Public Appearances

 

 

September 13, 2017
Augusta University, Augusta, GA
Dialogue / Q&A with Students
From the South Bronx to Sesame Street – Overcoming Obstacles

September 27, 2017
YWCA of Rochester & Monroe County
Location: Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center
123 East Main Street, Rochester, NY 14604
11th Annual Empowering Women Luncheon – the YWCA’s major fundraising event of the year and our most important opportunity to share our mission, vision & accomplishments and raise awareness about the challenges faced by those who live in poverty and brings the community together to support these vulnerable families in their journey toward self-sufficiency.

September 28, 2017
From the South Bronx to Sesame Street (A Puerto Rican Story)
6:30 PM –   8:00 PM Lecture and Q & A
8:00 PM –   8:30 PM Book signing
Hispanic Heritage Month
Colgate University – Latin American Student Organization
Hamilton NY

October 25, 2017
11am – 1pm
United Way of Midland, Inc. –  www.uwmidland.org
Midland Country Club, Midland, TX
6101 N Highway 349, Midland, TX 79705
“Power of the Purse” provides a collaborative forum for women of all ages who want to significantly improve the quality of life in Midland County through leadership giving, advocacy and volunteering.

October 26, 2017
Annual Latino Cultural Dinner
Illinois State University – University Housing
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Keynote Address by Sonia Manzano and Open Q & A with Audience.
Website: https://housing.illinoisstate.edu/about
As a means to celebrate and educate on diversity, University Housing Services began coordinating Cultural Dinners in the early 1980’s. The exciting tradition of these dinners continues today and is meant to expose students to the rich cultural diversity of our society as well as expand their knowledge of the world in which we live.

November 1, 2017
Colorado Children’s Campaign
www.coloradokids.org
The Seawell Grand Ballroom at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts
Denver, CO
12:30-1:15pm: Speech by Sonia Manzano
Speech Topic: Becoming Maria

November 13, 2017
Starting at 9am
Ohio School Boards Association Annual Conference
Greater Columbus Convention Center
400 North High St., Columbus OH
Website: ohioschoolboards.org

November 17, 2017
One Childhood One Chance – Annual Luncheon Fundraiser
10:30am
Educational First Steps (EFS)
2815 Gaston Ave, Dallas, TX 75226
The mission of Educational First Steps (EFS) is to improve the quality and availability of early childhood education for economically disadvantaged children.

December 10, 2017
The Harvey School – Head of School
Part of the Harvey Presents Series
Website: http://www.harveyschool.org

Past Appearances

May 19, 2017
Sonia will receive The Legacy for Children Award at a dinner event that takes place in downtown San Jose at the San Jose Convention Center Grand Ballroom. Website: www.cdm.ord/legacy

Legacy for Children Award Celebration 5:30p – 10:30p

May 13, 2017
Client -Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee (HPGM)
Pfister Hotel, 424 E Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202
Gala- Black Tie Event. Investing in Hispanic Education, Youth, the Future of America and our Communities

5:00 – 5:30 PM: Media
5:30 – 6:30 PM: VIP Reception and Meet and Greet with sponsors
7:00 PM: Dinner
8:00 PM: Speaker to Deliver 30-minute Keynote Address
9:00 PM: Event concludes

May 5, 2017
Nevada Center for Excellence in Disabilities  (NCED)
Websites: nevadateach.com  |  doe.nv.gov  |  unr.edu
Harvey’s Lake Tahoe
Hwy 50 at Stateline, South Lake Tahoe, NV  89449
Audience of 400-450 teachers, parents administrators and other providers of P3-12 education

5:00-7:00PM:   1-hour and 45-minute program to include a 45-50 minute Keynote Speech followed by an on stage Q&A dialogue.
Topic – Nevada’s Schools – from Ready into Action.  Investments in Innovation

May 4, 2017
The Strand; San Francisco, CA
3:30PM:   Keynote Address to OTW2017 Conference (60-minutes)
4:30PM:   Moderated Q&A (30-minutes)
5:00PM:   Book Signing (TBD) (30-minutes)
Theatre for Young Audiences
Topic – Experience working in Children’s Television and changes and evolution in industry — connection to Live Theatre — and experiences in her groundbreaking role as a Latino woman on national stage.

May 3, 2017
Anti-Defamation League, Houston – “No Place Hate” Luncheon

The Southwest Regional office of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) in Houston extends from El Paso on the west end of Texas to Beaumont on the east end, and all points south. Major cities in the region include Houston, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, El Paso, and Beaumont.

