Latinas and Power Symposium

Thursday, May 16 2019, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM [EST]

200 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford, CT, 06103, United States


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Thursday, May 16 2019, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM [EST]

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Agenda at a Glance

7:30 am


8:00am - 3:00 pm


8:30 - 9:30 am

MORNING BREAKOUT SESSIONS, 3rd floor breakout rooms

9:45 - 12:00 pm, Ballroom, Main Stage

WELCOME: Marilyn Alverio, Teresa Hassara, Shawn Wooden


LATINA VIEW PANEL: Marilyn Alverio, Yvette Peña, Arminda Figeuroa

12:30 - 2:00 pm

LUNCHEON BREAKOUT SESSIONS, 3rd Floor breakout rooms

2:30 - 4:00 pm, Ballroom, Main Stage





Morning Keynote: Latinas & Leadership

Lisa Bacus
Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer, Cigna

Lisa Bacus is Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer at Cigna. She is responsible for Cigna’s global marketing and communications capabilities, which includes strategic market planning, data and analytics to help drive stronger customer insights and product solutions, market research, branding, digital marketing, customer experience, communications and public relations.

Bacus joined the company in May of 2013 after a successful 22-year career with the Ford Motor Company, followed by five years at American Family Insurance, where she served as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketer, overseeing all marketing, public relations, communications and actuarial functions.

Bacus has won numerous marketing awards, including four Effie awards, and has been recognized with numerous business, leadership and civic awards. She serves on several boards in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors, and is actively involved in the community. She channels her passion for education by providing scholarships for high school students to attend college.

Bacus earned undergraduate degrees from Northern Arizona University and an MBA from Duke University.




Afternoon Keynote: Leading with Intention & Values

Dr. Betty Uribe
P&L for Greater Southern California Division ($6 billion business line), California Bank & Trust

Dr. Betty Uribe, an internationally-renowned bilingual/bicultural speaker specializing in leadership development, will keynote the 16th Annual Latinas & Power Symposium on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at the Hartford Marriott Downtown in Hartford, CT. At California Bank & Trust, a division of Zions Bancorp, Uribe runs the Greater Southern California Division, which is a $6 billion business line covering retail and business banking. CB&T has loans of $8.8 billion, deposits of $10.5 billion, and total assets of approximately $60 billion. During Uribe’s tenure as Executive Vice President at CB&T, the financial institution has been named “Best Bank in Orange County,” for three consecutive years by the voting readers of The Orange County Register.

As a significant thought leader in the financial and banking industry, she is a recognized authority on the psychology of leadership, turnarounds, organizational structure, and peak performance. For decades Dr. Uribe has been transforming business, culture, and people through values-based leadership. Her work is regularly featured on all forms of international, national and local media.

As an author, Dr. Uribe wrote #Values: The Secrets to Top Level Performance in Business and Life, which was selected by Inc. Magazine as one of the Top 60 Books on Leadership and also received an endorsement from the Vatican.

She has been honored consistently for her strategic intellect and humanitarian endeavors. Among the many honors bestowed upon Dr. Uribe are: First Woman in History to join the Rose Bowl Foundation Board; Fortune Magazine’s Top 50 Most Powerful Latinas in Business (2017 & 2018); selected by Los Angeles Business Journal as one of the Los Angeles 500: Most Influential People in Los Angeles; Top 25 National Corporate Elite; a special commendation by the President of Colombia, South America, and Pepperdine University’s 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award.

Dr. Uribe currently serves on three private company boards: Pepperdine University, University of Southern California, and Next Step Asia, Hong Kong. She also serves on several non-profit boards in the United States. A mother of three, she resides in Southern California.



2019 Latina View Panel

The Latina view panel will focus on Women and Leadership. Panelists will react to Cigna’s new report on Women & Leadership, presented by Lisa Bacus. The panel will respond to the need for Latina leaders, the skills needed in the 21st century, and how to seek out the resources and tools we need to be successful as we take on leadership roles.


