latism at la casa blanca part 1

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I felt so honored to be invited to the White House as one of the top Latina Bloggers - an event created by the wonderful women of LATISM. And as you guys know (if you've read my blog more than once) I work for Latina Bloggers Connect so I was also there to ensure that all the fabulous bloggers in attendance were spoiled with beauty goodies courtesy of our client Mary Kay. We arrived to the Helix on Saturday to familiar faces and lots of hugs before heading out to dinner at Cuba Libre with Mary Kay and a group of fab Latina fashion bloggers. The next day was all about monuments, touring DC, photo shoots, tacos, gelato and blogger arrivals - We pretty much crammed in 5 years of activity into one day. There were professional development sessions, a beauty bar and of course - The White House. We were given the extraordinary opportunity to address our concerns to the Obama administration. A range topics were on the list - Classroom size, special needs children, immigration, undergrad and grad school accessibility, just to name a few. Bloggers got to share their personal stories - Experiences that resonated with me, spoke to my family, my culture, my concerns as a mother and my work in arts education. It made me realize that so much needs to be done. We broke some ground, but there are still many mountains to climb. But - We were there. We made our voices heard. Empowerment to its fullest. I uploaded pics of the experience on FB. Check it out and stay tuned for Part 2.