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Anna Maria Arias Memorial Business Fund Gala Dinner & Awards, 2010

2010 Anna Maria Arias Memorial Business Fund Awardess and sponsors. (L-R) Francene Young, Debra Stewart, Alycia D. Enciso, Entrepreneur of the Year, Graciela Tiscareño-Sato, Alba Gonzalez-Nylander, Evelyn Brooks, Monika Mantilla, and Advocate of the Year, Frances Garcia.
Francene Young, vice president of Human Resources, Shell Oil Company provides sponsor remarks at the Gala.
On the evening of Friday, November 12, 2010 Latinas from throughout the country gathered in Washington D.C. to celebrate the accomplishments of Latina entrepreneurs at the 9th Annual Anna Maria Arias Memorial Business Fund Gala Dinner & Awards. Since its establishment in 2002, the Anna Maria Arias Memorial Business Fund, created to recognize the accomplishments of Anna Maria Arias, the late founder and editor of LATINA Style Magazine, has been the most respected and coveted business award program for Latina business owners in the U.S. The Fund celebrates this spirit of entrepreneurship that was Anna Maria’s vision and that today serves to fuel the phenomenal growth of the Latina business sector. During the evening, mistress of ceremonies, Nitza Soledad Pérez, anchor, WZDC Telemundo in Washington D.C. welcomed everyone with enthusiasm. “This is a special moment,” said Francene Young, vice president of Human Resources for Shell Oil Company as she provided the sponsor remarks. “What we get tonight is all the energy that comes from the wonderful Latinas who are doing what they want to do and the AMAMBF really celebrates that type of energy, it’s the accomplishments of Anna Maria Arias herself that we honor, and for all of you who are awardees we know how special this is for you,” stated Young. “We believe, as LATINA Style believes, that supporting the growth and development of diverse entrepreneurs is achieved to the success.”
Graciela Tiscareño-Sato gives remarks as Entrepreuneur of the Year.
Jon Muñoz, manager, Inclusion and Diversity, Sprint Nextel Corporation, Francene Young, Alba Gonzalez-Nylander and guests.
The awards gala took off with the “Advocate of the Year” award recognition. Women of ALPFA (WOA), ALPFA’s national program for Latinas, received the award in recognition of exceptional business and community achievement, Frances Garcia, Inspector General of the US Government Accountability Office and founding member of the Women of ALPFA, accepted the award on behalf of ALPFA. “It is a great pleasure to present you with the award,” stated Robert Bard, president & CEO of LATINA Style, Inc. on stage. “We congratulate you for the work that you’ve done at ALPFA, for ALPFA, and for all the women that have come under your umbrella.”
Frances Garcia
Advocate of the Year Award
Frances Garcia, Inspector General of the US Government Accountability Office and founding member of the Women of ALPFA

“How do you define success? The women of ALPFA, we define it as brave, business and beauty and by beauty we talk about internal beauty, the confidence to be able to succeed,” stated Frances Garcia, Inspector General of the U.S. Government Accountability Office and founding member of the Women of ALPFA. First generation Mexican-American, Garcia can relate to those who have waited tables or picked cotton at a young age. With determination, and hard work, she has become a key figure in the Latino community. As inspector general of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), Garcia is responsible for all of GAO’s internal audits, evaluations, and investigations. Prior to being inspector general, Garcia was the director of the Office of Recruitment, where she was responsible for all of GAO’s nationwide recruitment. She is currently the Campus Executive at two universities for GAO. She also received the GAO Distinguished Service Award in 2005 and the GAO John Henry Luke Mentoring Award in 2007. In addition, Garcia is a founder, a member of the National Corporate Advisory Board, a lifetime member, and a Past National president of ALPFA, where she received the Founders Award in 2002 and the Women of ALPFA Award and the D.C. Chapter’s Excellence Award in 2007. In 1992, she founded the D.C. Chapter of ALPFA, and in 2002, she was among the organizers of Women of ALPFA. She is also a national judge of the KPMG-ALPFA student case competition, a member of the Board of Directors and serves as Chair of the Investment Committee for The Hitachi Foundation and is also Chair of the Finance Committee for St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church. She was Chair of the Board of External Auditors for the Organization of American States (35 countries are affiliated with the organization). She is a graduate of Midwestern State University, where she received the Distinguished Alumna Award. “I am so thankful for being here today and receive this very prestigious award,” she stated at the podium. “I accept the award on behalf of the women of ALPFA, you have made us proud. Que Viva La Mujer!”
Alba Gonzalez-Nylander
Alba Gonzalez-Nylander
Owner & President Alba Videos Production Owner partner at AJ Media Services