Marilyn Alverio
Founder/Producer, Latinas Power

Having grown up in an urban neighborhood, Marilyn learned early on about the importance of giving back to the community. Her parents migrated to the U.S. from Puerto Rico in the early 1950’s and instilled the importance of “la Familia,” our culture, language, and “La Communidad.” She earned a B.A from the University of Conn. in Storrs, CT and an M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix. Marilyn has worked in the corporate arena for more than twenty years where she has held numerous management positions within the airline, pharmaceutical, education, financial, and health insurance industries.

She is the creator and producer of the Latinas and Power Symposium® (LPS), which is achieving national recognition. The annual one-day inspirational and professional development platform is designed for the Latina on the go.


Arminda “Mindy” Figueroa
Founder and CEO, Latin2Latin Marketing + Communications (L2L)

Founder and CEO, Latin2Latin Marketing + Communications (L2L) is celebrating her 12th year at the helm of L2L, a multiple award-winning engagement solutions agency headquartered in downtown Fort Lauderdale with satellite offices in NY, NC and Puerto Rico. A true maverick, Figueroa is a long-recognized leader in the traditional, multicultural, direct and digital marketing fields. She has built a successful career focused on generating awareness of the essential role of the multicultural market in corporate America. Prior to launching L2L, Figueroa was Project Director for Scholastic Media, and oversaw the launch of the #1 ranked PBS children’s television series, Maya & Miguel. Previously, she held senior marketing positions at The Bravo Group (a Young & Rubicam agency),, Verizon, and Anheuser-Busch.

Figueroa is a sought-after presenter at industry seminars and conferences. Most recently, she served as a panelist for Radio Ink and Hispanic Unity of Florida’s E Summit on women entrepreneurs. Following the devastation of Hurricane Maria, Figueroa served as an advisor to Gov. Rick Scott for the South Florida relief efforts for Puerto Rico and is the proud founder of the philanthropic grassroots organization, Adopt a Puerto Rican Family. Figueroa served on the board of the Hispanic Federation for 16 years and helped raise more than $25M as part of the gala committee.

Today, she is a board member of the Tower Club of Fort Lauderdale, member of Advisory Council of Hispanic Federation, founding member of the Women’s Council of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Marketing Council of Hispanic Unity. She has been recognized by El Diario/La Prensa as one of the “50 Most Influential Latinas,” by South Florida Business Journal as one of the top “Influential Business Women of 2017,” and she also received the Golden Mouse Award for Multicultural Marketing Leader of the Year by the Florida Chapter of Women in Ecommerce. Most recently, she was awarded the Diversity in Business by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce.


Yvette Peña
VP, Multicultural Leadership Hispanic/Latino Audience Strategy, AARP

Born in New York, of Dominican parents, Yvette Peña has stood out since she was very young because of her bilingualism and “biculturalism.” After graduating in Business Administration from Baruch College (New York), she dedicated herself to public service and promote community initiatives in favor of diversity. She has more than 20 years of experience in the executive field, and her professional achievements include being the first director of multicultural marketing for Sports Authority (2014) and Walgreens (2011). In 2016, AARP named her vice president of strategies for the Hispanic/Latino audience in the United States and Puerto Rico. She is a new Board Member of the Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino.




About Workshop Selection

Please select workshops at the time of registration for EVERY TICKET purchased. You may create an account to sign in and make changes to your selections through May 1.

Luncheon workshops include lunch. No changes allowed on the day of the conference. Please let us know if you have any serious food allergies or restrictions and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.

If you cannot attend, we encourage you to transfer your registration to another person by updating the contact information.

Event Location

About the Organizer

Hartford Marriott Downtown is a full service hotel on the Connecticut River with Starbucks, Prossage Wellness Spa, Vivo Restaurant and L Bar. Conference guests may park in the shared parking garage between the CT Convention Center and hotel at a discounted rate of $7 for under 5 hours or $11 for 5 to 10 hours (these rates apply ONLY to self park; pick up your coupon at registration to receive the special rate). Overnight self park is $19 and can be validated at the hotel front desk. Conference guests may also reserve a hotel room at a special group rate of $269 plus tax; please call 1-888-236-2427 to make a reservation.


