It seems only yesterday that we were getting ready to celebrate Christmas and here we are already beginning to wrap up February. We have just returned from Washington D.C. after producing our 20th Anniversary of the LATINA Style 50 Awards and Diversity Leaders Conference. It was a wonderful occasion with some of the most accomplished Latina professional executives in the nation. You will be able to read all about the conference and the many exciting things that took place in our next issue of the magazine. I urge you not to miss it!
We begin our 24th year of publication of LATINA Style profiling one of our Latina superstars, the Treasurer of the United States, Ms. Jovita Carranza. From humble beginnings to a dock job at UPS, Jovita never wavered on her commitment to excel and giving 110 percent on anything she was involved in. Rising through the ranks she became the highest-ranking Latina executive at UPS in history serving in the role of vice president of air operations at the time of retiring. She then went on to serve in President’s Bush administration as the Deputy Administrator for the Small Business Administration. You will be fascinated by her story. She is a wonderful example of Latina achievement and commitment to our community and our country.
On a different note, if you think that all is well in the states affected by the Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, think again. Nowhere has the pain been felt in larger scale than in the island of Puerto Rico, they continue to experience incredible suffering. We will continue to monitor the “recovery efforts”. It will take a long time for the island to recover and it will require a lot of help. Organizations like Puerto Rico Real-Time Recovery Fund, Unidos for Puerto Rico are working on securing help. GoFundMe has a list of organizations where you can donate directly.
Dr. María “Mayita” Meléndez-Altieri, Mayor of the Autonomous Municipality of Ponce, P.R. writes our Punto Final Column in a strong appeal on behalf of the Island.
We concluded 2017 by celebrating the Parents Step Ahead Gala recognizing the Parents of the Year for their exceptional work in the schools on behalf of their children. Now they prepare themselves for their trip to Washington D.C. this coming September when they will be recognized at the National LATINA Symposium. We wish you all a wonderful 2018 and may all your wishes come true.