Upcoming Public Speaking Events

Storytelling Magic Using LinkedIn

Ever wonder if you’re dropping the ball on using LinkedIn to maximize your current personal or professional goals? Looking to translate your creative, dynamic or strategic personality into actual leadership results? We hear you and want to help you create your Storytelling Magic!

Whether you’re a full-time professional, business owner or contractor, there’s so much you could be taking advantage of on LinkedIn when it comes to establishing your brand, demonstrating your expertise, building a valuable network for your very own brain trust, selling a service, and – yes – meeting your next employer or client. This platform lets you do all of that, and it’s simpler than you might think! 

February 10, 2021 // 12-1pm EST

Undivided We Rise

undivided We Rise is a virtual summit that brings thought leaders and influential voices together to bring awareness to digitalundivided’s vision: a world where all Black & Latinx women own their work.

February 12th, 2021 // 1-4pm EST

Latina Equal Pay Day

It’s 2020 and still, on average, Latinas in the U.S. are paid 46% less than white men and 31% less than white women. 

Please join me in an important conversation about Latina Equal Pay Day, and how we can help close the gap. It’s happening next Thursday, October 29th at 12pm EST.

Please follow Consciously Unbiased to get an alert when we’re live. With Ashish Kaushal, Yai Vargas, Ramona Ortega, Angelica Ogando, Cynthia Medina Carson #latinaequalpayday #equalitymatters #genderequality #consciouslyunbiased

October 29th at 12pm EST

Latina Equal Pay Day

Hosted by UNIDOS ERG members: PwC, Rubrik and HPE

Latinas are paid less than white men for doing the very same jobs.

And it’s not because Latinas are not doing their part. They ask for promotions and raises at higher rates than white men, but they get worse results.

Join us to learn about the significant wage gap Latinas face and how we raise awareness and work together towards equal pay for equal work.
Keynote by Yai Vargas.

October 29th, 2020 (12pm PT // 3pm ET)

Latina Equal Pay Day

Join Women of Color in the Workplace and Yai as the moderator for the fourth annual Latinas Equal Pay Day Commemoration Project, a panel discussion featuring leading experts and tune into a special series of the podcast, Conversations for Equal Pay.

Women of Color In the Workplace has partnered with several organizations to present a panel discussion that will raise awareness about the pay gap impacting black women in the United States. During this event, you will learn more about the black women’s pay gap, what different organizations are doing to tackle this issue, and the various steps you can take to make a difference.

October 29th, 2020 (6pm CT // 7pm ET)

Ellevate Women: Raise Her Voice Story Slam

Join Ellevate for Raise Her Voice and hear some remarkable personal stories of triumph, tribulation, and adventure from local women in your community. Through these events, taking place all over the world, it is our goal to provide a safe space for empathy to flourish, and similarities and differences to conjoin. It’s a chance to connect and understand that through sharing, and listening, we need never stand alone.

September 24, 2020

Inbound 2020

INBOUND is an annual experience uniting super curious, question-asking professionals with big-name and break-out industry thinkers, high-octane events, and boundless education sessions.

Our 250+ speakers are reshaping the future and will help you pump change-fueled adrenaline into everything you touch. The comedy shows and happy hours whisk away the always-on, daily grind of regular work life. Interactive forums build community.

These four days are for you—the product manager, the creative marketer, the start-up founder. Those who want more than the cookie cutter learning and development noise and who yearn for an explosion of positive energy, sharing, and clear, empowered ways to move forward at work.

September 22- 23rd 2020
Webinar: https://www.inbound.com/

Discount code: BRK-PHP-NGWDA Powerhouse Pass for a reduced cost of $49 rather than the current price of $89!

FIVERR Presents: Hispanic Entrepreneurialism & the Future of Work

Join us on Thursday, September 24th at 12:00pm EST to learn how we can work towards a future that is more diverse, inclusive, and equitable.

The number of Hispanic & Latinx business owners has surged by 34% over the past decade, outpacing that of any other demographic. Hispanic & Latinx entrepreneurs account for 350,000 employer businesses in the U.S., creating nearly 3 million American jobs, and driving a GDP of more than $2 trillion. Yet despite that entrepreneurial vigor, Hispanic & Latinx business owners face ongoing challenges, as their companies tend to remain smaller and less profitable than white-owned businesses.

