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Premier Leadership Organization Kicks-Off Conference Season, Training Opportunities Available Year-Long

Despite Economic Times Professional Development Proven Essential

(Washington, DC) Following a standing-room only empowerment conference in Philadelphia earlier this month, the National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI), the premier leadership organization for Latinas, held its second Latina Empowerment Conference of the season in Washington, DC on Friday, April 17, bringing together more than 150 leaders and professionals from the region—far surpassing attendance goals.

“In today’s economy where families across the nation are confronting tough economic times, this community excitement demonstrates that good things are still happening, and that even in rough economic times, professional development and networking opportunities are still essential to advance in our careers despite our occupational levels,” said Cristina López, NHLI’s President. “Through our programs and trainings, we will continue to develop leaders who offer solutions to the growing challenges facing our communities today,” added López.

Facilitated by Latina leaders from the corporate, non-profit, and government sectors, NHLI's empowerment conferences are open to the public and held in different cities across the country. The conferences offer professional development training focused on career success and planning in today’s economy; networking opportunities with regional and national leaders, and peer to peer learning through an interactive panel of successful Latina leaders.

Support from sponsors has been critical in continuing NHLI quality programs. “Our regional conference sponsors recognize the impact NHLI has in developing strong leaders and the effect of our leadership conferences. We thank our long-time supporter and title sponsor of NHLI’s Latina Empowerment Conference series, State Farm® Insurance Companies, for their commitment to investing in our communities and developing strong leaders,” said López.

The conferences will continue in Austin, TX, May 15; Atlanta, GA, July 22, and will culminate in Chicago, IL, August 14. This year NHLI has extended its regional trainings from half-day events to day-long conferences to provide more professional development opportunities to its participants and offer greater value.

Concluding the Empowerment Conferences, NHLI will unveil a webinar training series during the summer to extend the trainings to more people across the nation.

Additional leadership and professional development opportunities include:

    • NHLI’s 2010 Executive Leadership Program, a John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and Center for Creative Leadership affiliated leadership program for mid-career Latinas. Online applications available now through August 7, 2009.
    • NHLI’s annual Executive Leadership Training Conference and Mujer Awards; November 5-6, 2009; Albuquerque, NW. Nominations for Regional and National Mujer Awards and artwork submissions by Latina artists are open to the community.

To learn more about NHLI’s programs, events, and deadlines visit or call 703-527-6007. For media inquiries contact Cheryl Aguilar at 703-527-6007 or 202-360-7867.