Columbus, OH LATINAStyle Business Series
Thursday, November 13, 2014 – 7:30 am to 3:00 pm
Location: Hilton Columbus Hotel located at 401 North High Street in Columbus OH 43215.
Parking fees at the Hilton Hotel: Self-parking: $20.00 (Garage Parking) and Valet: $24.00 (Valet Parking). Nearby Parking lots prices range between $8.00 & $10.00/day.
LATINA Style is honor to count on the support of our Honorary event Co-Chairs
Guadalupe A. Velasquez
Assistant Director, Community Relations Commission, City of Columbus
Coordinator, Mayor Michael B. Coleman’s New Americans Initiative
As Assistant Director of the Community Relations Commission for the City of Columbus and Coordinator of Mayor Michael B. Coleman’s New American’s Initiative, Velasquez has devoted countless hours to promoting educational, economical, professional and personal development through her work in the community. While providing resources and assistance to community members to access city, county and state services, she also serves as an internal resource to city departments as they relate to cultural competency regarding newcomer communities. Creating and hosting “Global Columbus” television program for CTV, she strives to monitor the pulse of all vital information relevant to the diverse ethnic groups living in Central Ohio.
Velasquez is the first Latina woman to serve on the Board of Directors for the Women’s Fund of Central Ohio. She also serves on the board of the Columbus Council on World Affairs and WOSU Public Media. She supports organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio, as a member of their Hispanic Advisory Council. Velasquez has also served as a board member for the Hispanic Chamber of Columbus, Latino Empowerment Outreach Network as chair, and the Huntington Bank Community Advisory Council.
Among her many awards and recognitions she is most proud of the 2007 Government Hispanic Business Advocate of the year Award, the Governors 2008 Distinguished Hispanic Ohioan, and the 2009 Latino Excellence Award from Empleos y Employment, The Community Service Award in 2010 by Community Refugee Immigration Services and Outstanding Community Leader Award by Thee Ohio State University’s Multi-cultural Affairs Department. She was featured on the cover of The Women’s Book in 2011 and was profiled as an honoree in 2010, Who’s Who in Latino Columbus.
Currently, Ramona Reyes is human resources professional at Nationwide Insurance Company where she’s been employed for 23 years. Ramona was appointed to the Columbus Board of Education in January 2009 becoming the first Latina/o on the board. She is now serving her second elected four year term.
Ramona is originally from Weslaco, TX and came to Columbus when she was awarded the Campbell Soup Scholarship, a scholarship for children of migrant farm working families, to attend the Ohio State University. While at Ohio State, she was a member and president of Alpha Psi Lambda fraternity. She graduated from the Ohio State University with a double major in Marketing and Transportation Logistics. She is an alumnus of the National Hispana Leadership Institute, a Grass Roots Leadership program.
Over the last several years she has committed herself to volunteerism and community service. Prior to joining the school board, she served a full term as a commissioner of the Ohio Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs, and helped organize the first Día de los Niños (Children’s Day) event at Nationwide, which now is held in the community and Columbus City schools and draws more than 7,500 visitors a year. She is a member of the Columbus Association of the Performing Arts (CAPA), Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, a big sister in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, and United Way and Mid-Ohio Food Bank volunteer.
Her honors and awards include: Featured in the Columbus Women’s Book, Featured in Who’s Who in Latino Columbus, Columbus Hispanic Hero from the City of Columbus and the Columbus Crew, and Distinguish Hispanic Ohioan from the Ohio Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs’ and the Governor.