Ivette Guillermo has been nominated as one of the 2021 AL DÍA Women of Merit!
Updated: Mar 17
An unexpected number of nominees for AL DÍA Women of Merit. More than 100 nominations of exceptional women across five different fields of work were submitted for the AL DIA Live event taking place March 31.
Throughout the month-long nomination period in February, AL DÍA received more than 100 nominations for our upcoming Women of Merit event.
On March 31, AL DÍA will be premiering the event virtually to recognize, acknowledge and celebrate the U.S. Latina and multicultural women breaking down barriers and emerging in leadership positions nationwide.
The women were nominated in five different categories: Corporate, Education, Entrepreneurship, Non-Profit and Public Service.
The full list of nominations are as follows:
(in alphabetical order)
Carmen Canales, Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer at Novant Health
Uva Coles, Founder & CEO of Inclusiva
Sulma Dalessio, Director of Field & Meter Maintenance at PECO
Miriam Enriquez, Assistant Deputy General Counsel of Investigations & Compliance at Comcast
Adria Franco, Senior Counsel of NBC Entertainment Legal Affairs at NBCUniversal Media
Maria Garcia, Vice President and District Manager at Kohl’s
April Henry, Manager, Project Management at PECO
Jael Conde, Community Marketing Manager at Mendoza Group
Elvira Mendez, Public Information Manager at SEPTA
Claudia Ocequera, Finance director for Global R&D
Lilibeth Ramirez, AVP, US Employee Services & Programs at TD Bank
Ana Hernandez-Ramos, Assistant News Director at Telemundo 62
Adriana Rubio, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at Blue Acorn iCi
Brandy Smith, Vice President of Workplace Diversity & Counsel at Lincoln Financial Group
Melva Torres, Senior Specialist of Oncology Marketing Services at Merck Company
Raquel Arredondo, Associate Director for Outreach, Engagement & Professional Development at Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business
Alexandra Colon-Rodriguez, Post-Doctoral Scientist & Science Communication Faculty Training Program Director at the University of California Davis.
Dr. Janet Cruz, Family Medicine Doctor at Tower Health & Assistant professor at Drexel University
Judy Cruz-Ransom, Associate Director at the Office for Child & Youth Protection
Nancy M. Cubano, 7th grade SLA & Spanish FLES Teacher at Independence Charter School
Tulia Falleti, Professor of Political Science, Director of Latin American & Latinx Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania
Lucy Feria, Educational Administrator of Trenton Public Schools
Glenda Garcia-Rivera, Director of Professional Development & Training for Women & Work at Rutgers University
Kristin Hutchinson, Vice President of Education at World Affairs Council of Philadelphia
Mariah Taina Matias, Master’s Student at Lehigh University
Nancy Ruiz, Principal at ASPIRA Bilingual Cyber Charter School
Yohana I. Quiroz, Chief Executive Officer at Felton Institute, Adjunct Professor AT San Francisco State University
Aleida Silva-Gracia, Psychologist & Doctoral Student at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Neydary Zambrano, Owner & President of Magic Memories
Mercedes Alvarez, Founder of the CivicRush App
Minin Arevalo-Parodi, Founder & Owner of Cincuentasticas
Patrice Banks, Founder of Girls Auto Clinic
Paola Rodriguez Bukovcan, General Dentist/Owner of Harmony Dental Health & Sleek Smile Studio
Jenée A. Chizick-Aguero, Founder of Motivos Magazine
Conchie Fernandez, Owner/Operator of CF Creative
Varsovia Fernandez, Chief Executive Officer at V2 Business Advisers
Elaine Gonzalez-Johnson, Founder of Latinas in Motion
Nina Guzman, Founder & executive director of Alianzas
Teresa M. Lundy, Principal & Founder of TML Communications
Rachel Luna, Certified Master Coach & Chief Confidence Creator of Rachel Luna Biz.
