Actress Diana Maria Riva and Latino Leaders Empower Latinas at Hispanic Heritage...

Actress Diana Maria Riva and Latino Leaders Empower Latinas at Hispanic Heritage Month Event in Chicago

Hundreds of Hispanic women expected at CATALINA magazine’s Empowering Latinas Chicago tour stop on October 1.


Vienna, Va.—(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–September 24, 2003–Actress Diana Maria Riva, of Fox’s new fall show Luis, is taking a break from the show’s production schedule to join Latino leaders and hundreds of Hispanic women for CATALINA’s Empowering Latinas tour stop in Chicago. Riva’s television credits include “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “The Hughleys,” “Family Law,” “Common Law,” “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch,” and Steven Bochco’s “Philly.” Riva is the keynote speaker for the half-day event, “Latinas in Leadership: Raising the Bar,” held at the Hilton Towers on October 1, 2003, beginning at 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

CATALINA magazine has partnered with Chicago’s Latinas in Leadership organization, and the Chicago Latino Network, to bring Diana Maria Riva, a list of powerful Latina speakers, a variety of training seminars, networking opportunities, and first-class entertainment to Chicago’s Latina community.

Training seminar topics include:

–Getting on Board

–Work Life: Overcoming Obstacles

–Talking to the Media

–Living with Breast Cancer

Other invited guest speakers include: ABC’s Teresa Gutierrez, WGN’s Judy Garcia, Professor Angelina Pedroso, Business leader Arabel Alva Rosales, Breast Cancer Survivor Julia Lobaco, and Latin Clips CEO Cristy Clavijo-Kish.

Special guest: Latin Grammy Winner Jorge Moreno, sponsored by Burger King, is the event’s exclusive entertainment.

“The event is about getting Latinas to the next level in their careers,” explains Latinas in Leadership chairperson Arabel Rosales, the president of Alva Rosales & Rautbord. “We feel confident that hundreds of Chicago’s Latinas will walk away feeling empowered and more knowledgeable.”

CATALINA’s Chicago event is part of the magazine’s national Empowering Latinas tour. To date, thousands of Hispanic women have attended the events in major cities across the nation. CATALINA donates 100% of event registration fees to a non-profit Hispanic organization in the host cities. According to the Houston Chronicle, $40,000 was raised for scholarships during the Houston event. The tour’s next stop is San Diego.

The prestigious Chicago event sponsors include Allstate, Burger King, Mercedes, Kodak, Nordstrom, New York Life, Eden Foods, Southwest Airlines, Northwest Airlines, Marshalls, US Cellular, and Whole Foods Market.

Note to press

Actress Diana Maria Riva, Singer Jorge Moreno, and others are available for interviews and photo opportunities the day of, or before, the event. Please contact Randy Martinez at (703) 848-9228 or for more information.


CATALINA magazine is a minority-certified, woman-owned publication with offices in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Founded in 2001, CATALINA is a national lifestyle magazine written for “the mind, body, and soul of today’s Latina.” Nationwide distribution of 60,000 includes select airlines, newsstands, bookstores, Wild Oats Markets, and Whole Foods Markets. CATALINA was named the #1 “Most Searched Hispanic Media Outlet” by MediaMap. (Media giant Univision came in at #2; Telemundo at #7.) To find out more about CATALINA, visit

About Latinas in Leadership:

The Latinas in Leadership is a coalition of members of the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Mujeres Latinas en Accion, Women’s Business Development Center, Latina Leadership Council of the Chicago Foundation for Women, Latino Council on the Media, and the midwest regional chapters of MALDEF, and the National Hispanic American Police Command Officer’s Association.



Randy Martinez

(703) 848-9228

Actress Diana Maria Riva and Latino Leaders Empower Latinas at Hispanic Heritage Month Event in Chicago