Keynote speakers
 

Julie D. Burch
President, Speaker, Author

Julie Burch is the President of Julie Burch Speaks!, And in her over 18 years of speaking professionally, Julie has had the privilege of speaking to audiences in all 50 states, Washington DC, St. Thomas, St. Croix, Puerto Rico, Canada, England and Wales. Where she has designed programs for industry leaders such as Texas Tech University, the City of Southlake, Texas, the Social Security Administration, the EEOC, Taco Bell, Texas Women’s University, Columbia Gas of Ohio, The American Payroll Association, The United States Army, The United States Air Force, Subway, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Holiday Inn, Husky Oil, Armstrong Bank, Taco Bell, American Advertising Federation, Armstrong Bank, BP America, and The Society for Human Resource Management. She was also honored with a guest appearance on “Good Morning America” where she was interviewed by Diane Sawyer.

Julie has dedicated her life to the pursuit of helping companies improve the bottom line through strategic plans, consistent growth, and the development of people. She has coordinated, developed and delivered top notch, highly effective classroom style training and motivational keynote presentations with powerful results. All of Julie’s presentations are dynamic, high energy, highly interactive and packed with real world, tangible techniques the audience can implement immediately. Julie also loves to make them laugh! She has discovered the more her audience laughs the more they learn.

Julie is also an author. She is the coauthor of two books including a motivational book for women titled “The Princess Principle: Women Helping Women Discover Their Royal Spirit” and “Success Simplified: Simple Solutions Measurable Results.” Julie also has released several CD’s and Webinar DVD’s on some of her most requested topics. And is looking forward to her 3rd book which will be released Spring of 2016.

Julie lives in Flower Mound, Texas with her husband who is the love of her life and her adorable adopted cat Vernon.

Julie D. Burch
President, Speaker, Author
Julie Burch Speaks!
2120 Carrington Ave
Flower Mound, Texas 75028
(214) 679-2717 phone
(972) 355-7476 fax

Mayor Ivy R. Taylor
City of San Antonio


Ivy R. Taylor was elected Mayor of San Antonio on June 13, 2015, and prior to that, she was appointed to the office of Mayor in July, 2014. Mayor Taylor had served as the District 2 City Council Representative for a total of five years beginning with her election in June, 2009.

Mayor Taylor led the community through a series of “Eastside Summit” activities that paved the way for the current Eastside Promise Neighborhood and Wheatley Choice Neighborhood grants as well as the Federal Promise Zone designation for the Eastside. Through her leadership, the Eastside has been awarded over $50 million in grants for its revitalization efforts.

During her time representing District 2, Mayor Taylor earned the respect of both her colleagues and the business community. When then-Mayor Julian Castro resigned in the summer of 2014, her stature among her colleagues led to her appointment as Mayor of San Antonio, per the charter’s requirements following a vacancy of the mayor’s office.

That appointment singled her out as the first African American woman to serve as Mayor of San Antonio. It also made San Antonio the largest city in the United States to have an African American woman serving as mayor.

From day one in the Mayor’s office, she showed her willingness to tackle the tough issues and do what was best for the community. Mayor Taylor and the City Council worked with San Antonio Water Systems (SAWS) to achieve unanimous approval for the Vista Ridge Water Supply project which will help ensure the water supply for our growing city. Other accomplishments include:

  • approval of a package of charter amendments in the May, 2015 municipal election, including a historic City Council salary initiative.
  • additional sales tax dedicated to urban water quality protection programs.
  • expansion of the Howard W. Peak creekways.
  • settlement of a contentious police contract that will provide over $80million in healthcare cost savings to the San Antonio taxpayers.
  • several new companies relocating to San Antonio and brining more than 1,000 new jobs.
  • first public-private development for Hemisfair.
  • United Soccer League team established, paving the way for a potential Major League Soccer Team.
  • effective job training program, Promise Zone to Work, placed its first graduates.
  • SA Tomorrow’s structure, launch and and adoption by City Council.
  • Adoption of an annexation plan to ensure the city’s continued fiscal viability.
  • Creation of SA Works to focus on creating a strong workforce development framework for the entire community.
  • My Brother’s Keeper initiative to help connect more young men of color to opportunity.
  • UNESCO World Heritage Designation of our Spanish colonial missions.
  • Google Fiber and AT&T Gigapower delivered fiber optic network.
  • Uber and Lyft ride sharing services returned.
  • DiversityFIRST Award recognizing City for achievements and commitment to the pursuit of cultural diversity and including in the community and workplace.
  • Establishment of the Tricentennial Committee to prepare for San Antonio’s historic celebration in 2018.
  • Achievement of functional zero in Veterans Homelessness through the Mayor’s Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness in partnership with HUD.
  • Named first Monarch Butterfly Champion City in the country.