September 24, 2020
Webinar: Click here to RSVP

ReThink2020 Summit

Join me, along with other inspiring creators like Jess Ekstrom, author of Chasing the Bright Side and CEO of Headbands of Hope, the brilliant Doc Williams, Creator or BrandFactory, and ultra talented power couple Jess and James, of Jess and James photography, and many more! Topics will range from how to use your passion to create a profitable business to actionable tips to start building from zero to launch and how to reach your ideal customer with video and live streaming.

August 6th 2020 – Click here to RSVP (Webinar)

Elevate Influencer

Elevate Influencer is the premier event for personal finance professionals and influencers
who speak directly to individuals of color.

In 2020 the event will move online with more sessions, interactive experiences, and the opportunity to meet one-on-one with the leaders who are shaping the future of financial education. Influencers are encouraged to attend to learn and grow their businesses.

Join these three amazing days of learning, growing, and discussing the unique financial challenges faced by individuals of color.

August 13-15, 2020
Webinar: https://elevateworkshops.com/

Workplace Barriers for Latinas Report

Is your company actively working toward greater inclusion of Latinas? Gain insights by joining our presentation of the HACR Empow(h)er™: Understanding Workplace Barriers for Latinas report on July 15, 2020 at 1 PM ET. You’ll hear from Jessica Kannya, national sales support & optimization executive at Bank of America, and Yai Vargas, founder and CEO at Yai Diversity Consulting on their personal experiences in Corporate America, as well as their work towards ensuring Latina inclusion at every level.

July 15th, 2020 – Click here for REPLAY

Luminary: Reinvention & Thriving

The COVID-19 crisis has been devastating for many small businesses. Scrappy entrepreneurs know that a crisis is a time to throw out what’s not working and replace it with new ways of doing business. Three women entrepreneurs share small tweaks and major moves they are making.

July 21st, 2020 – Click here to RSVP (Webinar)

Webinar: Mind, Body & Spirit

Join me on April 23rd and 29th and Books Made Easy as I talk about Professional Branding and Thought Leadership with other holistic business professionals.

April 23,29th 2020
Webinar RSVP click here

Empowering Women in Business @ Fiverr

WEBINAR: Join Fiverr on March 31st at 5:30PM to explore the gender discrimination in the workplace and how we can stop it.

Hard work and talent should be the only thing that matters when it comes to creativity and professional business. However, in many unfortunate situations, it’s not.

In this conversation we’ll explore the gender discrimination that still exists in the professional and corporate world and, more specifically, the gender pay gap that we all know is still too prevalent.

March 31st 2020

Navigating Your Career with a 2020 Vision

Prospanica New York presents: Navigating Your Career with a 2020 Vision.

Hear from an incredible panel of women as they share strategies on investing in yourself to up-level your career.

March 10th, 2020

MAIP Summit 2020

MAIP Summit, which will be held on February 23-24, is the 4A’s Foundation’s response to the MAIP Alumni community’s desire for a customized, interactive learning and development experience for every level of professional. Its purpose is to provide alumni a forum to learn from senior thought- leaders about innovative and best practices. This annual conference is instrumental in advancing participants’ professional development and strengthens their network by engaging with the MAIP alumni community.

Feb. 23rd 2020 // NY, NY

LinkedIn TransformHER

TransformHER is the premier conference for professional women of color in technology. The conference is structured to help attendees build stronger relationships and leverage resources to advance their careers.
The focus of the event is up-leveling self, industry, and society.

Feb. 28th, 2019

WE Connect Mentor Session with Yai Vargas

Join WE NYC, in partnership with The Media Center, for our quarterly Mentorship Circle with a focus on Leadership. This group session will be led by WE NYC Mentor, Yai Vargas, Founder & CEO of The Latinista.

Do you consider yourself a leader but are looking for ways to grow your leadership skills?Are you actively looking for more opportunities to lead others in your organization or company?Recently took on a leadership position that you would love more tools on how to navigate this new position?

Then this session is for you. Yai will give you tools and tips on how to hone your leadership skills, take advantage of leadership opportunities and lead with confidence in your workspace and life.

Jan. 22nd, 2019
Brooklyn, NY

The Massachusetts Conference for Women

The Massachusetts Conference for Women provides one full day of connection, motivation, networking, inspiration and skill building for thousands of women each year. Since the first Conference in 2005, this annual event has grown to a sold-out crowd of more than 10,000 attendees and impacts thousands of lives. Dozens of expert speakers lead workshops and seminars on the issues that matter most to women, including personal finance, business and entrepreneurship, health, work/life balance and more. The Conference offers incredible opportunities for business networking, professional development and personal growth.