ADL’s Southwest Region’s banner programs include No Place for Hate®, fighting hatred and encouraging diversity in schools K-12, and our Community of Respect® encouraging respect and inclusion in all other areas of the community, such as businesses and community organizations.

Website: http://houston.adl.org

April 25-26, 2017
Raleigh Convention Center
500 S Salisbury Street; Raleigh, NC  27601
4/25 – 7:00–8:30pm:   Optional VIP Reception
Main events on 4/26:
10:30-11:30am: Media Interviews
12:00pm: Luncheon Begins
1:00-1:30pm: Speech by Sonia Manzano
2:00pm: Event Concludes
2:00-2:30pm: Optional Booksigning
Topic – Becoming Maria (or E is for Equity)

April 21, 2017
7:00 – 9 PM ~ Lecture with Q&A and book signing
Summit of Ohio Latinx Conference
Ohio Wesleyan University – Minority  Student  Affairs
University Hall – Gray Chapel

Ohio Wesleyan University is located 30 miles north of Columbus, Ohio. Since its founding, Ohio Wesleyan has maintained its connection with the United Methodist Church, offering a quality of scholarship, leadership, and service that has enriched both Church and society.

Ohio Wesleyan’s charter provided that “the University is forever to be conducted on the most liberal principles, accessible to all religious denominations, and designed for the benefit of our citizens in general.”

April 24, 2017
Client REACH Prep – www.reachprep.org
Topic: Becoming Maria Love and Chaos in the South Bronx
Benefit Luncheon – focus on inspiring Hispanic & African American Youth
Hyatt Regency Greenwich, Old Greenwich, CT

10:30 AM: Arrive at Event
10:45-11:30 AM: Informal Meeting with Young Children
11:30-11:50 AM: Luncheon Begins
12:45-1:00 PM: Speech
1:45 PM:  Luncheon Concludes

March 17 , 2017
The Information Exchange Conference, University of Nebraska
UNO Library with book signing – Omaha, NE
http://library.unomaha.edu/
Sonia will be delivering her keynote around 9:00 AM
KANEKO-UNO Library is a space that offers students, faculty, and staff of UNO and any interested KANEKO members access to resources and materials they might not find in their day-to-day environment. Here at KANEKO-UNO Library our attention is focused on stimulating and celebrating creativity. We seek to inspire people to expand their awareness and knowledge within an atmosphere of flexible learning.

March 12, 2017
APB Event, San Diego, CA
American Montessori Society
“From the South Bronx to Sesame Street,”

March 10, 2017
Mercy College Rotunda
555 Broadway; Dobbs Ferry, NY  10805
Topic – from The South Bronx to Sesame Street
12:00PM-1:30PM: Lunch
1:30PM-2:30PM: Keynote
2:30PM-3:30PM: Book Signing

February 1, 2017
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Venue –  Crystal Gateway Marriott
3:00PM:  Speaker to Arrive
4:00PM:  30-minute Speech followed by a 10-15 minute Q&A
Topic – ideally, remarks on her personal story blended with cultural awareness and serving diverse – students and families and anything she can throw in about the power of creativity / arts in learning would be great

December 2, 2016
APB Event, Hartford, CT
The Village for Families & Children
Topic: Personal story of overcoming one or more “risk factors” that impact our ability to be healthy and successful (poverty, domestic violence, community violence, substance abuse, homelessness, racism/discrimination, etc.). Connect personal journey to the mission, goals and work of The Village.

November 29, 2016
APB Event, Indiana Youth Institute
Topic: Because kids Count
Statewide Conference – Annual Event

November 19, 2016
6:00 PM – 9:30 PM
“From the South Bronx to Sesame Street – Overcoming Obstacles”
Beacon Hall Event Center – Housatonic Community College
900 Lafayette Blvd, Bridgeport, CT 06604
Website: www.housatonic.edu

September 13, 2016
APB Event, Pensacola State College, Florida
Topic: Children and Television

September 21, 2016
APB Event, University of Memphis
Topic: Latino & the Civil Rights movement

September 23rd and 24th, 2016
Miami Scholastic – Keynote Speaker for the
Miami-Dade/Monroe Early Learning Coalition 3rd annual Children First Conference.

