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of Hispanic Women in employment, procurement and social issues.
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QUARTER 4, 2017

Suzanne Cruz-Sewell
Dear Friends of H100,

As 2017 comes to a close, I wish to take a moment to highlight some of our achievements this year and, most importantly, to convey my sincerest appreciation for your continued support.
Our communication efforts to ‘tell our story’ were enhanced through the use of social media. H100 now has both a Facebook (DFW Hispanic 100) and Twitter (@DFWH100) account.   
We publish two quarterly newsletters: one for Members Only and in 2017 we introduced an external newsletter specifically to distribute to our sponsors and external audience. 
We also published “H100: The Power of Influence Through Leadership”, a list of over 100 corporate, community and civic boards where H100 members are active in the community.
In the spring, we welcomed the Dallas’ new City Manager, T.C. Broadnax with a Meet & Greet. The focus of the Meet & Greet was to share and exchange ideas on how Hispanic 100 can be more visible advocates with a focus on supporting key initiatives for the City of Dallas.
To elevate the awareness of the H100 Endowment Fund and its impact in the community, we hosted an informational Fireside Chat at the Aberg Center (past grant recipient). The non-profit organizations that were recognized at our Inaugural Endowment Grant Recipient Reception were:

·        Cara Mia Theatre
·        Genesis Women’s Shelter
·        Grow North Texas
·        Mi Escuelita
·        Pampered Lake Highlands
·        Readers 2 Leaders
·        Rosa es Rojo
·        Shared Housing Center
·        The Concilio
The first of the nine grant recipients is Rosa es Rojo , who recently presented a Resilience Program for Latinas with the grant they received from H100. The impact of the grant is beyond measurable. 
Modeling the way for others, H100 was instrumental in the creation of the Asian 100, a non-profit organization representing women leaders of multiple Asian ethnicities. 
In the spring, H100 hosted a Member & Sponsor Recognition Reception, where our sponsors were highlighted and recognized for their generous support and sponsorship of our annual Latina Living Legend evening.  
Our crowning moment for 2017 was the Latina Living Legend Reception held September 21 at 3015 at Trinity Groves. We had a packed house of over 250 people and the evening highlighted the accomplishments of this year’s Award recipient, Beatriz ‘Bea’ Salazar. It was an amazing evening filled with inspiration, gratitude and hope. Proceeds from the event will allow us to contribute even more to the H100 Endowment Fund. 
On December 7, we hosted our annual Holiday Party and New Member Recognition. We welcomed the following Latina leaders as members of H100 in 2017:
·          Margie Aguilar
·          Perfecta Gallegos
·          Cristina Lopez
·          Stephanie Lucero
·          Aileen Rivera
·          Beth Villareal
·          Norma Valles
·          Olga Lopez
In closing, I wish to convey my profound gratitude to the corporations, small businesses, organizations, and individuals that support the Hispanic 100 and its mission.
I wish you all a peaceful and joyful holiday and may 2018 bring much health, happiness and success to you all.
With gratitude,
Suzanne Cruz Sewell
2017 H100 President


With a robust attendance, the Hispanic 100 held its last function of the year to celebrate a the holidays and a very rewarding year.

The party was hosted by our member Carmen Garcia and catered by another member, Chef Lydia Gonzalez Welch.

As part of the evening program, 2017 new members were introduced to the attendees and their sponsors "pinned" them as a symbol of welcome the this great group of Latina leaders.

Additionally, our 2017 President, Suzanne Cruz-Sewell, gave her year report and introduced our 2018 President Elect, Patricia Rodriguez Christian.

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2017 Members at Holiday Party
                   2017 Board of Directors
                   2017 New H100 Members


Latina Living Legend Award

Beatriz (Bea) Salazar, Founder of “Bea’s Kids,”
Honored at 10 th Annual Latina Living Legend Award Reception

On September 21 st , Hispanic 100 members, community leaders, elected officials and high-profile corporate executives gathered at Trinity Groves in Dallas for the 10 th Annual Latina Legend Award reception. Beatriz (Bea) Salazar, Founder of “Bea’s Kids,” which has made an incredible impact on the lives of more than 2,000 children, was honored with the Hispanic 100’s most prestigious award. Thanks to the generous support from sponsors, including Presenting Sponsor Wells Fargo , the event raised $30,000 which will fund future Hispanic 100 grants that help support initiatives addressing the needs of Hispanic women and girls in the DFW area.

