LATINA Style will honor Lucia Zapata as the LATINA Entrepreneur of the...

LATINA Style will honor Lucia Zapata as the LATINA Entrepreneur of the Year of Charlotte, NC!


WASHINGTON, May 8 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — LATINA Style Magazine, the premier magazine addressing the needs of established Latina & Women entrepreneurs in the U.S., will honor Lucia Zapata Griffith, Founder, CEO and Design and Investment Manager of METRO Landmarks, as the “LATINA Entrepreneur of the Year 2009 of Orlando City.” This year, we are celebrating 11 years of the LATINA Style Business Series (LSBS). The event will take place on Thursday, May 14, 2009 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Charlotte Marriott City Center, located at 100 W. Trade Street, Charlotte, NC 28202.

The Business Series, unique to LATINA Style Magazine, is the premier business development program empowering Latina entrepreneurs across the country. It is a natural progression of the extensive work the magazine performs to provide resources to Latinas for personal and professional development. Over 18,000 Latina entrepreneurs and professionals have benefited from participating in this exciting and informative one-day business program since it first launched in 1998!

Originally from Lima, Peru, Ms. Zapata Griffith moved to Charlotte in 1985. Ms. Zapata Griffith was a registered architect in her home country, and upon arriving in Charlotte worked as a project architect on diverse commercial projects for a local firm. In 1997, following an interest in diversifying beyond architecture to construction and development, Ms. Zapata Griffith founded what is now METRO Landmarks.

METRO Landmarks offers full architectural and construction services for commercial and residential buildings. Specializing in Design-Build projects, METRO Landmarks provides in-house services from schematic designs to turnkey construction. METRO Landmarks has been involved in historic property restoration projects as well as new construction. Projects include office interiors, office conversions, interior commercial up-fits, historic renovations, condominium buildings, condo conversions and miscellaneous residential projects.

The Business Series includes exhibits and expert presenters who will speak and interact with the audience on the following topics: Accessing Capital in Today’s Economy, The Essentials of a Successful Business, Greening Your Business, Financial Survival Guide and Latina Entrepreneur Spotlight: Lessons Learned.

The event co-chairs are outstanding Latina Leaders in the state of North Carolina: Elisa Rodriguez, Senior Vice President, Alan Gordon Immigration & Naturalization Law; Hilda H. Gurdian, Publisher, La Noticia; Violeta Moser, President, Latin American Women’s Association; and Astrid Chirinos, Founder & Principal, Diverso Global Strategies.

The morning Keynote speaker is Susan Burgess, Mayor Pro Tem. A Democrat and At Large Representative on the Charlotte City Council, Ms. Burgess chairs the Council’s Housing and Neighborhood Development Committee and is a member of the Government Affairs, Transportation, Environment and Planning Liaison committees.

The Luncheon Keynote speaker is Deborah Aguiar-Velez, Founder, CEO and President of Sistemas Corporation. An accomplished engineer and businesswoman, she is nationally recognized for innovative leadership in the areas of entrepreneurship, technical development and public service.

The Mistress of Ceremony is Elisa Rodriguez, Senior Vice President, Alan Gordon Immigration & Naturalization Law. Ms. Rodriquez’ involvement with the Charlotte Community started with the founding of the Latin American Chamber of Commerce of Charlotte in 1997. Most recently, Ms. Rodriquez was named as one of the 50 Most Influential Women in NC.

Our Featured Speakers are Lorena Castillo-Ritz, Merchandise Manager at Macy’s Southpark in Charlotte, NC; and Jennifer Roberts, Chairman, County Commissioners. Ms. Castillo-Ritz is part of the store executive team responsible for silently driving sales in the Charlotte market. Ms. Roberts has been the director of the Mayor’s International Cabinet and executive director of the Charlotte World Affairs Council. She is currently an adjunct professor in the International Studies Department at UNC-Charlotte.

Our 2009 title sponsor, Macy’s, has engaged their local cosmetics partner, Lancome, which will showcase an all-day makeover lounge for attendees! Macy’s Reinventing Yourself Makeup Workshop: Come pamper yourself and receive beauty tips from professional makeup artists at the cosmetics lounge open throughout the entire conference! Lancome makeup artists will show women how to look their best and enhance their beauty with a few subtle changes in makeup and personal appearance. Additionally, the local Macy’s store in partnership with shoe fashion experts will display a beautiful spring collection of shoes for the attendees to view and purchase onsite!

Title sponsor: Macy’s, Inc. National sponsors include: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and State Farm Insurance.

LATINA Style has partnered with the following organizations and media: Teleflora, the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA), Women of ALPFA, Latin American Chamber of Commerce of Charlotte (LACCC), Latin American Women’s Club (LAWC), Latin American Women’s Association (LAWA), Alan Gordon Immigration & Naturalization Law Firm, Carolinas Minority Supplier Development Council (CNSDC), Diverso Global Strategies, Enlace, National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP), Montreat College, SCORE, the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO), National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), La Noticia, PR Newswire, Norsan Multimedia, Latina 102.3 FM, La Raza 106.1 FM, Mi Gente and

$30.00 Registration fee includes: dynamic panels, high power networking opportunities in the exhibit area, breakfast, lunch, commemorative gift bag, and a two-year subscription to LATINA Style Magazine. $60.00 at the door. Discounted parking fee is $10.00.

For more information or to register for the Charlotte Business Series, visit or call 703-312-0904.

LATINA Style Magazine, a lifestyle magazine for the professional Hispanic woman, hosts the LATINA Style Business Series, bringing resources to entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs in the local area.

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LATINA Style will honor Lucia Zapata as the LATINA Entrepreneur of the Year of Charlotte, NC!