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NHLI  2009 Executive Leadership Training Conference & Mujer Awards

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The National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI) Welcomes You to Our 2009 Executive Leadership Training Conference and Mujer Awards.

At NHLI’s conference hundreds of Latina leaders join together for two days of cutting-edge leadership development and professional, networking, educational and inspirational keynotes and workshops facilitated by top- level experts and national, and local leaders.

Meet Our Distinguished Keynote Speakers

Juana Bordas

Juana_BordasJuana Bordas is president of Mestiza Leadership International in Denver and vice president of the board of the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership. A former faculty member for the Center for Creative Leadership, she taught in the Leadership Development Program — the most highly utilized executive program in the world. Juana is a founder of Mi Casa Women’s Center and served as executive director. Today, Mi Casa is recognized as a national model for women’s empowerment. She is founding president/CEO of the National Hispana Leadership Institute, the only program in America that prepares Latinas for national leadership. Almost 500 outstanding Latina leaders have now completed this program. In 2000, she founded The Circle of Latina Leadership to train “the next generation of Latina Leaders.”

Juana was initiated into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame and honored as a Wise Woman by the National Center for Women’s Policy Studies. She recently served as advisor to Harvard’s Hispanic Journal on Public Policy and the Kellogg National Fellows Program. A former Peace Corps volunteer, Juana received the Franklin Miller Award from the U.S. Peace Corps for her lifelong commitment to advancing communities of color and the Leadership Legacy Award from Spellman College’s Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement. She was honored with the 2008 Martin Luther King Jr. Business Responsibility Award. Juana has worked for a number of Fortune 500 companies including Coors Brewing Company, Chevron, Dial Corporation, and Texas Instruments. She has also assisted government agencies, airports, and nonprofits enhance their leadership capacity and groom the potential of their growing diversity. Salsa, Soul, and Spirit: Leadership for a Multicultural Age is her first book and has received compelling endorsements from experts in the leadership field and from Latino, Black, and American Indian leaders.

Lillian Rodriguez Lopez

Lillian_Rodriguez_LopezLillian Rodríguez López serves as President of the Hispanic Federation, a non-profit membership organization serving close to 100 Latino health and human service agencies in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. Lillian first joined the Federation in 1996 as Vice President. Under her leadership, the Federation has dramatically increased its organizational capacity to serve an ever increasing network of member agencies and respond to the Latino community’s local and national needs. Prior to joining the Hispanic Federation, Ms. Rodríguez López was employed at the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), a public benefit corporation which oversees New York City’s public health care system, in several capacities including Executive Assistant to the Chairman of the Board of Directors. Lillian currently is Chair of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, New Yorkers for Smaller Classes and serves as a member of the Citizen’s Union, the Wells-Fargo-Wachovia Bank Community Board, Nielsen Company Latino Advisory Board and the Manhattan Borough President Community Board Reform Committee. In 2008, she was selected as one of the 15 Most Influential Latinos in the country by People En Español. She was also elected as the 2007 Coors Hispanic Leader of the Year. Lillian received her B.A. in Communications from Fordham University and completed NHLI’s Execuitve Leaderhip Program in 2003.

Alisa Valdes

Alisa_ValdesAlisa Valdes is the bestselling author of seven novels, including The Dirty Girls Social Club, Playing with Boys, Haters, Make Him Look Good, Dirty Girls on Top, The Husband Habit and The Three Kings of Oceanside (Christmas 2010). She has had TV and movie deals with Sony Pictures, Lifetime, NBC and Nickelodeon, and is currently in partnership with producers Ann Lopez (wife to George) and Lynnette Ramirez to turn her first novel into a TV series. A gifted motivational speaker who has given moving keynote addresses at dozens of colleges and universities, and for government agencies, business and community organizations, and companies, Alisa inspires with her message of empowerment and optimistic perseverance.  Alisa believes her lifelong passion for justice and oratory, philosophical and literary strengths are a calling toward progressive ministry; she is in the process of applying to seminary to become an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister. Named one of Time magazine’s 25 most influential Hispanics, Alisa is credited with breaking the stereotypical “magical realism” mold, opening doors for Latina authors in humorous commercial women’s fiction in the United States. She was also named one of the country’s 100 most influential Hispanics by Hispanic Business magazine; a breakout literary star by Entertainment Weekly; and a woman of the year by Latina magazine.

With a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University, Alisa spent eight years as an award-winning staff writer for the Boston Globe and Los Angeles Times. She also has a bachelor’s degree in music from Berklee College of Music. Allsa is the daughter of a Cuban sociologist and an American writer. She lives in New Mexico with her husband Patrick, a Mexican-American comedian and writer, and their son. She enjoys gardening, cooking, hiking and scrapbooking, is active in the Unitarian Universalist church, sits on the board of her local MANA Hispanic women’s organization, and a strong supporter of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. She is the creator of LasBMW (Las Book Mujeres Workshop).

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