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May 13, 2006

This year's "Women Helping Women Award" presented by the Hispanic Professional Women's Association (HPWA) honored several women including two National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI) members at the 4th National Annual Convention and Exhibition of Mexicans Abroad for 2006.

The "Women Helping Women Award" is presented in recognition to those women with lifelong commitments and achievements in helping Latina women in business. This first annual award honored Marissa Rivera-Albert, president of National Hispana Leadership Institute, and Nora de Hoyos Comstock, Ph.D., board member of National Hispana Leadership Institute and founder and president of Las Comadres Para Las Americas.

Rivera-Albert has worked for several years empowering women as leaders in society. As president of The National Hispana Leadership Institute, she has worked to develop programs that train women for leadership positions in areas including business, education, government, and healthcare. Her passion for creating positive change has allowed her to prepare Latinas to face challenges in senior-level, decision-making positions by providing training in professional development, relationship building, and community activism. As a result of her efforts, Rivera-Albert has received several recognitions including the Superior Honor Award from the State Department, the Administrative Excellence in Promoting Multiculturalism Award, and the Global Impact Leadership Award.

Comstock has worked to build personal and professional communities of women through her work as a member of the board for NHLI and as founder of Las Comadres Para Las Americas. As alumnae chair for NHLI, Comstock has helped maintain close connections between communities of women leaders and contribute to programs that seek to train and mentor Latinas to become ethical world leaders. Her work with Las Comadres has also allowed her to follow her passion for building communities and sharing resources by creating and building national networks of Latinas.

The National Hispana Leadership Institute is a national non-profit organization dedicated to the education and leadership development of Hispanic women. NHLI's mission is "To develop Hispanas as ethical world leaders through training, professional development, relationship building, community and world activism."

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