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Recognizing the outstanding work and achievements of our graduates!
LT Impact: The Value of Mentorship
Alyssa Cervantes, LT’16, Associate Managing Director at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center in El Paso, met America Adame during her Leadership Texas year. After America shared her story during a presentation at Amarillo College, Alyssa introduced herself. She saw the opportunity to show America that she could triumph and succeed in spite of life’s obstacles – and she has served as her mentor ever since. Alyssa challenged America to make good on her promise to graduate from college and as her mentor, she would accompany her every step of the way in her journey, to ensure that America reached every milestone and accomplishment that she dreamed to reach.
America graduated with a bachelor’s degree this past May, but Alyssa continues to mentor and guide her. “I remind her regularly that she is my role model, and one day, will tell her story to so many more young ladies who need to hear it. I know that one day soon, she will trade places with me, and will mentor young ladies just like herself,” adds Alyssa.
Leadership Women applauds Alyssa for exhibiting real leadership in action and for her commitment to mentoring America.
STEM Award at Murray State Honors 2 LW Board Members
The Murray State University TSM (Technology Solutions Management) program announced a new award to be given to women in technology. They have named it the Lana Garner Porter Award for Women in Technology to honor Lana Porter who has been a Murray State alumnae and has had an illustrious career in technology including AT&T and Ameritech Library Systems (the world’s largest provider of software for libraries).
The first honoree of this award is another Murray State alumnae, Trisha Cunningham, who had a 30 year career at Texas Instruments and rose through this technical company serving in many marketing capacities and was the Chief Citizen Officer before retiring in 2016. Since then, she has become the CEO of North Texas Food Bank, one of the tenth largest food banks in the country.
LW congratulates Board members Lana and Trisha!
United Way Award to Carolyn Schmies
Congratulations to Carolyn Schmies, LW Ambassador, for receiving the Barbara Ann Kazen Award from the United Way of Laredo Board of Directors in recognition of her volunteer spirit.
The Barbara Ann Kazen Award was created to recognize an individual who brings hope for a brighter tomorrow and faithfully gives of themselves to care, love and advocate for those less fortunate. Carolyn is on the Board of Directors of Literacy Volunteers (LVA), working to help hundreds of non-reading adults by developing fundraisers such as the “Adult Spelling Bee.” She has also developed fundraising programs at Laredo Community College to support the United Way.
LW Graduate Featured in Dallas Morning News
Beverley Wright, LA’05, LT’09, was recently featured in the May 1, 2018 issue of the Dallas Morning News, sharing her insights in starting her Coaching Business, Wright Choice Group, later in life.
Beverley states, “I see potential in people and I enjoy bringing that to the forefront.” And while her business allows her to coach business leaders in the areas of healthcare, financial services and transportation, she has also coached emerging leaders in our Leadership Pipeline program. LW would like to thank Beverley for her continued support of LW programs, her wisdom and leadership savvy.
The Hospitals of Providence Announce New CEO of Transmountain Campus
Tasha Hopper, LT’18, is the new CEO of The Hospitals of Providence Transmountain hospital campus. She replaces Nicholas Tejeda, who recently was promoted to Providence’s El Paso Market CEO. Hopper, a registered nurse, has worked for Providence for 20 years. She previously was chief operating officer for the Transmountain campus, and oversaw construction of the hospital, which opened in 2017. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing, and master’s degree in nursing administration from the University of Texas at El Paso.
This just in...LT 2014 Graduate Wins City Council Race
Canadian, Texas held a City Council Election on May 5th with Leadership Texas 2014 graduate and political newcomer, Wendie Cook, taking one of the three open seats available. As the results rolled in, Wendie posted, “A giant thank you to Canadian for giving me an opportunity to work for you. It will be my honor to do so. Now, it’s time for the work to begin. Cheers to our bright future!”
It's Official....Solis is El Paso's New Judge Elect for the 243rd District
LT 2012’s Selena Solis has officially announced that she is the Judge Elect for the 243rd District Court seat. Selena wrote on her campaign Facebook page, “It’s finally official! I’m the Judge Elect for the 243rd District Court. I am honored to continue my service in this capacity to El Paso, one of the best communities in the state! A heartfelt thank you for all your support. I can’t tell you how excited I am to be the sole nominee in the general election.”
Do you know of a LW graduate that has recently been promoted, received an award or been otherwise recognized as an outstanding leader? Please let us know!