ALPFA Boston’s 12th Annual Latina Summit
8:00 PM20:00

ALPFA Boston’s 12th Annual Latina Summit

ALPFA Boston’s 12th Annual Latina Summit aims to provide Latinas with an understanding of the power in building meaningful relationships. Through the Latina summit “Leveraging the Power of Relationships” Latina professionals will learn how to build and draw on their relationship capital, the power of sponsorship, how to ask, and have a clear understanding of how to act on the responsibilities as a protégé.

The audience will also discover how to “Accelerate Women Inclusion in key fields in Boston: STEM, Healthcare, Finance, Entrepreneurship, and D&I” as we present strategies on creating, nurturing, and maintaining a professional support network. This year Women of ALPFA is addressing the importance of “Investing in Young Latinas” and calling for ALPFA members to support young Latina Girl Scouts.


●  Connect Latina professionals, build, and maintain valuable relationships.

●  Elevate women’s voices, provide personal, and professional development tools.

●  Promote career opportunities, economic growth, and mentoring opportunities.

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AGENDA (Subject to change)

4:30p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Registration and refreshments
5:30p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Welcome
6:00p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Breakout sessions A & B:

A.     How to Accelerate Women’s Inclusion in Key Fields in Boston: STEM, Healthcare, Finance, Entrepreneurship, and D&I

B.     Gaining visibility: Are Latinas in Boston represented?
7:00p.m. – 7:15 p.m. Award ceremony
7:15p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Closing remarks
7:30p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Networking

The 2018 Latina Summit will feature two sessions each with 4-5 panelists, who will give a brief introduction followed by a moderated discussion.

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CHAPA Young Professionals Summer Series presents: Putnam Green!
3:30 PM15:30

CHAPA Young Professionals Summer Series presents: Putnam Green!

Young Professionals Summer Series Presents: Putnam Green!

Join CHAPA this summer as they visit affordable housing developments impacting the communities of Cambridge, Salem, and Quincy! We start our series in Cambridge with a visit to Putnam Green, owned by Homeowner's Rehab, Inc.! 

Putnam Green is a 40 unit, 100% affordable new construction project completed in 2012. This development received strong support from the community and City of Cambridge and provides much-needed affordable family housing in the Cambridgeport neighborhood. Putnam Green is also LEED Platinum certified and has become a model of sustainable construction practices and energy efficiency.

During this event, we will do a quick walking tour of the development and surrounding neighborhood. Participants will be able to get questions answered about the project, learn about the history of Homeowner's Rehab, and more! We will end our event at Naco Taco for apps and drinks! 

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Latina Circle: Leveraging Our Cultural Identity as an Asset
6:00 PM18:00

Latina Circle: Leveraging Our Cultural Identity as an Asset

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Part II of the State of Latinos and Race in Massachusetts
Leveraging Our Cultural Identity as an Asset

In March 2018, Latina Circle hosted a lively panel discussion on the State of Latinos and Race in Massachusetts. As a continuation of the race dialogue, we invite you to a salon style discussion on how our cultural identity benefits our work and how to leverage it as an asset in the workplace, in the board room and on the playground. Participants will learn how race has shaped structural inequalities, how bias shows up in our behaviors and in groups and organizations, and how to reshape our behaviors to honor our cultural identity. Participants will also leave with a shared language on cultural identity as an asset and driver of innovation, and for having constructive conversations around difference.

Facilitator: Dr. Raul Fernandez is a lecturer in the Higher Education Administration program and the director of the online Ed.M. program at the Boston University School of Education. He is a well-recognized leader and accomplished speaker on issues of diversity and inclusion, with hundreds of faculty, staff and students at numerous campuses and conferences having attended his workshops. Raul’s signature workshop Blind Spots challenges participants to examine their background, beliefs and biases while identifying areas where they can do the work and grow. He’s facilitated versions of Blind Spots for deans, faculty and administrators, doctors and nurses, high school teachers and tutors, resident assistants, campus activities boards and orientation leaders.


6:00 – 6:30 Registration and Networking

6:30 – 8:30 Workshop and Discussion

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Beyond Diversity to Inclusion
9:00 AM09:00

Beyond Diversity to Inclusion

  • NonProfit Center - 2nd Floor Community Conference Center (map)
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9:00 A.M. TO 3:30 P.M.

