Illinois Resident Tamika Lecheé Morales Wins First Annual Today’s Inspired Latina Woman of the Year Award

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Honored for her compassion and proactive roles within the Hispanic community, Algonquin, Illinois resident Tamika Lecheé Morales became the recipient of the first annual Today’s Inspired Latina Woman of the Year Award.

Tamika Lecheé Morales is the first recipient of the Today's Inspired Latina Woman of the Year Award.

Being the recipient of the very first Today’s Inspired Latina Woman of the Year award is more than just a high honor. It’s an acknowledgement that when you do what you love and you do it wholeheartedly, the world will notice.

Honored for her compassion and proactive roles within the Hispanic community, Algonquin resident Tamika Lecheé Morales recently became the recipient of the first annual Today’s Inspired Latina Woman of the Year Award.

The award was given to Morales by Jacqueline Camacho-Ruiz, the creator of the highly successful and empowering Today’s Inspired Latina (TIL) book series. The series, which contains three volumes, showcases the poignant collection of stories from 78 successful Latinas around the world. Volume IV will come out in spring 2018.

Morales, a second grade dual language teacher at Channing Memorial Elementary School in Elgin and an actress and playwright, contributed her story to Today’s Inspired Latina Volume III.

“Being the recipient of the very first Today’s Inspired Latina Woman of the Year award is more than just a high honor,” said Morales, who is of Puerto Rican heritage. “It’s an acknowledgement that when you do what you love and you do it wholeheartedly, the world will notice. My willingness to share and help people is abundant. I wouldn’t be who I am today if it wasn’t for all of those who shared and invested in me and continue to do so day in and day out. I want to do the same for others. It’s my way of showing gratitude.“

To select a honoree, Camacho-Ruiz looked at a Latina’s transparency, compassion and activism.

“I chose someone who is contributing to her community, proactive in her approach and who is accomplished,” she said. ““There was one person that really stood out to me and that was Tamika,” said Camacho-Ruiz. “She was unbelievably connected to her community and very proactive. Presenting this award confirms my commitment to Latinas and the magic and beauty that we are experiencing through Today’s Inspired Latina.”

Some of Morales’ activities included working behind the scenes of the Volume III book launch, coordinating the itinerary for several authors visiting New York, and raising funds from TIL book sales in New York and collecting items to help the residents of Puerto Rico who were devastated by losses from recent hurricanes. Morales also dedicates herself to helping families affected with autism.

Proud of being a Latina, Morales said that this award is very special to her.

“We, Latinas, are a force to be reckon with as we make strides in leadership, education, entrepreneurship, authorship, the arts and more,” she said. “We can do it all hence why I am a teacher, actor, playwright, author, entrepreneur, mother and president of The Autism Hero Project, a nonprofit organization. I truly believe we are your everyday Wonder Women. We prove to people that we can do all things and when one of us succeeds, we all succeed.”

For more information about Today’s Inspired Latina, visit http://www.todayslatina.com

About the Book Series:
Today’s Inspired Latina, Volume I, Volume II and Volume III, is a book series of inspiration and hope, a poignant collection of personal stories that will activate your passion. These are success stories that need to be told, to motivate our community and generations to come. By overcoming language barriers, self-doubts and other obstacles in their way, these strong Latinas are a great example of how inspiration and perseverance can lead you to happiness and success in business and life. It’s a positive, empowering read for anyone sitting on a dream and thinking it can’t come true. Today’s Inspired Latina shows that it can! Learn more at http://www.todayslatina.com

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