Amanda Calton

Amanda Calton is a recent graduate of Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University in Uniondale, NY.  She graduated from Clarkson University in 2013 with a BS in Political Science and a minor in Legal Studies.   She currently works in family law on the domestics team at Conboy, McKay, Bachman & Kendall, LLP in Canton, NY.  Amanda is a Charter Member of the Beta Beta Chapter and was initiated in Spring 2012.  She has served on the National Cabinet as Risk Management Officer since July 2015.

Elisha González

Elisha González is a connector and influencer in the Central Florida region.  She has been recognized for her leadership, business acumen and her commitment to community.  She has been active in the community throughout her career, committed to making it a great place to live, work and play. Elisha leads government and community relations for Duke Energy, a Fortune 150 company which owns coal-fired and natural gas generation providing about 9,000 megawatts of owned electric capacity to approximately 1.8 million customers.  Elisha’s focus is the company’s east coast operating area encompassing Seminole, Volusia, Flagler and Brevard counties. González serves as Duke Energy’s leader for local governments, civic partnerships and is responsible for government  relations, philanthropy, community engagement strategy and social responsibility.

Cornelia Shipley

Cornelia Shipley is the founder of 3C Consulting and a sought after speaker, and strategic planning expert who works with clients to expand their capacity, increase their capability and drive clarity in the organization to ultimately increase  the bottom line.

As an executive development strategist, Cornelia and her team have worked with leaders at Hewlett-Packard, Pfizer, Lockheed Martin, Mondelez, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Blue Care Network, Deloitte, GlaxoSmithKline, Comerica Bank, Edward Jones, Ascension Health, Procter and Gamble, Turner Broadcasting and others as a coach, strategic planning consultant and professional development facilitator.

Cornelia has more than twenty years experience in sales, sales training and development, and human resources and is considered among the best in personal and professional development with extensive experience in the consumer goods, healthcare, financial services, consulting, social enterprise, education, and entertainment industries.

Cornelia has been credentialed as a Professional Certified Coach by the International Coach Federation. In addition, Cornelia is a Master Practitioner of Energy Leadership (ELI-MP) and holds the Board Certified Coach credential.  Cornelia is the creator and founder of the Design Your Life™ event, an annual conference for women designed to strategically plan their life and work and released her first book of the same name in 2014 which spent a week as a best seller. She is currently finalizing her second book Empowered: Strategies for Executive Level Success co-authored by Maxine Brown Davis.

Cornelia holds a Master’s of Business Administration degree from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University where she studied abroad at Melbourne Business School and was a part of the Global Leadership International study program in Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, and Japan. Additionally, Cornelia received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Crista Arias

Crista Arias is Manager of Recruitment at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI). In her role as Manager of College Programs, Crista manages the Congressional Internship Program comprised annually of over 70 college students. She has managed over 400 CHCI interns and is responsible for congressional office placements, leadership learning opportunities, and weekly programming. Crista demonstrates a commitment and passion to advance educational and leadership opportunities for Latino youth. Prior to CHCI, Crista worked for the office of Congressman Lloyd Doggett as a Legislative Correspondent. During her time on the Hill, she focused on various legislative issues including foreign affairs, defense, immigration, homeland security, veterans’ affairs, and crime. Crista monitored floor activity relating to her issues, providing voting recommendations, drafting talking points, answering constituent mail, and reaching out to other offices asking for co-sponsorship of her member’s bill. She co-organized an immigration rally called “March on Washington” consisting of over 100 individuals bussing in from various parts of Texas. Crista staffed her congressman at conferences and galas throughout the year and, when her member was unable to attend, Crista was asked to give remarks at a Bronze Star pinning for a Vietnam War hero at the D.C. Vietnam memorial. She is an alumna of the Mujeres de HACE program and sits on the advisory board of the MILLA Magazine project. Crista graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in Advertising and a B.A. in Spanish. She is proud of her Mexican roots and has enjoyed the past six years living in D.C.

Estee Hernandez

Estee is a Ph.D. candidate in the Higher Education program at Florida State University. At FSU, she serves as a Program Coordinator at the Center for Leadership & Social Change and a Lecturer in the Undergraduate Certificate in Leadership Studies. A first-generation Chicana from Texas, her research focuses on Chicanas along the educational pipeline. Her vision is a U.S. higher education system whose faculty mirrors the diverse identities of its students. Estee was initiated in the Alpha Epsilon Chapter in the fall of 2005 and is a proud member of the North Florida Alumnae Chapter.

Josselyn Medrano

Josselyn Medrano is an Arizona State University alumnae who graduated with her Accountancy degree. She was initiated with the Alpha Epsilon Class, Fall 2012, at the Lambda Chapter where she help the positions of Banquet Chair and Standards Officer. Currently, she serves at the National Assistant Treasurer where she assist the VP of Fiscal Affairs.

