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Discovery Familia, the National Hispanic Latina Institute (NHLI) and CentroNía Honor Outstanding Women at “Esa Soy Yo - Soy Latina” Awards Ceremony on Capitol Hill during Hispanic Heritage Month

WHAT:           Discovery Familia, the only Spanish-language network fully dedicated to serving the needs of U.S. Hispanic moms and their preschool children, in partnership with the National Hispana Leadership Institute and CentroNía, will recognize outstanding Latina women and their contributions to their communities and the nation as a whole at the “Esa Soy Yo - Soy Latina” awards ceremony.

WHO:                        Among those to be honored:

  • Hilda L. Solis, U.S Secretary of Labor: Solis has spent the better part of two decades championing workers' and women’s rights, and being an ally for working families. 
  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, U.S Congresswoman: First Latina in Congress and first Latina and woman Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
  • Linda Sánchez, U.S Congresswoman: The first Latina to serve on the Judiciary Committee.
  • Beatriz “BB” Otero, Deputy Mayor Health and Human Services and founder of CentroNía, a nationally recognized, multicultural learning community.
  • Marisa Rivera, President MPowerment Works and former President of NHLI who has dedicated her life to developing and inspiring tomorrow’s Hispanic female leaders.


WHEN:           Thursday, September 15 at 8 am ET

WHERE:         Rayburn House Office Building. Room B340. Washington, D.C. 20515

RSVP:            By September 13 at
CONTACT:    For photos and interviews please contact:
Offsite pre-event:     Angela D’Costa - 305-866-4944-
Heidi Lazo 305-255-4133 –
                        Onsite at event:        Sol Colom – 305-205-1529 -


About Discovery Familia     
Discovery Familia is the only Spanish language network completely dedicated to the Hispanic mom and what’s important to her: her kids, her home and her well-being.   With insightful programming targeted to children aged 2-6, the network’s daily Discovery Kids block provides a safe, entertaining and curriculum-based co-viewing experience that helps preschoolers get ready for the real world.  Each night, Discovery Familia is programmed for mom, spanning relevant topics from cooking and home improvement, to parenting and relationships, to beauty and health. With trusted content, entertaining programs and unmatched quality, Discovery Familia is a place that Hispanic moms and their children can call “home”.



About The National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI)
The National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that is dedicated to offering leadership development for Latinas across the country through week long trainings, conferences and webinars. NHLI's flagship training, the Executive Leadership Program offers 22 Latinas a compressive four week program across nine months with sessions at Harvard University and the Center for Creative Leadership. Over 500 Latinas have graduated from our award winning program. To learn more visit

About CentroNía
CentroNía is a nationally recognized, award-winning educational organization founded 25 years ago by BB Otero that provides affordable, high quality education, professional development and family support services in a bilingual, multicultural environment to more than 1500 children and their families in DC and Maryland. For more information visit"

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