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Cinco de Mayo Cafecito Series honoring

Lina Hidalgo con Julián Castro

The broadcast will begin on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 2pm ET.


The Latino Leaders Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to “Bringing Leaders Together”, will host a Cafecito Series to honor Lina Hidalgo, Harris County Judge, with the Rising Star Award. The virtual event will be livestreamed on the Latino Leaders Network’s Facebook, YouTube, and Periscope accounts.  The program will feature a conversation with Judge Lina Hidalgo and Hon. Julián Castro moderated by Maria Elena Salinas. 


The Cafecito Series is our new digital platform aimed to educate, inspire, and prepare the next generation of leaders through the stories of iconic Latino leaders. Our goal is to connect seasoned leaders with emerging Latinx and Afro-Latinx leaders to uplift our community. The Rising Star Award was established in 2019 to recognize an emerging Latino/Latina leader who has demonstrated exceptional promise, leadership, and commitment to the well-being of their community. Past honorees include MSNBC News Anchor Alicia Menendez, Atipica founder and CEO Laura Gomez, and actor Xolo Maridueña.



  • Honoree & Panelist: Lina Hidalgo, Harris County Judge

  • Panelist: Julián Castro, Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development 

  • Moderator: Maria Elena Salinas,  CBS News Contributor 

  • Honoree Testimonial: Carol Alvarado, Texas State Senator

  • Host: Mickey Ibarra, Chairman, Latino Leaders Network 


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