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September 30, 2006 - LATINBIZ WOMEN OF VIRTUE AWARDS 2006

What: LatinBiz honors 12 professional women in the South Florida Community

Where: Hotel St Michel, Coral Gables, Florida

When: Thursday, September 28th, 2006

Time: 12:00 NOON to 1:30 PM

Host(s): Monica Puig, President & Founder Latin Business Club of America

Mistress of Ceremonies: Monica Puig

Honoree(s): COMPASSION - Pilar Silverman, Global Community Development; COOPERATION - Yvonne Lorie, MGS Communitcations; COURAGE - Mayte Prida, Producer, Author & Cancer servivor; FAITH - Jacqueline Ripstein, Artist; FORTITUDE - Maria Martin, National Sclerosis Society of South Florida Chapter; FRIENDSHIP - Ana Remos, El Nuevo Herald; HOPE: - Margaret Delmont-Sanchez, Hispanic Unity of Florida; JUSTICE - Genilde Guerra, Law Offices of Kravitz & Guerra, P.A.; MOTIVATON - Mercedes Hanabergh, Eastern Financial Floridfa Credit Union; PERSEVERENCE - Lourdes Cuzan, City of Coral Gables; RESPONSIBILITY - Woodie Lesesne, In Focus Magazine, and, WORK - Evie Hernandez, Alera Financial

Presenting Sponsor(s): Eastern Financial Florida Credit Union

Founders: Monica Puig, President & Founder of Latin Business Club of America, and, Editor LatinBiz

Welcome: Monica Puig

Speaker: Dr. Carmen Harra, internationally recognized psychologist and best selling author

Catering: Hotel Place St. Michel Restaurant

Entertainment: Alexandra Marie, sang the National Anthem & entertained the luncheon with additional songs

Attendance: 60+

Blacktie Photos by: Ginny Fujino

The Blacktie Photo Gallery is sponsored by:

 Honoree Woodie Lesesne; Dr. Carmen Harra Guest Speaker & Event Host,  Monica Puig
Honoree Woodie Lesesne; Dr. Carmen Harra Guest Speaker & Event Host, Monica Puig

LatinBiz first annual 2006 Women of Virtue Awards presented by Eastern Financial Florida Credit Union took place at the beautiful Hotel St. Michel locatted in the heart of Coral Gables.  Hosted by Monica Puig, President and Founder of Latin Business Club of America. A five-year-old networking organization.




“The whole foundation of Latin Business Club of America, an organization dedicated to support and promotes businesses within the Latin community, unite Latinos in our business efforts, and foster understanding between Hispanics and other Americans.  With a purchasing power of nearly $580 billion, the Hispanic market represents a tremendous potential for businesses in the U.S.  We have painstakingly created a program that will help you promote your business B2B and Business to the Latin community.  

Through our publication "LatinBiz, The Magazine for Latin Professionals", we cover topics that are important to us and information that is essential for our growth as successful professionals and human beings.





Monica Puig introduced Don Slesnick, Mayor of City of Coral Gables, who gave a warm welcome to the guests and honorees and then introduced Alexandra Marie and well-known Latino singing artist who sang the National Anthem.  The program continued with the presentation of the awards to the 12 “amazing women of virtue”.  Outstanding professional women in our community who through their virtue and their work bring about social and economic change, support of other women, serve as outstanding role models, and demonstrate outstanding performance within their professions to further advance women in their fields.





Featured speaker was Dr. Carmen Harra, Internationally recognized psychologist and best- selling author  whose unique and unconventional approach to therapy has made her an in demand counselor to everyone from Presidents and First Ladies to Hollywood royalty. Her integrative approach to mind, body, and spiritual healing is rooted in traditional psychology as well as alternative healing, metaphysical intuition, and numerology. An expert in the fields of both psychology and parapsychology, Dr. Harra believes that every individual can manifest their own reality in order to seize control of the future, and has helped people all over the world achieve happier, more fulfilling lives. "Once responsibility for the future is taken, and the mind and the heart are engaged, anything is possible," reveals Dr. Harra.



The St. Michele Hotel staff served a wonderful lunch and everyone returned to their respective work places feeling just a little better about the South Florida community and Monica’s Puig’s dedication to the community development.


GINNY FUJINO, with quotes from Monica Puig.



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