September 29, 2016
Starting at 2pm
Sinclair Community College, Sinclair Conference Center
Topic:  From South Bronx to Sesame Street/ Writing for Children
http://sinclair.edu/about/

October 6, 2016
APB Event, Collegedale, TN
Southern Adventist University
Topic: Latino & the Civil Rights movement

October 18, 2016
Sonia will Emcee the 25 year anniversary of the NCFL-Toyota partnership
Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center
400 Renaissance Drive, Detroit MI 48243
Topic: The role of literacy and education in growing healthy families and communities, inclusive of education television, particularly for families with socioeconomic and language challenges – as well as benefits of being a dual-language learner

October 20, 2016
APB Event, Junior Achievement of North Florida
Florida Blue Conference Center
4800 Deerwood  Campus Parkway
Jacksonville, FL  32246
Topic: How young girls can reach their goals; breaking barriers as a woman in a male dominated career arena; success as a woman of color

November 2, 2016
Topic –  “E” is for Equity
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children. The association comprises of nearly 60,000 individual members of the early childhood community plus affiliate chapters, all committed to delivering on the promise of high-quality early learning. Together, we work to achieve a collective vision: that all young children thrive and learn in a society dedicated to ensuring they reach their full potential.
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA  90015
NAEYC.org

September 10, 2016
Sonia Manzano Book Signing at Barnes & Noble
2:00 PM
Bay Plaza
290 Baychester Ave.
Bronx, NY 10475

September 8th, 2016
APB Event, United Way of Wyoming Valley
Mohegan Sun Pocono, Jumper Road
Plains Township, PA  18701

August 22, 2016
American Program Bureau event
Southbridge Middle High School
132 Torry Rd, Southbridge, MA 01550

August 14, 2016
APB Event, Motivational/Leadership Closing Keynote
(Diversity/Inspiring Children)
Hyatt Regency Chicago, Chicago, IL

July 21, 2016
Denver Public Schools, Denver CO
Topic: Early Literacy

June 8, 2016
APB Event, Beverly MA, Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts.
Pathway for Children, www.pw4c.org

May 17, 2016
Seattle Inspire Luncheon
http://www.ywcaworks.org/luncheons/everett

April 24, 2016
Art Summit, Kennedy Center, Washington D.C

April 27, 2016
San Francisco Big Speak, San Francisco, California

April 1-3, 2016
San Antonio Book Festival, San Antonio, California

March 23, 2016
California Association of Bi-Lingual Education
San Francisco, California

March 17, 2016
State of the State Conference
Kent State University, Kent, Ohio

March 12, 2016
Tucson Book Festival, Tucson, Arizona
11:30a – 12:30p – Growing Up Latino, Coast to Coast, and on the Border
2:30p – 3:30p – Becoming María: From the South Bronx to Sesame Street

March 9, 2016
Woman of Letters Event
Joe’s Pub
425 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10003

March 8, 2016
Grand Rapid Business Journal
Keynote speaker for the biennial “The 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan” luncheon event.
Grand Rapids, Michigan

September 20, 2015 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Karma
The Rubin Museum of Art
150 West 17th St.   New York, NY 10011
Sonia Manzano, Sesame Street’s beloved Maria, will, with the help of performance professor Jan Cohen-Cruz, trace the steps that led her to become a television icon. Sonia will be available to sign copies of her new childhood memoir “Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx”.

September 26, 2015 – Texas Teen Book Festival – Austin, TX

October 6/8, 2015NEIBA Trade Show – more information to come

Oct 12, 2015University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL

Oct 24, 2015 – The Boston Book Festival – Boston, MA

Nov 5, 2015AASL Conference – Columbus, OH

Dec 9, 2015Port Salerno Elementary School – Stuart, FL

Feb 23, 2015El Cento De Corazon, Houston, TX

American Librarian Association
June 25/30  in San Francisco, CA

International Literacy Association
July 18, 2015 – ST. Louis, Missouri

Book Expo America (BEA)
May 28 & 29, 2015 in New York

4/18/2015 at 7:45am
Manzano will address the Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference in Denver, CO

9/10/2014
YWCA Clark County
Hilton Vancounver, Ballroom
3609 Main Street; Vancouver, WA 98663

9/25 – 28 / 2014
South Dakota Festival of Books
Sioux Falls, SD

10/ 1 / 2014
Tidewater Community College
Intercultural Learning
121 College Place; Norfolk VA 23510

10/ 7 / 2014
Purdue University
Latino Cultural Center
610 Purdue Mall; West Lafayette, IN 47907

10/ 16/ 2014
Florence Crittenton Services of Colorado
Cycles of Success Luncheon
55 South Zuni Street; Denver, CO 80223

10/30/2014
Tacoma Community College
6501 South 19th Street, Tacoma, WA 98466

March 4, 2014
OK Read
Oklahoma City, OK.

