Entrepreneurs from the Greater Washington Area pitched their businesses during the Shark Tank casting call at the 2018 USHCC Legislative Summit.

On April 24th-26th, the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) held its Legislative Summit Gala in Washington D.C. This year’s honorees included Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL 27), the first Latina in Congress, with the “2018 Lifetime Achievement Award” and U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), the country’s first Latina U.S. Senator. This summit creates a platform for ideas that help the economy grow, businesses flourish, and the country move forward.

Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) (right) poses with Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27) (left) after giving her the 2018 USHCC Lifetime Achievement Award.

“In Her Footsteps” panel discussion (L-R) CHCI President & CEO, Dominika Lynch; Chief of Staff (Sen. Tom Udall D-NM), Bianca Ortiz Wertheim; Chief of Staff (Rep. Alma Adams NC-12), Rhonda Fox; Chief of Staff (Sen. John Cornyn R-TX) Beth Jafari; and Chief of Staff (Rep. Lujan NM-03), Angela Ramirez.

The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) hosted its 14th Annual Gala & Leadership Awards on Wednesday, April 11. The Annual CHLI Gala & Leadership Awards are held each spring, honoring extraordinary leaders. This year’s Gala honored Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Latina whose public service and international leadership has made a meaningful impact on the U.S. community.

CHLI Founder & Chairman, The Honorable Lincoln Diaz-Balart with honoree Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen.

Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen with former U.S. Attorney and husband, Dexter Lehtinen.

Mary Ann Gomez-Orta, Ray Vasquez, Yrthya Dinzey-Flores and Claudia Marmolejo.

On May 26th the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility held its 26th Annual Symposium in Las Vegas, NV. The Symposium themed The Power of Hispanic Inclusion™ brought together some of the nation’s most influential Hispanic corporate leaders, diversity and inclusion specialists, public officials, and corporate executives to discuss and identify effective strategies and models for achieving greater inclusion and participation of Hispanics in the areas of employment, procurement, philanthropy, and governance.

2018 HACR Young Hispanic Corporate Achievers™ women graduates.

Cid Wilson with panelist from Latinas on the C-Suite.


Adm. Karl Schultz speaks during a change of command ceremony at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., June 1, 2018. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Patrick Kelley.

Adm. Karl L. Schultz was named the 26th commandant of the Coast Guard on Friday, June 1. “I envision our heading remaining generally steady,” Admiral Schultz said.
Admiral Schultz had commanded the Coast Guard’s Atlantic area and last year oversaw the fleet’s response to Hurricanes Irma, Maria and Harvey. The service rescued nearly 12,000 people along the East Coast and in Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands during the deadly 2017 hurricane season.
Admiral Schultz had also previously served as director of operations for United States Southern Command, where he directed joint military operations in the Caribbean and Central and South America.

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