One of the highlights of the evening, was a speech by Omar Cabrera, one of “Bea’s Kids” who has become a successful Medical Doctor and is forever grateful to Ms. Salazar for the tremendous support he received from her and the program as a young child. “Bea’s Kids” provided him with food assistance, help with homework, reading support and assistance with college preparation. It was evident from Ms. Salazar’s tearful, inspiring and humble speech that she was deeply touched.  

Ms. Salazar founded “Bea’s Kids” in 1990 in the Carrollton apartment complex where she lived after she found a 10 year old boy eating a piece of bread from a garbage dumpster. This touched Bea’s heart so deeply that she brought him to her apartment and offered him a peanut butter sandwich. As word spread, more children showed up at her apartment asking for food, and that eventually led to the creation of the non-profit organization that has helped thousands of children living below the poverty level. 

“Bea’s Kids” is now a non-profit 501(c)3 organization and the President of the Board of Directors, Kim Leonards, estimates more than 2,000 children have been served since 1990. Currently, the programs, for children in kindergarten through 12th grade, are offered at three apartment complexes.

“Many children have benefited from the educational and personal growth lessons taught by Bea’s Kids,” says Leonards. “We also help high school children from our program get in touch with foundations that provide scholarships, fill out college applications, and provide laptops for those who do go to college.” 

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On October 28, Rosa es Rojo™, a 2017 H100 Grant Recipient, hosted a "Teaching Resilience" workshop for 32 women from different institutions and organizations with the grant funds received from The Hispanic 100. The women were trained in resilience skills, healthy nutrition, positive thinking and health emotions. "As Trevor Gunn, professor at Georgetown University and collaborator with the Inter-American Development Bank, says - healthy populations are more productive populations. This is why we are doing what we are doing," said Aidee Granados, Founder and Executive Director, "we strongly believe that if women attend to her physical and emotional health, she will be promoting the formation of strong families and individuals, achieving WELL-BEING, productivity and a better life style for many. We are training women to be more resilient, to be SuperVivors!   We are excited about our partnership with The Hispanic 100 and look forward to future collaboration opportunities."
About Rosa es Rojo™: Rosa es Rojo is a non-profit (501c3) organization based in Texas whose mission is to educate and train Latina women on health, prevention and wellness. We help Latinas improve their lifestyle with respect to nutrition, physical activity, emotional health and positive thinking. We are focused on two major groups: Hispanic women who have immigrated to the US and Hispanic women facing difficult health conditions with special emphasis on breast cancer.

H100 members are active, influential women in our community; we serve on numerous corporate, community and civic boards.
Our value proposition as a collective group is the strength of our experiences, our reach and our capacity to influence change. 

