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Latinos 40 Under 40 Class of 2021 nominations are open

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Chicago.- Negocios Now is calling for nominations for its 7th annual Latinos 40 Under 40 in Chicago, a unique initiative to recognize and celebrate the leadership of a new generation.

The deadline for nominations is December 15, 2021. Nominations can be made through either of these pages Latinos40under40.com or NegociosNow.com/40under40.

Since it was launched in 2015, Latinos 40 under 40 has recognized 280 leaders in Chicago and New York. The celebration ceremony is planned for March 2022.

“I can’t wait to see who will be nominated at this time. Who are they and what do they do? Recognizing talented young people in different fields has been one of the best satisfactions that Negocios Now has given me since founding the company 14 years ago”, said Clemente Nicado, owner of the publication.

Those selected will represent a group of 40 outstanding Chicagoans under the age of 40. The honorees could represent business, corporations, government, nonprofits, politics, sports, and education, among others.

“I have no doubt that we will have another fantastic group of Latinos and we will face another challenge to select the 40″, said Nicado.

To celebrate the achievements of this younger generation of Latinos, Negocios Now will organize a celebration in March of 2022. Nicado Publishing is actively looking for sponsorships.

In 2019, Negocios Now celebrated the first ever selection of Latinos 40 Under 40 in New York City.

Founded in 2007, Negocios Now is a national award-winning publication and the Midwest’s most dynamic news source for growing Hispanic businesses, focusing primarily on business owners, entrepreneurs and economic development in the Latino community.

Negocios Now has received more than 20  awards from the National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP). In May 2012, The Chicago Headline Club, a leading association of local professional journalists, awarded Negocios Now the Peter Lisagor Award for General Excellence, a first for a Hispanic newspaper in Chicago. The publication produces “Who’s Who in Hispanic Chicago,” another unique event in the city. Last August, the publication celebrated the first edition and Gala event dedicated to Who’s Who in Hispanic Business in Chicago’s suburbs.

What a night!

  It was another terrific night. Latinos 40 Under 40 celebration gathered over 300 attendees at Latiniciy to celebrate the achievement, the success, the talent and the hope of a generation of young people who are making a difference today.

  After six months of the nomination process, Negocios Now couldn’t be more proud of the amazing selection:  They are young Hispanic leaders in major corporations, in business, in-law, fighting for a better future. They are the engine for our economy, helping our community.

 Yes, it was another sold-out event because our community loves to celebrate their leaders. Along with our Latinos under 40, we found their parents, sisters, brothers, neighbors, friends, colleagues and executives of their organizations and part of the big Negocios Now’s family in Chicago.

 Negocios Now did its best to spread the word, using all our digital resources reaching over 100,000 impressions in just a few days, exceeding our expectations.

 Because the idea of launching Latinos 40 under 40 in Chicago was none other than recognizing Latinos entrepreneurs and professionals for everything (excellent) that they do and it has been our commitment since I launched this publication almost 12 years ago.

 Shortly after working at the Chicago Tribune paper in 2003, I realized that general media was very focused on negative news and also negative news about our Latino community.  I understood that we needed more good news for Latinos who wanted to launch businesses, to learn about opportunities, to grow professionally, and also wanted to be recognized for their contributions. That is one of the reasons we have Negocios Now today.

  Latinos 40 Under 40 is just the first Negocios Now recognition event of this year. We are on the way to celebrate Who’s Who in Hispanic Chicago Gala Event, on July 12, and Diversity Supplier: Empowering the Latino Business community, on October 10 and others that will be announced in a few weeks, thanks to the support of our sponsors such as ComEd, Remy Martin, BMO Harris Bank, Microsoft, Facebook, Comcast, CSO, PNC Bank, API, Northeastern University, and others who will be announce. Don’t miss it. Follow us on social media to help us continue to recognize those who deserve it. (Clemente Nicado, Publisher & Editor in Chief)

 

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 Barbara R. Barreno-Paschall – 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.

#4- Barbara R. Barreno-Paschall

Targeting advocacy policies

Age: 34

Title: Senior Staff Attorney

Name of Organization:  Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights

Attorney, Barbara Barreno-Paschall is a policy advocate on behalf of civil rights and racial equity in Chicago. She is also a Senior Staff Attorney with Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights.

As a former associate at Sidley Austin LLP, Barbara worked in the Labor and Employment Group. In 2012 and 2014, she received Sidley’s Thomas H. Morsch Award for pro bono achievement in connection with asylum representation. She has also served as a representative on the firm’s Associate Diversity Council and as a member of the Associate Board of the Chicago Committee. Barbara was also an at large member of the Public Interest Law Initiative Alumni Network Leadership Council.

Currently, Barbara serves on the Board of Directors for PODER. She also serves as Secretary for Harvard Alumni for Global Women’s Empowerment Board and a board member for the Hyde Park Kenwood Community Conference. In 2018, Barbara was elected to the Kenwood Academy Local School Council as a Community Representative. She was also named one of Chicago Scholars’ 35 Under 35 Making an Impact and was a Chicago Scholars mentor to Latino high school seniors in 2014-2017. Barbara was a 2016 Fellow with New Leaders Council and was selected to participate in competitive leadership training programs with the Illinois Women’s Institute for Leadership, the Latino Center for Leadership Development, and New American Leaders.

Barbara, daughter of an Ecuadorian immigrant, grew up in Los Angeles. She is a graduate of both Harvard College, Vanderbilt Law School, where she was the Executive Editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review and Chair of the National Latina/o Law Student Association. She has also attended the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, where she where she received a full scholarship and received a Masters of Public Policy. Barbara resides in Hyde Park with her husband and daughter.


Words of Wisdom:

“Do not take anything for granted and always show gratitude toward those who help you achieve your dreams. Take the time to mentor and support those who come after you.”

Meet Lizette Williams – 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.

#40 – Lizette Williams

Being culturally relevant

Age: 39

Title: Head of Cultural Engagement & Experiences

Name of Organization: McDonald’s USA, LLC

 

As the Head of Cultural Engagement & Experiences for McDonald’s Corporation, Lizette Williams is responsible for developing the vision and plan for the organization to be culturally-relevant by connecting with consumers through their passion points.  She manages the team that leads music, sports and entertainment strategies, national events and promotional strategy, and multicultural advertising.

Prior to her role at McDonald’s, Lizette served as Multicultural Marketing Leader, North America for Kimberly-Clark Corporation where she was responsible for driving the Company’s business objectives to win diverse audiences across the brands that encompass the $6 billion North America business, including Scott®, U by Kotex®, and Huggies®.

An industry pioneer, Lizette has provided expertise as a speaker at several conferences, including SXSW, Advertising Week and multiple Association of National Advertisers conferences. She is one of the foremost-awarded marketing executives in the field and was recently inducted into the American Advertising Federation Advertising Hall of Achievement.  She has been listed in Crain’s Chicago Business “40 under 40,” Advertising Age’s “Women to Watch,” and Black Enterprise “Top Women Executives in Advertising and Marketing.”

Lizette’s love of all things “culture” comes from being a born-and-raised New Yorker (and proud “Afro-Latina”,) though currently based in Chicago. She has recently served as the President of the Chicago Advertising Federation and also serves on the iHeartMedia Local Advisory Board.  Lizette has a passion for serving young people and women and as a result, has a countless number of mentees across the country. She spends her free time inspiring college students and has keynoted events at Northwestern University and Lincoln University as well as guest lectured classes at several other universities.

Lizette received her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She received her BA in Economics/ Political Science through a joint program with Columbia University in New York City and the London School of Economics.

 

Words of Wisdom:

“True courage is not the absence of fear; it is acting in spite of it.” – Mark Twain

Meet Jaclyn Vasquez – 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.

 

#39 – Jaclyn Vasquez

Child advocate connects communities to resources

Age: 39

Title: Associate Director

Name of Organization: Erikson Institute

Jaclyn is a passionate advocate for solutions that ensure young children and their families thrive.  

As a veteran early childhood educator in rural and urban Illinois communities including Streator, Oak Park, and Brighton Park in Chicago, Jaclyn witnessed first hand the critical importance of how a strong start in the early years sets children up for success in school and in life.  

Jaclyn is credited with expanding the scope of the highly regarded Child Parent Center model while she was the manager of the program at Chicago Public Schools. Her attention to facilitating connections between community resources and inclusion of families into the fabric of the centers led her to Erikson Institute where she is the current Associate Director of the Early Development Instrument (EDI).  Jaclyn works with community stakeholders across Illinois to use data on child well being to identify strengths and needs of communities, promote equitable distribution and alignment of resources, and foster better coordination across child and family-serving systems.

