As we continue to honor the contributions of Hispanic and Latinx have made to our state, country, and the world-- let's take some time to learn the history of the language that shapes their cultural identities and the richness of the individual stories behind them.
Hispanic refers to a person who is from, or a descendant of someone who is from, a Spanish- speaking country.
Latino/a or Latinx refers to a person who is from, or a descendant of someone who is from, a country in Latin America.
Diversity matters even in our words:
THE PROBLEM WITH THE TERM "HISPANIC"
Are the terms Hispanic and Latinx interchangeable? For some people, you would think so,
but have a conversation with the people affixed with these descriptors, and you may be
surprised to see the fallacy of using them as one in the same.
The understanding of these terms is so contested that on June 24, 2020, the Associated
Press (AP) Stylebook tweeted their most current definitions of each. "Latino is often the
preferred noun or adjective for a person from, or whose ancestors were from, a Spanish-
speaking land or culture or from Latin America. Latina is the feminine form," its first
tweet read. "Some prefer the gender-neutral term Latinx, which should be confined to
quotations, names of organizations, or descriptions of individuals who request it and
should be accompanied by a short explanation...Hispanics is also generally acceptable for
those in the U.S. Use a more specific identification when possible, such as Cuban, Puerto
Rican, Brazilian or Mexican American."
As we continue to honor the contributions that the Hispanic and Latinx people have made
to our state, country, and the world-- let's take some time to learn the history of the
language that shapes their cultural identities and the richness of the individual stories
The impact women have made for all us, must be acknowledged especially in advocacy and
public policy and on behalf of diversity.
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor of Puerto Rican descent, became the first Justice of Latina American descent following her appointment in 2009. Raised in New
York, her story tells of immigrant parents and first-generation success and the American
dream's fulfillment. Sotomayor believes protecting minorities, women’s health, and pushing for criminal justice reformation. Sotomayor is an advocate for diversity and her June 25 dissent to the Supreme Court’s, June 25 decision about racial gerrymandering is one example of her fight for equality for all people. In 2008, Sotomayor was listed as one of the most influential people of the 21st century by Esquire magazine.
As we continue to celebrate the life and legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her memory will
continue to resonate in the hearts of all of us. Justice Ginsburg, small in stature and mighty in
presence, made history as she championed women's rights. Ginsburg served in the nation's highest judicial office for 27 years. She was our voice of reason, reckoning, and the
reverberation of what was right when it came to a woman’s choice. Her voice became revered in the legal system as one of the most recognized justices of our era.
Ginsburg fought for women the same way that she fought against cancer, she gave it her all, she refused to be held down, and she put her heart and soul into the battle. Her legacy of thinking big, fighting injustice, and leading a legal crusade for gender equality has earned her the title of “Notorious RBG.” Rest well, Justice Ginsburg, your fight for our rights will not be in vain.
Special thank you:
Senator Hannah Beth Jackson was the driving force behind Senate Bill 826, which mandates the addition of women on corporate boards. The work of Hannah Beth Jackson opened the door that was once closed to women, and in light of the recent passing of Justice Ginsburg, we must remember those who are continuing the fight on behalf of all women.
Thank you, Moreen Lane! Volunteers are an essential part of what makes NAWBO-CA successful. Moreen has volunteered her services in the Public Policy arena to represent NAWBO-CA. Thank you for your dedication and sacrifice that were made on behalf of our State. We love you our NAWBO-CA Sister.
Dates to remember:
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
The greatest act of self-care is taking care of yourself. Please make certain that you have your annual mammogram. Advocate for your life and schedule your appointment today.
We honor the legacy of those who have lost the battle, those who fighting and those who beat it. Susan G. Komen created a world where breast cancer is discussed and dealt with in an open forum. No longer hidden or shamed, women can now share their journey and celebrate their victories.
Visit komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN for more information.
October 15, 2020
Join us as we Celebrate the Life and Legacy of our beloved RBG. In celebrating her life, our guest speaker, Dr. Shirley Weber will dispel the myths of Proposition 16. NAWBO-CA supports Proposition 16 and will continue to support public policy that impacts ALL women business owners. We'll work closely with our elected officials as we work to remedy the suppression of all women business owners. #useyourvoice Register here.
Know Better World Foundation:
The Greatness of Diversity — October 15th
Conversations with NAWBO-CA sisters with real-life stories and advice on today’s racial equity issues for business owners. Its time to have those crucial conversations we all avoid. Know better time than before our Celebration of Justice Ginsburg with Dr. Weber.
Network & Get Leads with NAWBO-CA — November 19th
Straightforward ideas and inspiration from NAWBO-CA sisters - November 19th.
Using Your Super-Powers — January Dates TBD
Leading with your strengths, outsourcing your weaknesses
November 12 - 13, 2020
The 2020 Virtual Insurance Diversity Summit is a one-of-a-kind, free, online event that
includes: Matchmaking Roundtables, Resource Expo, and engaging webinars led by experts on the topics of race and diversity in the insurance industry, diversity in the boardroom, navigating the insurer procurement pathways, building resilience in business strategies, and much more!
2020 is a pivotal year that will shape our future. The racial justice movement and COVID-19 laid bare the inequities that ravage our diverse business communities. Now more than ever, we need to come together to focus on "Uplifting Our Communities" and build each other up. California’s insurance industry is the largest insurance market in the nation -- where insurance companies collect $310 billion annually in premiums -- and poised to advance supplier and board diversity.
November 12, 2020
Women on Corporate Boards is an action that we must actively pursue. On November 12, 2020, at 9 a.m., the global conversation about how we can continue implementing change will occur.
A series of 30 City/State Conversations in our network across the U.S., Mexico, England, Spain, and Switzerland will focus on regional insights about how women on corporate boards impact those markets, and how women leaders are using their experience to navigate the pandemic and grapple with social injustice. This virtual platform will give you networking opportunities and panel discussions to further your pursuit and path to the boardroom. www.2020WOB.com
About 2020 Women on Boards:
2020 Women on Board is a nonprofit education and advocacy campaign that informs the public and collaborates with corporations to achieve a minimum of 20% of women directors on all boards. Research shows that companies with a strong representation of women on their boards of directors perform better on a range of measures, from higher returns on investment to greater workforce productivity.
In our tenth year, what started at 14% of corporate board seats held by women on the Fortune 1000 has climbed to women gaining 20.4% of the seats on the Russell 3000 public companies in the U.S. We invite you to celebrate this achievement and participate in our City Conversations to support our future campaign goals.
Get Out and Vote
Your vote matters and if you need convincing here are the reasons why it is so important.
- This is the 25th election that women have been allowed to vote
- Honor the legacy of RBG and vote for your rights to continue
- The vote of women can change the world
Thank you all for your servant leadership. Know that the work we do today builds a better
Vikita Poindexter, SPHR-CA, SHRM-SCP, SHRM-CP
CA Insurance License #0K21140
Poindexter Consulting Group, LLC.
2020 Enterprising Women of the Year Award Winner
2020 Women of Influence Awards Nominee, San Diego Woman’s Advocate Award
2019 Spirit of the Entrepreneur Award Winner
2019 Spirit of the Entrepreneur Finalist
Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce
2008 and 2009 Citizen of the Year Nominee
2008 and 2009 Sterling Business of the Year Nominee
National Association of Women Business Owners, California Chapter
Past -President, NAWBO-IE
National Association of Women Business Owners, Inland Empire
Labor and Employment Issues/Workforce Skills and Education/Workers Compensation
California Small Business Association
California Department of Insurance
Insurance Commissioner Lara Appointed Diversity Task Force Member
Insurance Diversity Initiative (IDI)