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Inside the April 2008 Issue

The Winner's Circle: Hispanic Business Magazine's Elite Women

Today, due to advancements in women's rights and education, more Hispanic women than ever are rising to the top of the corporate, government, and academic hierarchy. Every April since 2003, Hispanic Business magazine has reported on the notable achievements being made by Hispanic women. Read the full text of this article for the reveal of this year's Woman of the Year and Elite 20. ...continue

Competitive Intelligence: the Newest Version of 'I Spy' -- and You Should Know About It!

Venturing far beyond the realm of market research, formal competitive intelligence has become a valuable tool as the business arena grows fiercer across the globe, while at the same time in the United States, corporate governance comes under harsher scrutiny. Competitive intelligence firms typically employ not only former law enforcement officials, but also prosecutors and investigative journalists, as well as an alphabet soup of MBAs and PhDs, to dig up all types of information companies aren't eager to advertise. ...continue

Tenacious Trailblazer: Sandra Hernandez, Public Health Pioneer, is Hispanic Business Woman of the Year®

Dr. Sandra Hernandez is a relentless supporter of the poor and uninsured, even in the face of great opposition continues her fight for them -- and continues to win. She was the first Hispanic and first woman to serve as public health director for the city and county of San Francisco; now she's chief executive officer of the San Francisco Foundation -- where again is was the first woman and Hispanic in the post. The foundation, which distributes $60 million yearly, is dedicated to improving access and quality health care for the underserved. ...continue

HR Executive Lora Villarreal: 'Our Values are Worth Their Weight in Gold'

Coming from the barrios of East Los Angeles, Lora Villarreal began her career in human resources when she fibbed about her age for a job at Sears, Roebuck and Co. "I said I was 16 when I was only 15. I didn't have much money and I needed a job," says Ms. Villarreal, executive vice-president and chief people officer of Affiliated Computer Services Inc. While she doesn't recommend anyone fibbing on their job interviews, she says that first job taught her a valuable lesson. "That's when I first found that I enjoyed working with other people and learning from them." ...continue

WOY Elite 20 Spotlight: Bonus Quotes

Hispanic Business magazine presents this year's Elite 20--the finalists for the Woman of the Year award. Here are the candidates, their positions, quotes, and links to our other Woman of the Year and Elite 20-related articles. ...continue

Jennifer Hernandez Helps Developers Transform Contaminated Properties

Where some see run-down and polluted factories, Jennifer Hernandez sees new homes, commercial developments and neighborhood parks. She's is an attorney who specializes in the restoration of brownfields - polluted land where former industrial and commercial buildings once stood. Once shunned as being undesirable, these brownfields are suddenly in demand, as the search for urban, developable land has intensified. As a the head of law firm Holland & Knight's environmental practice in San Francisco, Ms. Hernandez is routinely assigned complex and challenging cases. ...continue

Diana Bonta -- Keeping People Healthy and Thriving

As Kaiser Permanente's Vice-President of Public Affairs in Southern California, Diana Bonta is a strong advocate for health reform and improving access to health care. Prior to joining Kaiser in 2004, she spent nearly 35 years in the health care field, often leading the battle for better medical care for Hispanics and other underserved populations. Her remarkable career has earned her a selection as one of Hispanic Business magazine's Outstanding Women to Watch for 2008. ...continue

In Tough Game of Politics, Sen. Romero Uses Her Wits to Win

Gloria Romero, the majority leader in the California State Senate and one of Hispanic Business magazine's Outstanding Women to Watch of 2008, represents a sprawling section of East Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley that encompasses approximately 850,000 residents. Sen. Romero won her Senate seat in 2001, after a hard-fought campaign and quickly developed a reputation as one of the hardest-working, most knowledgeable, and politically skilled legislators in Sacramento. ...continue

U.S. Economy's Underlying Strengths Limit Recession Threat

Analysts are estimating U.S. mortgage losses could reach the $400 billion mark; consumers are experiencing a wealth deterioration due to declining stocks and home prices and increasing inflation; businesses are confronted with softening sales. Even so, analysts are mixed on whether the U.S. is headed for an official recession. This latest installment of Hispanic Business magazine's economic forecast attempts to provide an objective look at the matter, as we assesses the economy's current balance sheet and its prospects for 2008. ...continue

WOY: The Elite 20--Continued

Bonus coverage of this year's Elite 20--continued. ...continue

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