Dec. 11-12th, 2019 // Boston, MA

Leveling Up. Developing Your Professional Brand: FIVERR

Join us November 14th at Fiverr NYC to learn how to leverage LinkedIn to develop your professional brand and career opportunities.

The three parts of this talk will center around: Branding, Thought Leadership & Community Building

November 14th, 2019
New York City

Reflections on Hispanic Heritage Month Pluto Power Shift - Hosted by Macy's

Join Yai on November 4th for the next event in our Pluto Power Shift series, presented in partnership with Macy’s: Reflections on Hispanic Heritage Month. We will reflect on this evolving community’s impact on business and the implications for advancing the Latinx community in the workplace. The conversation will cover topics such as intersectionality, the evolution of the vocabulary, assimilation, colorism and more.

Latina Equal Pay Day: LatinX Summit

On Wednesday, November 20, 2019 – National Latina Equal Pay Day – we are giving you access to 10+ immersive workshops to help craft your roadmap for professional and entrepreneurial success in 2020!

We anticipate more than 500 participants to come together for an afternoon of empowerment, education and networking at our inaugural Latinx Summit – an effort to move beyond typical panel discussions by offering action plans at several venues throughout NYC hosted by leading companies and agencies at their headquarters.

Brought to you by the leadership team: Angelica Litwin-Perez, Elisa Charters, Yai Vargas, and Carolina Castro

November 20th, 2019
Multiple Locations in NYC

The Texas Conference for Women

The Texas Conference for Women provides connection, motivation, networking, inspiration and skill building for thousands of Texas women each year. The one-day Conference offers incredible opportunities for business networking, professional development and personal growth.

October 23-24th, 2019
Austin, TX

Fairygodboss Webinar - Hispanic Heritage Month: Contributions of the Past, Present & Future

Join Fairygodboss and Yai Vargas of The Latinista for a webinar discussing the impact of Hispanic and LatinX community on today’s society.

Webinar registration.

Oct 11th, 2019

LatinX Heritage Month at Luminary

During Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month join us for our Real Talk Series where NASDAQ’s Lyanne Alfaro speaks with three entrepreneurial Latinx Luminaries, Ramona Ortega, Maribel Lara, and Yai Vargas about how their distinct experience and culture shaped their relationship with money & work. They will also share about their reinvention and how that led them to where they are today.

October 7th, 2019
New York, NY

Pennsylvania Conference for Women

The Pennsylvania Conference for Women offers inspiration, motivation, networking, personal & professional development, and community.

October 1-2nd, 2019
Pennsylvania Convention Center

TechStars Women Startup Weekend

Come and join us in a 54-hour long weekend, where you’ll have a chance to get your ideas off the ground in collaboration with like-minded women and allies!

TechStars Global Startup Weekend Women’s Edition is your chance to kickstart a new company, learn, network and disrupt your industry of choice. We’re focusing on creating an all-inclusive environment and are aimed primarily at women, however, this event is open to all.

September 27-29th, 2019
New York City

AdWeek NYC: Equal Storytelling

How Companies Can Amplify Hispanic Cultural Narratives. With such a wide range of diversity between Hispanic culture and communities, there’s no shortage of stories that need to be told. In this conversation, industry leaders will share why and how to meet the global demand for culture-driven content that matters.

September 23rd, 2019
New York City – Sugar Factory

Ellevate NYC: Story Slam. Advancing Women of Color

Join Ellevate for a courageous story slam and hear the remarkable stories of triumph, trials, and adventure from 5 amazing women of color. Through these stories, it is our goal to challenge our personal understandings of the world and consider the parts of others’ journeys that we know nothing about.

September 17th, 2019
New York City

WE NYC Mentor Session

Yai Vargas is one of WE NYC’s WE Connect Mentors – successful women who volunteer their time to coach other entrepreneurs on everything from branding to negotiating contracts to raising capital.

August 5th, 2019
Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Central Public Library

How She Got There

We’re excited to bring together female leaders from the Fiverr and General Assembly Communities for a conversation spanning from freelance to full-time professionals. These creative and inspirational women will share their stories on how they got to where they are today and share their insights into being a woman in business.

