Illustrator - Linda Lens

 

UPCOMING SPEAKING EVENTS

 

The best way to know where Graciela will be speaking is to check this calendar.  Keynote and educational presentations are highlighted below.

 

 

Call (510) 542-9449 to inquire about booking Graciela for YOUR conference, school or corporate event.

 

Guest Lecturer: Texas State University - San Marco - two classes (Business School and Communications Department) - October 17 - 18th

 

KEYNOTE: Texas Association for Bilingual Education conference, October 19, 2016, Galveston, Texas. Details to follow here.

 

PREVIOUS SPEAKING EVENTS

 

Author Visits to First-Grade classrooms and after-school family event. Stevens Elementary School, Spokane, Washington. May 4th

 

FREE professional development workshops: "Personal Branding for Veterans" - May 7th, East Palo Alto Library. A short article about the event and a testimonial from the organizer is here on LinkedIn.

 

California Association for Bilingual Education conference, March 24th:  Two Author Panels, San Francisco: "The Need for Relevant Literature in Secondary Classrooms" (authors of nonfiction ) and "Insights from Award-Winning Children's Picture Book Authors."

 

March 3rd, Pearland, TX - Private WINGS event featuring two women veterans, hosted by Imagiread to celebrate Women's History Month.

 

February 17th - AAUW Pleasant Hill - Martinez Branch General Meeting, Keynote, St. Andrew's Church in Pleasant Hill. See page 5 in program here.

 

February 19, 2016 - Program for Families and Children during Grand Opening Veterans Connect @ the East Palo Alto Library, 2415 University Ave, East Palo Alto, CA 94303; Graciela shared her military aviation service story and read Good Night Captain Mama. Flyer is below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 19 - Visit to local high school to network with JROTC cadets
November 5th - Bilingual Library Presentation with reading of Buenas Noches Capitán Mamá, Patrick Heath Public Library, Boerne, Texas,  Program details are here.

 

"As Youth Services Librarian, I highly recommend Graciela Tiscareno-Sato.  She did an extraordinary presentation at our library, thoroughly engaging both children and adults with her inspiring and riveting career in the Air Force and later as children’s author.  The presentation included stunning visuals, film, and even flight suits for the children to model. This is a program, moreover, that instills pride in our Latino heritage.  I am honored to have met and worked with Ms. Tiscareno-Sato, and hope to do so again. -   Constance Keremes, Youth Services Librarian,  Patrick Heath Library, Boerne, Texas

 

November 6th  - Keynote Address - Dual Language Conference, Education Service Center-Region 20, San Antonio, Texas

 

"Graciela is a multi-faceted businesswoman, setting her sights on providing effective and efficient information with the target of promoting and enhancing the lives of Latinos in a global fashion.  Her journey takes her through education, as well, as she is determined to push through the myths of Latino children in education as English language learners.  Her support in San Antonio, Texas during the 2015 Dual Language Conference, held at Education Service Center-Region 20, inspired educators of all levels in the field as she made her vivid, authentic stories come to life through the many connections with participants she created during her presence.  Graciela’s keynote address, and later intimate gathering with educators, provided these educators with a newfound passion for teaching and reaching all English language learners.  Her numerous experiences and keen eye for learning and supplying her knowledge to others are guaranteed to promote a powerful punch in your program." - Clarissa Dovalina, M.Ed., Educational Specialist, Bilingual/ESL, Education Service Center Region 20, San Antonio, Texas

 

"True to the conference theme, “Embracing the Heart, Enriching the Mind,” Graciela Tiscareño-Sato touched hearts and minds in her keynote address at the Region 20 Dual Language Conference in San Antonio. Challenging teachers to reconsider their student expectations, Graciela related how she started school speaking no English and through the help of caring educators became an accomplished student, aviator, businesswoman, and author. Not only did Graciela inspire teachers to view their English Language Learners through a future lens, she also taught practical strategies for developing writing skills during a following break-out session. Through these conference presentations, Graciela rekindled passion and ignited a desire in many teachers to help their students become the leaders of tomorrow." - Marcy Voss, Boerne ISD Special Programs Coordinator, Boerne, Texas


November 9 - Classroom visit to celebrate Veterans Day at Montesorri School, in East Bay

 

 

 

 

November 11th (Veterans Day) - Hofstra University, Keynote at Veterans Day Program - November 11th, Student Center, Hofstra University

 

November 17, 2015 - Keynote presentation, Orinda-Moraga-Lafayette Branch of American Association of University Women, Moraga, California. 9 a.m. coffee, 9:30 a.m. program. Holy Trinity Serbian Cultural Center, 1700 School St., Moraga.


