2019 Lean In NYC Fireside Chat with Sheryl Sandberg - Hudson Yards
Latina Surge Miami Podcast Launch
2019 HACR Symposium - Latina to Latina Perspectives
IWD2019 - Guest Speaker for the NJPAC Women's Association

2019 has been a year of great productivity, new partnerships, empowerment celebrations and exciting organizational development. We expanded our leadership team adding talented, experienced and insightful professionals to our New York, New Jersey and in Miami Chapters, and we implemented new platforms for growth in reach and engagement. The power of these dedicated leaders of Latina Surge National, its Committees and its Regional Chapters is reflected in the major volunteer contributions that will continue to bridge our way to heightened success within the community in 2020. Our mission to help our communities of women realize self-empowerment, and our vision of driving collective social responsibility within the Diversity & Inclusion space, have gained considerable momentum. We are excited to see how our impact can continue to make the difference in the lives of the Latina/o/x community, resonating to that of our diverse society.

  • Launch of Podcast Collective for Equal Pay Days
  • Nike/The Alumni Society Invitation
  • IWD2019 #BalanceforBetter #HeforShe Campaigns Barclays, Lacordaire Academy, and NJPAC Women’s Association
  • Latino Action Network Conference
  • Lean In Extension Retreat – Orlando
  • HACR Symposium & Latina Lounge
  • Proud to Be Latina Leadership Conference
  • Lean In NYC Fireside Chat w/ Sheryl Sandberg – Hudson Yards
  • Women Impacting Public Policy Conference – Entrepreneurship
  • 2019 Voice/AI Conference
  • GBAM/HOLA Internal Mobility Event
  • Equal Pay Day for Black Women
  • Lean In Leadership Conference
2019 Selfish Lifestyle Podcast with Latina Surge
2019 Latina Surge Miami Leadership Team
2019 Lean In Leadership Conference - Palo Alto, CA


2018 The Alumni Society Leadership Summit - NYC
Equal Pay Day with Carolina Castro - Lean In NJ, Elisa Charters (LS-Pres.),Estela Rizzuto (LS-VP) & Brightside Tavern Hostess
2018 Latina Equal Pay Day at Montclair State University with NJ First Lady Tammy Murphy

2018 was kicked off in joyous celebration with the Port Authority Hispanic Society (PAHS) for Three Kings/Noche de los Reyes. We were delighted to be included guests of Proud to be Latina for John Leguizamo’s show, “Latin History for Morons!” February was filled with passionate discourse at the Latino Action Network’s Annual Conference, and had a chance to talk with U.S. Senator Menendez about his Survey on Corporate Responsibility in Diversity & Inclusion. We officially hosted our first quarter board meeting in NYC with the support of SBLD Studio space. And we sharpened our public speaking skills with The Latinista and Yoshida Consuting at HBO. This was followed by the Lean In campaign for “Strength, Solidarity and Sisterhood – Fuerza, Solidaridad y Hermandad” which we amplified via our Miami Chapter. Next stop was a important “March for Our Lives” in D.C., followed by a partnership with Lean In Hoboken hosting an Equal Pay Day Awareness Event in April. 

Latina Surge President, Elisa Charters was excited to celebrate ALPFA’s 2018 Most Powerful Latinas with #7 Michele Lender of Goldman Sachs. We visited off-Broadway production, “Miss You Like Hell.” One of our most well attended events of 2018 was the Metro Women’s Leadership Summit in Newark, NJ, with over 400 guests and exhibitors; Latina Surge was the only Latina entity organizing this Summit. Our organization was a contributing sponsor to the Proud to be Latina Leadership Conference in NYC and was invited to multiple women in business chamber luncheons and conferences. We were thrilled to be one of 100 Lean In Networks selected fro 44K globally, for the 2nd consecutive year to participate in the Lean In Leadership Training in Palo Alto! The year wrapped up perfectly with our participation in the eWomen Network Conference in Texas, and Lean In campaigns for Equal Pay Day for Black Women and Latina Equal Pay Day in November in partnership with Montclair State University’s Feliciano School of Business. How exciting it was to close the year with an exclusive Miami Fireside Chat with Sheryl Sandberg!

Miami Fireside Chat with Sheryl Sandberg


Lean In Latina Surge Network's 1st Invitation to LeanIn.Org's Leadership Conference - Palo Alto, CA
HHM2017 with Latinx Master Poet Denise Frohman

was a special year as we launched our Latina Surge Miami Chapter with Miami Director Nicole Matos! Little did we know how much of an impact we would have spreading awareness about Equal Pay. On April 4th, we managed to host 3 events in three different states: New York, New Jersey and Florida. In this initial effort, our Lean In Latina Surge Network campaign recruited 40 companies and small businesses across all. We supported several Latina/o/x organizations in attendance and sponsorship including Puerto Rico Relief Fund efforts, ALPFA, HSF, HACR, PAHS, LAACU and PTBL. 

HHM2017 Honorary Speakers Luz Crespo Miranda & Luis Crespo

This was the year Latina Surge was selected as a leading Network by the Lean In Organization to participate in the exclusive Leadership Conference for 100 leaders globally. Our Lean In Latina Surge Network began to flourish with partnerships across the country and world. We wrapped up 2017 with a great Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration honoring many Latina/o/x contributors to our community and enjoying poetry performed by Latinx Master Poet, Denice Frohman.

WORTH-NY - Equal Pay Day Sponsor

2015 - 2016

2016 Latina Surge National Board Meeting at SBLD Studio NYC
Latina Surge National Co-Founder/President Elisa Charters and Vice President, Estela Rizzuto with Sister Partners/PAHS Presidents - Pamela Mendoza and Leticia Caviness

2015 was the year that Elisa Charters, Annie Salas and Elizabeth Salas decided to address Latina/o/x empowerment by spreading awareness about the growing demographic of our community and the purchasing power of it. Our mission, we decided, was to educate women to self-empower (#Inpower) not waiting for opportunities but helping women to create them; and our vision was to surge and reward companies (#Surge2Reward) with our purchasing power, highlighting and promoting those that authentically support the Latina professional community with holistic action and leadership towards Diversity and Inclusion. On November 20, 2015, Latina Surge became an official tax-exempt recognized national non-profit organization.

We closed 2015 with a workshop at Cornell University’s Industrial Labor Relations (ILR) NYC HQ, identifying Diversity and Inclusion criteria most important to the Latina/o/x professional community, and our first fundraising event sponsored by WORTH – NY.  2016 was an exciting year of organizational development and membership growth in New York and New Jersey.

Latina Surge National Founding Leaders Annie and Elizabeth Salas, and 1st Latina Surge Vice President, Estela Rizzuto