Latina Professionals of Chattanooga executive director and founder, Jocelyn Loza announced that the organization is celebrating an organizational milestone with the news that they are a fully-fledged nonprofit organization registered in the state of Tennessee.
“I am so grateful for the dedicated efforts of our supporters, our new Board of Directors, and community partners," said Ms. Loza. "Together, we are lifting the issues of pay inequities for Latina women and addressing significant barriers that Latinas in our community face in order to advance in their careers. The future is so bright, and we are more than ready to advance our work to serve Latina women in the Chattanooga and surrounding communities.
"Our immediate priorities are meeting with community partners and supporters discussing ways we can work together and seeking financial support because when you invest in our community of Latina women, you’re investing in a more vibrant future for our city. This and future efforts will help set the table for the next generation of Latina professionals.”
Latina Professionals of Chattanooga was founded in January 2018 and has held several networking events and collaborated with local businesses. They will resume to hold in person networking events in 2022 following CDC recommendations. The programs explore how Latina Professionals of Chattanooga will support Latina women advance in their careers regardless of their industry, education or experience level. These programs encompass professional development and mentoring opportunities.
The Latina Professionals of Chattanooga podcast Amiga Circle (Friends Circle) will continue to highlight local and national Latinos. Each season of Amiga Circle will venture down a new learning path, giving its listeners insights into relevant issues Latinas are facing in society today and sharing the go-to resources Latinas can rely on for success, said officials. Season 3, episode 1 of the podcast will be announced on Latina Professionals of Chattanooga’s social media and website.
“It is an exciting time to be active with Latina Professionals of Chattanooga," said Vivian Anderson-Barrera, Latina Professionals of Chattanooga Board of Directors and Board treasurer. "The connections and networking opportunities with other Latina women in Chattanooga have helped me feel connected and empowered. I know our networks will only become stronger.”
Latina Professionals of Chattanooga will continue to serve as a partner for organizations and individuals who support the advancement of Latina women and girls in the Chattanooga area, the Southeast and Northwest Georgia area. “I truly believe when we work together, we all thrive, our communities thrive,” said Ms. Loza.