Through our individual commitment and participation, we are able to shape, influence and transform sustainable leadership for Latinas, policies, growth strategies, markets and competitive opportunities which result in measurable improvements and long-term strategic impact. Congratulations to all H100 Members on your leadership roles!
 American Diabetes Association, N TX Chapter
American Heart Association
Baylor Scott & White
Big Thought
C.C. Young Senior Living
Carter Albrecht Music Foundation
Children’s First (Grand Prairie)
City Credit Union
City of Dallas Automated Red Light Commission
City of Dallas, Mayor’s Task Force on Poverty
City of Fort Worth, Race and Culture Task Force
Commit! Board of Directors
Community Council Greater Dallas
Conference of Minority Transportation Officials
Cornell University Council
Crystal Charity
Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Dallas CASA (Court Appoint Special Advocate)
Dallas Chamber Music Society
Dallas City Council
Dallas City Council District 10 Collective Impact Advisory Group
Dallas County Commissioners Court
Dallas County Community College Board
Dallas County Community College District Executive Committee Foundation
Dallas County Historical Commission
Dallas County Treasurer
Dallas Housing Authority
Dallas Fort Worth International Airport Board
Dallas/Fort Worth Minority Supplier Development Council
Dallas Independent School District 2015 Bond Advisory Committee
Dallas Hispanic Law Foundation
Dallas Mexican American Historical League
Dallas Parks Foundation
Dallas Summer Musicals
Dallas Symphony
Dallas Theatre Center
Dallas Wings
Dallas Women Lawyer’s Association
Dallas Women’s Foundation
Educate Dallas
Emerald Isle Neighborhood Association
Foundation for Inclusion
Fair Park Executive Foundation
Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau
Friends of Dallas Parks
Friends of the Aldredge House Girls, Inc. (National)
Friends of the Latino Cultural Center
Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Greater Dallas Planning Council
Habitat for Humanity
Hispanic 100
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas State Board
International Law Enforcement center
Irving Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Irving Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Educational Foundation
Kankakee Iroquois County Women’s Golf
Kankakee Kultivators Board
Latino Cultural Center
League of Women Voters of Dallas
Leukemia Lymphoma Society
Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP
Mayor Star Council Advisory Board
Meadows Museum
Multicultural Alliance
National Association of Latino Elected & Appointed Officials
North Texas Food Bank Capital Campaign Board
North Texas LEAD
Operation Blue Shield
QuEST Forum
President’s Council of Cornell Women
Press Club of Dallas
Red Cross Tiffany Circle
Regional Hispanic Contractors Association
Regional Transportation Council
Rock T Youth Mentoring Board
Skyview Development, LLP Board of Directors
Soluna Festival Dallas Symphony Orchestra Advisory Board
Southern Methodist University, Archives of Women of the Southwest
Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law
Southern Methodist University, Tate Lecture Series
State Government Affairs Council
Team Mercy
Texas Can Academies
Texas Court Clerks Association
Texas Health Resources Presbyterian Dallas Hospital
Texas Lyceum
Texas Rangers Hispanic Advisory Council
The Concilio
The Family Place
Theatre Three
Tower Club of Dallas
Trinity Park Conservancy
United Way
University of Texas College of Fine Arts
Visit Dallas (Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau)
Women’s Business Council Southwest
Women’s Business Enterprise National Council
University of North Texas Dallas, Emerging Teacher Institute
West & Associates, LLP Board of Directors
Young Women’s Preparatory Network
H100 Membership Profile
79 Members
  Note: Based on a 45% response rate on the survey that was sent to the membership so the list is not 100% reflective of our capacity.  

We are excited to introduce our newest members to H100.  They are each tremendous leaders in their respective fields and we are proud to have them as new members.
Aileen Rivera
Aileen Rivera is the head of indirect sourcing for the Americas at Ericsson where she is in charge of the procurement of all indirect products and services for 53 countries in North & Latin America.

She is very passionate about Supplier Diversity, and developed Ericsson’s current Supplier Diversity Program. Her efforts resulted in the development of a nationally recognized program, which has won accolades from top names in the industry including several recognitions as Top 50 Supplier Diversity Programs in the US. Her publications in Supplier Diversity have been featured in the Professional Women’s Magazine, the Hispanic Network Magazine and the Black EOE Journal. Aileen has also previously served and vice-chair and a former member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Christina Lopez
Cristina Lopez holds a position as the inclusion and diversity talent strategy and management for JCPenney.   She has launched high potential diverse leader development programs and cross-cultural development initiatives and has created the launch of an inaugural JCPenney Leadership Lab that supports first generation college attendees at Texas State University (a Hispanic Serving Institution) and the Emerging Leaders program that supports the development of high potential minorities at JCPenney. 

Beth Villarreal

Constable Villarreal grew up in a family of 7 in South Texas overcoming many obstacles and challenges. She put herself through school, college and eventually the Police academy where she is now the Constable for precinct 5.

She has many diverse programs which help not only her day to day responsibilities, but also programs that encourage students to pursue law enforcement. She is also passionate about violence against women and bullying and is a regular speaker at different events.

Olga Lopez
Olga Lopez is the regional bank president for Wells Fargo’s North Texas Upper Brazos Valley region, responsible for more than 700 team members and 60 bank stores across Lubbock, Amarillo, Midland, Odessa, San Angelo, Wichita Falls, Waco, Cleburne, Burleson, Godley and Ft Worth.  S he is

She is active in the community, serving on the Board of Directors for the Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Savannah and as advisor to the Metro Savannah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. While in Dallas, she served as Secretary of the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber.

