The following is a short overview of our annual conferences.

2009 - Austin

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Theme: Women: Wellness, Wealth and Wisdom

7th Estrellas Awards Winners
Luisa Gaviño-Martinez - Austin
Linda Benavides - Corpus Christi
Ivonne Acero - Dallas
Dr. Tanginika-Simone Cuascud Vega - Fort Worth
Anna Marie Guzman-Protz - Houston
Elizabeth Garza Soto - San Antonio

Honorary Chairs:

Amalia Rodriguez-Mendoza - Travis County District Clerk
The Honorable Orlinda Naranjo - Travis County District Court Judge
Diana Maldonado - Texas State Representative, District 52

Latina Trailblazer:
Esperanza “Hope” Andrade - Texas Secretary of State

2008 - Houston

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Theme: Challenges, Choices, Connections: Issues Facing Latinas Today

6th  Estrellas Awards Winners:
Caroline Hernandez - Austin
Margie (Magdalena) Ortiz - Corpus Christi
Jacqueline Scimemi - Dallas
Elisa Castillo Najera - Fort Worth
Sally Morin - Houston
Rosie Wilkinson - Rio Grande Valley
Gloria Rodriguez - San Antonio
Lupe Morin - Chair's Award

Keynote Speakers:
Leticia Van de Putte - Texas State Senator, District 26
Valerie Martinez-Ebers - Professor of Political Science at the University of North Texas &Vice President of the American Political Science Association
Stephanie Elizondo Griest  - Award Winning Author & Adventurer
Out of the Barrio: Latino Empowerment
Diane N. De Hoyos - President of General Motor's Hispanic Initiative Team
Rosie Barrera and Julia Castellano-Hoyt with AARP

Honorary Chairs:
Gracie Saenz - Former Houston City Councilwoman
Arcilia Carrasco-Acosta - TAMACC Chair

2007 - Dallas

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Theme: Latina Symposium: Education, Health and Leadership

5th Estrellas Awards Winners:
Judge Orlinda Naranjo - Austin
Rosaena Garza - Corpus Christi
Mary Ann Kellam - Dallas
Eva Bonilla - Fort Worth
Joyce Carolyn Zeldis - Rio Grande Valley
Martha Tijerina - San Antonio
Karina Ramirez - Chair's Award

Keynote Speakers:
Juana Bordas - President of Mestiza Leadership International and author of Salsa, Soul and Spirit in Texas
Grace D. Lieblein - Global Vehicle Chief Engineer for General Motors Front Wheel Drive Trucks
Ana María Castro - National Project Manager for United Healthcare Latino Health Solutions

Honorary Chairs:
Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Dr. Elba Garcia
Dallas City Council Pauline Medrano
Sheriff Lupe Valdez
Judge Lena Levario
Dallas County Community
College District
Diana Flores

2006 - Corpus Christi

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Theme: Hispanas in Leadership...Promoting Education

4th Estrellas Awards Winners:
Velia Saenz Williams - Austin
Vilma Luna - Corpus Christi
Carmen Garcia - Dallas
Adela N. Gonzalez - Fort Worth
Manuelita Gutierrez Pena - McAllen
Lupe G. Ochoa - San Antonio

Gala Honorary Chairs:
Henry and Mary Alice Cisneros
Diane Gonzalez Cibrian
Bobby Gonzalez
Yolanda G. Olivarez

2005 - San Antonio

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Theme: Hispanas in Leadership..Embracing the Challenges

3rd Estrellas Award Winners:
Elizabeth Gonzalez - Austin
Peggy Banales - Corpus Christi
Queta Garret - Dallas
Lila Aguirre - San Antonio
Rita Rodriguez-Utt - Fort Worth

Honorary Chairs:
The Honorable Alma Lopez, Chief Justice 4th Court of Appeals
The Honorable Leticia, Van De Putte
Texas State Senator
The Honorable Leticia Vacek, City Clerk San Antonio
Mary Alice Cisneros, Former First Lady of San Antonio
Kick-off Luncheon Keynote Speaker: The Honorable Anna Escobedo Cabra, U.S. Treasurer

General Assembly Keynote Speaker:
Cecilia Elizondo Herrera, Assistant Chief of Protocol, U.S. Department of Protocol and the White House

Estrella Awards Luncheon Keynote Speaker:
Josefina Hooker, Owner/President, Freedom Pontiac Buick GMC Truck, Odessa, Texas

You missed it:
The wonderful performance of Jose Rubén De León in "Simplemente Lara"

2004 - Dallas

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Theme: Latinas: The Image of Today/La Imagen de Hoy

2nd Estrellas Award Winners:
Lupe Morin, Austin
Connie Muñoz, Corpus Christi
Betty Swinners, Dallas
Bonnie S. Y. Escobar, El Paso
Adriana Giraldo, Fort Worth
Judge Aida Salinas Flores, Rio Grande Valley
Christine Hernandez, San Antonio

Breakfast Keynote Speaker:
The Honorable Irma C. Ramirez, U.S. Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas

Estrella Awards Luncheon Keynote Speaker:
Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army (retired), Highest Ranking Hispanic Woman in U.S. Army's Combat Support Field; Founder of Educational Achievement Services

You missed it:
The conga line at 7 a.m.