The Latinas & Power Symposium, New England’s largest Latina professional conference, was held Thursday at the Hilton Hotel in Hartford. The sold-out event, titled “Connecting With The Latina Market,” featured guest speakers including journalist and author Sandra Guzman and Juana Bordas, president of Mestiza Leadership International.
That would be the annual “Latinas & Power Symposium,” a program that began as a networking event for the area’s female Latina community and since has grown to a business and career workshop that on Thursday attracted about 500 women.
“We have much younger women participating now also,” said organizer Marilyn Alverio, CEO of Ethnic Marketing which organizes the event each year. “It is amazing how it has grown.
Held at the Hartford Hilton, the symposium featured singer/performer Vikki Carr as the featured guest. Honored at the luncheon were the state’s first Latina Supreme Court Justice, Carmen E. Espinosa, and Ada Rios, a West Hartford entrepreneur.
Yolanda Villamil, traveled from Massachusetts for the event, noting that she was among those who were on the discussion panel the first year it began.
“It has come a long way,” said the Worcester travel business owner. “It’s still a wonderful event.”