About Us

Our mission is to inspire, motivate, encourage and enable Latinas to succeed and become leaders.


About Latinas & Power Symposium®

In its 17th year, the Latinas & Power Symposium brings marketplace and career opportunities together with the Latina market. Our goal is to help Latinas succeed. We offer professional development sessions on building wealth, personal growth, entrepreneurship, technology and career building. In addition to our adult sessions, we offer a youth track for high school students designed to help them identify their skills and motivate them to continue their education. We anchor the event by presenting powerful Latina inspirational speakers and celebrities from across the U.S. who share their personal stories and how they overcame challenges, barriers and the glass ceilings, floors and walls. We believe that sharing strategies for success is a responsibility that each of us can share in our own style.

The exceptional networking opportunities unite women in a spirit of camaraderie enabling us to attract Latinas who are often difficult to reach through traditional channels.

The event, incubated in Hartford, Connecticut in 2004, is the largest of its kind in New England and has reached upwards of 10,000+ women since its inception. The ability to have personal interaction with attendees is an attractive draw for sponsors and exhibitors.

About Marilyn Alverio, MBA

Having grown up in an urban neighborhood Marilyn learned early on about the impact of giving back to the community, volunteerism and paying it forward. Her parents migrated to the U.S. from Puerto Rico in the early 1950’s and instilled the importance of “la Familia,” culture, our language and being involved in “La Communidad.”

She earned her B.A from the University of CT. in Storrs, CT and later an M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix. Marilyn has worked in the corporate arena for more than twenty years where she has held numerous management positions within the airlines, pharmaceutical, education, financial and health insurance industries. As an entrepreneur, she led Ethnic Marketing Solutions for 9 years, an agency that focused on strategic marketing for companies interested in learning about and tapping into multicultural markets.

As a recognized multicultural marketing professional, Marilyn has led numerous companies and businesses through strategic marketing and branding strategies that help grow the business.

CEO & Founder
CEO & Founder

Board of Directors

Marilynn Cruz-Aponte
Marilynn is a recently retired, Connecticut Government Leader and Executive Public Administrator with in-depth experience in strategic program planning, government services restructuring, municipal financial management, human resource leadership, communications, and public labor relations.
Carmen Sierra
Carmen SierraBoard Member
As a Latina working in finance—and the first and only Latina serving as City Treasurer in New England—Carmen knows how critical it is to have diverse voices represented.
Ramona Mercado
Ramona MercadoBoard Member
Ramona Mercado-Espinoza is an accomplished attorney based in West Hartford, Connecticut, with a passion for social justice. With over three decades of experience, she has represented low-income individuals in various legal matters, including Social Security Benefits, Family Law, and Juvenile Court.
Erandi Reiland
Erandi ReilandBoard Treasurer
Erandi Reiland is an attorney at BBB Attorneys, LLC. Originally from Mexico, moving to the United States at an early age gave Erandi a fierce drive to succeed and a strong sense of compassion.
Irma I. Reyes
Irma I. ReyesBoard Member
As the Director of Human Resources and Staff Engagement for a Faith-Based organization, covering CT, MA and R.I., Irma Reyes collaborates with the executive team to oversee the organization’s overall
Norma I. Villanueva
Senior Technical Program Manager with 25 years of delivering on strategic objectives for a Fortune 100 organization.
Isabel Bogdan DNP, WHNP-BC
Dr. Isabel Bogdan, DNP, WHNP-BC, is a highly accomplished Doctor of Nursing Practice and successful entrepreneur specializing in women’s health.