32nd Annual National Hispanic Women’s Conference Draws Sold Out Audience

32nd Annual National Hispanic Women’s Conference Draws Sold Out Audience


MONTEBELLO, Calif., June 9 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The Mexican American Opportunity Foundation (MAOF), the nation’s largest Latino-serving, social-service organization, honored Latina business and community leaders at the 32nd annual National Hispanic Women’s Conference, held June 6 at the Pasadena Convention Center. The sold out event brought together over 1,500 Latina students and young professionals for an array of professional development and networking opportunities.

MAOF Board Chair the Honorable Judge Teresa Sanchez Gordon and MAOF President & CEO Martin Castro greeted the largely high school and college student audience in attendance with opening remarks. Later, participants were treated to a host of workshops on subjects such as financial aid for college and building a healthy body image. Workshops presenters included acclaimed author Louis Barajas and guest speaker Rep. Hilda Solis (D-Calif.). Over thirty exhibitors filled the Career Fair and Business Expo; exhibits ranged from job opportunities at URS-Washington Division to beauty makeovers by Macy’s.

The highlight of the day’s events was the Women of the Year Awards Luncheon and Fashion Show sponsored by conference title sponsor, Macy’s. Mistress of ceremonies and Univision Television & Radio personality Argelia Atilano introduced the award recipients: Gloria Santona, Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, McDonald’s Corp.; Margaret Lazo, Senior Vice President, NBC-Universal; and, Dr. Celia C. Ayala, Chief Operating Officer, Los Angeles Universal Preschool. “When young Latinas hear their life story in those of the award recipients, they know that could be them one day,” said Chairwoman Sanchez Gordon.

In attendance were executives and representatives of corporate sponsors from The Coca-Cola Company, JCPenney, Wells Fargo, and AT&T, among others. The award ceremony was capped off with a dazzling, thirty minute runway fashion show of Macy’s’ INC International Concepts(R) summer lineup.

“We were delighted to see over 1,500 Latina students and young professionals at the 2008 NHWC. Despite high gas prices, this year’s NHWC attracted more college students and young professionals than ever before. We look forward to building on our success in 2009,” said MAOF President & CEO Martin Castro.

For a complete list of 2008 NHWC sponsors, see Latest News at http://www.maof.org . For pictures of the 2008 NHWC, visit the MAOF Flickr page at http://www.flickr.com/photos/maof .

32nd Annual National Hispanic Women’s Conference Draws Sold Out Audience