Event Day: Friday, June 4, 2010


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HispanicBusiness magazine presents the 8th Annual Woman of the Year Awards Luncheon, Friday, June 4, 2010.

In April, HispanicBusiness magazine celebrates the progress, and recognizes the strides, made by some of this nation's outstanding Hispanic women.

This year's Woman of the Year, Dr. Thelma Melendez de Santa Ana, is one of the nation's highest-ranking education officials.

As the U.S. Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education, Ms. Melendez is the chief advisor to U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan on all matters related to the nation's preschool, elementary and secondary education. In 2009, she was named California's Superintendent of the year.

Dr. Melendez will give the Keynote Address, titled "Renewing the Promise of American Public Education" at the event.

In addition to Ms. Melendez, the other top finalists this year are:

  • Alicia Abella, the Executive Director of the Innovative Services Research Department at AT&T

  • Ignacia S. Moreno, Assistant U.S. Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division

  • Carmen Nazario, Assistant Secretary for Children and Families with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

  • Carmen Ortiz, U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts.

There will also be two panel discussions, where panelists will discuss their key influences in their early formative years and their career path, including ways to achieve professional goals.

The pace of widespread progress for Hispanic women in America has quickened in recent years.

In 1992, the first Hispanic woman was elected to Congress. Today there are six Hispanic congresswomen. And from 1970 to 2007, the share of Hispanic women in the workforce rose from 40 percent to 54 percent.

In the long view, the steady ascent of Hispanic women in America has broadened across the professionals and workforce and accelerated in recent years.

The HispanicBusiness magazine 8th Annual Awards Luncheon brings together successful woman from government, politics, business and civic life to celebrate their accomplishments.

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