The NLBWA-LA –National Latina Business Women Association, a Los Angeles based non-profit organization–, hosted their “Latinas in Business Awards” to honor successful Latina entrepreneurs, community leaders and corporate executives within a variety of business industries.
Attendees of the “Annual Latinas in Business Awards” include past honorees and nominees, NLBWA-LA members, community leaders, business owners, and corporate professionals that have developed a partnership with the non-profit organization. Approximately 500 guests attended the signature event to recognize and support Latinas in business and corporate leaders that are making a difference in our communities.
Latinas own more than 1.5 million businesses in the U.S. and represent one in ten women-owned firms.
This year NLBWA-LA honored Maria S. Salinas,founder of Salinas Consulting, LLC with the Legacy Award for her contributions to empowering Latinas and leading by example. Salinas is an exceptional businesswoman who was recently named as CEO of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. Advocating for issues facing women has been a defining role for Salinas throughout her work in the community.
A community activist, Salinas is recognized for her outstanding contributions to the nonprofit sector. She is the founder and former president of Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE), among many other charities that empower and elevate the Latino community. Today she serves as a board member of ProAmerica Bank a division of Pacific Commerce Bank.
“It is a pleasure and an honor to present this years’ Legacy Award to Maria Salinas. Her experience, talent and integrity have expanded possibilities for Latinas to thrive. She is truly an inspiration to Latinas and all women of color,” said Carmen Torres, Vice President, NLBWA-LA and Gala Chair.
In the last 5 years the number of companies owned by Latinas (majority-owned) increased by 682,000 which is an impressive 87% increase.
Other awards being presented that evening include: Member of the Year, Man of the Year, Rising Star, Corporate Leader of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year and Inspirational Leader of the Year.
“On behalf of NLBWA-LA Board of Directors and myself, we want to thank our members for placing their trust in us, to our sponsors and advisors who make it possible for us to serve the community, to help them reach their goals and accomplish their dreams, because of the generous financial support and guidance provided throughout the year,”said Livier Ramirez, President.
NLBWA-LA’s mission is to encourage Latinas to develop their business and professional skills and to meet their career goals through educational programs, financial workshops, business referrals and networking by building strong relationships.
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“Our goal is to empower Los Angeles based Latina entrepreneurs and professionals by providing them with invaluable resources and support to help them achieve their career goals,” said Sandylu Guerrero, Vice-Chair.
NLBWA-LA is governed by a Board of Directors: Livier Ramirez, President; Carmen Torres, Vice President; Alyssa Rizo, Secretary; Rosa M. Fregoso, Governance; Wendy Estrada, Treasurer; and board members: Lilibeth Romero, Gabriela Torres, Sandylu Guerrero, Dennise Mejia, and Amanda Barajas.