Shannon Morales, Founder & DEI Consultant at Tribaja Company
Ronni Robinson, Freelance Artist
Claudia Romo Edelman, Founder & Executive Chairwoman of We Are All Human Foundation
Nichole Sylvester, Best-selling Author, Podcaster, Speaker & Spiritual Life Coach
Susan Yee, CEO of Active Data
Kimberly Allen, Senior Vice President & Senior Program Officer at Wells Fargo Center
Dominique Bernando, CEO of Children’s Charity of the Delaware Valley
Ivonne Diaz Claisse, Ph.D., Founder & President of Hispanics Inspiring Students’ Performance & Achievement (HISPA)
Jessica Collazo, Community Development Program Officer at Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)
Adria Córdova, Customer Account Manager at General Mills, President of the Association of Latino Professionals for America - Philadelphia Chapter
Jessica DeJesus, President of Prospanica, Director of the Research Support Center at the Stuart Weitzman School of Design
Maria del Carmen Diaz, Leading Member of Make the Road PA & Philadelphia’s Domestic Workers Alliance
Hildaliz Escalante, Housing Director at Congreso de Latinos Unidos
Signe Espinoza, Director of policy at Planned Parenthood PA Advocates
Stephanie Fenniri, Deputy Director of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia
Ivette Guillermo-McGahee, Founder of Allies in Caring
Brenda Hernandez-Torres, Community Engagement Manager at the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia
Nelly Jimenez-Arevalo, Executive Director of ACLAMO
Jennifer M. Joseph, Deputy Director and Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Officer at the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS)
Keisha Jordan, Executive Director of Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia
Madeline LaSalle, LCSW, Founder & Board Chair of Latinas Leading Tomorrow
Yocasta Lora, Associate State Director for Advocacy & Community Outreach at AARP
Dr. Tiauna McKnight-Saunders, Advocate at Philadelphia Corporation for Aging
Yvette Peña, Vice President of Multicultural Leadership at AARP
Ariadne Rodriguez Petrucelli, Founding Member, Chair of Communications Committee of Project W
Julia Rivera, Vice President of External Affairs & Strategic Initiatives at Congreso de Latinos Unidos
Siria Rivera, Executive Director at Providence Center
Daisy Rosa, VIce President of Family & Housing Services at Congreso de Latinos Unidos
Nilda Ruiz, President & CEO of Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha (APM)
Dr. Adriana Torres-O’Connor, President & CEO of Mental Health Partnerships
Jesenia De Moya Correa, Communities Reporter at Philadelphia Inquirer
Viviana Encarnacion, IT Staff Auditor at UPS
Deana Gamble, Communications Director at the City of Philadelphia
Elizabeth Guzman, Supervisor at the Camden County Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Transition Services
Ileana Helwig, Chief Operating Officer at Children’s Crisis Treatment Center
Daisy Lara-Bennett, Lead Nurse Practitioner in-patient psychiatric facility
Kelli McIntyre, Health Justice & Livability Projects Manager at Philadelphia Department of Health, in the Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention
Dr. Marilyn Martinez, Early intervention Quality Manager at Greater Philadelphia Health Action, Inc.
Dr. Natalia Ortiz-Torrent, Medical Director of Consultation & Liaison Psychiatry at Temple University Hospital
Johanna Vidal Phelan, Senior Medical Director of Pediatrics at UPMC
Brunilda Sanchez, Clinical Manager at BAYADA Home Health Care
Makaela Somma, Craniofacial SLP at nationwide Children’s Hospital
Judith Suzarra-Campbell, Chef & Owner at Sazon Restaurant & Cafe
“The nominations that poured in were beyond our expectations,” said Lydia Holiat, a member of the advisory board for the event. “As I read each nominee’s story my spirit went higher and higher. There is so much good and greatness in our community.”
Now, the advisory board will be choosing three women from each of the five categories to be distinguished honorees at the event.
“Latinas at all levels and from all backgrounds are making life-changing contributions to our community and society and we hope that this event sheds a bit more light on those incredible accomplishments,” said Mayra Bergman, another advisory board member for the event.
In addition to the 15 women selected from the full list, AL DÍA will also be honoring two additional women — one with the Emerging Leader Award and another with the Pinnacle Award for a total of 17 honorees.
“I am thrilled to have this opportunity to lift these stories and have these incredible women recognized,” said Holiat.
Bergman added that in addition to learning about the nominees throughout the selection process, being an advisory board member gave her a great opportunity to get to know the other members of the board.
“Being surrounded by such a talented group of accomplished women who are so invested in advancing equality was truly a treat,” she said.
All in all, the experience has provided a time to reflect on the progress that women have made and the opportunities available to continue to do more for women’s advancement.
The 2021 AL DÍA Women of Merit event will take place virtually on March 31, starting at 5:30pm. To purchase a ticket or learn more about the event, click here.