23rd Anniversary of Hispanic Women of Distinction set for August 30, 2024

The 23rd annual Hispanic Women of Distinction Charity luncheon to be held on Friday, August 30, 2024, at Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Conference Center is anticipating another EARLY SELL-OUT  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.  


Founded in 2001 by the late Erwin M.Vasquez, M.D., a Venezuelan-born cardiologist, philanthropist and publisher of the pioneer Spanish newspaper, El Heraldo de Broward, the goal was to help to empower Latinas and to recognize the influence they have in the South Florida community.   These Latinas, both past and present, are not afraid to dream big, to carve their own paths, to be grateful for the opportunities they have received, and to pay it forward to those who will follow. 


Presented by Latina Style Magazine, the nation’s leader in Hispanic women business in partnership with Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center,  Latin Business Today and co-sponsored by Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and Visit Lauderdale, as well as a host of other corporate and media partners, the Hispanic Women of Distinction celebration has become one of the nation’s largest celebrations of Latinas.

This year the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation is the charity benefiting from this event.  Since 1986 the mission of the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation ( MS Focus) is to provide programs and support services to those persons affected by MS that help them maintain their health, safety, self-sufficiency, and personal well-being; and to heighten public awareness of multiple sclerosis in all 50 states and Puerto Rico from our single location in Fort Lauderdale.


Guests will enjoy a complimentary “motito” on arrival from Tito’s Handmade Vodka, refreshments, exciting Latin entertainment, a business expo along with a fantastic silent auction beginning at 11 am. At noon, the ballroom welcomes all guests with a superb luncheon, on-stage high-energy entertainment and a parade of the former honorees welcoming the 2024 Hispanic Women of Distinction to their special sisterhood. 


The 2024 Honorees are:

 MARIBEL FELICIANO – Broward Office of Economic & Small Business Development
MARY SOL GONZALEZ  – Hispanic Entrepreneur Initiative 
CHRISTINA D/ELOSUA LAMBERT– Chief Adm. Officer Gordon & Partners, WPB City Commissioner
YOLY MAGANA-VALENCIA – Latinas Who Trade & Wealth with Yoly 
TARLIKA NUNEZ NAVARRO – Dean, Professor of Law St. Thomas University College of Law
SUSAN NYAMORA – South Florida Wellness Network, President, CEO
KARINA PAVONE – Amigos for Kids, President CEO
MARIA T. PLANAS – Care Plus Health Plans,
RACHEL EUGENIA PINEDO – Foundation of the Americas/Global Philanthropy Society, Founder
SILVIA MARIA QUINTANA – Broward Behavorial Health Coalition, Chief Executive Officer
LOURDES SANCHEZ-BRETON – United Badges of Honor Foundation, Founder & Firefighter
SANDRA NOEMI TORRES – United Latinas, Founder and CEO


EMILY MARQUEZ-DULIN – EMILY MARQUEZ-DULIN -CEO, Brooke USA Foundation, a non-profit focused on providing aid to the to the developing world through economic and sustainable programs that advance the lives of people in equine dependent communities (600 million worldwide).   A volunteer consultant for numerous charities and non-profit organizations as we
TIFFANY ESCOBAR – Associate Attorney Beltran Brito Casamayor, LLP, Immigration & Nationality Law
Volunteer with Colombian Bar Assocation, Co-Founder of the Colombian American Student Bar Association and numerous community service service activities. 


JOIN US on August 30th  to honor these fantastic women! Tickets $100 per person, table sponsorship $1500.  For more information email: hispanicwomenlunch@aol.com.  www.hispanicwomenofdistinction.com 

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