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The Emerging Latina Leader: Challenges, Opportunities & Transformation


Thursday, October 18, 2012 from 11:30 AM to 12:15 PM (PDT)

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The Latina Leader Speakers Teleconference Series 

is brought to you by the Latina Leadership Network on Facebook!  


Join us for an insighful conversation on the challenging, but rewarding path towards leadership. We are honored to have this conversation with a seasoned and admirable Latina leader, and an inspiring emerging Latina leader.  

Helen Iris Torres, Executive Director and CEO of HOPE (Hispanas Organized for Political Equality) Leadership Institute and Stephanie Bravo, award-winning entrepreneur of StudentMentor.org and Assistant Director of Social Media at Santa Clara University, will share their experience, insight and advice on what it takes to prepare yourself to become a successful and confident leader in your professional area.

Their combined perspectives will provide a powerful conversation on the challenges Latinas often face as they enter the workplace, begin their careers or pursue entrepreneurial ventures. You will learn about the opportunities and solutions available to you, as you embark on your journey towards leadership and career success.

Format:  Guest speakers will be interviewed by a host.  Questions & Answers will be taken from our Latina Leadership Network Facebook page. 

Date/Time:  October 18, 2012 at 11:30AM (PST) / 2:30PM (EST) | 45 minutes

About Helen Iris Torres

Helen is the Executive Director of Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) where she supervises and manages the day-to-day operations.  Ms. Torres has over twenty years of alliance building, community relations, marketing, and fundraising experience and expertise.  Her primary focus is the achievement of HOPE's vision to inspire and empower Latina Leadership.

Prior to joining HOPE, Ms. Torres was a community relations officer for United Way of Greater Los Angeles, the largest private funder of health and human serivces in Los Angeles County; she lead community outreach efforts and managed new business development.  Her major responsiblities included recruiting volunteers to assist in resource development and the creation of community based programs.

Ms. Torres previously worked at an environmental public relations firm.  There she managed a public education account and supervised six subcontractors for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works house Hazardous Waste Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).

Helen started her career at Burson-Marsteller, an international public relations firm.  At Burson-Marsteller she developed and executed media and special events for Chevron and Coca Cola. She devised strategies and marketing proposals to increase clients’ visibility in the Hispanic market.  Helen designed and managed the introduction of Chevron’s education program, Family Science, to a pilot market in Fresno.  After the first year, the program expanded to four additional Hispanic markets: San Jose, San Diego, Houston, and Miami.

She is currently serving as the Chair of California Volunteers a statewide commission focused on volunteerism, a board member of the Zero Divide Foundation, and a member of the Hispanic Advisory Board for The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancies.  Ms. Torres is very proud of the fact that she started as a volunteer for HOPE.  She was a former HOPE Board member and Chair of Latina Action Day in Sacramento, a conference produced by HOPE, and a graduate for The HOPE Leadership Institute.

Ms. Torres earned a Masters degree in Urban Studies and Communications from Michigan State University.  She holds a Bachelors degree in Communication from Michigan State University as well.  She has been honored by her high school, John Glenn High School, as alumni of the year in 2003.  Ms. Torres  is a sought out speaker on women issues and an advisor to key projects such as “The Shriver Report: A Women’s Nation Changes Everything” and is featured in “Life Moments for Women” a book supporting The Women’s Foundation of California.

HOPE is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to ensuring political and economic parity for Latinas through leadership, advocacy, and education to benefit all communities and the status of women.

About Stephanie Bravo

Stephanie Bravo is the Assistant Director of Social Media at Santa Clara University--a private Jesuit university located in the heart of Silicon Valley and promoting faith-inspired values of social justice and ethics.  She is also the Founder and President of StudentMentor.org.

Stephanie was recently invited to The White House to meet the President and talk to White House officials about StudentMentor.org’s role in improving college completion and preparing students for the workforce of tomorrow. As a result, StudentMentor.org and The White House launched a partnership in 2012 to bring more light to this critical issue.

Previously, Stephanie was the Founder and President of Making a Difference for Good USA, which provided thousands of rural Cambodians with clean water, adequate sanitation, and education.

Stephanie was selected as a prestigious Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholar. She is also a Fellow of the National Hispana Leadership Institute. Stephanie was an M.D. candidate and prior to that she was a first-generation college graduate earning a B.A. in Psychology with honors from San Jose State University. 

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Thursday, October 18, 2012 from 11:30 AM to 12:15 PM (PDT)

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