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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) is the second-largest university in Houston and 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 approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.