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Latinos 40 Under 40 Microsoft Executive to receive Rising Star Award

Teresa Gonzalez-Swinton was selected by Negocios Now to receive the 2018 Latinos 40 under 40  Rising Star Award during the award ceremony at Laticinity, on March 7, 2019.

Gonzalez-Swinton is a Senior Sales Director at Bing Advertising Sales at Microsoft, where she leads a team that manages some of the largest customers in the Central Region. As a dedicated sales leader, with a proven track record of guiding her teams to business success, she leads with a passion for diversity and inclusion, as she is committed to breaking stereotypes and supporting women.

“Teresa has an amazing, impressive profile. We would like to extend our sincerest congratulations, once again, and we hope she will continue to have professional success,” said Clemente Nicado, Publisher of Negocios Now.

Negocios Now has also chosen Alejandro Benitez, who is a financial educator and owner of AB Financial to receive the Youngest Latino Under 40 Award. “At 25, not only is Alejandro the youngest of this amazing group of 40 under 40, but he is also a leader in the community, empowering and educating regarding finances, and above all, he is a ‘Dreamer’, said Nicado.

Lastly, Lizzette Medina is to receive The Leader of the Pack Award. Medina is a business owner of a landscaping company, who breaks all paradigms, leading business in an industry traditionally run by men.

The award-winning publication, Negocios Now will host its fourth annual “Latinos 40 Under 40” event to recognize the leadership of young Latinos in the Chicago area. The award celebration and networking event will be held on Thursday, March 7, from 6 to 10 pm. at Latinicity, 108 N. Street, Chicago (Block 37).

The 40 Under 40 recipients were selected after a four-month process, with over 120 nominations: these are some of Chicago’s finest professional in their respective fields: they represent business, corporate, government, nonprofits, education sectors, and other industries. Tickets are available on EventBrite at this link: CLICK HERE.

Meet Karina Sanchez – Latinos 40 Under 40 Class of 2018

Negocios Now is proud to present Latinos 40 Under 40’s Class of 2018. We’d like to showcase the 40 between now and March 7th, that’ll be the day of the event to celebrate and recognize these forty individuals, some of Chicago’s finest Latino professionals.

#35 –Karina Sanchez

Mentoring the next generation of leaders

Age: 26

Title: Diversity & Inclusion Associate

Name of Organization: Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Karina is a Diversity & Inclusion Associate at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago (FRBC) where she helps cultivate a culture of inclusivity and belonging through her leadership and oversight of the Bank’s Employee Resource Groups (ERGs). This past year, she served on the committee that lead the Bank’s first Future Leaders Program, a conference that raised awareness among high school/college students about the various opportunities in the Technology (IT)/Information Security (IS) space.

She holds an M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Roosevelt University and a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Women & Gender Studies from Loyola University Chicago (Go Ramblers!).

Her passion for D&I started at her Alma Mater where she was a student leader for underrepresented students under the Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs Office. At Loyola, she was also involved in other leadership positions including the VP of the Latino Organization and a Residence Assistant.

As a daughter of immigrants and a first-generation college graduate, Karina understands the value of mentorship, access, and representation. She is very engaged in the community and shares her story of resilience in hopes of sparking inspiration in others. She serves as the Executive Vice President for Prospanica Chicago, sits on the Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement’s Young Professionals Board as the Professional Development Co-Chair, and serves on the Illinois Diversity Council as the Secretary and Young Professional Liaison where she is developing a resource group for millennials.

Outside of work and volunteering, Karina enjoys cooking vegan food, hanging out with friends, and practicing self-care.

 

Words of Wisdom:

“There is power in being vulnerable and sharing your story with the world.”

Meet Claudia Badillo – Latinos 40 Under 40 Class of 2018

Negocios Now is proud to present Latinos 40 Under 40’s Class of 2018. We’d like to showcase the 40 between now and March 7th, that’ll be the day of the event to celebrate and recognize these forty individuals, some of Chicago’s finest Latino professionals.

#3 – Claudia Badillo

Raising the bar as Chicago’s best Spanish-speaking bankruptcy attorney 

Age: 38

Title: Attorney at Law

Name of Organization: Badillo Law Group, P.C.

Consumer bankruptcy attorney and owner of Badillo Law Group, Claudia Farfan Badillo, P.C., was born and raised in Chicago, to parents of Mexican and Colombian descent.

Claudia is a graduate of Chicago Kent College of Law where she clerked for the Cook County Public Defender’s office in the Felony Trial Unit. She attended Northwestern University and also hosted a Spanish rock radio show while at Northwestern, on WNUR 89.3 FM, called “Sabor Latino”.

With over 10 years of experience helping clients file for bankruptcy protection under federal laws, Claudia’s main focus is representing consumers in all aspects of bankruptcy cases.  She also offers debt negotiations and tax settlements with the IRS. More recently, Claudia served as a Hearing Officer with the City of Chicago’s Board of Elections, in preparation for this year, 2019’s city elections.

Claudia is the current president of the Puerto Rican Bar Association of Illinois, an active member of HLAI, HNBA, NACBA, ISBA and a contributing fitness writer at the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.  In her spare time, Claudia likes to run, play volleyball and take ballet classes. She is also a proud lifelong Chicagoan and is active in her children’s PTA and LSC groups.

Words of Wisdom:

“I believe in setting yourself apart as an attorney by providing clients with compassion, professionalism and strength in their times of need.”

Meet Sonia Arciniega – Latinos 40 Under 40 Class of 2018

Negocios Now is proud to present Latinos 40 Under 40’s Class of 2018. We’d like to showcase the 40 between now and March 7th, that’ll be the day of the event to celebrate and recognize these forty individuals, some of Chicago’s finest Latino professionals.

#1 – Sonia Arciniega

Be comfortable feeling uncomfortable

Age: 37

Title: Executive Producer

Name of Organization: Univision Chicago

Chicago native, Sonia Arciniega, was born to Mexican immigrant parents. She witnessed the hardships that her family faced as she grew up in the inner city. Early in life, at the age of 8, Sonia proudly proclaimed to her parents that she would work for Univision, the television station that provided her family with the information they relied on to confront everyday obstacles. Sonia knew that if she joined that effort the sky was the limit for her and her family.

Sonia prepared for her career by successfully graduating with honors from Columbia College. She was also chosen by the former President of Columbia College to attend the launch of TeleFutura, a Univision endeavor, now known as Unimas. Sonia had achieved her dream and was hired by Univision Chicago as an Assignment Desk Editor immediately after graduation.

Throughout her time at Univision Chicago, Sonia has also held the title of Assignment Desk Manager and was promoted to Executive Producer of the station. She has received several accreditations throughout her career.  She has earned 4 Emmys, a Peter Lisagor Award in 2016 and, in 2017, she along with her Univision newsroom colleagues, received the ultimate honor when they were awarded the Studs Terkel Award.

Sonia also serves on the board of MENTEE, a non-profit organization whose purpose is to mentor immigrant and refugee students within the City of Chicago.

Sonia attributes her successes to the love and support of her family, her loving husband (and college sweetheart), Abel Arciniega, and her children, Joaquin and Talisa and to God. Sonia believes that it is crucial to be comfortable feeling uncomfortable.

 

Words of Wisdom:

“Always stand up for what you believe in and be open to change. You must evolve. Be comfortable feeling uncomfortable.”