She is committed to supporting Illinois leaders by deepening their knowledge around early childhood policy development using a racial equity lens through serving as a coach for the Early Childhood Leadership Academy of Erikson Institute.  Jaclyn also lends her expertise to Christopher House’s Education Council in Chicago. She holds a master’s of science in literacy education and a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education with a concentration in special education and dual endorsements in English as a Second Language (ESL) and bilingual education from Northern Illinois University. She is currently completing her doctoral degree in educational leadership with a specialization in curriculum and instruction.

 

Words of Wisdom:

“In order to make real change in our communities we must bring the “grass roots” and “grass tops” around the table to develop a shared vision and use precise data to align systems and develop policies that work for children and families.”

Meet Amanda Trinidad – 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.

#38 – Amanda Trinidad

Executing change in engagement and development

Age: 36

Title: HR Project Manager

Name of Organization: BMO Harris Bank

 

Amanda is part of BMO’s Strategic Initiatives team, responsible for executing the people strategy in alignment with the business goals for Commercial, Personal & Business Banking. In this role she has built a strong reputation as a champion for employee engagement and developing talent.

In her more than 10-year tenure at BMO, Amanda has held roles in Asset Management, Commercial Banking and Human Resource. She has led the charge on creating and launching an Onboarding Tool which streamlined our onboarding processes and improved the candidate experience for BMO’s retail business. She was the force behind BMO’s HR “Giving Back Raffle/Auction”, which resulted in over $3,000 contributed to the Cara Program & Hunger Task Force.

Amanda leads the charge to give back, at work and her community, through her leadership and coordination of annual school supply drives, toy drives to provide holiday gifts to children or assisting with fundraising and soliciting in-kind donations for the annual Faces of Hope Gala in support of the Association House of Chicago where Amanda has been an Auxiliary Board member for the past 4 years.

In recognition of her commitment to fostering inclusivity at the bank, Amanda was appointed to Chair BMO’s Latino Alliance Chicago Chapter. Prior to this appointment, Amanda led Member Engagement & Events for 5 years coordinating the ERG’s Hispanic Heritage Month signature events and fundraising for the BMO Latino Alliance Scholarship Fund that sponsors two students’ full scholarships each year.

Amanda has also organized and executed seven annual fundraisers for Junior Achievement of Chicago, an organization that inspires and prepares young people to succeed in a global economy, raising $150,000.

Amanda holds an MBA from Purdue University and a BS in Technical Management from DeVry University. In her free time, she can be found watching her 5 & 7-year-old nephews’ soccer games, or mentoring undergraduate students at Purdue University.

 

Words of Wisdom:

“Figure out what your purpose in this life is, and go confidently in the direction of fulfilling that purpose every single day. For me, it’s always been to lend a helping hand for our community and the next generation.”

Meet Jose A. Suarez – 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.

#37 – Jose A. Suarez

Lending a hand for disadvantaged clients

Age: 37

Title: Risk Management Consultant

Name of Organization: Assurance Agency

 

Jose specializes in property and casualty insurance with a focus on construction, real estate and manufacturing companies. Prior to Assurance, he worked at one of the largest insurance companies in North America where he helped develop insurance programs companies with international exposures.

Jose’s career originally began in immigration law as a paralegal. He worked primarily with the Latino community to help undocumented immigrants obtain legal status in the US. Through these efforts, he developed the language, skills and mindset to interact with a vast array of personalities and excelled in interpreting and translating legal and policy documents.

With over 14 years of experience in insurance, he continues to work closely with clients to fully understand their specific needs. Jose’s specialty works with Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Women Business Enterprise (WBE) and Veteran Business Enterprise (VBE) certified companies.

Born in the Humboldt Park area, he would be the first in his family to graduate from college and earned a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell College majoring in Political Science and Ethnic Studies with a minor in Religion.

Jose strongly believes in giving back to the community and serves on the board of the Norwegian American Hospital Foundation, Ensemble Español, is the Vice-Chair of the Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement and is actively involved with the Hispanic American Construction Industry Association (HACIA) and the Residential Home Builders Alliance (RHBA). Jose is also designated as a construction Risk and Insurance Specialist (CRIS), Associate in General Insurance (AINS) and Commercial Lines Coverage Specialist (CLCS).

 

Words of Wisdom:

“Being a great leader means being fearless in the face of adversity, ridicule, oppression and sometimes going against the consensus so that justice, equality and fairness can prevail.”

Meet LeShonne W. Segura – 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.

 

#36 – LeShonne W. Segura

Investing in Chicago’s principals to lead great schools.

Age: 31

Title: Manager, Program Investments

Name of Organization: The Chicago Public Education Fund

 

LeShonne currently serves as the Manager, of Program Investments at the Chicago Public Education Fund. There, she is responsible for The Fund’s in-role supports programs, which includes managing The Summer Design Program, Professional Learning Communities and other principal professional development efforts designed to improve public school performance across Chicago.

Prior to The Fund, LeShonne served as an administrator with more than 10 years of combined nonprofit, teaching, and school leadership experience. She began her teaching career with Teach For America as the Director of College Counseling in the Noble Network of Charter Schools. Most recently, she served as an Education Pioneer at New Schools for Chicago, and she was responsible for launching community engagement and advocacy work as the founding Director of Family and Community Engagement at Rowe Elementary School.

Passionate about urban education, LeShonne serves on the Noble Alumni Association Board, her alma mater. She is also a Chicago native and an alumna of Chicago Public Schools. She is a graduate of Amherst College in Massachusetts and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and has also received a Masters in Teaching from Relay Graduate School of Education.

In her free time, LeShonne enjoys exercising, reading, traveling, and exploring new restaurants with husband, Adrian, the Director of City Affairs at Illinois Network of Charter Schools, and their daughter, Amelie.

 

Words of Wisdom:

“Too often students of color hear ‘education is your ticket out.’ I challenge us to flip it. Education is your ticket into freedom, wealth and power.”

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 David Romero – 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.

#34 – David Romero

Taking the lead to effectiveness

Age: 33

Title: Manager, Diversity & Inclusion

Name of Organization: United Airlines

David Romero, a Chicago native and U.S. Army veteran, is a Diversity & Inclusion Manager for United Airlines, where he is responsible for managing many of United’s diversity-focused national sponsorships and talent strategies.

Prior to United, David spent several years in the U.S. Army as an Infantry Officer, reaching the rank of Captain. He has extensive leadership experience, having led units of up to 200 Soldiers both in the United States and in international conflict zones. While deployed overseas, he gained extensive international experience as a part of NATO and working with the United Nations during peacekeeping operations in Kosovo.

David is a graduate of the U.S. Army Basic Officer Leader Course, Infantry Officer School, Airborne School, and Air Assault School. He also has several years of experience in corporate, working for Accenture, KPMG, and W.W. Grainger, in human resources, with a focus in leadership, talent, and organizational effectiveness.

David has attended the University of Illinois at Chicago and DePaul University, where he received his undergraduate and graduate degrees. He holds his Professional in Human Resources Certification from HRCI as well as his Certification in Project Management from Northwestern University. Having a strong passion for continuous learning, he is currently attending Northwestern University working towards a Certification in Communications and Business Writing.

David currently serves as the Co-Chair of Professional Development for the Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement’s Young Professionals Board and is actively involved in the Hispanic Community on a local and national level.

 

Words of Wisdom:

“Enjoy the moment but also be restless, with your eye always on a goal you are striving to obtain.”

Meet Luis Roman – 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.

#33 – Luis Roman

Human and civil rights advocate

Age: 29

Title: Program Manager for the Community Health Initiative

Name of Organization:  The J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation

Luis is the Program Manager for the Community Health Initiative at the J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation. There, Luis supports initiatives to reduce the health barriers and improve the quality of lives for all Illinoisans, and manages the Foundation’s commitment to human and civil rights.

In his previous role, Luis served as the Policy Director for the City of Chicago’s Office of the City Clerk where he assisted the community-driven policy initiatives to improve the lives of all Chicago residents. Luis managed some of the efforts to develop the Chicago municipal ID program, CityKey and helped launch the citywide Status of Women and Girls Working Group.

Luis’ commitment to social justice and equity stem out of his own personal experiences as an immigrant, a son of working-class parents and a member of the LGBTQ community. He was introduced to activism shortly after coming out, when he led his school’s Gay-Straight-Alliance and immediately began advocating for statewide anti-bullying legislation and an inclusive educational curriculum. He continued this path as an undergraduate student-activist at UCLA and was awarded the Ezekiel “Zeke” Webber Leadership in Activism and Education Award, and received the Chancellor’s Service Award.

An AmeriCorps program with the Coalition for Immigrant & Refugee Right’s and Lambda Legal brought Luis to Chicago and he continues to be a leader in the LGBTQ and Latino community. As a Board Member for the Association of Latina/os Motivating Action (ALMA), he leads the education and advocacy efforts for the organization.

