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Building Our Legacy Conference 2019

September 30 – October 1
Madison College, Madison Wisconsin



We invite you to join us September 30 – October 1 at Madison College in Madison Wisconsin. You will gain invaluable lessons on professional growth, leadership development, civic & public engagement as well as personal enrichment with this jam-packed conference agenda.

Monday, September 30 — Day One

8:00 - 8:30 a.m.


8:30 - 9:00 a.m.

Conference Opening 

Nicole Sandoval, President, Latino Professionals Association

9:00 - 9:20 a.m.

KEYNOTE: Somos Latinas: Voices of Wisconsin Latina Activists 

Andrea Teresa Arenas, Author

Hear from Somos Latinas author Andrea-Teresa Arenas as she shares her work of bringing 25 powerful narratives to light. As part of the Somos Latinas Digital History Project, the stories are drawn from the activist interviews they helped conduct which are housed at the Wisconsin Historical Society in Madison, Wisconsin. Hear about collaborative community builders as they work for change as Somos Latinas details the inspirational lives and works of Latinas who have changed their world and history. Learn why sharing our stories is vital to our connection, our community, and our empowerment.

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Project Management: Part 1 

Paula Stienhorst

Project Management 101. Join this session to learn how to be more effective with your projects and learn the next steps to deepening your management skills. Intended for both people who have work projects and those that have heard about project management processes but are unsure how to leverage them.

8 Dimensions of Health: Part 1 

SSM Health Health

Health is not just about your physical well-being. Explore the multiple dimensions of health to better identify indicators of your welfare holistically.

Activity: Somos Latinas 

10:45 - 11:45 a.m.

Project Management: Part 2

8 Dimensions of Health: Part 2 

Activity: Somos Latinas 

11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.


Technology Matters 

Panel Discussion

More and more we are hearing about the 4th industrial revolution: Blockchain, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, and Artificial Intelligence. We will explore the impact of these technologies on the way we live, work, and socially engage.

1:15 - 2:15 p.m.


Tina Bohling

Learn about what it means to be a maximizer of talent and things we do to minimize effectiveness from our teams as we introduce concepts from the book Multipliers by Liz Wiseman.

Family Matters: Aging, caring & the law. 

Brenda Gonzalez

A tough topic, but one we all have and/or will face. Get informed on what resources are available for you and our loved ones. Agrace is built on the belief that the "comfort, dignity, and even hope and joy, are possible for those facing a life-limiting illness." While it's something we don't want to think about, when the time comes it's important you know how to navigate the situation, especially for our loved ones.

Job Search Skills 

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Leadership Assessment Style 

Knowing your leadership style will help you grow as a leader. Join this session and get a better understanding of your style when you take a pre-conference assessment (emailed following registration), followed by an in-session results breakdown.

Communication, Elevator Speech 

Strengths Finder 

Gretchen Rixie & Luz Arroyo

What are your strengths? This session will explore your best attributes and what they mean for mapping out your career. You will take a pre-conference assessment (emailed following registration), then learn the results in session.

3:45 - 4:45 p.m.

Leadership Assessment Style 

Negotiating Your Wage

Understand how to negotiate your wage and how the numbers work; get paid what you should be earning!

Strengths Finder LD

4:45 p.m.

Day One Conclusion 

Tuesday, October 1 — Day Two

8:00 - 8:30 a.m.

Professional Photos 

8:30 - 9:00 a.m.

Lucia Lucia Nunez 

9:00 - 9:20 a.m.

The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez 

Aaron Bobrow Strain

Aaron Bobrow Strain will introduce his book The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez, a timely look into “detention centers, immigration courts, and the inner lives of Aida and other daring characters.” The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez reveals “the human consequences of militarizing what was once a more forgiving border” and shows us that “the heroes of our current immigration wars are less likely to be perfect paragons of virtue than complex, flawed human beings who deserve justice and empathy all the same."

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

IBPS: How to Run an Effective Meeting 

Janice Mettuer

There are more to meetings then showing up. Learn all of the processes and nuanced ways to improve your meetings and get out of meetings what you need to get your work done.

Neuroscience and Emotional Intelligence 

William Hutter

Exploring beyond attitudes and behaviors. This session will explore how our emotional intelligence plays a role in our leadership skills. What parts of the brain are activated by emotional intelligence? How does it relate to leadership skills?

How to Advance Your Career and Voice Through Civic Engagement: Part 1 

Scott McDonell

Ever wonder what it takes to get involved from volunteering to public office? Have an opinion and want to improve your community? This is the session for you. Learn how to maximize their voice and careers through civic engagement from those who have asked the same questions.

10:45 - 11:45 a.m.

IBPS: How to Run an Effective Meeting 

Financial Wellness PE

How to Advance Your Career and Voice Through: Part 2 

11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Speed Resume Consulting 


Learn how to improve your resume to put your best foot forward. Professionals from QTI will lead conference attendees through understanding the best ways to shine on paper.

1:15 - 2:15 p.m.

Managing Your Career & Brand 

Sandy Morales, CEO, Big Brothers Big Sister of Dane County

What do people say when you are not in the room?  How do other people describe and what makes you, you? Your brand is critical to your professional relationships and can influence your career prospects and opportunities. In this workshop, you will discover what makes up a personal brand and learn how to define yours.  

Community Matters: Where is My Village 

Explore how to build community whether you are new to Dane County or born and raised here and find out how to build and maintain your community connection, your familia.

Navigating the Workspace as an Underrepresented Person 

Diego Compoverde & Brian Jones

Plainly speaking, direct conversation on navigating the workspace as an underrepresented professional. Learn tools to avoid pitfalls, and to not only survive, but to thrive.

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

The Latino Question 

Armando Ibarra

With an introduction to "The Latino Question," you’ll find a compelling critique of our political economy. In the United States, the number of Latinos struggling in pursuit of the American Dream has never been greater with millions working towards this ideal each year only to find themselves trapped in a cycle of debt and labor. The need for a vivid, empirically-grounded study on Latino politics, culture, and social issues is more essential now than ever before.

3:30 - 3:45 p.m.

Closing Remarks 

3:45 p.m.

Day Two Conclusion 



 All Participants

 Professional Growth

 Leadership Development

 Civic and Public Engagement

 Personal Enrichment

Note: 15 minutes has allotted between most sessions for networking and conference transition.

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