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.


Genevieve Collins, Candidate for CD 32  A 7th Generation Texan and lifelong Republican; Genevieve Collins is a next generation leader who can bridge our past with our present and lead us into a bright and prosperous future. Hard work, determination, and grit are literally in Genevieve’s DNA. Her grandmother, Calvert Collins, was a trailblazer; the first woman elected to the Dallas City Council. Genevieve has built upon that legacy of service with her own good work. A graduate of SMU’s Cox School of Business and renowned local businesswoman, Genevieve was named one of 2018’s local 20 Under 40 for her remarkable work helping to turn around low-performing school districts and change students’ lives. The Head of Corporate Strategy at Istation, a leading education technology firm that helps students and teachers reach their academic goals using personalized learning to pinpoint every student's exact reading and math ability, Genevieve has worked with school districts large and small across the country to bring a world-class education to all students regardless of where they live. As a public education advocate, Genevieve’s success even brought her to Washington DC, where she proposed landmark education reforms directly to Vice President Pence. Genevieve is one of the most driven, competitive people you will ever meet. 


Rosaura Cruz, Executive Director, Junior Players Guild  Rosaura Cruz, Executive Director, joined the Junior Players administrative team in May 2006. She graduated from the University of North Texas in 2006 with a BA in Theater and Criminal Justice. Her engagement with Junior Players is all-encompassing, she is a Junior Players alumna, was the 2003 Junior Players Texas Commission on the Arts summer intern and a former theater and dance teacher.  Rosaura has held several administrative roles in the organization and served as the agency's Program Director from 2009 – 2015. During this time, she was responsible for creating over 100 contracts with various agencies and developed and implemented an array of arts education programs for a variety of educational and service organizations. In addition, Rosaura created numerous program initiatives such as the JP Alumni Council, co-produced PUP Fest with Kitchen Dog Theater, co-produced the High School Shakespeare Program and was instrumental in the development of the first winter musical, the critically acclaimed production of In The Heights in early January 2015. Since her new leadership role in 2015, she has led Junior Players through many new initiatives, including producing and broadening Junior Players artistic production seasons, co-creation of Junior Players Presents: The Transformation Project, arts-centric panel conversations, a myriad of community collaborations, the co-creation of the D-PAC (Dallas - Playwriting Arts Collective) collaboration, the conception of the Transformation Project’s Residency program and the creation of the 2017 Youth in Arts Panel: Create, Transform, Heal. She has a demonstrated history of working in the non-profit organization management industry. Rosaura is responsible for the overall direction of the agency, financial management and the hiring of all staff members, with direct oversight of all programmatic efforts. In addition to her administrative work, her artistic credits include work with theater companies such as Shakespeare Dallas, Cara Mia Theatre Co., WaterTower Theater and Project X amongst several others. In addition to her onstage work, Rosaura is also a commercial, film and voiceover actor represented by The Campbell Agency. Rosaura also served on the 2016/2017 Mayor's Star Council Leadership class, was the 2018/2019 Mayor's Star Council Development Chair and currently serves in an advisory role on the development committee. Finally, she also serves a Board member of The Greater North Texas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and is a member of Altrusa Dallas and is serving on the Service Committee. Finally, she was just recently named a 2020 40 Under 40 Honoree. 
Nisa Dang, Senior State and Local Outreach Associate, Training and Rural Lead, ActBlue Nisa is the Senior State and Local Outreach Associate and Training and Rural Lead for the Southern region of the United States. In her role at ActBlue, she develops materials for trainings just like this one, and works hard to make sure that digital fundraising is accessible to every campaign - no matter how big or small, or whether candidates are running in rural areas or metropolitan centers. She comes to this work from years of organizing around civil rights and immigration, both at home and abroad. Originally from Sacramento, California, Nisa went to UC Berkeley, where she delayed her graduation until after she finished working on the 2016 campaign. She also uses she/they pronouns interchangeably!
Luisa del Rosal, Candidate for DC 114  Luisa del Rosal is running for Texas House District 114 to keep Texas exceptional. Luisa knows what we have here is special because she has seen the alternative to a free and fair society. Born and raised in Mexico, Luisa always wanted to make a difference, but Mexico is a country where there was no rule of law and where individual ambition and talent are not given free reign. That is why she came to Texas and followed the rules to become a United States citizen. Luisa enrolled at Southern Methodist University (SMU) where she earned dual bachelor’s degrees and a Master’s in Higher Education Policy and Leadership. After graduating, Luisa ran a program at Education is Freedom where she worked with local businesses and Mayor Tom Leppert’s office to provide underprivileged students with internship opportunities to better prepare them for the workforce and college. Driven by her passion for education and a love for her University, Luisa returned to SMU and currently serves as the executive director of the John G. Tower Center and is the founding executive director of the Mission Foods Texas-Mexico Center. A national leader on Texas-Mexico relations, she is the youngest executive director at the University, as well as the only Hispanic to head up two Centers. 
Amy Desler, Deputy Director, Educate Texas, Communities Foundation of Texas Amy Desler is deputy director of development for CFT's Educate Texas, leading fundraising efforts to support statewide education reform as well as special projects of the foundation, like the Census. Prior to joining CFT in 2016, Amy worked in development for several nonprofits in Texas, San Francisco and New York, after starting her career as a political fundraiser. Amy holds a bachelor’s in political science and government from the University of Texas at Austin.


