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Marilyn Davies College of Business Hosts Power On Heels Event

The University of Houston-Downtown’s Marilyn Davies College of Business (MDCOB) welcomed more than 75 business professionals and students to campus on July 23 for a full-day event centered around Latinas in the workforce.

The Power On Heels Fund is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on the advancement of Latinas. The goal of the group is to help decrease the impact of the gender pay gap on Latinas’ earning potential. According to the website, the fund also works to increase earning potential, accelerate career advancement, and cultivate future leaders through specialized programs, mentorship, and scholarships. 

Recently, MDCOB hosted the organization for a Latina Power Academy Leadership Program, which provides essential skills required to  successfully lead any team in an organization and enhance career opportunities for Latinas in the Houston community. For this one-day training session, members focused on emotional intelligence, leadership, and financial mastery.

Among the Latina business professionals in attendance included Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia, State Senator Carol Alvarado, and two members of British Parliament, Yasmin Qureshi and Anum Qaisar, who all offered words of encouragement to the participants.

“This was a great event,” said MDCOB Assstant Dean Christine Poleski Gaona. “The Marilyn Davies College of Business looks forward to hosting events like these that help empower the future Latina leaders of the world.”

To learn more about the organization, visit poweronheelsfund.org

About The University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD)—the second largest university in Houston—has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974.

As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 60,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).

For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.