Three decades ago Maria Mangual attended a Latina leadership conference in Indiana. When she came back she organized a local conference called La Mujer Despierta. This lead to the creation of Mujeres Latinas en Accion, a 35-year-old organization whose mission is to empower Latinas. Most people are aware of Mujeres through their programs to address violence against women, but the big secret is that they do much more than that. Any Latina is welcome to find community at Mujeres. Their mission is to empower Latinas along the different parts of their lives.
This year Mujeres is trying to bust open that secret by holding its first annual Maria Mangual Leadership Conference. On October 28th Latinas who work at the grassroots of the community to Latina professionals, students to Latinas who worked along side Mangual in the 1970s will gather to celebrate Mangual’s vision and build for the future. Marlene González, Founder and president of Life Coaching Group LLC and columnist for Latina Magazine will be one of the speakers.
Mujeres President and CEO Maria S. Pesqueira says the conference fits into Mangual’s vision and own quiet way by bringing together a diverse group of Latinas. “Maria was one of those people who pushed you to be your best, without you knowing that she was pushing you. We’re going back to our roots with this conference.”
You can join in the intergenerational and career spanning Maria Mangual Leadership conference on Friday, October 28th from 8 am – 5 pm at the Blackstone Hotel (636 S. Michigan Avenue) for just $50.