Prospera’s Third Summit for Latina Entrepreneurs “Health, Wellbeing and Entrepreneurship”

The only Summit in Spanish to celebrate the leadership and wellbeing of Latina entrepreneurs from across the Bay Area!

Berkeley– CA. Prospera together with Binational Health Week (BHW) and the Consulate General of Mexico in San Francisco are hosting the Third Summit for Latina Entrepreneurs on Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 8:30 am to 5.30 pm at Berkeley Adult School. More than 150 Latina entrepreneurs from across the Bay Area are expected to attend the event.

This year, the Summit will focus on health and wellbeing as a fundamental component of economic sustainability and successful entrepreneurship. Participants will reflect on what it takes to balance physical, mental and financial health so that they can succeed as entrepreneurs.

Consul General of México in San Francisco, Remedios Gómez Arnau will deliver the welcoming message followed by keynote speaker Jacqueline Martinez Garcel, Latino Community Foundation CEO.

Prospera will offer a series of workshops and panels, including a health fair, to promote wellness. The event also offers networking opportunities to help break isolation among Latina immigrant entrepreneurs and to help them connect them to community organizations so they can access a wide range of financial literacy tools and resources.

Latina entrepreneurs are becoming key drivers of the economy in California and the nation. In the past five years alone there has been an 87% growth in Latina-owned businesses. “If we are to keep up the growth in a way that contributes to the health and wellbeing of our families and communities, we must invest time in caring for ourselves. We are not going to make much of an impact if we are not healthy ourselves” says Claudia Arroyo, Prospera’s Co-executive Director and key organizer of the Summit.

As discussed in a recent article in Forbes Magazine, entrepreneurs struggle with a wide range of health challenges due to stress from overworking, uncertainty about finances and limited access to mental health resources, among others. For Latina immigrant women the experience is compounded with discrimination, anti-immigrant and gender based attacks, isolation and language barriers, among others.

This event is being made possible through the support: Binational Health Week (BHW), Consulate General of Mexico in San Francisco, JPMorgan Chase & Co., eBay, Kaiser Permanente, The Chavez Family Foundation, Whole Foods, Beneficial State Bank, Wells Fargo, Latino Community Foundation, The Unity Council, Mechanics Bank, Port of Oakland, Rainbow Grocery, Arizmendi, Excelsior Works, PODER, SOMOS Mayfair, Centro Community Partners, Uno Dos Tacos, Alicia’s Tamales Los Mayas and Producciones Arcoiris.

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