Billboard's Leila Cobo Honored at Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences' Leading Ladies Event

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Leila Cobo and Gabriel Abaroa, President and CEO of the Latin Recording Academy attend the Leading Ladies Lunch during the 18th annual Latin Grammy Awards at Mastro's Ocean Club at The Shops at Crystals on Nov. 14, 2017 in Las Vegas.

Billboard’s Leila Cobo was honored at the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences’ Leading Ladies event at Mastro’s Ocean Club in Las Vegas on Nov. 14.

The luncheon recognizes professional women in the Latin entertainment industry who excel at their careers and pave the way for future generations.

Academy president/CEO Gabriel Abaroa wrote in a letter to Cobo, “We are thrilled to have you as a member of the inaugural class of recipients as your voice has been so powerful and influential within the entertainment community.”

Cobo has consistently uplifted the voices of Latin music artists in her 16 years as Billboard’s executive director of Latin content and programming. Abaroa wrote that her work “has helped bring Latin music to the forefront of the entertainment industry and given new and up-and-coming artists a voice in mainstream conversations.”

When asked about her proudest reporting moments at Billboard, she said, "I was really, really proud of our conference this year and the Q&A sessions with both Residente and with Nicky Jam and J Balvin. I’m also very proud of the Romeo Santos interview I had last year. It’s been one of the most personal I’ve done."

Her journalistic work has also populated the pages of reputable outlets like the Miami Herald, the Los Angeles Times and Latina magazine.

The letter acknowledged the recognition’s importance in relation to the “sizeable gender gap in the Latin entertainment industry.” To increase women's presence in the industry, Cobo suggested "promoting more women to senior leadership inside labels and music companies."


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