MANA de Imperial Valley will Hold Leadership Conference at IVC

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EL CENTRO - MANA de Imperial Valley has announced the upcoming Young Ladies Leadership Conference (YLLC) scheduled for Saturday, December 3, 2016 at Imperial Valley College in Imperial.

The YLLC mission is to engage young ladies with a desire and determination to accomplish personal goals through the attainment of higher education, careers and self-realizations. Students will be provided with guidance and motivational speakers to empower and motivate young ladies to pathways of professional careers, through higher education. Approximately 60 young ladies from local Imperial County middle and high schools are expected to participate in the conference.  There is no cost to attend for students.

Maria Peinado, President of MANA de Imperial Valley stated, “MANA de Imperial Valley is excited to once again partner with Imperial Valley College to offer a conference that will enhance young ladies’ leadership skills and assist them in exploring multiple career opportunities.”  Thanks in part to donations from organizations that support educational endeavors like Sempra Utilities, the UPS Foundation, and from funds raised at the Las Primeras Awards Gala & Scholarship Fundraiser, MANA is able to provide informative events for young students in Imperial County.

The conference keynote speaker will be Mercy Diana Valenzuela, a 2016 Las Primeras Honoree and a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner/Nurse Midwife at Pioneers Memorial Hospital and at Women’s Health at Pioneers Health Center.  Mercy has been a charge nurse, Lead Clinical manager, educator and interim director in the Perinatal Department at Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley. She has a Master’s of Science degree with Specialization in Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner/Midwife, making her among the first nurses in the Imperial Valley to complete the dual program at San Diego State University (SDSU). She received her licensure through the State of California for nurse practitioner and nurse midwife.  As a nurse-midwife, Mercy is a pioneer for women’s health practices in Imperial County.

MANA, a national Latina Organization was founded in 1974 as the Mexican-American Women’s National Association. MANA’s original intent was to provide a voice for Mexican-American women at the national, state and local levels.  Since then, the organization has expanded into a diverse group of Latinas in all areas of political, social and professional fields.  MANA is unique since this makes MANA the single largest pan-Latina organization in the United States.

Students interested in attending the Young Ladies Leadership Conference or those who need additional information may contact Hermanitas Co-Coordinators: Martha Singh at singh_martha@yahoo.com / 760-540-9687 or Denise Cabanilla, denise.cabanilla@gmail.com / 760-455-1586.   Media is welcomed to attend the conference on Saturday morning.  If interested, please contact Dr. Martha Garcia, MANA Public Relations Director at (760) 562-5170.