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Create Great Community: Latina Connect
Humility, a virtue or a vice?
For generations, Latinas have been taught that humility is one of women’s most important values. We are told not to “brag” and to be always humble, but is humility a virtue or a vice? Join us at our next Latina Connect on Saturday, July 30 to get your RED on and learn how to celebrate and honor our unique achievements, for ourselves and for each other. Conversation will be guided by Patricia Sosa VerDuin (Pat), Executive Coach for Latinas, and guest panelists Cynthia Martinez, Rocio Moreno, and Rebeca Davila. Don’t miss this opportunity to become part of a movement in which, together, we will build our collective Latina confidence! #MIJALead
While Latina Connect is usually presented in Spanish, this event will be presented in English and translated into Spanish with a live interpreter.
La humildad, ¿una virtud o un vicio?
Por generaciones, a las latinas se les ha enseñado que la humildad es uno de los valores más importantes en las mujeres. Se nos dice que no “seamos presumidas,” que seamos siempre humildes. Pero ¿es la humildad una virtud o un vicio? Te invitamos a nuestra próxima Latina Connect el sábado 30 de julio. Ponte algo rojo y aprende cómo celebrar y honrar logros, tuyos y de las demás. La conversación será guiada por Patricia Sosa VerDuin (Pat), entrenadora ejecutiva de latinas, y las panelistas invitadas Cynthia Martínez, Rocío Moreno y Rebeca Dávila. ¡No pierdas esta oportunidad de formar parte de un movimiento en el que, juntas, construiremos nuestra confianza colectiva latina! #MIJALead
Latina Connect generalmente se presenta en español, sin embargo, este evento se presentará en inglés y se traducirá al español con un intérprete en vivo. No faltes!
Saturday, July 30
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Grand Rapids Chamber
Members: $30 / Non-Members: $45
Meet Our Speaker
Pat Sosa VerDuin | Founder and Principal, MIJA Inc.
Patricia Sosa VerDuin (Pat) is an established Latina leader and powerhouse giving leadership guidance within public, nonprofit and private spaces. While scaling movements and serving as a thought leader and partner to executives and front line leaders, Pat is someone who relates to the head and heart issues that come with leadership. With a love and curiosity for the human spirit providing space for mutual learning, Pat builds the strengths in others that they have yet to acknowledge, realize or recognize in themselves.
Pat is the founder and Principal of MIJA Inc., and her dream is to see a day where there is a critical mass of Latinas leading the world with courage, compassion, and clarity. Her mission is to embolden the minds and inspire the hearts of Latina leaders every day. By creating the conditions that connect to the leader within, Pat hopes to form confident leaders in the world.
Meet Our Panelists
Cynthia Martinez | Writer, Producer and Filmmaker
Cynthia Martinez is a 2nd generation Mexican-American born into a working class family in Holland, Michigan. She is a mother, wife, writer, producer, and filmmaker. She is a graduate of West Ottawa High School and the first in her family to graduate from college. A graduate of Western Michigan University, she set out to work and realized she had stories to tell. With that passion, she enrolled in Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, and completed her Master’s Program in 2012. Her experience includes working for Univision News in Miami, and she is currently engaged with directing and producing films and media that advocate social justice.
Rocio Moreno | Program Director, Affinity Mentoring
Rocio Moreno was born in Mexico and came to the U.S. at three years old with her mother and brother. They settled in Holland, Michigan where her mother taught her the value of hard work and self-discipline. Rocio holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Grand Valley State University. She enjoys working with children and has experience working with children using Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT). She began working with Affinity Mentoring in 2017 and has worked her way up from a Mentor Center Manager position to the Program Director. She currently has 5 years of experience working in the nonprofit sector.
Rocio enjoys looking for new opportunities to learn and grow within herself and is always seeking different ways to continue to develop her leadership skills. During her free time, she enjoys exercising, cooking, and playing with her two sons.
Rebeca Davila | Owner & Lead Practitioner, Vida Wellness
As the owner and lead practitioner of Vida Wellness, Rebeca integrates two distinct disciplines, psychotherapy and acupuncture, within her sessions to address mental health issues. Her unique treatment model is the only one of its kind in the State of Michigan. Combining talk therapy with body-centered therapies such as full-body acupuncture heals the mind, body, and spirit to address the root cause of an ailment so that persons can live their fullest Vida. Rebeca Davila is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Michigan and Illinois, and a Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac) in Michigan where she currently resides. She enjoys urban farming with her husband and son and believes in the importance of having a personal connection to food as part of a healthy lifestyle. She also loves to travel nationally and internationally and has visited over a dozen different countries.
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