Featured Speaker: Eva Longoria
Having worked consistently in Hollywood for over 20 years, Eva Longoria has cemented herself as an industry staple known for her work both in front of and behind the camera. An award-winning actress, Emmy-nominated director, producer, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and activist, Longoria has been leading the charge of diverse and female representation since her starring role in the hit ABC series Desperate Housewives. Through her production company UnbeliEVAble Entertainment, Longoria has become one the most significant trailblazers in entertainment and recently renewed her overall deal with Twentieth Television for another three years. Founded in 2005, the company actively chooses purposeful projects that accurately represent the stories of the Latinx and other underrepresented communities. Named by Variety Magazine as one of the directors to watch in 2023, this year Longoria will make her feature directorial debut with the highly anticipated Searchlight Pictures biopic Flamin’ Hot about the story of Richard Montañez and the spicy Flamin’ Hot Cheetos snack for which she beat out multiple high profile film directors vying for the job. The film will be released on Hulu on June 9. Other notable projects coming in 2023 include her return to television with the CNN original docuseries Eva Longoria: Searching For Mexico, a six-part series that follows Longoria as she travels across Mexico exploring the country’s cuisine. Her critically-acclaimed documentary, La Guerra Civil, which she directed and executive produced, will be available for streaming on DAZN later this year. The film premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival and delves into the historic bout between Latino giants Oscar de la Hoya and Julio Cesar Chavez. Most recently, she recently wrapped production on the Apple TV+ series Land of Women in which she stars opposite Carmen Maura and also executive produced. Longoria recently expanded into the radio and podcasting world as a one of the co-founders of the newly launched Latino Media Network and with her podcast slate in partnership with iHeart Media’s My Cultura Podcast Network. Most recently, Longoria launched the new podcast slate featuring Connections with Eva, Sisters of the Undergound, and the forthcoming Hungry for History.
In 2021, Longoria launched Casa Del Sol tequila, a luxury sipping Tequila and last year saw the launch of the multi-functional cookware line Risa. Longoria is a dedicated philanthropist and activist who has consistently lent her voice to the issues she is passionate about, ranging from immigration to STEM education. Committed to empowering Latinas everywhere, Longoria established the Eva Longoria Foundation (ELF) in 2012 to help Latinas build better futures for themselves and their families through educational programs, scholarships, mentorship, and entrepreneurship. She is also a co-founder of Latino Victory Fund, Momento Latino, and Poderistas. Longoria has also been the face of L’Oréal Paris for almost 20 years. A native of Texas, Longoria currently resides in Los Angeles with her family.
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