2016 MANA AvanZamos Leadership Institute

and Hermanitas Leadership Institute

July 21-23, 2016

Washington, DC

"Latinas Rising"

The 2016 MANA AvanZamos Leadership Institute and Hermanitas Leadership Institute was held July 21-23, 2016, in Washington, DC. The weekend activities began with an opening reception highlighted by a keynote speech by Jaqueline Cortez-Wang, Deputy Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics and the presentation of awards for the National Hermanitas Program as a Bright Spot in Hispanic Education and a Commitment to Action.

An experiential day included workshops at the U.S. Capitol with leaders representing our partners Voces Verdes and NALEO, as well as a panel discussion with Latinas Changing the Face of Washington. The afternoon included tours of the U.S. Capitol, Supreme Court of the United States and Library of Congress. This great day ended with a rooftop reception hosted by our friends from AT&T, which included great views of Union Station and the U.S. Capitol! Speakers included Lucy Laflamme of the National Resources Defense Council; Felipe Benitez of Mi Familia Vota; Laura Maristany, Washington Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs for the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials; MANA Staff Alum, Geenae Rivera-Soto, Diversity and Inclusion Specialist for the Federal Housing Finance Agency; Alma Molina, Senior Associate at Latinovations, Dewey Square Group; and Dr. Lisette Garcia, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility. 

Our final day began with a Breakfast Platica on Latinas Breaking Technology Barriers, followed by an interactive STEM workshop for Hermanitas and Latina Financial Literacy provided by WISER. In the afternoon, Hermanitas were taken to East Potomac Golf Course for a Get Ready Golf Clinic presented by the PGA of America. Adult MANA Members were treated to an AvanZamos Luncheon featuring MANA Co-Founder Bettie Baca. Afternoon sessions included workshops on Good Governance and Chapter Management and a discussion on the MANA National Bylaws. The conference day culminated with the Annual MANA Membership Meeting, where the members voted to accept the updated MANA National Bylaws. The day's speakers and presenters included Antoinette Fox, Process of ME Lead, Global Puopulsion System, General Motors; Janie Flores DeLosRios, General Motors; Rosa Mendoza, Executive Director, Hispanic Technology and Telecommunications Partnership; Cindy Hounsell, JD, President of the Women's Institute for a Secure Retirement and MANA National Board Treasurer; Michelle Cuevas-Stubblefield, MANA National Board Member; Clara Padilla Andrews, Former Secretary of State of New Mexico and MANA National Board Member; Celina Caprio, JD, MANA National Board Member. The weekend culminated in a Graduation Dinner for the Hermanitas and AvanZamos Leadership Institute participants.

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Conference Workshops and Materials

Many of our participants and those who were unable to join us for the conference asked for the program materials to be made available. Please feel free to use these materials and share them with your members!

HLEAD - Hermanitas® Program Leadership Development Training
A new program for 2016, HLEAD was designed to help leaders elevate their local Hermanitas programs and develop additional skills for working with students and volunteers.

Financial Literacy - CreditSmart
For current and former MANA Financial Literacy Consultants, the Freddie Mac CreditSmart and CreditSmart Espanol modules are the turnkey models we utilize for community financial sessions.

Voces Verdes - Clean Power Plan

How Latinas Can Impact the 2020 U.S. Census

WISER Financial Literacy - Latina Financial Planning
Advanced Mass Marketing Fraud

Chapter Governance - Commitment to Good Governance and Chapter Management

Benefits of MANA Membership - Individual and Chapter Membership

MANA 2015 Annual Report

Many thanks to our incredible partners Comcast/NBC Universal, AT&T, GM, Freddie Mac, PGA of America and WISER

2015 Latina Leadership Institute

and Hermanitas Leadership Institute

July 23-25, 2015

Albuquerque, NM

"Circles of Influence"


July 23-25, 2015, Albuquerque, NM - Latina Leaders from MANA Chapters and Affiliates across the country met for the AvanZamos® training, along with youth in the national Hermanitas® mentoring program, for a conference of workshops, educational activities, inspiring speakers and more. The conference theme was “Circles of Influence,” as these national Latina leaders and future leaders, who function as centers of influence and opinion-shapers in their own communities, gained more tools, connected with national peers, and strategized ways to amplify their voices and impact.


Events began on Thursday, July 23rd, as selected leaders took part in the MANA Financial Literacy Consultant Training. The official welcome began with a Reception Honoring Latina Educators and MANA de Albuquerque Scholarship Recipients. Honorees included Dr. Teresita Aguilar, Provost and Vice President of New Mexico Highlands University; Dr. Josephine “Jozi” DeLeon, Vice President Division for Equity and Inclusion at University of New Mexico; Sonya Romero of Lew Wallace Elementary School; and Victoria Tafoya, Executive Director of Federal, Bilingual, and Native American Programs at Rio Rancho Public Schools.


