Latinas Think Big Innovation Summit

The Latina Think Big Summit was founded by Angelica Perez, PhD to showcases the innovative ideas and talents of Latinas, in a series of short talks. These talks bring successful leaders, tech entrepreneurs, and influencers together in an environment that encourages connection and education.

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The conversations surrounding change may begin at the Latina Think Big Innovation Summit but they do not end here. Join us in the movement.   Read the rest at Linkedin – Latinas Think Big Innovation Summit

Ford Trends – Go Further With Ford Conference 2013

I had the opportunity to attend the Further With Ford  ‪#‎FordTrends‬ 2013 Event & Conference in Detroit, Michigan.  Ford brought together 200 of the nations thought leaders, media and influencers to discuss 13 Trends of 2013, focusing on  five key trends: Disrupting the Drive, Greentopia, Returning to Your Senses, Sculpting the Future and Trust Is the New Black.  

It was a once in a lifetime opportunity to get an insiders look at the Ford culture and innovation.  Ford shared how they bring value and innovation to product design by focusing on the relationship with the consumer and the importance that trust has in the success of a company.  Ford  also gave us a sneak peek to test equipment, partnerships they are working on to improve sustainability and a first hand look at car prototypes of the future. I’m very excited about the way Ford is integrating technology into their product testing & development to make the vehicles of the future almost human-like.  Can you imagine a car of the future sensing your mood and modifying the climate in the car based on it’s interpretations? It’s going to happen!

One of the things I also liked about the Ford Trends conference is that I was able  to reconnect with fellow bloggers and influencers.  Ford Trends conferences provided the forum to learn, network and  partner with fellow bloggers on the test drives and sessions. 

 

Top Five Highlights at Go Further With Ford — Ford Trends 2013 Conference

Visiting the Henry Ford Museum. I was able to learn about Henry Ford’s innovation and legacy.  There are many Ford vehicles, including the Model T and several Presidential cars.  I was also able to sit in the restored Rosa Park’s bus which inaugurated the civil rights movement.  The Ford museum acquired the bus in 2001 after outbidding the Smithsonian Institute with a winning bid of $427, 919.  After doing a little more research, I also learned I sat in Rosa Park’s historic seat.

Meeting Apple Computer CoFounder and Philantropist, Steve Wozniak,  was definitely a lifetime highlight for me.  As an Engineer, I have always admired his innovation.  Steve Wozniak is credited for being the main designer of the first Apple computers. Steve Wozniak also intrigued us with his input on how technology is being integrated into the cars of the future.

We also toured the city of Detroit and participated in various Ford car test driving expeditions and had the opportunity to preview the Ford concept Atlas truck.  The car is futuristic and perfect for a man that loves big trucks with a little edge.  I learned to drive the Fusion Energi efficiently and also tested tried to drive the Ford Fusion around the track in 40 seconds.  I definitely would recommend the Fusion Energi to drivers that are looking for an earth friendly economical vehicle.

 

We celebrated the 50th birthday of the Ford Mustang, my favorite Ford vehicle! Happy Birthday Mustang.  Wishing you another 50 years of success! Ford launched a cool Youtube channel to celebrate 50th anniversary of the Mustang. Watch the Ford Mustang countdown on Youtube by clicking the link.

 

The most memorable part of the conference were the speakers. One of my favorite presentations was the Returning to Your Senses session by Google’s Jenny Lyyken and her discussion on personal choices that attribute to our health, happiness and work balance.  It definitely left a big impression on me and was a great reminder to be a compassionate leader in the workplace.

 

The 13 Trends to follow in 2013 video presentations are also available on Youtube.  If you have the time, I would recommend you watch them or at  least one presentation.

Question:   What was your favorite session at the Ford Trends conference?  What was your biggest takeaway from your favorite session.