September 10, San Jose - KQED - sponsored Latino Heritage Month Panel at screening of documentary On Two Fronts: Latinos in Vietnam; School of Arts and Culture at the Mexican Heritage Plaza 6 - 8:30 p.m. RSVP here.

 

September 19 - U.C. Berkeley - Latin@ Legacy Events “Sharing Wisdom Across Generations” Business Panel (2:10 to 3:10 p.m.)

 

August 15-22 -Americas Symposium on Cultures Based Innovation, The Banff Centre in Banff, Alberta, Canada (with global network of scholars and practitioners)

 

August 23 - Personal Branding Workshop (for Military Veterans and Military Spouses) at V-WISE conference, Boston, Massachusettes

 

August 27 - Panelist: "Women and the Hidden Color Barrier" San Francisco, OKTA offices

June 8 - Fairchild Air Force Base - Spokane, Washington;Michael Anderson Elementary School assemblies and gifting of 300 books, courtesy of Qualfon in Liberty Lake, WA.

 

April 9th, Berkeley, CA - Latina Tech Entrepreneurs Policy Discussion, Details in image below.


 

 

April 14th - Cal State University - East Bay - Cesar Chavez Leadership Presentation, Old Union building Room 311, 2-3:30 p.m.

 

April 23rd - Naval Air Station Lemoore, Lemoore, CA -Akers Elementary School presentation

 

Hispanicize 2015, Miami, Florida - Lightening talk + Panel Conversation
 
Enjoy Graciela's Hispanicize Event recap (song titled "A Few of My Hispanicize Things" (to the tune of "A Few of My Favorite Things" from "The Sound of Music," with photos) HERE. Download here as ppt with audio; download as simple pdf here.

 







 

SPEAKING EVENTS IN 2014

JULY

ND Child Learning Center, Spokane, WA, July 15th

 

Lakeside Community Library, Nine Mile Falls, Washington, Storytime, July 23rd 10:30 a.m.

 

Auntie's Bookstore, Spokane, Washington, July 26th 10 a.m. Come try on real military flight suits, scarves, gloves-explore military aviation charts and more after the reading of Good Night Captain Mama and Q & A about Graciela's military career. Flyer is here.

 

Fairchild Air Force Base AAFES anniversary celebration - book signing and storytime July 26th

 

 

 

 

 

 

AUGUST

ONLINE: Graciela Tiscareno-Sato appeared on LIVE Radio "Baby and Toddler Instructions" August 20th talking about the mommy entrepreneur life juggle. iTunes users can listen here. Everyone else can listen to the Podcast here.

 

Cal Vet Womens Summit Expo, Sacramento, August 24th

 

LATINAStyle Magazine Business Series. Moderating:Latina Entrepreneurs Spotlight: Lessons Learned panel, 11 -noon, August 28th. San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront Hotel (1800 Old Bayshore Highway. Burlingame, CA 94010.) Register here.

SEPTEMBER

Americas Latino Eco Festival, Boulder and Denver, Colorado, September 11-15, 2014. Press release of event is here. Participation details (multiple forums and a keynote) will follow.

 

Severance Middle School, Windsor, Colorado, September 17th - Advanced Writing Workshop with students who read Latinnovating as part of their G & T program AND "The STEM of Aviation" presentation for different group of students in the afternoon.

 

Testimonials:
From 6th grade student:
"We loved the presentation! It was exciting to hear about Grace's life and how she overcame things that would hold her back. We liked that we got to try on her aviator's hat, too."
 
From 8th grade girl:
"I felt honored to be invited for this awesome presentation! I loved hearing about Grace's life story and how she reached her dreams even though, as a Hispanic girl, she would have been held back. I have the same heritage, and I've been told many of the same things that Grace was told as a girl. It's so exciting to have someone inspire me to know that I can follow my dreams, no matter what they are."

