A Leadership Forum Featuring Leaders In The Public Sector will take place Wednesday, Feb. 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at American Family Insurance Dream Bank, 1 N Pinckney St.

Join the Latino Professionals Association to learn about the purposeful leadership of three distinguished LPA members Gloria Reyes, Carlos Pabellon and Julia Arata-Fratta.

-Gloria Reyes serves as Deputy Mayor for Public Safety, Civil Rights, Community Services, Public Health, and City Attorney’s Office. She also leads and manages the Affirmative Action Division, Equal Opportunities Division, and Racial Equity Social Justice Initiative. Reyes’s passion for serving that community started in her law enforcement, including serving as a neighborhood police officer and then promoted to detective. She co-founded Amigos en Azul (Friends in Blue). Amigos in Azul is a group of officers who work to build trust between the community and the Madison Police Department.

-Carlos Pabellón serves as Dane County’s Director of Administration. In this role, Pabellón is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the county including, human resources, IT, facilities, among others. After the event of September 11, 2001, Carlos reflected on the purpose of his career and decided to switch careers from private sector to the public sector. Carlos has a passion for fixing problems and enjoys his role as it provides him with a daily opportunity to address administrative matters that affect county residents. Pabellón grew up in the Bronx and got his undergraduate degree from Notre Dame.

-Julia Arata-Fratta is the first Latina elected to the City of Fitchburg Council. Julia is known as a small business specialist, with more than 17 years of experience as a consultant and educator in topics such as administration, non-profit organization, accounting, and taxation. She considers herself an advocate for Latino business progress and advancement.