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9th Annual Women Who Lead Summit a Success

The Women Who Lead Summit empowers Latina entrepreneurs by giving them the tools and resources to succeed

Frances Rios Founder & CEO of Women Who Lead

The Women Who Lead Summit, a conference introduced in 2014 by Frances Rios, a Latina businesswoman, and member of the Fortune 50, is back after a brief pause caused by the pandemic. It is held annually in Puerto Rico, but this year, for the very first time, it is coming to Miami. For women in leadership roles, the Women Who Lead Summit distinguishes itself since it hosts the largest 'Speed-NEXTWorking' event in the world--connecting over 20,000 professionals in a single day.

Here's everything you need to know about this amazing event:

The concept behind the Women Who Lead summit

On May 4, at the InterContinental Miami Hotel will be hosting the first ever Women Who Lead Summit - Money Edition will be held to promote the professional and personal development of local women executives and entrepreneurs. The event will be presented by Puerto Rican entrepreneur Frances Rios and powered by over a dozen regional, national, and international groups.

For this year's conference, Rios said she would shift the focus from Puerto Rican Latinas and African Americans to those in South Florida, where the idea had already been implemented effectively for eight years. The event took place from 8 am to 4 pm. Access All Services, Delta/LATAM Airlines, Don Q, Gran Centenario Tequila, Santander Bank, and Walmart are among the event's most generous sponsors.

About the organization behind the event

The LatinaNext™ Foundation is a non-profit that aims to improve Latinas' financial health through networking, professional training, and other avenues. They are notable for their work strengthening Latinas in business and enabling women to redefine their economic futures.

The organization stresses that the choice of location for its headquarters was not made at random. They believe this network of female business leaders will benefit from Miami's position as an international commercial hub.

All of the funds raised from the event went to the LatinaNext Foundation.

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