She is the co-chair for Latin Connection Team Member Outcomes at the Enterprise level, a network of Wells Fargo team members who volunteer with organizations that support the Latino community. Olga launched and chairs the first Diversity and Inclusion Council for the Greater Georgia Region.


The DFW Hispanic 100 hosted its annual Holiday Party and induction of New Members on December 7 at The Gables on McKinney Ave. We had a great attendance by our members and Suzanne highlighted numerous accomplishments in 2017.

September 20, 2017
D/FW MSDC hosted a Quarterly Buyers Luncheon. The speaker, Dr. Powell Kinney from Toyota Connected, was the key note speaker. The key takeaways from speaker -- no matter what industry you’re in, the need to focus on your competency and continue to evolve and understand your customer base and keep up with that change. Quality continues to be what can set you apart from your competition.  After the luncheon, there were joint roundtable meetings. It was kicked off with a panel discussion with Lockheed Martin and Pepsico. They shared their supplier diversity program and “how to do business” with the two respective companies.  

September 28, 2017
GDHCC held their new board member induction and graduation of the 2017 Scale Up Program class at the Latino Cultural Center. Congratulations to all graduates. This is a great feeder pool for our H100.

September 28-29, 2017
JCPenney held a supplier summit at their Plano Campus. Members of our H100 were in attendance and some several had booths showcasing their capabilities.

October 1-3, 2017
Many of our H100 members attended the 2017 USHCC National Conference that was held in Dallas, TX. 

October 4, 2017
US India Chamber of Commerce held the Governor’s Small Business Forum and our committee member, Betty Manetta , participated on a Panel of CEO’s to share their success stories and provide guidance to those in attendance on how to grow their respective businesses.

October 5 , 2017
LULAC Collin County held their scholarship and awards gala in Plano, TX.  Betty Manetta , was the key note speaker on her Immigration Journey.

October 12 , 2017
VisitDallas held their New Board member induction.  Betty Manetta will serve on the 2018 board. She was appointed by the GDHCC.

October 19 , 2017
The Luna Awards, sponsored by the Regional Hispanic Contractors Association (RHCA), held in at the Omni. Many of our H100 members were in attendance and nominated for various awards.

October 22-25 , 2017
NMSDC Annual Conference in Detroit. Many local H100 members were in attendance and Betty Manetta hosted a party in Detroit at the Madison Building overlooking Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers.

November 2, 2017
Our new member, Aileen Rivera , of Ericsson was one of the leaders to
host the 2017 Ericsson Supplier Diversity Day.  Great job to the Ericsson team.

November 17, 2017
The Dallas / Fort Worth Minority Supplier Diversity Council hosted its E Awards. Many H100 Members attended the event and several others were part of the event itself. Betty Manetta , received the E Award for Supplier of the Year; Carmen Garcia was Mistress of Ceremonies; Jessica Narvaez was Red Carpet Host and Silvana Rosero was Show Producer.

November 28, 2017
The WBE Hall of Fame held its annual event at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Colinas. Hispanic 100 members represented our organization at the awards evening including, Gloria Tostado Hann as Mistress of Ceremonies, Patricia Rodriguez Christian was an Honoree, and Silvana Rosero was Event Producer.

February 12, 2018
BizWomen Mentoring Monday, sponsored by the Dallas Business Journal, will hold its annual mentoring event at the Tower Club in downtown Dallas. This event will take place in 40 markets on the same day which means at least 200 women will be coached in every market, or 8,000 women across America! The event will offer attendees the opportunity to choose from over 40 mentors who are the most influential women in the community. Hispanic 100 members are encouraged to participate.

Arcilia Aosta
On September 29, 2017 Ms. Arcilia Acosta was honored at the Each Moment Matters Luncheon at the Anatole Hilton in Dallas. Now in its eight year, the Each Moment Luncheon honored local individuals chosen based on their impact on the lives of others.

On October 19, the Regional Hispanic Contractors Association, presented its 2017 Vanguard Award to CARCON Industries owner and CEO and member of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) Arcilia Acosta during RCHA’s 11 th Annual Awards Luncheon. Arcilia was honored for her collaborative work in helping educate highly skilled leaders in construction through the development of new programs and partnerships.

