Join Us for the Kickoff of the Hispanic Women Summit


The Hispanic Women Summit on October 28th, 4pm -7:30 pm, Ft. Lauderdale kick off is free admission but registration is required to attend


       1st annual Latina conference celebrates the fastest growing segment of business owners in America

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida;    Latinas are a growing share of the female population in the United States and are making significant strides in education, health, politics, communication, entertainment, law and other areas.  As of 2013, Latinas owned about 1 out of every 10 women-owned businesses. 

The rise of Latina entrepreneurs will be celebrated at the first annual Hispanic Women Summit™ sponsored by AARP on October 28, 2015 at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Florida from 4pm to 7:30 pm.  presented by the Hispanic Women of Distinction™ honorees and Latin Business Today, an online publication dedicated to driving growth and success of Hispanic businesses, mentoring Latino entrepreneurs through thought leadership and productivity.

The event will include guest speakers, small business resource partners, and Latina exhibitors. Networking opportunities with prolific Latina executives will make for an exciting and inspiring evening.    Refreshments will be served by the Culinary Arts students at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale.  The school’s Hispanic Fashion designers will also be showcased.

Special guest speaker is Kiki Melendez, from the hit movie “Journey of a Female Comic” and Showtime’s “Hot Tamales Lives”.  Her documentary film chronicles the ups and downs of a Hollywood actress/comedian as she struggles to make it in Tinsel Town.  It’s a comical portrayal of what it takes to achieve success in a town where people confuse “Fame” with “Greatness”. The film has an all-star cast of some of the greatest Latino actors in Hollywood. Kiki Melendez’s journey is one of epic humorous proportions and a great inspiration to all those who attend the Hispanic Women Summit.   (www.kikisscom).

The Hispanic Women of Distinction luncheon and business expo, celebrated each August for the past 14 years, has created a family of more than 170 honorees from Broward, Dade and Palm Beach counties. These women share the commonality of their American entrepreneurship intertwined with their values and traditions.   DOS CULTURAS, (two cultures) is the name of the group they formed to continue a life-long celebration of culture with one another.

“After many discussions, the host committee unanimously agreed to expand the prestigious Latina award to include a positive focus on the creative disciplines that are changing the face of American culture.   To that end, the Hispanic Women Summit was created to take place during Hispanic Heritage Month,” said Elaine Vasquez, producer of the program and annual event.   “We are hoping that this inaugural forum in October will strengthen the Latina entrepreneur while making in-roads in the leadership pipeline for a growing diverse America.” 

“I’m indebted to Elaine for hosting a luncheon last fall to introduce me to these amazing women and begin brainstorming about this new Hispanic Women Summit launch. This is an exciting endeavor and is core to our mission in the spirit of Dr. “Les “Coach” Fernandez to Inform, Inspire, Mentor & Empower.” said Barry Mittelman, publisher Latin Business Today

An exhibit area will highlight Latina business owners, Hispanic women executives in the non-profit arena and corporate leaders.   Exhibit space is sold out; reservations to attend the Hispanic Women Summit required by invitation only and contacting or by calling 954-709-1622.  For more information, visit or


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