Cara Fields, Assistant Vice-President - Mobility Sales & Service, AT&T Communications Cara leads a team of more than 4000 contact center professionals delivering the best in class customer service and multi-million streams for AT&T Communications consumer Wireless, Broadband and Video business.  Her focus on execution is underscored by a commitment to diversity, employee engagement, and talent development.

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. 

Kim Robinson, CEO, New Friends New Life Kim serves as the CEO New Friends New life in Dallas, Texas, an organization that works to empower and restore sexually exploited and trafficked women and children.  Kim was selected to take the reins of the expanding organization in March, 2018, after a nationwide search, due to her dedication to serving women and girls and enabling them to cultivate their best selves.  Kim has experience in both the non- and for-profit sectors. Her resume spans more than 20 years of strategic planning, operations, marketing and innovation roles. Most recently, Kim served as the Chief Operating Officer for Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas where she was responsible for membership, programming, and revenue growth of the cookie platform.  Prior to joining Girl Scouts in 2016, Kim spent extensive years in Fortune 500 companies, including Frito-Lay, Dean Foods, Hallmark Cards, and was an independent consultant for four years. Kim earned a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science and Communications from Oakwood University and an MBA from The Ohio State University. Kim lives in Dallas with her husband and two children.
Farheen Siddiqi, Senior Staff Attorney, RAICES Farheen Siddiqi is a Senior Staff Attorney at the North Dallas Office of RAICES.  Her practice focuses on removal defense as well as affirmative applications before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Prior to RAICES, she was an  Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow at Catholic Charities of Dallas – Immigration and Legal Services where she represented immigrant children in removal proceedings.  Before law school, she served as an advocate for victims of family violence at the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office and New Beginning Center (a local non-profit). Farheen is passionate about community service and access to legal representation for underserved populations. She received her juris doctorate degree from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (now Texas A&M University School of Law) and her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from University of Texas at Dallas.
Lori Ward, Deputy Mayor Pro Tempore, Town of Addison, Lori Ward is a Texas transplant and resident of Addison, TX. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma, with a BA in Spanish. She taught Spanish for several semesters at OU while working toward a graduate degree, in preparation for her transition into the corporate world. For most of the past 24 years, Lori has worked in Commercial Business Development and Sales Management. Lori is the Director of Sales & Marketing for a Dallas-based manufacturing services company that specializes in complex cable assembly, precision metal fabrication, and industrial compression. 


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.


Erleigh Wiley, Criminal District Attorney, Kaufman County Criminal District Attorney Wiley is the former judge of the Kaufman County Court at Law, an adjunct professor at the University of North Texas, and a former supervising attorney for the Dallas County District Attorney's Office. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas and Kaufman County Bar Association, a past member of the Dallas County Bar Association, and a graduate of the Texas College of Judicial Studies, National Drug Court Institute, and National College for DUI Defense. She is also president of the Kaufman County Juvenile Board and Kaufman Indigent Defense Board, a board member of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman and the Amanda F. Norville Children's Shelter, and a member of the North Texas Chapter of Jack and Jill Clubs of America. Wiley received a bachelor's degree from Texas Tech University and a law degree from The University of Texas School of Law.

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