Empowering Latina Leadership Alliance
The Empowering Latina Leadership Alliance (ELLA) is an initiative part of the Hispanic Chamber and led by a steering committee. The Empowering Latina Leadership Alliance seeks to:
-Inspire and empower Latinas to broaden the perception of what they can achieve educationally and professionally
-Facilitate opportunities to benefit Latinas who are interested in pursuing networking opportunities and small business development
-Increase knowledge, grow, and strengthen group ties
Ana Laura Preciado
To connect and to receive updates, check out our Facebook Group Page. For more information or sponsorship opportunities, contact: Zenaida Landeros, Executive Director, (563) 214-5160.
Steering Committee Member Spotlight:
ELLA is a network of Quad City Latina women who seek to
bring the Latina voice to the community.
Why are you involved with the Empowering Latina Leadership Alliance (ELLA)?
I joined this organization to connect with other
inspiring Latinas who have an interest to advocate for women and celebrate our
How have you created impact while serving on the ELLA board?
As one of the founding board members, I have had the
privileged to work side by side with the talented steering committee. I have
had the opportunity to help with the planning of several events such as the ELLA Summit, which aimed to empower Latinas in the Quad Cities.
What has been your favorite memory of being involved with the Hispanic Chamber/ELLA?
My favorite ELLA celebration is our annual "Day of the Dead" networking event. This event will bring in 50-100 women who have the opportunity to experience Latina culture. It feels great to be part of a community organization that celebrates diversity.
Ana Laura Preciado
What is ELLA to you?
ELLA is an inspiring group geared towards future generations to pursue their goals and to encourage them to become better leaders at what they like to do. It is also an affirmation for Hispanic Women in the community to prove that Latinas can develop themselves to become successful professionals, entrepreneurs, and human beings.
Why are you involved with the Empowering Latina Leadership
I found ELLA, after I recently moved to the QC area because I wanted to learn more about the Hispanic community in this location. I was eager to contribute and maintain the roots of my culture, in a different country. I wanted to let other women know that anything is possible regardless of where you come from or what your background is. I wanted other women to know that you can always move forward and embrace challenges.
How have you created an impact while serving on the ELLA
I created an impact while meeting other amazing woman, outside of my student/work environment and having learned so from them, while teaching them things I learned along my own life journey. When I became a part of the One by One program with Margarita, I was able to help young girls believe in themselves to understand that they can pursue a any professional career they choose. I wanted the young girls to know that they have the capacity to build a great future for their generation. I think that with every event we plan, we give opportunities to young ladies and women to get a sense of how powerful we can be, and I’m sure we have touched lots of minds and hearts with the urge to grow and develop personally and professionally.
What has been your favorite memory of being involved with
the Hispanic Chamber/ELLA?
My favorite part being involved with ELLA is all the stories
you hear and the people you get to meet along the way. I enjoy how thankful the
attendee’s area t our events because we created a space for them to speak out,
learn, and get inspired. I love the fact that we are planting seeds for future
generations and raising our voices in the community.