The Women’s Collaborative Colloquium on Saturday, October 7th at Cal State University, Northridge included trailblazing leaders and panelists that provided valuable business insights and inspirational guidance to attendees. The Colloquium was hosted by The Women’s Collaborative Mentoring Program (WCMP) and began with recognition awards from Mayor Eric Garcetti’s business manager Luis Rivera. The Collaborative Mentorship Program’s 23 strategic alliance partners received the recognition, including The Valley Economic Alliance, SBA, SBDC, VEDC WBC, ICON CDC, Business Source, SCORE and NAWBO. A collaboration of business resources, committed to building best practices is key to sustaining a community of successful women in business.
Keynote speaker, Dr. Betty Uribe inspired attendees with her talk on Values. She was also the recipient of the “Mentoring Leadership” Award.
Xiomara Pena with the Small Business Majority followed with a “Women in Politics” discussion that included; City of Los Angeles Council Women Nury Martinez and Vanessa Delgado. Nury shared the importance of women coming together to collaborate and support more women in politics.
Cecilia Mota, host at Radio Latino Inc., led a group of enthusing “Women in Media” panel, followed by the motivating Zitlalic Ley of Latina Nerds, who shared an informative presentation on company branding.
Desiree Doubrox, CEO of An Empowered Woman, moderated the “Leading Networking Groups” with an informative session on best tips for connecting your business. The panel included NAWBO, Brunch Net, Holistic Chamber and PCL.
Gail Lara, Executive Director of WCMP, led a panel of top “Women in Business Leaders,” which included Marianne Emma Jeff of Women’s Business Momentum Center, Barbara Daoust of Soul Notes, and Sonia Blake with Inter-Agency Council.
The event concluded with a Speed Mentoring Session which connected business mentors with mentees that were pre-arranged based on industry specific business needs.