The Hon. Hilda Solis, former Secretary of Labor, will receive special recognition at the 31st National Conference of the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI), which will be held February 14-17, 2013, in Chicago. She will receive the Edward R. Roybal - Henry B. Gonzalez Award for Excellence in Public Service.
In making the announcement Dr. Juan Andrade, USHLI President, said "We are honored that former Labor Secretary Solis has agreed to accept this prestigious award and we consider it a privilege to present her with this well-deserved award, named in memory of two of the most respected Latino officials in history." The award will be presented at 12:15pm on Saturday, February 16, during the Latino Officials Recognition Luncheon.
Former Labor Secretary Solis was first elected to public office in 1985 as a member of the Rio Hondo Community College Board of Trustees. She served in the California State Assembly from 1992 to 1994, and in 1994 made history by becoming the first Latina elected to the California State Senate. She was elected to the U.S. Congress in 2000 and appointed Secretary of Labor in 2009 by President Barack Obama. Also in 2000, she became the first woman to receive the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for her pioneering work on environmental justice issues.
The award is named in memory of two legendary pioneers who were the first Latinos elected to the U.S. Congress, inspired countless Latinos to seek election to public office, and set high standards in service for others to follow, Edward R. Roybal of California and Henry B. Gonzalez of Texas.
Over 6,000 present and future leaders representing 40 states are expected to attend our 31st National Conference. A survey of conference participants in 2012 found that over 72% were 18-34 years of age, 60% female, and 82% will have graduated or are currently attending college. For more information on our national conference, or to register to attend, please click here.