2017 Hispanic Women of Distinction Luncheon a Major Success

Lori Chevy, President Bank of America Latina Pioneer Daisy Exposito-Ulla Yvette Pena,  AARP

Left to Right; Lori Chevy, President Bank of America, Latina Pioneer Daisy Exposito-Ulla, Yvette Pena,  AARP

Hundreds attend the annual celebration of Community, Culture and Charity.


 The 16th anniversary of the Hispanic Women of Distinction Charity luncheon held on August 25th at Signature Grand in Davie, Florida was another sell-out of over 850 guests paying 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.   

The event raised more than $12,000 from a Silent Auction benefiting the  Jessica June Children’s Cancer Fund and Pace Center for Girls.

Presented by Latina Style Magazine, the nation’s leading publication for Latina entrepreneurs, in partnership with Bank of America and AARP, the highly-promoted celebration brings to the forefront the contributions of Hispanic women from South Florida. 

Guests enjoyed a complimentary “mojito” upon arrival, healthy hors d’oerves by Miami Cancer Institute, a fun photo booth and silent auction with fabulous trips, jewelry and great fun-filled baskets.

2017 Hispanic Women of Distinction

2017 Hispanic Women of Distinction

The annual parade of Past Honorees opened the luncheon in the elegantly decorated ballroom of coordinated colors of yellow and turquoise from tables to gift bags and plaques.  A runway fashion show presented by Zola Keller of Las Olas simply brought the house down.

The presentation of the Latina Pioneer of the Year, and the 12 Hispanic Women of Distinction ended the program, with all ladies walking a 170 foot runway.

Past honorees parade on the 170 foot runway  LtR: Josi Gago, Patricia Good, Tatiana Eyzaguirre and Gladys Sznajderman

Past honorees parade  on the 170 foot runway LtR:  Josi Gago, Patricia Good, Tatiana Eyzaguirre and Gladys Sznajderman

Elaine Vasquez, producer of the luncheon stated “this was by far the largest celebration of Hispanic women entrepreneurs and community leaders since its inception.”  

For more information on how to nominate a Latina for 2018, email: hispanicwomenlunch@aol.com

 The 2017 Hispanic Women of Distinction are:


DAISY EXPOSITO-ULLA – Chairman, CEO of d exposito & Partners, a visionary creative leader in cross-cultural brand building for more than 30 years, Daisy has been recognized by numerous organizations and named as one of the most influential Latinas in the United States.

GLORIA L.  DIAZ-DANIELS –Div Sales Mgr Sales-Pharmacy Walmart – Palm Beach Colombian Born Latina Shines As Mentor and Walmart Sales Exec

ADRIANA FAZZANO FICANO – Chief of Staff, Broward College – Broward County Colombian-American Latina Leads College PR and Community Organizations

BLANCA GUERRA -Broward County Schools-Curriculum Sup/Dual Languages -Dade Cuban Latina Excels at Education and Preserving Heritage Languages  

KARINA GOMEZ-HERRERA – Pres. CEO Karnna Fashion & Company – Broward:  Outstanding Venezuelan Latina Excels as a “Hispanic Fashion Advisor”

Dr IVERIS LUZ MARTINEZ- Assoc Prof. Herbert Werthein College/Medicine FIU-Dade Cuban-American Latina Is a Premier Healthcare Anthropologist

LORENA MASTRARRIGO -Assistant Public Defender, Broward County – Broward  Argentinian-American Latina Attorney Helping Hispanic Community

CHRISTINA PEREZ McDOWELL – Founder, Solutions by CPM, LLC – Dade Cuban-American Latina Brand Manger and Executive Consultant

JACQUELINE NUNEZ – Co-owner, SOMA Medical Centers PA – Palm Beach Colombian Latina Healthcare Financial Officer Supports Those In Need

Dr. JACQUELINE PENA – Dean Academic Affairs – Miami Dade College -  Dade Dominican Bronx Latina Secure Grants to Drive Student Success

MICHELLE MARTINEZ-REYES- CMO, Greenspoon Marder Law Firm – Broward  Latina Cuban-American Chief Marketing Officer Is Growing Brands

MARIELLE SOLOGUREN – Vice President. Pierson Grant Public Relations – Broward Latina of Ancestry Cuban-Peruvian Making Waves in PR

RACHEL TOURGEMAN –Community Relations Dir.- Florida National University-Dade Panamanian-American Latina Community Relations Professional Advocates for Victims

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About the author

Elaine Vasquez

Elaine M. Vasquez is the owner of Broward’s first bilingual newspaper, El Heraldo de Broward, publishing since 1974.. She is a seasoned public relations and marketing executive who pioneered the cable television industry in Broward County from 1970 to 1985 having co-owned a company that eventually became Comcast Communciations. She previously owned a multicultural communications company, Latin Power, Inc. and presently owns a special events company, We Do Events, Inc. which produces the annual Hispanic Women of Distinction charity luncheon, Fiesta! Fort Lauderdale, Viva Broward! Fort Lauderdale, Viva Broward! 
Calendar of Events for Hispanic Heritage Month and over 200 galas, outdoor fairs and festivals, private fundraisers and political activities.   Elaine’s pioneering ventures inspired her to develop a unique set of skills that formed the backbone of her story and still makes an impact on her business and social life today.