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2008 Conference Highlights
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Conference Schedule

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

9:00 – 5:00 PM
Registration Desk


9:00 – 11:00 AM
St. Augustine B-D

Exhibitor Set Up

11:00 – 2:00 PM
St. Augustine B-D

Exhibitor Move in

12:00 – 4:00 PM
Palm Beach

Alumnae Class Representatives Meeting

1:00-2:30 PM
Salon 8

Ask the Expert

One-on-one coaching sessions to assist you with resumé writing, interviewing skills, effective speaking and presentation skills, negotiating compensation, preparing for a promotion or career change, and more! (Sign up at registration and only by appointment.)

2:00 – 2:30 PM
Salons 4-5

Health & Wellness Fair and Career Fair – General Kick-off
Special presentation, Class of 2008

2:30 – 3:30 PM
Salons 4-5

Opening General Session

Keynote Speaker: Ret. Ltc. Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch, President & Founder Educational Achievement Services Inc.

3:30 – 5:00 PM


Salon 7

Latinas & Fitness: Transforming Your Life Through Fitness

Yoli Casas, Expert Triathlon Coach and Co-Founder, Hermanas Triathlon Team
Denise Perez, Co-founder, Hermanas Triathlon Team
Lucrecia Farfan-Ramirez, University of California, Davis

Latinos are disproportionately affected by obesity and related chronic diseases.  This session will discuss some economic, social and physical factors that influence unhealthy eating habits and physical activity among Latinos; and identify steps to a healthier lifestyle, including exercise. If you want to start an exercise program but don’t seem to have the time, energy or know where to begin, this session will help you take the first step towards becoming your best fit self.  

  • Learn healthier eating habits
  • Identify and set your fitness goal(s) for the next 12 months
  • Develop a sound training program to fit your goal(s) and life
  • Identify and address obstacles that are keeping you from starting a fitness program


Home Ownership: Your Home as an Asset in Times of Economic Stress

Judy Majors, Senior Project Manager, Marketplace, Office of Diversity & Inclusion Fannie Mae
Christine Valdes, Regional Diverse Segments Manager, Wells Fargo
Jeanne Goldie, Regional Diverse Segments Manager Georgia and East Florida, Wells Fargo

Homeownership has long been a source of financial security and asset building for Latino families. Learn what lenders are doing to address housing market issues, and what looms ahead in the housing horizon. If you are a first-time buyer thinking about buying a home, or are looking for that next home to continue building your equity or a vacation property, or simply an investor looking to take advantage of this buyers’ market, this workshop will discuss:

  • How safe is a real estate investment in these times of economic downturn
  • What you need to know to make a sound real estate decision
  • The pros and cons of refinancing your home in today’s economy

Salon 9

Are You Ready for Prime Time?

Ysabel Duron, Senior Anchor, KRON4 News, San Francisco

A leader not only has to talk the talk, and walk the walk, she has to look the part. She has to  know what to say, when to say it, and how to say it. Your everyday interactions say a lot about you and developing executive presence is a must if you want to advance in your career. Join 38-year media veteran and 1990 NHLI sister in this nuts and bolts image and communications training. This workshop will provide tools to get you ready to step up and represent your organization, agency, business, or yourself in any forum. The workshop will provide tools to help you:

  • Develop executive presence (personal style, physical presence, voice)
  • Define your personal image
  • Assess your public speaking skills and prepare for that important speech/interview
  • Get our your message and market yourself and your organization effectively

Salon 3

Mentoring or Executive Coaching? Basic Principles Applicable to Any Industry or Setting

Eva Gomez, RN, MSN, Children’s Hospital, Boston

So you are interested in being a mentor or finding a mentor? You’ve heard about Executive Coaching but not sure what is best for you? Learn about mentoring and how it is different from coaching. This session will discuss why mentoring and/or coaching is important in any industry (corporate, nonprofit, public sector), especially for Latinos; and how to develop a mentoring  and/or coaching relationship that matches your interests/needs.  Participants will learn:

  • How to start a mentoring/coaching relationship
  • What to look for in a mentor/coach and how to find the right mentor/coach for you
  • What an effective mentor/coach can do for you
  • How to maximize the mentoring/coaching relationship
  • How to develop a mentoring/coaching plan

