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💫 Sponsor Welcome and our Author's Corner Line Up! 💫

Updated: Feb 29


💫Celebrating All Things Latina💫


 

Phenomenal Women,

LATINAFest® is fast approaching. Join us on March 24th in supporting and uplifting the Latina community. Tickets are on sale now for $10. ALL kids 12 and under are FREE! Follow us on social media using our handle @latinafest for festival updates and more.

 

Welcome Empowered with Gina as LATINAFest Sponsor!


We are excited to welcome Empowered with Gina as a sponsor for LATINAFest 2024!

 

Gina Zapanta is the founder of the Empowered with Gina platform, a space for women to embrace their ability to build a life they truly love, shunning societal expectations and traumas. Her podcast Empowered with Gina showcases an array of inspirational guests, and her exclusive women’s wellness and wealth-building retreats bring women together to build community, self-love, confidence, and wealth-building education. Gina is also the co-founder of Z.A. Lawyers, serving both California and Louisiana, specializing in accidents, work injuries, and employment disputes.

 

Gina received her bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California and her Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School Los Angeles. She is a mom to six kids, two of whom were born through surrogacy.

 

In addition to building her platform and law firm, Gina’s passion is addressing education and food insecurity in underserved communities. In 2020, she and her husband, trial lawyer Mike Alder of AlderLaw, established a $100,000 endowment at her alma mater, Loyola Law School, for a first-generation Latina to attend law school. She consistently contributes to many causes to help further access to quality education and opportunities.

 

Furthermore, she created a pilot program with East LA Community College and Rio Hondo Community College entitled “The Z.A. Lawyers Legal Leadership Institute,” which gives students on the law school track a unique insight into the practicalities of practicing law. It culminated with four paid internships in her firm.

 

She co-authored a children’s book with Mike called 10% Magic, which is an introductory road-map for elementary school kids to learn the fundamentals of wealth building and to dispel cultural money-trauma.

 

Her Board of Director involvement includes:

 

  • USC Latino Alumni Association, Corporate Advisory Council

  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles

  • Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Foundation

  • Latina Lawyers Bar Association, Advisory Board

  • President of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Louisiana

  • LATINAFest Advisory Board

 

Her time is spent between her home in Sherman Oaks, CA, and at her family home, Z.A. Ranch, in Covington, Louisiana. She is fluent in Spanish.


 

Welcome to the LATINAFest Author's Corner!


We're thrilled to announce the return of our Author's Corner and the Phenomenal Authors! We will be announcing more authors soon. We invite you to come meet and be inspired by the following authors: 

Alejandra Campoverdi is a nationally recognized women’s health advocate, founder, producer, and former White House aide to President Obama. 

Her book First Gen: A Memoir is a riveting personal story of navigating social mobility and becoming a trailblazer as a "first-gen" Latina. 

Sylvia Castillo is the author of The Caballeros series, a steamy cowboy romance that is for all women who have never seen themselves in the books they were reading.

Maira Hernández is the author of Aventura, Amor y Tacos: The Path to Reconnecting with the Motherland, a story about the journey of what it means to be De Aquí y De Allá realizing many of our desires to leave America and return to the motherland.

Adriana Palomares is the author of the young adult book Brava: A Latina Lawyer’s Path to Empowerment, an inspirational fiction novel that explores the powerful themes of love, loss, accomplishment, and healing through the lens of a first-generation Latina lawyer.

Scheduled times for author appearances will be posted on our website, so please subscribe to updates at www.LATINAFest.com.


 

Who Has It? and LATINAFest Join Forces


This year, LATINAFest proudly announces its partnership with Who Has It, a platform that aligns perfectly with LATINAFest’s mission to support and uplift diverse voices and businesses. Fifteen vendors will be selected and interviewed live at LATINAFest about their entrepreneurial journey and "live sell" their products virtually as the interview is broadcast live to millions of viewers.

The collaboration will not only spotlight the vendors at LATINAFest but will also allow vendors to sell virtually to millions of followers via the Who Has It and LATINAFest online platforms.

You don't want to miss this year's festival!


 

LATINAFest®: Mind, Body, and Soul is the largest outdoor festival on the West Coast, which celebrates everything Latina! An unforgettable day to invigorate your soul where you will feel inspired and pampered by activations and speakers, and the shopping is unreal as you'll find the most amazing culturally fashioned products and services.






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