Washington, D.C. - This past Saturday, November 2nd, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush honored former U.S. Congressman and CHLI Chairman Lincoln Diaz-Balart at the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute's 10th Anniversary Founders' Celebration at the Mandarin Hotel in Miami, Florida. Chairman Diaz-Balart was recognized for founding CHLI in November, 2003, and for his service to the organization during all these years as Chairman.
The founding members of the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute each received a medallion acknowledging their extraordinary vision and service. Those in attendance were Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart; Rudy Beserra of The Coca-Cola Company; Susan Santana, Esq. with AT&T; Bert Gomez with Univision; Raquel Egusquiza with AARP; Ana Navarro, Political Consultant; and Jorge Plasencia, owner of the Republica Agency.
"It's an honor to recognize my good friend, Lincoln-Diaz Balart, as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute, a tremendous organization he worked so hard to establish and grow during the last decade," said Governor Bush. "Thanks to Lincoln's vision and passion, the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute is developing and leading impactful education and service programs to strengthen the U.S. Hispanic community and our economy, while fostering the next generation of our nation's leaders."
During its 10-year history, CHLI has been dedicated to fostering abroad awareness of the diversity of thought,heritage,interests and views of Americans of Hispanic and Portuguese descent. CHLI has funded over $1,000,000 in educational programs benefiting over 100 interns and thousands of others through its conference series.
CHLI's flagship internship program, the Global Leaders Internship & Fellowship, provides college students the opportunity to learn about public policy, public service and Corporate America through a scholarship program that includes a semester in Washington, D.C. interning for a Member of Congress and then for a corporate government relations office while earning credits at George Washington University. CHLI also provides other scholarships in partnership with Tuck Business School at Dartmouth College and Florida International University.
In addition, during Hispanic Heritage Month, CHLI hosts an annual Trade & International Affairs Symposium in Washington, D.C., which brings together thought leaders and public officials from the United States and internationally to discuss trade issues and international affairs that affect U.S. global competitiveness.
"It was an honor to be recognized, but it was a great pleasure to see the work of CHLI appreciated. All those involved with CHLI have helped a great number of young people become leaders of tomorrow during these 10 years. The foundation the men and women of CHLI have established will doubtless continue to help promising young people become leaders in the future," said Chairman Diaz-Balart.