2023 Keynote / Honored Guests

Gloria Estefan

Grammy Award-Winning International Superstar

International superstar, Gloria Estefan, is a Grammy Award-winning singer, actress, songwriter, author of two New York Times best-selling children’s books, philanthropist, and humanitarian. She is considered one of the world’s most recognizable and beloved performers and the most successful Latin crossover artist in music history, according to Billboard magazine.

Having sold over 100 million records worldwide, Estefan has garnered eight Grammy Awards and an Oscar nomination for her performance of the song “Music of My Heart.” She has received an American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, and was inducted into the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2015, President Obama honored Emilio and Gloria Estefan with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made meritorious contributions to the United States, to world peace, and cultural endeavors. In 2017, Gloria was the first Cuban-American singer-songwriter to receive a Kennedy Center Honor.

On Your Feet! is the Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical based on the lives and music of Emilio and Gloria Estefan, who served as Executive Producers of the work. It is the story of two people who — through an unwavering dedication to one another and their pursuit of the American dream — showcased their talent, music, and heritage to the world in a remarkable rise to global superstardom. On Your Feet! has received rave reviews and nominations for Tony Awards, Outer Critics Circle Awards, and Drama League Awards, and is now on tour worldwide.

Gloria is the founder of the Gloria Estefan Foundation whose mission is to support charitable programs for disadvantaged children and empower young people through education and opportunity. The Foundation also supports spinal cord research through the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.

In 2020, Gloria’s Grammy-winning album, Brazil305, topped the charts worldwide while she also served as one of three hosts for her four-time Emmy nominated and Emmy winning and GLAAD Award nominated Facebook Watch series, Red Table Talk: The Estefans. Its 20 episodes are streaming now. In 2021 she voiced the character Marta in the critically acclaimed animated film Vivo, with music written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and released on Netflix.

In the summer of 2022, Estefan starred in Father of the Bride opposite Andy García airing on HBO Max. The movie amassed HBO Max’s biggest audience for a streaming-only film and soared to the No. 1 title spot across HBO Max worldwide.

Released in November of 2022, the Estefan Family Christmas album featuring Gloria alongside her daughter, Emily (27) and grandson Sasha (10), is one of the first albums of its kind to combine three generations. It includes 12 Christmas classics and two original songs, one of which was written by Gloria, Emily, and Sasha.

In 2023, Gloria will be the first Latina in history to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. She’s being recognized her for the iconic songs that she has written, including, “Anything for You,” “Don’t Wanna Lose You,” “Words Get in the Way,” “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You,” “Let’s Get Loud…,” and many others that have enriched and transformed music and the lives of billions of listeners all over the world.