As Mayor, she also serves as the ex-officio on the board of SAWS and CPS Energy, municipally-owned utilities.

Mayor Taylor’s career began with the City of San Antonio Housing and Community Development and Neighborhood Action Departments where she worked with a variety of neighborhood associations, developers, and nonprofit organizations in order to facilitate inner city redevelopment. She then served as Vice President of Merced Housing Texas where she worked to create and implement programs to improve family stability for apartment community residents. She was also a lecturer at the University of Texas at San Antonio in the Public Administration Department for six years. She also served on the San Antonio Planning Commission and a was previously a Commissioner for the San Antonio Urban Renewal Agency.

Mayor Taylor is a positive role model, she makes herself accessible and makes special efforts to encourage, support, and recognize the efforts and accomplishments of the women and girls of San Antonio. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Martinez Street Women’s Center, which transforms communities through women and girls by providing access to vital health services, quality education and advocacy. She served on the Board of Directors of Healthy Futures of Texas, which works to reduce teen and unplanned pregnancy in San Antonio and Texas. She also served on the Board of Directors of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of South Texas, which provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one to one mentoring relationships. Mayor Taylor is a Supporter of Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, has spoken at several events and always makes herself available to encourage and congratulate girls on their accomplishments.

Additional past service includes stints on the boards of the San Antonio Education Partnership, San Antonio Zoological Association and Haven for Hope. She completed the Leadership San Antonio class sponsored by the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and in 2004 was acknowledged by the San Antonio Business Journal as a "Rising Star" in their "40 under 40" class.

Mayor Taylor obtained a Master's Degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1998. In 1992, she received a Bachelor's Degree from Yale University.

Mayor Taylor is a devoted wife and a mother. She and her husband Rodney have been married for 17 years and her daughter, Morgan, is now 12 years old.

Aliana Apodaca



Your Source for Inspiration. Your partner for Change.

Aliana Apodaca is known for providing fast paced, inspiring and humorous programs with useful content that makes her a sought after speaker worldwide. With 25 years of experience she has jazzed up thousands of people throughout the United States, Bolivia, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Spain. She is known as an authority on change management, energizing employees, increasing teamwork, and developing effective leaders. Some of her clients include Deloitte Consulting, Marriott Hotels, Dept of Labor, Dept of Housing, Raytheon to name a few. Among her many presentations Aliana was asked by the American Embassy in Bolivia to travel the country providing empowerment training and motivation to the women of that country.

Born in El Paso, Texas Aliana grew up as the oldest of seven children in the Barrio de Ysleta. From these humble beginnings, Aliana overcame an abusive childhood and evolved from being a single mother on welfare to becoming a much sought after inspirational speaker, business consultant, trainer, coach, and writer.

Aliana is a gifted speaker who connects with her audiences through humor and real life stories filled with inspiration and practical tips. Audiences connect with her warm style and can relate to her experiences, struggles and lessons. Her powerful teachings have moved audiences to profoundly change their lives and to take the action steps necessary for success. Aliana combines a down-to-earth attitude with a “splash of salsa” to help you develop the attributes to your personal power!

As a business owner and advocate for women, Aliana has been recognized by the Small Business Administration as the District - Women in Business Advocate of the Year and was named Business Woman of the Year; and one of 13 Latinas across the State of Texas as a Woman of Distinction by TAMACC (Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce). She was honored to be chosen as part of a group of small business owners invited to meet with the President at the White House. Aliana has hosted several local TV programs and for over 20 years was a featured Business columnist with the El Paso Times. Her column provided advice and guidance to readers on workplace issues. She has been featured in Hispanic Magazine, LatinaStyle Magazine and was named as one of “1000 Women for the Nineties” by Mirabella Magazine. She is a Fellow of the National Hispana Leadership Institute, one of twenty-five women chosen from throughout the United States for outstanding leadership and community service. Active community involvement has been a priority for Aliana. Her civic and professional involvement is at the local, state and national levels. She has served on the Board of Directors of: Latinas 100, Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce; University Medical Center; National Hispana Leadership Institute-Alumni; Texas Workforce Development Network; National Association of Private Industry Councils; Boys & Girls Clubs of El Paso, Loretto Academy Board of Trustees; El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Upper Rio Grande Private Industry Council; El Paso Child Guidance, CEDARS—Center for Entrepreneurial Development, Advancement, Research and Support at the University of Texas at El Paso; and is a founding member of the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce. She is currently serving on the Board of Community En Accion and the Gifford Foundation.

