This past weekend, we had an opportunity to troop it Houston for the CUS National Women’s Leadership Convention. Convention is one of the most exciting events in our sorority. We had a chance to meet and greet with sisters near and far. We take pride in being one of the few national organizations who truly maintains ongoing relationships with sisters beyond our current state lines. When we come together, it really is just a big family reunion. We know each other, have interacted by phone, email, text, Facebook, Skype and we finally get to see each other in person (if we haven’t already).
Convention is a place to rekindle our passion for CUS and to advance our individual development. We attended incredible workshops, received wisdom and insight from great speakers, visited with sisters and connected with exhibitors. This year’s speakers included:
- Mrs. Ellen Torbert, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion at Southwest
- Texas Senator Sylvania R. Garcia (District 6)
- Mr. Robert. E. Bard, President and CEO of Latina Style Magazine
- Mrs. Ivette Mayo, CEO of Yo Soy I Am, LLC
- Dr. Debra Joy Perez, Vice President of Research, Evaluation and Learning at the Annie E. Casey Foundation
- Ms. Ann Marquez, President of the National Hispana Leadership Institute
- Dr. Sylvia Mazzula, Director of the Latina Researchers Network
- Ms. Kristi Jackson, CEO and Founder of the Women CEO Project
- Ms. Schrendria Robinson, Author, Speaker and Consultant
- Dr. Josephine Serrata, Assistant Director of Research for the National Latin@ Network
- Mr. Laurence Pay, President of the Educational Excellence Resource Group and talk show host on Public Radio 90.1 FM KPFT
Additionally, we hit a new normal, which truly embodied our purpose: to educate, elevate and empower women. The Convention was opened to non-members and featured a couple networking receptions. We learned a lot about our partners, the work they do in their communities and the opportunities available within their companies or organizations. We were also connected with women who are not members, and are also doing incredible work within themselves and in their communities.
On the last day of Convention, we celebrated the accomplishments of our sisters and chapters. The celebration honored the legacy created by seven women, our Founding Mothers, who we are eternally grateful for.
We look forward to the CUS National Banquet in 2015 and National Women’s Convention in 2016 and hope you consider joining us.