Schedule at a Glance  

The Schedule at a glance, below, gives you a general overview of what you will experience in the two and half incredible days.  It is a conference full of enrichment that will include sessions, activities, and a vendor expo.


Thursday, September 21, 2017


6:30 p.m. –   8:00 p.m.:  Welcome Reception  

Friday, September 22, 2017


  7:30 a.m.                          Registration opens

  8:00 a.m. -   9:30 a.m.      Exhibitors Set Up   

   8:00 a.m. –   9:00 a.m.:    Continental Breakfast - Bienvenidas

  9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.:    Opening Session – PLATICAS - Shrink or Swim “Force of the Future”


Maru Iabichela, Infinite   Receiving, Coach,  Professional Speaker

“Shrink or Swim “Force of the Future”

We are a “Force of the Future” - Shrink or Swim, is an interactive, dynamic conversation about what   it takes to shine without hiding and not hide our power, our  beauty, our uniqueness and our   successes.   Redefining the meaning of   being humble.  We will be discussing   the importance of mindset and how changing our beliefs can change our lives  and learning to pivot into the Infinite.   


11:30 a.m. –   1:00 p.m.:     Latina 2017 Trailblazer Luncheon


Nina Vaca, Chairman & CEO, Pinnacle Group, Presidential Ambassador for   Global Leadership;  Forbes “Fastest-Growing Women-Owned   Business”; “50 Most Powerful Latinas”


Liz Cedillo-Pereira, Director Office of Welcoming Communities   and Immigrant Affairs, City of Dallas; Former Senior Advisor for the   Department of Homeland Security

  1:30 p.m. –   2:30 p.m.:    Marketplace Exhibitors Ribbon Cutting / Welcome to all and to the Exhibits

  2:30 p.m. –   3:30 p.m.:    Concurrent Sessions - Breakout Sessions (2)


Session A

Sarah Webb,                 President & COO, Plaid for Women

Crucial Conversations: Talking Even When the Stakes are High

Have you ever avoided a difficult conversation because you just didn’t want to talk about it? Do you sometimes shut down when others are disagreeing with you? Join us for some practical applications from Crucial Conversations written by Kerry Patterson. Participants will define a crucial conversation, discover how to avoid the “sucker’s choice” and learn two practical skills to put into immediate practice.




Session B

Dr. Patty Garcia,                        Vice President of Programs and Operations for the Latino Center for Leadership Development (LCLD)


Empodérate: Unlocking the Latina Leadership Potential 

Discover more from the Latino Center for Leadership Development about the tools and strategies to enhance your leadership opportunities and take the next step in serving the Latino community through policy-making roles and civic engagement efforts.  Connect directly with Dallas Community College District Trustee, the Honorable Monica Lira Bravo.


  3:30 p.m. -    4:00 p.m.    Marketplace Exhibit Hall

  4:00 p.m. –   5:00 p.m.:    Concurrent Sessions -  Breakout Sessions (2)



Session A 

Ruth Villalonga,              Assistant Vice President Corporate Communications for Wells Fargo. 

“Got Change?  Conquering Life’s Transitions”

Let’s talk about change. Change is often unwelcomed, but always necessary. If anything, it’s the only constant in life. Let’s talk about change through the perspective of a business woman and corporate executive that has had her fair share of changes in life. Let’s discuss together how to move from change as something that happens to you, to something that happens through you.



Session B

 MaryAnn Means Dufrene,  Market President, Dale Carnegie


"Mastering Time Management: Women Ready to Take Over the World"

Is world domination your number one priority? Then you better have time for it blocked in your calendar! Challenge your thinking about what you can accomplish in a day, a month, and a year, and gain insight into how to focus your energy on the things that matter. Join us for this session to learn how to use your daily to-do list to make your dreams come true.  Up Next for You: Queen of the World!


  6:00 p.m. –   8:45 p.m.:   Madrina Reception Award – Sylvia Arriola, San Antonio Chapter is being recognized for contributions to HWNT.