Aliana is also the founder of the Women’s Leadership Institute and Latinas 100; two organizations dedicated to furthering the leadership capabilities of women and providing them tools for networking and professional development. Her personal style and approach have been warmly received at many conferences where she has appeared with Jane Fonda, Maya Angelou, Sally Field, Gloria Steinem, President Clinton, and Christina Saralegui to name a few.

Aliana lives in El Paso, Texas with her beloved husband. They are beginning to enjoy life as empty nesters.

814 Wyoming Avenue El Paso, TX 79902 915-838-1000 alianaapo@gmail.com

Selected Client List
BUSINESS
DELOITTE CONSULTING GROUP
NUCLEAR POWER PLANT- SPAIN
TEXAS GAS SERVICE
CHASE BANK
EL PASO ELECTRIC CO.
EL PASO TIMES, INC.
FORT BLISS CREDIT UNION
GTE MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS
LEVI STRAUSS & CO.
MARRIOTT HOTELS
RAYTHEON COMPANY
THE EUREKA COMPANY

HEALTHCARE ORGANIZATIONS
LAS PALMAS/DEL SOL MEDICAL CENTER
BAXTER HEALTHCARE CORPORATION
PROVIDENCE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
R.E. THOMASON HOSPITAL
WILLIAM BEAUMONT ARMY MEDICAL CENTER

CITY/STATE/NATIONAL AGENCIES
CHAMBER WOMEN IN ACTION, GEPCC
CHILD CRISIS CENTER OF EL PASO
CITY OF EL PASO
EL PASO CENTRAL APPRAISAL DISTRICT
EL PASO COUNTY ATTORNEY’S OFFICE
FT. BLISS - TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT DIVISION
LEADERSHIP EL PASO, GEPCC
LEADERSHIP LAS CRUCES, LLCC
NEIGHBORHOOD REINVESTMENT CORPORATION
STATE OF NEW MEXICO, SANDOVAL COUNTY
TEXAS EMPLOYMENT COMMISSION
UPPER RIO GRANDE PRIVATE INDUSTRY COUNCIL
WHITE SAND’S MISSILE RANGE
WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE, EPHCC
YMCA
YWCA

MANUFACTURING/MAQUILAS
DELPHI - SISTEMAS ELECTRICOS
FARAH, USA, INC.
PHILIPS - CD. JUAREZ, CHIH., MEXICO
PHILIPS ILUMINARIOS - MONTERREY, MEXICO
SIEMENS ENERGY & AUTOMATION, INC.
SISTEMAS ELECTRICOS Y CONMUTADORES

EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS
CLINT INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
COLLEGE OF LAKE COUNTY, GRAYSLAKE, ILLINOIS
EL PASO COMMUNITY COLLEGE
EL PASO INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
HISPANIC LEADERSHIP PROJECT - NMSU
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COLLEGE
NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY
NEW MEXICO TECH COMMUNITY COLLEGE
REGION 19 - HEADSTART
SANTA FE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
SOCORRO INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT EL PASO
YSLETA INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT

CONFERENCES & KEYNOTE SPEECHES
WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP FORUM; LA PAZ BOLIVIA
AMERICAN G.I. FORUM - NATIONAL WOMEN’S CONF
AMERICAN SOCIETY OF MILITARY COMPTROLLERS
EXECUTIVE WOMEN INTERNATIONAL
FOSTER PARENT ASSOCIATION, INC.
LAS ANGELITAS OF NEW MEXICO
MALDEF - MEXICAN AMERICAN LEGAL DEFENSE AND
EDUCATION FUND
MINORITY ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT - TAMPA, FL
NATIONAL COUNCIL OF LA RAZA
NATIONAL HISPANA LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE
NEW MEXICO GOVERNOR’S CAREER DEVELOPMENT
OMEGA INSTITUTE – WOMEN & POWER
PROFESSIONAL HOME CHILD CARE ASSOCIATION OF TX
SOUTH CENTRAL WOMEN’S CONFERENCE
SOUTHWEST OSTEOPOROSIS FOUNDATION
TAMAAC - TX ASSOC OF MEXICAN-AMERICAN CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE
TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES
TEXAS WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT NETWORK
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
U.S. HISPANIC LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

TELEVISION
BUSINESS POWER HOST
EL PASO MATTERS - CO-HOST, KCOS
KCOS - MENTAL HEALTH SHOW
LIFE MANAGEMENT - CHANNEL 15
NEWS 7 - EXTRA