Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will Celebrate Hispanic Women at the Latina Leadership Luncheon

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HCCW’s 27th annual salute to Hispanic women honors Cecelia Gore and Maria Watts at annual luncheon.

The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is celebrating the 27th Annual Salute to Hispanic Women Conference and Latina Leadership Luncheon; taking place at the Historic Pfister Hotel in downtown Milwaukee on Monday, May 18th, 2015 from 8:00am to 1:30pm. This year’s Salute theme, Latinas in the New Economy, recognizes the significant economic impact of Hispanic women and leaders, along with their entrepreneurial solutions to economic and workforce challenges. The luncheon will provide attendees with an interactive live panel discussion featuring Latina leaders in the community, which will focus on leadership, self-empowerment, entrepreneurship, and wellness. Additionally, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is proud to be presenting the HCCW Amiga Award to Cecelia Gore, executive director at the Brewers Community Foundation and the HCCW Latina Leader of the Year Award to Maria Watts, Transform Milwaukee project manager at WHEDA, for their outstanding contributions to the Hispanic community. The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is honored to have the opportunity to host this event and continue to develop opportunities for the Hispanic population and community at large.

This year’s honorees are Cecelia Gore, Executive Director of Brewers Community Foundation INC. and Maria Watts, Transform Milwaukee Project Manager at WHEDA.

A Milwaukee native, Cecelia is a graduate of Alverno College, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in business and professional communication, as well as her master’s in business administration. We recognize Cecelia for her role in leading the development of the team’s philanthropic efforts through the Brewers Community Foundation and her close work with nonprofit organizations that provide quality programming in the areas of health, education, recreation, and basic needs, with a particular focus on low income and disadvantaged youth and their families. This year Cecelia is being awarded with the HCCW Amiga Award.

Over the past two decades, Maria has served on numerous boards of directors and is currently the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors at UMOS. We recognize Maria for her work with the Transform Milwaukee Project, a comprehensive, public-private initiative that leverages the city’s workforce, industrial strengths and transportation assets to expand community investments, increase business development, boost job creation and strengthen neighborhoods. Maria is being awarded the HCCW Latina Leader of the Year Award.

About Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin
The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin is the State’s premier non-profit 501c3 Hispanic advocacy, public policy and programmatic organization founded more than 40-years ago (1972). The HCCW is an influential organization that drives outstanding legislative and regulatory public policy success at federal, state and local levels due to its vast network of influential leaders and stakeholders.

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