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
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.