July 25th, 2019
New York, NY – General Assembly

Storytelling Magic and Branding Gravitas

We all know the importance of personal and professional branding – what does it all mean?

From your elevator pitch to exchanging business cards and following up with an offer/ask, you want to make sure everything ties together strategically. Whether it’s in person or online, your strategy needs to be consistent and authentic.

Keeping a sharp online presence is key in the workforce – An online profile adds social gravitas, executive presence and gives you the space to show how unique you are.

July 16th, 2019
New York, NY – Twitter HQ

Latina Entrepreneurs Virtual Summit

The goal of Latina Entrepreneurs is to share resources, provide a platform for networking, and give you access to the leaders who will help you succeed with your business.

10 Days. Live Q&A. Worksheets.

Click here for more info and to register.

Elevate Influencer 2019

Elevate Influencer 2019 is the inaugural conference event for personal finance influencers of color.

Join financial professionals, authors, teachers, speakers and educators who are dedicated to improving the financial lives of people of color as we discuss the unique financial challenges and opportunities facing communities of color.

Influencers are encouraged to attend to network with like-minded individuals who can help to grow your presence.

May 25th, 2019
New York, NY

Latinas & Power Symposium

The Latinas & Power Symposium® has impacted thousands of Latina professionals from across the country. Our mission is to inspire, motivate, encourage and enable Latinas to become leaders.

May 16th, 2019
Hartford, Connecticut

HUE Tech Summit

The summit designed to educate, elevate and empower women of color technologists and techpreneurs in the Delaware Valley and beyond. Our mantra “No More Hidden Figures” exists because as we identify women who work hard behind the scenes, make major contributions in their field, or break barriers in the tech industry, we encourage them to come forth to be seen and heard.

May 3rd, 2019
Philadelphia, PA

WE NYCMentor Session

Yai Vargas is one of WE NYC’s WE Connect Mentors – successful women who volunteer their time to coach other entrepreneurs on everything from branding to negotiating contracts to raising capital.

April 17th, 2019 // New York, NY

Altitude Summit

Alt Summit is a conference. It is also a community. A community of thousands of women influencers and entrepreneurs in creative fields. One week a year, we provide a physical gathering place for that community and then incredible things happen.

March 24th, 2019
Palm Springs, CA

TransformHER @LinkedIn HQ

TransformHER is the premier conference presenting a forum for professional Black & Latina Women in technology to build stronger relationships & leverage resources to advance. The theme of the event focuses on Up-Leveling Self, Industry, and Society.

March 23rd, 2019
New York, NY – LinkedIn HQ

Annual Dynamic Women in Business Conference

Our Mosaic: Stronger As We
by the WSA (Women’s Student Association)

February 23rd, 2019
Harvard Business School

Get Money Get Paid: December 8th, 2018 | Brooklyn, NY

Su Dinero Importa Podcast: Your Money Matters with Jen Hemphill | Online

Al Dia Women’s Summit: November 2nd, 2018 | Philadephia, PA

Prospanica @ S&P Global LinkedIn Workshop: September 27th, 2018 | New York, NY

NorthStar: October 5th, 2018 | Philadelphia, PA

WEALLGROW Latina Webinar: August 21st, 2018| Online

Prospanica New York Webinar: August 14th, 2018 | New York, NY

Latinas in Tech NYC Meetup: July 12th, 2018 | New York, NY

She Runs It – Multicultural Alliance Bootcamp: July 25th, 2018 | New York, NY

ColorComm Conference: June 4th-7th, 2018 | Maui, Hawaii

The Latinista LinkedIn 101 Workshop: May 22nd, 2018 | New York, NY

Latinas and Power Symposium: May 17th, 2018 | Hartford, CT

“If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” – African Proverb

Workshops & Speaking Topics


  • Personal & Professional Branding

  • Small Business Owners: Ads, & Client Search

  • Career Search: Recruiter Messaging & Best Practices

Employee Resource Groups:

  • Building, Engaging and Connecting to the Business ROI

  • Employee Engagement & Programming

  • Increase Executive Sponsor Engagement

  • Developing a Communications Cadence


  • Your Network is Your Net Worth: How to Build and Invest in Influential Communities

  • How to Build a National Women’s Network for Your Community

  • Why Investing in Career & Leadership Development is Key to Growth

  • My Dominican Immigrant Story – Between Washington Heights, Corporate America & Business Ownership

Ready to work together?

Ready to work together?