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I am a Licensed Social Worker with a Masters from the University of Washington and also an Adlerian therapist, Parenting coach and a Parent Education Instructor at North Seattle College. As a mother of three kids, my dream is that as our kids grow up and navigate the world, there will be lot more Latina Women in power and as role models. We need more Latinas to empower our children and show them that they all can reach their dreams.
This Latina Symposium, a dream that was only made possible by the grant provided by the Parent Education Program from North Seattle College. The dream is to organize and bring together Latinas from different educational backgrounds, economical status, and cultures to form a sense of community and to empower each other and make their dreams a possibility.
My family relocated from Mexico to the United States looking for a better future about 20 years ago. When I was 15 years old and could barely speak or understand English, my high school carrier counselor in San Antonio asked me in broken Spanish, “What do you want to do when you grow up?” I answered without a hesitation, “A nurse!”. Growing up in Mexico and watching my Godmother who was a town nurse, I was inspired to become a nurse. So, with a high confidence & enthusiasm, I answered “A Nurse!”.
The counselor looked at me with a puzzled look on her face. She then proceeded to give me a carrier/vocational test which I did my best with my limited English knowledge.
The counselor graded my test and came back with a striking news that I will be no more than a fast food restaurant worker. My heart sank but my hopes endured. From that point on I made a conscious decision that I will not only become successful but also be a bridge to encourage and motivate any minority or less privileged population; especially Latinas to continue their own dreams.
I was born in Quito, Ecuador where I studied International Business and obtained my master’s degree in marketing.
After one year of arriving in this country, I was presented with a job at the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) as a Spanish Interpreter. This work gave me the opportunity to meet many people from different backgrounds and cultures. Through this experience, I learned that Spanish-speaking people not only sought help with the language, but also sought to share their lives with someone who had something in common.
When I moved to Seattle, I had the opportunity to attend the Latina Symposium organized by my good friend, Tania Hino. At the end of such motivating and happy day, I decided that I wanted to belong to this group of women willing to change the world.
From that moment, I joined the Symposium team as a collaborator, and today I am the director of the Symposium and the Vice president of SML. I feel so lucky to get to work with this group of women who have changed my life and inspired me to learn more.
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My name is Leonor Lopez Muñoz, I am Colombian, and I have been living in the United States since 2014. I have 3 children and I have been a teacher since 1997, a profession that has allowed me to carry out the gift of service that characterizes me.
Since 2016, I have been part of the Latina symposium, a space that gave me the opportunity to belong and contribute to the development of women, develop their sense of belonging and mutual support that we all need.
Now I am part of SML's board of directors as a secretary, role in which I can continue to identify needs, plan and execute strategies to create spaces for education, connect and empower Latina women not only in the state of Washington, but with all the people that surround us and help spread this message nationally and internationally.
I was born in Concepción, Chile and I came to Seattle in 1997. What was initially an adventure, just a visit, changed and gradually developed into what my life is right now. I am married and have 2 wonderful teenagers, a daughter and a son.
I have been linked to education all my life through my parents, so it is no coincidence that I have continued in their steps. I studied pedagogy in Chile and worked as a teacher there for 7 years. In Seattle I completed a master's degree at the University of Washington in School Counseling. I am currently a school counselor at a Seattle elementary school among many other activities to which I dedicate my time. Much of my training is linked to Adlerian Psychology and Positive Discipline of which I am a certified trainer. Working so many years guiding families has reaffirmed in me the idea that by strengthening women in a community we can also change and impact the lives of people around them. SML allows me to contribute and continue growing with so many wonderful Latina women.
I attended the Latina Symposium the same year I arrived to Seattle, and from that day, I knew I wanted to collaborate with this wonderful organization.
I am originally from the Dominican Republic and I currently live in Seattle with my husband and my two boys. On a typical day, you’ll find me singing and dancing with my kids at home, but whenever my mom duties allow, you’ll find me creating content for my communication projects, or hosting an event. I enjoy good humor, flowers, stories and fried chicken.
I started working in the media as a TV host when I was a teenager and through the years, I’ve had the opportunity to work in the different facets of communications. Graduated as a TV and radio broadcaster, I hold a bachelor degree in Business Administration with certificates in Cultural Journalism, and in Public Relations and Strategic Communications.
I’m honored to be both a volunteer and a board member of SML. I’ve learned so much from this team and the women in the community, and every year, I continue to be inspired by their stories, and their courage to be the best version for themselves, their families and their communities.
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