2016 Forum - Latinas LEAD Speakers

Latinas Lead Launch & Power Summit Speakers

1:30 p.m. - Networking reception with Maria Hinojosa
3:00 p.m. - Power Summit
Lisa Garcia Quiroz 
President of the Time Warner Foundation and Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer of Time Warner Inc.
Lisa ensures that Time Warner’s investments in people, community and content reflect a leading media company where the best talent thrives and its content resonates with increasingly diverse global audiences. [Watch an interview with Lisa on leadership]
Maria Hinojosa 
Award winning Journalist, Anchor and Producer

Maria is an award-winning news anchor and reporter who covers America’s untold stories and highlights today’s critical issues. As the anchor and Executive Producer of the Peabody Award winning show Latino USA which is distributed by NPR, and anchor and Executive Producer of the PBS show America By The Numbers with Maria Hinojosa, both produced by Futuro Media, she has informed millions about the changing cultural and political landscape in America and abroad. [Listen to a podcast interview with Maria]
Michelle Moreno
Chief of Staff
White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.
Michelle works on driving the Initiative's mission of increasing the Latino community’s educational attainment and outcomes through the development of key partnerships,  implementation of operations and capacity-building. Moreno most recently served in a predominantly Latino local school district in San Antonio, Texas working to ensure access to and expand the school district’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) initiatives.  [Read More]
Ramona Beltrán, Ph.D
Dancer, Scholar & Activist
University of Denver 
Ramona is a Xicana of Yaqui descent and a dancer/activist/scholar. As an Assistant Professor at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work, her scholarship is committed to interrupting legacies of historical trauma that affect Indigenous and Latinx communities. She focuses on disrupting the problem-focused approach to understanding health and well-being that is profuse in mainstream research through centering culture, resilience, resistance, healing and arts-based and storytelling methods in collaborative knowledge production with and for Indigenous and Latinx communities.
Crisanta Duran
Political Trailblazer
Colorado House Majority Leader​
Crisanta is in her third term representing House District 5 in central Denver. Rep. Duran’s signal achievement during the 2013 session was enactment of a law making the in-state tuition rate at state colleges and universities in Colorado available to all students, regardless of immigration status, who graduate from high school in Colorado after attending for at least three years.
Andrea Guendelman
Innovator and Entrepreneur
Andrea is the CEO and co-founder of BeVisible, first and only online community for Latinx professionals. BeVisible levels the playing field by providing a platform that directly connects Latinos/as to recruiters and companies. Andrea has experience in promoting Latina education and entrepreneurship through her work at non-profits such as the Center for the Advancement of Hispanics in Science and Engineering Education and the National Center for Women in Technology.
Sherée Lovemestiza Brown
Writer and Community Herbalist
Sherée is a Black Xicana scholar, activist, and community advocate. She is a writer, a poet and lover of the arts. She is also an advocate for women's rights and women's healing through natural medicine. Her work as a community herbalist is rooted in traditional indigenous medicine of her mixed ancestry. Sherée holds degrees in Africana Studies and English Literature and is a certified Permaculturalist (sustainable systems design). [Read More]