Tayde Aburto, President & CEO, Hispanic
Chamber of E-Commerce presented the
Instagram Marketing for Business and
Professionals session sponsored by Nationwide
and shared valuable tips on do’s and don’ts
on social media.
The flagship panel, Entrepreneur Spotlight:
Learning Strategies for Success was moderated
by Ivette Mayo, President and Chief Creative
Officer of Yo Soy I Am, LLC, founder of
POWER on HEELS Network. Speakers
included award-winning author, influencer
and entrepreneur Maritere (Mari) Rodriguez
Bellas, and Angelica Grace Velasquez, President,
NLBWA SD, Owner, Good Grace Consulting.
“The Business Series is a collective of
entrepreneurs, resources, industries,
organizations, and energetic people,” says
Mayo. “I love being in the room because the
energy focused on making Latina business
LATINA Style honored Gabriela Dow,
Owner, Mora Dow Consulting, as the
LATINA Style Entrepreneur of the Year for
San Diego. Dow is an entrepreneur and
consultant based in San Diego who works
with government agencies, global corporations,
national firms and tech startups. Her specialty is
modernization and innovation, helping public
agencies implement emerging technologies.
This award is presented to Latinas who
demonstrate the core values of entrepreneurship.
“What an honor, thank you so much for the
recognition,” says Dow.
During the luncheon ceremony, Assemblywoman
Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, District 80,
delivered the keynote message. The business
series counted on the presence of Deputy
Keynote speaker Assemblywoman, Lorena Gonzalez
Fletcher, District 80.
(L-R): Maria P. Hughes, Lead Lender Relations
Specialist, SBA; Mimi McLennan, Vice President,
District Manager, Comerica Bank; Katie Williams,
Senior Stakeholder Liaison, IRS, and Rosalinda
Delgado, Lead Business Development Officer,
ACCION San Diego.
barriers in order to enhance their professional
careers. We had a “hole in one” day and had
so much fun with our golf attire fashion
show highlighting Latina entrepreneurs,
showcasing Latina Golfer Ricarte Sayward’s
latest collection. LS
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Thank you sponsors
Thank you Title sponsor: Nationwide.
National sponsor: Parents Step Ahead.
Gold Sponsors: Comerica Bank, AT&T,
and Bank of America. Media Sponsor:
CapitalWirePR, and UNIVISION San Diego.
Community Partners: San Diego County
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Hispanic
Chamber of e-Commerce, California SBDC,
California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce,
ALPFA San Diego, NLBWA San Diego,
Prospanica San Diego, ACCION San Diego,
SHPE San Diego, National Association of
Hispanic Real Estate Professionals, Latina
Golfers Association, MANA San Diego,
SCORE, IRS, and SBA.
Mistress of Ceremonies and radio personality Mery
Lopez Gallo, Community Empowerment Manager,
Univision Communications, Inc.
Director Michael Sena from the DoD Office
of Diversity Management & Equal Opportunity;
Radio personality Mery Lopez Gallo,
Community Empowerment Manager, Univision
Communications Inc., served as mistress of
ceremonies, and Kevin Cortes, ANSO Vice
President and Founder, San Diego Veterans Ball.
Azucena Maldonado, President, Latina
Golfers Association along with Vivian Ricarte
Sayward, Founder & Chief Enthusiastic
Officer, Vivacity Sportswear, presented
“Break the Glass Ceiling with a Golf Ball.”
“The caliber of women attending the
LATINA Style Business Series in San Diego
was exceptional. The conference gave me
the opportunity to engage with professionals
who are poised to take advantage of the
Latina Golfers Association’s message to
“Shatter the Glass Ceiling with a Golf Ball,”
says Maldonado. “I think we’ve achieved
our goal of demystifying golf for the audience
so they can learn to utilize golf as a business
tool and to break down cultural and gender
(L-R): Veronica Alcantara, Sales Applications Engineer Solar Turbines, SHPE San Diego President; Therese
Cisneros-Remington, Owner W.I.N. Consulting, Palomar College Marketing/Business/Grant Advisor GEAR UP
Partnership Program; Dora Lorenzo, Director, Diversity Marketing, AT&T Entertainment Group, and Adrienne
Cisneros-Selekman, President, Nex Gen Sustainable Solutions, Inc.
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