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Women Breaking Boundaries: Latina Leaders to Speak on Campus

Press Release | By Eric Breier

California State University San Marcos will host “Latina Leaders,” the second edition of its Women Breaking Boundaries speaker series, on Monday, March 27.

The distinguished speaker series is held once each semester, featuring successful women leaders in nontraditional fields.

“We encourage students, faculty, staff and community members to attend and hear the stories of our panelists,” said Sarah Villarreal, chair of the speaker series steering committee. “It’s a valuable opportunity to gain insights into the challenges and triumphs women experience along their career paths as successful women in nontraditional fields.”

The panelists for the “Latina Leaders” event include:

  • Ana De Santiago, Deputy District Attorney, San Diego County District Attorney’s Office
  • Mara Elliott, City Attorney, City of San Diego
  • Catherine Garcia, News Anchor, NBC 7 News
  • Alessandra Lezama, CEO, Abacus Next

There will be networking opportunities before a panel discussion moderated by Patricia Prado-Olmos, CSUSM vice president of community engagement. Following the panel discussion will be a Q&A session. Light refreshments will be available. All events will be recorded and posted to the website for future viewing.

Women Breaking Boundaries was created by CSUSM President Karen Haynes and University Council members Rita Brandin and Linda Bailey to introduce students, faculty, staff and community members to exceptional female leaders in nontraditional careers.

“We inspire to build awareness and encouragement through this speaker series, demonstrating that women can and are ‘breaking boundaries,’ ” said Christine Lee, another member of the steering committee.


What: Women Breaking Boundaries, a distinguished speaker series featuring successful women leaders in nontraditional fields.

When: Monday, March 27, 5:30-7 p.m.

Where: University Student Union Ballroom, California State University San Marcos.

Cost: Free for CSUSM students, staff, faculty and alumni; $10 for community members (parking included).

Information: Contact Christine Lee at 760-750-8752 or or click here to purchase tickets.


About California State University San Marcos

Building on an innovative 27-year history, California State University San Marcos is a forward-focused institution, dedicated to preparing future leaders, building great communities and solving critical issues. Located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the City of San Marcos, it is the only public four-year comprehensive university serving North San Diego, Southwest Riverside and South Orange Counties.

The University enrolls over 15,000 students. With approximately 2,000 employees, the institution is a Great College to Work For® (The Chronicle of Higher Education). As a recipient of the annual HEED Award since 2014—a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion—CSUSM is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment.