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For Immediate Release: Thursday, October 15, 2009                              Contact: Cheryl Aguilar 703-527-6007, ext 16

National Leadership Conference in Albuquerque, NM Celebrates Latinas Time in History

Hundreds of National and Local Leaders Attending, Conference Will Honor Award-Winning Journalist, Entertainer & Activist, Presidential Appointee and Author

(Washington, DC) Hundreds of Hispanic women from across the country will join together at the National Hispana Leadership Institute’s 2009 Executive Leadership Training Conference and Mujer Awards this November 5-6 in Albuquerque, NM for two-days of cutting-edge leadership development, networking, educational and inspirational keynotes and workshops facilitated by top- level experts and national leaders.

NHLI is the premier executive leadership organization preparing Latinas for positions of national and international influence, public policy impact and to contribute to the advancement of the Hispanic community. Its mission is to develop Hispanas as ethical leaders through training, professional development, relationship building and community activism.

“This year’s conference themeOur Time in Historyreflects the important times we are living when more and more Latinas are advancing to significant positions of leadership and national influence,” said Cristina López, NHLI’s President. “We have Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and many other Latina accomplishments to celebrate but we also have a long way to go,” she added.  “The conference provides the opportunity to gain the skills needed to continue to shatter the glass ceiling and strategize on how to move forward.”

At the Mujer Awards Gala which closes the 2009 Executive Leadership Training Conference, NHLI will pay tribute to the achievements and contributions of exceptional Latina leaders.

Entertainer and community activist Rosie Perez will receive the Chair’s Award. She joins notable Latina Leaders, Patricia Diaz Dennis, a three-time presidential appointee and corporate executive, and Emma Sepulveda, Ph.D, Professor at the University of Nevada and award winning author, who are being honored with the National and Regional Mujer Awards.

Additionally, NHLI will honor award-winning journalist Soledad O’ Brien and host of CNN’s Latino in America on Thursday, November 5, for her ongoing commitment to the promotion of issues important to the Hispanic community. The award ceremony and screening of Latino in America documentary will take place at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, following the conference Welcome Reception.

Other Conference Highlights include:
-Top-Quality professional and leadership development workshops.

-A stellar line-up of speakers including New York Times bestseller author, Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez, who will keynote the Friday breakfast highlighting emerging leaders and Juana Bordas, President of Mestiza Leadership who will keynote the Thursday kick-off lunch.

-Town hall meetings on pressing issues affecting the Latino community such as healthcare and sustainable living.

-Career fair, corporate expo and community marketplace.

-Health and wellness expo.

-Distinguished Latina authors and artists including Blanca Santander and Laura Lopez Cano.

Conference attendees include local and national leaders in corporate America, non-profits, government, media, higher education, as well as entrepreneurs, students, artists, authors, among others.

To see schedule of events and to register visit Discounted registrations for New Mexico residents, students, senior citizens and group rates available until October 31. The conference will be held at Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town, 800 Rio Grande Boulevard, NM.

NHLI’s annual conference sponsors to date include: Walmart, State Farm® Insurance Companies,  Nordstrom, Miller Coors, Southwest Airlines,UPS, Anheuser Busch, Prudential, Direct TV,   The Coca Cola Company, AFLAC, Goya, Fannie Mae, Ford, McDonald's, Merck, Pfizer and Olay, and Media sponsors: Univision New Mexico, Más New Mexico, New Mexico Business Weekly, LATINA Style and Hispanic MPR.

For media requests contact Cheryl Aguilar at 703-527-6007, ext 16 or send an e-mail to For general information, contact NHLI at 703-527-6007.