April 26, 2012
The Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC) will honor female business and community leaders at its first-ever Women of Distinction luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, May 4, 2012 in Austin.
Thirteen Latinas will be recognized for their professional accomplishments and community contributions. “TAMACC recognizes that Texas has one of the largest numbers of Hispanic women-owned businesses in the U.S. at approximately 140,000,” said Ben Mendez, TAMACC Board Chair. “We feel that it’s important to showcase the talent and contributions Latinas are making in our great state.”
The 2012 Women of Distinction are:
•Dora G. Alcala – Vice Chair, Legislative and Governmental Affairs, Del Rio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Del Rio
•Janie Barrera – President and CEO, Accion Texas, Inc., San Antonio
•Anna “Michele” Bobadilla – Senior Associate Vice President, Outreach Services and Community Engagement and Assistant Provost for Hispanic Student Success, University of Texas at Arlington, Dallas
•Astrid E. Cardona – Assistant Professor of Biology, University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio
•Liz Lara Carreño – President, LLC Strategies and Executive Director of K9s4COPS, Houston
•Ana Yañez-Correa, Ph.D. – Executive Director, Texas Criminal Justice Coalition, Austin
•The Honorable Veronica Gonzales – Texas State Representative, District 41 and Attorney, Kittleman, Thomas and Gonzales LLP, McAllen
•Maria Luisa “Lulu” Flores – Attorney, Partner, HendlerLaw PC, Austin
•Margarita A. Licon – President and CEO, Licon Engineering Company, El Paso
•Mary Ellen Londrie – President and CEO, P3s Corporation, San Antonio
•Lupe Morin – Executive Director, Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas, Austin
•Linda Valdez-Thompson – Executive Vice President, Administration and Diversity, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Dallas
•Lora J. Villarreal, Ph.D. – Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer, Xerox Corporation, Dallas
Author Grace Flores-Hughes who helped coin the term “Hispanic” will give the keynote address.
The luncheon will be at the Four Seasons, 98 San Jacinto Blvd. in Austin. For detailed information on the honorees and tickets, please visit www.tamacc.org or call (512) 444-5727.