With over 25 years of experience in broadcast television, Alba Gonzalez-Nylander, owner & president of Alba Videos Production, continues to develop her business to the next level. She began her career at the age of 18 and today through her efforts; her employers and clients have enjoyed broadcast success, including television rating leadership and news Emmy awards. She has performed effective services for television show productions, companies and emerging consumer product brands. She has designed and produced multi-camera special events, television pilots, and corporate brand imaging with a niche ‘Business Preview’ web-commercials to highlight and enhance companies on the web. “We are proud that some of our recent works has been with Latino small businesses,” she states. “We are committed to help promote their small businesses with discounted prices. We want to able our clients to communicate their message through the power of video and have them look good at the same time. Our slogan says ... ‘We are the mirror of your creation’.” Gonzalez-Nylander looks forward to providing professional video services to corporate, legal, medical, non-profits and get opportunities to work with diverse suppliers. In addition, she is working in getting a Minority Business enterprise (MWBE) Certification, becoming and LLC and excited about applying for Government and federal contracting opportunities for women-owned small businesses (WOSBs). “I feel humbled and emotional for the honor to be recognized by LATINA Style, for the progress and growth I have achieved in my life and career,” she states. “It is a special moment in my life to be a part of Anna Maria Arias’ views and I appreciate the recognition to hard working business people like myself. For that I want to offer my humble thanks.”
Monika Mantilla
Monika Mantilla
President and CEO Altura Capital

“Our quest is to assist our clients with alpha generation through exposure to emerging and diverse managers,” states Monika Mantilla, president and CEO of Altura Capital. “By doing so we open opportunity for our clients and for emerging money managers.” As president and CEO of Altura Capital, a women and minority owned firm, Mantilla is responsible for the overall strategic direction and leadership of the business. Altura Capital is a premier investment and advisory firm which exclusive dedication is to serve the needs of institutional investors in the area of emerging and diverse managers, by providing alpha-generating opportunities through exposure to new sources of investment talent. “We have a phenomenal team and a solid value proposition,” she states. “We have been fortunate to be recognized and utilized by the key players in our industry and today we work with some of the largest and most sophisticated institutional investors in the world. We are growing. We are innovators and researchers, and we have a deep commitment to excellence and service.” For the future, she will continue to build Altura and hopes to be an agent of change for the industry. “Continue to learn every day and strive to be a great mother, spouse, daughter, friend and community member,” she states. “My every day project: Ser feliz todos los dias (Be happy every day).” Her advice to Latinas is “to be the best you can be.” “Learn, study, don’t settle for an average job and an average life,” she says. “Push yourself hard, be bold with your dreams, and have the discipline and the tenacity to make them a reality. Obstacles will be there for sure. Work them through, if you fall pick yourself up and continue. Every mistake, every failure makes you wiser and stronger.” Mantilla holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, New York and a Law degree from the Universidad del Rosario, Bogotá, Colombia. As an award winner she is grateful for the honor. “I view this as recognition to all Latinas in financial services and an opportunity to send a message to all young Latinas to consider a career in financial services.”
Evelyn Brooks
Evelyn Brooks
Jewelry Designer Evelyn Brooks Designs

