Announcing the First-Ever Austin Changemaker Chat on Wed., February 7th!

Changemaker Chats is a non-profit women’s salon series that brings together early-mid career women to learn from female leaders today. And we’re so thrilled to kick off our first ever Austin Chat with Laura Donnelly, Co-founder and COO of the nonprofit, Latinitas.

Latinitas enables young Latinas to achieve personal and academic success through media and technology outreach to address the critical state of Latina girls today. As COO, Laura manages production of the magazine, program outreach and resource development for the organization. She has spent the majority of her career championing girls, and has been named a YWCA of Austin Woman of the Year and also awarded the Young Women’s Alliance 40 Under 40 Award.

Each month, the Chat will have a different theme. As we move into 2018, this month’s theme is BEGINNINGS, so we’ll be asking questions on how to begin — or begin again — when the going gets tough.


Feb 7, 2018 @ 6:30 pm

Admission: Free


Mexic-Arte Museum
419 Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78701
United States


Laura Donnelly was a book publicist for eight years in New York City, working with authors such as Michael Crichton, Erica Jong, Maya Angelou and former President Jimmy Carter, until she realized she wanted to generate her own media. A “big sister” in Big Brothers/Big Sisters for ten years, she had long been inspired to create a forum for “girl speak.”

She received her undergraduate degree in English at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, NJ and a Master’s in Journalism from UT Austin in 2003.

The co-founder of Latinitas Magazine and Outreach, Laura is strongly dedicated to empowering Latina youth. As Chief Operating Officer, Laura manages the production of Latinitas magazine, program outreach and resource development for Latinitas. She is also a documentary filmmaker producing a short work titled, “Capirotada,” which was featured in South by Southwest Film Festival. Laura was named a YWCA of Austin Woman of the Year, “Leader of Promise” and was awarded the Young Women’s Alliance 40 Under 40 Award for her work empowering Hispanic girls and teens.


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