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2004 Leadership Training & Mujer Awards Gala Highlights

The halls of the Disney Yacht & Beach Club echoed with cheers and laughter from the 500 plus enthusiastic and motivated participants ready to expand their knowledge and network in Orlando, Florida for the National Hispana Leadership Institute’s 2004 Leadership Training and Mujer Awards Conference.

The excitement began with keynote speaker, Julie Stav who gave an insightful lecture on financial planning. She is a registered and licensed broker who understands the significance of sound investments.The morning general session on the Impact of Positive Leadership was presented by the Gallup Organization. Tom Hatton led the participants through exercises that proved the impact of positive reinforcement in the work place. The motivational value of an employee can increase productivity and create high performance.

NHLI honored four outstanding Latina artists (Sina Sutter, Angie del Riego Maloney, Virginia Robles Rosario, and Nora Bertognotti) with an exhibit of their works of art. These creative Latina artists prove that the Latina community is talented in many forms and originality can be inspired by one’s heritage.

Entrepreneur and critically acclaimed author Deborah Rosado Shaw provided an inspirational speech during the luncheon where she commented on how she overcame obstacles in her life. She signed copies of her book Dream Big — A Road Map for Facing Life’s Challenges and Creating the Life You Deserve along with the following Latina authors: Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch (Journey to the Future); Raquel Ortiz (The Silk Purse); poet Gabriela Rico (Withered Flower, Rising Sun); and Marjorie Agosin (Cartographies: Meditation on Travel, The Angel of Memory, A Map of Hope: A Women’s Writing on Human Rights, and At the Threshold of Memory).

The afternoon workshops featured the President of Educational Achievement Services Inc., Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch,who directed a workshop on Latina Entrepreneurship — My House, My Job, My Money, where she described the notion of giving form to bright ideas. She shared the influential power Latinas possess and how to utilize that influence and benefit business owners.

Francine De Ferreire Kemp, President of Diversity Works, Inc. and Dr. Fern Espino, President of Espino, US, gave workshop on Marketing Yourself for Your Next Promotion. The focus of their discussion was on maximizing our strengths and identifying how to market those strengths in our professions.Elena Alvarado, President and CEO of the National Latina Health Network discussed Keeping Yourself and Your Family Healthy. She lectured on the current health issues affecting Latinas. Globalization and expansion is in the minds of many business owners. This entails more traveling for employees. Gladys Bayo-Rivara of Continental Airlines provided an interactive seminar on the Latina Executive Traveler: Travel Tips for Latinas. The seminar was inviting with colorful graphics and props, including tips on packing light, dealing with airport regulations, traveling with children, issues with foreign travel, and many other useful traveling tips.

The 2004 Mujer Awards Gala opened with an art exhibit of this year’s poster artist, Laura Cano, and a reception with music by the Angelines and Latin Twist. The Grand Ballroom was a spectacular sight with smiling faces and enthusiastic Disney characters greeting the participants. Keynote speaker Dr. Antonia Novello, the first woman and Hispanic to hold the position of U.S. Surgeon General, gave a dynamic speech that had the crowd on its feet. Dr. Novello has dedicated her time to educating the world on health issues pertaining to women and children.

The Regional Mujer Awardee, Adelfa Botello Callejo, is a noted attorney and activist in Texas. After years of breaking barriers, she has proven to be committed to the welfare of the Hispanic community.The National Mujer Awardee, Marjorie Agosin, is an award winning poet, world renowned writer, professor, and human rights advocate. She has proven to be instrumental in obtaining international attention to women’s rights. Her writing is rooted in southern Chilean culture and spiced with Jewish influence and dramatization.

The night could not be complete without great music, excitement and the high spirits felt throughout the crowd. Adalberto Bravo y su Orquesta closed the Gala with a tropical beat and rhythm sound. Participants left the Mujer Awards Conference inspired, confident, re-energized and ready to return to their communities and work on the many issues affecting Latinas!