March 13, 2014
Free Library Philadelphia
1333 Wagner Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19141

March 21 and 22, 2014
Virginia Festival of the Book, Charlottesville, VA
Various Locations, see website for details.

April 2, 2014
SoMIRAC International Reading Festival
Baltimore, MD.

April 25, 2014
La Casa Azul Book Store
New York, NY.

Dec. 10, 2013
Free Library of Philadelphia
Philadelphia PA
Teen Author Series

Dec. 8, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.
Eastern Center for the Performing Arts
Eastern Regional High School
Manzano will be guest narrator with the
Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey
Holiday Pops For The Whole Family concert

For more information and to purchase tickets, follow this link.

Nov. 21, 2013
Wesleyan University
Ajua Campos Student Group

 Nov. 13, 2013
University of Nebraska – Lincoln
Latino Leadership Symposium – 2013

Oct 15, 2013
Cook Library Center
1100 Grandville Ave. SW; Grand Rapids, Michigan
Includes a book signing. Sponsored by GVSU’s Kutsche Office of Local History, Liberal Studies Department, Community Reading Project, and Grandville Avenue Arts and Humanities.

Oct 14, 2013
Grand Valley State University
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Includes a book signing. Sponsored by GVSU’s Kutsche Office of Local History, Liberal Studies Department, Community Reading Project, and Grandville Avenue Arts and Humanities.

Oct 14 & 15, 2013
Latino Civil Rights and Youth Leadership Initiative
Grand Valley State University
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Sept 22, 2013
Brooklyn Book Festival
Brooklyn, New York

Sept 23, 2013
Americas Award Ceremony
Library of Congress
Washington, DC

FRIDAY, JUNE 28 at 7:00 p.m.
Anderson’s Two Doors East
111 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville
http://www.andersonsbookshop.com/events#YANight

SATURDAY, JUNE 29 from 3 to 4pm.
American Library Association – Chicago Convention
BOOK SIGNING with “Meet the Authors”

McCormick Place Convention Center
Exhibit Hall – Booth 2505
http://ala13.ala.org/sessions/all?keys=sonia%20manzano

May 5, 2013
Addressing Multi-ethnic Graduates
Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana
https://www.saintmarys.edu/news-events/news-releases/sonia-manzano-maria-on-sesame-street-multiethnic-commencement-speaker-2013

May 11, 2013
Hosting “Wall To Wall Harlem Resonance”
Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, NY 10025-6990
http://www.symphonyspace.org/event/7557-wall-to-wall-harlem-resonance

April 24, 2013
Thalia Book Club, NY, NY
Hosted Discussion of Ann Petry’s The Street

April 21, 2013
Scholastic for the International Reading Asscociation, San Antonio, TX

April 19, 2013
TIFF Film Festival, Toronto, Canada

Miami Book Fair
Miami, FL
November 16-18
Website: http://www.miamibookfair.com/

La Casa Azul Bookstore
NYC
Sunday, September 9
3:00-4:30 PM
Website: http://www.lacasaazulbookstore.com/calendar.html

Joint Conference of Librarians of Color Conference
Kansas City, MO
September 20, 2011
Website: http://jclc-conference.org/

National Book Festival
Washington, DC
Sunday, September 23
Signing 3:00-4:00 PM
Stage 4:35-5:20 PM
Website: http://www.loc.gov/bookfest/schedule/

Comadres y Compadres Writers Conference
Saturday, October 6, 2012
8:00 am to 6 pm
Medgar Evers College, The City University of New York (CUNY)
Academic Complex Building (AB1)
1638 Bedford Ave. Brooklyn, New York 11225 (at Crown Street)
Website: http://www.lascomadres.org/lco/lco-eng/events/2012/NYCWC.html

Connecticut Book Fair
Storrs, CT
November 10-11
Website: http://bookfair.uconn.edu/

UConn Book Festival
Hartford, CT
November 11
Website: http://articles.courant.com/2012-11-08/features/hc-uconn-children-book-1101-20121108_1_sesame-street-picture-books-connecticut-children-s-book-fair

 

2015 ALA Annual Conference – Sonia Manzano on ‘Becoming Maria’