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For Immediate Release: Friday, May 21, 2010    
Contact:Cheryl Aguilar, NHLI, 703-527-6007 (office); 202-360-7867 (cell);
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Most Prestigious Annual Conference for Latinas in Miami to Convene Hundreds of Leaders

WASHINGTON, DC (May 21, 2010) The National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI), the nation’s premier organization for Latinas, announced plans to celebrate its 2010 Executive Leadership Training Conference and Mujer Awards in Miami, Florida on November 4-5 at the Hyatt Regency Miami.

NHLI’s Annual Conference announcement was made on Tuesday, May 18, by the Honorable Tomás Regalado, Mayor of the City of Miami, distinguished South Florida and NHLI leaders including NHLI’s President Cristina López, Conference Co-Chairs Maria Elena Toraño, NHLI’s Co-Founder, and Adriana Comellas-Macretti, an NHLI 2003 fellow and board member. Visit to learn about Conference Host and Planning Committee Members.

“We’re particularly honored that Miami was chosen for this conference as we have a history of strong diverse women leaders,” said Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado. “And, especially now that we face an ever increasingly competitive global economy, along with an uncertain economic climate, additional education and training will no doubt help further advance the careers and job opportunities of Hispanic women., he added.”

Going on its tenth year, the Executive Leadership Training Conference and Mujer Awards brings together Latinas and NHLI’s accomplished alumnae from across the country for two days of cutting-edge leadership and professional development, networking, educational and inspirational keynotes and workshops facilitated by top-level Latina leaders from the public and private sectors.

While 50.8% of employed women in the U.S. hold managerial and professional positions only 3.6% of those positions are held by Latinas. Education/professional development, role models and mentors, and networking are key elements to increasing the pool of professional Latinas.

“Developing and investing in women has the biggest payoff for a community; this has been repeatedly proven around the world. The conference provides Latinas tools to be stronger leaders so that their families, communities and the country benefit,” said Cristina Lopez, NHLI’s President.

Conference attendees include local and national leaders in corporate America, non-profits, government, media, higher education, as well as entrepreneurs, students, artists, authors and other attendees.

“In these economic times, the conference offers Latinas training and networking opportunities that can help them advance their careers; inspiration to make that next change in their career lives, and the opportunity to network with other Latina leaders from across the nation. Attendees leave the conference with the skills to be more effective executives, educators, public servants, mentors and community advocates,” added Lopez.

Additionally, conference attendees have the opportunity to visit health and wellness expo and career recruitment fairs; meet distinguished Latina authors and artists at book signing and art exhibits; and support local artisans featuring their beautiful crafts as well as businesses, and organizations promoting their work at the community marketplace.

At the Mujer Awards Gala, celebrated since 1993, NHLI closes the conference by paying tribute to the achievements and contributions of exceptional Latina leaders. Past honorees have included journalist Cristina Saralegui, actresses Rosario Dawson and Eva Longoria. Visit to learn about past honorees.

Interested participants can learn more and register online at NHLI’s annual conference will take place on November 4-5 at the Hyatt Regency Miami, 400 South East, Second Avenue, Miami FL, 33131.

Co-founded by widely recognized leader and three-time presidential appointee, Maria Elena Toraño, Board Chair Emeritus, NHLI is the premier executive leadership organization preparing Latinas for positions of national and international influence, public policy impact and to contribute to the advancement of the Hispanic community.

Through its award-winning programs and renowned leadership and professional development conferences, the National Hispana Leadership Institute is addressing the scarcity of Latinas in the leadership pipeline in the private and public sectors.

Founded in 1987 to address the disparity of representation of Latinas in leadership positions, NHLI’s mission is to develop Hispanas as ethical leaders through training, professional development, relationship building and community activism. NHLI has developed thousands of Latina Leaders who have gone on to become elected officials, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, executives at non-profits and powerful decision makers.


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