Luis has also participated in the Latino Policy Forum’s Multicultural Leadership Academy, the New Leaders Council Institute, and the Young Nonprofit Professional Network’s Launchpad Fellowship. In 2013, The Windy City Times recognized Luis as a 30 under 30 outstanding LGBTQ leaders.

 

Words of Wisdom:

“For many, this work is a passion of love and family. For me, I had to reimagine what love could be. And that is our power: the ability to disrupt and rebuild, to dream and create.”

Meet Jessica Rodriguez – 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.

#32 – Jessica Rodriguez

Non-profit fundraising and development master

Age: 34

Title: Associate Director of Development

Name of Organization: La Casa Norte 

 

Jessica Rodriguez, 34, is an Associate Director of Development at La Casa Norte (LCN). She brings over nine years of grass root non-profit fundraising and development to the table.

In her current role, Jessica oversees aspects of fundraising, special events, communications and grant writing. She is also responsible for managing the organization’s $5.2M budget and was a strategic partner in closing LCN’s largest capital campaign, helping raise $6M, resulting in the build of a new $20M facility to accommodate the organization’s growing service to the community.

Jessica is also passionate about addressing the complexities of homelessness, cultivating community accountability and ensuring future leaders have accessible mentorship. She is committed leader who believes serving the needs of others by building trusting relationships that lead to a healthy community. She co-launched the Next Generation Board at La Casa Norte, helping raise more than $15K in new revenue.

Her mission to make a difference in the community and help those who seek refuge goes beyond La Casa Norte as she also volunteers for the National Runaway Safeline (NRS), the national runaway and homeless crisis hotline and online service in the United States. She has served on their Associate Board since January 2018. In addition to serving a community of youth and families in crisis, Jessica also values the empowerment of young women as she serves on the Young Women’s Giving Council, an extension of the Chicago Foundation for Women.

Jessica’s dedication to her work, her community, is not simply a passion, but a way of life that depends heavily on the actions people take to make the difference in the community on the front lines. Jessica leads this mission with empathy, courage and loyalty as she explains.

 

Words of Wisdom:

“You have to show up every day, for the youth, for the families, for your team, for your colleagues…but most importantly, for yourself.”

Meet JuanPablo Prieto – 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.

#31 – JuanPablo Prieto

Lending a hand for small business development

Age: 33

Title: Senior Manager of Diversity Programs

Name of Organization: Chicago Transit Authority

JuanPablo Prieto currently serves as the Senior Manager of Diversity Programs and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Liaison Officer for the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA).

He is responsible for managing the CTA’s Diversity Programs Department, which oversees the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), Labor Compliance, and Workforce Initiatives Programs. He and his team are responsible for certifying DBE firms, connecting DBE firms with potential prime contractors, monitoring contracts totaling over $5 billion, and connecting job seekers with employment opportunities on CTA construction projects.

JuanPablo also has a passion for providing resources and tools to small businesses for growth and development.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from DePaul University and resides on the north side of Chicago with his family.

 

Words of Wisdom:

“If this isn’t as good as it gets, what does better look like” – Dr. Russ Rogers

Meet Laura Muller – 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.

#29 -Laura Muller

Influencing for a kinder space

Age: 38

Title: Founder

Name of Organization: Las Recetas de Laura

 

Radio Claret America news anchor and journalist, Laura is also a mom of two boys, two cats and a husband. Her mission is to show a real face of motherhood, while also sharing information, healthy recipes to enjoy, as a family and keeping loved ones healthy.

As an influencer Laura has opportunities to share the value of maintaining Hispanic roots by raising bilingual and bicultural families to promote family values and being united. Laura also shares her life with more than 1.7 Million people via her social media channels.

As a target of bullying for being overweight as a child, Laura launched her YouTube channel in 2011 where she talked openly about dealing with being overweight, her personal fight to stay healthy and her experiences of being bullied, in hopes to help parents whose kids were being bullied.

Laura’s healthy recipes program has taken her to Washington, D.C., with the Partnership for a Healthier America, with Michelle Obama. She has also been a speaker for a Disney Princess conference in California and realized a dream when she gave speeches and cooking classes at the Mexico City Convention Center.

Laura has worked with Walmart, Gerber, Barilla, Dole, Disney and many other brands. She works with Radio Claret America, the Claretian Missionaries of the United States and Canada, sharing sensitive information in Spanish as well as radio programs focused on self-esteem and spiritual growth.

She considers herself a citizen of the world and has had had the opportunity to live in Mexico, Brazil, the US and New Zealand. Those experiences have also allowed Laura to become multicultural and trilingual.

Laura has a degree in Communications with a postgraduate degree in Journalism from the University of Canterbury. She is a published author of, “Urban Roulette” and “Healthy Recipes”. She’s also had post-graduate studies in Right to Information, by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and in Domestic Violence and Gender Equity by UNAM.

 

Words of Wisdom:

“Your worst defect could become your best ally. Remember that la familia es primero over any success, money or opportunities, at the end the most important is what waits at home.”

Meet Paul Morgan – 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.

#28 –Paul Morgan

Artistic expression and identity empowerment

Age: 34

Title: Executive Director

Name of Organization: Ignition Community Glass

Paul is committed to providing youth with access to a high quality and progressive education, artistic expression and identity empowerment.

Prior to his current position as Executive Director of Ignition Community Glass, Paul served as the Director of Programs and Innovation for the Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund where he oversaw their core academic enrichment programing. Prior to that, Paul spent five years working as a Graduate level Instructor for The Chicago School of Professional Psychology where he taught research writing and psychology courses in the Forensic Psychology Master’s program.

Paul also worked for the Office of Minority Student Affairs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he counseled low-income, first generation college students whom, like him, wanted an opportunity to achieve an ambitious future.

Paul received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign while simultaneously serving six years in the United States Marine Corps Reserve to include a combat deployment to Fallujah, Iraq in 2006.

Paul has been presented with the Chicago Youth Center Adult Achievement Award, the Hoyman Professional Education Award from the College of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois, and the Outstanding Educator Award from the Network of Hispanic Administrators in Education. Paul is a recent graduate of the Chicago Surge Institute Fellowship and was a recipient of the 2018 Chicago 35 under 35 award for community and social impact.

In his spare time Paul enjoys being a mentor, community organizer, and co-founder of the Chicago Doberman Club, which he, his wife Maral Zonooz, and Doberman Skylar, run as a family.

Paul serves as the Co-Chair of Chicago Youth Centers’ Auxiliary Board, which provides high quality innovative early childhood and out-of-school programming to youth in Chicago’s most divested communities.

 

Words of Wisdom:

“Root down and rise up. Ascend to the brilliance that has been bestowed upon you by your ancestors and never turn down an opportunity to uplift others.”

Meet Mike Moreno – 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.

#27 – Mike Moreno

Education in spirits

Age: 27

Title: Co-Owner & Director of Craft Sales

Name of Organization: Moreno’s LIquors

 

Mike is the vice-president of Moreno’s Liquors in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago. His lifelong pursuit has always been to manage and help grow his family business, a staple in the community for over 41yrs.

Mike graduated with a degree in business management & entrepreneurial studies from DePaul University. He began working full-time at the store in 2014. During this period, he worked on the branding and marketing of the store, helping to create the largest and niche selection of craft beer and spirits on the south side of Chicago.

Over the years Mike’s efforts has put Moreno’s Liquors on the map as one of the largest retailers of Tequila, Mezcal & Latin spirits in the nation and has been recognized in DNA Info, Chicago Sun-times, Chicago Tribune and Beverage Dynamics.

Despite all this, Mike’s entrepreneurial endeavors didn’t stop there. In 2015, he went on to start a small brokerage firm, focused on marketing and importing spirits into Illinois. During this same period, Mike also began getting heavily involved in local politics, and currently sits as Chairman of the SSA #25 (City of Chicago Special Service Area) for the Little Village Community. Over the years Mike has also devoted time to Esperanza, Junior Achievements & Global Brigades.

As his entrepreneurial endeavors move forward, Mike has begun construction on a community craft bar, Osito’s Tap. It will be attached to Moreno’s Liquors and focused on craft beer, spirits and cocktails.

He plans to use the space to not only bring educational seminars on the products that he sells, but to also raise awareness on the culture the Little Village Community has to offer.

 

Words of Wisdom:

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars” -Harriet Tubman

Meet Juan Morado Jr. – 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.

#26 – Juan Morado Jr.

Legal & Policy Advisor to Healthcare Industry

Age: 37

Title:  Of Counsel

Name of Organization: Benesch Law

Juan Morado Jr. serves as the 23rd President of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois. He joined Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff, LLP, as Counsel in the health care practice group in 2017.