Leadership development and educational workshops for both adults and students took place on Friday, July 24th at the University of New Mexico, with topics including Commitment to Diverse Communities and Advancing Student Success, as well as Protecting Yourself and Your Children Online with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The keynote address was given by noted civil rights activist and icon, Dolores Huerta. The day culminated with a Noche Cultural in Old Town Albuquerque, sponsored by the Hispanic Heritage Committee and the City of Albuquerque.


Educational discussions and workshops began on Saturday, July 25th with a Platica Breakfast at the Hotel Albuquerque, moderated by The Honorable Clara Padilla Andrews, former Secretary of State of New Mexico. Panelists included The Honorable Linda M. Lopez, new Mexico State Senator; The Honorable Karen Montoya, New Mexico Public Regulation Commision; The Honorable Patricia Roybal Caballers, New Mexico House of Representatives; and The Honorable Tanya R. Giddings, Bernalillo County Assessor. Other workshops included financial literacy for adults, facilitated by the President of the Women's Institute for a Secure Retirement, Cindy Hounsell, J.D.; and youth, facilitated by Shana Runck of Nusenda Credit Union; STEM workshops facilitated by Alexandra Figueroa and Maria Arjona from General Motors; and leadership development workshop, A Girl's Journey, and strategic planning for MANA Chapter leaders, both facilitated by MANA National Board Member Michelle De La Isla; and the MANA Annual Membership Meeting completed the day. The conference participants were treated to a viewing of the documentary, Maestra, and a Q&A with the filmmaker and producer, Catherine Murphy. Maestra details the youth-led initiative in Cuba during the 1960’s to eradicate illiteracy.

Special thanks for this tremendous weekend go out to our Conference Chair, Clara Padilla Andrews; Katrina Soto, President of MANA de Albuquerque; Nichole Medina-Stone, President of MANA del Norte; Jennifer Manzanares, Member of the MANA National Board  of Directors; Dr. “Jozi DeLeon, Vice President Division for Equity and Inclusion at University of New Mexico; Dr. Jennifer Gomez-Chavez, Director of the Unidos Lumina Grant at the University of New Mexico and Chair of the Hispanic Heritage Committee; Dr. Lawrence Roybal, Executive Director of the ENLACE Statewide Collaborative; Susana Cornelius; Milly Castaneda; Martha Medina; Diana Rael; Chuy Martinez; the City of Albuquerque; Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce; El Bruno's Restaurante y Cantina; La Placita; Ford Motor Company Fund; Freddie Mac; PhRMA; MANA de Albuquerque; General Motors; MANA del Norte; Mas Mujer Foundation; UNM Division for Diversity and Inclusion; UNM Division of Enrollment Management; WISER; El Centro; UNM Health Sciences Center Office for Diversity; ENLACE; UNM College Enrichment and Outreach Programs; UNM Alumni; the Unidos Project; and the MANA National Board of Diretors for all of your support!












So many great pictures were taken with our incredible speakers and guests. Visit our Shutterfly album to relive the memories! 


Latina Educator Honorees

Dr. Josephine "Jozi" DeLeon

Vice President Division of Equity and Inclusion, University of New Mexico


Dr. Teresita Aguilar

Provost and Vice President, New Mexico Highlands University


Victoria Tafoya

Executive Director of Federal, Bilingual & Native American Programs

Rio Rancho Public Schools


Sonya Romero

Educator, Lew Wallace Elementary School

Featured Speakers

Dolores Huerta

Civil Rights Icon


Cynthia N. Mejia-Colon

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children


M. Cindy Hounsell

President, Women's Institute for a Secure Retirement


Michelle De La Isla

Executive Director, Topeka Habitat for Humanity


Alexandra Figueroa

General Motors


Catherine Murphy

Filmmaker, Maestra


Maria Arjona

General Motors


Shana Runck

Vice President for Community Relations, Nusenda Credit Union


Dr. Jennifer Gomez-Chavez

Director of Student Academic Success, University of New Mexico

Conference Partners and Sponsors

Ford Motor Company Fund

Freddie Mac


General Motors

Baytown Hispanic Retiree Volunteer Association

MANA de Albuquerque

MANA del Norte

City of Albuquerque

Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce

University of New Mexico


Hispanic Heritage Month Committee

Unidos Project

WISER - Women's Institute for a Secure Retirement


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