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Thank You for Making

Mujeres del Año 2016 Awards Gala

an Overwhelming Success!

Long Beach, CA.​ ​The Regional Hispanic Institute honored a group of outstanding women in the business community at the annual “Mujeres Del Año” Awards Gala at the lovely Hotel Maya. More than 400 people gathered waterfront with a stunning view of the Long Beach city skyline.

As Maximo Marcuso “El Tenor de las Américas” serenaded the honorees. President Sandy Cajas gave the opening remarks thanking RHI and RHCC sponsors without whom this event could not have taken place. The Board of Directors, sponsors, members, family and friends were direct contributors to the success of this event.

A special thanks to Magdalena Morales, Flor De Maria Chavarria, Oney Ayala, Isabel Ayala, Rodrigo Jimenez, Luis Martinez and Stephanie Madera for making every detail perfect!

Dr. Michael E. Solt, Dean of the College of Business Administration at California State University, Long Beach was in attendance. Many students and recent graduates from the CSU system were also a major part of the development of the gala and part of the Regional Youth Council. Special thanks to Nallely E. Garcia, Lhea Villarreal, Adolfo Ricado, Katherine Gutierrez, Kali Muralidharan, John P. Ultreras, Nathan Ho, Oscar Santana, Schafer Knoepke and Armando Roy Morales VanMeter.

Mistress of Ceremonies, Lhea Villarreal, gave an eloquent speech to congratulate the recipients of this year’s “Mujeres Del Año” awards. They come from a variety of professional fields and disciplines, and were awarded for their impact, influence, and inspiration to the communities in which they serve.

The “Excellence Corporate Leadership” award was presented to Burns & McDonnell Corporation, Joel Farrier accepted the award.

The evening concluded with the installation of the 2017 RHCC and RHI Board of Directors, Advisors, Ambassadors and Leadership Council. John P. Ultreras gave the closing remarks and performed the installation of the Board. An exciting session of dancing ended the spectacular evening as the “Mujeres Del Año” 2016 Awards Gala came to a close.

We could not do the Amazing work we do, without the support of our sponsors! MIL GRACIAS…


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