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For Immediate Release: Saturday, November 8, 2008                      

Contact: Cheryl Aguilar 202-360-7867 (cell);

Latina Leaders and Nationally Recognized Experts Descend to Orlando to Participate in Premier Leadership Convening

Election Analysis from a Latina Perspective will be Provided during Annual Conference

***Editor’s Note: Interviews with Spokespeople and Conference Participants Available Prior to the Event***

(Orlando, FL)  The National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI), the premier non-profit organization dedicated to developing Hispanas as ethical world leaders, will bring together prominent professional Latinas and leaders from across the country working in the non-profit, government, corporate, public, private and other sectors to participate in the 2008 Executive Training Program and Mujer Awards conference November 13-14 at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.

In addition to numerous seminars on critical subjects of interest such as finance, health, business, politics, management and leadership development, the conference will include panel discussions on current topics including elections and the economic crisis. As the first major convening of Latinas from all sectors of the economy following elections, NHLI will provide in-depth analysis of the 2008 elections from a Latina perspective and discuss the role Latinas played in the historical presidential race. Other conference events include health and wellness fairs, Latina author’s book signage and NHLI’s Mujer Awards, a premier gala that pays tribute to three Latinas for their unrelenting commitment to their communities and their lifetime achievements.

“The NHLI conference is a national caliber conference that represents the very best Hispanics have to offer to our community and our great nation,” said Maria Diaz Urbino, Community Relations Manager of Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Members of the media interested in attending conference workshops may register on site. Media credentials will be provided upon check-in. Registration is available from 1 to 5 pm on Thursday, November 13, and from 8:30 am to 5 pm on Friday, November 14. Limited seating space available for Mujer Awards.  Media wishing to attend must RSVP by emailing: contact name, media outlet, occupation and contact information by no later than 5 pm on Tuesday, November 11, to Tickets will be granted on a first come first serve basis.

Schedule of Key Seminars & Events:

For a complete list of workshops, schedule of events and speaker’s bios, click here.

Thursday, November 13

2:00 p.m.

General Kick-Off

2:30 p.m.

Opening General Session

Keynote speaker: renowned motivational speaker Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch, Founder & President of Educational Achievement Services.

3:30 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions


Home Ownership: Your Home as an Asset in Times of Economic Stress

Judy Majors, Senior Project Manager, Marketplace, Office of Diversity & Inclusion Fannie Mae;
Christine Valdes, Regional Diverse Segments Manager, Wells Fargo
Jeanne Goldie, Regional Diverse Segments Manager Georgia and East Florida, Wells Fargo


Recession Proof Your Career

Neddy Perez, Founder and CEO of the Association of Employee Resource Groups
Adriana Comellas-Macretti, Director Executive Business Development Group, State Farm Insurance Companies


Latinas in Politics: Should I run? Where do I start?

Millie Herrera, President, The Miami Group

Friday, November 14

9 a.m.

General Session

Keynote Speakers: Congresswomen Loretta and Linda Sánchez

12 p.m.

Latina Authors Book Signing

Suzanne Moreno – The Latino’s Guide to Parenting
Cristina Benitez –  Latinization: How Latino Culture is Transforming the U.S.
Congresswomen Linda and Loretta Sánchez, co-authors –  How the Sánchez Sisters are Making History in Congress

1 p.m.


Keynote Speaker: Nely Galán, President, Galan Entertainment

2:30 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions


Latinas in the 2008 Elections: The Story Behind the Numbers

Ingrid M. Duran, Co-Founder and Principal, D&P Creative Strategies, LLC
Laura Drain, Executive Director, Alcanzando Metas Foundation, Co-Chair of Latinas for McCain
Annette Taddeo, 2008 Candidate, Florida 18th District (Invited)


Latina Nation: Cultural Segmentation and the Growing Influence of Latinas in Marketing

Marieli Colón Padilla, Vice President, Fleishman-Hillard
Maribel Ferrer-Gil, Senior Vice President, Fleishman-Hillard
Cristina Benitez, Author and Marketing Executive

7 p.m.

Mujer Awards Gala

Honoring Latinas for their sustained lifetime achievement:

Nely Galán, President, Galan Entertainment
Rossana Rosado, CEO and Editor in Chief, El Diario-La Prensa, NY
Dr. Angela Díaz, Jean C. and James W. Crystal Professor of Pediatrics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Director of the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center



The general public may visit to view reduced registration fees and learn more about the conference or call Victoria Morillo at 240-601-3580. For interview requests, contact Cheryl Aguilar at 202-360-7867.

WHO? The National Hispana Leadership Institute with the support of sponsoring organizations: State Farm Insurance Companies, Wal-Mart, T-Mobile, MillerCoors, the United States Postal Service, Sprint, Southwest Airlines, General Motors, Nordstrom, Ford, McDonalds, Nationwide Insurance, Nissan, Johnson & Johnson, Verizon, Hispanic MPR, The Walt Disney Company, BBVA Compass, WaMu, The Cartel Group, Goya Foods, Anheuser Busch, UPS, American Family Insurance, Fannie Mae, and DFW Airport.


The National Hispana Leadership Institute NHLI is a national leadership development organization focused on future Latina leaders. Created 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.

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