Third Annual 2024 Wage Equity Summit
YWCA San Antonio is honored to announce our Third Annual 2024 Wage Equity Summit! 2024. You do not want to miss this chance to join community members who want to ensure all women in San Antonio earn what they are worth!
Join us on March 2nd at 9:00 A.M at Alamo Colleges – 2222 N Alamo St, San Antonio, TX 78215 to learn how wage inequality impacts childcare, health, and housing. Additional data and research will be discussed to provide insight on closing the wage gap in San Antonio and setting young women up for success in our city.
The event will feature FREE breakfast & lunch, Info sharing sessions, panels and discussions led by credible San Antonio community leaders, and professional development workshops for attendees. These workshops include professional headshots, resume building, and a professional closet! That’s not all… local community vendors will also be in attendance to provide additional resources to our attendees.
Wage Equity Summit
Representative Garcia has committed her life to serving others, her lived-experiences guiding her quest for solutions to increase opportunities for all Texans. Josey spent her early years bouncing from one foster home to another. By the time she reached high school, she had attended 13 schools and lived with various families. At the age of 16, she signed up for the Delay Enlistment Program, securing her place in the U.S. Air Force, serving in deployments to Cameroon, Africa and Iraq, where she served in Operation Iraqi Freedom. After Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Representative Garcia was stationed at Lackland Air Force Base in 2001. Here she would retire after 20 years of a military career. An active member of her westside community, Josey made San Antonio, Texas her forever home.
Upon her retirement in 2014, Josey became a published author and community advocate in San Antonio. In 2020, she co-founded Uniting America Outreach, a nonprofit that delivers food and supplies to people in need. During Winter Storm Uri in 2021, Uniting America Outreach delivered over 9,000 meals to San Antonio’s most vulnerable residents. Her organization raised over $50,000 to provide food, clothing, and hygiene products, which they took directly to Ciudad Acuña, Mexico during the 2022 crisis at the border.
As Texas State Representative for HD 124, Rep. Garcia will continue advocating for those who need her most! Our veterans, children impacted by the foster care industry, retirees, and working families who desperately need access to better paying jobs and affordable housing.
Belinda Román, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Economics at St. Mary’s University. Before joining St. Mary’s Román was Professor of Economics for Palo Alto College in San Antonio.
Deborah Carter, a visionary and accomplished professional, is known for her impactful work and for having held key roles in prominent organizations. She served as the Global Director for Talent Development at Rackspace, where she spearheaded initiatives to identify, develop, and retain top talent. Now, serving her community as Bexar County’s Director of Economic Development, Deborah focuses on the growth of our local economy and workforce development.
Her innovative solutions, forward-thinking approaches, and collaborative spirit were, and continue to be, instrumental to the success our local leadership team had in generating high-wage career opportunities for Bexar County.
She also keeps a pulse on both the private and public sectors, leveraging her expertise to drive entrepreneurial growth and innovation. Deborah holds board positions on Geekdom and Velocity TX and is uniquely poised to cultivate and foster a vibrant and inclusive ecosystem for startups and small businesses.
Passionate about addressing the scarcity of Advanced Manufacturing Technicians, Deborah now lends her support to the TX FAME Alamo Chapter. Through this role, she works diligently to bridge the skills gap in the manufacturing sector by promoting an apprenticeship and training program and cultivating partnerships with industry stakeholders. Her commitment to workforce development and her dedication to creating opportunities for aspiring technicians are at the forefront of her mission.
Beyond her professional endeavors, Deborah finds fulfillment in spending time with her family and friends, traveling, and regularly attending Zumba. These pursuits allow her to recharge and maintain a well-rounded perspective and enhance her effectiveness as a leader.
Amy K.T. Contreras is the Assistant to the Director of the City of San Antonio’s Workforce Development Office (WDO). Amy manages the WDO’s Director’s Office and helps oversee the City’s “Ready to Work” education and job placement program.
Previously Amy was an Executive Director at Ernst & Young, where she focused on corporate taxation for clients, oversaw the San Antonio EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and completed the EY Harvard Leadership Program. After serving over 20 years in the private sector, she chose to shift her effort to supporting community empowerment.
Amy received a BA from the University of Texas, a JD from St. Mary’s University, and an LLM in Taxation from the Georgetown University Law Center.
Dr. Hailey Gibbs is a senior policy analyst for Early Childhood Policy at American Progress. Her work focuses on the social and economic benefits of investing in early child care and education; promoting equity through child care access and infrastructure; and best practices in supporting children’s learning. Her research also spans topics under the social determinants of health umbrella, including family economic security, health care access, and housing and nutrition programs.
Dr. Jeneise Briggs is the Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) at Opportunity Home, San Antonio. She is responsible for advancing the organization’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion goals through the development, deployment and continuous improvement of organization policies. Jeneise is an experienced EDI practitioner with a proven track record for success in developing Diversity and Inclusion departments, enhancing strategic organizational growth and fostering relationships with underrepresented communities. For the past 3 years Jeneise has focused her efforts in developing non-profit organizations in the EDI space. Under her leadership, Opportunity Home was recently awarded the San Antonio Business Journal 2023 Diversity and Inclusion Award.
Jeneise holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication, a Master of Public Administration and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. Her expertise and research interests focus on developing and implementing EDI strategic plans, developing equity scorecards to measure progress and impact and providing dedicated expertise for organizational health with regards to issues of inclusivity. Dr. Briggs has facilitated training, workshops and delivered keynote speeches to organizations and institutions across the healthcare field, higher education, government and other private sector entities