Liliam M. López is a co-founder of the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (SFLHCC) in 1994 and the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation serving as President/CEO of both organizations. She is former Executive Director of the Spanish American League Against Discrimination (SALAD) and is a motivational speaker for several organizations, including the Federal Women’s Program of the U.S. Department of Justice. She delivered the Keynote address for Miami Dade College’s Hialeah Campus Commencement of 2009 and delivered the Alumni Pledge of St. Thomas University’s 2011 Commencement of May, 2011. Through the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation, over $330,000 have been awarded in scholarships to financially disadvantaged Hispanic students. Ms. López was recently invited to the White House to participate in a private roundtable discussion together with 12 community leaders of South Florida with the President of the U.S., the Honorable Barack Obama. She was also one of 150 national leaders invited to a White House conference on Hispanic Policy on July, 2011.
López currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Aging. She also serves in Florida International University’s President’s Council She served on the Entrepreneurial Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s Regional Economic Information Network (REIN) for the period 2008-2010, the Board of the Miami Jewish Health Systems, and the Working Solutions Program for Displaced Homemakers of Miami Dade College. She also served as the chairman of the Hispanic Affairs Committee of the City of Miami Beach as well as on the Board of Directors of WLRN Public Radio and Television from 2005-2009. She served in the State of Florida’s Small Business Advisory Board for former U.S. Senator (FL) George Lemieux, among many other boards.
Liliam M. López graduated from St. Thomas University with a Bachelor of Arts and major in Political Science in 1988.Liliam M. López has received numerous awards including the City Keys to the City of Miami Beach presented by the Honorable Mayor David Dermer on June 20, 2002. Recently Lopez was included in Women of Wealth (WOW) Magazine as one of the 90 most influential leaders and mentors of the U.S. Other awards received by Lopez include: The Broward County Women of Distinction Award, 2012; the St. Thomas University’s Alumni Global Entrepreneur Award (2010); 2010 Women Extraordinaire presented by South Florida Business Leader; 2008 Induction to Miami Dade College’s Hall of Fame; the 2007 Miguel Cervantes Award presented by Nova Southeastern University; the 2006 March of Dimes Award in the Education and Training Category; “2003 Business Woman of the Year Award” CEO non-profit category presented by the “South Florida Business Journal;” “In the Company of Women” award presented by the Miami-Dade Parks and Recreation Department on March, 2003; The 2003 Hispanic Leadership Award from City of Miami Beach; “Women Worth Knowing” award presented by the Commission on the Status of Women of the City of Miami Beach in March, 1998; and the“1997 Women Leading the Way Award” from the New Women Entrepreneur Center.
On March 25, 1998 former Miami Beach Mayor Neisen Kasdin presented a proclamation to Lopez declaring March 25, 1998, “Liliam M. Lopez day in the City of Miami Beach; Former Metro Miami Magazine included Ms. Lopez as one of the 101 most influential women of Miami-Dade County in the year 2000. Ms. Lopez was “Nuestro Orgullo” of WLTV, (UNIVISION) Channel 23 on January 19, 1996. Lopez has been featured four times in the cover of “Domingo Social” of El Nuevo Herald and was recognized by the Sun Post newspaper as the “Best Local Representative of the Hispanic community and featured as one of the 50 most influential people in the City of Miami Beach. “In Focus Interactive” Magazine featured Lopez in the cover of their June, 2002 issue. Lopez was featured in the cover of the Miami Today newspaper on June 6, 2002 as “The Achiever.” Lopez was featured in NBC/Telemundo during Hispanic Heritage Month as one of four Miami-Dade County leaders in the television segment “Chevron Presents 2004 Hispanic Heritage Heroes.”
Liliam M. López is married to architect and urban planner, Alfredo C. Sánchez. Sanchez is a partner in the firm, Bermello, Ajamil and Partners. They have a 12-year old daughter, Lillian Karina Sánchez.
As a Hispanic woman, I understand the importance of obtaining an education and what a difference it makes in a person’s life. For that reason, the SFLHCC created a foundation which has granted $350,000 in scholarships. In reality, education is my passion and for that reason I have been working with the HSF for more than 10 years now.