Elkhart’s Quintero Attends National Leadership Summit Convened in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON ­ Liliana Quintero of Elkhart, Indiana recently attended the Business and Professional Women’s Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. The two day conference provided a forum for approximately 350 professional women from across the country to discuss a range of policy issues with members of the United States Congress, the Administration, and experts in the fields of health care, education, and business. Quintero was nominated to attend by Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels. Quintero was privileged to participate in a private briefing with U.S. Senator Richard G. Lugar (IN) in the Foreign Relations Committee Room Tuesday before the conference. Following the briefing Quintero was given a tour of the Capital by one of Sen. Lugar’s assistants which ended in an opportunity to visit the Senate Chambers and hear some debate.

“Bringing together women leaders, policy experts, and our federal officials for an open dialogue on the pressing issues facing our families and communities is critical to moving our nation forward in the 21st century,” said Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (TX), Summit co-sponsor.

A host of leaders from the U.S. Congress joined prominent women to address the Summit, including keynote speaker U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao.

Quintero noted one comment from Carly Fiorina, “Mrs. Fiorina stated that we need to hire/partner with the right people at the right time in the right roles who have the right values.” That really seemed to strike a chord with Quintero. Quintero had the opportunity to shake hands and interact with several national leaders and added, “This was a great opportunity to interact with some of the men and women that lead our nation.”

Quintero is the executive director of the well known and respected Hispanic Latino Health Coalition of Elkhart County (HLHCEC). HLHCEC focuses on advocating on behalf of all minorities in Northern Indiana but specifically Hispanics. Quintero’s organization’s budget has quadrupled during the previous 3 years. She has successfully received 100% of the grants she has applied for and has won numerous awards from a variety of organizations that have benefited from her services. Quintero has begun to provide consulting services to organizations wishing to become more culturally sensitive. More at: http://www.hlhcec.com.