LATISM Conference Wants More Texans: Reaching Out to Organizations




By Alexandra M. Landeros, @UndercoverMexi,Chronicles of Undercover Mexican Girl

Everything’s big in Texas. Although it’s only the second largest state in size behind Alaska, Texans can still take pride in having the biggest area of land in the 48 contiguous states. Texas also holds the record for an assortment of the world’s largest items. The world’s largest pecan is in Seguin. The world’s largest fire hydrant is in Beaumont. The world’s largest bible is in Abilene.

Last year, the LATISM conference took place in Chicago during the month of November, so Texans (sort of) had an excuse not to be there in large numbers. But this year, the conference in Houston – let’s make this year’s conference the largest in the world terms of Texan Latinos in attendance!

Here are some of the Texas organizations joining us from October 25-27:

The Texas Conference for Women – Save the Date! The 13th annual Texas Conference for Women will be held October 24, 2012 in Austin. The Texas Conference for Women offers the community and connection, the information and inspiration, the motivation and momentum to help you discover what you want—and go get it! The Conference features nationally recognized speakers who share their wisdom and expertise on a wide range of personal and professional development topics, helping you find clarity on your goals and what you need to accomplish them.

Social Media Club Houston – Social Media Club of Houston meets quarterly. Helping small and local businesses learn what, why and when they can apply social media in ways that align with their business goals and help them reach more success, as well as higher profits which benefit the entire Houston community. Social Media Club’s primary mission is to expand digital media literacy, promote standard technologies, and encourage ethical behavior and share best practices.

Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce – Established in 1973, GAHCC’s primary goal is to continue the advancement and progression of a strong and stable economic culture for Hispanic businesses.  The Chamber strives to reach these goals by developing business and management skills and bridging access to financial capital and maintaining our cultural values and integrity.

Social Latino – Launched this past summer in Dallas and Austin, Social Latino brings together professionals in in order to connect in areas of business and long lasting friendships. The group is also committed to raising awareness of our non-profit community and to assist them in their outreach efforts and potential fundraising.

Arte Público Press – The nation’s largest and most established publisher of contemporary and recovery literature by U.S. Hispanic authors. Its imprint for children and young adults, Piñata Books, is dedicated to the realistic and authentic portrayal of the themes, languages, characters, and customs of Hispanic culture in the United States. Based at the University of Houston, Arte Público Press, Piñata Books and the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage project provide the most widely recognized and extensive showcase for Hispanic literary arts, history, and politics.

Nuestra PalabraTune into The Librotraficante Radio Show Tuesdays 730 p 90.1 FM, KPFT, nation-wide on The first Nuestra Palabra showcase was held in April of 1998 in the party hall of Chapultepec Restaurant. We attracted over 30,000 people to our Third Annual Houston Latino Book and Family Festival, the largest book Latino book festival in all of Texas. In only six years, we have gone from the party hall of Chapultepec Restaurant to exhibit Hall A of The George R. Brown Convention Center. And we are still growing.

Hispanic Woman’s Network of Texas –  The HWNT conference takes place October October 19-21 HWNT State Conference in Dallas at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel. The Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas (HWNT) is a state-wide organization of individuals from diverse backgrounds who are committed to promoting the participation of Hispanic women in public, corporate and civic arenas. HWNT seeks to advance the educational, cultural, social, legal and economic well-being of all women through a broader awareness of their role in society, business and family. Members strive to celebrate the positive image and values of the Hispanic culture.  HWNT was formed in 1986 by inviting members of existing women’s and Hispanic groups from around the state to create an organization that would address issues unique to Hispanas.




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