Event Speakers

Richard Alleyne
Deputy General Counsel, Property & Casualty Law, The Hartford

Richard Alleyne is responsible for managing the Property & Casualty Law group, which supports auto and home products, AARP, sales and distribution, commercial insurance and professional liability. He is a member of The Hartford’s Underwriting Risk Committee focused on overseeing the company’s product innovation efforts to meet the evolving risk management needs of customers.

Tatiana Banhon
Director in the Property Product Team for Middle Market, The Hartford

Tatiana joined The Hartford in 2008 as a Middle Market underwriting in our regional office in New Jersey. After 5 years, Tatiana relocated to Home Office assume the role of Middle Market Industry Manager overseeing our Real Estate and Healthcare books. Currently, Tatiana is a Director in the Property Product Team for Middle Market, focusing on strategy development and implementation.

Fanita Borges
VP, Community Bank Operations – Business Lending, Webster Bank

Fanita Borges joined Webster Bank with 20+ career in commercial lending. She is a Vice President in Webster Bank’s Community Bank Operations group managing a Small Business Lending team processing loans up to $250,000. Before she joined Webster, Fanita owned her own mortgage company with a strong focus on the Latino community and helped many families own their own homes.
Carola Otero Bracco
Executive Director, Neighbors Link, Westchester, NY

As a first-generation American born of immigrant parents from Bolivia, Carola Otero Bracco understands the challenges that accompany the immigrant experience in America and is dedicated to inspiring healthy integration in the community. Carola passionate about empowering immigrant families and advocating for personal growth through education and economic development.
Matt Cammarota
Sr VP and Director of Community Bank Operations, Webster Bank

Matt Cammarota is responsible for all facets of home equity, mortgage, and small business loan operations overseeing $1.5 billion in annual originations. Matt's area of expertise is in operations, with a focus on customer service and continuous improvement. Matt is also active in his community as a volunteer and board member of Columbus House, Inc., a homeless shelter located in New Haven CT.
Todd Campbell
Head of Enterprise Information Risk Program Office, MassMutual

Todd Campbell has worked in the financial services industry for 20+ years and is currently leading MassMutual’s Information Risk Program Office. He is responsible for ensuring that the company stays well positioned to stop criminals from stealing customer data through a robust, forward thinking, Cyber Security program focused on emerging threats, technology and regulations.

Keia Cole
Head of Digital Experience

Keia Cole leads MassMutual’s Digital Experience organization. She is responsible for driving the company’s digital transformation efforts including strategic alignment, design, build, and delivery of all of customer-facing digital and mobile assets. Before joining MassMutual, Keia served as Associate General Counsel and later Chief of Staff to the Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of Education during President Barack Obama’s administration.
Dr. Nilanjana (Buju) Dasgupta
UMASS professor of Psychological & Brain Science and Director of UMASS Faculty Equity & Inclusion and Diversity Sciences

Nilanjana (Buju) Dasgupta is passionate about translating science to inform real world problems—employment discrimination, disparities in STEM, and the underrepresentation of women and minorities in leadership. She discussed the relevance of her research to policy and action with federal and state government staff, tech entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, education stakeholders, and a White House roundtable on barriers facing underrepresented youth in technology and research-driven remedies.
Marisol Herrera
Director of MBE Services Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc. (GNEMSDC)
Tara Long
Head of Technology, Institutional Solutions, MassMutual

Tara Long is responsible for delivering the technology vision, strategy and objectives to support the growing Institutional Solutions business. She is a highly successful change leader with over 20 years of experience, seasoned in transforming IT organizations and driving large-scale improvements. She is an expert at cultivating deep client relationships resulting in consistent positive impact to deliver significant results to the bottom line.
Azucena Maldonado
Founder, Latina Golfers Association (LGA) Los Angeles

Azucena Maldonado founded the Latina Golfers Association (LGA) in 2008 to teach women how to utilize golf as a business tool so they can advance in their careers/businesses and shatter the glass ceiling with a golf ball. Recognized as a leader in the industry, Azucena appeared on the cover of multiple golf magazines, inducted into the Latino Sports Hall of Fame in 2013, and currently serves on the advisory board of Women’s Golf Journal.
Angelica Ogando
Peak Performance Coach for Leadership

