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Hundreds of Prominent Hispanic Women Will
Descend on Miami to Attend National Leadership Conference

Conference Includes Dialogue on Issues Affecting Latino Community, Post Election Analysis and
All-Star Line Up of Prominent Hispanic Women

(Washington, DC) Hundreds of Latina leaders from across the nation will convene in Miami on November 4-5 at the National Hispana Leadership Institute’s Executive Leadership Training Conference and Mujer Awards, the premier gathering Hispanic women.

This year, the conference will celebrate the 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.

The conference will feature over 45 innovative leadership and professional development workshops, educational panels and sessions presented by nearly 100 top-level Latina trainers and speakers;  key discussions on critical issues affecting Latinos including a homeownership and foreclosure session, a financial town hall, a health care conversation, post election analysis, and the release of the Latina as Corporate leaders report that examines the status of Hispanic women in corporate America, and more.

The event will conclude with the Mujer Awards Gala which pays tribute to outstanding Latina leaders whose influence generates and promotes change in their community.These year’s honorees are: Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Emmy award- winning journalist Maria Elena Salinas of Univision Network, Janet Murguía, President and CEO of the National Council of La Raza, and business pioneer Remedios Diaz Oliver.

Scores of regional leaders are attending the event including: the Honorable Mayor of the City of Miami, Tomás P. Regalado, Mayor; Mayor of Miami Beach, Matti Herrera Bower, NHLI’s Co-Founder and Board Chair Emeritus, Maria Elena Toraño who will be honored with a special award; Helen Aguirre Ferré, Publisher of Diario Las Americas; Jorge Plasencia, CEO of República; Dr. Aida Levitan, President of the Levitan Group; Miami Dade College’s President Eduardo Padrón, Florida House of Representatives, Anitere Flores, among of scores of distinguished guests.

The conference will take place from November 4-5 at the Hyatt Regency, 400 South East Second Avenue, Miami, Florida. 

Media wishing to cover the event must fill out this online form by clicking here. You may pick up your media badges at Hyatt Regency Miami’s conference registration desk on Thursday, November 4, between 8 am to 5 pm or Friday, November 5, between 9 and 4 pm. All sessions are open to media.  Internet wired rooms will be available for press covering the event from 9 to 5 pm both days. Media wishing table seating at the Mujer Awards Gala can purchase tickets onsite for $275 per individual ticket and $450 for 2.

Schedule of Key Seminars & Events

For a complete list of workshops, schedule of events and speakers bio visit Unless otherwise noted, sessions are open to the public.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Media availability upon request on Thursday and Friday for: Post election analysis with Maria Cardona, Principal at the Dewey Square Group and CNN political commentator and Ingrid Duran, Co-Founder & Principal D&P Creative Strategies and Poder  PAC, national effort to increase the number of Latinas elected at all levels of government.

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Community Marketplace & Health Fair
Organizations, companies, and business showcase their services and products.


Financial Town Hall with Julie Stav (Sponsored by State Farm® Insurance Companies)
Financial expert Julie Stav will discuss tips for building wealth and investment strategies, especial focus on investing in this down market.

11:30 – 1:15

Kick-off Luncheon (Co-sponsored by Southwest and UPS [Registration Required]

:  The Hon. Matti Herrera Bower, Mayor of Miami Beach
Keynote Speaker: Marisa Rivera-Albert, President, MPowerment Works

1:30 – 3:00
Concurrent Workshops

Latinas on Corporate Boards and C-Suites: Why it Matters
This session provides an overview of the challenges, opportunities and pipeline issues around getting more Latinas in top leadership positions in corporate America. Hear from top Latina executives what it takes to get on a corporate Board and/or make it to the C-Suite. This session is presented in partnership with HACR.

Moderator: Robert BardPresident & CEO, LATINA Style Magazine;
Panelists: Monika Mantilla, President & CEO, Altura Capital; Maria Sastre, President & CEO, Maria Sastre & Associates (Invited); Ana Valdez, Executive Director, HACR

Beyond the Search for Life Work Balance: Having the (guilt-free) Life You Want (Open to the Public)
We have moved beyond “multi-tasking” to “multiplied-tasking.” We are expected to be all things to all people. We often feel we don’t have enough time to do what we want, but we are not clear about what that is—so we are pulled into what others want for us. Join us for a unique journey where you will explore the life you really want, and learn how to let go of the rest!

