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Christy Haubegger  

Founder, Former CEO, Latina Magazine, Board Member, Latina Media Ventures

Christy Haubegger founded Latina magazine in 1996 following her graduation from Stanford Law School. It was in a business course there that Haubegger conceived of and developed a business plan for a groundbreaking magazine that would showcase fashion, beauty, lifestyle and empowerment for Hispanic women.

After receiving her law degree, she pursued her plan for the magazine. She ultimately partnered with Essence Communications and the company became a major investor in Latina. The magazine debuted as a quarterly in 1996, with rising star Jennifer Lopez on its first cover.

Latina grew to monthly publication just a year after its launch with Haubegger serving as its publisher, president and then CEO until 2001. In that post, she oversaw a staff of more than 50 and focused on the business management of the magazine, including advertising sales and corporate marketing.

Christy moved into the world of entertainment in 2002, hoping to expand the presence and stories of Latinos in television and motion pictures as she had done in the magazine world. She served as Associate Producer on "Chasing Papi," a romantic comedy from 20th Century Fox with a Hispanic theme/cast, which was released in May 2003. She was Executive Producer of Oscar-winner James L. Brooks' romantic comedy, "Spanglish" starring Paz Vega, Adam Sandler and Tea Leoni, released by Columbia Pictures in December 2004. She now works with Creative Artists Agency (CAA), providing insights on diverse markets to CAA's motion picture, music, marketing and television clients including Salma Hayek, George Lopez and Shakira.

A pioneer for Latinas, Haubegger is a popular speaker and the recipient of numerous awards and media recognition for her achievements. In 2001, Newsweek named her one of the "Women of the New Century" and Advertising Age has called her a "Woman to Watch." The Ms. Foundation has chosen her as one of the Top 10 Role Models of the Year. Haubegger was also the youngest woman to be inducted into the American Advertising Federation's Advertising Hall of Achievement, in recognition of her success in raising the profile of the Hispanic market. She has been profiled and interviewed by numerous, diverse media outlets including CNN, NBC Nightly News and the Today Show. Recently, the Hollywood Reporter named her 22 on their list of the most powerful Latinos in Hollywood.

Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Haubegger is the Mexican-American daughter of adoptive parents. She received her BA in Philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin and her law degree from StanfordLawSchool where she was President of her class. A volunteer for various civic, social and political organizations, Haubegger is a member of the board of the New America Alliance, a Latino business leadership group and Management Leadership for Tomorrow, an organization that works to increase the number of minority MBA candidates at the nation's top business schools

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