(L-R) Janice Lopez, Managing Director Entrepreneurial Services, Director, Women’s Business Center; Ana Marie Inmon,
Agency Owner, Nationwide; Yolanda Ruiz, Senior Stakeholder Liaison, Internal Revenue Service; Carole Harris, Lead EDS,
Illinois District Office, SBA; and Lorena Hernandez, Vice President, Senior Relationship Manager, BMO Harris Bank.
U.S. Treasurer Carranza serves as a principal
advisor to Secretary Mnuchin. A Chicago
native and Founder of JCR Group, she
previously served as the Deputy Administrator
for the U.S. Small Business Administration
under President George W. Bush, where she
received a bipartisan unanimous confirmation
by the U.S. Senate. At the SBA, she managed
more than 80 field offices across the country
and a portfolio of direct and guaranteed
business loans, venture capital investments,
and disaster loans worth almost $80 billion.
LATINA Style recognized Delia Gutierrez
McLaughlin as the “Entrepreneur of the Year”
(L-R) Tera Vazquez, President & CEO, Guy Brown,
and a successful Nissan supplier; Daniel Boren,
Nissan Supplier Diversity Coordinator; and Gloria
Tostado, Nissan representative.
“Recruit top talent—hiring the right people
helps to contribute to your company’s
expansion and minimize costs,” shares
Gutierrez McLaughlin. The panel elaborated
on the personal and professional marketing
strategies each panelist has implemented
within their respective professions to achieve
“Use the organizations that you are part of
… that you spend and invest time, and ask
how you can participate,” says Rivera.
Karyn Seibert Roeling, CPCU, CIC,
President, Seibert Insurance Agency,
moderated the Cyber Attacks: How to
Protect Yourself and Your Business session.
The Entrepreneur Spotlight: Learning
Strategies for Success panel was moderated
by Patricia Mota. Among panelists were
Tera Vazquez, President & CEO, Guy
Brown, and Nissan supplier; Ana Marie
Inmon, Agency Owner, Nationwide; and
Olga Camargo, Managing Partner,
TOROSO Investments, LLC.
“Moderating the Entrepreneur Spotlight
panel enabled us to engage in a meaningful
conversation with dynamic, dedicated
business owners, who are building the next
generation of Latino leaders and workforce,”
says Mota. “While everyone learned so
much about what to do and not to do when
building or managing a business, each panelist’s
personal purpose heightened the importance of
authenticity and hard work to ultimately
“U.S. Latinas are the backbone of our Latino
community and are the single most powerful
force that can change the trajectory for the next
generation and lift it out of poverty and create
wealth,” states Camargo. “With Latinas leading
small-business growth in the U.S.—significantly
impacting economic activity for all—it is
imperative that we not only help them grow
their business but also protect their assets by
putting their best interest first.”
During the awards luncheon, guests were
greeted by United States Treasurer, Jovita
Carranza who delivered the keynote speech.
Thank you sponsors and partners!
Thank you Title sponsor: Nationwide. National Sponsor: Parents Step Ahead.
Gold Sponsors: NISSAN, AT&T, and UPS. Leadership Reception Sponsor:
Hyatt. Media Sponsor: CapitalWirePR. Community Partners: HACE, ALPFA
Chicago, Women’s Business Center, Women’s Business Development Center,
LULAC Chicago, SHPE, NAWBO Chicago, Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce,
Little Village Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Mujeres Latinas en Accion, WPO,
Better Business Bureau, IRS, and SBA.
for Chicago. Gutierrez McLaughlin is an
entrepreneur that works to envision, evolve
and elevate IT minority businesses to unlock
the power of today’s diverse marketplace as
well as a tireless STEM Advocate and a
lifelong student. She partners with Fortune
500 clients, manages relationships and
navigates through the corporate tunnel to
discover how technology can reach new
customers, deliver outstanding experiences
and grow the bottom line.
“Today, as I receive this award I reflect upon
the values, the trials, the tribulations, the
victories, the near victories, the defeats and the
fights yet to come,” says Gutierrez McLaughlin.
“I am undaunted in my quest to further Latino
IT MBEs because throughout my 20 plus
year career in corporate I consistently saw
opportunities for MBEs to have a seat at
the table — we aren’t just symbolism, we
“Thank you for your generosity, LULAC
has a wonderful time and it was a great
pleasure collaborating with LATINA Style,”
shares LULAC IL Deputy State Director for
Young Adults, Blanca Vargas. “We are very
proud of you! Let’s continue collaborating in
the years to come!”
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