LULAC Mujeres Virtual Summit Empowers Latinas To New Heights

Nation’s Oldest and Largest Latino Civil Rights Organization Uses Technology To Strive For Positive Change Amid a Pandemic

Washington, DC - The 2020 LULAC Mujeres Virtual Summit held this weekend is already being acclaimed as an unparalleled success and a template for future events using new technologies to bridge across vast distances and gather safely even amid COVID-19.

“We are feeling ecstatic about the record-setting hundreds of Latinas and other women who responded to our invitation and participated in this historic event,” says Elsie Valdes-Ramos, LULAC National Vice President for Women, Chair of the Women's Commission and Chair of the Mujeres LULAC Virtual Summit. “When we decided to create this event, no one had any idea just how successful it would be. We are overwhelmed with the results because they demonstrate Latinas are eager and leading the way during these challenging times. They are extremely willing to gather, share information, ideas and encouragement that can make us all even more resilient. Further, we share the same goal of wanting to be successful for ourselves, our families and our communities,” added Valdes-Ramos.

The online event highlighted timely, relevant topics which included 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 who shared firsthand lessons learned along the way.

“Latinas are a relentless force within our families and communities as well as the largest creators of small businesses in America,” says Sindy Benavides, LULAC National Chief Executive Officer. “Women speak about breaking through the glass ceiling and in today’s context, Latinas are shattering the COVID-19 curtain and overcoming the pandemic through the power of determination, innovative thinking and hard work. Many are homeschooling while working outside the house. I am so proud of women who are bravely leading the way into a new world of social justice using all the tools at our disposal. We are the matriarchs of our families and our communities who recognize that the future is Latina and we are transforming the U.S. and Puerto Rico through action. Our goal is to continue to highlight our diverse leadership while acknowledging the sacrifices that Latinas are making every day as America’s essential workers,” added Benavides.

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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

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