Latina Leaders Honor a Legacy of Women Entrepreneurs in Panel Discussion

By January 22, 2019Press Releases

LOS ALTOS, CA (January 22, 2019) – Los Altos History Museum, in partnership with the Santa Clara County Office of Women’s Policy and Comerica Bank, will hold a panel discussion, “Latina Business Leaders: Diverse Pathways to Success,” Thursday, February 7th at 7pm in the Orchard Room at Los Altos Library. Prior to the event, the Museum will hold a reception and special viewing of its current exhibition, “Inspired by Juana: La Doña de la Frontera,” at 6:30pm. Registration for both is free.

A dynamic 19th century businesswoman, traditional healer and advocate, Juana Briones owned many parcels of land in what is now Los Altos Hills, Palo Alto, San Jose, and San Francisco. The panelists frame her story of resilience, ingenuity and business savvy as hallmarks of Silicon Valley that are being carried on by the next generation.

“In the exhibition, we discuss how Juana Briones created a successful business for herself over 100 years ago despite adversity,” said Dr. Elisabeth Ward, the Museum’s Executive Director. “We’re excited to learn in this panel discussion how Latina businesswomen do it today.”

Sharing their pathways to success are panelists:

Sarahi Espinoza Salamanca, 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 Founder & CEO of DREAMers Roadmap; Rosanna Alvarez, artist, educator and entrepreneur; Anna Dapelo-Garcia, healthcare administrator and founder of Lean-In Latinas; Guisselle Nuñez, award-winning marketing professional, instructor and author; and moderated by Linda Castillo, CA Chair of the Hispanic Initiative at Comerica Bank.

“We’re excited to partner with Los Altos History Museum and Comerica Bank in bringing these local Latinas together to share their diverse expertise with the community,” said Carla Collins, Assistant Director, Santa Clara County Office of Women’s Policy. “These panelists stand on the shoulders of Juana as they create business opportunities, strengthen our community, and continue her magnificent legacy.”

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Los Altos History Museum began in 1977 with the opening of the J. Gilbert Smith House historic farmhouse, built in 1905. In 2001, the Los Altos History Museum opened its modern building next door, which houses the Museum’s collectionspermanent and changing exhibits, store and administrative offices. The Museum and its grounds are available for rent during evenings and weekends. Its collections are owned by the City of Los Altos and are managed by an independent nonprofit organization, whose staff and volunteers are responsible for all programs and operations.

The Museum and J. Gilbert Smith House are open Thursday through Sunday, from noon-4pm. Admission is free. The gardens, outdoor agricultural exhibits and picnic area are accessible beyond Museum hours. For more information, go to:, email, or phone 650.948.9427 x14.

Media Contact:

Los Altos History Museum: Elisabeth I. Ward, 650.948.9427 x10,