Exploring Leadership Opportunities is Focus of Hispanic Faculty/Staff Association Leadership Symposium

The passion that stirs people to become better leaders will be explored during the 2009 Leadership Symposium presented by the university's Hispanic Faculty/Staff Association (HF/SA) May 12 at The University of Texas at Austin.

Juan C. González, vice president for student affairs at the university, and Texas Secretary of State Esperanza "Hope" Andrade will be keynote speakers for the annual event in the Santa Rita Room of the Texas Union, said Luis Guevara, co-chair of the HF/SA Leadership Symposium Committee.

Guevara said the 2009 Leadership Symposium, titled "Exploring Our Roots, Conquering Our Obstacles, Expanding Our Opportunities," offers innovative ideas and tools to help participants become more effective and efficient leaders. Information sharing, skills development and networking opportunities will be available during the event.

Guevara said the symposium is open to the public but seating is limited and registration is required. On-site registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. on May 12 in the Santa Rita Room (3.502) of the Texas Union. A $25 fee will be assessed for on-site registration. Event information is available online.

Andrade is Texas' 107th secretary of state and one of six state officials to form the Executive Department of the State of Texas. She is Texas' chief elections officer, chief international protocol officer and the governor's chief liaison on border and Mexican affairs.

González, who has been vice president for student affairs at the university since 2005, oversees a large portfolio of services to about 50,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

The 2009 Leadership Symposium features two breakout sessions and one plenary session addressing the themes of the symposium. Dan Castro, founder of EntrepreNeurology, will talk about overcoming financial obstacles in troubled times. Priscilla Guajardo Cortez, associate director for development with the university's Development Office, along with John-Michael Vincent Cortez from the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and Armando Rayo, with United Way Capital Area, will discuss philanthropy and Hispanic leadership. Dr. Michele R. Guzmán, assistant vice president in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, will moderate a panel with Yvonne Fuentes, Ixchel Rosal and Celina E. Ruiz-Snowden, staff leaders at the university. They will discuss emerging Latina leadership.

The 2009 Leadership Symposium is sponsored by the Hispanic Faculty/Staff Association, the Office of the President, the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, the Office of the Vice President for Research, the Cockrell School of Engineering, the College of Education, the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Natural Sciences, the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs, the Center for Mexican American Studies, the Center for Women's and Gender Studies, and the University Federal Credit Union.