17th Annual Latina Style Business Series in Sacramento #LSBS

I’m excited to announce that I’ll be speaking at the upcoming 17th Annual Latina Style Business Series in Sacramento, hosted by Latina Style Magazine!

“LATINA Style Business Series is the most successful ongoing business development program for Latina business owners in the nation. Over 32,000 Latina entrepreneurs and professionals have benefited from their participation in this dynamic and ground-breaking business program since it first launched in 1998” — and the tour is coming to Sacramento!

Learn more: http://bs.latinastyle.com/sacramento-ca-2015/ and catch me at…

“Enhancing Women Empowerment through Technology & Social Media” (10:10 am – 11:00 am)

Moderator: Hilda Ramirez, Director of PR, Communications & Education for the Santa Clara County Association of Realtors

Speaker: Rosie “the Closer” Zepeda, Speaker, Author, Transformational Client Engagement and Communication Strategist.

Speaker: Angela Rosas, President & CEO, Chicas Latinas de Sacramento, Marketing & PR professional for Eric Ratinoff

Speaker: Leidhra Johnson, Marketing Director, Uptown Studios

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Latina on the Run: Angela’s Sacramento Summer 2014 Amuck Running Rundown

It has been about 2 months since my last blog post – and a lot has happened! Before I fill everyone in with where I’m at now, here’s a quick run down of the fun I’ve had in Sacramento, California so far. It’s been a busy summer of community, volunteer, and Latin events with Eric Ratinoff and Chicas Latinas de Sacramento… and it’s not over yet!

Before all the Hispanic Heritage Month and Dia de los Muertos events and posts come, without further adieu I give you… “the reasons I haven’t posted in ages.” 

  • Volunteered with Chicas Latinas de Sacramento, Feeding and Clothing the Homeless
  • I barely made it to (the last) Fiesta en la Calle (of the season), but I made it!
  • Attended Mexican American Vintners Association, Harvest Festival in Napa with Eric Ratinoff
  • Eric Ratinoff was Nominated (and selected) for “Best of the Bar.” View the Press release
  • Chicas Latinas members volunteered at Feria de Educación 
  • Did I mention Chicas Latinas is hosting a Shoe Drive for Hagginwood Elementary School?

Please help us reach our goal, we’re not quite there yet: http://chicasshoedrivedonate.eventbrite.com/

  • Was invited to hear President of Mexico’s, Enrique Peña Nieto, address at the California State Capitol, presented by Gov. Brown
  • El Grito de Dolores, El Día de la Independencia de México, in Sacramento is simply breathtaking!

And there’s more… wait for it! 😉 

Growing Up Latina in Sacramento: Education, I went to High School (sometimes)

The Angela diaries: Once upon a time I was in High School.

It wasn’t for me. I was too damn smart for my own good (according to both parents and teachers, alike). I was bored. I was the annoying kid who wanted to learn, but instead I disappeared. I didn’t do my work, I barely went to class, I shocked my teachers when I turned in research papers (they were a hobby of mine and always very well done), I goofed off a lot, I got in trouble sometimes, yet I aced exams and I graduated as a mediocre student, with mediocre grades, and with a mediocre future.

Cold chill’n. 

I was recently reminded of the National Teen Leadership Program by a Chicas Latinas de Sacramento member, when she asked if I could put a volunteer opportunity of theirs on our calendar. Until this moment, I had totally forgot — I went to NTLP in High School! (Volunteer opportunity is on the calendar  – Aug. 2nd volunteer date, deadline July 25.)

In high school, a kid in my graduating class had to drop-out from attending the conference and someone recommended that I take their place. ME. I forget who recommended me, probably a teacher who received a research project of mine. I remember the counselors being very reluctant about sending me: this brown girl who liked to ditch and was sitting comfortably on a 2.0 grade point average. I went through the interview process and they surprisingly sent me away to the conference. I can’t say it was a life changing experience in that moment, but overtime, definitely. 

I do believe that it is our responsibility to provide our children with opportunities, to give them new experiences, discover what inspires them, advocate for education equality, but most importantly — NEVER GIVE UP TRYING — regardless of where they’ve been, where they’re at, and where YOU think they’re headed. You can’t change your path unless you’re aware that other paths exist, especially as a child.

