Arizona Latinas Rising is an initiative of the Latina Giving Circle to increase Latina participation in executive level professional and leadership development opportunities.
Arizona Latinas Rising
The Latinas who serve our community as leaders, educators, businesswomen, and volunteers often go without opportunities to receive professional and leadership development, as well as recognition of their achievements. Arizona Latinas Rising encourages women to apply for professional and leadership development programs and request support in seeking nomination for boards, commissions and prestigious recognition.
Applicants to the Latinas Rising program may seek assistance in mentoring, application review and development, letters of recommendation, and financial support for professional development. The goal is to increase the number of Latinas selected for local and national programs, honored for their work in Arizona, and elected to boards and commissions to represent the Latino community.
Supporting personal and professional growth among Latinas
Through the Latinas Rising program, the Latina Giving Circle is seeking to contribute to the following results:
- Arizona Latinas influence national conversations that impact the health of communities.
- More Latinas serve as elected officials.
- More Latinas hold executive leadership positions within all sectors.
- More Latinas are viewed as role models for peer and future generations.
- Additional resources are directed to Latino communities where there is a disparity in funding between populations.
- More Latinas receive recognition as leaders in their fields and the community.
- More Latinas are members of boards and commissions that serve Arizona.
Latinas Rising in action
Adriana Garcia Maximiliano and Myra Ferechil are among the state's Latina leaders, educators, businesswomen, and volunteers who are the focal point of Arizona Latinas Rising. In 2017, both women received financial support through the program to pursue empowering professional development opportunities.
Adriana was accepted into the Center for American Progress Leadership Institute and received funding for transportation to nine monthly meetings in Washington, D.C., with 14 other individuals from diverse backgrounds and communities. Adriana will use what she learned about public policy participation to affect change, particularly in the area of juvenile justice.
Myra received funding to attend the End Violence Against Women International Conference in Florida. Myra and a colleague learned cutting-edge law enforcement techniques to improve the experience of victimization and reduce secondary victimization that she can share with agencies statewide.