Most recently, Governor Gregg Abbott appointed Ms. Acosta to the Texas Education Coordinating Board. She is now Vice Chair of the Committee on Academic and Workforce Success (CAWS).

Lupe Valdez

Since 2005, Lupe Valdez has served as Sheriff of Dallas County and has made a positive impact in our community.  She is now stepping down. On December 6, 2017, Ms. Valdez declared her candidacy for Governor of Texas in the 2018 gubernatorial election.

Betty Manetta

In 2018, Betty Manetta, president and CEO of Argent Associates, will serve as Chairwoman of the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GDHCC). John Trevino, president and GM of Telemundo, will serve as Vice Chair. Both Betty and John are excited about their new roles and ready to work and collaborate with local organizations for continued Hispanic business growth in our community.


Nina Vaca

Pinnacle Group CEO & Chairman, Nina Vaca, gave the keynote speech at the Chase Women’s breakfast at the Inc. 5000 Conference in October 2917, inspiring leaders of the fastest-growing women-owned businesses in America.

On November 11, she moderated a discussion with baseball star, Alex Rodriguez, about his transformative journey for the El Paso Hispanic Chamber’s 27th Annual Fiesta Celebration.

She was also honored with two distinguished awards: The Mosaic Woman Trailblazer Award by Diversity Woman and the Woman of Distinction Award by the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas.

Patricia Rodriguez Christian
On November 28, Patricia Rodriguez Christian was inducted into the 2017 Women Business Enterprise Hall of Fame, hosted by the American Institute of Diversity and Commerce.

Patricia's company, CRC Group Inc., has also received a bronze medal award for superior federal service from the U.S. Depart. of Commerce.

Patricia is also the incoming H100 president for 2018. New board inductions will take place in January.

Sylvia Sotelo Kidd

Sylvia, Sales Manager with Ebby Halliday, has been elected 2018 Chair of the Rockwall Chamber of Commerce.

Olga Lopez
Olga, regional bank president for Wells Fargo’s North Texas Upper Brazos Valley region , has been named among the top 10 Corporate LATINA Executives of the Year by Latina Style Magazine. Selection was based on excellence in business impact, corporate leadership, mentorship, and remarkable dedication to working with the Hispanic community both locally and nationally. These women demonstrate excellence in leadership, commitment to the community, impact to the company bottom line and creation of an environment where associates are encouraged to succeed and reach their full potential.
 The winner of the 2017 LATINA Style Corporate Executive of the Year will be revealed at the LATINA Style 50 Awards on Thursday, February 8, 2018 in Washington D.C.



Zig Ziglar writes: “ Little men with little minds and little imaginations go through life in little ruts, smugly resisting all changes which would jar their little worlds .” Great leaders chose not the ruts but, as Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote, they choose “… the ringing grooves of change .” As the Beastie Boys remind great leaders: “ Life ain’t nothing but a good groove .”


The paths of great leaders are etched with the marks of the ruts and grooves that arise on their life’s journey. The ruts and grooves appear similar at times, but the journey that accompanies them is vastly different. Herein lies a challenge of knowing in which one they are at the time.
Jack Beach suggests that a key question leaders must answer when all is going well is: “Are you in a rut or a groove?”  He writes: “ It is also probably the most difficult question to answer since all that is in us wants to see the groove and not the rut. But ruts and grooves can be very different. Ruts are smooth and allow us to speed comfortably across the plains.  Grooves can be jolting at times but progressively move us over the bumps and rough patches we encounter as we unremittingly ascend the mountains. So, we need to determine if the path we are on is taking us straight forward or up. If we are not better today than we were yesterday, we are probably in a rut .”


2017 H100 Board
Suzanne Cruz-Sewell, President
Patricia Rodriguez Christian, President-Elect
Ana L. Rodriguez, Treasurer
Erma Saracho, Secretary
Veronica Perez Thomison, Member-at-Large
Catherine Oliveros, Member-at-Large
Cris Zertuche Wong, Immediate Past President

Committee Chairs
Gloria Tostado-Hann & Silvana Rosero, Marketing & Communications
Dr. Sandra Lozano, Membership Engagement
Lucinda Rocha & Veronica Schnitzius, Endowment
Betty Manetta & Rosa Navejar, Programs including Latina Living Legend Reception
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