The National Hispana Leadership Institute's Board of Directors has selected Emmy award-winning journalist and co-anchor of Univision Network’s nightly news "Noticiero Univision," Maria Elena Salinas to be recognized at the 2010 Mujer Awards as Chair's honoree.

"Maria Elena Salinas exemplifies NHLI's values, has lived a life of extraordinary leadership and is an exceptional role model for Latinas and women nationwide," said Marieli Colón-Padilla, NHLI's Board Chair.

The award presentation will be made at the Mujer Awards Gala — the closing ceremony of the Executive Leadership Training Conference on November 5 in Miami, Florida.

Celebrated since 1993, the Mujer Awards Gala pays tribute to the achievements and contributions of exceptional Latina leaders.

Each year, NHLI selects an outstanding leader whose influence generates and promotes change in her community.

Dubbed by The New York Times, "The Voice of Hispanic America" and featured in Hispanic Magazine as one of the "100 Most Influential Hispanics" in the United States, Maria Elena Salinas has been instrumental in the lives of millions of Hispanics in this country and in Latin America for almost 3 decades. One of the most recognized Hispanic female journalists in the U.S., Maria Elena Salinas co-anchors the highly rated "Noticiero Univision," nightly news and the primetime news magazine "Aqui y Ahora" (Here and Now). Throughout the years, Maria Elena has interviewed more world leaders, dictators and political figures than any other female journalist. She has handled some of the most challenging assignments in modern day journalism. 

"It is her relentless commitment to informing, educating and advancing the Hispanic community, and her amazing professional accomplishments that makes Maria Elena Salinas an exceptional leader and this year's Chair Award recipient," commented Cristina López, NHLI's President.

Maria Elena joins other notable leaders to be recognized at the Mujer Awards:

Janet Murguía, President and CEO of the National Council of La Raza, will be honored with the National Mujer Award for her tireless advocacy on behalf of the Latino community.

Business pioneer Remedios Diaz-Oliver, CEO of All American Containers, has been selected to receive this year's Regional Mujer Award.

Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen will be honored with the Mujer Legislative Award. This is a newly created NHLI award to recognize Latina policy makers for advancing public policy important to the Hispanic community.

"All of our honorees represent the strength and diversity of the Latina community. They fight vigorously to ensure a better future for Latinos and to change the status quo of Hispanic women," said López.

Join NHLI and hundreds of Latina leaders from across the nation to honor these outstanding leaders and to celebrate Latina leadership under this year's theme The Latina Mosaic: Strength in Diversity, which underscores how Latinas are changing the face and strengthening the social fabric of this country and making major inroads in the leadership pipeline for a growingly diverse America.

NHLI's annual conference is the premier gathering for Latina leaders — two days of leadership and professional development training, inspirational speakers, networking, and more.

Conference highlights include:

NHLI looks forward to seeing you in Miami!



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