and relevant information to empower women who are individually and collectively building communities, starting at home with their families, in their neighborhoods addressing needs nearby and more than ever, uplifting women who are advancing in their professions and seeking to serve in public office,” she added.
The event will highlight major panels on topics including leadership in times of adversity, accessing capital and building effective professional networks, tapping into mentors with years of experience in social and civil rights advocacy plus learning from women who have successfully ascended the ladder within Corporate America and can share firsthand lessons learned along the way.
Among the VIP attendees are U.S. Representative Teresa Leger Fernandez (D-New Mexico), Jennifer Gonzalez-Colon - Resident Commissioner of Puerto in the U.S. House of Representatives, Luz Arce Ferrer, Puerto Rico House of Representatives, Dr. Elba Garcia - Commissioner of Dallas County, Texas, Michelle M. Hernandez de Fraley - Former Superintendent of Police for Puerto Rico, Annette Franqui - Chair, AARP Board of Directors and many more.
“This is a unique moment in our nation’s history when Latinas are making tremendous strides even in the face of obstacles in our way to achieve unprecedented levels of responsibility,” says Sindy Benavides, LULAC National Chief Executive Officer. “This summit presents an unparalleled opportunity to learn from one another, affirm each other and leverage our talents to advance our shared agenda which is making sure women are not just at the table; rather, we are at the head of it,” she added.
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 1,000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit https://lulac.org/