At Benesch, Juan serves as a health care regulatory and policy attorney. He advises hospitals, health systems, physician groups, consulting firms, pharmacies, and other clients to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements.

Prior to joining Benesch, Juan served as General Counsel and Ethics Officer to the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board (HFSRB). Juan also served in Governor Pat Quinn’s administration from 2013-2015.

Juan also served as an advisor on economic development and employment issues facing the Latino community in Illinois. Governor Quinn appointed him to the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning Board (CMAP) and he was the Governor’s representative on the National Governor’s Association policy academy on public-private partnerships.

Before joining the Governor’s office, Juan served as an Assistant General Counsel for the HFSRB from 2011-2013. He began his legal career as an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago.

Juan was appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to serve as Commissioner to the Illinois Medical District Commission and he was subsequently elected by his colleagues to serve as Vice-President. He is the Region IX Deputy President for Programming for the Hispanic National Bar Association. 

Juan’s other civic engagements include serving as a Board Director for the Medical Organization of Latino Advancement, Vice-Chair of ASPIRA Inc. of Illinois, Board Director for the We CAN Achieve Foundation, and he is a member of the Teatro Vista Honorary Board and the National Mexican Fine Arts Auxiliary Board. He is also an active member of the American Health Law Attorney Association, Illinois Association of Health Law Attorneys, and the Chicago Bar Association.

Juan received a Bachelor of Arts in History with a Minor in American Political Systems from DePaul University and a Juris Doctor from Chicago Kent-College of Law. He is a lifelong Chicagoan. Juan and his wife Alice, raise their two children on the city’s north side.

Words of Wisdom:

“Value your relationships,  stay informed, and always lend a hand.”

Meet Maureen Montiel- Latinos 40 Under 40 Class of 2018

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#25 – Maureen Montiel

Seattle to Chicago leader

Age: 27

Title: Project Engineer

Name of Organization: ASI Services

Project Engineer of ASI, Chicago, Maureen Montiel, originally from Seattle, Washington, moved to Chicago in 2017, when her father required emergency open-heart surgery and months of cardiovascular rehabilitation. She decided to become a resident of Chicago to provide support to her father during his long recovery phase.

Maureen holds a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics from Washington State University. During her time as a student in WSU she was a STEM student mentor for the Team Mentoring Program. She helped ten student-mentees obtain science and engineering research positions at WSU through the Boeing Cybergrant Scholarship.

Maureen became a spokesperson for future funding of the Team Mentoring Program. In addition, she created a mentoring program within her major to help students connect and support each other throughout the program.

Before moving to Chicago, Maureen volunteered at an elementary school in the Seattle Public School District to engage young girls in science and engineering and educate them to build robots using LEGO pieces. She was a clinic volunteer at APROQUEN Hospital in Nicaragua where she assisted children, suffering from burn injuries, in light physical therapy and wound care to prevent long term effects and malformations.

During college, Maureen and her engineering team founded the Gauntlet Orthotics and Prosthetics Company. Her team worked specifically in re-designing the Ponseti brace, used for treating clubfoot in infants, using 3-D printing and recycled materials.

Since moving to Chicago, Maureen has helped ASI with the launch of the Remote Patient Monitoring program and the first inaugural ASI Elevating Home Care to the Next Level Conference. She has a strong passion for mentoring others and hopes to continue leading others to success.

 

Words of Wisdom:

“You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.” – Albert Einstein

Meet Monse Moreno – 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.

#24 – Monse Moreno

Tech marketer empowering businesses and communities

Age: 32

Title: Agency Marketing Manager, Global Business Marketing

Name of Organization: Facebook, Inc.

 

Monse serves as the North America agency marketing manager for Facebook’s Global Business Marketing organization across the Facebook family of apps and services.

In her current role, Monse leads one of Facebook’s largest advocacy program, Agency Women’s Leadership Day, along with product education marketing programs in North America. In her tenure at Facebook, her remit has also included overseeing multicultural audience marketing.

Before to Facebook, Monse worked in B2B multicultural marketing and sales development at Pandora.  Prior to Pandora, she launched her career in multicultural media at Tapestry, part of Starcom, where she fast tracked to success on the Procter & Gamble account as a strategist and media buyer and also worked on the Samsung, Kellogg’s and Darden businesses.

Monse is also dedicated to giving back to the Latino community. At Facebook she launched the Latin@FBCHI Latino employee resource group in 2017, and most recently she started an initiative called ‘Latinos in Tech Chicago,’ with the objective of creating community amongst Latinos who work across the various aspects of tech in Chicago including business, technical, entrepreneurial and education.

Monse is an active youth mentor and speaker for the Fig Factor Foundation, which focuses on young Latina leaders. She has long volunteered and fundraised for various organizations; the Daniel Murphy Scholarship Foundation, High Jump, Spark, and My Block My Hood My City and continues to share her passion for work she loves, the importance of work ethic and higher education to underrepresented minorities.

Monse lives outside of the city with her husband Gus, and dogs, Amelio Bajelio and Scully. She also loves traveling the world, talking about personal finance, and Edwardian British dramas.

Words of Wisdom:

“The knowledge that you have emerged wiser and stronger from setbacks means that you are, ever after, secure in your ability to survive.” –  J.K. Rowling

Meet Henry Montoya – Latinos 40 Under 40 Class of 2018

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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.

#23 – Henry Montoya

From the classroom to boardroom

Age: 37

Title: Director of Operations

Name of Organization: ALPFA – Chicago Chapter

Henry is a Peruvian immigrant, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 7 years, living in Japan, Quantico, and Puerto Rico, before returning to Chicago where he grew up. He graduated from DePaul University, with a B.S. in Commerce, with a concentration in Operations Management.

Like most Veterans, Henry explored various careers before finding a personality fit in Marketing, Sales, Marketing Automation, and Salesforce Administration.  His passion, however, was volunteering, and from early in his career he joined the board of directors of the Chicago Chapter of the Association of Latino Professionals for America.  Henry served as an ALPFA board member and volunteer since 2009, until he ultimately found a calling to join ALPFA as a staff member in 2018, choosing to devote his full time and attention to executing ALPFA’s mission of empowering Latino Leaders of character, in every sector of the economy.  As a national ALPFA staff member and leader, Henry is proud to every day get to help build a pipeline of Latino leaders from college classrooms to boardrooms, and in continuously finding ways in which ALPFA can help develop true leaders across its 6 pillars: Domain Competency, Social Engagement, Community Engagement, Wealth Creation, Health and Wellness, and Entrepreneurship /Intrapreneurship.  He gets the most joy in his work when he sees ALPFA’s Latino leaders excel and be recognized throughout the United States.

Henry lives in the Albany Park neighborhood, and in his spare time enjoys dancing, and reading books on entrepreneurship, personal self-development and leadership.

Words of Wisdom:

“A transformational goal requires continuous attention. Waking up to the big vision. Tracking and reflecting on the activities, pivoting where needed. Consulting from other big thinkers and injecting your enthusiasm!”

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Meet Carlos Montoya – Latinos 40 Under 40 Class of 2018

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#22 –Carlos Montoya

Charge against discrimination in banking

Age: 38

Title: Vice President & Assistant General Counsel

Name of Organization:  JPMorgan Chase

 

Carlos Montoya is currently a Vice President and Assistant General Counsel for JPMorgan Chase & Co. where he conducts investigations of employee discrimination and harassment claims, and represents the company in employment discrimination charge and litigation matters.

Carlos is also a Supervising Clinical Attorney and an adjunct instructor at The John Marshall Law School’s Family Law & Domestic Violence Clinic, where he instructs law students and advises in the areas of employment protections and crime victim compensation for domestic violence victims.

He began his legal career in local and state government, serving as a Municipal Prosecutor and a Compliance Officer for the City of Chicago, and subsequently as an Assistant Attorney General in the Crime Victims Division of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office.

Carlos remains an active participant in public service, and currently serves as a mayoral appointed Police and Fire Commissioner for the Village of Flossmoor, a south suburb of Chicago. He also devotes substantial time to pro bono legal representation each year, including service as a volunteer attorney for the National Immigrant Justice Center and Legal Aid Chicago (formerly LAF), where he is also an executive member of the organization’s Young Professionals Board.

Carlos is dedicated to supporting the next generation of diverse leaders, and has previously served on the University of Illinois Latina/Latino Alumni Association Board of Directors and on MALDEF’s Law School Scholarship Committee. Carlos holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and a Juris Doctor from the DePaul University College of Law. He received an honorable discharge after eight years of service in the United States Navy Reserve.

 

Words of Wisdom:

“Your legacy will be defined by the work you did to help those in need. I urge you to volunteer, serve, and engage. We can all do a little more.”

Meet Lorena Mesa – 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.