 

From event organizer:
"It was a privilege to watch Grace in action as she worked with middle school students at my school. The afternoon STEAM presentation touched many students. I heard comments about how inspired several students were after hearing Grace speak. I am grateful that my students had the opportunity to spend time with this amazing woman."
Thanks for your visit!! -Jen Maley, Library Media Specialist

 

Hayward Public Library- Weekes Branch - September 20th

“Thanks so much for your wonderful presentation at the Hayward Library yesterday. I learned so much and was really "Wow!"ed by the courage and hard work demonstrated in your military service, your positive message, effective interaction with kids  and the strong role model you provide in our community.” -Sally Thomas, Supervising Librarian, Hayward Public Library

 

 

Watsonville Public Library, September 27th. 1 p.m. English program; 2 p.m. in Spanish. More about the "California Reads War Comes Home" initiative is here.
“Graciela, your presentations were fantastic, and you totally blew me away! It was a lovely treat to have you and your beautiful family here.” -Watonka Addison, Senior Librarian,Watsonville Public Library

 

Santa Cruz Public Library, 2 p.m. September 28th.
“Graciela's presentation was inspiring, fascinating and educational.  We learned a lot about how critical math is in flying airplanes, how important it is for girls to have opportunities in science and the rewards of doing work that you love.  Her fast-paced presentation included photographs, videos of mid-flight refueling, and her actual flight suits.  The whole family will be intrigued...don't miss it!”- Janis O'Driscoll, Division Manager, Programs & Partnerships, Santa Cruz Public Libraries
 

 

US Coast Guard Station, Point Reyes, CA, September 30th at 10:45 a.m. Hispanic Heritage Month event. Speech sponsored by Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Marin.

 

OCTOBER
 
Latinas Think Big™ INNOVATION Summit, October 3rd at Google HQ in Silicon Valley. Leading roundtable discussion on entrepreneurship topics. Press release is here.

 

NOVEMBER

Nov. 5-6th Veterans Day Celebration at Chemeketa Community College, Salem, OR. Multiple classroom presentations on various topics; Keynote speaker at campus wide celebration.
 
"Graciela’s presentation at Chemeketa Community College located in Salem, Oregon was a tremendous success with our student audience and our campus community. She was able to deepen our insight into women in the military with an educational, engaging, and humorous style. Graciela is a pleasure to work with, and her extensive knowledge on the military was appreciated by all who attended. The students asked great questions, and the time she spent answering those questions was experienced and passionate. We want her to come back to Chemeketa Community College." -Linda Ringo-Reyna, Multicultural Student Services Coordinator

 

Nov. 8th - California State University- East Bay, Hayward, CA; Fall Student Leadership Conference; led 45-minute "Personal Branding for Leadership" highly-interactive workshop for over 200 students. Slides are here.
 
"Thanks for presenting at CSUEB, I thought that the focus on creating a short story about yourself as an introduction instead of just facts was the most valuable part of the workshop, and something I can use daily." Aaron Weisz, Student, Cal State East Bay
Other comments received via student evaluations (scored 29/30 points):
  • "Fantastic, bring her back!! Provided extremely useful information that allows for reflection and personal growth."
  • "AMAZING!!! Really inspiring!"
  • "Highly recommend this workshop for students!"
  • "Great workshop that should always be included in our leadership training."
  • "Very helpful w/interviews and resume building!"
  • "I love that I came to this. The idea of having others choose how they would describe me is something I will definitely use."
  • "Excellent speaker, clear, thorough, informative."
  • "This speaker was amazing! She was very knowledgeable and I will definitely take her upon her offer to connect."
  • "She is such an awesome individual, OMG. Thank you for bringing her!"
  • "Excellent!! Amazing and inspiring; please have her come back to CSUEB."
  • "I really like her sincerity and connection with us."
  • "One of the best speakers CSUEB has presented since 2001! Amazing and an honor to meet this amazing leader!"
  • "Love the networking tips."
  • "Great accomplishments to back up her speech. Very well done."
  • "Great speaker, great information."
  • "I really enjoyed it, very helpful."
 

Business and Professional Women's Foundation, National Business Women's Week awards, Arlington, VA at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial; award recipient and speaker on "Personal Branding for Military Veterans" panel; Nov. 10th

 

#LATISM14 [Latinos Technology and Social Media] National Conference, in Anaheim, CA

Friday, November 14th - PANEL speaker, Tecnología track - "Latinos leading innovation in STEM fields"- Hear from successful Latino innovators who chose STEM as a career path. What triggered them? what sparks their creativity? who made the biggest influence? Let's learn from them in order to build a whole new generation of innovators and makers. Will be joined by these Latino Leaders: Wendy Rivera Alfredo Ayala Salvador Mendoza

 

Saturday, November 15th - PANEL speaker - Latinos Changing The World - Breakfast- Meet the champions that are changing the destiny of Latinos in the country. Get inspired by their journey and join their causes. Can't wait to converse and exchange ideas with these leaders!  Celia Ayala (Early Childhood) Ashley Chico (K-12) Felix Ortiz (Entrepreneurship) Graciela Tiscareño-Sato (Inclusion) Giovanni Rodriguez (The Big Picture)

