From Doubt to Determination: Empowering Women in Business to Build Unshakeable Confidence

CSW Women’s Summit 2023 | Eagle conference room 3-4 pm

In this session, inspirational speakers will discuss the way they achieved their success. They will explore key factors such as building confidence and readiness for diverse challenges, unveiling the secrets to becoming a successful businesswoman. 

Moderator: Lisa Curtis
Lisa Curtis, Chair, Commission on the Status of Women

For 28 years, Lisa has dedicated her career to helping and protecting victims killed or permanently harmed because of the wrongful conduct of others. Primarily a malpractice trial lawyer, Lisa graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Law, and has handled and tried cases on behalf of hundreds of victims. She has worked directly against insurance companies for bad faith insurance practices, automobile and semi-truck crashes, products liability cases, Fair Labor Standards Act violations and violent torts, most notably helping children who were the victims of sexual abuse. It was because of this work that Lisa introduced key legislation in the 2012 session to extend the time a victim of childhood sexual abuse can pursue charges against their abuser.

Lisa was appointed by the NM Supreme Court Rules of Evidence Committee, is one of two NM lawyers on the American Association for Justice Board of Governors, is the Chair of the NM Commission on the Status of Women, and a member of the NM Citizen Redistricting Committee. Lisa is married to husband Bob Curtis, and has four adult children and three grandchildren.

Lisa Curtis head shot photo


Erin Toadlena Pablo, Gallup Police Chief

Erin Toadlena Pablo is Naakaii Dine’é (Mexican People clan) and born for Tódích’íi’nii (Bitter Water clan). Her maternal grandfather is Dibé Łizhiní (Black Sheep People clan), and her paternal grandfather is Kinyaa’áanii (Towering House People clan). She was born in Sawmill, Arizona.

Toadlena-Pablo is an Alumni of Window Rock High School. She attended UNM and received her associate degree in criminal justice. She has attended the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety for School of Police Staff and Command. She holds a certificate in Local Government Leadership Program and has successfully completed the FBI-LEEDA Leadership Trilogy in Supervising, Command and Executive Leadership Institutes. Toadlena-Pablo began working with the Gallup Police Department in 2001 where she began her career in patrol and advanced to work in the field of the investigations divisions, internal affairs, school resource officer, bike patrol, and emergency response. Through her progress, Toadlena-Pablo held the ranks of Sergeant and Lieutenant before being promoted to Captain. She has served as the acting Chief of Police since January 2023 and was promoted to Chief of Police on May 2, 2023, becoming the first female Chief of Police for the City of Gallup.

Cheif Erin Toadlena -Pablo Headshot

Nasha Torrez, Dean of Students, University of New Mexico

Nasha Torrez, has been the Dean of Students at the University of New Mexico since 2016, and has been working at UNM since 2012. She comes from generations of northern New Mexicans, is a second-generation UNM grad, and is a two-time UNM alum. Nasha first came to UNM in 1996 as an undergraduate student on scholarships; she lived on campus and was active in student leadership and organizations; and she earned her Bachelors of Business Administration, specializing in Human Resource Management, from the Anderson School of Management in 2000. Nasha attributes her success as an undergrad student to the many programs she now works with as the Dean of Students. 

Nasha Torrez Headshot