The 15th Annual National LATINA Symposium
2018 Distinguished Military Service Award recipients.
(L-R) Alberto Marino-METRO, Lina
Marino, and Lt. Gen. Jay B. Silveria.
Since 2004, Latinas from across the country
have gathered at the Nation’s capital to
address issues affecting their lives. On
Thursday, September 6th, the National LATINA
Symposium recognized Latinas in the military for their
leadership and courage at the Renaissance Arlington
Capital View Hotel in Arlington, VA.
After an eventful leadership reception held at
Jaleo Restaurant on the evening of September 5th,
attendees were welcomed the next morning with
opening remarks provided by Robert E. Bard,
President & CEO, LATINA Style. In addition, breakfast
sponsor remarks were delivered by PenFed Credit
Union President & CEO James Schenck.
“PenFed was honored to serve as the sponsor
welcoming everyone to the 15th Annual National
LATINA Symposium,” states PenFed Credit Union
President & CEO James Schenck. “It was exciting to
meet so many Latinas from diverse backgrounds and
vibrant cultures. We felt a pasión for the Symposium’s
A full house at the National LATINA Symposium.
(L-R) BG Irene Zoppi-USA; RADL
Melissa Bert-USCG; Col Lina
Downing-USMC; Maj Gen Linda
General Officer panel.
mission of advancing Latinas in the workplace and
entrepreneurship, creating wealth and financial
security. The Symposium was the perfect forum to
celebrate all the outstanding work Latinas do to
strengthen our workplaces and give back to our
(L-R) Captain Elsa E. Canales,
Denisse R. Szmigiel and SFC Carole
Keynote remarks were provided by Maja
Lehnus, Associate Director for Talent, CIA; Special
guest remarks were provided by Ambassador Julieta
Valls Noyes, U.S. Department of State.
The award presentations included the following:
Trailblazer Award: Maja Lehnus, on behalf of the
Honorable Gina Haspel, Director of Central Intelligence
By Gloria Romano-Barrera
Photos by Juan Carlos Briceño
24 LATINAStyle www.latinastyle.com Vol. 24, No. 6, 2018