Co-Founder, Latina Circle/Amplify Latinx
Betty Francisco is an entrepreneur, business executive, attorney and community leader. She is currently the General Counsel at Compass Working Capital where she serves as the organization’s chief legal advisor and director of the national network. Betty is also a dedicated community leader who has been involved with a number of non-profit and civic leadership organizations. She is the co-founder of Latina Circle/Amplify Latinx, a Boston-based social venture focused on increasing Latinx civic engagement and leadership representation. Betty is also an investor with Pipeline Angels, a network of new and seasoned women investors focused on creating capital for women social entrepreneurs. She serves on the boards of directors of Roxbury Community College, YMCA of Greater Boston, Boston Educational Development Foundation, and the Board of Corporators of Eastern Bank. She is also a member of the Investment Committee of Boston Impact Initiative and the Advisory Council of The Capital Network. You can learn more about Betty at bettyfrancisco.com and @bettyfrancisco.
As a former board member of YW Boston, I am grateful to be part of this year’s Stand Against Racism. I selected both Elizabeth Acevedo’s poem “Afro-Latina” and Ariana Curtis’ TED talk “Museums should honor the everyday, not just the extraordinary” which makes reference to Acevedo’s poem. These two pieces highlight the experiences of Afro-Latinas who often are pushed into one cultural framework or ignored completely because their “stories cannot be checked into boxes.” Acevedo’s spoken poem toggles between English and Spanish emphasizing her layered identity as a Black Latina. Curtis’ talk provides more depth to the experience and representation of both extraordinary and everyday women of color, and how we can amplify diverse perspectives that should have always been included.
Betty’s Discussion Questions (PDF for Print)
- Both Acevedo and Curtis identify as “Afro-Latinas.” How does race and Latinx cultural identity interplay in both Acevedo’s poem and Curtis’ museum work?
- Curtis discusses her struggle with bringing her whole self to work. What are some of the written and unwritten policies and practices that prevent women of color from feeling like they can bring their whole selves into the workplace?
- What are some actions you can take to amplify diverse representations of (ordinary and extraordinary) women and people of color?