 

Veterans Day Celebration at Rosemead Public Library - 12:00 p.m. November 15, 2014 - Location. Rosemead Public Library, Valley Boulevard, Rosemead, CA

 

Testimonials
 
"A BIG THANK YOU for making this happen! It has been a great experience for the 22 girls, 2 parents and the teacher from Los Robles Academy who participated [in Women of Aviation Week orientation flights]. They all were thrilled with the experience!  We are looking forward to having more girls participating next year. - Mr. Salas, Prinicipal


"Graciela and Pilot Team, Mil gracias for everything you have done  to ensure that our young girls from Los Robles and McNair were and are able to participate in this exciting field trip!
Thanks for all your support; it's an honor to work with you." - L. Morales, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Ravenswood City School District

 

Ravenswood City School District Middle School Career Retreat, Stanford University, May 12-13 - coordinated diverse set of professional role models and presented personal story and educational pathways to military aviation careers to nine groups of students in two days


Cal Day, April 12th at U.C. Berkeley: Celebration of Children's Literature and Literacy;

Reading of Good Night Captain Mama in the Morrison Reading Room at Doe Library. Event flyer is here.


CABE (California Association of Bilingual Educators) Conference, April 3rd at Anaheim Marriott; present with finalists at the International Latino Book Awards/Latino Literary Now  Booth



Cesar Chavez Commemoration Luncheon Speaker, JFK University, March 31

Women of Aviation Week 2014; News Release with RSVP details is here. Event flyer is here. Event flyer in Spanish is here.

Veterans Day school celebrations included readings of Good Night Captain Mama at the following schools:
 
Castro Valley Elementary
"Thank you so much for the wonderful presentation.  I could tell that the kids really enjoyed the experience and got something out of it.  When we returned to the classroom, the kids designed their own patches [using template in the back of the book.] It was a meaningful activity after getting to touch your patches on your uniform. Their designs are hanging up and I took some photos. I noticed one child drew a plane being refueled and several girls wrote 'Captain (their name)' on their patch design! It is wonderful that the girls are also seeing this as a possibility for themselves as well! Thank you so much for your time.  I know the kids will remember this experience." -G.Winblad, kindergarten teacher

 

Hillside Elementary School, San Leandro
"Graciela Tiscareno-Sato did an excellent job sharing with our students about individuals of Latino heritage that contributed a great deal of success to the United States. Her presentation was inspirational for our Latino Heritage Celebration Assembly. Our parents, teachers, those who attended the assembly and most importantly our students were inspired by Graciela’s story and the two individuals she presented us with: Jose Hernandez, migrant worker to astronaut and Air Force Lt. Col. Olga Custudio, the first Latina ever to graduate from Air Force military pilot training.  Our students were motivated to dream big and not to put limitations on education, and the gifts and talents they possess. We are looking forward to having Graciela visit with us again soon."
-Adriel “A.D” Briscoe, School Counselor, Hillside Elementary School
 

Castro Valley Parent Nursery School


Jensen Ranch Elementary School

"Que gran oportunidad para los niños bilingües y de sus padres el poder disfrutar  de esta historia en su lengua materna." -Ivonne Luna de Thompson, Maestra de Español, Madre Latina
 
"As a member of the  United State Air Force, Mrs. Sato was able to open the door to an American soldier's life .  Students had an opportunity to see how soldiers serve our country in many different ways.  Additionally, Mrs. Sato's book helped students see that soldiers are also mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters.  It was an eye-opening experience for our students."
-Candice Cheung, Second Grade Teacher, Jensen Ranch School


 
Community Event for Hispanic Heritage Month, Panel discussion with 2 others at the San Mateo County Library, October 15. Flyer with program details is here.
 

From event organizer: “Graciela was a great addition to the program “Chasing the American Dream” hosted by the Latino Cultural Advisory Committee at the San Mateo Public Library as part of Latino Heritage Month. Her stories and thoughts engaged the audience and moved one man to share his story of coming to America from India with the audience. I greatly appreciated her offer to be a resource to all of the students who were in attendance. It is nice to know there are warm, willing and strong individuals like this in my community." – Alison Day, Librarian, San Mateo Public Library

U.S.S. Hornet event, Keynote Speaker for "Living Ship Day; Fabulous Flying Females," September 21st, Alameda, CA onboard the aircraft carrier turned museum in Hangar Bay 3. Press release is here. Story in newspaper is here.
 
