Young Women Run Texas 2020 Speakers



Keynote Speaker: Judge Sasha Moreno

Judge Moreno is committed to serving her community and is actively involved in various organizations and professional associations. She currently serves as the Dallas Chapter President of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Alumni Association. She is also an alumni of the Latino Center for Leadership Development Academy, Dallas Mayor’s Star Council, and Dallas Breakfast Group Community Leaders Program. She is also a member of the following professional organizations: Dallas Bar Association, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Mexican American Bar Association and Dallas Hispanic Bar Association. Read her full bio.


Speakers announced on a rolling basis. 


Nancy Bocskor, Director, Center for Women in Politics & Public Policy Nancy is the Director of the Center for Women in Politics & Public Policy at Texas Woman's University in Denton, TX, where she is launching its programs to promote civic engagement and leadership in public service. The author of “Go Fish: How to Catch (and Keep) Contributors:  A Practical Guide to Fundraising,” Nancy Bocskor is an adjunct professor at George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management where she taught both online and in-class fundraising courses. Nancy is on the board for Running Start, an organization that encourages young women to run for office, an advisor for Veteran's Campaign, a program that encourages Veterans to enter public service, and has recently joined the board of Lone Star Parity in Texas. She served on the board of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale for seven years, where she chaired the school’s Curriculum Committee for five years.  Chosen as “Mentor of the Year” by PLEN (Public Leadership Education Network) for her work advising college women interested in careers in public service, Nancy is now a member of their national board. In 2016, she was selected by the Washington Academy of Political Arts & Sciences as one of the "Top 12 Women Changing the Face of Political Communications in Latin America." Nancy was the recipient of the 2010 the Distinguished Alumni Award at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio for “her passion to affect change in national and international communities, training and consulting with the nation's and world's political leaders, and commitment to educate others, particularly women, around the world.”



Gabriella Castillo, Dallas Community Organizer, RAICES Gabriella Castillo's parents migrated to the U.S. from Mexico to give her and her siblings a better life. Gabriella was born and raised in Dallas, Tx. She first started organizing to empower womxn of color on the campus of The University of Texas at Dallas with her sorority. Through her organizing, she met members of The North Texas Dream Team (NTDT) and started to fight for what is right for the community. She Later became a Volunteer at RAICES and shortly after became an intern for the education and outreach department. Gabriella conducted Know Your Rights presentations in local grocery stores, consulates, and shelters. Through her work, she understood the importance of uplifting the voices in her community. In 2019 Gabriella became the Dallas community organizer, now she has leading roles in several Dallas coalitions such as North Texas Immigration Coalition (NTIC) and The Force for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment (F.I.R.E.). As an organizer, her goal is to unite communities of color and engage such communities to lead efforts for policy changes that benefit the commUNITY.



Emma Chalott Barron, Press & Information Officer, North Texas Dream Team Emma Chalott Barron is the Press and Information Officer for the North Texas Dream Team (NTDT), a grassroots, immigrant rights nonprofit. As a self-identified Dreamer, Emma has spoken about her role and advocacy as a seven-year volunteer and two-year NTDT board member at the National Communication Association's 103rd Annual Convention, the National Association for College Admission Counseling's Guiding the Way to Inclusion conference, and in a variety of print publications and TV networks including the Dallas Morning News, Splinter, Univision 23 Dallas, and WFAA Dallas Channel 8. Emma was raised in Oak Cliff, TX and graduated from the Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women's Leadership School in 2014.  A 2018 graduate of Austin College with a degree in Political Science, she is an aspiring lawyer and works as a Legal Assistant in Dallas.


Salena Guipzot, Founder & CEO, The Boardroom Project With over ten years of experience working in M&A, succession planning, business strategy and development for financial firms across the country. Years of working in the male-dominated financial sector drove Salena to create and develop The Boardroom Project. Her ability to forge prosperous strategic partnerships in the non-profit and corporate world is her real forte, coupled with her intellectual humility, a skill-set she hopes to share with other young female professionals.


Nico Raynaud, Executive Director, JPMorgan Chase In her current role as the Head of Commercial Banking Business Support Management her responsibilities include the development and management of new Centers of Excellence namely: Expense Management, Research and Company Insights and Office Support Management.  All strive to streamline and provide consistency/efficiency in the Commercial Banking support and operations infrastructure. Nico was previously the National Leader of Business and Data Management for Middle Market Banking & Specialized Industries where she was responsible for the national oversight of Business/Project Managers and Data Management teams and delivery of strategic initiatives for the Business. Prior to joining Commercial Banking, Nico’s career spanned 10 years in South Africa, German and the United Kingdom working for Industrial and Legal firms before joining Chase’s Investment Bank in London. Roles focused on business management until Nico was asked to start up Business Support Management for the Americas focusing on centralizing many operational and support functions. Nico is a graduate of the University of Natal, South Africa where she earned her Bachelor of Social Science degree (majoring in Business Administration, Industrial Psychology and Personnel Management).  She is married with one son and resides in Dallas, Texas.



Jannelle Watson, Southwest Lead, Facebook Jannelle Watson works on Facebook’s Politics and Government outreach team where she focuses on helping state and local elected officials, political candidates and government agencies build a best in class presence on Facebook and across the family of apps. Prior to Facebook, Jannelle worked for the National League of Cities and the Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.



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