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Annual Awards Gala 2018

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Experience an extravagant evening of Latino commemoration hosted by Concilio, highlighting the actions of active community leaders across Philadelphia. Guests can expect to enjoy a cocktail hour accented with live music and dance while perusing a luxurious Silent Auction, and networking with today’s most notable Latino professionals.

 

Past Award Winners

Felicita Feliciano

Felicita Feliciano

Felicita Feliciano

Currently she is the Director of the Latino Partnership Initiative, a grassroots–‐led coalition of people interested in improving the overall well–‐being of Latino communities in Philadelphia, with committees that focus on the elderly, health, youth economic and political development among others. The mission of the Latino Partnership Initiative is: “to improve our quality of life. The Latino Partnership Initiative is a vehicle that serves our community as a catalyst to unify, build, advocate and implement a comprehensive common agenda. Recognizing our diversity and respecting our culture and spiritual identity, the Latino Partnership Initiative will fortify and voice our social consciousness to move to
organized action.”

Now in its sixteenth year and with an inspiring group of mentors and advisors, Ms. Feliciano has successfully developed and directed the Latino Partnership Leadership Institute. The mission of the Institute is “to foment and nurture the development of civic leadership among emerging Latino/a leaders in the Delaware Valley. The primary goal of the Leadership Institute is to advance the well being of the Delaware Valley’s Latino Community at the social economic, cultural and political levels”. Over two hundred leaders have graduated from the Institute and are now serving, mobilizing and making a difference in their communities.

Ms. Feliciano received a Bachelors of Arts from the Interamerican University
of San German, Puerto Rico. She holds certifications and completed courses in Leadership Management and Organizational Development. Ms. Feliciano’s
work spans over 30 years of involvement in movements for social change and development of the Puerto Rican / Latino Community in Philadelphia.

Ms. Feliciano is a proud mother of two, Felicia Amira Morales and Paola Raquel Fernandez and the grandmother of Sophia Raquel Torres

Vivian Ortiz

Vivian Ortiz

Ms. Vivian Ortiz, CHFC, is a Senior Registered Client Associate at Wells Fargo Advisors LLC. Vivian began her career in the Financial industry in 1987.

Vivian was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she currently resides and is a graduate of LaSalle University where she received a Bachelors Degree for dual majors in Spanish and in English,

Community outreach and community advocacy is Vivian’s dedication.
Vivian has been a member and has taken a leadership role in numerous community organizations. Ms. Ortiz is a current Board Member of the National Conference of Puerto Rican Women, Inc. (NACOPRW) where has served as President to the NACOPRW National Board of Directors as well as President of the Philadelphia Chapter

Ms. Ortiz has worked in partnership with organizations to support the research of Breast Cancer. She is a member of Latino Advisory Committee with the American Cancer Society. Vivian has collaborated for over ten years with the Philadelphia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen. For the Komen Philadelphia Affiliate’s Annual Mother’s Day Race for the Cure, Vivian continues to volunteer, raise funds and bring awareness of this important subject. Vivian has also volunteered with the Phila Affiliate on the annual breast health empowerment event Latinas United for the Cure. Vivian has served as Ambassador for Susan G. Komen Philadelphia Affiliate Latina Unidas Para La Cura. And has been presented 2013 The Spirit of the Promise Award for her dedication and devotion to a world without breast cancer.

Vivian is a Member of the American Heart Association Go Red Latina awareness programs; which brings awareness and education to the community. Vivian has collaborated Talking About Curing Autism (TACA) dedicated to educating, empowering and supporting families affected by autism and has been visiting an autistic child for over 5 years.

Vivian served as a Board Member to the Women’s Medical Fund.

Ms Ortiz has volunteered with Committee of Seventy-Election Day Poll coverage ; Philabundance, the region’s largest food bank and hunger relief organization; The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, the Pennsylvania Statewide Latino Coalition (PSLC),

For her continued dedication and activism to the Latino Community, Ms. Ortiz received recognition from Pennsylvania Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs (GACLA) – Special Recognition at Pennsylvania Latina Women Symposium- Edward G. Rendell, Governor and Norman Bristol Colon, Executive Director.

The Delaware Valley’s Most Influential Latinos Foundation as a Latino Leaders has honored Vivian as one of the Delaware Valley’s 50 Most Influential Latinos.

Joselina Rodriguez

Joselina Rodriguez

Joselina Rodriguez

Joselina Rodriguez is a junior at American University in Washington, D.C. majoring in International Studies with a thematic area concentration in Justice, Ethics, and Human Rights and a regional area of focus in Latin America. She was born in the Dominican Republic and immigrated to Philadelphia at the age of seven. She attended KIPP DuBois High School and graduated as a member of the National Honor Society.

 

During her freshman year of college, Joselina was an undergraduate research assistant in a study focused on increasing medical awareness among undocumented women and also tutored kindergarten students struggling to meet reading and writing standards. In her sophomore year, Joselina became a proud member of Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc., through which she helped initiate and plan the inaugural Latinx Graduation Banquet and Award Ceremony at American University.

 

Joselina’s community involvement includes participating in Swipe Out Hunger – an organization that helps alleviate food insecurity on campus and in the D.C. area –  and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). Additionally, she volunteers with Justice for Juniors, an organization that provides ethical mentorship to youths in the DC juvenile detention system.

 

During the summer of 2017, Joselina held the position of Marketing and Events Intern at El Concilio, where she played an active role in planning the 36th Annual Hispanic Fiesta. From her internship experience at El Concilio, she learned about what it means to be a productive member of the community. Joselina’s goals are to graduate from American University and serve the Latin American community by fighting against human rights violations.

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