Wordless Wednesday: Celebrating Bloggy Bootcamp Day #bloggybootcamp

I’m celebrating Bloggy Bootcamp Day today! About one year ago I attended my very first blogging conference for women.  Bloggy Bootcamp is my favorite blogging conference for women because [Read more…]

Mobher Operation Glory FlashMob at #Blogher11? You betcha!

Almost two weeks ago I attended BlogHer ’11 conference.  Today, I was thinking about some of my most memorable moments at BlogHer ’11 and  I must say that dancing in the Mobher Operation Glory Flash Mob is at the top.   So you’re probably wondering, how did this happen to geeky me? [Read more…]

Upcoming Social Media, Blogging & Professional Networking Events

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Latinos in Social Media
Largest Professional Network for Latino Professionals. Connect with other Latinos or get to know Latino market by joining and following events. Weekly Twitter parties on Thursdays, periodic meetups are being planned throughout the United States.   For list of upcoming conferences check out Latism Conference Lineup.  For list of all events check out the Latism.org calendar.

Bloggy Bootcamp:
The conferences give women the opportunity to increase their understanding of blogging and social media, while sitting next to their favorite people from their online world. The 2011 tour will be hosted in San Diego, Boston, Seattle, Chicago, Denver & Atlanta, the conference covers everything from photo-editing to social networking to branding. Dates: Various Dates. Tips: Purchase tickets early as tickets go fast.

BlogHer:
Annual conference creates opportunities for women who blog to pursue exposure, education, community and economic empowerment. Date(s): August 5-6, 2011 — San Diego, CA Cost: $198 (early bird pricing by Feb 28) Student Price: $75. Tips: If you can not afford the conference pass consider signing up to volunteer in exchange for BlogHership to cover $300 conference fee. You must submit application by February 13, 2011.

LinkedOC 1 Night Only with Seth Godin
Join the largest Orange County Professional Networking group for night of networking and evening with Thought Leader, Seth Godin–best-selling author, A-List lecture circuit speaker and marketing expert. Date(s): March 2, 2011 7pm-9:30pm. Cost: General Admission: $99 VIP $199.

Hispanic Business Showcase:
The Hispanic Business Showcase | Hispanic business Expo/ San Diego Business Showcase offers a unique opportunity to connect with local and regional business leaders and key decision makers from the private and public sector to explore business opportunities, build business relationships and to establish strategic alliances that promote the growth of the local and regional economy. Date(s): April 7, 2011 2pm-7pm — San Diego, CA Cost: Admission $10. Exhibits: starting at $345.00

Hispanicize:
The 2nd Annual Hispanic PR & Social Media Conference is the premier marketing event devoted to provide in-depth professional development and networking opportunities for brand marketers, bloggers, non profits and marketing agencies focused on Hispanic public relations and social media. Date(s): April 6-8, 2011 – Los Angeles, CA

LinkedOC 1 Night Only with Gary Vaynerchuck
Join the largest Orange County Professional Networking group for night of networking & expert marketing insights from one of the most passionate and energetic business people on the planet, Gary Vaynerchuk. Gary is a best selling author (Crush it!) and businessman. Date(s): May 18th, 2011 7pm-9:30pm. Cost: General Admission: $99 VIP $199.

Blogging While Brown:
Conference provides Bloggers of Color with an opportunity to meet each other for the first time, discuss current issues affecting Bloggers of Color, and learn about the latest technology that will assist them with publishing their work. Date(s): July 8-9, 2011 — Los Angeles, CA Cost: $199 Register Now.

Wordcamp:
WordCamp is a conference that focuses on everything WordPress. WordCamps are informal, community-organized events that are put together by WordPress users like you. Everyone from casual users to core developers participate, share ideas, and get to know each other. WordCamps are open to WordPress.com and WordPress.org users alike. Wordcamp sessions will be held in Irvine, San Diego, Seattle, San Fransisco and more. Check out the schedule for details. Cost: varies.

Current list of events will be maintained on Upcoming events page.

Which conferences are you attending? If your conference is not listed above, which sessions do you recommend?

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