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I'm Going to the White House! {with LATISM's Top Latina Bloggers}

LATISM Top Blogueras at the White House!

I’m so excited to share this news!  Recently, I found out that I was selected as one of LATISM’s Top Latina Bloggers to visit the White House this week for a special retreat focusing Leadership and Social Good!

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Leadership and Social Good!?  Yeah!  Sign me up!!  This is how you make a difference in people’s lives.  

Not only that, but we will also be a part of an exclusive briefing at the White House to discuss the issues that affect Latino communities most: Education, Health and Jobs.  Issues that can literally change the face of this country as we know it.  Issues that we should all be talking about and taking action on.  I desperately want to learn how to fuel real action and I’m so excited to be a part of this group that will be receiving training specifically geared at creating social change!

I want to issue a special thank you to the ladies who have included me in this retreat.  A special thanks to everyone at LATISM, to the ladies at Latina Bloggers Connect and the advisory board for the event, who helped make this trip possible for all of us!  I know it’s going to be a life changing opportunity!  THANK YOU!!

Follow along at #TopBlogueras on Twitter for updates!

More from me soon…but for now, here are some details about the event and the selected bloggers…

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE

A group of the most influential Latinas in the blogging and social media spheres woke up to a once-in-a-lifetime email message today: “Congratulations, you have been selected to attend the First-Ever Top Latina Blogger Retreat.” The exclusive, invitation-only event will take place at the luxurious Hotel Helix, located in the heart of Washington DC, from May 20th to May 22nd, 2012.

Invitation requests were open to applications submitted digitally at http://bit.ly/BloguerasRetreatApplication until May 10, 2012. A selection committee, including the leaders of the top Latina blogger communities: Latina Bloggers Connect, Las Blogueras, Blogs de Mamas and New Latina. The committee was in charge of reviewing the bloggers’ applications based on influence, traffic and quality of content.

The list of winners, in no particular order, is as follows:

Mirna Arce http://AhorrosConCupones.com

Rachel Armas http://www.theartmuse.net

Veronica Arreola http://www.vivalafeminista.com

Caryn Bailey  http://rockinmama.net

Elisa Batista http://www.momsrising.org

Jeannette Kaplun http://todobebe.com

Elizabeth Cerezo http://thoughtsofamommy.net

Jessie Nuez http://www.hechoparamama.com

Brenda Cisneros-Dewong http://www.mejorandomihogar.com

Yvonne Condes http://momsla.com  //  http://yvonneinla.com

Janice Correa  http://mamistimeout.com

Marta Maria Darby  http://mybigfatcubanfamily.com

Luciana Gabriela Davidzon de Scher http://www.latinfoodlovers.com/

Laura de Ona http://SolyPimienta.com

Julie Diaz Asper  http://blog.gigcoin.com

Melanie Edwards  http://www.modernmami.com

Ana L. Flores http://spanglishbaby.com

Monique Frausto   http://BlogsbyLatinas.com

Teresa Garza  http://checalamovie.net

Dariela Cruz-Gillespie  http://www.mamitalks.com/

Carolyn Gonzalez  http://www.caroincarolina.com

Maura Hernandez  http://theothersideofthetortilla.com

Eugenia Hurtado  http://www.thewiselatinaclub.com

Jennifer Hutcheson http://mami2mommy.com

Denisse Icaza  http://ahorrosparamama.com

Nadia Jones  http://www.justicejonesie.com/blog

Roraima Lassanske http://www.mamacontemporanea.com

Tracy Lopez http://latinaish.com

Yolanda Machado http://sassymamainla.com

Adriana Maestas http://latinopoliticsblog.com // http://politic365.com

Yvette Marquez http://www.muybuenocookbook.com/

Silvia Martinez  http://www.mamalatinatips.com

Yolanda Mason http://lasblogueras.com

Silke McDowell http://www.growingbilingual.com

Blanca Stella Mejia http://micaminar.com

Melyssa Mendoza http://changeyourliferideabike.blogspot.com/

Raquel Negrón http://thedigitallatina.com

Monica Olivera http://www.MommyMaestra.com

Carmen Ordoñez http://www.vivafashionblog.com

Monica Vila  http://www.TheOnlineMom.com

Maegan Ortiz  http://vivirlatino.com

Helena Osorio-Zavala  http://pinkguayoyo.com

Maria Jose Ovalle  http://www.verybusymamablog.com

Chantilly Patiño  www.multiculturalfamilia.com // www.biculturalmom.com

Angélica Pérez http://www.newlatina.net

Mariana Perez http://thedomesticbuzz.com

Carolina Pichardo http://www.youngurbanmoms.com

Lynn Ponder http://webcitygirls.com/

Nicole Presley  http://presleyspantry.com/

Jeannette Quiñones http://www.sazonboricua.com

Lisa Quinones Fontanez http://www.autismwonderland.com/

Flor de Maria Rivera http://flordemariafashion.com/

Migdalia Rivera  http://latinaonamission.com

Vianney Rodriguez http://sweetlifebake.com

Roxana Soto Romero  http://www.spanglishbaby.com

Ericka Sanchez  http://nibblesandfeasts.com/

Mercedes Sanchez http://bechicmag.com/magazine/

Dania Santana Henriquez  http://www.lafamiliacool.com/

Alejandra Suarez  http://www.brandlateen.com/

Eliana Tardio Hurtado  http://www.elianatardio.com

Laura Tellado http://holdinoutforahero.org

Laura Termini  http://www.chicanol.com

Maybelline Valenti  http://www.naturalmentemama.com/

Carrie Ferguson Weir  http://tikitikiblog.com

Ruby Wright  http://www.growingupblackxican.com/

Sponsors and partners for this event include Johnson & Johnson, Procter and Gamble, Mary Kay, Southwest Airlines, Univision, Comcast, McDonald’s, Fleishman Hillard, Babble.com, Macys, Porter Novelli, and Consumer Reports. The event was organized in partnership with Latina Bloggers Connect.

ABOUT THE FIRST-EVER TOP LATINA BLOGGER RETREAT

The First-Ever Top Latina Blogger Retreat is an exclusive, by-invitation-only event by Latinos in Social Media (LATISM), with the objective of empowering the top voices of the Latina community with the skills and connections they need to turn their blogs into social enterprises and tools for advocacy. The two-day event will include capacity-building and mentoring sessions with top executives from a variety of industries and causes as well as a LATISM-exclusive briefing at the White House. For more information about the First-Ever Latina Blogger Retreat, visit http://blogueras.latism.org/

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  • biculturalmama
    May 19, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Congratulations! What an honor and you totally deserve it!

    • biculturalmom
      May 19, 2012 at 2:19 pm

       @biculturalmama Thanks Maria!  I'm still kind of in shock…LOL.  I guess it won't  really hit me fully until we're there.  I'm hoping we have a chance to meet Michelle Obama.  They said she's going to be in a meeting nearby, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed!  ;)

  • Marv VanAlstine
    May 22, 2012 at 4:27 am

    Congratulations Sweetie, I'm Very Proud of you, even though we haven't spoken much…….
    Keep up the Great work   … dad

    • biculturalmom
      May 24, 2012 at 5:35 am

      Wow…it has been a while.  I tried calling you in April and maybe you could email me your new number?  chantilly@biculturalmom.com
       
       
      Hope all is going well and thank you for stopping by.  :)