About the Conference
2009 Nomination Form
Schedule of Events
Call for Nominations
Isabel Allende begins her best selling novel Daughter of Fortune with the simple
line, Everyone is born with some special talent
And with that
belief she launches Eliza Sommers, the Chilean orphan, on an adventure generally
saved for literatures Anglo men.
Fifteen years ago, the National Hispana Leadership Institute started its journey
with a similar belief at its core. The founders knew that given the right training
and support, Hispanics could reach a level of leadership never before achieved.
The celebration of NHLIs 15th Anniversary at Walt Disney World witnessed
a room full of Latinas who fully represent the realization of that vision.
The training began with the new addition of the LATINAStyle Magazine Business
Series. Focusing on entrepreneurial development and small business strategies,
the workshop gave insight into an area where Hispanic women dominate. Small businesses
continue to provide Latinas with an opportunity for self-determination and economic
As always, leadership formed the crux of the training. The Center for Creative
Leadership led two seminars entitled, Developing Your Strategic Leadership Capabilities
and The Role of Teams in Effective Strategic Leadership. The first program focused
on strategic thinking and addressing challenges associated with moving an organization
forward. The afternoon session moved from the strengths of the individual to the
power of the collective.
The Dream Team of Isabel Valdés, Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch,
and Lillian Roybal-Rose once again brought their inimitable spirit to the event.
Perhaps there is no more relevant example of NHLIs achievement than these
three women. Every year, they come to share their wisdom and inspire a new generation
of leaders. They teach relative strangers to come together, celebrate each others
cultures, honor their glorious ancestry, and leave the session as Hermanas.
In Orlando, Valdés, author of Hispanic Marketing, shared her groundbreaking
research that has made her one of the marketing industrys most coveted experts.
Kickbusch, always the emotional core of NHLI training, helped the women to discover
their authentic self. Roybal-Rose reminded the women that once they understand
who they are as an individual, that they must comprehend their place in a global
culture. In a society that regularly discounts the contributions of Latinas, these
three women reach into the souls of the Fellows and allow the rich legacy of their
forebearers to shine and live through them.
two-day program ended with the Mujer Awards. Over the years this night has been
described as magical, inspirational, and amazing. Cristina Saralegui, the world
famous host of Univisions The Cristina Show as well as a leading
advocate for the Hispanic community, received the 2002 National Mujer Award.
Gutierrez, Executive Director of the Carlos Rosario School in Washington, D.C.,
won the Regional Mujer Award. Over 50,000 adult immigrant students have benefited
from Gutierrezs educational innovation.
Board Chair Linda Mazón Gutierrez spoke to a room filled with some of
the countrys most distinguished women of any background. Among the 400 guests
attending the dinner were doctors, judges, corporate executives and community
activists. Looking around the room, one could see that Latinas are truly impacting
21st century America. The party started and ended with bursts of fantasy. Maria
Barrazas started the evening with a fashion display featuring her latest collection
of beautiful designs. Disney capped off the night with its signature Epcot
NHLI achieves all that it does as a result of the undying corporate support
provided by some of Americas most prominent firms. While many non-profits
suffer from ailing fundraising efforts, NHLIs stalwart supporters have continued
to provide financial and in-kind assistance. Sponsors largess have funded
everything from the Mujer Awards to Recruitment Breakfasts to the NHLI Youth Leadership
Major sponsors include Coors Brewing Company, AT&T, State Farm® Insurance,
Walt Disney World, Nordstrom, American Airlines, General Motors, Anheuser Busch,
Nationwide Insurance, Telemundo Channel 40, U.S. Army, Miller Brewing Company,
Goya Foods, Ford Motor Company, USAirways, McDonalds, Allstate Insurance,
Philip Morris Companies, AARP, America West Airlines, State Farm® Bank, Hispanic
Journal, LATINAStyle, Verizon, Shell Oil Company, U.S. Postal Service, AETNA,
UPS Foundation, Hispanic Womens Corporation, The Cartel Group, and the U.S.
Department of State.
Perhaps the best way to describe the Mujer Awards is not through words but
through images. This year Cuban artist Sina Sutter donated her watercolor, El
Orgullo de los Hechos for NHLIs 15th anniversary celebration. The
painting exemplifies all that it means to be a Hispanic woman and the breaking
of the glass ceiling.