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Maria Elena Salinas to be Keynote Speaker at Regain Our Latino Power virtual event

Award-winning journalist and author, Maria Elena Salinas, will be joining the conversation at virtual event, Regain Our Latino Power, as Keynote Speaker. The event will bring together influential Latino leaders and discuss important topics such as Latinxs essential workers, Latinxs and the economy, Immigration Reform, Deportations and Incarceration of Latino Children.

Salinas joined CBS News as a contributor in 2019, a role in which she reports across multiple CBS News broadcasts and platforms. Salinas is one of the most recognizable and respected journalists in the country, most notably having served as co-anchor of Univision’s evening news program for more than 30 years.

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Award-winning journalist, Maria Elena Salinas (Photo Credit: Gio Alma)

In a career that spans nearly four decades, Salinas has interviewed world leaders and covered virtually every major national and international news event of our time. Her work has earned the top awards presented in broadcasting, including multiple Emmys, a Peabody, Gracie Awards, the Edward R. Murrow Award and the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.

While at CBS News, Salinas has contributed to the network’s coverage of the 2020 election including primetime coverage of Super Tuesday and the Democratic and Republican national conventions. Salinas also anchored the poignant CBS News documentary “Pandemia: Latinos In Crisis,” an hour-long, sweeping look at the Latinx community, along with other communities of color, who continues to bear the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic while fulfilling essential roles across the country. For “48 Hours,” Salinas investigated the death of a college student and the international search for her killer. Salinas also contributed to a special edition of CBS News’ investigative series “Eye on America,” which examined how families throughout communities across the country and once lived paycheck to paycheck, fell through the cracks and found themselves homeless.

Most recently, Salinas was the host of “The Real Story with Maria Elena Salinas,” a crime series for Investigation Discovery. She also covered the 2018 presidential election in Mexico for Telemundo.

Salinas contributed to CBS News in 2016, when she reported on the role Hispanics would play in the election for “CBS Sunday Morning.” While at Univision, she was co-host of “Noticiero Univision” and co-host of “Aquí y Ahora,” a newsmagazine program for Univision.

A versatile and bilingual journalist, Salinas has interviewed every U.S. president since Jimmy Carter. She is at ease interviewing newsmakers such as Manuel Noriega, the former dictator of Panama and Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, as she is sitting down with Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin and Gloria Estefan.

Salinas was one of the first female journalists in wartime Baghdad. She participated in the 2004 bilingual debate on Hispanic issues and in 2007 co-hosted the first Democratic and Republican presidential candidate forums in Spanish for Univision.

From 2001-2011, Salinas wrote a weekly syndicated column in both English and Spanish. She is also the author of the 2006 autobiography, “I Am My Father’s Daughter, Living a Life Without Secrets.”

Salinas is a founding member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and for over two decades has provided dozens of students with a scholarship under her name. She also serves on the board of Hispanic Scholarship Board.

Salinas began her journalism career in 1981 as a reporter, anchor and public affairs host for KMEX-TV, Univision’s affiliate in Los Angeles.

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Latina journalist Jackeline Cacho receives award from Latinas in Business Inc.

Latina journalist Jackeline Cacho, Emmy Nominee for her TV production “Triunfo Latino” received the Latina Entrepreneur of the Month Award at the 2019 Entrepreneur Empowerment Lunch that took place at the Hudson County Culinary Conference Center in Jersey City, NJ. Hudson County Community College was co-hosting the event.

“It is with great pleasure that we granted our dear supporter and Latina journalist Jackeline Cacho the Latina Entrepreneur of the Month Award. She traveled from Los Angeles to be the Mistress of Ceremony at our conference on June 13 in Jersey City, and to received this special award,” said the organizer of the event Susana G Baumann, President and CEO, Latinas in Business Inc. “Her participation and introduction of all main speakers and especially, her moderation of the Fireside Chat with actor, TV writer and producer, and women’s advocate Ivana de Maria, were impeccable,” she added.

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Jackeline Cacho awarded by Latinas in Business Inc.

Meanwhile Jackeline Cacho, the  award-winning journalist and producer, and two times Emmy nominee for her national television program “Jackeline Cacho Presents Triunfo Latino” in the US expressed gratitude to the organization that sets her apart.

 “I was honored to receive this award from an organization that advocates for the economic empowerment of Latinas and women of color because their message resonates with our own mission, which is to bring awareness to the rights of women and girls in the US and Latin America,” Jackeline Cacho said.

The award was presented by sponsor Mojavie, co-founders Luis Cuneo and James Woods.

An initiative against domestic violence in Latin America and other regions

Latina journalist Jackeline Cacho is with great success the producer of the fastest growing independent Spanish TV show in the country. “Jackeline Cacho Presenta Triunfo Latino” airs every Sunday on Vme TV Network celebrating this year her seventh season on air.  Successful creator of the movement Edutainment in Spanish programming,  Cacho is also a great women’s advocate and humanitarian journalist who supports the Spotlight Initiative, which was originated by the United Nations and the European Union.

Through the Spotlight Initiative – Latin America, the European Union and the United Nations Organization will finance programs to eradicate violence against women and girls, beginning in Mexico.

 As part of the activities of the official launch of the Spotlight Initiative – Latin America, which was born due to the alarming number of cases of gender violence in the region, Latina journalist Jackeline Cacho visited Mexico City in November 2018 to initiate dissemination activities.

