Amanda Macal was born in Guatemala in 1938. She studied to be a Secretary at the school of Art, Drama, and Commercial at the University Popular in Guatemala. Ever since she was little, she enjoyed acting and has worked in many plays as an actress. In 2010, she was recognized as an Outstanding Women by La Opinion in Los Angeles CA. As a member of Generaciones en Accion, she wishes to leave a legacy of power among the elderly, so that instead of isolating themselves they come together like family to accomplish their goals and dreams and share their wisdom with all generations.
Patricia Veliz Macal
Patricia Veliz Macal, a Newfield Network and International Coaching Federation certified coach, has been a transformational coach, community educator and motivational speaker for over twenty years. She holds a degree in Communication Science from the prestigious Francisco Marroquín University and a Dramatic Arts degree from the Academia Universidad Popular, both of these institutions of higher learning are based in Guatemala City. Her education, as well as her extensive experience as a communicator and actor, has allowed Patricia to dedicate her time to design and implement educational theater pieces and seminars with palpable and enduring impact.
Patricia is an effective and transformational group facilitator, spokesperson, trainer, and presenter. She has designed and led seminars related to communication for leaders, community-driven organizing, leaders’ development of self-confidence and self-esteem, public speaking, women’s leadership, personal and group development. Patricia’s genuine care for community has led her to develop community projects such as The Decision play (La Decisión), an HIV/AIDS educational theater project and the Designing Your Life weekend seminar (Diseñando Tu Vida), among others.
From 2004 through 2009, she served as the Co-coordinator for the Los Angeles Committee for the Health Initiative of the Americas, (Berkeley University), working with a number of Latin American consulate offices, elected officials at all levels of government (city, county, state and federal) and community-based agencies that jointly organize a yearly multi-national and bilingual Health Fair.
In 2005 and 2007, Patricia served as the co-chair of ALIANZA, the Los Angeles County Latino Caucus on HIV/AIDS conference, attended by over 1,000 participants, becoming the largest Spanish-speaking national and international conference of its kind. Since 2004 and for five years, she served as the Co-coordinator for the Los Angeles Committee for the Health Initiative of the Americas, (Berkeley University), working with a number of Latin American consulate offices, elected officials at all levels of government (city, county, state and federal) and community-based agencies that jointly organize a yearly multi-national and bilingual Health Fair.
In 2009, Patricia founded the Pico Union Women’s group, a group dedicated to developing leadership skills, expanding visions beyond their defined circumstance and creating awareness and new possibilities for their individual lives, for their families and for their entire communities.
In 2015, in a multi-generational partnership with her mother, Amanda Macal, actor and poet, and daughter, Carla Osorio Veliz, a community social worker and community organizer, Patricia published the book and audio book “Los Hilos Que Tejen (Threads that Weave)”. The book depicts the powerful voices of 19 Latina immigrant women who have resided in the U.S. for over 20 years. The book celebrates the courage and strength of immigrant Latina women, encouraging them to speak up and to share their journeys, stories of resilience, victories and to succeed against all odds.