Press Release Summary: The Hispanic Womenís Corporation (HWC) is hosting the 23rd National Hispanic Womenís Conference and Expo on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 9-10, at the Phoenix Convention Center. ďLatina Power: CALL TO ACTIONĒ is this yearís conference theme. The two-day conference is the largest gathering of Latinas in the country and will provide leadership and professional development to more than 2,500 participants while raising funds for college scholarships to benefit Latino students.
Press Release Body: The conference kicks off Thursday, Oct. 9, with a Youth Leadership Institute targeting approximately 500 local-area school students. The Latina Power Expo will be open to the public both days Ė FREE of charge. Expect more than 150 exhibitors, including private, government, non-profit and health organizations. Various exhibitors will be accepting resumes and some will offer celebrity autograph sessions.
Attendees will also experience the Hispanic Womenís Corporation and Latino Future Magazine Charity Fashion Show and Reception presented by Macyís and Saturn, a Division of General Motors, on Thursday, Oct. 9. Lingerie designer and Project Runway favorite, Ricky Lizalde, will be the Fashion Showís special guest, courtesy of Saturn. In addition, the Fashion Show will showcase current styles and trends from national and international designers as seen in Macyís stores nationwide.
The Scholarship Benefit Luncheon on Friday, Oct. 10 will honor Rosa Rosales, national president of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). Mrs. Rosales has been an icon for the Hispanic community, dedicating much of her energy to promoting issues on education, civil rights, employment, housing, health, immigration and the rights for the elderly. 2008 Olympic Wrestling Gold Medal champion Henry Cejudo will make a special appearance at the luncheon to present the Latina Leadership award to his mother Nelly Rico, for overcoming obstacles faced as a single mother in her quest to raise seven children.
This yearís speakers and presenters include Maria Marin. She is an author, radio host, a national newspaper columnist and an international motivational speaker; Julie Stav, considered the financial expert for the more than 41 million Hispanics in the U.S., Kathy Cano-Murillo, known as Crafty Chica, is a nationally syndicated craft columnist and has become a leading force in Americaís craft industry.
Also, CNN correspondent based in Los Angeles, Thelma Gutierrez, will join this yearís ensemble of special guests. Gutierrez has traveled to Kuwait and Mexico on assignment; and has reported on numerous issues including human trafficking, immigration and on the trials and tribulations facing those currently serving in the U.S. armed forces.
Key sponsors for the conference include:
Diamond Sponsors Ė Saturn a Division of General Motors, SRP, State Farm Insurance and Wells Fargo. Platinum Sponsors - 12 News, azcentral.com, La Voz, The Arizona Republic, Latino Future Magazine and Prensa Hispana. Gold Sponsors - APS, Ford Motor Company, Qwest Communications, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Silver Sponsors Ė Allstate Insurance, American Family Insurance, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Macyís, Univision and Telefutura Arizona.