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Jackeline Cacho receives Latina Entrepreneur of the Month Award from sponsor Mojavie (From L to R) Luis Cuneo, Mojavie, Susana G Baumann, Latinas in Business Inc., Jackeline Cacho, Triunfo Latino, James Woods, Mojavie


In Mexico, the first stop on the promotion tour, Spotlight Champion ambassador Jackeline Cacho held meetings and interviews with national and local media. Jackeline Cacho was in charge of putting voice and face to thousands of women who are suffering some type of violence.

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Jackeline Cacho with actor, TV writer and producer, and women’s advocate Ivana de Maria


With the financial contribution of 55 million euros for Latin America from the European Union in conjunction with the United Nations (UN), new and innovative programs will be encouraged in Argentina, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico, to help women and girls to live free of violence and eradicate femicide in these countries. In 2016 alone: ​​254 women and girls were murdered in Argentina, 349 in El Salvador, 211 in Guatemala, 466 in Honduras and 2,813 in Mexico.

Jackeline Cacho with actor, TV writer and producer, and women’s advocate Ivana de Maria during Fireside Chat


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The Spotlight Initiative will work closely with civil society, United Nations agencies and the governments of the five beneficiary countries to provide comprehensive, high-impact interventions that can save the lives of women and girls.

(From L to R) Lori Margolin, Continuing Education and Workforce Development Dean, HCCC; First Lady of New Jersey Tammy S Murphy; Susana G Baumann, Latinas in Business Inc.; Jackeline Cacho, Triunfo Latino



“This initiative reaffirms our commitment to the elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls by the year 2030,” said the Deputy Secretary General of the UN, Amina Mohammed, who recalled that the five selected countries showed the political courage to face and pretend to end feminicide, a crime that costs 12 women a day in Latin America.

To be featured in her show, contact Latina journalist Jackeline Cacho. 

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Being authentic helps Latina journalist and event producer Zayda Rivera face challenges

Zayda Rivera is a seasoned Latina journalist and public relations executive who began her company 3L Communique in 2015 after a successful 18-year career in newsrooms, TV studios, and public relations agencies. Creating her company was a way for Zayda to focus on what she was truly passionate about–being authentic, giving back to her community and inspiring the next generation to do the same.

3L Communique focuses on event production and partnerships for Latino, African American, and LGBT communities, combining all of Zayda’s expertise acquired in her past career in entertainment journalism and public relations.

The company began when Zayda noticed that she rarely saw women leading production behind-the-scenes—and even rarely were they Latinas. “I wanted to fill that void,” she explains. “Secondly, I wanted to take charge of my life and career.”

She began by utilizing her network of connections to produce major events– such as black tie galas, award ceremonies, summits, and conventions– for nonprofit organizations and corporations in 2016. From there she then went on to create inspiring public relations campaigns to raise awareness about social issues which disproportionately impact communities of color such as the rental housing crisis and preventable illnesses.

 Proving self-worth a main obstacle in a Latina journalist and entrepreneur career

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Zayda Rivera, founder and CEO, 3LCommunique at the 2018 Latina SmallBiz Expo

“I still find it difficult to be taken seriously by some,” she says. “I takes time to build a rapport with clients, especially when you’re on your own, a woman, trying to succeed in a male-dominated industry.”

Despite her qualifications and expertise it has still been a challenge to gain credibility in a world saturated with “overnight success stories,” self-described experts, and the multitude of “President and CEO” titles found on professional networking sites.

“It’s difficult to decipher the real from the fake,” Zayda explains. “It is likely that if I worked for a major public relations agency or well respected publication, people wouldn’t second guess my expertise. It’s why being authentic is so important to me. Authenticity goes a long way in a world of posers.”

Not only does Zayda value authenticity when it comes to clients, but it is also the foundation of her relationships with her colleagues in the workplace. As a strong team leader she believes in building people up and celebrating them while giving them direction on how best to grow.

“Creating a work environment out of fear does not work. I know first-hand that when people feel crappy about going to a thankless job, they are less productive,” says Zayda.

Instead she fosters an open environment where everyone’s work is valued and each person can learn from each other. Her career and her way of leading others has been inspiring to many.

Changing lives by inspiring others

She shares a story of how when she was first starting out with her company, she was approached by a young Latina woman at a holiday party for Hispanic journalists. This woman told Zayda how her career had inspired her to pursue her own dreams and goals. This revelation that her work as a Latina journalist could influence someone so much completely blew her away.

“It was hard for me to conceptualize how many people my work was reaching from behind my computer screen.”

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Zayda Rivera is a seasoned Latina journalist with over 18-year experience in various media

During this time, Zayda was searching for someone to help her with her business. Ideally this person would be a woman and even more ideally, a Latina. That young woman who approached her at the party just so happened to be exactly the strong, intelligent, go-getter she was looking for. Since then they have worked together on various projects. Zayda describes that the best part of this partnership, however, has been seeing this young Latina excel in her own career and reach new heights through her experiences working with 3L Communique.

“I want to create hundreds and thousands and millions of stories just like this. Knowing that I’ve had something to do with the success and overall development of a younger woman of color, who isn’t afraid of challenges and hard work, is priceless to me.”

Inspiring other Latinas to go after their goals

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Zayda River, CEO 3LCommunique wins 2nd Place at 2018 Latinas in Business Pitch Competition

She says, “Being a Latina entrepreneur, who faces challenges daily, is my way of giving back, simply by showing others that anything is possible with determination and hard work.”

Despite the struggles, Zayda believes it is important to always keep moving forward, to get back up after one stumbles and leave behind footprints for others to one day follow. Additionally she believes one should always be a student of life and never stop learning.

“Not just within your craft, but also in learning all the tools you need to be a strong business owner,” she says. “Be comfortable with the uncomfortable. Gain knowledge about what it takes to run a successful business. And keep moving forward.”