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!

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…


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 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

Rachel Armas

Veronica Arreola

Caryn Bailey

Elisa Batista

Jeannette Kaplun

Elizabeth Cerezo

Jessie Nuez

Brenda Cisneros-Dewong

Yvonne Condes  //

Janice Correa

Marta Maria Darby

Luciana Gabriela Davidzon de Scher

Laura de Ona

Julie Diaz Asper

Melanie Edwards

Ana L. Flores

Monique Frausto

Teresa Garza

Dariela Cruz-Gillespie

Carolyn Gonzalez

Maura Hernandez

Eugenia Hurtado

Jennifer Hutcheson

Denisse Icaza

Nadia Jones

Roraima Lassanske

Tracy Lopez

Yolanda Machado

Adriana Maestas //

Yvette Marquez

Silvia Martinez

Yolanda Mason

Silke McDowell

Blanca Stella Mejia

Melyssa Mendoza

Raquel Negrón

Monica Olivera

Carmen Ordoñez

Monica Vila

Maegan Ortiz

Helena Osorio-Zavala

Maria Jose Ovalle

Chantilly Patiño //

Angélica Pérez

Mariana Perez

Carolina Pichardo

Lynn Ponder

Nicole Presley

Jeannette Quiñones

Lisa Quinones Fontanez

Flor de Maria Rivera

Migdalia Rivera

Vianney Rodriguez

Roxana Soto Romero

Ericka Sanchez

Mercedes Sanchez

Dania Santana Henriquez

Alejandra Suarez

Eliana Tardio Hurtado

Laura Tellado

Laura Termini

Maybelline Valenti

Carrie Ferguson Weir

Ruby Wright

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


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

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