#21 –Lorena Mesa

Coding to transform Latinx

Age: 31

Title: Data Engineer

Name of Organization: GitHub

Lorena Mesa is a political scientist turned coder.  She is a Data Engineer on GitHub’s software intelligence systems team, Director on the Python Software Foundation, and co-organizer for PyLadies Chicago.

Lorena’s time at Obama for America and her subsequent graduate research required her to learn how to transform messy, incomplete data into intelligible analysis on topics like predicting Latinx voter behavior. It’s this unique background in research and applied mathematics that drove Lorena to pursue a career in engineering and data science.

In Lorena’s role as International Director at the Python Software Foundation, she supports and facilitates the growth of a diverse and international community of Python programmers and travels internationally to keynote at Python conferences.

Lorena was named to the Crain’s Chicago Business list of “20 in their 20’s” and “Crains Tech 50”.

Lorena holds a Bachelors from Northwestern University and a Masters from University of Illinois-Chicago.

 

Words of Wisdom:

“If my journey has taught me anything it is to try challenge your ideas, your worldview. Explore. Fail! Failure is the next step your best, most unexpected and exciting adventure.”

Meet Lizzette Medina – Latinos 40 Under 40 Class of 2018

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#20 – Lizzette Medina

A growing enterprise

Age: 39

Title: President & Chief Executive Officer

Name of Organization: Lizzette Medina & Co.

 

Lizzette knows landscaping.  For nearly 20 years she worked alongside her father and says his leadership, values, and principles helped shape who she is today. In 2011, Lizzette started her own company, focusing on the public sector, and has led its growth to new heights. The firm has obtained municipal, state and federal contracts and is certified as a Minority Business Enterprise, Women-Owned Business Enterprise and State of Illinois Business Enterprise.

Last spring, Lizzette contributed the firm’s time and talents to the Chicago Flower & Garden Show where her team installed the landscape and floral design for “Emerald City,” a walkable garden inspired by the Wizard of Oz. Producers of the show have expressed that it was one of the most-photographed gardens of the 2018 show.

Lizzette believes that education is key for her firm’s future as well as the ever-evolving landscape industry.  For this reason, she actively seeks educational programs that challenge her and her team to improve their skills and learn new developments. “This industry encompasses so much more than entry-level responsibilities,” she says. “It takes knowledge, skill, and expertise to build a strong foundation that will positively impact our employees, communities, and environment.”

Lizzette is a graduate of the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Coaching 4 Growth, a program in partnership with the Illinois Tollway.  Lizzette describes this as an incredible experience, one that has led the firm to recently be awarded contracts with the Tollway. The experience, partnerships, and connections she gained there are helping prepare the company to tap into new markets where she will create more job opportunities and take the company to a new level.

Lizzette is a 2002 graduate of East-West University, with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Management and Operations. She’s also currently an intern of the U of I Extension Master Gardener Program, where she will further develop her passion and dedication to the landscape industry.

 

Words of Wisdom:

“You’re only as good as your team.”

Meet Luchy Manjarrés Cohen – 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.

#19 – Luchy Manjarrés Cohen

Melding fashion and art

Age: 34

Title: Creative Director & Owner

Name of Organization: Sorelle Boutique, Salon & Spa

 

Luchy Manjarres Cohen launched clothing brand, LUCHY DESIGNS, which aims to meld fashion and art through a bold line of exclusive handcrafted jackets which she combines a variety of textile materials and precious stones with paintings.

Luchy Designs has been showcased on the runway in 2018, supporting the Live Out Loud Charity and the Latino Fashion Show. Luchy’s self-made attitude keeps her colorfully engaged audience connected to empowering women’s freedom of expression.

Former Studio Art and Art Theory graduate, from her hometown in Barranquilla, Colombia, Luchy’s admiration for landscape painting has transformed itself into a palette of innovation. After receiving her BA in Psychology, Luchy’s mission progressed to serve others by helping them to discover their highest potential.

Chicago is Luchy’s stomping grounds from which she bore her dream in 2011 and opened Sorelle Boutique, Salon and Spa. The spa offers the latest beauty trends such as dipping powder manicures, seamless balayage hair color transformations, ultrasound facial peels, and microblading.  

As for her wildly talented team of professionals and her risk-taking clients, Luchy feels blessed to learn from them and continuously works with their needs and eclectic passions to ensure that her business grows into a landscape of opportunity for everyone.

Luchy has participated in Chicago Fashion Fest, Do Division, Hair Wars and hosting several fashion and beauty events where Sorelle’s successful in the Wicker Park community continues to thrive.

 

Words of Wisdom:

“Being an entrepreneur is a lot like the composition of a rainbow. You need the sunlight and the storms in order to display your true colors. You will face challenges, yet also witness luminous success.”

Meet Corey Jones – Latinos 40 Under 40 Class of 2018

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#18 – Corey Jones

Maximizing the in-person experience

Age: 28

Title: Sr. Manager of Experiences

Name of Organization: Forbes Councils

 

Corey is the Sr. Manager of Experiences at Forbes Councils, an invitation-only organization for successful executives and entrepreneurs. His role is to plan and execute curated experiences to maximize in-person connections amongst the community.

Corey grew up in New York and earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, at St. Francis College in Brooklyn.  He later went to earn his MBA at Monroe College’s King Graduate School. He also interned at Moncler, a luxury Italian apparel manufacturer and lifestyle brand, as a Wholesale and Event Production Intern, which sparked his interest in events. He has planned events held during conferences, retreats, as well as professional and community events.

He previously worked as an Event Sales Manager at, Loews and Hilton Hotels, where he oversaw and managed key corporate & pharmaceutical accounts.

Corey is committed to growing an engaged and supportive community of individuals where the goal is to solve problems and grow their businesses.

In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and trying new restaurants.

 

Words of Wisdom:

“Whether it’s in your personal or professional life, I truly believe that you should embody what it means to be apart of a community. There is always someone that can relate to your experiences and can offer a helping hand.”

Meet Anthony Hodes – 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.

 

#17 – Anthony Hodes

Thriving in commercial real estate

Age: 30

Title: Managing Partner

Name of Organization: H.A.S.E.

 

Anthony Hodes grew-up on the north side of Chicago to a Jewish father and a Cuban mother. Anthony’s mother, Maria, immigrated to the US as part of Operation Pedro Pan in 1961. The impact of her refugee experience and her dedication to the Chicago Latino community played a significant role in Anthony’s appreciation for the community growing up.  

Anthony attended the University of Michigan where he majored in History and was active in various Latino student organizations. He also felt obliged to assist incoming Latino students transition and acclimate to the university settings.

After graduating from the University of Michigan, Anthony began his career in commercial real estate and worked for a private equity firm in southeastern Florida.

Anthony returned to Chicago where he continued working in commercial real estate. He worked at Related Midwest before starting his own company in October of 2017. As HASE companies began purchasing workforce housing in the Bridgeport neighborhood and has since branched out to student housing, Anthony’s goal was to become an active force in ground-up development and workforce housing acquisitions outside of Chicago.

 

Anthony continues to stay active in the Latino community through his participation as a Trustee of the National Museum of Mexican Art.    

 

Words of Wisdom:

“My experience as a board member of the National Museum of Mexican art has reinforced my belief in the power of the Latino community in Chicago.”

Meet Daniel R. Hernandez – 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.

#16 – Daniel R. Hernandez

Fighting for the underdogs

Age: 29

Title: Managing Attorney

Name of Organization: The Attorneys at Walczak Hernandez, P.C.

 

Daniel, age 29, is the Founder and Managing Attorney at The Attorneys at Walczak Hernandez, P.C.

As an advocate and legal counsel, Daniel assists families in transition through family court proceedings. He is regularly appointed by Circuit Court judges to advocate on behalf of children as Guardian Ad Litem and Child Representative. Daniel also advocates on behalf of victims of domestic violence and assists homebuyers and sellers through real estate transactions.

In addition to his legal practice, Daniel serves as the Chair of the LGBT 6 Committee at the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois where he leads the efforts on behalf of the LGBT Latino Lawyers to participate in the Aurora Pride Parade. Daniel also serves as the Communications Chair of the LGBT Division at the Hispanic National Bar Association.

Daniel received his Bachelor of Health Services Administration from Florida International University in Miami, FL and his Juris Doctor from John Marshall Law School. He is a member of the American Bar Association and serves as Vice-Chair on the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Committee of the Young Lawyers Division. He is also a member of the Hispanic National Bar Association where he serves as the Communications Chair of the LGBT Division.

In 2018, he Co-Chaired the HNBA LGBT Division’s Annual LGBT Summit, bringing together panelist from across the nation to discuss issues affecting the LGBT Community. Daniel has appeared on panels for NBCUniversal, Comcast, and Northwestern University.

