Kenia Davalos, First Latina Chair of LA County Small Business Commission is Honored in Helping Minority Women Reach their UCLA Dream

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Kenia Davalos is being awarded in helping young low income minority women reach their college dream in spite of her difficult early childhood life of coming from a low-income community; Kenia Davalos still felt a special calling in her heart to serve others.

Empowering our young women, our future!

"This is my mission in empowering low-income minority women in becoming successful by lending them a hand in accessing higher education. My wish is that these women rise to become great leaders in healing our low-income communities."

Kenia Davalos is being awarded in helping young low income minority women reach their college dream in spite of her difficult early childhood life of coming from a low-income community; Kenia Davalos still felt a special calling in her heart to serve others.

At an early age, in spite of her difficult early childhood life of coming from an under-served community, Kenia Davalos still felt a special calling in her heart to serve others. She became the first in her family to graduate from college, at times working up to four jobs to support and pay all her educational expenses on her own. Upon completing college and graduate school, she then experienced first-hand politics by working at the White House-Office of Presidential Personnel under Clinton’s Administration and US Small Business Administration at the age of 22. In her early 30’s she was appointed as adjunct professor in finance, as one of the youngest and only Latinas to have the privilege of being part of the UCLA business management, finance department and is the program director of her own her own program “ Empowering Women from Financial Health to Wealth program”.

In April 2011, ELLAS 7th Annual Empowerment Conference, Mrs. Davalos is honored as a Dulcinea Awardee, Mrs. Davalos is being acknowledged for bringing scholarship opportunities and creating access to higher education for young minority women who come from foster homes, single mothers and women who have had difficult upbringings. Mrs. Davalos states, “ I am very blessed and humbled in receiving this award from ELLAS, these are the moments that make me feel that I am making a difference in society as a public servant and adjunct professor given that being a Latina in business and politics has it’s challenges. Our low-income communities are plagued with many issues from limited city resources, gang related and drug issues. So I felt compelled to help, as this is my mission in empowering women in becoming successful by lending them a hand in accessing higher education. My wish is that these women rise to become great leaders in healing our low-income communities.”

The ELLAS organization is devoted to positively creating an impact in the academic achievement rate of disadvantaged high school Latinas through guidance, coaching and leadership role modeling to stay in school while broadening their life experiences and improve their future opportunities through higher education and university matriculation. Ella’s wants to inspire and empower Latinas to broaden the perception of what they can pursue and achieve educationally and professionally.

About Kenia Davalos,
In January 2011, Kenia Davalos, the first and only Latina to be appointed as Chairwoman, of the Los Angeles County Office of Small Business/ Small Business Commission, represents well over 400,000 small businesses in the county, which holds the 19th largest economy in the world. Recently, in February 2011, she was bestowed the privilege in the completion of a UCLA faculty academy program. Further on March 3, 2011, Mrs. Davalos was honored for her participation as a founding fellow in the Executive leadership Academy from UC Berkeley and Association of Hispanics in Higher Education during their weeklong conference from February 28 until March 7, 2011in San Antonio, Texas.

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