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2016 National Convention

7/29/2016 to 7/31/2016
When: Check In Begins 07/28/2016
6:30 PM
Where: The Westin Tampa Harbour Island
725 South Harbour Island Blvd
Tampa, Florida  33602
United States
Contact: Jazmin Cameron and Zoila Primo

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The National Executive Board and National Convention Committee invite you to join La Hermandad in Tampa this summer for our 2016 National Convention!  



Let's take you back to 1988.  Imagine the strength our Founders embodied as they united against numerous barriers to create a space where future generations of women could come together in solidarity.  Fast forward 28 years later...


Nuestra Fuerza:  Hermanas in Solidarity, which translates to "Our Strength:  Hermanas in Solidarity," recognizes that as individuals with diverse backgrounds and perspectives we can still work collectively to strengthen our Hermandad and continue leaving footprints for future Hermanas.  This year's theme highlights the importance of building bridges, engaging in discussions surrounding our communities' needs, and tapping into the strength we have as individuals and as an Hermandad.


Our 2016 National Convention will celebrate the strength of Nuestra Hermandad while building solidarity with one another.

This year's convention will take place in Tampa, FL, which consists of various diverse and unique Carribean and Latinx communities.  Most notably, Tampa is home to Ybor City, also known as "Little Havana" to the thousands of Cubans, who had left their homeland after the Spanish-American War.  Not only can you find traces of Cuban history throughout Tampa, such as the José Martí Park dedicated to the famous revolutionary, but you can check out the 12,000 square foot Ybor City mural project that illustrates the area's past and present.  Finally, take advantage of the hotel's location on the waterfront, which is walking distance from restaurants, museums, and other attractions in downtown Tampa!


See you in the Big Guava!



2016 National Convention 

Nuestra Fuerza:  Hermanas in Solidarity

July 29-31, 2016


The Westin Tampa Harbour Island

750 South Harbour Island Boulevard

Tampa, FL  36602




 Early Bird Registration:  March 12 - April 30, 2016 (11:59 pm EDT)

 Regular Registration:  May 1 - June 28, 2016 (11:59 pm EDT)

Banquet Only:  Tickets will be available May 1 - July 15, 2016 (11:59 pm EDT)*

*Email Chris Diaz regarding banquet only registration.


Quad, Triple, and Double Room spaces available on a first-come, first-served basis. 


2016 National Convention Registration Rates



Active Early

Inactive Early

Active Regular

Inactive Regular

Registration Only*





Quad Room





Triple Room





Double Room





Single Room







Registration includes the following:

3-Night Hotel Accommodations (Check-in 7/28; Check-out 7/31)*

Lunch: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

Awards Dinner: Saturday

Access to all business, community service, and social events throughout the weekend

2016 National Convention T-Shirt

Convention Program

* If you purchase the Registration Only or Awards Dinner Only option, accommodations are not included with your purchase. You will be responsible for your own accommodations during National Convention.



General Information:


Convention Registration closes on June 28, 2016 at 11:59 PM EDT

Hotel Check-in/-out

If you requested a room, we have reserved a room depending on the registration option you chose.  The rooms have been pre-paid; simply provide your name and a credit card for incidentals when you check in.

Hotel check-in officially begins at 3:00 PM on Thursday, July 28, although there is a chance your room will be available earlier.  Check out is before 12:00 PM on Sunday, July 31.  On Sunday, you should check out of your room before the workshops begin and either bring your luggage with you or leave at the front desk.

Convention Check-In:

Thursday, July 28th:  6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Friday, July 29th:  7:00 AM - 8:15 AM

Convention Start/End Times:

Convention Start Time:  Friday, July 29th at 8:30 AM
Convention Closing:  Sunday, July 31st at 3:00 PM



Travel to Tampa

Drive: The hotel is located off of Interstate 275 on South Harbour Island Blvd.  For additional driving directions, please click here.

Parking:  Self-parking is available at the Westin for $3.00 per hour ($18.00 per day).  Valet is also available at $5.00 per hour ($22.00 per day).

Bus: Megabus and Greyhound stop in Tampa at different locations throughout the City.

Train: Amtrak  stops at Tampa Union Station (601 North Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL  33602).

Transportation to/from the airport: Tampa International Airport (TPA) is just 20 minutes (9 miles) from downtown Tampa.  There are a few transportation options to and from the airport:  

  • Public Bus (30) is $2 one-way.  The bus stop is about 0.4 miles from the hotel.
  • SuperShuttle charges $12 one-way for shared ride van service.  Click here to book online or call (800) BLUE VAN (258-3826)
  • Blue One Transportation is available for $13 and offers non-stop transportation to and from the Tampa International Airport.  No reservations are needed.  Either call (813)785-9285 or visit the Blue One Transportation website.
  • Taxis are available for approximately $25 (one-way).

 Local Mass Transit:  The TECO Streetcar System is an electric streetcar which connects Downtown Tampa, Ybor CIty, and Channel district.  TECO Streetcar has 11 stations with services ranging from every 15 to every 30 minutes.  Streetcar fares are $2.50 one-way.  Visit the TECO Streetcar website for more information.  


Convention Attire 

Temperatures in Tampa have an average high of 90 degrees and low of 78 degrees in July.  Please dress in layers and bring appropriate clothing to make yourself comfortable throughout the weekend.

 Friday and Saturday daytime attire:  Business Professional

Saturday night Awards Dinner attire:  Semi-formal

Sunday attire:  Casual with Para


Meal Information

Lunch will be provided on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  Dinner will be provided on Saturday.

Convention attendees will be responsible for their own breakfast the entire weekend and dinner on Thursday and Friday night.




Registration is NON-REFUNDABLE.

If you are unable to attend following registration, you may transfer your registration to another Hermana.  You must notify Chris Diaz by July 6, 2016 at 11:59 PM EDT of any transfer arrangements.


 If you have any issues with the online registration process, please contact Chris Diaz.

If you have any general questions about National Convention, please contact