Today’s Inspired Latina Names Two Authors As Women of the Year 2020

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Recognized for their outstanding work in elevating Latinas in the Chicago area, Today’s Inspired Latina (TIL) authors Yaneth Medina and Maria Castro became the recipients of the third annual Today’s Inspired Latina Women of the Year Award for 2020.

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From left, Yaneth Medina, Jacqueline Ruiz and Maria Castro attend the Today's Inspired Latina Holiday Party and Awards. Medina and Castro both received the TIL Women of the Year Award for 2020.

“2020 will be the year of the woman, and we all hold the responsibility of lifting up every woman that we can."

Recognized for their outstanding work in elevating Latinas in the Chicago area, Today’s Inspired Latina (TIL) authors Yaneth Medina and Maria Castro became the recipients of the third annual Today’s Inspired Latina Women of the Year Award for 2020.

Jacqueline Ruiz, creator of the highly successful and empowering TIL book series, presented the prestigious awards to the women during the TIL Annual Holiday Party and Awards Ceremony at the Wintrust Grand Banking Hall in Chicago. The series, which contains six volumes, showcases the poignant collection of 152 inspiring stories from Hispanic female authors all over the world.

The TIL Woman of the Year Award is presented to a contributing author who exemplifies the values of authenticity, passion, and integrity and makes an active impact in the community to elevate fellow Latinas.

Ruiz selected Medina and Castro for their tireless support of promoting the Hispanic community in a positive and uplifting light.

“These women have been instrumental in offering avenues for local Latinas to share their personal stories and missions in life to many audiences,” Ruiz said. “Our stories deserved to be heard by everyone so they understand the Hispanic community’s positive contributions on local, regional and national levels."

Medina, a Vol. II author, is the senior vice president and head of retail banking for Schaumburg Bank & Trust and St. Charles Bank & Trust, Wintrust Community Banks. For five consecutive years, Wintrust hosted free special monthly networking events presenting TIL throughout its suburban locations.

"To be chosen as a 2020 TIL of the year, is such an honor and blessing for me! I've been fortunate to have witnessed the magic from the launch of Vol. I, five years ago,” she said. “ At that event, I thought to myself... 'What a beautiful way to exhibit people's successes in life!' One year later, I was one of those authors who shared her story. Shortly afterwards we began the Wintrust and TIL partnership. Our mission is to continue to impact our communities and elevate others by sharing stories of the TIL authors. I am excited to see the fruitful happenings for 2020 and most importantly, I am ready to continue to spread the magic and make a difference!"

Castro, a Vol. V author, is the regional external affairs manager at Comcast in the Greater Chicago Region. She was chosen for her dedication, commitment and ongoing volunteer work with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and Telemundo Chicago's Action Board.

“The work that has to be done in our communities is endless, and to those who much is given much is expected,” Castro said. “I'm up for the challenge.”

In accepting her award, Castro stated that she will continue to support all women through her philanthropic and work endeavors.

“2020 will be the year of the woman, and we all hold the responsibility of lifting up every woman that we can,” she said.

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

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

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