Marina Hernandez

Marina Hernandez graduates from the University of Central Oklahoma in May of 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Community/Public Health and a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages- Spanish, accompanied by a completed minor in Gender & Sexuality Studies. She is a charter member of the Beta Kappa chapter in Oklahoma who has served as President during the colony process and Standards Officer, Service Officer, and Treasurer following chapter induction. Marina’s passions are empowering marginalized communities, particularly women, through in health education. She is pursuing a career in sexual health promotion and reproductive justice.

Mari Santana

Mari Santana, Managing Principal of Mari Santana & Associates, a Strategic Communications, Marketing, PR and Speaker Training business, was named one of the “25 Most Powerful Women in the United States” by “People en Español” magazine in 2012. She is an award- winning professional in strategic communications, marketing, journalism and public relations. For more than 15 years, Mari helped develop, plan and execute the successful PR campaigns of over 100 products launches for Disney Destinations, Disney Parks, Disney Cruise Lines, Adventures by Disney, ESPN Wide World of Sports & The Disney Store, as Public Relations Manager at Disney Destinations. In her role, Mari traveled extensively to all the news rooms of Disney’s top markets, creating and handling relationships with key media and influential contacts on behalf of the Disney Company. She is a well-recognized influencer in the general market, US Hispanic, Latin America and Puerto Rico.

She served as Vice President of Multicultural Marketing and Brand Development for Rock Orange, a PR, Marketing and Branding agency in Miami, named New Agency of the Year by the acclaimed PR industry's Holmes Report. The agency also won Billboard's Record of the Year Promotion Award for Gloria Estefan's latest album. Rock Orange also handles other world-class entertainers such as Latin American super star, Thalía and Emilio Estefan. As a founding member of RO, Mari landed high profiled accounts such as the soon the Thalia’s Macy’s clothing line, Bahamar, a multi-billion-dollar luxury resort in Nassau, Bahamas, among others. Clients at Rock Orange also include global brands such as; Burger King, Cotton Inc., Botran Rums, Imusa, Mineke & Macco.

Mari’s professional experience also includes, establishing and developing strategic marketing plans resulting in major national television productions with top media across the US. She was instrumental in producing news media press events of global impact across multiple platforms, which included; print, entertainment, news, broadcast and online regional, national and international media with the likes of Televisa, Univision, Telemundo, NBC, ABC, Fox, Mundo Fox and many others.

A former award winning news anchor with WNJU-TV Telemundo and WPIX, Tribune Broadcasting station in New York, she is also an accomplished TV reporter and producer.  Mari’s work as a journalist inspired her to pursue a passion for empowering others through workshops and speaking engagements. In 1995 she founded a personal development company, Unlimited Motivation Inc. while she delivered nightly news in New York.

For more than 10 years, she offered many workshops and conferences sponsored by companies such as Colgate, Procter and Gamble, Chase Manhattan Bank and Tambrands, among others. Mari’s national tour “Success through Self Confidence”, offered motivation and self-esteem techniques to thousands of young people across the United States, reaching over 10 million impressions.

Shane Bills

Shane Bills is a founder of Bubble and expert on the intersection of startups and hollywood. Shane started his career on Wall Street and has spent the last decade building successful startups and applying innovation theory to startups and the venture capital industry with renown thinker, Clayton Christensen. Shane lectures at universities across the country and has a Masters degree from Harvard Business School.

Veronica Lucena

Veronica has spent the last 10 years working in the non-profit sector, a majority of that time was spent with an organization called Teach For America. Working for educational equity is a life-long passion of Veronica's. It was through this she learned that the inequity in education was not only in our traditional subjects in school, but also in our community's financial education.  Living paycheck-to-paycheck, struggling with mounting student loan debt, and very little savings, many young professionals have trouble getting ahead financially.  Veronica has since transitioned to teaching adults how to avoid those financial pitfalls and bridge the gap between what they know about money and what they need to know. She is excited to work with sisters and help them to build a stronger financial mindset.

Eddie L. Harris, Jr.

Eddie L. Harris, Jr., is a central Florida native. Born in Sanford, Florida; reared in Montgomery, Alabama, Cleveland, Ohio, and Orlando, Florida, respectively. He holds a Master’s degree in Divinity from the Interdenominational Theological Center, in Atlanta, Georgia, and is currently pursuing his doctorate degree at Knox Theological Seminary, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Having worked in city government, the college educational system, and the finance community extensively for a number of years, have all served him well as he continues to be the change agent that God intended for him to be. Currently, he serves as pastor/founder of the Potter’s Wheel Cathedral of Faith, a newly planted, non-denominational ministry in Orlando, Florida, where each of his God given gifts are finding room to flourish with major impacts. He is a published author, having written articles for Essence magazine and is the author of Overcoming the Fear of Flying (Succeeding), a new book scheduled to be released this summer.