RI Democratic Women for Leadership
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January 10th these ten amazing Latinas started a class not knowing each other and not realizing how their life would change and how this institute would influence their lives, but most importantly their outlook of what leadership is and how Latinas can be leaders in our state by civically engaging directly with the community. Even though the journey this year with a new home for the program and a new curriculum had its up and downs, they pushed through becoming one of the strongest group yet! The institute’s coordinator Norelys Consuegra said in a Facebook post “Tonight, these powerful, dedicated, hardworking, totally awesome; Bad Ass Latinas proved that no matter the challenges, no matter the obstacles, they found themselves doing what they were born to do... To Inspire All Women to be their best, to run toward their dreams and make these dreams reality, no matter the hurdles.”
When Latinas Lead we all win, that is the feeling and the attitude of ten women that are about to graduate from the RI Latina Leadership Institute class 2017. Who are they? Their names are Sue Bohorquez, Annette Martinez, Chris Imbriglio, Karen Alzate, Dorca Paulino, Stephanie Olarte, Glorisbel Marte, Giusita Michelle Vitale, Joann Ayuso, and Janie Segui. These women held an event on June 15th called Arts for Education Fundraiser; the event consisted of local artist most that were Latin artist, they wanted to display their culture and the vision of Latinos and people of color. Their goal to give three deserving Latinas the chance to either attain or help complete their education at Roger Williams School of Continuing Studies. They also gave a special tribute to their coordinator who gave birth to baby Tristen on International Women’s day, leaving them with a different coordinator that will be leading them through the end of the program. However, the back-story to this is very sad. The coordinators baby was born with a heart condition and was treated at Boston Children’s Hospital and two days after being, born Tristen had open-heart surgery. So what did these ten women do? They came together to do an extra push to their fundraising goal so that they can surprise her with a donation to the Heart of Tristen fund.
These women exceeded their goal made three Latina Single mothers recipients of LLI Class 2017 Scholarship very happy and what was more beautiful was the promise they made to become leaders themselves of the community, leading with heart is the best way to move forward in a society where so much is needed. The most emotional part of the night was definitely seeing their coordinator another strong Latina Norelys Consuegra have tears in her eyes as she was presented with the donation for her son's Fund Heart of Tristen. These women, show how strong the Latino community and Latina women are and how vital the can be for the success of Rhode Island. Congratulations Ladies on the success of your event, but most importantly we cannot wait to see you women lead with conviction!
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