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No Hay Latinidad sin Comunidad: The Power of Community


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No Hay Latinidad sin Comunidad: The Power of Community

The Diversity of Latinidad

No hay Latinidad sin comunidad, or, there is no latinidad without community. In order to address the various challenges and utilize the many strengths of the Latinx population, community becomes the catalyst, the bridge, and the solution. Join philanthropist, healthcare professional, and Associate Director of Optum California Maria Urena, as she relates her experiences leveraging community to enrich the lives of her family and other Latinx people and learn how you can do the same regardless of where you live.

Maria Urena

Bridget Finkeldey

Maria has a long history of philanthropy and volunteerism- she is a Family Nurse Practitioner and business owner. She currently serves in the role of Associate Director for Optum California formerly NAMM, she has oversight of the clinical quality performance department who serves over 800 primary care physicians and 3500 specialists across Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego County she also serves as the President; CEO for King Automotive Services, Inc. a family owned & operated small business in the Inland Empire.

She currently serves as a director for the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce foundation, is the Immediate past President & sitting director of UCSF’s California Healthcare Leader ship Alumni Board, Co-Chair of UNIDOS California for Optum, is a founding member of the Coachella Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and past Inland Empire Region Chair for the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce. Her past roles have included Chair of the Greater Riverside Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Advisor for the Riverside Community College Theatrical Arts and performance and Pod Advisor to medical fellows attending the University of San Francisco, Center for Health Professions fellowship (CHCF).

She holds her first Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Chapman University, her second Master’s Degree from Western University and Health Sciences, completed a fellowship at UCSF Center for Health Professions and has several Executive Business Management pro gram certificates from notable universities such as Cornell, Stanford school of business, USC

Marshall School of business and the SBA Emerging Leaders.

She is a proud wife, mother, daughter and sister; her family is the compass that guides her steps in the community with a goal of creating a thriving space for future leaders within our youth.

Hunter Canning

Bridget Finkeldey

Hunter Canning is a New York based actor, puppeteer, producer and photographer. A conscience citizen of the world, his ethos is bringing people together through all the facets of his life. Be it producing live performance downtown, creating corporate recruitment content or photographing portraiture, red carpets and live events; Hunter has a passion for bringing people together to foster growth, kindness and a true understanding of each other.

Raised in the outer canyons of Los Angeles, Hunter has been a professional actor in New York for the past decade. Notable credits include Broadway’s War Horse (Lincoln Center), Blue Bloods (CBS), The Baker & The Beauty (ABC) and Ray Donovan (Showtime). A career that has seen dizzying heights, all the while remaining with his two feet on the ground.

It is with great pleasure that Hunter joins the Power To Fly community to host and mediate its forums. He looks forward to meeting you all and connecting you with the amazing team of professionals they have brought together.

Find Hunter at or and on Instagram and LinkedIn @huntercanning

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