(EMAILWIRE.COM, October 31, 2008 ) Latino Leaders Magazine today awarded Melinda Guzman with the first "Latina Distinguished Leadership" award for out outstanding and exemplary service to the Latino community. The award was bestowed in Dallas, Texas as part of the Latino Leaders Annual Summit.
"Melinda Guzman is a prominent attorney, public official and community servant. She works tirelessly on behalf of clients and her community," said Nina Vaca, CEO of Pinnacle Technical Services.
"Ms. Guzman holds significant positions in finance, education and business each of which demonstrates her keen leadership skills which impact all Americans especially in today's market," said Rafael Sanchez, Finance Chair and Director Emeritus of the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Ms. Guzman serves as a director of the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco. She is the only woman and the only Hispanic to serve in this role. The Federal Home Loan Bank system exists to provide funding to banks to keep them liquid and of course is an important role in these tough economic times.
Ms. Guzman also serves as a Trustee of the California State University, the largest four year university system in the world. The CSU graduates more Hispanics with baccheloreate degrees in the United States. Ms. Guzman also serves as a Commissioner for the California Post Secondary Education Commission which oversees all public and private education in California. "Given the importance of education to a growing economy, Ms. Guzman plays a significant role in developing educational policies which affect California and other states in our nation. Her leadership shapes our future", said Vaca.
In addition to her other roles, Ms. Guzman also serves as general counsel of the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation. She has been a leader with Hispanic chambers for over 20 years and has served as chair of the Sacramento Hispanic Chamber and of the California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. She was the first and only woman to chair the California Hispanic Chamber and has developed expertise in working with chambers on governance, training and more. She is an advocate for education and economic development.
Ms. Guzman has been an attorney for over 20 years and is partner of Goldsberry, Freeman and Guzman LLP. Her practice focuses on venture capital, business, nonprofits and employment. She is considered a leader in governance, access to capital and business. She is a tireless advocate and champion for the Latino community, women and all Americans.
Ms. Guzman is first generation college, and her parents are from Sinaloa and Chihuahua, Mexico. Her father was a railroad mechanic for the Southern Pacific Railroad and her mother a household engineer. "My father taught me how to be a CEO and my mother a CFO," said Guzman.
"I am very honored to be provided with this inaugeral Latina Distinguished Leaderhip award," said Ms. Guzman. "My father taught me four important things which have helped me (1) to work harder than anyone else, (2) to love family, (3) to love and appreciate our culture and music and language, and lastly (4) to always dream of doing more.". "I believe a good leader motivates and inspires others and opens doors and creates opportunities for others to lead and follow".
Other recipients included US Treasurer Anna Cabral and Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade.
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