The 2018 Hispanic Women of Distinction Honorees Named 

Hispanic Women of Distinction

Hispanic Women gather to celebrate Community, Culture and Charity August 24th

 

There is nothing more exciting than to spend a South Florida afternoon honoring 12 Latinas who have contributed to the south Florida communities and a Latina Pioneer for 2018.   

The Hispanic Women of Distinction Charity luncheon to be held on August 24th at Signature Grand in Davie, Florida is expected to be another sell-out of 1,000 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. 

2018 Honorees

 

2018 Hispanic Women of Distinction

This year, more than 60 nominations were submitted by prior honorees, community leaders and non-profit groups. 

Presented by Latina Style Magazine the nation's leader in Hispanic women business, in partnership with Bank of America and AARP,Florida, the eventincludes a complimentary "mojito" and silent auction, designer runway fashion show, and a business expo sponsored by AARP, Real Possibilities.  Past honorees will open the show and strut the 120 foot runway to get the excitement started. 

The event benefits Habitat for Humanity Broward which brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. Habitat Broward haspartnered with more than 400 hard-working, low-income families to make the dream of home ownership possible. 

It offers  a hand-up, not a hand-out to low income families who are unable to qualify for conventional financing and are willing to work hard to improve their family’s lives. Women Build, a signature Habitat program, will raise 12 homes for families this fall in its newest, largest community: A Rick Case Habitat Community in Pompano Beach, featuring 77 Habitat homes and a community park when complete. Visit habitatbroward.org to learn more.

La Poderosa Radio will air their radio programs live at the luncheon interviewing honorees, sponsors and community leaders and with a host of media partners who participate annually promoting the honorees and their contributions. 

The 2018 honorees are from Broward, Dade and Palm Beach County include:

Natalie M. Alvarez - Private Banking Wealth Management Professional, North Palm Beach 

Silvia Cerezo Beebe - Circuit Community Development Administrator, Florida Dept of Children & Familes;  Town of Davie

Samantha Conde - Director, Education & Community Engagement/Host/Producer, Boynton Beach

Christine Marie Bernard-Frederick - Executive Director, FLITE Center, Coral Springs

Cristina Miranda Gilson - Chief Executive Officer, HDS Companies, Weston

Ingrid Macher - Founder & President, Celebrity Transformation Coach, Burn20 LLC, Hollywood

Maria Nardi - Director, Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation & Open Spaces Department; Miami-Dade County

Anne Reinstein - CPA, President, McCleary & Reinstein, P.A., Plantation

Isabella Sanchez - Vice President Media Integration, ZUBI Advertising, City of Miami

Tania T. Sanchez - Victim Advocate, Miami Beach Police Dept. Criminal Investigation Division - Pembroke Pines

Edith Shiro , Psy.D.- Licensed Clinical Psychologist - City of Miami

Emily Zubizarreta - Founder & CEO, Miami Women who Rock - Coral Gables

2018 Latina Pioneer of the Year:   Ana Maria Guevara, President AVENTI Associates, Miami Beach

Ana is a respected expert and thought leader in both government and business sectors with extensive experience in International trade, customs, & women economic empowerment.  A seasoned public speaker, Ana has represented organizations in the U.S., Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe.

What the women have in common and is a major part of the judging process, is their American entrepreneurship intertwined with their values and traditions. They represent a cross-section of creative disciplines that are changing the face of American culture.

For more information, visit www.hispanicwomenofdistinction.com or 954-601-6550 or email: hispanicwomenlunch@aol.com.   Tickets are $95 per person.  Sponsorships begin at $1500. All major credit cards accepted.  Follow us on Facebook. 

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The 2017 Hispanic Women of Distinction were:

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

LATINA PIONEER of the YEAR:  

DAISY EXPOSITO-ULLA – Chairman, CEO of d exposito & Partnersa 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. 

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.