Daniel is a Board Member at Between Friends, a Chicago nonprofit agency that provides free social services to victims of Domestic Violence.

In his spare time, Daniel volunteers for Gigi’s Playhouse and Between Friends, a nonprofit committed to ending domestic violence.  He also enjoys spending time with family, boxing, and participating in intramural sports.

 

Words of Wisdom:

“We live in a world of judgment that creates fear within us. However, love crushes fear. One must love themselves, their ideas, and their passions. For when you love you, you reach the ultimate success.”

Meet Ozzie Guillen Jr. – 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.

#15 – Ozzie Guillen Jr.

The eclectic professional

Age: 34

Title: Systems Executive

Name of Organization: TCA Ent./ Cisco

Ozzie Guillen Jr., is a cross-industry professional, having co-founded TCA Entertainment Group, a boutique sports and entertainment business consulting group. He also serves as Program Manager, for Cisco Systems CX Incubation-IOT & Smart Cities.  

His professional strengths are strategy, project management, customer engagement business development, and business consulting.

Ozzie has a Bachelor’s in Sports Entertainment and Management from Columbia College Chicago and an MBA from Roosevelt University. He is an ALPFA Chicago Board Member, Healthcare Alternative Systems Board Member, and President of the Ozzie Guillen Foundation.

Ozzie is married to Sarah Guillen and they have a daughter, Adela Margot. Ozzie loves to spend time with his family and loves anything baseball and golf.

 

Words of Wisdom:

“Que a pesar de los problemas familia es familia. Y cariño es cariño.”- Ruben Blades”

Meet Teresa Gonzalez Swinton – 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.

 

#14 – Teresa Gonzalez Swinton

Breaking the stereotypes

Age: 37

Title: Senior Sales Director

Name of Organization: Bing Advertising Sales at Microsoft

 

Teresa is a Senior Sales Director at Microsoft, where she leads a team that manages some of the largest customers in the Central Region.  In her role, Teresa has earned several Microsoft “Manager of the Year” awards.

Teresa is a digital marketing veteran with experience delivering integrated branding and direct response solutions across the retail, healthcare, tech, and auto industries. She is a dedicated sales leader with a proven track record of guiding her teams to business success.

With a passion for diversity and inclusion Teresa is committed to breaking stereotypes and supporting women. She is a leader in Microsoft’s Central region of diversity and inclusion in the workplace and the industry. Teresa is the Executive Sponsor for the Chicago chapter of HOLA, Microsoft’s Hispanic/LatinX employee group).  She is a frequent panelist on D&I issues and has been nominated for a national ADCOLOR award, which celebrates and champions diversity in the creative industries.

Teresa holds a Bachelor degree from University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and an MBA from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago.

 

Words of Wisdom:

“As a first-generation Mexican-American, I had to work twice as hard for acceptance.  I’ve achieved more than I ever thought I would through hard-work, perseverance, humility and gratitude”

Meet Patricia Garcia – 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.

 

#13 – Patricia Garcia

Diversity, inclusion and equity

Age: 29

Title: Diversity Partnership & Strategic Recruiting Lead

Name of Organization: Abbvie

Patricia Garcia is a Human Resources professional with a focus in diversity, inclusion, and equality within the workplace. She is currently the Diversity Partnership & Strategic Recruiting Lead at AbbVie, a biopharmaceutical company. At AbbVie, she serves on the Steering Committee of AHORA, AbbVie’s Latino Employee Resource Group (ERG). Her passion for advancing women, Veterans, and diverse professionals has motivated her career choices.

Patricia received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she is currently pursuing her MBA. She is a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR). She serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) Chicago Chapter as the Membership Committee Chair focusing on the recruitment, engagement, and retention of ALPFA members.

Patricia looks forward to continuing her career in Diversity & Inclusion while also contributing to her community. She enjoys volunteering with Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep, Bernie’s Book Bank and other local organizations helping underserved youth.

 

Words of Wisdom:

“It is important, now more than ever, for Latinos to support and lift each other up. Be a resource and provide guidance to others following in your path.”

Meet Mimi Garcia- 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.

 

#12 – Mimi Garcia

New visions of global consulting

Age: 32

Title: Strategy Consultant

Name of Organization: Accenture

Mimi is a Strategy Consultant for Accenture, a global consulting firm, specializing in customer experience and customer retention strategies. Her expertise has benefitted global Fortune 500 companies spanning the Retail, Consumer Goods, Communications, and Life Sciences industries helping them increase customer satisfaction, grow revenue, and reduce costs. Mimi works alongside clients to understand their needs and develop solutions that bring their vision to life.

Mimi is a proud first generation Mexican-American born to immigrant parents who always instilled the importance of education. Her passion for giving back to her community is attributed to the constant sacrifices and resilience demonstrated by her parents. As a young girl, she dreamed of one day paying it forward for future generations. She honors her roots and upbringing by dedicating time outside of work to organizations driven by a mission to encourage and support others to achieve their goals and aspirations. She is extremely passionate about inclusion and diversity and leads Accenture’s women’s recruiting for the University of Chicago promoting the firm’s efforts to achieve a gender balanced workforce by 2025.

She leads Strategic Partnerships for Accenture’s National Hispanic American Employee Resource Group. During her tenure in this role, she formalized the first partnership with a national non-profit organization –Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE) – dedicated to the career development and advancement of low-income high school students. This partnership spans across 10 high schools within Chicago and Houston and impacts 200+ students. Outside of work, Mimi serves as a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Chicago and has dedicated time supporting refugee resettlement through World Relief, a local non-profit organization. She also serves as a mentor through Year Up Chicago, an organization that provides under-served young adults with hands-on skills development to prepare students for success in professional careers and higher education. 

Mimi holds a Bachelors of Sciences in Finance from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale and is a native Spanish speaker. She grew up in the northern suburbs of Chicago but is a Tejana at heart being born in Dallas, Texas. She now resides in the Gold Coast area and enjoys traveling, cycling, and spending time with her niece and nephew.

Words of Wisdom:

“If you don’t get out there and try to solve your own problems, it’s never going to change.” – Dolores Huerta

Meet Alejandra Belmonte Esqueda – 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.

#11- Alejandra Belmonte Esqueda

Technology to impact lives

Age: 39

Title: Senior Global Manager

Name of Organization: Molex, LLC.

Alejandra Esqueda Belmonte was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. At the age of 16 she moved to the US to pursue undergraduate studies in electrical engineering at Penn State University. Upon graduation Alejandra moved to the Chicagoland area to begin a career at Motorola. Her first role was as a system engineer managing the integration and upgrades of several multi-million dollar radio communications systems.

In 2004 Alejandra was accepted to Kellogg School of Management Executive MBA Program. After four years in engineering Alejandra was nominated and chosen to be part of the first class of Motorola’s mid-career high potential two year rotational program. As part of the rotational program Alejandra fulfilled assignments in marketing, strategy and an expatriate assignment in Malaysia.

In 2006 Alejandra decided to become a procurement manager for the Original Design Manufacturing  space for the Mobile Devices Business at Motorola. The role gave Alejandra the opportunity to travel extensively throughout China and Taiwan, to negotiate deals and to develop executive relationships in the manufacturing space. In 2013, Alejandra took a new challenge as director of procurement for electrical components at Motorola.

After many years at Motorola Alejandra was selected to lead procurement for a mid-size BPO Financial Services company called Transworld Systems. In eight months, Alejandra staffed and trained a team plus she managed negotiations with providers. The opportunity to return to the technology space presented itself to Alejandra and she joined the Molex team.

During Alejandra’s professional career she has also devoted time to community service in several roles such  as tutor at the Schaumburg library for several years, co-lead the organization of the first Maker Challenge event for Motorola Mobility in 2014 to promote STEAM, and as developer and manager of a mentoring program at North Lawndale College Prep (NLCP) in 2013. She has been an active member of the Associate Board for NLCP for the past six years and a partner with Social Venture Partners Chicago. Alejandra has a passion to promote education, technology and in general having a positive impact on the lives of others.

Alejandra is the proud mother of a 4 year old boy. Her son is currently his best trainer in negotiations.

Words of Wisdom:

“Caminante, no hay camino,se hace camino al andar.”

– Antonio Machado

Meet Maria Duzon Teal – 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.

#10- Maria Duzon Teal

Transforming culture through leadership

Age: 31

Title: Senior Relationship Manager

Name of Organization: LinkedIn

Close friends of Maria Teal know that she loves her job. Her career has jumped from social service to corporate sales, yet with each new venture, she embodies a passion for building great teams and cultures.

