PSA Debuts Education Panel

DC-area high school and college students will gather at the Crystal Gateway Marriott on September 5th, 2013 for the National LATINA Symposium‘s first-ever Empowering the Leaders of Tomorrow panel hosted by Parents Step Ahead. Experts in the fields of education, military service and the public and private sector will inform students on different pathways to success through higher education.

The panel is a new session for the 10th National LATINA Symposium, a one-day event hosted by LATINA Style Magazine to address the status of the Latina professional working woman in America. Through discussion on multiple pathways to higher education with Nadine Santiago (U.S. Department of Defense), Mariana Valdes-Fauli (Strayer University), Delia Garcia (National Education Association), Lenora M. Green (Educational Testing Service) and Lupita Colmenero (Parents Step Ahead), theSymposium hopes to expand its reach to students.

“I am thrilled that Parents Step Ahead is part of the panel and that we have the opportunity to discuss the importance of parental involvement in all stages of education with these students,” said Lupita Colmenero, panelist and founder of the Dallas-based non-profit Parents Step Ahead.

The goal of the panel is to inspire, motivate and engage students to pursue higher learning options, and it will cover such topics as managing expectations, the role of education in success and networking. In order to reinforce these ideas, the hour-long panel will conclude with a speed mentoring session where students can approach the panelists for advice, networking or internship inquiries.

This mentoring period is just one way in which the Empowering the Leaders of Tomorrow Panel will be interactive and unique. Additionally, students will be encouraged to enter the conversation and pose questions to the panelists during the session through Twitter using the advertised hashtag, #NLSpanel.

The National LATINA Symposium will be making the Empowering the Leaders of Tomorrow panel accessible to all students by offering admission free of charge for all registered students. For more information about the National LATINA Symposium and the panel, visit or contact Valerie Reyes-Braun at 214-357-2186.

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