ALPFA’s National Convention themed “Recruiting and Developing Exceptional Latino Leaders” was held in Las Vegas, NV on July 30th – August 2nd. The annual convention brought together members from across the U.S. to be motivated, inspired and better business leaders. Thousands of Hispanic professionals and college students attended the four-day convention and career fair with Fortune 1000 corporate partners.

Companies participating at the career fair.

Women of ALPFA Panel with three of 2018 ALPFA’s Most Powerful Latinas

The 17th anniversary of the Hispanic Women of Distinction Charity luncheon was held on August 24 at the Signature Grand in Davie, Florida. The event drew more than 900 guests to pay tribute to Latina professionals who are strengthening the social fabric of this country and making inroads in the leadership pipeline for a growingly diverse America.

2018 Hispanic Women of Distinction honorees: Emily Zubizarreta – Founder & CEO, Miami Women Who Rock – Coral Gables; Tania T. Sanchez – Victim Advocate, Miami Beach Police Dept. Criminal Investigation Division – Pembroke Pines; Maria Nardi – Director, Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation & Open Spaces Department; Edith Shiro, Psy.D.- Licensed Clinical Psychologist – City of Miami; Ingrid Macher – Founder & President, Celebrity Transformation Coach, Burn20 LLC, Hollywood; Cristina Miranda Gilson – Chief Executive Officer, HDS Companies, Weston; Miami-Dade County; Samantha Conde – Business Development for Nucleus Marketing Agency, Boynton Beach; Silvia Cerezo Beebe-Assistant Division Director, Broward County Community Partnership Division, Town of Davie; Natalie M. Alvarez – Private Banking Wealth Management Professional, Key Bank, North Palm Beach; Christine Marie Bernard-Frederick-Executive Director, FLITE Center, Coral Springs; Anne Reinstein – CPA, President, McCleary & Reinstein, P.A., Plantation; Isabella Sanchez – Vice President Media Integration, ZUBI Advertising, City of Miami. Photos by Downtown Photo

Sandra Alvarez Juliachs, Bank of America with 2018
Latina Pioneer of the Year, Ana Maria Guevara,

Honoring Latino contributions and four decades of elevating Latino leadership, CHCI hosted its 2018 Leadership Luncheon and 41st Annual Awards Gala in the nation’s capital on September 11-13th. Delivering on its mission to foster and elevate diverse leadership, CHCI proudly convened more than 2,500 leaders including Congressional members, community champions, and aspiring changemakers to engage in meaningful discourse around issues impacting the Latino community and the nation.

Representative lleana Ros-Lehtinen accepts the CHCI Legacy Award for her lifelong dedication to public service and work in elevating the Latino community.

Education champion, Michele Bobadilla, accepts the 2018 CHCI American Dream Medallion of Excellence in Education, Science, Medicine, and Civil Rights.

Acclaimed journalist and 2018 CHCI Medallion Award recipient, Jorge Ramos, CHCI President and CEO, Domenika Lynch, and Representative Nydia Velázquez backstage at the Gala.

On September 12-14, Prospanica, a platform for Latino professionals that provides development experience designed to educate, inspire, and connect business leaders, entrepreneurs, seasoned and young professionals, and students held its Conference & Career Expo in Milwaukee, WI. The Prospanica Conference & Career Expo marked Prospanica’s 30th anniversary.

Prospanica’s National Board members (L-R): Pat Perella, Julio Rocha, Karen Flores (National Vice Chair), Thomas Savino (Prospanica CEO), Judith García Galiana (National Chair), Russell Bennett, Carmen Heredia-López and Larry Montes (National Treasurer).

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for career expo. (L-R): Thomas Savino, Prospanica CEO, Judith García Galiana, National Board Chair and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett as he hands over a Proclamation of the City to Thomas Savino.

On September 13, the DFW Hispanic 100, a network of Dallas/Ft. Worth area brought together Hispanic leaders to honor Mercedes Olivera with its Latina Living Legend Award. Working to increase business and leadership opportunities for Latinas, Olivera was recognized for giving voice to the voiceless, using her platform to share the stories of those quietly making an impact on the
Hispanic community.

Hispanic 100 President, Patricia Rodriguez Christian, announcing a Posthumous Latina Legend Award to Latina Journalist Mercedes Olivera for her contributions to the community and her positive influence in highlighting legislative issues, the arts, education and economic issues that celebrated and explained the influence of the Latino culture.

The 2018 USHCC National Convention, the largest gathering of Hispanic business leaders in America was held from September 16-18 in Philadelphia, PA at the Philadelphia Marriot Downtown. The National Convention is the country’s largest networking venue for Hispanic-owned businesses and Fortune 1000 corporations interested in the Hispanic market.

(L-R) Carmen Castillo and Alice Rodriguez presenting actress Zoe Saldana with the Excellence in Leadership Award.

The 31st Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards taking place on September 12, 2018 in Washington, DC brought together celebrities, educators, innovators, community and business leaders, elected officials, and others to commemorate the creation of Hispanic Heritage Month in America. The Hispanic Heritage Awards were established in 1987 by President Ronald Reagan to commemorate the creation of Hispanic Heritage Month in America.

Pati Jinich at the Hispanic Heritage Awards.

In the spirit of CHLI’s vision of advancing the Hispanic community’s diversity of thought, the CHLI Trade & International Affairs Symposium brought together international business leaders, experts on trade, members of the diplomatic community, Members of Congress, and U.S. government officials to discuss trade issues and international affairs that affect U.S. global competitiveness on October 3rd in Washington, D.C.

CHLI President & CEO, Mary Ann Gomez Orta with U.S. Treasurer, The Honorable Jovita Carranza and CHLI Chairman, The Honorable Lincoln Diaz-Balart.

Want to comment or have any questions on this article? Email us at info@latinastyle.com

Leave a Reply