The Hispanic Women of Distinction gala: a success for the Latin community in Florida

Today more than 900 guests honored 12 Latinas who have contributed to the south Florida communities and a Latina Pioneer for 2018.

Sponsored by AARP, Bank of America and Latina Style magazine, among other organizations, the gala was a huge success. 

From the silent auction to the fashion show and the presentation of the honorees (past and present) on the runway, it was an afternoon that lifted all hearts.

The Hispanic Women of Distinction Charity luncheon at Signature Grand in Davie, highlighted 12 ladies from 60 nominations.

“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. “, says in a statement Elaine Vazquez, founder and director of the charity awards.

This year the event benefited Habitat for Humanity Broward (

and recognize as Latina Pioneer, Congresswoman Ileana Ros Lehtinen.   

These were the woman honored from Broward, Dade and Palm Beach County 

Natalie M. Alvarez – Private Banking Wealth Management Professional, Key Bank, North Palm Beach  

Silvia Cerezo Beebe -Assistant Division Director, Broward County Community Partnership Division.; Town of Davie 

Samantha Conde – Business Development for Nucleus Marketing Agency, 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. 

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