Presented by: Stewart Lanier and Gina Patterson
Fee: $109* (full-day, lunch is included)


How do organizations create an environment where people feel they can actively participate, where their contributions are respected and valued? This workshop is about taking that next step toward moving beyond the individualism of diversity to the systemic and cultural change needed to build inclusive organizations.

Learning objectives:

  • Share of best practices on how to move from representation to inclusion
  • Understand the role of implicit bias and impact on leadership, hiring, staffing and decision-making
  • Learn to have courageous conversations about race
  • The role of intentionality — orientation to an inclusive culture that is self-perpetrating through organizational systems, policies, and practices

Discussion-based learning:

  • What does commitment and leadership look like throughout this long process?
  • Developing awareness about white dominant cultural norms and bias against people of color
  • Understanding micro-aggressions
  • Differentiating between diversity and inclusion
  • Understanding power and privilege
  • Defining institutional racism and its manifestations within an organization
  • Creating safe spaces for courageous and difficult conversations about race
  • The role of leadership in commitment to inclusion
  • Allowing for the co-creation of ideas


Gina Patterson is the Consulting and Executive Transition (CET) Associate at TSNE MissionWorks with over 10 years of experience in the government and non-profit sectors. Her background includes building policy and strategy for public safety and public health entities, capacity building and program structuring for workforce and youth development programs and advocacy for vulnerable populations. Her work is rooted in promoting equitable access and opportunity for vulnerable populations. She has a Bachelor of Science from Simmons College, Boston and a Masters of Public Administration from Columbia University.

P Stewart Lanier is the Consulting and Executive Transition (CET) Senior Associate with over 20 years of experience supporting and guiding nonprofit and faith-based organizations through developmental and transformational change. He has long been active in supporting anti-racism efforts in nonprofit leadership and raising awareness of white supremacy culture through his work with White People Challenging Racism. He is the 2016 recipient of the Drylongsjo Award for anti-racism work from Community Change, Inc. An ordained United Methodist minister, he began his professional career as a pastor. In addition to holding a M. Div. from Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Stewart received experiential training in inclusion and whole systems processes from American University, earning an MS with distinction in Organizational Development.


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Unless otherwise noted, all workshops are held at the NonProfit Center in the 2nd Floor Community Conference Center, conveniently located in Downtown Boston at 89 South Street, Boston 02111 near South Station. For detailed directions please visit

* If your organization is a tenant of the NonProfit Center, a fiscally sponsored project or grantee of TSNE MissionWorks, please contact before registering to request a scholarship rate of $25.00. Scholarships are limited, and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis; maximum 1 per organization per workshop.

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Mel King Institute: Skills for Facilitating Difficult Conversations
9:30 AM09:30

Mel King Institute: Skills for Facilitating Difficult Conversations

Hosted by the Mel King Institute, in this interactive workshop, we will focus solely on facilitating a dialogue, discussion, and conversation in groups. We will use sample conversation topics such as racial equity and trauma to discuss and practice best facilitation practices. Be prepared to come with an open mind to practicing these skills. 

Registration fee: 


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Facing History Corporate Breakfast, "Can We Talk About Race in the Workplace?" Featuring Dr. Deborah Plummer
8:00 AM08:00

Facing History Corporate Breakfast, "Can We Talk About Race in the Workplace?" Featuring Dr. Deborah Plummer

You are warmly invited to Facing History New England's Corporate Breakfast featuring Dr. Deborah Plummer, Chief Diversity Officer at UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial Healthcare. Dr. Plummer will present corporate sector strategies for discussing and furthering racial and social equity in the workplace. 

Dr. Deborah Plummer is a nationally recognized psychologist and diversity management thought leader, about corporate sector strategies for social advances around racial equity and inclusion. As the Chief Diversity Officer at UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial Health Care and a Professor, Dr. Plummer continues her research on diversity metrics and cross-racial friendships while teaching cultural competence in healthcare and strategies for reducing health disparities. Dr. Plummer is the incoming Chair of the Facing History and Ourselves New England Advisory Board.

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