Agenda & Registration


2018 Symposium

7:30 - 10:00Registration Open | Hilton Hotel Lobby*
8:30 - 3:00 Exhibitor Marketplace | Networking
2nd & 3rd floor |Coffee Stations
8:30 - 9:15Simultaneous Breakout Sessions | Panel Discussions & Workshops
Pre-selected during registration
9:15 - 9:45Exhibitor Marketplace/ Networking
9:45 - noon Welcome/Morning Keynote/The Latina View
Main Stage Ballroom
Noon - 12:30Exhibitor Marketplace/ Networking
12:30 - 2:00Simultaneous Lunch breakout sessions
Pre-selected during registration
2:00 - 2:30Networking/Exhibitor Marketplace
2:30 - 4:30Afternoon Keynote Speaker/Awards Ceremony
Main Stage Ballroom

* Registration moves to 3rd floor after 10 a.m. for pre-registered participants. No walk-ins after 10:00.

Morning Breakout Sessions

8:30 am – 9:15 am


Creating YOUR Meaningful Life
Inspiring and motivating participants to connect with their authentic selves so that we may propel everyone towards building a transparent and powerful pipeline.
Presented by Karla Rodriguez, Owner Sudor Taino


Push the boundaries and following YOUR entrepreneurial spirit
What does it take to follow your passion and accomplish your goals? Local celebrity, Luz Ramos will share her powerful success story of how she took a dream and an idea into a  growing business where she recently opened her second location in Connecticut of the Sloppy Waffle.
Presented by Luz Ramos, Owner, The Sloppy Waffle

Professional Development & Leadership

Your network is your net worth
Designed for the professional looking for advice around professional skills and job advancement
Networking these days is more than schmoozing or looking to add new contacts to your database. In the social media age, you need a modern roadmap for creating and cultivating meaningful connections to stand out from the crowd and achieve any of your goals. Yai empowers and teaches others how to be effective in developing connections. As a self-proclaimed LinkedIn and networking ninja, Yai will share with you her strategic approach to how she moves, motivates and inspires Latina professionals to connect and build relationships through networks and community.
Presented by Yai Vargas, CEO, Latinista


The joy of experiencing happy me
A Mindfulness workshop experience that gives you the basic tools to develop your own mindfulness practice. Your takeaway from this experience will be the sense that you can on your own through consistent practice reach a state of peace and balance in your everyday comings and goings.
Led by Francisco “Paco” Lugovina


Learn about MassMutual’s Technology & Administration Diversity and Inclusion Committee
The MassMutual Technology and Administration Diversity and Inclusion Committee’s mission is to enable a dynamic, innovative diverse and inclusive Technology & Administration organization by attracting, educating, recruiting, developing, retaining and promoting diverse talent. This session will be structured as a panel comprised of some of the committee members, with the purpose of sharing several strategic initiatives undertaken by MassMutual to both promote diversity and inclusion in its Tech & Admin organization and execute on its mission.
Presented by MassMutual. Co-presenters, Mark Roellig and Tara Long

Luncheon Breakout Sessions

12:30 – 2:15

Wealth Building

Financial wellness for women
It is never too early or late to start planning for financial wellness. Such as retirement and long-term savings. This workshop is designed to help women develop a plan to take control of their financial health, rediscover their power and their worth, to inspire women to improve the quality of their life by putting their resources where their values are, and to empower women to reach for their dreams. Now is the time to get more out of your money.
Presented by Prudential

Professional Development & Leadership

Communicating with power and influence
In a time when our voices need to be heard more than ever, it is imperative to harness your passion and conviction and craft a message to persuade and influence others to action.  In this workshop you will:

  • Clarify your preferred communication style.
  • Learn how to leverage technology to amplify your voice.
  • Learn the traits of influential communicators.
  • Identify a topic you are passionate about speaking up.

Leave the workshop with a plan of action to become a more influential communicator.
Presented by Anna Giralda-Kerr


How to grow your business
The resources provided in this workshop is specifically focused on the interests of the Latina business woman, with under 1 million in annual sales revenue to those with over 50 million.

This workshop will highlight financial resources, business certifications, networking associations, growth opportunities, and more. You will leave this workshop empowered with tools that will enable you to strategically grow your business. Knowledge is power!
Presented by: Eversource and Greater New England Minority Development Council


Resource groups: Boosting your career and your company
Learn strategies, process and techniques being practiced by employees and leaders from Employee/Business resource groups that are elevating their organizations through their work, providing business value, and growing their careers.
Presented by: Mass Mutual, The Hartford & Cigna

Wealth Building

RICA. Libertad financiera para la mujer [Spanish-language presentation]

Tu mente es como un jardín. Puedes sembrar flores hermosas o hierva mala. Ambas crecerán perfectamente. Un antiguo principio bíblico que ha sido usado en el mundo de los negocios por años dice: cómo piensa el hombre, así es él. Esto quiere decir que en lo qué más piensas es en lo que te convertirás. Si crees que eres gordo o gorda, te engordarás cada vez más para cumplir con esa imagen que formaste en tu mente. Si te ves a ti mismo como un desastre financiero, tu mente continuará recreando esa imagen en tu vida.
Presented by Bárbara Serrano

Youth Track – High School Students Only


Learn to harness your leadership strengths to effectively motivate and communicate with others.

Community Engagement

Want to help your local community and environment? Then donate your time to a community service project. Learn how and why community service will help your future.