6 Summits and Conferences for Latinas To Look Forward This Year

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As we make our way through the new year, there are certainly a lot of unknowns. Will there be another Covid-19 variant? When will the world return to normal? What does normal even look like anymore? One thing that’s also for sure is we need something to look forward to. 

Enter the return of various summits and conferences coast to coast, undoubtedly a cause for celebration. From self-help summits to tech conferences and everything in between, these meetings of the minds are opportunities to learn and grow as we adjust to the reality we’re faced with and prepare for a new normal in America.

For many of us, it’s been a minute since we gathered in a public setting. Hence, the opportunity to interact with other human beings is equally intimidating and exciting — to say we have mixed emotions is an understatement. 

For their part, event organizers are also mixed on their decisions to offer large-scale events in person versus virtually or a hybrid model. This month CES, a mega tech conference with more than 2,000 exhibitors, took place in Las Vegas. There were over 40,000 attendees at a combination of indoor and outdoor events and a digital venue. 

Other in-person events such as the Grammy’s, the Sundance Film Festival, and the World Economic Forum either postponed or canceled their in-person attendance in light of the Omicron variant and rising Covid cases across the world. 

Needless to say, there is mixed messaging out there, and the medical guidance changes daily in terms of what is safe, what is recommended, and what precautions people need to take before attending in-person, large-scale events. But things certainly seem to be moving in the right direction. 

For anyone hungry for face-to-face interaction and a chance to learn, collaborate, be inspired, and be engaged in the presence of other humans, the fact that in-person summits and conferences are happening in 2022 is excellent news. The fact that virtual options and online meetings are also available is even better news.

Here are six summits and conferences for Latinas to look forward to this year. The list is by no means all-encompassing, but it’s a glimpse at some of the opportunities to be inspired in 2022. Just remember that news gets updated moment to moment, and plans often change, so be sure to stay on top of conference alerts and safety requirements for any events you plan to attend or tune into virtually. 

Latinas in Tech Summit

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When: May 18-20, 2022

Where: Bay Area (though the event was virtual in 2021)

Following a successful 2021 Summit, Latinas in Tech is hoping to increase attendees for the 3-day event in 2022, where they’ll offer a combination of in-person and online events. The summit’s goal is to create a space where Latinas in tech can connect, belong and celebrate their success, according to the website. The event aims to inspire and empower Latina women in tech through keynote speakers, workshops, networking events, pitch competitions, and more.

Latina Lifestyle Conference

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When: April 12-13, 2022

Where: Online

This annual conference is an opportunity for attendees to connect with other Latinas of Influence and highlight the professional achievements of other Latinas. The online summit is known as a trailblazer in online event productions, entering its third year of the event being entirely online. At this year’s event, expect to experience discussions on a wide range of topics from finance to health and community education, featuring expert speakers across various fields. And the main event of the conference will be the recognition of Hispanic Lifestyle’s annual listing of Latinas of Influence.

LULAC Convention

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When: July 25-30, 2022

Where: Puerto Rico

At this history-making convention, participants representing Hispanic communities from across the country will determine the positions and strategies of a national Latino organization. 

At the convention, national delegates of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) will discuss issues, set policies, and elect the organization’s national leaders. Major corporations and influential community members will host workshops and panel discussions, and it’s also an opportunity for Hispanic professionals to network and go through recruiting. 

Throughout the five-day event, all proceeds will support LULAC’s mission, which is to “advance the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, housing, health and civil rights of the Hispanic population of the United States.”

Latina Empow(h)er Summit ™

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When: March 21–23, 2022

Where: Orlando, Florida

At the Latina Empow(h)er Summit (LES)™, participants will learn from Latina experts and inspirational thought leaders who have successfully navigated the corporate world while balancing career, family, and culture. 

This event is an opportunity to gain access to other Latina leaders. It is a space where Latina executives can recharge and learn from peers and experts on achieving balance in their personal lives and the workplace. 

The Latina Empow(h)er Summit™ is designed for Latina leaders at the vice president or managing director level and higher and is a part of a larger mission to promote the inclusion of Hispanics in Corporate America at a level commensurate with our economic contributions.

Latina Empowerment and Development Conference

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When: February 4-5, 2022

Where: Harvard University

This event is all about professional networking, mentoring, and empowering young Latinas. The Latina Empowerment and Development Conference (LEAD) is a space where Latinas can connect with speakers and other aspiring Latina professionals to connect with career-minded individuals. 

The conference aims to create a community where young Latinas can engage with successful Latina role models who radiate positive ideals, represent the larger Latinx community, and address the social, political, and economic issues facing Latinas today.

Women of Power Summit

When: March 24-26, 2022

Where: Las Vegas

This event is designed to bring together executive women of color, with over 1,500 influential corporate professionals and businesswomen from across the country in attendance. It’s the ultimate opportunity for mid-to senior-level managers, C-level executives, decision-makers, HR officers, diversity officers, and professionals to gain access to and learn from industry leaders about optimizing your potential for professional advancement. 

Through workshops, forums, discussion groups, and more, attendees will learn about corporate trends and how they can improve their own management skills and maximize advancement opportunities. There is also time for networking with other executives from around the country while participating in wellness activities and personalized coaching sessions.