   9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.:    Hospitality Suites Hosted by Austin Chapter


Saturday, September 23, 2017


  8:00 a.m. –   9:30 a.m.:   Education Breakfast Presentation

alt      Keynote Speaker: Sylvia Mendez,

Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient

 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.:  Marketplace Exhibit Hall

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.:   HWNT College Student Leadership Session (2 sessions one hr. each)

Session A



Ana Hernandez, Senior Vice President Commercial Banking, Plains Capital Bank

 "Money Matters:  I am on my own how do I manage it!”

 Budgeting and managing your money is key when you are on your   own.  In this session you will learn   how to put together a simple budget, manage your money and understand the   importance of credit as well as how to protect your personal identity. 

Session B




Lilyan Prado, Lee Elementary, Title I school, Bilingual Specialist

 “The Power of words:  Accept, Reject or Redefine”

 In this session we seek to agree that words have power.  This power then influences what we think   and believe of others, and most important, what we believe of ourselves.  During our time together, we will identify key words, learn to redefine words and concepts, accept or reject labels we don’t agree with, and use the power of words to our advantage. 


10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.:   Simultaneous LIP High School Program- Offsite- Tarrant County Community College -STEM Forward: The Sky’s the Limit!”

10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.:   Concurrent Sessions -   Breakout Sessions (2)


Session A

Kelley Johnson, Kelley Johnson Enterprises, Executive Coach

“Winning Strategies for Career   Growth”

While many organizations are making strides towards developing women and people of color, it's essential that to p professionals manage their own career growth and development.  In this session you will gain three actionable strategies every woman should do now to self-advocate for career and economic growth.


Session B

Yvonne Silva, DFW International Airport, Financial Controller

"Creating a Culture for Mutual Success"

Discover new ways to break through cultural barriers, obstacles, and obsolete beliefs.  Gain a clear understanding and focus as you explore techniques to build critical alliances, that serve mutual interests." 


11:15 a.m. -  12:00 p.m.:   Marketplace Exhibit Hall

12:15 p.m. –   1:45 p.m.:   Estrellas de Tejas Luncheon - Honoring Chapter Estrellas,  


 Keynote Speaker: Lillian Rodriguez Lopez-

Vice President, Sustainability and Stakeholder Relations at The Coca-Cola Company

  2:00 p.m. –   3:00 p.m.:     Breakout Session


Meriterese Racanelli, M.S. R &D Food Scientist & Clinical Nutritionist

"Health & Nutrition to Fuel Latina Success"

Working with Goya Foods internationally, Meriterese helps guide the R&D teams and other departments on healthy cultural recipe development; product development; pros/cons of ingredients and foods; analysis; FDA and government health initiatives; research; cooking demos; WIC;etc. She heads  programs such as Goya “Better For You” ;  MyPlate/MiPlato;  community outreach; educational videos; school programs; government affairs; teaches health professionals,  organizations and consumers about cultural foods, disease prevention and more.


  3:00 p.m. -   3:30 p.m.:   Marketplace  Exhibit Hall

  3:30 p.m. –  5:00 p.m.:    HWNT Annual Members Meeting (Voting limited to current HWNT members only)  everyone welcome to attend.

 Open 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.  Marketplace Exhibitors Hall

  6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.:      31st Anniversary Celebration!!!   Dine Around - Sundance Square- Hosted by the Fort Worth Chapter and Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau.


Sunday, September 24, 2017


  7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.:   La Despedida – Farewell Continental Breakfast.  Drawings after the 8:30 presentation.

   8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.  Vanessa Palavicini – “Together we Rise” is a Sisterhood with radiating souls on fire to guide you to a moment of reflection of the 2 days of the Conference. 


Vanessa Palavicini - A life-lover, yogi, world traveler and women’s event collaborator dedicated to helping women pursue self-awareness, self-love and essence.

Break Out Session Topics

  • Leadership and Social Change
  • Professional Development
  • Personal Growth

 *Agenda items may change before the conference

What is in it for YOU?                  

  • A weekend leadership and personal development
  •  Motivation to implement change in your life and your work
  •  New insight to local, national and global ideas and issues
  •  Networking opportunities
  •  Shared inspirational personal journeys