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Building Our Legacy Conference 2019

September 30 – October 1
Radisson Hotel, Madison Wisconsin



We invite you to join us September 30 – October 1 at Radisson Hotel in Madison Wisconsin. You will gain invaluable lessons on professional growth, leadership development, civic & public engagement as well as personal enrichment with this jam-packed conference agenda.

Monday, September 30 — Day One

8:00 - 8:30 a.m.

Registration / Networking 

8:30 - 9:00 a.m.

Conference Opening 

9:00 - 9:20 a.m.

Somos Latinas: Voices of Wisconsin Latina Activists 

Andrea Teresa Arenas, Author

Hear from Somos Latinas author Andrea-Teresa Arenas as she shares her work of bringing 25 powerful narratives to light. As part of the Somos Latinas Digital History Project, the stories are drawn from the activist interviews they helped conduct which are housed at the Wisconsin Historical Society in Madison, Wisconsin. Hear about collaborative community builders as they work for change as Somos Latinas details the inspirational lives and works of Latinas who have changed their world and history. Learn why sharing our stories is vital to our connection, our community, and our empowerment.

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Project Management Essentials: Part 1 

Paula Steinhorst

This session covers the fundamentals of project management. Intended for people who have work projects or have heard about project management but are unsure how to leverage it. Join this session to learn how to be more effective with your projects and learn the next steps to deepening your project management skills.

8 Dimensions of Health: Part 1 

Teri Helmke

Learn about how health is not just about your physical well-being. Explore the multiple dimensions of health to better identify indicators of your wellbeing holistically.

Activity: Somos Latinas 

10:45 - 11:45 a.m.

Project Management: Part 2

8 Dimensions of Health: Part 2 

Activity: Somos Latinas 

11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.


Community Matters: Building my village 

Alejandra Vasquez & Silvia Gomez

This session focuses on how to build community, whether you are new to Dane County or born and raised here. How do we build and maintain our community connection, our familia?

1:15 - 2:15 p.m.

Navigating the workspace as an underrepresented person - Representation matters 

Brian Jones

Learn about what it means to be a maximizer of talent and things we do to minimize effectiveness from our teams as we introduce concepts from the book Multipliers by Liz Wiseman.

Job Search Skills 

Peter Gray

Learn how to find your next career move and how changes in technology, networking, and the future of work can be leveraged to your advantage.

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Negotiating your wage 

Summer Rector & Tania Ibarra, CPA

It’s time to end the pay gap for good. During this workshop you will learn how to negotiate for higher pay and more comprehensive benefits no matter the job or level of seniority.

Communication, Elevator Speech 

Strengths Finder 

Gretchen Rixie & Luz Arroyo

What are your strengths? This session will explore your best attributes and what they mean for mapping out your career. You will take a pre-conference assessment (emailed following registration), then learn the results in session.

3:45 - 4:45 p.m.

The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez 

Aaron Bobrow Strain

Aaron Bobrow Strain will introduce his book The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez, a timely look into “detention centers, immigration courts, and the inner lives of Aida and other daring characters.” The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez reveals “the human consequences of militarizing what was once a more forgiving border” and shows us that “the heroes of our current immigration wars are less likely to be perfect paragons of virtue than complex, flawed human beings who deserve justice and empathy all the same."

Strengths Finder 

Gretchen Rixie & Luz Arroyo

4:45 p.m.

Day One Conclusion 

Tuesday, October 1 — Day Two

8:00 - 8:30 a.m.

Professional Photos 

8:30 - 8:45 a.m.

Welcome Back 

8:45 - 9:20 a.m.

The Latino Question 

Armando Ibarra

With an introduction to "The Latino Question," you’ll find a compelling critique of our political economy. In the United States, the number of Latinos struggling in pursuit of the American Dream has never been greater with millions working towards this ideal each year only to find themselves trapped in a cycle of debt and labor. The need for a vivid, empirically-grounded study on Latino politics, culture, and social issues is more essential now than ever before.

9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

IBPS: How to Run an Effective Meeting 

Janice Mettuer

There are more to meetings then showing up. Learn all of the processes and nuanced ways to improve your meetings and get out of meetings what you need to get your work done.

Neuroscience and Emotional Intelligence 

William Hutter

Learn about the importance of neuroscience and emotional intelligence to effectively and consistently manage change. Build skills to consistently understand and manage performance personally and professionally.

How to Advance Your Career and Voice Through Civic Engagement: Part 1 

Scott McDonell

Ever wonder what it takes to get involved from volunteering to public office? Have an opinion and want to improve your community? This is the session for you. Learn from others who have asked the same questions and learned how to maximize their voice and careers through civic engagement.

10:45 - 11:45 a.m.

IBPS: How to Run an Effective Meeting 

Financial Wellness 

Alex Ysquierdo & Sandy Eichel

Financial stress is a primary cause of personal stress, which affects both health and productivity. During this session, participants will learn tips and tricks to develop and maintain healthy financial habits.

How to Advance Your Career and Voice Through: Part 2 

11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Speed Mentoring 

Amy Gannon and Jason Ilstrup

Mentors will join conference participants over lunch to discuss career aspirations and goals, and their insights on getting there.

1:15 - 2:15 p.m.

Linked In to Success 

Sandy Morales

What do people say when you are not in the room? How do other people describe and what makes you, you? Your brand is critical to your professional relationships and can influence your career prospects and opportunities. In this workshop, you will discover what makes up a personal brand and learn how to define yours.  

Resume Consulting 


Learn how to improve your resume to put your best foot forward. Professionals from QTI will lead a large group through how to make your resume shine and get the attention of recruiters.

Are you a Multiplier or a Diminisher of Talent? 

Faustina Bohling

Based on the research and book Multipliers, participants will learn the behaviors that are holding them back from becoming great leaders. Multipliers amplify or multiply the intelligence of the people around them. They lead organizations or teams that are able to understand and solve hard problems rapidly, achieve their goals, and adapt and increase their capacity over time. Diminishers drain the intelligence, energy and capability from the ones around them. They lead organizations or teams that operate in silos, find it hard to get things done, and — despite having smart people — seem unable to do what’s needed to reach their goals.

3:30 - 3:45 p.m.

Closing Remarks 

3:45 p.m.

Day Two Conclusion 



 All Participants

 Professional Growth

 Leadership Development

 Civic and Public Engagement

 Personal Enrichment

Note: 15 minutes has allotted between most sessions for networking and conference transition.

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