Presenter: Nanci Luna Jimenez (ELP ‘06), President, Luna Jiménez Seminars & Associates

2:00 – 4:00 Projecting an Image “In Sync” With Your Leadership Brand with renowned fashion expert Martin Llorens

3:30 – 5:00
Concurrent Workshops

Latinas Leading Globally (Open to the Public)
Latinas are playing key roles in the global stage – from leading countries (Bachelet, Krichner, Chinchilla) to leading multinational businesses and economic ventures to playing key roles in the international relations arena – Latinas are breaking barriers and leading change.  A panel of Latina leaders discusses how Latinas are building bridges internationally, the challenges they face, and the opportunities ahead for increasing Latina prominence in the world stage.

Moderator:  Maria Elena Toraño, NHLI Co-founder and Chair Emeritus, Former Presidential Appointee to the U.S. Commission on Public Diplomacy;
Panelists: Mirta “Mikki”  Canton, President & CEO, AsiaAmericana International LLC; Jennifer Halberstein Enslein, Community activist & Philanthropist, Board of Directors American Jewish Committee (AJC); Diane Sanchez, President & CEO, Telefónica USA

Presenting the Case for a Latina Health Care Information Network(Open to the Public)
This session will look at what health care reform has meant for Hispanics and where the gaps still are, as well as the resources available to help our families and communities manage health care needs and practice effective prevention and the information gaps that still exist.

Panelists: Melissa Bishop-Murphy, Senior Director of National Government Relations and Multicultural Affairs, Pfizer, Inc.; Elena Alvarado (ELP ‘91), President, National Latina Health Network; Maribel Quiala, LCSW (ELP ‘09), Clinical Director, Children’s Home Society Southeastern Division

Friday, November 5

8:00 – 10:00

Rising Stars Awards Breakfast [Registration Required]

Honorees: Gaby Pacheco, Immigration activist; Maria Isa Perez, Hip-Hop artist and social activist

9:30 – 4:00 Community Marketplace & Health Fair; Career/Recruitment Fair
Housing Fair
(Sponsored by Fannie Mae and CHASE)

Surviving the Housing Crisis and Turning it Into Opportunity (Sponsored by Fannie Mae and CHASE)        

This session will provide information and resources to help “buyers” take advantage of the opportunities this down market offers and realize their dream of home ownership or as a property investor. It will also help families who are struggling to keep up their mortgage payments and retain their home learn about programs and resources to that can help them.

Concurrent Workshops

Latinas in the Media
A panel of Latina media figures explores Latina accomplishments in the media and the challenges to bringing their voice to mainstream media, as well as ways to change the status quo and the future of ethnic and mainstream media and the role Latinas can play.

Moderator:Maria Cardona, Principal at Dewey Square Group, CNN Political Commentator and NHLI Board member; Panelists:  Aminda "Mindy" Marques, Managing Editor, The Miami Herald; Marisa Treviño, President of TreviñoTodaMedia, LLC; Publisher of and columnist for USA Today; Helen Aguirre-Ferré, Editor, Diario Las Americas

Building a Workplace Environment that Attracts, Retains and Maximizes Talent:  Latinas Speak Out …. Is Corporate America Listening? – Report Release on Status of Latinas in Corporate America
NHLI and LCG Group have partnered to assist Latina executives, Fortune 500 companies, business, government, institutions and nonprofit entities to learn more about Latinas as Corporate Leaders.. Learn what companies can do to benefit from the rapid growing multicultural, highly educated and high performing Latina professionals, benefits and workplace programs that are most important to Latinas, and what Latinas can do to overcome challenges in the workplace.

Presenters: Marlene Gonzalez, President, LCG Group; Cristina Benitez, President/Founder, Lazos Latinos; Yolanda Londoño, VP, Global Social Responsibility, Tupperware Brands Corporation; Michaeline Perez Guzman, Vice President of Operations, McDonald’s USA

Brand Yourself: Personal Branding & Reputation Management (Sponsored by Nielsen)
Learn how to create a compelling personal brand by using traditional PR and community relations strategies, and manage your personal brand through social media.

Presenters: Aida Levitan, PhD, President, The Levitan Group; Jorge Plasencia, President, República

Building Wealth and Planning for a Financially Secure Future (Sponsored by Prudential) (Open to the Public)
Whether you are in your 30s, 40s or 50s is never too early or too late for financial planning.  Whether you are in your 30s paying off school loans, buying your first house or starting a family; in your 40s and 50s dealing with children’s college tuition, taking care of elderly parents, and thinking about your own retirement; this session will provide a roadmap for making sound financial decisions, building wealth and planning for a financially secure retirement.

