Second Annual Latina Pioneer Summit to Honor Strong Latina Business Leaders in...

Second Annual Latina Pioneer Summit to Honor Strong Latina Business Leaders in Michigan


Detroit, MI–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–September 26, 2006–The Second Annual Latina Pioneer Summit, scheduled for October 2, 2006 at the Troy Marriott in Troy, MI, will honor outstanding Latinas who have made a difference in the Hispanic business world.

Awards being given include: Entrepreneur of the Year, Executive of the Year, Community Leader of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award and Media Advocate of the Year. Winners will be chosen by the summit’s board of organizers and will be announced at the event.

The summit will offer Latinas an opportunity to learn, network and gain valuable insight into becoming a successful business person in today’s competitive market. In addition, a Hispanic Career Fair has been added this year and over 300 Hispanics are projected to attend the event. The Hispanic Career Fair, open to both men and women, is being held for those either searching for a job or looking to own their own business.

Panel discussions will be held at both the summit and career fair and will feature some of metro-Detroit’s most respected Latinas. At the award luncheon, Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch, Founder and President of Educational Achievement Services, Inc. (EAS), will deliver a keynote address.

The Title Sponsor for the event is General Motors, with DaimlerChrysler as the Platinum Sponsor and Ford Motor Company as the Gold Sponsor. Other sponsors for the Summit include Fifth Third Bank and Comerica. Sponsors for the Career Fair include Wayne State, Comcast, DTE Energy, Compuware, State Farm, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Detroit Medical Center and many others.

The event is hosted by Latina Style Magazine, the Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (MHCC) and the National Society of Hispanic MBA’s (NSHMBA). For more information and to register for the event, please visit

Event Agenda:

Networking Breakfast – 8:00 AM

Introductions – 9:00 AM

Welcome-Emcee: Lourdes Duarte, Fox 2 News

Opening Remarks: Robert Bard, President, LATINAStyle.

Opening Remarks: Terry Beltran-Miller, NSHMBA

Introduction of Title Sponsor: Lizabeth Ardisana, ASG Renaissance

Title Sponsor: Diane De Hoyos

Executive Panel – 9:45 AM

Panel will address some of the challenges Latina women face in the business world and how they can advance their career and break through the glass ceiling.


1. Carmen Weimer – General Motors

2. Casilda DeBenito – DaimlerChrysler

3. Blanca Fauble – Ford

4. Leslie Quasarano – Fifth Third Bank

The Entrepreneur panel will discuss challenges and opportunities of starting your own business or franchise as a Latina in Corporate America.

Entrepreneur Panel – 10:50 AM

Panel will discuss challenges and opportunities of starting your own business or franchise as a Latina in Corporate America.


1. Faye Caballero – Black River Plastics

2. Josephina Hooker – General Motors

3. Lydia Gutierrez – Hacienda Foods

4. Denise Rays-Pellosma – Three Star Trucking

Latina Award Luncheon – 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Trailblazer Awards – 11:40 AM – 12:00 PM

Keynote Speaker – 12:05 – 12:30 PM

Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch

MBA Career Panel – 12:30 – 1:30 PM


1. Kate Piasecki – Admissions Associate, University of Michigan

2. Fred Pacheco – DTE Energy

3. Lourdes M. Hassler – CEO National Society of Hispanic MBAs

4. Dr. Agustin V. Arbulu C. – Professor of Management, Northwood University

Networking Dessert – 1:30 – 2:30 PM

Career Fair Open – 1:30 – 5:30 PM

About Latina Style

Now in their 12th year of publication, LATINA Style Magazine has become the most influential publication reaching the contemporary Hispanic woman. LATINA Style broke new ground in 1994 by launching the first national magazine dedicated to the needs and concerns of the contemporary Latina professional working woman and the Latina business owner in the United States. With a national circulation of 150,000 and a readership of nearly 600,000, LATINA Style is unique in its ability to reach both the seasoned professional and the young Latina entering the workforce for the first time.

About MHCC

The Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit membership association dedicated to promoting economic development in the Hispanic community through the growth of its member companies. The mission of the MHCC is “to enhance Hispanic-owned businesses and member companies by providing resources and services that aid in business development while contributing to the community and adding to its voice.”


The National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) is a professional organization that was created in 1988 to “foster Hispanic leadership through graduate management education and professional development in order to improve society.” The organization has over 8,300 members nationally with approximately 300 in the Detroit chapter.

Second Annual Latina Pioneer Summit to Honor Strong Latina Business Leaders in Michigan