Maria launched her career as Head of Marketing at the nonprofit, InnVision Shelter Network (now LifeMoves), in Silicon Valley. When the company doubled in size through a merger, Maria spearheaded a “unity team” to connect employees through a shared vision of ending homelessness. She later took her passion for business leadership to Chicago, pursuing her MBA at the Kellogg School of Management. Maria stayed engaged in public service through Kellogg Board Fellows, and has since joined the board of Umoja Student Development Corporation, an education nonprofit supporting Chicago youth.

After graduate school, Maria joined LinkedIn and partnered with companies to assist them with attracting talent to showcase their employment brands to prospective candidates. As a champion of LinkedIn’s transformative culture, Maria led the Chicago Culture Committee, spearheading monthly events to invest in employee development. She also founded and sings in a company rock band, which debuted at the LinkedIn talent show in front of 3,000 peers. Maria is thrilled to find a home for her greatest passions; culture, leadership, and music, all in one place.

Maria holds a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She lives with her husband Solon in Chicago, where they love hosting dinner parties and traveling whenever possible.

 

Words of Wisdom:

“A great company culture is transformative. It empowers you to transform yourself, your community, and your world.”

Meet Lisa Duarte – 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.

#9- Lisa Duarte

City-wide policy champion

Age: 38

Title: First Assistant Deputy Governor for Budget & Economy

Name of Organization: JB Pritzker Administration

Lisa Duarte is leader in the field of government affairs.  With stints in both government and business, Lisa has combined her private and public sector experience to deliver essential insights for her clients to navigate the challenges and opportunities they face.

 

Lisa is currently a Partner in the Government Affairs practice group, at Forde Law Offices. Her focus is on cutting edge legislative and regulatory issues within Chicago and Cook County.  Guiding businesses in the fields of energy, biotechnology, gaming, software, real estate development, transportation, and hospitality is a sample of her diverse client base.

 

She has also served as Chief of Staff to Steve Koch, Deputy Mayor of the City of Chicago and Legislative Counsel to Mayor Rahm Emanuel. As Chief of Staff to the Mayor’s Economic Council, Lisa worked with leaders to implement the Mayor’s economic goals of job growth, economic development, infrastructure improvement, and fiscal stability.

 

As Legislative Counsel, Lisa served as a senior member on the Mayor’s Springfield team representing the City of Chicago. During this time Lisa’s legislative work focused on gun control, municipal pensions, gaming, rideshare, alcohol regulation, transportation, and tax increment finance work.  Lisa also practiced law at a boutique firm where she worked in the areas of employment law, commercial litigation, construction law, and zoning and land use.

 

A Logan Square native, Lisa has degree from Michigan State University and a Juris Doctorate from DePaul University College of Law.  She is also a graduate of the Edgar Fellows Program, at the University of Illinois’ Institute of Government and Public Affairs and has completed the Crain’s Leadership Academy Program.

 

Lisa serves on the Board of Directors for Illinois American Water and also holds leadership roles on the Jobs Committee for Cristo Rey Jesuit High School and the Resource Board for the Metropolitan Planning Council.  Lisa is also a Founding Board Member of the Chicago City Council Latino Caucus Foundation Leadership Academy.

Words of Wisdom:

“Just put your hoops back on and remember who you are.”

Meet John Dillon – 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.

#8- John Dillon

B2B services for veterinarians

Age: 31

Title: Founder & CEO

Name of Organization: GuardianVets

John attended the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign and graduated with degrees in Finance & Accountancy. He is the Founder and CEO of GuardianVets.

GuardianVets is a B2B telehealth service and platform that allows veterinary hospitals to offer 24/7 continuous client care.

Since starting in 2017, GuardianVets has expanded to over 32 states in 81 cities and serves over 600,000 pet owners through its network of veterinary hospitals. GuardianVets is the exclusive triage provider for the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), a Chicago Innovation Award Winner and a 2019 Pet Care Innovation Prize Winner.

John resides in Chicago with his boxer/bloodhound mix, Patrick.

 

Words of Wisdom:

“Manage your cash and do what you say you are going to do.”

Meet Leynee Cruz – 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.

#7- Leynee Cruz

Leading with compassion

Age: 32

Title: Attorney at Law

Name of Organization: Chuhak & Tecson

Licensed in both Florida and Illinois, Attorney Leynee Cruz delivers top-notch client assistance and guidance along with a practical approach and unparalleled responsiveness.

Leynee advises her clients, who some have suffered great loss, with compassion and respect in all aspects of probate and guardianship administration as well as the litigation process. Some of her specialties include drafting powers of attorneys, wills, trusts, transfer on death instruments, counseling clients on the distribution of non-probate assets and presenting accountings on behalf of individual guardians and financial institutions. She is also at times appointed as Guardian Ad Litem by Cook County Probate Division judges on guardianship matters. Leynee also provides representation in trust and estate administration matters.

While practicing in South Florida, Leynee worked alongside Cuban attorneys, in Havana, Cuba, representing Cuban national beneficiaries.

Leynee received her J.D and Certificate in Elder Law from St. Thomas University School of Law, in Florida. Prior to receiving her degree she founded and served as president of the Elder Law Society, which was recognized in 2013 as the SBA Organization of the Year.

Her passion for elder law extends well beyond her practice. In 2014, she volunteered at the Center for Disability & Elder Law in Chicago where she advised, drafted and executed estate-planning documents for low-income elderly and disabled clients. Leynee is currently a member of the Young Professionals Board for the Center for Disability & Elder Law.

In addition, Leynee serves as president-elect of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois and is member of the Chicago Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association and Women’s Bar Association. Super Lawyers Magazine selected Leynee as a Rising Star. An honor earned by only 2.5 percent of Illinois attorneys.

In her free time, Leynee enjoys exploring Chicago, traveling to new places and going to the beach. She stays active by practicing yoga and skiing.

 

Words of Wisdom:

“Success shouldn’t be feared and failures are just lessons.”

Meet Tonantzin Carmona – 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.

#6- Tonantzin Carmona

City-wide policy champion

Age: 29

Title: Chief of Policy

Name of Organization: City of Chicago

Tonantzin Carmona serves as the City of Chicago’s Chief of Policy, within the office of the Clerk. In her current role, Tonantzin champions City Clerk, Anna Valencia’s citywide policies.

Under Tonantzin’s leadership, the Office of the City Clerk was able to launch the Chicago Municipal ID program, known as the CityKey, in under a year. Since starting the program, there have been more than 35,000 Chicago residents who have received their CityKey to date. Moreover, Chicago is also the first municipality within the State of Illinois to recognize a third gender option, non-binary, on an ID.

In addition to the CityKey program, Tonantzin is currently leading the efforts for Chicago Fines, Fees & Access Collaborative. This group is a combination of elected officials, government agencies, academic institutions, independent researchers, and community organizations—who evaluate the City’s fines, fees, and ticketing practices and proposing solutions to support Chicago’s working families.

Tonantzin also manages the Chicago Status of Women and Girls Working Group, which convenes 150 women from a variety of industries and backgrounds to develop recommendations that will make Chicago a more equitable place for women and girls.

Prior to her work at the Clerk’s Office, Tonantzin served as the Deputy Press Secretary to U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren. She was also the Director of the Office of New Americans and Deputy Policy Director at the Chicago Mayor’s Office.

Tonantzin earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Northwestern University. She was born and raised in Chicago’s Little Village and currently resides in Pilsen.

 

Words of Wisdom:

“Be open-minded and listen to diverse perspectives. Pass the mic so others, including the next generations, can speak and lead. Empower communities and provide space for them at decision-making tables.”

Meet Alejandro Benitez – 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.

#5 – Alejandro Benitez

Finance and footwork success

Age: 25

Title:  Financial Educator, Business Owner

Name of Organization: AB Financial

Like many “Dreamers” before him, twenty-five year old Alejandro Benítez arrived in Chicago, at the age of 4, from Cuernavaca Morelos.

Alejandro resides with his mother Eva, after his father was deported about 5 years ago. He didn’t see his immigration status as an obstacle when it came to completing his degree in psychology.

He also developed a passion for dancing at a young age and joined Angel Quinceañeras as a dancer.  During his time at the Academy, Alejandro earned the Gift of Hope Student Scholarship for donating time to his fundraising efforts as a dancer.  He has worked as a dancer for over ten years and is living out one of his dreams of being a being a professional dancer. He has danced professionally with Justin Quiles, Amanda Miguel, Diego Verdaguer, Niurka Marcos, Consuelo Duval, Liliana Arriaga, to name a few.

Alejandro has also earned recognition from Villita Chamber of Commerce for his dedication to the community. Because of his perseverance and effort, Alejandro became one of the most recognized dancers in Chicago’s Latino community.

Alejandro created his own business as a financial educator. His goal is to give people who had a desire to equip others with the tools they needed so they may also thrive in this country.

