Registration for the 2018 Power of the Purse Opens March 1

Registration for the Power of the Purse luncheon begins Thursday, March 1. Online registration is available for $75 per person and $150 per patron. Maria Hinojosa is the featured speaker for the popular event, taking place on Tuesday, May 22, at the Expo Center at the Crowne Plaza in Asheville. Hinojosa's talk, "My American Experience: Immigration, Disparity and Opportunity," will address the critical issues of migration, immigration and changing demographics.

In 2010, Hinojosa created the Futuro Media Group, a nonprofit producing multimedia journalism that explores diversity and tells stories that may be overlooked by mainstream media. As the Anchor and Executive Producer of the Peabody Award-winning show Latino USA, distributed by NPR; Anchor and Executive Producer of the PBS show America by the Numbers with Maria Hinojosa; and Co-host of In The Thick, Futuro Media's new political podcast, Hinojosa has informed millions about the evolving cultural and political landscape in America and abroad.

Hinojosa has worked for CNN, PBS, CBS, WNBC and WGBH. Her previous projects include PBS' Need to Know series and the WGBH/La Plaza talk show Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One. Hinojosa has received numerous awards for her work including: four Emmys; the 2012 John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism; Robert F. Kennedy Award for Reporting on the Disadvantaged; the Studs Terkel Community Media Award; and the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Overseas Press Club for best documentary for "Child Brides: Stolen Lives."

Hinojosa was born in Mexico City and raised in Chicago. She received her BA from Barnard College. She is currently the Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Chair of Latin American and Latino Studies at DePaul University in Chicago and a Global Post ‘Voces' columnist.

La interpretación simultánea en español estará disponible para el evento de Power of the Purse este año. Por favor llame 828-785-4740 o déjenos saber por correo electrónico ( si usted requiere servicios interpretativos.

Proceeds from the event benefit The Women's Fund, a CFWNC permanent endowment that supports the unmet needs of women and girls across the region. The program includes the announcement of the 2018 Collaborative High-Impact Women for Women grant.