Gov. Kelly’s appointed Kansas Hispanic Latino American Affairs Commission held the Latina Leadership Summit this past Saturday at Wichita State University

Wichita, KANSAS – State officials have announced that this year’s theme was “Uplifting Latina Power Through Civic Engagement.”

According to Gov. Kelly, the event also included workshops on civic engagement, voting, and self care. Nearly 100 people were in attendance.

Since the Governor took office in 2019, more than half of her administration’s appointees have been women. Those appointments have included cabinet positions, judges, and board and commission directors.

Governor Laura Kelly reportedly said:

“This year’s Latina Leadership Summit promoted a very important message:  Women belong in places of leadership. Women of every color and creed should be part of every conversation that affects their lives. I’ve seen that in my own life, and I’ve worked to bring more women to the decision-making table alongside me.”

Esther Lopez, former International Secretary of the United Food and Retail Workers, was the featured speaker. She reportedly said: “The Latino electorate is the fastest growing in the country. This event promoted civic engagement and centered Latina leadership in Kansas. We’re seeking to build an inclusive country where the Latino community will help lead efforts to strengthen our democracy.”