Angelica Ogando is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and high-level peak performance coach and corporate trainer for executive leaders. Angelica provides concrete insight on conflict resolution, corporate values alignment, mission integration, and effective communication strategies. She is a Certified Master Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) coach and trainer and a Certified Master Trainer in Hypnosis.
Jen Oquendo
Energy and Large Property Business Leader, The Hartford

Jen Oquendo manages two teams as an Energy and Large Property Business Leader. Her career at The Hartford has afforded her the opportunity to work in an array of business segments: National Accounts, Construction, Captives, Energy and Large Property. She has developed business and technical expertise in operations and effective leadership. She is passionate about mentoring, coaching and development, building strong relationships and effective execution.

Amaryllis Padilla
Student, Great Path Academy, Manchester CT

Amaryllis Minelly Padilla, age 17, is a young Latina from Corozal, Puerto Rico and is currently a high school senior attending Great Path Academy in Manchester, CT. She had the pleasure of attending the Latinas and Power Symposium in 2018 and decided to make this event her Capstone project, making a powerful ending to her high school career.

Casey Pantazopoulos
Team Leader, Workers Compensation-ClaimsPlus Organization, The Hartford

Casey joined The Hartford in 2009. After 3 years, she took on her first leadership role, managing a team of operations employees. She has spent the majority of her career in property claims, but recently transitioned to learn a new line of business. Currently, Casey is a Team Leader in our Workers Compensation-ClaimsPlus Organization. Casey is driven by employee development, diversity, and pushing herself to learn new lines of business and organizations.

Estela Morales Segarra
Chair-President, CT Latinas Golf Team (CTLGT)

Estela is an avid golfer who loves to be of service to her community. While raising a family, she has taken time to master a sport that requires discipline, endurance, and passion. Soon after arriving in the U.S. from Mexico in 2008 she began volunteering, working, and networking for the golf organization “The First Tee of Connecticut.” She currently serves as a member of the Hartford Oversight Golf Commission. Estela is one of the founders of the new 2018 Connecticut Latinas Golf Team (CTLGT).
Maria Segovia
Student, Great Path Academy, Manchester CT

Maria Belen Segovia, age 17, is currently a senior attending Great Path Academy in Manchester CT. After attending her first meeting of the Latina youth empowerment group, Las Mariposas, she would continue to learn about the importance of teamwork, resilience, empowerment, and communication, ultimately developing her leadership skills before graduation. Las Mariposas is an organization that really activated her natural leadership skills and she looks forward to sharing them with the community.

Bárbara Serrano
Senior Financial Advisor & Author

Bárbara Serrano is author of the popular financial book "Rica… Libertad Financiera para la Mujer" (Spanish Edition), "RICH… Financial Literacy for Women." She is a Senior Executive at one of the largest companies in South Florida and New York. She currently appears as a financial advisor on television networks NBC-Telemundo, Univision Network, and CNN en Español. Serrano graduated with honors from the University of Puerto Rico, earning her Bachelor’s in Business Administration.
Lori Theriault
CEO & Founder of WORK IT!

Lori Theriault is CEO & Founder WORK IT!. Created in 2015, this program helps students understand their personality strengths, learning styles, leadership styles and is designed to bring about a beautifully suited career path and plan. Today, the WORK IT! program is offered to students ages 10 and older all over the World and has unveiled many unique dream jobs with easy to follow personalized plans.

Yai Vargas
Founder & CEO The Latinista aka LinkedIn Ninja

A leading multicultural marketing expert with a niche on building marketing strategies and community engagement programs, Yai spearheads opportunities for Fortune 100 corporations seeking to develop connections with targeted communities. She is passionate about sharing her industry knowledge on topics such as executive presence, personal branding, LinkedIn and Latina leaders in the workplace.

