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

#Mexican #America Vintners Association, Harvest Festival ❤️🍷 #vineyard #napa

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  • Eric Ratinoff was Nominated (and selected) for “Best of the Bar.” View the Press release
  • Chicas Latinas members volunteered at Feria de Educación 

Feria de Educación at @sacstate #education #college #workshop agenda #latino #latism #sacramento #california ❤️

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  • 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!

#ElGrito de Dolores #Sacramento ❤️ #Mexico #california #diadeindependencia #vivamexico ✨ Love this! 💃

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#ElGrito de Dolores #Sacramento ❤️ #Mexico #california #diadeindependencia #vivamexico ✨💃#elgritodedolores

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#ElGrito de Dolores #Sacramento ❤️ #Mexico #california #diadeindependencia #vivamexico #elgritodedolores

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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! 

#familystuff Jesus Christ, beans and rice 🙏 #sacramento

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

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

John Quiñones #cincodemayo #sacramento

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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 ❤️

With @DoloresHuerta at @LatinoCommFdn #California #Latino Agenda, #Sacramento Summit 2014 ❤️❤️❤️

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#Network4Cause with Eric Ratinoff — supporting HDSA Awareness 

AMGEN Tour of California 

#AMGEN Tour of #California Gala Opening Reception! @AmgenTourofCali #ATOC2014 #sacramento

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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/

2014 Walk for Brain Injury: Sacramento Ft. TBI Survivor Noe Cruz

I’m extremely happy to share these videos with you all — for many reasons.

  1. Noe Cruz is a good friend of mineWalk for Brain Injury Sacramento, Noe Cruz 2014
  2. He suffered a traumatic brain injury on August 5, 2012
  3. Was in a coma for 2  months
  4. Had a 2% chance of living
  5. Had a 5% chance of walking
  6. His surgeries, recovery, and journey were brutal
  7. I poured my heart out to many of you over the last couple of years, as we fundraised and asked for prayers during his recovery
  8. 18 mos. later – he’s alive, walking, and spoke at 2014 Walk for Brain Injury: Sacramento
  9. I got to be his camera-woman! And am slowly turning into his publicist 😉

This guy is my inspiration and I’m so very proud of him!

Event Video:

Full Speech:

Pictures from the event can be found at: Walk for Brain Injury Sacramento, Full Circle with TBI

Walk for Brain Injury Sacramento, Full Circle with TBI

Sooooo… some of you may recall a close friend of mine had an accident in August of 2012 — and suffered from a fractured skull, brain clots and bruises, was in a coma for 2 months and had a 2% chance of living. Four surgeries and some titanium later, my friend Noe Cruz is a traumatic brain injury survivor.

Yesterday, Sunday March 30, 2014, he spoke at Brain Injury Association of California‘s Walk for Brain Injury Sacramento. He shared about his accident, surgeries, recovery, and personal journey.

I don’t speak of him often and when I do it’s vaguely, as this has been quite an experience (a trying experience, for many), but he did an amazing job yesterday, and I want the world to know that I am so proud of his courage, strength, and heart.

Things are coming full circle it seems. About a month ago Noe met my bossman, Eric Ratinoff, who just happens to be a brain injury attorney and board member of BIACAL. Over dinner, Noe told Eric his story. Blown away, Eric suggested Noe speak at Walk for Brain Injury. I contacted BIACAL, and voilà, Noe became a part of the event’s program.

How crazy it is how the universe lines up… and at the right time. Eighteen months after his accident, Noe is ready to share his story and inspire others, and the perfect opportunity presented itself.

Look for the video of his speech soon! (It was a really great speech) 

In the meantime, event pictures can be found on Eric Ratinoff’s Facebook:

My heart is overjoyed right now. Yesterday I technically worked, but it was so much more than just another event — it was THE event and it was perfect.