McAllen on International Women’s Day: #BeBold

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Breakfast symposium part of city’s Women’s History Month celebration

WHO:             Mayor Jim Darling

                        City Manager Roel “Roy” Rodriguez, Assistant City Manager Jeff Johnston, Joe Vera, Directors and staff

                        City of McAllen Panel of Trailblazing Women

                        MODERATOR:  Michelle Leftwich, Assistant City Manager

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                        Elvira Alonzo, Public Works

                        Yvette Barrera, Engineering

                        Judge Kathleen Henley, Municipal Court

                        Captain Irene Luna, Police

                        Piedad Martinez, Community Development Block Grant

                        Juli Rankin, Planning

                        Elizabeth Suarez, Airport

WHAT:           International Women’s Day Breakfast Symposium

WHEN &        Wednesday, March 8, 2017             9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
WHERE:         McAllen Convention Center, Exhibit Room A, 700 Convention Center Blvd.    

WHY:              As part of the continued activities by the City of McAllen to celebrate Women’s History Month, the city is hosting a breakfast symposium on International Women’s Day, for their female employees and featuring women directors in the organization who event organizers have identified as trailblazers in the municipality and their respective fields.

According to Rodriguez, the purpose of the call to recognize women in the organization is twofold:

·         to highlight the City of McAllen as a leader amongst Rio Grande Valley and other border municipalities, thanks in part, to the contributions of the women in the organization; as well as

·         to encourage all of its female employees to think beyond their current position, to be bold and to motivate them to seek more opportunity within the city.

“This is a great opportunity to look at all of the different factors that make our city great,” said Mayor Darling.  “The contributions of women to moving the City of McAllen forward, in all aspects, cannot be stressed enough.”