Latina Entrepreneurial Accelerated Development Program (LEAD)

The Women’s Business Development Center offers a comprehensive training program for Latina entrepreneurs focusing on three key areas: Leadership, Strategic Planning, and Advocacy.

From Boss to LEADher 

The WBDC’s LEAD program helps you identify your goals as an entrepreneur & implement your vision as a leader.

  • You’re the BOSS take the LEAD: LEADing with a Purpose! Leadership Development
  • Boss Business: Planning to LEAD! Strategic Planning
  • Follow your LEAD! Advocacy


Define Your Vision

A three-day intensive leadership summit, LEAD caters to owners seeking guidance or companies looking to take their business to the next level.

Choose the summit that fits your busy boss life!

Winter Summit: 

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

Friday, December 8, 2017

Saturday, December 9th, 2017

2017 Leadership Summit LEADing Ladies

Luz Canino Baker Arabel Alva Rosales Elizabeth Colon
Norma Zambrano Vivian Garcia Sam Kirk
Laritza Lopez Viviana Martinez Jacqueline Gomez
Linda Chapa LaVia Hannah Fernandez Teresita Marsal Avila
Jeannette Chavarria -Torres Adela Ortega Alicia Vega


Day 1:  You’re the BOSS take the LEAD:   LEADing with a Purpose! (Leadership Development)

  • 8:30 am Registration
  • 9:00 am  Breakfast Welcome and Introductions
  • 10:00 am  Breakout Session I: Leadership with Style with Luz Canino-Baker, MBA, ACC in process — Executive, Personal and Retreat Coach Latinas on the Plaza™ Founder & President of LNC Coaching
  • 1:00 pm  Keynote Luncheon: Arabel Alba- Rosales, CEO at AAR & Associates
  • 2:00 pm  Breakout Session II: Balance like a Boss Yes!  We can do it All!  (Work Life Balance) with Elizabeth Colon,  author, inspirational speaker, and the CEO of Metaphrasis and Norma Zambrano, Executive Director at Total Natural Fitness

Day 2:  Boss Business: Planning to LEAD!! (Strategic Planning)

  • 8:30 am Registration
  • 9:00 am Keynote Breakfast with Adela Ortega, CEO Professional Locomotive Services
  • 10:00 am  Breakout Session I Vision LEADhers: Beyond Brand Building with  Laritza Lopez, President at Purple Group
  • 1:00 pm Keynote Luncheon
  • 2:00 pm Breakout Session II (B)usiness (O)utcome (S)uccess (S)trategies B.O.S.S. Planning: from Vision to Fruition with Hannah Fernandez, Founder & CEO at ROI Business Funding

Day 3:  Follow your LEAD! Advocacy

  • 8:30 am Registration
  • 9:00 am Breakfast Panel
  • Viviana Martinez, Legal Counsel at Office of Toni Preckwinkle
  • Jacqueline Gomez, Director, Office of Contract Compliance at Cook County
  • 10:00 am Service Project: LEADing Beyond Your Business Giving Back to Your Community
  • 1:00 pm Keynote Lunch: Be a Boss at the Table! with Linda Chapa LaVia, Illinois State Representative
  • 2:00 pm Wrap Up: From Boss to LEADher #GOALS!

Celebrate your Success

Measure your progress at our quarterly accountability sessions. Pre-select your sessions in the application!

You’re the BOSS take the LEAD: LEADing with a Purpose! Leadership Development

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018 12 PM-1PM or Thursday, March 22, 2018 6 PM-7 PM

Boss Business: Planning to LEAD! Strategic Planning

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018 120 PM-1 PM or Thursday, June 21, 2018 6-7 PM

Follow your LEAD! Advocacy

Tuesday, September 4th, 2018 12 PM- 1PM or Thursday, September 20th, 2018 6 PM- 7 PM

Program Criteria

Participation is limited to 30 Latina business owners headquartered in Illinois.

Program Cost*

Registration Fee: $199

Early bird discount: $150  (apply by November 24th, 2017  )

Need based scholarships available.

*Registration fees include 3-day summit, follow up sessions, and access to 2112 networking events throughout the program. 


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Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.


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