2015 Hispanic Women of Distinction Named

2015  Hispanic Women of Distinction

The Latina mosaic in South Florida changes the face of American culture

2015  Hispanic Women of Distinction Named

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 special award, The Latina Pioneer for 2015.   The Hispanic Women of Distinction Charity luncheon to be held on August 14th at Signature Grand in Davie, Florida is expected to be another sell-out of philanthropists, business leaders, elected officials as well as socialites in attendance 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.

Presented by Bank of America in partnership with Latina Style Magazine, and co-sponsored by Baptist Health South Florida, Latin Business Today, Univision Networks and Sylvester Cancer Center, the honorees will strut the120 foot runway and where guests can listen to the success and community activism of all the women. The cocktail hour will begin with a complimentary “mojito”, great Latin entertainment, balloon raffles, as well as a business exhibit presented by WFTL Radio 850 AM, who airs programming live from the venue and conducts interviews with guests all day.  A runway fashion show is planned with the Fashion students  from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and television fashion superstars!

A silent auction will raise funds for the Light of the World Clinic, a free volunteer medical facility since 1989 founded by the late Dr. Erwin Vasquez.   Added once again this year in his honor is the 4th annual  Erwin M. Vasquez, M.D. Scholarship for a Latina presented by Mercedes Benz of Fort Lauderdale.   The contributions of  this humble and passionate physician who came to the U.S. from Venezuela in the early 1970’s and who gave his time, resources and money to help anyone in need will remain a strong legacy at the Clinic.

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.  More than 59 nominations were received this year for the award.

More than 30 sponsors, media partners and corporate partners are eager to benefit from the unique bilingual and bicultural dynamic this event brings.   The former honorees will meet and greet the 2015 winners at a reception to be held this summer at Signature Grand. This annual get-together named, DOS CULTURAS, is a way to share this unique award and keep all the women together in a social and business development environment.

For more information, visit www.hispanicwomenofdistinction.com; or by calling (954) 708-1622.  A Facebook page, HISPANIC WOMEN of DISTINCTION displays past celebrations in colorful photos.



YVETTE A. ALEMAN, P.E.  President/CEO of F.R. Aleman & Associates, Miami

DAISY J. BAEZ – Founder/Executive Director of Dominican Health Care Assn. of Florida, Coral Gables,

 CLAUDIA BARTRA – Co-founder/CFO of La Granja Restaurants, Boynton Beach

KATTIA A. CASTELLANOS – Crime Victim/Witness Specialist at Coral Gables Police Dept.Miami

SYLVIA R. COBO  – Teacher/ESOL Coordinator at Broward County Schools,  Fort Lauderdale

MARIA ELENA FERRER – Sr.Vice President Private Banking for IberiaBank  Davie

MARIA HERNANDEZ – V.P. Program Operations for United Way of Broward County Miramar

JULIE KIME  – Allstate Insurance, Philanthropist – Retired  Palm Beach Gardens

EUGENIA ISABEL MILLENDER – Director/Asst. Professor at Florida Atlantic University  West Palm Beach

MAYLEN MONTOTO – Director Community Development for Catholic Hospice  Coral Gables

ADREINA B. OJEDA  – President Lingua Language Center at Broward College  Weston 

MERCEDES A. QUIROGA, PhD –Campus President, Broward College  Miami Shores




MARIELENA A. VILLAMIL – President, COO of The Washington Economics Group, founded in 1993 with national recognized economist, Dr. Tony Villamil, former U.S. Undersecretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs.  In addition to her outstanding record of accomplishments in business, consulting, higher education and civic leadership, Marielena is a member of numerous boards, and demonstrates exceptional community activism.  The awards she has received on a national and international level truly embrace her leadership qualities. Coral Gables, Florida.

Marielena joins former Latina Pioneers – Columba Bush, Ileana Ros Lehtinen, Maria San Juan, Caridad Asensio, Joyce Kaufman, Nelly Rubio, Aida Levitan, Maria Elena Torano and Helen Aguirre Ferre.