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The Cafecito Series will start at 1:00 pm ET / 10:00 am PT on Wednesday, March 16, 2022. 

The virtual Cafecito Series honoring Nathalie Huerta, founder of the first LGBTQ+ gym in America, with the Rising Star Award on Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at 1:00 PM ET / 10:00 AM PT.  The program will feature an intergenerational conversation on Latino-owned small businesses and entrepreneurship with honoree Nathalie Huerta and Maria S. Salinas, President and CEO of Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, moderated by Antonio Tijerino, President & CEO of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. 

The Rising Star Award recognizes a Latina/Latino leader who demonstrates exceptional promise, talent, and commitment to the well-being of our community. Past honorees include Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, actor Xolo Mariduena, tech entrepreneur Laura Gomez, and MSNBC anchor and journalist Alicia Menendez. 

Mickey Ibarra, Chairman and Founder, Latino Leaders Network
Nathalie Huerta, Founder & CEO, The Queer Gym 
Maria S. Salinas, President & CEO, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
Antonio Tijerino, President & CEO, Hispanic Heritage Foundation
Jayna Donayre, Director of Communications, Latino Leaders Network
Ruben Barrales, Senior Vice President of External Relations, Wells Fargo 
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