Women Youth


Latin America

Erika Ender is a successful composer in the music industry and professional in the entertainment world, as well as a member of the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center Advisory Council. Over the course of twenty-nine years, Ender has built an established career as a singer-songwriter, producer, communicator, and philanthropist.

She is the youngest person ever inducted into the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame and holds more than one hundred awards including two Latin Grammys, the Latin Billboard Song of the Decade, four Billboards, six Latin Billboards, the Latin Billboard Song of the Decade Global Icon, two Diamond Records, thirty-five Platinum Records, and thirty-eight Gold Records. She also was named the Leading Lady of Entertainment from the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences and was awarded the Horizon Award of the National Hispanic Foundation of the Arts, the TJ Martell Foundation Humanitarian Award, the Key to Miami and the Key to Panama City, and the “She Rocks” Award given by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers and the Society of European Stage Authors and Composers, among many others. She is the only Latina with a Spanish number one song on Billboard’s Top 100 and her co-authored song “Despacito” holds seven Guinness World Records. More than two hundred albums were recorded with her songs, as well as more than forty chart-topping singles.

Ender was named one of the Most Powerful Women according to People En Español and, repeatedly, one of the Fifty Most Powerful Central American Women according to Forbes Magazine. She is the founder of the Puertas Abiertas Foundation and creator of the TALENPRO project, benefiting thousands of children and teenagers annually. Ender is also a global ambassador for the Special Olympics, besides supporting multiple social causes.