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Message from NHLI President Cristina Lopez



 Dear NHLI Friends,

On behalf of our Board of Directors and staff, we welcome you to the National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI) 2009 Executive Leadership Training Conference and Mujer Awards in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This year’s 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 the richness of New Mexico’s history and the important role Hispanic women have played.

Your support of NHLI and commitment to our mission of developing Latinas as ethical leaders through training, relationship building and community activism is what distinguishes NHLI as the premiere executive leadership organization preparing Latinas for positions of national influence, public policy impact, and to contribute to the advancement of the Hispanic community.

During this conference we will discuss pressing issues important to our community, build new relationships and strengthen old ones, and honor remarkable women who are breaking the glass ceiling. This year’s conference will showcase cutting-edge leadership development, educational and inspirational keynotes and workshops facilitated by top level professionals and national leaders, and the most powerful national network of professional Latinas.

NHLI alumnae and other Latinas are rising to leadership positions and paving roads in record breaking numbers. Since 1993, NHLI has honored the unrelenting commitment of Latinas who are moving their communities forward and making a significant difference in the lives of others. The Mujer Awards pays tribute to three extraordinary Latinas who have made it their life’s work to empower their communities through service, education, and advocacy.

Entertainer and community activist Rosie Perez will receive the Chair’s Award. Patricia Diaz Dennis, a three-time presidential appointee and corporate executive will receive the National Mujer Award. Emma Sepulveda, Ph.D., Professor at the University of Nevada at Reno and award winning author will receive the Regional Mujer Award.

The Mujer Awardees are examples of the remarkable work that Latinas are doing every day across the country. Thank you for being part of this journey moving our local and global communities forward. Enjoy the festivities!

Cristina Lopez



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