Filling the gap on Austin’s Latino Leadership: Leadership Austin Hispanic Recruiting Reception

19 05 2010

Yes, there is a Latino Leadership gap in this town. While we do have some leaders advocating for the Latino community, I don’t think we have enough. So what am I doing about it? I’m hoping to fill the gap by supporting Leadership Austin and getting more Latinos to apply for the 2011 Essentials class. I’m in the 2010 Essentials class – “mas chingon class ever!” I learned a lot about myself, the issues in the community and how many people want to do good in this town – it was 55 in this year’s class.

So will you step up? Will you lead? Come learn more about the Essentials class at the Hispanic Recruiting Reception on Thursday, May 20. We’ll have food, drinks & opportunities to connect with other Latino Leaders; and hear from Leadership Austin alums (yeah, like me!). Seriously, we have to step up and lead; not only for Latinos but for the whole community.

Si Se Puede,

Mando

Leadership Austin

Essential Class Hispanic Recruiting Reception
Learn, Develop, Innovate, Collaborate, Lead!

Leadership Austin and the Iris Leadership Fund invite you to a reception and information session for the 2011 Leadership Austin Essential Class.  Learn more about the program, speak to past participants and Leadership Austin Board members, and get guidance on the application process.

The Leadership Austin Essential Class is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of a unique, comprehensive leadership development experience during which you will learn a great deal about yourself, your community, and 54 other individuals who represent the diversity of our region.  Download the application today and ignite your passion for community leadership!

2011 Essential Class Hispanic Recruiting Reception
Thursday, May 20, from 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Mueller Central Information Center (4550 Mueller Blvd)
*Complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres

Click here to RSVP

This event is being presented by the Iris Leadership Fund Fund – which seeks to promote Leadership Austin to the Hispanic community and provides tuition assistance for Hispanic participants of the Essential Class.  Suggested donation: $10.00.

Special thank you to our reception host:





Update: Austin Says No to Arizona’s Immigration Law!

30 04 2010

After one day of hard work & online advocacy via Twitter, FB, snail email and one phone call, we have a proposal for an economic boycott against Arizona by the Austin City Council. Standing up for Austin is Mayor Pro Tem Mike Martinez who said in a press release that he didn’t want to “expose city employees to potentially hostile environment in Arizona” and “that our Austin community stands in vehement opposition to racial discrimination in any form.” And being who I am, I vehemently agree!

Mayor Lee Leffingwell, Austin Councilmember Bill Spelman and Mayor Pro Tem Martinez will introduce the resolution at the May 13th Austin City Council meeting. Meanwhile, I’ve been gathering mas support via Twitter & Facebook. So if you want to keep up to date on the resolution or show your support, please join us on the “Austin Says NO to Arizona’s Immigration Law!” We’re already up to 294 LIKEs and y’know we like the LIKEs now!

Muchisimas gracias to Bobby Garza and Mayor Pro Tem Mike Martinez for taking the lead on this effort. They are a prime example of city officials listening and working for the people! You can read the full press release below.

Adelante!

Mando

For Immediate Release

April 29, 2010

Contact: Bobby Garza, Office of Mayor Pro Tem Mike Martinez

(512) 974-2264

Austin Council Members To Propose Arizona Boycott

Austin, Texas – Austin Mayor Pro Tem Mike Martinez, City Council Member Bill Spelman and Mayor Lee Leffingwell announced today that they will introduce a resolution at the May 13th City Council meeting directing the City Manager to limit employee travel to Arizona and to present a plan to the Council for terminating business and investment relationships with the State of Arizona.

“The reasons for introducing this measure are two-fold,” said Mayor Pro Tem Martinez.  “First and foremost, we want to ensure that we are not exposing city employees to risk by sending them into an uncertain and potentially hostile environment in Arizona .  Second, we want to send a loud and clear message to the State of Arizona that our community stands in vehement opposition to racial discrimination in any form.”