Someone took a chance on me, I was given a unique opportunity and shown a different path. I’m fully aware of what I looked like on paper, but that was not who I was — I’m beyond thankful that there were people in my life who took notice and took action.

Today I am blessed to be in a position to advocate on behalf of Sacramento’s youths. I’ve learned about so many great programs over the years and support them when I can. Enter perfect opportunity to support… 

This Thursday Eric Ratinoff’#Network4Cause will benefit Breakthrough Sacramento. If you’re not familiar with this program, I invite you to join us!

Free Registration: http://bit.ly/network4causebreakthrough

Breakthrough Sacramento is a public-private partnership providing a year-round, tuition-free, college preparatory program for academically motivated, ethnically diverse students from under-resourced schools in the Sacramento area.

92% of Breakthrough Sacramento graduates attend college directly after graduation, as opposed to 34% of low-income students nationally and only 29% in the Sacramento area.

Cien Amigos, Cinco de Mayo, una Dolores Huerta, muchos ciclistas, y los Gigantes!

This last week (or so) has been full speed, nonstop, and packed with goodness in Sacramento… with a brief trip to Los Angeles.

(Mexican) Family Stuffmore please! 

California – Mexico Advocacy Day, with Consulado de Mexico en Sacramento 

Cinco de Mayo with John Quiñones (what would I do? I took a picture!) 

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Women’s Business: Las Juntas Patrióticas de Señoras and Latina Women in Public Life in California

I’m a member of Cien Amigos now!!! (Pin of honor)

Dolores Huerta at Latino Community Foundation’s CaliforniaLatino Agenda, Sacramento Summit ❤️

#Network4Cause with Eric Ratinoff — supporting HDSA Awareness 

AMGEN Tour of California 

Watched my beloved SF Giants lose to LA Dodgers… in Los Angeles. Ouch.

Sunday I rested, spent the day with my family (yay Mother’s Day!) and the Giants won.

Back to the grind… and catching up on emails. I’m behind in life. Speaking of being behind in life, Chicas Latinas de Sacramento’s 5 Year Anniversary dinner is this Sunday! Wowzas.

Low Tire Pressure: Dresses and Skirts are the Leading Cause of Sexual Assaults

Low Tire Pressure and Sexual Assault Awareness: 

Weird headline, right? Hear me out on this one…

Last week an indicator light lit up in my car to inform me that my car’s tire pressure was low. My first two thoughts, my car is a nag and I really dislike putting air in my tires. So I ignored it.

The other day I had a friend in my car and I explained why the light is still on and why it will stay on until I get my car serviced. It’s not because I prefer to be waited on like a princess (although that would be OK). It’s not because I don’t know how to check the air in my tires or put air in them, I know how – and I don’t mind doing it. What I don’t like is being vulnerable, for that long, at a gas station, by myself, as a female.

My dad used to give me grief for not spending more time at the gas station, tending to the delicate needs of my ride; checking the water, oil, filters, and tires. One day I told him that when he becomes a 20-something year old, female, alone at a gas station… then he can give me grief. Until that moment, he hadn’t realized sexual harassment was real to me or that my fear was real. He doesn’t know that I walk to my car and home with a key in-between the knuckles of my hand. He doesn’t know, because he’s a “him” and not a “her.”

Discussing unwanted crude cat-calls, threats, or stranger gropings isn’t a regular topic around the family dinner table. And disclosures might lead to the suggestion of wearing a potato-sack when leaving the  house… because everyone knows that dresses and skirts are the leading cause of assaults.

In the United States, 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men have been raped in their lifetime and nearly 1 in 2 women have experienced other forms of sexual violence at some point in their lives. Many Victims do not Disclose Sexual Violence. Statistics underestimate the problem because many victims do not tell the police, family, or friends about the violence. http://www.cdc.gov/features/sexualviolence/

This is why I’m against putting air in my tires (by myself) and why I’m a huge fan of WEAVE Inc.’s Walk a Mile in Her Shoes annual event, held during April for Sexual Assault Awareness Month!

Even if you don’t feel up to the challenge of literally walking a mile in high-heels, take a moment to acknowledge that the fear of SA is a part of my life, and probably a part of the lives of the women around you, learn about the issues, be an advocate for the women in your life and please support great organizations like WEAVE Inc.

