Sunday, May 20, 2012

AutismWonderland Goes to the White House (The First Ever Top Latina Blogger Retreat) #LATISM

Yes, that's right.  THE WHITE HOUSE!


This last week has been insane.  On Friday (5/18) marked 4 years since The Boy's autism diagnosis.  I have a post in draft about that...but with all the last minute preparations, I just couldn't get it done.  But it's coming.  


It's strange the things that can happen in 4 years.  4 years ago, I felt incredibly alone.  There was no one who could understand what I was going through.  In 4 years, I built an amazing community and support system.  And through this blog, I am helping some parents feel less alone.  That feels pretty amazing.  


But back to the White House.  Why am I going, you wonder? 


I was invited to be part of the very first Top Latina Blogger Retreat organized by Latinos in Social Media (LATISM).  And some invitations, a girl just can't turn down.  




Here's a snippet of the press release (to view the full press release visit Latinos in Social Media Latism Announces the First Ever Top Latina Blogger Retreat in Washington D.C.)


ABOUT THE FIRST EVER TOP LATINA BLOGGER RETREAT
The First-Ever Top Latina Blogger Retreat is an exclusive, by-invitation-only event organized by Latinos in Social Media (LATISM), with the objective of empowering the top voices of the Latina community with the skills and connections they need to turn their blogs into social enterprises and tools for advocacy. The two-day event will include capacity-building and mentoring sessions with top executives from a variety of industries and causes as well as a LATISM-exclusive briefing at the White House. For more information about the First-Ever Latina Blogger Retreat, visit http://blogueras.latism.org/

ABOUT LATISM
Latinos in Social Media (LATISM) is a 501(c) 4 nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to advancing the social, civic and economic status of the Latino community through technology innovation and social media. LATISM also helps to raise awareness among corporate brands, NGOs and government entities about using social media to reach Latinos. Our partnership initiatives include research, event sponsorships, and leadership training. A pioneering social media organization with over 150,000 members in its network, LATISM has been hailed as the most influential online movement in the new multicultural Web. To learn more about the Latinos in Social Media (LATISM) organization, visit http://blog.latism.org      


Sponsors and partners for this event include Johnson & Johnson, Univision, McDonald’s, Mary Kay, Southwest Airlines, Procter and Gamble, Comcast, Fleishman Hillard, Disney/Babble, Macys, Porter Novelli, and Consumer Reports. The event was organized in partnership with Latina Bloggers Connect. 



Check out who else is going (in no particular order):


Mirna Arce http://AhorrosConCupones.com
Rachel Armas http://www.theartmuse.net
Veronica Arreola http://www.vivalafeminista.com
Caryn Bailey  http://rockinmama.net
Elisa Batista http://www.momsrising.org
Jeannette Kaplun http://todobebe.com
Elizabeth Cerezo http://thoughtsofamommy.net
Jessie Nuez http://www.hechoparamama.com
Brenda Cisneros-Dewong http://www.mejorandomihogar.com
Yvonne Condes http://momsla.com  //  http://yvonneinla.com
Janice Correa  http://mamistimeout.com
Marta Maria Darby  http://mybigfatcubanfamily.com
Luciana Gabriela Davidzon de Scher http://www.latinfoodlovers.com/
Laura de Ona http://SolyPimienta.com
Julie Diaz Asper  http://blog.gigcoin.com
Melanie Edwards  http://www.modernmami.com
Ana L. Flores http://spanglishbaby.com
Monique Frausto   http://BlogsbyLatinas.com
Teresa Garza  http://checalamovie.net
Dariela Cruz-Gillespie  http://www.mamitalks.com/
Carolyn Gonzalez  http://www.caroincarolina.com
Maura Hernandez  http://theothersideofthetortilla.com
Eugenia Hurtado  http://www.thewiselatinaclub.com
Jennifer Hutcheson http://mami2mommy.com
Denisse Icaza  http://ahorrosparamama.com
Nadia Jones  http://www.justicejonesie.com/blog
Roraima Lassanske http://www.mamacontemporanea.com
Tracy Lopez http://latinaish.com
Yolanda Machado http://sassymamainla.com
Adriana Maestas http://latinopoliticsblog.com // http://politic365.com
Yvette Marquez http://www.muybuenocookbook.com/
Silvia Martinez  http://www.mamalatinatips.com
Yolanda Mason http://lasblogueras.com
Ruby Wright http://www.growingbilingual.com
Blanca Stella Mejia http://micaminar.com
Melyssa Mendoza http://changeyourliferideabike.blogspot.com/
Raquel Negrón http://thedigitallatina.com
Monica Olivera http://www.MommyMaestra.com
Carmen Ordoñez http://www.vivafashionblog.com
Monica Vila  http://www.TheOnlineMom.com
Maegan Ortiz  http://vivirlatino.com
Helena Osorio-Zavala  http://pinkguayoyo.com
Maria Jose Ovalle  http://www.verybusymamablog.com
Chantilly Patiño  http://www.biculturalmom.com
Angelica Perez http://www.newlatina.net
Mariana Perez http://thedomesticbuzz.com
Carolina Pichardo http://www.youngurbanmoms.com
Lynn Ponder http://webcitygirls.com/
Nicole Presley  http://presleyspantry.com/
Jeannette Quiñones http://www.sazonboricua.com
Lisa Quinones Fontanez http://www.autismwonderland.com/
Flor de Maria Rivera http://flordemariafashion.com/
Migdalia Rivera  http://latinaonamission.com
Vianney Rodriguez http://sweetlifebake.com
Roxana Soto Romero  http://www.spanglishbaby.com
Ericka Sanchez  http://nibblesandfeasts.com/
Mercedes Sanchez http://bechicmag.com/magazine/
Dania Santana Henriquez  http://www.lafamiliacool.com/
Alejandra Suarez  http://www.brandlateen.com/
Eliana Tardio Hurtado  http://www.elianatardio.com
Laura Tellado http://holdinoutforahero.org
Laura Termini  http://www.chicanol.com
Maybelline Valenti  http://www.naturalmentemama.com/
Carrie Ferguson Weir  http://tikitikiblog.com
Ruby Wright  http://www.growingupblackxican.com/ 

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AutismWonderland - written by Lisa Quinones-Fontanez - is a personal blog chronicling a NYC family's journey with autism, while also sharing local resources for children/families with special needs.

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