“This resolution has precedent in past Council actions,” added Martinez .  “For example, we’ve previously passed policies prohibiting the city from doing business with manufacturers who utilize sweatshop labor.  It is squarely within the Council’s purview to determine with whom the city should or should not do business based on their practices.”

The resolution comes on the heels of passage of SB 1070 in Arizona that effectively mandates racial profiling throughout the state.  Other cities across the country, including Los Angeles and Washington D.C. , are contemplating similar legislation.  San Francisco has recently passed a resolution that will terminate all contracts with Arizona-based companies and end city business with the state.

“ Arizona ’s new immigration law puts anyone traveling to the state in jeopardy of being detained, based on a law enforcement officer’s ‘reasonable suspicion’ that that person might be an undocumented immigrant,” said Council Member Bill Spelman.  “That’s wrong, and I can’t responsibly allow our city employees to be placed at such a risk.”

“While I’m normally reluctant to support the Council formally weighing in on issues outside of our jurisdiction, Arizona ’s legislation potentially has a direct impact on our employees, and is generally so offensive that I believe it demands our attention,” said Mayor Leffingwell.   “I’m supporting this resolution because I believe that we have a responsibility not only to protect our own employees, but also to speak out loudly against racial discrimination wherever it exists.”

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In honor of Cesar Chavez Day: I believe in Si Se Puede!

31 03 2010

I believe in Si Se Puede!

I believe in Si Se Puede – Yes We Can. We all know the rallying cry; it’s part of our history, our culture – it’s what gives us the ganas to fight for our rights, opportunities and our freedoms. It’s as old as Latin American revolutions to the huelgas of the 60s and the campaigns of today.

Si Se Puede – it’s more than just a mantra – it’s an attitude – a call to action; a way to realize our dreams – it’s the ganas to fight for what we believe in – a constant reminder that we can and shall overcome. Si Se Puede is reaching out to people and getting connected, it’s helping people that need help & being helped when we need it, it’s undoing the wrong and making it right, and it’s standing up for what you believe in and standing up for others.

I believe in Si Se Puede because as a community organizer, I see it, breathe it and live it everyday. It embodies my outlook on life, it affects my everyday work and I’ve seen how inspirational it can be. I’ve seen the hope it brings to peoples’ lives; the idea that people can overcome any obstacle, no matter how difficult the situations may be, is life-changing.

And we need it, not only Latinos but all people. We have families living in poverty, managing two or more jobs and trying to put food on the table; our workers are earning non-livable wages; our kids aren’t prepared for school and dropping out; and too many people do not have access to healthcare. Yes, these are daunting problems but with our Si Se Puede attitudes, ganas y el pueblo unido, we can do it!

Si Se Puede means we can make things better for our families, neighbors and generations to come. We can reach out to our neighbors & stay connected, we can volunteer and give back, not because it’s a nice thing to do but a necessity to solving our community’s critical issues and, we can inspire others to make change.

Cesar Chavez, a migrant farm worker and community activist once said “We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community. Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.”

I believe in Si Se Puede

Mando Rayo





2010 RISE Hispanic Entrepreneurs Series

1 03 2010

It’s back and this time, bigger y con mas ganas! Last year, we developed the first Hispanic Entrepreneurs Series and of course this year, along with the Multicultural Sessions, we have a strong series full of successful and innovative Latinos! Interested in developing effective marketing strategies? We got it. What about the changing face of philanthropy? Got that too. How about reaching the economic driving force of the fastest growing population in the U.S. – Latinas? Without a question! You better sign up fast. We have over 25 sessions to choose from, just in the Hispanic Series! Don’t get stuck on Latino time because RISE is only this week, March 1-5! Andale!

RISE 2010 Hispanic Entrepreneurs Series

Intimate. Relevant. Inclusive.

www.riseaustin.org

Can Political Engagement Help Your Business Succeed?

