Dear ladies and (gentlemen). I've added a new RSS feed to inspire us. Please welcome Aurelia Flores of PowerfulLatinas.com
to the ABLA network. Her blog will now be feeding into the ABLA network home page.
Aurelia Flores currently practices Intellectual Property law for a Fortune 300 company that does over $8 billion per year in revenues and has approximately 44,000 employees worldwide. She lives in San Diego and enjoys ballroom dancing, kickboxing and self-improvement seminars in her free time. (Now that her son is at Georgetown University, she has more free time.)
Aurelia is lucky to have many wonderful, accomplished and interesting Latina friends and is always looking to learn more and do better. For this reason, she came up with this idea of interviewing a number of interesting, accomplished and powerful Latina women in a number of different fields so she and her friends (among whom YOU are!) can learn more and hopefully do better in the next 30-60 years of their careers. That, and she’s curious about what women in these various fields actually DO (and how they do it) and it seemed like a good way to ask questions that might otherwise not be appropriate at a cocktail party.
Aurelia is Mexican-American, was born in San Antonio, Texas, but grew up for the most part in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She loves to travel and has been all over the United States, to various parts of Latin America and Asia, but has never been to Europe (which is next on the itinerary).
She got pregnant at 15 and thanks to a very loving and supportive family system was able to finish high school and attend college. She found she loved the study of groups of people and pursued a degree in Sociology. Through an Urban Studies Program in Chicago, she met the co-founder of La Escuela Popular Norteña, which was instrumental in the formation of her political thought and exposed her to the political theory (and practice!) of popular education (a theory popularized by Miles Horton and Paulo Freire, but used throughout the U.S. and Latin America – among other places – to foment social change).
Aurelia went to law school to “change the world,” but got distracted by paying student loans and other bills and raising her son. However, during law school she was able to take some amazing classes on Critical Race Theory and study aspects of immigration law, education law and domestic violence law.
After law school, Aurelia was awarded a Fullbright Fellowship and studied with three different popular education centers in Mexico City – one that worked with unions, one that worked on small economic development projects and one that did community political theater.
Upon returning to the U.S., Aurelia moved to San Diego to pursue a career in international business law (looking to put into practice some of the small economic development concepts) and was fortunate to be able to work with one of the top U.S.-Mexico lawyers in the U.S.
After several years, and when her son was about to start high school, she felt it important to leave the long hours of law firm life and pursue a job as in-house counsel that, while still demanding, would leave her time to figure out where her son was and what he was up to (sometimes to her chagrin).
She has volunteered on several different Boards and is especially fond of the arts and their possibility for social and political change.
Aurelia is exceedingly excited about this project and has a wonderful team of friends and colleagues supporting her in pursuing this venture.