"I didn't get in this business to survive, I'm here to thrive," she said. "People say you're a cancer survivor. I say, 'No, I'm a cancer thriver.' I took tragedy and I converted it."
For all the good news, though, there is still a ways to go.
Of the 25 women surveyed by HispanTelligence, about half are Mexican; the rest are Puerto Rican, Cuban, Spanish, or another ethnicity.
About half of the women surveyed said they encountered discrimination based on gender; a third said they faced discrimination based on ethnicity.
The discrimination tended to occur primarily in the area of hiring and promotion, followed by pay inequities, according to the survey.
Vanessa Cardenas, director for ethnic media at the Center for American Progress, a Washington D.C.-based think tank, said these days, the biggest barriers to the success for Hispanic women tend to exist near the top levels of the workplace: middle management and higher.
"In this country, white males are still at the top tier," she said. "I think there is a culture there that is really hard to break into."
To be sure, Hispanic women are making inroads to a greater presence in positions of leadership.
Between 2001 and 2009, the number of Hispanic women sitting on the boards of Fortune 500 companies inched upward from 16 to 24, according to HispanTelligence.
But their presence of on the boards is still miniscule, especially in light of how Hispanic women make up about 7.5 percent of the U.S. population, according to the U.S. Census.
Cardenas said Hispanic women are often viewed as non-aggressive, hardworking and humble. While these aren't bad traits, in America they can hinder a person's quest for promotion, she said. Also, Cardenas cited a recent study concluding that employees who attend after-work gatherings – "the happy hour crowd" -- tend to fare better in the promotion game. Often, she said, professional Hispanic women must opt out of such events, owing to the pressures they face to also raise a family.
But Cardenas has noticed a common thread in those who succeed.
"They all have a 'we'll figure it out' attitude," she said. "There's a saying, 'If you can't go through the door, go through the window.' Be persistent."
It also doesn't hurt to pursue a higher education.
About 90 percent of this year's Elite Women are holders of a college degree. However, nationwide, while Hispanic women are making strides, they continue to lag behind other groups.
From 1997 to 2007, the proportion of Hispanic women with four or more years of college behind them has increased from 10 percent to nearly 14 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. By contrast, the 2007 rate for black women was 19 percent. Among all the nation's women, it was 28 percent.
In a way, though, the gap is misleading, as it reflects a positive trend in American education that is rarely touted: universal improvement.
"Everybody is basically improving, so the gap between whites and Hispanics has not narrowed," said Rick Fry, PhD., a senior research associate with the Pew Hispanic Center.
Interestingly, Hispanic women are making gains even as the men in their demographic lose ground.
Thirty years ago, the rate of Hispanic men with four or more years of college experience nearly doubled that of women. But beginning in 2001, Hispanic women sneaked past the men on this metric, and the gap has grown wider ever since.
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