Ann del Llano, Southern Shift

Think Like a Banker

Piensa Como un Banquero

Anna Sanchez and Luisa Gavino Martinez, Wells Fargo

Best Bet: Why You Should Go All-In With Content Marketing

Ben Van Horn, Talk Back Media

Create and Hustle: How to make it as a grass roots promoter

Brandon Badillo, Bembe Entertainment

YouFM: Podcasting your Business and Yourself

Social Media en Español: cual es el punto?

Carlos Borberg, Pyrat Republik

Blogging For Cash And Prizes: How I left corporate America and got to work in my pajamas.

Cindy Casares, Guanabee Media

Las 5 Lecciones de como atacar el mercado hispano (Para organizaciones y empresas)

Elias Hermida, 1800Hispano

From Strangers to Community

How and Why be a Certified Woman Minority Owned Business (WMBE) and DBE

Elizabeth Quintanilla, EQ Consulting

How to launch a trans-national services business using social media and bi-lingual skills

Cómo lanzar un negocio trans-nacional usando los medios sociales y tus habilidades bilingues

Fernando Labastida, Latin IT Marketing

The Marketing Investment

La Inversión en Mercadotecnia

Frank Garza, Vamos Marketing

Como Iniciar Su Propia Empresa

Helena Escalante, All Things Mexico

People Over Process: An Approach to Small Business Hiring and Partnerships

Jason Villarreal, Villa Consulting Group

Stay lean, stay multifaceted, stay in business – An introduction to a freelancing, self employed and entrepreneurial mentality

Jay B Sauceda, Photographer

Social Media Jam: A Hands-On Experience

Jennifer Navarette, Social Media Consultant

Building a Solid Foundation – Liability Issues Facing All Small Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

Jerry Rios, Law Office of Jerry Rios, P.C.

Entrepreneurship for Baby Boomers

Juan Carlos Mercado, 360 Solutions

Social meets Media: How today’s collaborative technologies are shaping the future of media.

Juan Garcia, New Media Producer, The University of Texas

The Changing Face of Philanthropy

Leo Ramirez, MiniDonations

Building A Visible and Profitable Brand Online

Luis Sandoval Jr., Brand Evangelist/Speaker/Media

Essential tools to start a social enterprise. (a practical workshop)

Martin Montero, SOLVE L3C

Twitter? Who has time for Twitter?

Maura Thomas, Regain Your Time

Passion Test for Entrepreneurs

Why Vanilla is the best thing in the World

Monica Peraza, MexNet Alliance

Latinas Want More: How to Market to this Growing Segment & Why It Matters!

Rebecca Trevino, Dell

Stwittergy

Ricardo Guerrero, Stwittergy

How to promote your company through PR

Roberto Hernandez, LatinWorks

Design Your Value Proposition to Separate Yourself from Competitors

Roy Nieto, SureScore, Educational Consulting

Social Media Marketing Lessons Learned from Politics

Shaine Mata, Shaine Mata & Associates

Subliminal Branding: Make It Work for You. 7 Tips to Branding Success

Tina Balderrama Kubicek, B.S., M.Ed., Ph.D., Author, Speaker, Consultant





White House official to speak at ACC

14 07 2009

I just received an invitation to the White House Initiative Community Conversation featuring Juan Sepulveda, E.D. of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans. whitehouseIn collaboration with Austin Community College, they are hosting a community conversation to discuss the following items…

1) How Latino education attainment can and should be improved; and

2) what the White House Initiative should be doing.

The information gleaned from these sessions will be recorded and/or collected and will serve as the foundation for the new presidential executive order that will govern the White House Initiative and will be signed by President Barack Obama.

White House Community Conversation

Wednesday, July 15

Session I 11:30 – 12:20pm

Session II 12:30 – 2:00pm

ACC South – 1830 W. Stassney Lane, Room 1130

Please RSVP to Linda Young, Special Assistant to the President for External Affairs, Austin Community College District, 512 223-7070 or lyoung@austincc.edu.  For more information about the event, contact Glorimar Nosal, marketing-communications manager, White House Initiative, at 202-401-0078 or Glorimar.Nosal@ed.gov.









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