Verizon recognizes outstanding Women with 2014 Nueva Latina Estrella Award


CHICAGO, October 20, 2014—Verizon Wireless was one of the official sponsors of the fourth Maria Mangual Latina Leadership Conference in aims of showcasing the important role Latina professional women play in society. The conference took place at the Hyatt Regency Chicago where the four winners of the annual “Nueva Latina Estrella Award” (NLEA) program were announced, of which received more than 400 nominations in 2014.

At this successful event organized by Mujeres Latinas en Acción, Verizon recognized professional women who have demonstrated success in the areas of technology, business, education and community service.

The committee that selected the semifinalists and winners of each category was comprised of women leaders from Chicago, Minneaopolis, Kansas City and Cleveland who work in diverse industries which include companies, education, community service, healthcare, government services and media. The contest prized each winner with $1,000 and a Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Smartphone.

“It is an honor to be recognized by Verizon for my efforts as a business owner and advocate for the

arts and education in the Latino community,” says Jessica Priego, winner in the Business category,

“I am simply doing my best to provide a good life for my family and to help as many people as I can

around us so that they can do the same. I feel strongly that an appreciation for one’s cultural identity

is critical to happiness and success and that is why my ‘free’ time and energy are focused largely on

the arts and education,” stated the president of JPriego Communication.

"On behalf of all of us at A Safe Haven and our supporters, thank you for the honor and recognition we received through the Nueva Latina Estrella Award,” said Neli Vazquez Rowland, winner in Illinois in the Community Service category, “At A Safe Haven we are all devoted to influencing a new, cutting edge, efficient and effective model focused on ending homelessness in a sustainable manner, and in a way that truly engages and connects all stakeholders and systems. We are very grateful to Verizon and that together we can share, support and celebrate our social responsibility vision for lifting the spirits and the economic conditions of the homeless and disenfranchised long-term, and for our mutual mission of connecting people for making this a better world for all,” affirmed the president of A Safe Haven.

“Verizon feels proud to recognize the outstanding work of Latina professional women in our society

through the “Nueva Latina Estrella Award,” expressed Miguel Bassail, Marketing and Multicultural Strategy Manager at Verizon in the Midwest area, “It is a privilege for Verizon to be able to recognize through this program these leaders who have made a difference in their industries and communities.”

The winners from each category were:

In the BUSINESS category the winner was Jessica Priego, president of JPriego Communications, from


From the COMMUNITY SERVICE category: Neli Vazquez Rowland, co-founder and president of A Safe

Haven Foundation, from Illinois.

In EDUCACIÓN the winner was: María Teresa DePaoli, profesor from the Modern Languages department

from Kansas State University in Kansas.

In the area of TECNOLOGY the “NLEA” winner was: Maria Elena Tototzintle, from Tequila Digital Media, who resides in Minnesota.

With this initiative Verizon not only awards the work of today’s Latina, but also highlights that she is bilingual, bicultural and a college graduate. They are women who envelop their culture and heritage, and at the same advance in their distinct industries, acquiring experience and serving their communities.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless operates the largest and most reliable 4G LTE network in the country. As the largest mobile telephone company in the U.S., Verizon Wireless serves 104.6 million retail customers, including 98.6 million postpaid customers.

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