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For Immediate Release: Monday, July 6, 2009

Contact: Cheryl Aguilar 703-527-6007, ext 16

Art Celebration of Hispanic Women at Annual Leadership Conference in Albuquerque

Hundreds of Local and National Leaders and Professionals Expected, Online Registration Open


(Washington, DC) The National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI), 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, has selected three Latina artists to display their art at NHLI’s 2009 Executive Leadership Training Conference and Mujer Awards Gala in Albuquerque, NM, November 5-6 to be held at Hotel Albuquerque.


 Blanca Santander from Seattle, WA; Angie Del Riego from Alexandria, VA; and Laura Lopez Cano from Seabrook, TX are the winners of NHLI’s nationwide poster art contest that celebrates Hispanic women.


Part of a six piece series, Santander’s 1st prize winning entry Timepeace “is a reminder to women that no matter how busy our lives are or how pressing our responsibilities, it’s important to have peaceful time to reflect and recharge, so we can move forward and have our time in history,” said Cristina López, NHLI’s President. “As women, mothers, and warriors, we need peaceful time--a stopping point, in order to reset our gears. These moments give us the power to continue working hard, protect our loved ones and focus in being a better part of this beautiful world,” added Santander.

Santander moved to the United States in 1996 from her native Peru to reunite with her mother and sisters. A renowned artist in Seattle’s community, she has dedicated her career to creating art that promotes her Latino heritage, particularly with women and Latinas as inspirations.  In addition to showcasing Timepeace and four other works at NHLI’s Mujer Awards Gala art reception on Friday, November 6, as a contest winner Santander will receive $1,000 and her winning entry will be featured in NHLI promotional materials. This is Santander’s first award in a national competition.

Del Riego will showcase her winning entry, Mariposa Metamorphosis, and two other art pieces. A native of Dominican Republic, Del Riego settled in the Washington, DC area recently to develop art projects that educate, create awareness and empower women.

Laura Lopez Cano will present her Mujer en el Jardin creation. As a 2006 graduate of NHLI’s Executive Leadership Program, Cano is well known among the NHLI family. Her art which combines feminine diversity and cultural traditions has been featured at NHLI’s annual conference in 2003 and 2004 as well as other national conferences.

The conference theme-- Our Time in History—reflects these important times when more and more Latinas are advancing to significant positions of leadership and national influence as well as and the richness of the conference host state’s history and role Latinas have played.

 NHLI’s two-day annual conference includes cutting-edge professional and leadership development workshops facilitated by top level Latinas from across the country, networking opportunities and renowned keynote speakers. The conference also offers career recruitment, health, wellness and book fairs, and a community marketplace.

The conference culminates with the Mujer Awards Gala which pays tribute to the achievements and contributions of exceptional Hispanic leaders.

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



Schedule of Events

Thursday, November 5, 2009

9:00 am                                       Registration

9:00 am                                       Exhibitor/Booth Move In

10:00 – 5:30 pm                        Exhibit/Fairs/Marketplace

9:00 - 12:00 pm                         Healthcare Roundtable

11:00 – 12:00 pm                      Ask the Expert (Individual consultation on various topics)

12:00 – 2:00 pm                        Conference Kickoff General Session/ Keynote Speaker/ Lunch

2:00 – 5:00 pm                          Philanthropy Roundtable

2:00 – 3:30 pm                          Concurrent Workshops and Ask the Expert Sessions

3:30 – 4:00 pm                          Break

4:00 – 5:30 pm                          Concurrent Workshops and Ask the Expert Sessions

5:45 – 6:00 pm                          Transportation Reception

6:00 – 8:00 pm                          Welcome reception (Offsite)


Friday Nov. 6, 2009

7:00 – 8:00 am                         Walk/run Perimeter of Hotel Albuquerque

7:30 am                                      Registration

8:30 – 10:00 am                       Breakfast: Young Latina Keynote and Awards

9:30 am   to 4 pm                     Exhibit/Fairs/Marketplace

10:00 – 12:00 pm                    Concurrent Workshops, Ask the Expert Sessions

12:00 – 1:30 pm                       Keynote Speaker/General Session/Lunch

2:00 – 3:30 pm                         Concurrent Sessions and Ask the Expert

6:00 – 7:00 pm                         Reception and Art Exhibit

7:00 – 8:00 pm                         Dinner

8:00 – 9:00 pm                         Mujer Awards

9:00 pm – 12:00 am                Dance


For more information and to register online click here or visit For media requests, contact Cheryl Aguilar at 703-527-6007, ext 16 or send an e-mail to



The National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI) is a national leadership development organization focused on Latina leaders. For more than 20 years, NHLI has developed hundreds of Latina leaders who have gone on to become elected officials, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, executives at non-profits and powerful decision makers. Founded  in 1987 to address the disparity of representation of Latinas in leadership, NHLI’s mission is to develop Hispanas as ethical world leaders through training, professional development, relationship building, and community activism.