Americana World Community Center proudly announces its upcoming event, the International Women's Day Breakfast Briefing, scheduled for Friday, March 8th, at 9:30 am. This empowering event will take place at Americana's South Wing, located at 4801 Southside Dr., Louisville, KY 40214. Distinguished women from various fields will lead a thought-provoking panel discussion centered around the holistic health and wellbeing of women globally. The discussion will be complemented by an interactive mindfulness activity and a captivating drum performance, creating a unique and enriching experience for attendees. Sweet Havana will cater the breakfast, adding a delightful culinary touch to the event.

This event is made possible thanks to the generous support of The Office for Women, Kentucky Foundation for Women, and TARC.

Fundraising for this event will support Americana's ongoing Capital Campaign—a $4 million health and wellness project integrating Family Health Centers Americana, Survivors of Torture Services, medical, behavioral health, and support services into the Americana World Community Center's constellation of programming and under one roof. Americana World Community Center is dedicated to fostering a diverse and inclusive community, and this International Women's Day Breakfast Briefing is a testament to their ongoing commitment to empowering women and building a healthier, more connected world.

What to Look Forward to: 

A Panel Discussion about Women’s Health Globally

Three women from different cultures, distinguished in their respective professional fields, share their experiences advocating for health and wellness as a woman.

Multicultural Spread

A delicious breakfast catered by Savor Mex and DaLat’s Gateaux & Café

Celebratory Performance

Several women have come together as artists to create an interactive spoken word piece.

Guided Healing Session

A reflective art activity led by ground breaking artists, Ada Asenjo.

Fiberworks Pop-Up Shop

Support female entrepreneurs by purchasing hand made goods and crafts from the Fiberworks table.

By supporting this event, you are supporting Americana’s Capital Campaign.

A portion of the funds raised at this event will be contributed to the 4 million dollar renovation project that will expand and transform the Family Health Center’s at Americana. This project will ensure that immigrant, refugee and underserved women, children and families have access to essential health and wellness services. 

Karina Barillas

Executive Director, LaCasita Center

Karina Barillas received her Master of Education in Counseling in 2002 and her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies in 1996, both from the University of Louisville, where she also served as president of the International Students Organization. Barillas, a proud Latina-Louisvillian born in Guatemala, is a recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship. 

Barillas is co-founder and Executive Director of La Casita Center, a Latinx and feminist-led nonprofit borne from a vision and commitment to accompaniment, empowerment and advocacy. That vision has made La Casita Center a place of safety, cultural celebration, inclusivity and belonging for families facing extreme poverty, food insecurity and lack of resources. The Center is committed to diversity: It is the only organization in Kentucky to host an annual Latinx Pride for the LGBTQ community and supports the Black Lives Movement. 

Barillas previously worked for the Center for Women and Families, counseling Latina women victimized by domestic violence, sexual assault, and trafficking. She co-hosted the first Spanish TV show in Kentucky, Amigos en Louisville. Her reputation as an unflinching crusader in the work to create spaces affirming every member of our community as worthy of opportunity, investment and respect has earned numerous awards and recognitions, including the Center for Women and Families Women of Distinction Award, Mexican government’s Ohtli Award, Trinity High School’s Peace Medal, the National Conference for Community and Justice Peace Maker Humanitarian Award, the University of Louisville’s Community Spirit Award, and the Arte Sana National Latina Advocate Award. The Community Foundation of Louisville awarded Barillas the Alden Fellowship to attend the Duke Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership. 

Barillas has been featured in Louisville Magazine, Leo Weekly's People, and Today's Woman. During the COVID-19 pandemic, local and national media outlets documented the commitment of Barillas and La Casita to the well-being of the Latinx community.

Karina has two children, Ali and Fatimah. She and her partner, Louis, live in Louisville.

Arielle Eugene

Director of Maternal & Infant Nutrition, Granny's Birth Initiative

Holistic Nutritionists and Full Spectrum Doula, Ancient Roots

Ancient Roots: Holistic Health and Healing 

“Returning Home by Way of the Roots!”

Founded in 2018 by Doula Arielle Eugene

Ancient Roots: Holistic Health and Healing, where we embrace the wisdom of ancestral practices to nurture the well-being of families. Established by Doula Arielle “Ace” Eugene, our company is dedicated to providing comprehensive support in the journey of parenthood, rooted in time-honored traditions and holistic approaches. Arielle Eugene, a passionate, Certified Holistic Nutritionist and Full Spectrum Doula, envisioned Ancient Roots as a sanctuary for families seeking a holistic approach to health and healing. Drawing inspiration from ancestral practices, Arielle recognized the profound impact that traditional wisdom can have on the well-being of both parents and children. With a deep commitment to fostering a nurturing environment, Arielle set out to create a space where families could reconnect with age-old practices that have stood the test of time.

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