Featured Speakers

Hermila "Mily" Treviño-Sauceda

Mily Treviño-Sauceda
Mily Treviño-Sauceda

Mily Treviño-Sauceda is Vice-President and Co-founder of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, Inc. She is a Consultant and Free-Lance since 2010; and co-founder of the farmworker women’s movement in California since 1988. She is the third of ten children, born in Bellingham, Washington to a migrant farmworker family. At the age of eight, she started working in the agricultural fields with her two older brothers and parents, in Idaho; and as a teen and young adult, she continued working the fields in California.

As a teen, she organized youth groups through her church. She has experience as a union farmworker member & organizer with the UFW in 1970s and early 1980s including the California Community Workers Union (CCWU) while working at CRLA. As a single mom, she raised her son “Humberto,” also known as “El Hijo de la Comunidad” (Son of the Community). She co-founded “Mujeres Mexicanas” (Mexican Women), in the Coachella Valley. She returned to school in 1991, and earned a Bachelors’ Degree in Chicano Studies and obtained enough credits for a Minor in Women Studies, at Cal State Fullerton, 1997.

With support of the CRLA Foundation, she co-founded Líderes Campesinas, in 1992, a unique grass roots organization that became a statewide movement of campesina leaders advocating on behalf of campesinas. She became the first Executive Director with Líderes Campesinas; and after 12 years, she stepped down from directorship in 2009, to go back to school. She was named President of Emeritus and became a board member. She earned a Master’s Degree in Social Sciences: Rural Development and Capacity Building, Women’s Leadership and Oral History at Antioch, Ohio, 2014.

Since 2011, she co-founded Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, Inc. – a national farmworker women’s alliance representing 15 farmworker organizations and groups. She sits on numerous state and national boards, state and national advisory councils and task forces representing Latinas, the farmworker community & immigrant women in general on health, violence against women, labor & women rights, education, environmental and gender issues. From 2010, she is an advisory MAPA member to National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC). Since 2015, she is a (NEJAC) National Environmental Justice Advisory Council Member to EPA. She also sits on the board of California Latina for Reproductive Justice. She is the board Assistant Secretary for the Rural Coalition. She consults for and with various statewide and national organizations that focus on social, environmental, worker justice, reproductive justice, and violence against women issues. She also provides technical assistance and capacity building to farmers that are socially disadvantaged like Pequeños Agricultores de California –and the National Hmong American Farmers to ensure socially disadvantaged farmers members are trained in business and labor regulations.

In 2018, she is joining the fourth Cohort of the Movement to End Violence under Novo Foundation. She has received numerous awards, including “100 Heroines of the World” in 1998; Sister of Fire Award in 2003; the Ford Foundation & NYU award “Leadership for a Changing World” in 2004.  She was recognized twice in 2006, by People Magazine. She was honored by Líderes Campesinas in California for her 30+ year’s distinguished leadership in 2009, the EEOC Community Service Award in 2011, the Cesar Chavez Legacy Award, March, 2015; and honored by Farmworker Justice in Oct 2015; she was honored by Latino Justice, PRLDEF, as a Latina Justice Leader, on Latina History Month, June, 2016. On October 15, 2016, she was recognized by the World Women Summit Foundation (WWSF) as one of nine laureates given the Prize for Women’s Creativity in Rural Life; and many more recognitions.

Mia St. John & Paris St. John

Mia St. John

Mia St. John

Paris St. John

Paris St. John

Mia (Rosales) St. John is a first-generation U.S. born Latina (San Francisco, CA), model, businesswoman, and 5-time World and International Boxing Champion. Her fighting career started at the age of six, competing in Tae Kwon Do, and subsequently earning a black belt.  She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from California State University - Northridge in June 1994.

She is the founder of the "El Saber Es Poder" Foundation, whose mission is to empower individuals suffering from mental illness, homelessness, addiction and poverty by providing programs to better educate, inform and improve physical and mental health.

Her mother, María Elena Socorro Rosales, who was born and raised in the beautiful state of Zacatecas, México, is on the board of directors. María raised her three children in America and always stressed the importance of education. Maria's favorite saying has always been "knowledge is power." All three of her children hold college degrees.

On November 23, 2014 Mia's son Julian, passed away at the age of 24. He was a talented artist battling schizophrenia and addiction. Mia says of her son, "He was the light of my life and I will continue to fight for mental health until I take my very last breath".

Mia advocates for mental health awareness and reform, where she regularly speaks, from schools and juvenile halls, all the way to the U.S. Congress, on the importance of education and overcoming hardship. She speaks of her own battles with mental illness, addiction, poverty and overcoming it all, to become a five-time international and world boxing champion. Mia says "I was put in this position of fame to enable me to help further the position of my people and to be an inspiration and a role model to Latinos everywhere. I want them to know that with education, unity, and believing in ourselves we can overcome any obstacle placed in front of us." For her role in sports and humanitarianism, she was honored with the "WBC Goodwill Ambassador" Award from The World Boxing Council as well as named "Mental Health Warrior" by CNN.

Paris Nicole St. John (youngest daughter) is a singer, songwriter, and model, and graduated in 2014 from Santa Monica College. From a young age, Paris felt that her differences in culture, ethnicity, appearance, socioeconomic status, interests, personality, and mental health conditions made her inadequate, unworthy, unlovable, and “crazy”. Only to find out after years of seeking outside approval, failing to follow her dreams, and being a victim to depression and anxiety, that there was RELIEVING, EMPOWERING, and FREEING, yet well-kept news to be discovered: Worthiness, love, and acceptance cannot be earned or granted, only realized from within as one’s own birthright.

After the sudden suicide of her 24-year-old brother diagnosed with schizophrenia, Paris became even more determined to see through the eyes of unconditional self-love, self-worth, & self-acceptance whilst helping others to see themselves in this way too.

Her conclusion: if everybody feels too different to be loved, we’re not so different after all. Paris has now spent over three years advocating for mental health, success in teens and young adults, and creative self-expression. Paris has studied at world renown schools like Berklee College of Music and Fresco Arts Academy. She has just graduated from the self-development program at The Landmark Forum and is currently following her dreams.