Salon 12

How to Recession Proof Your Career

Neddy Perez, HR and Diversity Consultant
Adriana Comellas-Macretti, Director Executive Business Development Group, StateFarm

In this challenging economic climate, you might not be able to recession-proof your specific job, but you can definitely recession-proof your career. This is the time to take stock of our situations, assess our jobs, and develop a smart safety net for our careers. If you work in a vulnerable industry or see signs of possible cutbacks within your company, don't panic, just get prepared. This session will focus on tips to boost your “market” value, as well as job search and job saving tactics. Specifically attendees will learn:

  • The top 5 things you must do financially to mobilize your resources
  • The 7 things to do within your company to improve your chances of not getting fired
  • The 7 things you should do if you do get fired
  • The websites and links that you need know to manage your career

Salon 1

Latinas in Politics:  Should I Run?  Where Do I Start?

Millie Herrera, President, The Miami Group

Latinas lag behind as active participants in the political process in this country. Traditional family and cultural prejudices about women in politics are strong in our communities, and although we have made great strides in the past few years, we still have a way to go in building a base of talented, prepared-to-run, connected and motivated Latinas to run for elected office. Participants will discuss the roles of Latinas as community activists, leaders and decision-makers and how to translate these into an elected position. This workshop will help you:

  • Identify obstacles “real or imagined” that Latinas face when running for elected office
  • Explore if you are ready to run for public office and how to get started
  • List practical tasks and activities to help you get started in the political path, if you so desire

6:00 – 8:00 PM

Welcome Reception: Sunset on the Beach (casual dress)

Summer house behind main building of Grand Floridian (outdoor function) 

Friday, November 14, 2008

7:00 – 8:00 AM
Grand property

Powerwalk/Run Yoga

7:30 – 4:00 PM


8:00 – 9:00 AM

Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 10:00 AM
Salons 4,5,6

General Session

Keynote Speakers: Congresswomen Loretta and Linda Sánchez

10:00 – 12:00 PM
Salons 4-5

Disney Institute: Leadership Excellence

Today’s successful leaders work with their teams to provide vision and to set goals, as well as to encourage involvement and accountability.  This session provides an overview of the Disney Approach to Leadership Excellence focusing on:

  • Vision – Understand why a leader’s vision is critical to success.
  • Involvement – Examine how leaders can create a work environment that encourages employees to be actively involved in the business.
  • Organization – Investigate how a leader can provide accountability while aligning organizational structure and culture for positive change
  • Change – Explore how a leader can utilize a proactive approach to change in order to keep the team on “top of their game.”

10:30 – 12:00 PM
Salon 8

Ask the Expert

One-on-one coaching sessions to assist you with resume writing, interviewing skills, effective speaking and presentation skills, negotiating compensation, preparing for a promotion or career change, and more! (sign up at registration/by appointment).

Noon – 1:00 PM
Grand Foyers

Latina Authors Book Signing

Meet dynamic Latina authors and get your books signed.

Cristina Benitez
Suzanne Moreno
Congresswoman Linda Sánchez (D-CA)
Congresswoman Loretta Sánchez (D-CA)

1:00 – 2:30 PM
Salons 4-5


Keynote Speaker: Nely Galán, President, Galan Entertainment

2:30 – 4:00 PM


Salon 3

¡Cocinando con Sabor y Salud!

Chef Fernando Desa, Goya Foods

Learn how to prepare healthy and flavorful dishes with Latin American food giant Goya Foods. Chef Fernando Desa shows you how to incorporate healthy products and create delicious meals without compromising taste.

Salon 2

Latinas in the 2008 Elections: The Story Behind the Numbers

Ingrid M. Duran, Co-Founder and Principal, D&P Creative Strategies, LLC, Co-Founder Poder PAC
Laura Drain, Executive Director, Alcanzando Metas Foundation, Co-Chair, Latinas for McCain
Annette Taddeo, 2008 Candidate, Florida 18th Congressional District (Invited)

Latinos make up approximately 9% of the eligible electorate, and Latinas make up 51% of Hispanics eligible to vote. Latina political participation has been consistently growing over the past decade.  In 1996, 2.7 million Latinas cast ballots, compared to 4.1 million in 2004 (a 51% increase) and a projected record number of Latinas—at least 5 million—is expected to cast ballots this year. Join a panel of Latina political players for an in-depth analysis of the 2008 elections from a Latina perspective.What difference did Latinas make in both presidential campaigns? What did the elections mean for Latinas? What motivated Latinas to mobilize and vote? What is next for Latinas now that the election is over? What are the opportunities for Latinas with the incoming administration?  Should Latinas organize around a Latina agenda?