“It was amazing to see other entrepreneurs like me. Awardees from previous years that I have admired and followd their path and career,” states jewelry designer Evelyn Brooks. “It was a great opportunity to network, meet new friends as well as see old friends.” Peruvian born, Brooks graduated from the Business Tourism School at the age of 21 and decided to work in a field related to her studies, discovering in 2004 a passion of jewelry making/design. An accomplished entrepreneur, Brooks grew up with a sense of fashion, her dad being a jeweler and her mother a successful fashion and accessories boutique manager. Today, she continues to travel to her home country to find inspiration and new ideas for her work. Her current projects involve the 2011 Moschik Jewelry collection at the Buyer’s Market of American Craft — one of the most acclaimed wholesale shows where buyers from galleries and boutiques from all over the U.S gather to place wholesale orders. Brooks’ future projects are to finalize the 2011 baby line designs, the Evelyn Brooks Signature collection and the 2011 Moschik jewelry catalog available for men and women. She also teaches jewelry design in Spanish at the Montgomery College in Rockville, MD. It is the only course in jewelry design taught in Spanish and students learn how to make jewelry pieces and about the elements and principles of design. Her advice to the Latina entering the workforce is to be disciplined, quick learners and very importantly be proactive. “As a business owner, one of the things that I admire most is to see young adults who are proactive and eager to learn,” she states. “Those who are always thinking outside the box.”
Alycia D. Enciso
Alycia D. Enciso
Founder, President & CEO Alycia Enciso & Associates, Inc.

Alycia D. Enciso, the founder, president & CEO of Alycia Enciso and Associates, Inc., a space planning and interior design firm based in California, established her business in 1979. She also adds to her credit the founding of Purchasing Furniture Systems, a furniture dealership company. Enciso has earned a reputation for outstanding professional skill, expertise and service in residential, corporate, senior housing and health care planning and design. A successful business owner, Enciso’s list of clients include TELACU Senior Housing, Gardner Family Health Network, Gardner Family Care Corporation, Wang Laboratories, Cerrell Associates, to name a few. She has been recognized with the International Design for Excellence in Interior Design Award at the Design International Conference in Paris, France and the Women in Design International award for excellence in Interior Design at the Congress of Women Architects and Town Planners in Berlin, Germany. She has also received recognitions from state and local government. As a native of San Bernardino, CA, she is the eldest daughter of a family of 10 children. The Enciso Family has been an active part of San Bernardino Community since 1940. Enciso studied Interior and Environmental Design at the University of California Los Angeles Extension and completed a mini MBA course from USC.
Graciela Tiscareño-Sato
Entrepreneur of the Year
Graciela Tiscareño-Sato, Author of Latinnovating: Green American Jobs and the Latinos Creating Them Principal and Founder, Gracefully Global Group, LLC

Graciela Tiscareño-Sato is the principal and founder of Gracefully Global, a communications excellence firm founded in 2007. As a collaboration technology expert, she takes a ‘people and processes’ approach to consulting with businesses wishing to improve operational processes. Tiscareño-Sato is currently preparing for the launch of her book about Latino-led innovation in the green economy. The stories of entrepreneurship, sustainable businesses and leadership. She is also an advocate with several client families navigating the special education system serving children with disabilities. “That work is very, very gratifying because the stakes are so high for our children,” she states. Her additional projects include: interviewing additional Latino environmental entrepreneurs for the second book in the Latinnovating series, and also finishing up the manuscript for her military memoirs and a children’s book about a Latina servicewoman who flies airplanes. Tiscareño-Sato is also a mentor to many Latinos and takes pride in assisting a fellow Latino author and entrepreneur to organize the Silicon Valley Latino Leadership Summit. “We want to intentionally place successful, educated Latinos in venture capital, business, government and academia in the same venue with high school and college students who need mentors,” she states. “This way the students can really see what educated leadership looks like and have specific people to emulate after the event. Doing so creates a lifetime of inspiration for the students and unique high-level networking opportunities for the professionals who give so generously of themselves.” She holds an undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley. She completed her Masters degree in International Management at Whitworth College’s School of Global Commerce during her active duty military career as an aviator with the United States Air Force.
Congratulations to the 2010 AMAMBF Awardees.

With delight Mr. Bard provided the closing remarks as attendees applauded all the awardees and enjoyed the rest of the evening with great music, delicious dessert and inspiration.
Anne L. Alonzo, vice presiden Kraft Foods Global Inc. and Monika Mantilla.
Monika Mantilla, president & CEO, Altura Capital.
Debra Stewart, manager, Supplier Diversity at Shell Oil Company.
Brian Hall and Francene Young.
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