Event Schedule

  • May 16, 2019
08:30 AM
09:30 AM
Track : Technology

The STEM Journey: “Where are the Latinas?” Challenges and Opportunities

While Latinas have made progress in penetrating the nation’s tech industry, we still have a significantly inadequate representation in STEM jobs at the local and national levels. What can we do? Reversing the exclusion from tech occupations is critical. This “fireside chat” will address the underlying gender disparity, ethnic inequality concerns, and important steps that can be taken to close the gap. You will have an opportunity to share your ideas, challenges, and how this important topic is related to Diversity and Inclusion efforts in the workplace.

Dr. Nilanjana (Buju) Dasgupta

Tara Long

Track : Entrepreneurial

Using Golf as a Tool for Personal, Business, and Career Development

West Coast to East Coast, Latinas are picking up golf clubs and hitting the links. Come find out why golf is becoming a necessary part of a woman’s tool kit in building your business, career, and network.

Azucena Maldonado

Estela Morales Segarra

Track : Leadership

Latinas as Powerful Advocates: Do you have what it takes?

Advocating for yourself or others is a sought-after skill. In today’s world, advocacy is very important yet often challenging. Learn about the tools and strategies that will help support and sustain your efforts and build community.

Carola Otero Bracco

Track : Professional Development

Overcoming the Imposter

This session is geared towards mobilizing women to take off the mask and confidently step into their purpose. Michelle Obama brought back the term “Imposter Syndrome,” which means, “not being good enough and feeling like a fraud.” Women experience feelings of being a “fraud” just as often as men do and are likely to have recurrences when they make a mistake, end a relationship, lose a job, terminate a business, or decide to have a family. This is a journey to self-discovery and knowing that we have the power to collectively impact the world around us when we embrace our failures and celebrate our successes.

Angelica Ogando

Track : Wealth Building

The Basics of Investing

This workshop presents basic information to help you meet your financial goals. Whether it is for buying a car, a home, retirement, or other future plans it is important to understand the basics of investing your money. Among the topics to be covered are: investing in mutual funds, ETFs, individual stocks, and bonds. If you use a financial planner, the workshop will facilitate your communication with this person and help you to evaluate his/her performance.

Bárbara Serrano

12:30 PM
02:00 PM
Track : Technology

Leveraging Cutting Edge Technology

(Geared toward managers and leaders of companies, small businesses, and non-profit organizations.) MassMutual representatives share innovative strategies in Robotics, Cyber Security, and Customer Experience. Whether it’s automating basic tasks through artificial intelligence, leveraging data to obtain valuable consumer insights, or attracting and retaining cyber security talent, companies and business know that how we prepare for technical evolution is critical. This panel is willing to share current efforts that are showing a positive outcome.

Todd Campbell

Keia Cole

Ja’Nene Kane

Track : Entrepreneurial

Are You Ready to Start Your Own Business?

In this workshop, you will learn about current business trends and opportunities. You will walk away with a step-by-step guide to starting your own small, woman-owned business.

Marisol Herrera

Track : Leadership

The Intersection of Community Empowerment and Career Development

Panelists from The Hartford will share their experiences and demonstrate how community involvement can be fulfilling and beneficial to your career development. Learn how to simultaneously empower your community and build your career through volunteerism and non-profit service. Also, learn how to develop your professional skills through active engagement in external organizations and apply those skills to your current role.

Richard Alleyne

Tatiana Banhon

Jen Oquendo

Casey Pantazopoulos

Track : Professional Development

Create Storytelling Magic Using LinkedIn

Ever wonder if you're dropping the ball on using LinkedIn to maximize your current personal or professional goals? Looking to translate your creative, dynamic, or strategic personality into actual business results? I hear you and want to help you create your Storytelling Magic! Whether you're a full-time professional, business owner, or student, there's so much you could be taking advantage of when it comes to establishing your brand, selling a service, meeting your next employer or even client. Yes, this platform lets you do all of that! I get it; you're busy building your empire. I want to help Make Your Network Your Net Worth.

Yai Vargas

Track : Wealth Building

Credit and Debt Management

Your FICO credit score is one of the most important numbers in your life. You are evaluated by this number for many reasons — from obtaining a credit card to getting a car loan or home mortgage; to even landing that plum job you have worked so hard for. Your financial picture is represented through your credit score. This breakout session will help you understand and improve your credit score.

Fanita Borges

Matt Cammarota