Salon 7

Latina Nation: Cultural Segmentation and the Growing Influence of Latinas in Marketing

Moderator: Marieli Colon-Padilla, Vice President, Fleishman-Hillard

Maribel Ferrer-Gil, Senior Vice President, Fleishman-Hillard
Cristina Benitez, author and marketing executive

In the last eight years, Latinos have accounted for 50% of the U.S. population growth. As the numbers rise, Latinas at the helm of households and at the heart of the more than 10 million families, are becoming increasingly influential in making decisions that will have long-term effects in the shape of the Latino consumer future. How do marketers know what Latinas want and need? How do we articulate strategies that effectively connect?

  • Learn how to reach Latinos more effectively through print, broadcast and online media.
  • What do Latinos read, watch and listen to?
  • What are the trends in Latino marketing?
  • What are some winning communications strategies that reach Latinos?

Join author and marketing executive Cristina Benitez, along with PR and marketing professionals in a workshop about where marketing to Latinos is headed and how to maximize trends.

Salon 9

What You Need to Know About Getting on a Nonprofit Board of Directors

Emily Gantz McKay, President, Mosaica, The Center for Nonprofit Development and Pluralism
Dr. Sandra Madrid, Assistant Dean, University of Washington Law School

Nonprofit organizations, especially mainstream groups, are struggling to fill board of director slots with talented minorities, and in particular women. But getting on a board is only half the challenge; once you are there, you are expected to perform. It is important for Latinas to serve on community as well as national boards, and ensure the Latina/o voice is at the table when making important policy and resource allocation decisions. It is also important to find a good match to your interests and skills. Learn how nonprofit organizations recruit and what they are looking for in potential board candidates, how to network yourself into a prestigious national board, and once you are there what you are expected to deliver, and how you decide which board is the best fit for you.


Business with a Conscience

Moderator: Michaeline Perez-Guzman, Vice President, Operations, McDonalds

Corporate Panel:
N. Cornell Boggs, Chief Responsibility and Ethics Officer, MillerCoors
Roger Guzman, Senior Manager of Hispanic Markets, Wal-Mart
Victoria Negrete, Cartel Group on behalf of Nissan

The core of corporate social responsibility (CSR) is the integration of business operations and good values. But CSR must be executed like all business initiatives with long range planning, devoted resources and measurable results. Learn from executives of corporations with a socially conscience reputation about best practices around CSR (or as some may call it building a sustainable business).  The session will focus on:

  • Why being a force for good should be part of your organizational mission
  • CSR and the link to the bottom line
  • Why/how principled leadership builds a sustainable business
  • How CSR has led these companies to bigger and better opportunities

4:00- 6:00 PM
St. Augustine B-D

Exhibitor move out & teardown

6:00 – 7:00 PM
Grand Floridian Lobby

Reception & Silent Auction

Come view and bid on merchandise at the annual NHLI Silent Auction.  100% of all proceeds go directly to NHLI Programs.

6:00 – 7:00 PM
Grand Foyer

Art Exhibit

6:00 – 7:00 PM

VIP Reception

7:00 – 9:00 PM
Salons 4-5

Mujer Awards Gala and Presentation

Nely Galán
President, Galan Entertainment
2008 NHLI Chair Awardee

Dr. Angela Diaz
Jean C. and James W. Crystal Professor of Pediatrics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Director of the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center
2008 National Mujer Awardee

Rossana Rosado
Editor in Chief, El Diario La Prensa
2008 Regional NHLI Mujer Awardee

9:00 – Midnight
Salons 4-5


Saturday November 15, 2008

9:00 -10:30 AM

Alumnae and Board of Directors Breakfast

Citricos Restaurant (Main Building Grand Floridian)

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