Gala & Leadership awards
A SPECIAL EVENING HONORING
CONGRESSWOMAN ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN:
FROM EDUCATOR TO GLOBAL LEADER
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Mandarin Oriental Hotel - Washington D.C.
The Annual CHLI Gala & Leadership Awards held each spring, during the legislative session is our signature event to honor extraordinary leadership. This intimate 500 person, always sold out event, brings together an impressive audience of diverse elected and appointed officials, civic, international and diplomatic leaders and Fortune 500 executives, and members of the CHLI Alumni Association.
This year’s CHLI black tie Annual Gala & Leadership Awards promises to be a powerful and fun evening honoring a woman whose public service and international leadership has made a meaningful impact on the U.S. Hispanic and Portuguese community.
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen was the first Hispanic woman ever elected to Congress.
Having been born in Havana, Cuba, Ileana fled the oppressive Castro regime at the age of eight, with her family. The family settled in Miami, Florida and years later Ileana earned an Associate of Arts degree from Miami-Dade College, a Bachelor and a Master’s Degree in Education from Florida International University, and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Miami.
Ileana began her career as a Florida certified teacher and was inspired to enter public service by many of the parents and students she met, to fight on their behalf for a stronger educational system and a brighter economic future.
In 1982, she was elected to the Florida House of Representatives, and the Florida Senate in 1986, becoming the first Hispanic woman to serve in either body.
In 1989 Ileana was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives-- becoming the first Hispanic woman to serve in Congress-- and she has been overwhelmingly re-elected to Congress ever since.
On April 11, 2018, the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute will honor Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen at our 14th Annual Leadership Awards Gala in Washington, D.C.
To join us as a sponsor, please contact Mary Ann Gomez Orta at email@example.com.