From the event organizer: "Grace Tiscareno-Sato was a wonderful speaker for the USS Hornet Museum. She was very professional and her presentation was flawless. We had several Girl Scouts and other students in attendance; she was an absolute inspiration for them. It would be an honor to have her speak again on the Hornet. She was the perfect candidate to promote STEM youth education and we are very grateful for her time.” – Heidi Schave,  Education Director of the USS Hornet Museum


Merced College, Literacy event for Hispanic Heritage Month. September 19th.

 

Fiestas Fridas San Francisco festival -'Somos Frida' Community event, July 2013
"A million tiny "thanks" for being a part of Fiestas Fridas SF inaugural event. You are an inspiring woman in English and Spanish! All of our Little Fridas and Diegos loved hearing you read Good Night Captain Mama in español. Since most of our kids were Spanish speakers, it sure made them feel special. We look forward to what's to come from your pluma, keep on writing!" -Erika Guzman, Fiestas Fridas San Francisco




May - Global webinar for Jones Lang LaSalle LERN (employee resource group)

"Graciela, I just wanted to thank you for taking the time today to share with us.  Your presentation has inspired me to want to do more; learn more.  I feel more aware of the need to return to my roots and the need to teach that awareness to my children to be more resourceful and appreciate and put to use what we have. It’s become so easy to go out and buy in today’s culture without giving a second thought.  I really understand the value of these teachings and I’m going to implement them & share with others. You have really given me some food for thought and more importantly a desire to go out and act." -Valinda Valerio,Facility Coordinator, Jones Lang LaSalle



April - Buck Lodge Middle School in Adelphi, MD, "The Unlikely Military Aviator"

"Hearing the story of an accomplished and dedicated yet unlikely aviator allowed my students to further imagine the endless possibilities for their lives. The students who were able to try on the flight suits have bragging rights for the rest of the year and the remainder can't stop talking about how your upbringing is similar to theirs. You have planted a seed in my students that will grow into something wonderful. Thank you!" Kerrin Torres-Meriwether, Teacher, Buck Lodge Middle School


April -Towson Univ.,Baltimore, Maryland -"Branding Yourself" workshop for student vet (details here)

“Graciela blew our students out of the water! Her workshop was very valuable and she engaged everyone individually. This allowed each participant to truly become involved, ask many questions and learn from her. Graciela’s techniques of engaging students was very effective and fun. Students left with a clear understanding about how to market themselves in order to go out into the workforce, start a business or apply to graduate schools.” Daliana Rivera, Student Veteran Program, Towson University


“Graciela showed us that our skills learned in the military can be repackaged to help showcase our talents. She showed us how to broadcast our skills to others by networking and branding ourselves. Most importantly, she gave us the confidence and knowledge to broadcast our talents to form our own brand.”  Chris Powell, Veteran, Towson University Student


“Graciela is extremely personable and possesses a wealth of knowledge. I wish there were more veterans like her with the skills of public speaking to reach out as she does.” Kevin Morgan, Veteran, Towson University Student



Women of Aviation event, Keynote Speaker. Hiller Aviation Museum, San Carlos, CA. Details here.

“Que maravilla de historia y que buen ejemplo para todos nuestros niños y niñas. Es una belleza ver como una familia militar funciona y como se puede enriquecer a esa nueva generación de madres profesionales.”
–Ana Ruiz, pilota, banquera

 

OTHER PRIOR SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

 

Nellis Air Force Base Child Development Center, June 30th - Author Visit to Childcare Development Center classrooms

 

 

 

 

 

 

American Library Association National Convention AND the
2014 International Latino Book Awards
Good Night Captain Mama / Buenas Noches Capitán Mamá was been named an award-winner in the “Best Educational Children’s Book – Bilingual” category for the 2014 International Latino Books Awards hosted at the American Library Association national convention in Las Vegas. Author signing at the ILBA Booth at the ALA Expo and at the evening award ceremony. Event flyer is here.

 

2014 SHOUT! for Women Veterans art exhibit, June 12, 2014 at the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco.

 

LISTAS (Latinas in STEM2 To Achieve Success) Inaugural Conference, Cañada College, Redwood City. "Management and Leadership: Latina Leadership - Creating your own path to success"

 

STEM Fair, East Palo Alto School, February 12th

Elementary school assemblies in Castro Valley, Feb 28

 

San Francisco History Expo, March 1st at noon
"Modern Women in the Military: History in the Making"
Details here. Location is The Old Mint, 88 Fifth Street at Mission in San Francisco