Presenter: Ana Maria Gonzalez Wood, CLU, ChFC Financial Planner

12:30 – 2:30

Leadership Lunch recognizing Latina trailblazers [Registration Required]

SPECIAL RECOGNITION: Maria Elena Toraño, Co-Founder and Chair Emeritus

NHLI ALUMNA OF THE YEAR: Carmen Lomellin (ELP ‘89), U.S. Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States

2:30 – 4:30

Latina Authors Book signing
Latina authors discuss their work during a panel presentation; Followed by a book signing.

Moderator: Ana Acle-Menendez (ELP '05), Journalist;
Authors: Leila Cobo, Tell Me Something True; Rosalee Montoya-Read, Grandpa’s Magic Tortilla; Patricia San Pedro, Dish and Tell: Life, Love & Secrets

2:45 – 4:15
Concurrent Workshops

Latina Leadership in South Florida
Latinas represent a significant population in South Florida yet they remain underrepresented in positions of leadership whether in the public or private sector. While the opportunity gap has been closing over the past decade, there are still many challenges to Latinas achieving success as professionals and public leaders.  Learn from a panel of high-power Latina role models in business, politics, and nonprofits about the challenges they have overcome as they escalate leadership positions in the workplace and public life, and how they are breaking the “glass ceiling” and changing the face of South Florida.

Moderator: Isabel de Quesada, Executive Director Mayor’s International Council; Panelists: Amanda Gonzalez, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for Baptist Outpatient Services — Baptist Health South Florida; Raquel Regalado, Attorney and Elected Official/Miami Dade School Board and Lourdes Castillo De la Peña, Florida Commission on the Status of Women

Plug Into the Power of Social Media
Leading Latinas in social media share best practices on how to garnish attention whether for personal or professional advancement utilizing new media tools.

Presenters: Marisa Treviño, President of Treviño TodaMedia, LLC and Publisher of; Elianne Ramos, Vice-Chair, Latinos in Social Media; Aurelia Flores, (ELP '10), Founder,

Making the Most of Little Time and Great Expectations: A Toolkit for the Latina Working Mom (Sponsored by Scholastic) (Open to the Public)
Working moms work hard to avoid being placed by their employers on the “mommy track” and to demonstrate that they can be both good mothers and effective professionals.  Learn from professionals who juggle career demands with the joys of motherhood — how they maximize quality time at home, meet the demands of high-power careers, and lead fulfilling personal lives and contribute to their communities.  The session will also present strategies to help you enjoy quality time with your children while advancing their learning and development from toddlers to high-schoolers, and maintain Spanish language skills and Latino culture.

Moderator:Becky Barrera, Director of Hispanic Initiatives, Scholastic; Panelists: Belinda Gonzalez-Leon, Vice President, Education Management Corporation; Lidia Soto Harmon (ELP ‘00), President, CEO, Girls Scout of the Nation’s Capital; Windy Lopez, Senior Manager Community Affairs, Scholastic

6:00 Art Reception Featured Artists: Anyly Fraga Peleaz, Yolanda Valdes [Registration Required]

6 to 6:30  Media Availability with Mujer Awardees

7:00 – 9:00 Mujer Awards Gala honoring: [Registration Required]
LEGISLATIVE AWARD: Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
CHAIR’S AWARD: Emmy award-winning journalist Maria Elena Salinas, Univision
NATIONAL MUJER AWARD: Janet Murguía, NCLR President and CEO
REGIONAL MUJER AWARD: Remedios Diaz-Oliver, President All American Containers Inc

NHLI 2010 Conference Sponsors include:
State Farm® Insurance Companies, Southwest Airlines, MillerCoors, UPS, The Coca Cola Company, Nordstrom, Ford, Merck, McDonalds, Anheuser Busch, Goya, Pfizer, Chase, Fannie Mae, Prudential, The Walt Disney Company, Nielsen, AARP, Nissan, Bloomingdale’s, Macys, Mount Sinai Hospital, NY; Scholastic; Diageo, Tupperware, Baptist Health South Florida, Aries Miami; Media Sponsors: Univision, The Miami Herald, LATINA Style magazine; Media Partners:  República, Hispanic PR Wire, Diario Las Americas,,, CapitalWirePR, Hispanic MPR, LatinVision Media; Outreach Partners: Latinos in Higher Ed, Las Comadres Para Las Americas, Wise Latinas Linked; Partners: Grand Central Publishing, HACR,; Scholarship Supporters: Miami Dade College, City of Doral, Yum Brands; Table Sponsors: All American Containers, Prescient.