Eva Longoria is one of several prominent Latinos to receive a 2013 Hispanic Heritage Award. (Getty Images)

Longoria takes global stage at Clinton Global Initiative

It wasn’t long ago that Eva Longoria was more likely to share a dais with fellow actresses like Teri Hatcher or Felicity Huffman than with a former president of the United States, business leaders, or heads of foundations. But the “Desperate Housewives” star is now turning heads as a political power broker and prominent Latino issues advocate.

On Thursday, Longoria will participate in a panel discussion moderated by President Bill Clinton at the annual gathering of the Clinton Global Initiative America in Chicago. Sharing the stage with Sara Martinez Tucker, CEO of the National Math + Science Initiative; Hamdi Ulukaya, founder and CEO of Chobani, Inc. (the yogurt chain); and Laysha Ward, president of community relations for Target Corp., Longoria will take part in a session about achieving economic and social mobility.

She will also release a report commissioned by her eponymous foundation evaluating the factors that contributed to the success of recent Latina college graduates who grew up in disadvantaged environments.

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