about the summit
The ENGAGE Young Professionals Leadership Summit is the convergence of our region's influential leaders, entrepreneurs, and philanthropists ready to fuel creativity and inspire action among young professionals.
Featuring a keynote speaker, two panel discussions,
a networking workshop, and an after-party, attendees walk away with real-world, practical knowledge that can transcend any sector.
This year, the Summit will once again offer an in-person experience featuring a full day of programming. This year’s theme encompasses the art of leading a life filled with intentionality to exceed in establishing a professional and personal legacy– all while maintaining a balanced lifestyle.
March 24, 2023
11:30am - 6pm
Downtown El Paso
conversations & connections
Karla Martinez de Salas
Head of Editorial Content,
Vogue Mexico & Latin America
With a major in Marketing and Business Administration from the University of Arizona, Karla Martínez de Salas started her career as an assistant in Vogue U.S. to later become an Associate Fashion Editor in 2002 where she collaborated with recognized publishers such a Grace Coddington, Tonne Goodman, Camilla Nickerson and Phyllis Posnick.
From 2005 to 2010, she was Fashion Director for T Magazine of The New York Times where she learned not only from the fashion industry, but also from the world of interior design, art and travel. Later, she became the Fashion Director of Interview Magazine where, for a year, she specialized in photography and design to become the Fashion and Accessories Director of W Magazine in 2011.
She became Editor in Chief of Vogue Mexico and Latin America in June 2016, and since then, she has continued with the exclusive editorial line of the title, where her projects have established new alliances in the market. Following her role as head of Vogue Mexico and Latin America, she has been interviewed multiple times by major publications such as El Heraldo Mexico and Business of Fashion NY and Spain, where she has explored her expertise as an opinion leader in the direction of the fashion and luxury industry. She has also appeared in television and radio with recognized tv hosts such as Martha Debayle, Eddy Warman, Eddy Smol and Oscar Madrazo where she has shared her achievements and projects during her first year in Vogue Mexico and Latin America.
She was recently included in the BoF U.S. list of the 500 international fashion leaders and since then, Karla has been in charge of the magazine‘s management. Vogue Mexico and Latin America was also awarded with best editorial content for Mexico's Fashion Digital Awards. Karla Martínez de Salas is a key player in Project Paz, a New York based non-profit organization created 7 years ago, whose goal is to create extracurricular activities for low-income children in Ciudad Juarez, in order to promote peace.
Brianna Chavez is an anchor/reporter for KVIA ABC-7. Brianna was born and raised in El Paso, and is a proud graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso and Loretto Academy.
Brianna started her career at ABC-7 as an intern back in 2018. After her internship, she officially joined the team as an Associate Producer and an Administrative Assistant and has worked her way up. Throughout her time at ABC-7, Brianna has reported on multiple stories, from the COVID-19 pandemic to education in the Borderland. You can catch her giving traffic updates every ten minutes on Good Morning El Paso and on the anchor desk on ABC-7 at noon.
panel 1 - intentional philanthropy
This panel will explore the intentionality that drives prominent local nonprofit leaders to support the causes they advocate for in our community. Speakers will expand on how they recognize the needs of our community, as well as how directors and nonprofit leaders lift each other by collaborating and identifying each other’s strengths. In this panel, we will hear not only how they started their journey in philanthropy, but also how they continue to intentionally plan for long-lasting impact in our community.
panel 2 - intentional balance
We have heard, read, learned, and talked about balance, self-care, and prioritizing one’s stability through the past years. Yet, as with anything in life, what is too much and what is too little? Newer generations of professionals have changed and the outlook they have on their work and craft too. How can we find the balance between our professional paths and passions when we want to excel in what we love? How can we be intentional about hard work –all while we take care of our mental health. Balance can take many shapes and forms for each and every one of us. How can we recognize what works and be intentional toward that change?
conversations and connections - workshop facilitator
Director of Promotions & Community Relations, El Paso Chihuahuas
The self-proclaimed “most interesting man in the world”, Imfeld is entering his seventh season as the Director of Promotions and Community Relations but it is his role as the Chihuahuas on field emcee that have fans pining for his autograph while in line at the grocery store and tweens crying and screaming at the Sinatra-like charm.
A graduate of California State University, Fresno, with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration & Marketing and a minor in Marching Band Trumpeteering, Imfeld uttered his first “RUFF” as the marketing assistant with the Bulldogs. He came to El Paso in 2014 as an intern, performing such much-needed duties as rolling over and fetching coffee, all while on a tight leash. But, he became well-known as the “Master of Fun” when he proved he could get a crowd of karaoke-goers to howl at the moon. He was given a permanent dog house at the conclusion of the 2014 season.
in partnership with
planning committee members
Pearl Contreras | El Paso Chapter of Credit Unions Young Professionals
Ale Salcedo | RISE with YLS
Elenie Gonzalez | The University of Texas at El Paso
Tommy Gabriel | Young Leaders Society
Nick Seckerson | Young Leaders Society
thank you to our sponsors
We sincerely thank our generous sponsors who strongly believe in investing in our community's future leaders.
very special thanks to
We are immensely grateful for our collaboration with local artist, Patrick Gabaldon, to be able to showcase his incredible El Paso-inspired artwork throughout the Summit.