Alejandro personally focuses on doing his part to educate the Chicago Latino community. He wants to help them become equipped as not only good workers but he wants to share his passion so they too may find a desire to be successful. Alejandro does his best to teach his clients that there cannot be wealth is if there is no knowledge.

Alejandro has earned recognition as one of the most successful Latino youth and he credits the obstacles he’s had to overcome to achieve his goals are what framed him as the person he is today.

 

Words of Wisdom:

“Don’t ask how or when, just believe, have faith and be thankful.”

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 Victor Arellano – 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.

#2 – Victor Arellano

Serial entrepreneur finds balance in app building

Age: 39

Title: Co-Founder

Name of Organization: Interpreter Tap

With over a decade of experience as a real estate appraiser, entrepreneur, and leader in Chicago’s small business community, Victor has assisted numerous clients with valuable services based on his business acumen and ability to provide solution-based innovation.

As a young man, Victor was employed at his family’s business. Through that experience was the desire to create a business of his own. Victor later became a certified real estate appraiser, then founded his own appraisal company, Alen Appraisals, one of the top real estate appraisal firms in the greater Chicago area.

In early 2012, Victor founded Driven Solutions, LLC and Snag Cab, app-based technology to make transportation easier for Chicagoans. Snag Cab would help with everyday challenges and improve lives. Driven Solutions collaborated with another organization to win a bid for Centralized WAV (Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle) Dispatch Service for the City of Chicago. Driven Solutions would enter as a key subcontractor providing a new way of dispatching and a valued app for people with disabilities. Victor’s mission: An app for everyone.

In 2016 a longtime friend, Victor Abundis, a certified interpreter, and Victor formed Interpreter Tap, an innovative technological solution to overcome language barriers.

Interpreter Tap is a two-sided platform via mobile application that breaks down the walls of language barriers. The app allows effective communications regardless of language to meet the need of providing instant access to an interpreter on a mobile device.

After being a significant part of business growth for Interpreter Tap, Victor has returned to the real estate industry to work on a new program. The program is in the early stages of development.

Victor attributes his parents’ continuous encouragement and support of his many business pursuits his entrepreneurial spirit, “is in my DNA.” He says if it weren’t for the entrepreneurial spirit he acquired working in his parents’ printing company, he would not have risked launching new ventures. His parents’ business provided for 11 kids at a time when many thought entrepreneurship was just too risky.

Victor currently lives with his wife, Laisa and their 5 children on the North Side of Chicago.

Words of Wisdom:

“Surround yourself with like-minded entrepreneurs, because they understand the hustle and grind. People who don’t, are just noise.”

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.”

Negocios Now announces the list of 2018 – Latinos 40 Under 40

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Chicago, IL- January 30, 2019—Negocios Now released today its fourth annual list of Latinos 40 Under 40, recognizing the leadership of young Latinos in the Chicago Area.

 The 40 recipients were selected after a over four-month nomination period and had a record participation of more than 120 nominations. They represent areas of business, corporate, government, nonprofits, the fashion industry, and education, among other fields.

Negocios Now, a national award-winning publication, launched Latinos 40 Under 40 in 2016, two years later of founding Who’s Who in Hispanic Chicago.

“We have a hardworking community that represents an invaluable asset in this country. Negocios Now recognizes them for everything that they do. Every year we are very fortunate to count on 40 talented Latinos from a variety of fields”, said Clemente Nicado, Publisher of Negocios Now.

Latinos 40 Under 40 celebration and networking event will be held on Thursday, March 7, from 6 to 10 pm. at Latinicity, 108 N. Street, Chicago (Block 37).

Remy Martin has been confirmed as the Millennials’ Sponsor of the event.

Nicado expressed gratitude for the cooperation from members of the community that have participated in the nomination process.

The list of 2018 Latinos 40 Under 40 is as follows:

1. Sonia Arciniega

Executive Producer, Univision Chicago

2. Víctor Arellano

Founder, Interpreter Tap

3. Claudia Badillo

Attorney at Law, Badillo Law Group, P.C.

4. Barbara R. Barreno-Paschall

Senior Staff Attorney, Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights

5. Alejandro Benítez

Financial Educator, Business Owner, and a Dreamer

6. Tonantzin Carmona

Chief of Policy, City of Chicago

7. Leynee Cruz

President-Elect, Hispanic Lawyer Association and Attorney at Chuhak & Tecson

8. John Dillon

Founder & President, GuardianVets

9. Lisa Duarte

First Assistant Deputy Governor for Budget & Economy, JB Pritzker Administration

10. María Duzon-Teal

Senior Relationship Manager, LinkedIn

11. Alejandra Esqueda Belmonte

Senior Global Manager, Molex, LLC.

12. Mimi García

Strategy Consultant, Accenture Strategy

13. Patricia García

Diversity Partnership & Strategic Recruiting Lead, Abbvie

14. Teresa González Swinton

Senior Sales Director, Bing Advertising Sales at Microsoft

15. Ozzie Guillen Jr.

Systems Executive, Cisco

16. Daniel Hernández

Managing Attorney, The Attorneys at Walczak Hernandez, P.C.

17. Anthony Hodes

Managing Partner, H.A.S.E. Companies

18. Corey Jones

Sr. Manager of Experiences, Forbes Councils

19. Luchy Manjarres Cohen

Owner, Sorelle Boutique, Salon & Spa

20. Lizzette Medina

President & Chief Executive Officer,  Lizzette Medina & Co.

21. Lorena Mesa

Data Engineer at GitHub – Director, Python Software Foundation

22. Carlos Montoya

Vice President & Assistant General Counsel, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

23. Henry Montoya

Director of Operations, ALPFA – Chicago Chapter

24. Monse Moreno

Marketing Manager for Global Business Marketing, Facebook, Inc.

25. Maureen Montiel

Project Engineer, ASI Services

26. Juan Morado Jr.

Of Counsel at Benesch Law

27. Mike Moreno

Co-Owner & Director of Craft Sales, Moreno’s Liquors

28. Paul Morgan

Executive Director, Ignition Community Glass

29. Laura Mueller

Founder, Las Recetas de Laura

30. Aaron Ortiz

Illinois State Representative

31. Juan Pablo Prieto

Senior Manager of Diversity Programs, Chicago Transit Authority

32. Jessica Rodríguez

Associate Director of Development, La Casa Norte

33. Luis Roman

Program Manager for the Community Health Initiative, The J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation

34. David Romero

Global Executive, United Airlines

35. Karina Sánchez

Diversity & Inclusion Associate, Federal Reserve Bank

36. Leshonne Segura

Manager, Program Investments, The Chicago Public Education Fund

37. Jose A. Suárez

Risk Management Consultant at Assurance Agency

38. Amanda Trinidad

HR Project Manager, BMO Harris Bank

39. Jaclyn Vásquez

Associate Director, Erikson Institute

40. Lizette Williams

Head of Cultural Engagement & Experiences, McDonald’s USA, LLC

To learn more about the recipients stay tuned for the digital edition for this the Class of 2018.

Tickets to attend $40 until Feb. 15. and are available on EventBrite here.

Please note that ticket prices will go up after Feb. 15 to $50.

For more information about the event, you can email us  40under40@negociosnow.com or call at 773-942-7410

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Negocios Now calls for Latinos 40 Under 40 nominations 2018

Negocios Now is calling for nominations  2018 – Latinos 40 Under 40 to recognize and celebrate the leadership of a new generation in the Chicago metropolitan area.

  Community members can nominate the 40 Latino leaders through thenegociosnow.com/40under40 website. The deadline for nominations is November 30, 2018.

Those selected will represent a group of 40 outstanding Chicagoans under the age of 40. The honorees could represent business, government, nonprofits, politics, sports, and education fields, among others.

 “I can’t believe that we are celebrating the four generation of Negocios Now Latinos 40 under 40. We are looking forward to recognizing another 40 outstanding young Latinos leaders in our list” said Clemente Nicado Publisher of Negocios Now.

  To celebrate the achievements of this younger generation of Latinos, Negocios Now will organize another presentation and networking event at the end of February.
  

“With a focus on a generation that loves to share stories and information, the initiative had a tremendous impact on Negocios Now’s social media pages, garnering thousands views in four months,” Nicado said.

    To see the 2017 Latinos 40 Under 40 Special Edition, click here.  For more information, email 40Under40@negociosnow.com

    Founded in 2007, Negocios Now is a national award-winning publication and the Midwest’s most dynamic news source for growing Hispanic businesses, focusing primarily on business owners, entrepreneurs and economic development in the Latino community.

Negocios Now has received more than 15  awards from the National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP). In May 2012, The Chicago Headline Club, a leading association of local professional journalists, awarded Negocios Now the Peter Lisagor Award for General Excellence, a first for a Hispanic newspaper in Chicago. The publication produces “Who’s Who in Hispanic Chicago,” another unique event in the city.