Rosie Castro, recipient of the 2012 San Antonio “Lifetime Achievement Award.”

Washington, DC [CapitalWirePR]– The Anna Maria Arias Foundation with LATINA Style Inc., the premier company addressing the needs of the Latina business owner and professional workingwoman, will honor Maria del Rosario (Rosie) Castro, Director of the Center for Academic Transitions at Palo Alto College in San Antonio, Texas, as the recipient of the 2012 San Antonio “Lifetime Achievement Award” during the LATINA Entrepreneur Luncheon of the LATINA Style Business Series. The conference will be held on Thursday, October 25, 2012 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Nationwide San Antonio building located at9903 Nationwide Drive inSan Antonio,Texas78251 (across from Hyatt Hill Country Resort and Spa).

The Business Series, unique to LATINA Style Magazine, is the most successful ongoing business development program in the nation, empoweringLatinaentrepreneurs across the country. Over 30,000Latinaentrepreneurs and professionals have benefited from participating in this exciting and informative business conference since its conception in 1998. The Business Series will feature expert presenters and speakers to address some of the most pressing issues affecting entrepreneurs. Participants will be presented with resources and information crucial to their success.

Maria Del Rosario (Rosie) Castro is a native San Antonian. She is the Director of the Center for Academic Transitions atPalo AltoCollegeinSan Antonio,Texas. The Center provides assistance with employment, internships, and transfer to 4 year universities, graduation certification, scholarships and alumni services.

Ms. Castro is also a consultant, trainer and facilitator who specialize in leadership training and leadership program development. She facilitated the work of the Blue Ribbon Committee that created the Westside Education andTrainingCenter, a partnership of the Alamo Community College District, Edgewood I.S.D., and the City ofSan Antonio’s Economic Development Department and the Annie E. Casey’s Making Connections Initiative and many other groups and residents. She is a graduate of Our Lady of theLakeUniversityand has a Masters Degree in Environmental Management from U.T.S.A. Her public service includes employment in the City ofSan Antonio’s Human Resource Department and with the San Antonio Housing Authority. She has taught public administration courses atSan AntonioCollegeand Graduate courses at UTSA.

She is a proud mother of twin sons: Texas State Representative, Joaquin Castro and City of San Antonio Mayor, Julian Castro.

“We continue to be inspired by the work Latina Leaders across the nation. At a time when the economy is suffering and unemployment continues to be a major challenge, we are incredibly lucky to have such a committed group of women working so hard. Nowhere is this better demonstrated than here inSan Antoniowhere Ms. Rosie Castro has been a true leader and a role model. We are delighted to be able to honor her and her work at our LATINA Style Business Series this coming October 25th,” said Robert E. Bard, Chairman of the Anna Maria Arias Foundation and President and CEO of LATINA Style, Inc.

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