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FEBRUARY 22, 2012

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The National Hispana Leadership Institute Accounces its
Continued Partnership with State Farm®

Over a dozen State Farm Professional Executives have graduated
as fellows of the institute's Executive Leadership Program to date.

Washington, D.C. -- The National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI) announces its continued partnership with State Farm.  State Farm has been a supporter of NHLI for years, graduating over a dozen of its professionals as fellows of the institute’s Executive Leadership Program to date.

The institute’s 2012 Executive Leadership Program (ELP) fellows are comprised of a diverse group of seventeen Latina professionals working across the nation in the public and private sectors.  Among these women is Raquel Vega- Gaskins, Property & Casualty Underwriting Consultant for State Farm Insurance Companies.

A graduate from University of Texas at El Paso, Raquel started her career at State Farm in 1999 as Fire Underwriter in Dallas, Texas after working for a State Farm Agent in El Paso, Texas for three years. In 2004, she became an Auto Underwriting Team Manager responsible for the El Paso and Fort Worth territories.  In 2008, she was selected as Auto Underwriting Section Manager in the Atlanta Operations Center with responsibilities for the state of Georgia.  In 2010, Raquel also assumed the responsibilities for the state of South Carolina. In April of 2011, she assumed her current position.

“We are very excited to welcome this year’s ELP Fellows, said Barbara J. DesMarteau, Acting President of the National Hispana Leadership Institute.  “The class is diverse, representing the corporate, academic and non-profit sectors.  We are proud to work with a group of highly successful women in supporting their leadership goals.  The 2012 class will play a special role in celebrating NHLI’s 25th year anniversary.”

“As an alumni of the program, I’ve experienced first-hand the outstanding work NHLI does in empowering Latina professionals and helping them reach their fullest potential,” said Annette Martinez, State Farm Vice President Operations of Human Resources. “State Farm is proud of our partnership with the National Hispana Leadership Institute and congratulate the 2012 Executive Leadership Program class.”

Participants are selected based on their community service record, their professional and personal accomplishments and dedication to serving their community.  For more information about this program and for a list of the 2012 Executive Leadership fellows visit:


About State Farm®
State Farm and its affiliates are the largest provider of car insurance in the U.S. and is a leading insurer in Canada. In addition to providing auto insurance quotes, their 17,800 agents and more than 65,000 employees serve 81 million policies and accounts – more than 79 million auto, home, life and health policies in the United States and Canada, and nearly 2 million bank accounts. Commercial auto insurance, along with coverage for renters, business owners, boats and motorcycles, is also available. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 37 on the Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit or in Canada

About NHLI
Founded in 1987, NHLI has trained and empowered more than 10,000 Latina leaders from the public and private sectors who have been appointed to leadership positions in government, corporate America, nonprofits, foundations or have started their own businesses. NHLI's mission is to develop Hispanas as ethical leaders through training, professional development, relationship building, and community activism.