Diana Gameros, Singer, Songwriter, Social Activist
Diana is a singer, songwriter, composer, guitarist and teacher. She was born into a musical family surrounded by traditional Mexican songs of love and revolution. Singing mostly in Spanish, Diana creates authentic music at the borderlands between cultures, languages and genres. Diana has shared the stage with the San Francisco Symphony, the Colorado Symphony, Bebel Gilberto and Natalia Lafourcade, among others. In 2013 she released her first album Eterno Retorno, a soulful retrospective of her journey as an immigrant, and in 2014 she received the Emerging Leader Award from the Chicana/Latina Foundation for her work in music and social justice activism. Diana released Arrullo in 2017, an album of classic Mexican songs that she arranged and produced to pay homage to her heritage and homeland. Her songs and story have been featured on NPR’s All Songs Considered and Weekend Edition, PRI's The World and the PBS Newshour.
Ramona Beltrán, MSW, Ph.D. Healing and Opening Blessing In Lak'ech / Tu eres mi ortro yo
Ramona is a Xicana of Yaqui descent and 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. As a dancer/activist/scholar, she focuses on working with communities in disrupting the problem-focused approach to understanding health and well-being that is profuse in mainstream research and practice. She does this through centering culture, resistance, and healing, as well as arts-based and storytelling methods in collaborative knowledge production with and for community.
Michelle Castor, Wellness Break Leader, Agua y Sangre Healing
Michelle will conduct wellness breaks during the Forum in order to help attendees to recharge, relax, and re-center themselves. Michelle is a healing justice aficionado, by nature and by trade. She weaves this passion with her background in curanderismo, western herbal medicina, and massage therapy to provide vital, compassionate, respectful, and informed care. Michelle founded Agua y Sangre Healing in 2013 to create more for herself and her community – aiming to (re)connect all people with their innate healing abilities.
Panel: A Conversation with Women of Wisdom: The Las Mujeres Valientes Fellows Leadership Journey
The Las Mujeres Valientes (LMV) Statewide Fellowship was inspired by Women of Wisdom (Latinas 50+) who wanted to share their knowledge, experiences and life lessons with younger Latinas (Generation X, Y and Z) so they would be better prepared in navigating their lives and be more fulfilled in their identity with families, their community and their careers. In 2018, the Latino Community Foundation of Colorado selected six LMV Fellows who have been hosting communal events statewide.
In this panel taking place at the Latinas LEAD Power Summit 2019 … READ MORE about the LMV Panel.
Inspiraciones: “Not from here. Not from there” “Ni de aqui. Ni de alla.”
Following the success of 2018’s Inspiraciones performed by Latinas LEAD grantees, this year the Power Summit will highlight stories that lift up and build pride in our Latina/Latinx identities. Five Colorado Latinas will share their personal narratives on stage, representing the rich diversity of the Latinx experience statewide.
Diana Pineda, Be the Change: A Latina’s Leadership and Philanthropic Journey
Diana has only lived in Denver for a short while but in that time, she has engaged with communities across Colorado. Her passions are in community organizing, social change and impact and advancing diversity, inclusion and equity. She has been a part of and continues to be involved in Chinook Fund’s The Giving Project, Colorado Women’s Legislative Breakfast planning committee and the Latino Community Foundation of Colorado’s Young Latino Philanthropists. During Diana’s free time, she enjoys reading a good book, traveling and being in the company of family and close friends.
Susana Cordova, Latinas LEAD Influencer Award 2019
We are honored to announce Susana Cordova as the second recipient of the Latinas LEAD Influencer Award.
Susana brings more than 20 years of experience to Denver Public Schools, serving as a teacher or school leader at the elementary, middle and high school levels. She is a lifelong Denver resident who believes in the power of our schools to transform our city: “Schools are the great equalizer in our society. We must help create opportunities for all children by meeting them where they are and helping them grow and achieve at high levels.”
Maria Arias, A Bicultural Journey: From immigrant, to Lawyer, to Business Executive, Owner and Nonprofit Leader
Maria is the new executive director of Law School… Yes We Can, a nonprofit focusing on developing tomorrow’s leaders by mentoring first generation college students whose goal is to attend law school. Ms. Arias also has a consulting practice, Maria Arias Solutions, which focuses on diversity and inclusion (“D&I”) strategy, initiatives and public speaking on a variety of D&I and career pathing topics. Maria recently was the first vice president of D&I for Comcast Corporation where she established a nationally recognized D&I program, including being ranked 1st among Fortune’s Best Companies for Diversity. Maria is bilingual (Spanish) and bicultural.