Event Highlights

2017 Women In Business Luncheon Highlights

Liliana “Lili” Gil Valletta

Our first honoree made a decision that a lack of diversity in media was not acceptable.  Today, the NYC Hispanic Chamber of Commerce honors her with the Hispanic Integration, Diversity & Inclusion In Media Award.  We had to do our investigative reporting to validate this recognition.  And according to Concha Valedez  who is siting next to Lili today – Ella nos dijo que, “Liliana Gil Valletta is the one that never stops, a woman of faith.  I admire her because of her strong will, she is a woman of her word. Lili is an inspiration to everybody because she has made it her life commitment not just to acculturate the boards through out America, but to empower working women and young girls to become better versions of themselves.

Veronica Vanterpool

It’s not often one gets to witness a young executive leveled Latina, secure in all her accomplishments who stands her ground in a board room full of amazing individuals that do not look like her in race or culture. Today she receives the Latina In Stem & Non Profit Excellence Award. I am not alone in this observation about you.
In fact your friend John Casellin told us in his very own words that “in your decade of leadership of TSTC, you have led every facet of our organization, from providing the right words for a media quote to ensuring potential funders have every last detail needed to provide continued support. Your stature has broadened as a board member of the MTA, but to him you are still the same dedicated, detail-oriented leader who assures the day-to-day operations are exactly where they need to be”

Victoria Benitez

Victoria Benitez, Director of Communications for Community and Civic Initiatives, Columbia University, Which is why she is receiving the EXCELLENCE IN COMMUNICATIONS AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT Award.

According to her good friend Elizabeth Velez, of velez org
“One needs to only meet Victoria to feel the energy and enthusiasm that is just bubbling within When you speak to her, you then quickly understand the pillars of her life which has defined her path:
· -Passion for culture and the arts
· -Pride in being a Boricua and a New Yorker
· -And the intense love and commitment to family and friends
All of that resonates in her life’s work and play
Victoria continues to positively and immeasurably impact the world around her, as she forges a path of pride, diversity and empowerment for all”

Sophia Pastora

Sophia is the President of Delicioso Coco Helado receives today the COLLABORATIVE LEADERSHIP & ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT AWARD. I believe she has always been the one in charge of Delicioso Coco Helado. While her father was the visionary, many relied on Sophia on operational issues. Sophia now is the visionary AND the woman at The Helm.

she always goes out of her way for her community, and so TODAY we did the same for her. Sophia, according to your sister Proxemedes who resides in Honduras, you always find time for family. Sophia travels to both her country and her husband’s country of Nicaragua with goods and school supplies for the children in the town. Giving back is a part of who my sister she is”. For this reason and so much more we say Congratulations Sophia, today we celebrate you!

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Made it In New York

Port Morris Distillery

780 E 133rd St, Bronx, NY 10454

May 10, 2017

MADE IT IN NEW YORK Networking Reception/Panel Discussion.  The event highlights Hispanics business owners with inspiring stories of success.  Our guests will find out how they MADE IT IN New York. As the cliché states “if you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere.” The Hispanics featured are cool, edgy, relatable and close the generational gap. They are newer role models.  The panelist will discuss their drive to start a business in the first place, challenges they’ve faced along way and how they overcame. They will touch on the process , their business plan, how they accessed capital and marketing strategy.