WEAVE is committed to breaking the cycle of violence by educating the community to better understand the issues of domestic violence and sexual assault, and spearheads campaigns, events, and activities for Sacramento County for Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April and Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October. These awareness month campaigns include activities like Jeans for Justice Day and Women Take Back the Night. Learn more: http://www.weaveinc.org/prevention-education

Side-note: I’m so happy that Kershaw, Cutter, & Ratinoff is participating in #WAM2014 on Sunday, April 27.

Check out Eric Ratinoff’s 2011 Walk a Mile in Her Shoes video below, and learn about the event: http://weaveinc.donorpages.com/WalkaMile2014/EricRatinoff/

March in Sacramento: Women’s History Month & Brain Injury Awareness Month

What’s up Sacramento? Everything? No kidding!!!

First up, it’s Women’s History Month. I am honored to be listed as a Sacramento “Unsung She-ro” by Girls on the Grid‘s SACRAMENTO WOMEN MAKING HISTORY 2014! It came as a complete surprise and I truly appreciate the recognition. View the article and be sure to check out the other profiles… Sacramento is a city full of movers and shakers!!! So proud of our women.

girls on the grid: Angela Rosas

March is also Brain Injury Awareness Month – and this is of great significance to me. I work for Eric Ratinoff, a local brain injury lawyer who also serves on the board of BIACAL. Naturally our upcoming #Network4Cause event on March 13th at Mayahuel will support Brain Injury Association of California and it’s upcoming 2014 Walk For Brain Injury. I will also be participating in the Sacramento walk event on March 30th, the rest of our staff will be volunteering! (Look for us if you’re there, Kershaw, Cutter & Ratinoff!)

But wait there’s more – I have a personal connection to brain injury. Some of you may recall a close friend of mine who suffered a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) a couple of years ago from an accident. After a 2 month coma, he had a 2% chance of living and a 5% chance of walking… it is a miracle and a blessing he is alive and walking! It has been a long road to recovery and the journey continues.

Walk for Brain Injury Sacramento

Networking and charity/cause events are nothing new to me, but it’s always a little different when it’s a cause I have a personal connection with. Dear people of the world: Wear your helmet! And join me at #Network4Cause benefiting BIACAL’s 7th Annual Walk for Brain Injury – Sacramento on March 13th at Mayahuel.

#Network4Cause by Right Light Images Suzanne Hambleton. #Network4Cause by Right Light Images Suzanne Hambleton.

More #Network4Cause pictures: http://www.rightlightimages.com/p1070447736#h507055b

Follow up Blog Post: Walk for Brain Injury Sacramento, Full Circle with TBI

Angela Turned 30 and is *crawling* Amuck

I’m still running (crawling) amuck or amok, whichever you’d prefer. My days have been swamped working for Eric Ratinoff, implementing his re-branding, running the #Network4Cause event series (apply here), taking care of Chicas Latinas de Sacramento 501©3 admin work (the IRS is tons o’ fun), preparing to open up our Board of Directors, and getting ready for OUR FIRST community meeting!!!

Needless to say, I’ve fallen short and behind in some things – the overall running of my organization and our community communications have been better. I’m only one person, but I’ve come to terms with the fact that we are now a 501©3, have a board of directors, have resources coming in… Therefore, it is no longer a one (wo)man show. I trust all will work out accordingly.

Hence the purpose of our first Chicas Latinas de Sacramento Community Informational Meeting – we need help! Male, female, Latino or not, we need dedicated and experienced individuals to help further our mission. We’ll have applications for our Board of Directors, Committees, and Volunteering, something for everyone at the February 27th meeting. I completed my presentation today and am ready to inspire the next generation of Chicas Latinas leaders. It’ll be great to have an inspired and capable leadership team as we approach our 5-year-Anniversary in April!!! <– Speaking of, I really hope I’ll be able to pull off some kind of anniversary event, yikes.

***Want to learn more? I was recently featured in Vida en el Valle: OUR PEOPLE/NUESTRA GENTE: Ángela Rosas is leading the way for ‘Chicas’, Cynthia Moreno did a great job capturing my journey and mission.

Oh yea, in the midst of all this good stuff – I turned 30!!! and celebrated with family, some Chicas Latinas members, and friends!

Thank you to all who helped me celebrate ❤ xoxo ❤