The Hispanic Scholarship Fund’s 4th annual Leaders in Education Awards Luncheon will recognize scholars, parents, community organizations, and corporate leaders in education in the Southern California area.
The event is designed to raise awareness of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund's work and to highlight the contributions that our leading partners make in collaboration with HSF towards Latino higher education. Attendees will include leaders from major corporations and community organizations, elected officials, educators, and HSF scholars and alumni.
11:00am - 12:00pm: Check in
12:00pm - 1:30pm: Awards Luncheon
HSF Scholar Parent of the Year:
Recognizes an HSF Scholar or Alumni Parent in Southern California, who has supported, encouraged, guided, inspired and positively influenced the life of his or her student in pursuit of higher education. This year we are honoring Ana Maria Marinez & Gabriel Marinez Herrera from Oxnard, CA who were nominated by their daughter Wendy. View their story now.
HSF Male and Female Scholars of the Year:
Honors a male and female HSF Scholar in the region who has demonstrated outstanding academic performance and embodies the “Student Leader” traits and characteristics. This year's nominees are:
Joshue Leyva, UCLA
Karen Villegas, UCLA
Community Partner of the Year:
Recognizes a local non-profit, community-based organization, school or university that works in partnership with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund to support Latino students’ development and access to a college education. This year we are honoring GE Hispanic Forum. View their story now.
Corporate Partner of the Year:
In celebration of a corporate partner’s long-standing philanthropic commitment and support of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund’s mission. This year we are honoring Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. View their story now.
For more information on our honorees please see speaker bios below.
President & CEO,
Latina media dynamo and women’s empowerment advocate Nely Galán, dubbed the “Tropical Tycoon” by The New York Times Magazine, is one of the entertainment industry’s savviest firebrand talents. A first generation immigrant and self-made media mogul, Galán was the first Latina president of a U.S. television network (Telemundo). She is an Emmy Award-winning producer of over 600 episodes of television in Spanish and English, including the FOX hit reality series “The Swan” and is the first Latina to appear on “Celebrity Apprentice with Donald Trump” on NBC. She regularly electrifies audiences with her experiences as one of the first Latina producers in Hollywood and her rise to become a successful media and real estate entrepreneur as well as an inspirational speaker and passionate advocate for the empowerment of Latinas everywhere.
The Adelante Movement (Move Forward!) founded by Nely Galán, is a grassroots movement that unites and empowers Latinas socially, economically and politically in the U.S. It encourages Latinas to play a leading role in American society, economics and politics and become an integral part of the national conversation, in order to provide their children with the future they deserve, as a rightful part of this country. The Adelante Movement: Tour is a series of national empowerment conferences, supported by a digital community, presented by the Coca Cola Company, that inform, mentor and inspire Latinas to take action!
Galán has also owned and operated her own media company since 1994. Galan Entertainment has launched 10 groundbreaking television channels in Latin America, and has also produced a staggering 600 episodes of programming that crosses all genres from reality series to sitcoms, telenovelas to talk shows, in both English and Spanish.
President & Chief Executive Officer
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Fidel A. Vargas is President and CEO of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF). After serving on HSF’s Board of Directors from January 2010 through December 2012, he assumed leadership of the organization on January 2, 2013. Mr. Vargas sets HSF’s overall direction; develops and oversees the execution of strategy; leads the senior management team; plays an active, leadership role in development and outreach activities for all constituencies, and advocates for HSF, throughout the country.
Prior to joining HSF, Mr. Vargas was a Founding Partner of Centinela Capital Partners, an alternative asset management firm that invested nearly $1 billion in and alongside leading emerging private equity and venture capital funds. Prior to joining Centinela, Mr. Vargas was a Founding Principal and Managing Director of Reliant Equity Investors, a private equity investment firm investing in lower middle market companies. At the age of twenty-three, Mr. Vargas became the country’s youngest elected Mayor of a major city: Baldwin Park, California, with a population of 85,000, twenty miles northeast of Los Angeles.
In addition to having served on HSF’s Board of Directors prior to becoming its President and CEO, Mr. Vargas has served on a number of public and private sector boards and commissions, including: the New America Alliance; Sponsors for Educational Opportunities; Operation Hope, Inc.; President Clinton’s Advisory Council on Social Security; President Bush’s Commission on Strengthening Social Security; and Presidents Bush and Obama’s Commission on Presidential Scholars. He currently serves on the boards of the California Community Foundation, the Latino Donor Collaborative, and The Los Angeles Theatre Center.
Mr. Vargas has been recognized for his accomplishments by numerous organizations and media outlets, throughout his career. Time Magazine named him as one of the Top 50 Young Leaders in the United States, Hispanic Magazine named him one of the Top 30 Young Hispanics in the United States, he was named one of the country’s 100 most influential Hispanics by Hispanic Business Magazine and one of the 101 Most Influential Latinos by Latino Leaders magazine.
Mr. Vargas graduated with honors from Harvard University with an A.B. in Social Studies. He received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, with a concentration in Entrepreneurship and General Management.
Mr. Vargas is the eldest of eight children and has three adult children. His parents emigrated from Mexico. His father, Fidel B. Vargas worked as a carpenter and his mother, Margarita Vargas raised her family and began a career as a community organizer after Fidel left for college and continues to serve her community as a local elected official. Fidel’s brothers and sisters attended UC Santa Cruz, George Washington University, La Verne University, Brown University, and UC Berkeley. He has a deep commitment to HSF, having been a six-time, HSF scholarship recipient.
Chairman, Board of Directors, Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Founder and Chairman, Panamax Films LL
James M. McNamara is the Chairman of Pantelion Films a motion picture production and distribution joint venture between Televisa and Lionsgate that targets the US Latino market. McNamara is also Chairman of Cinelatino Inc., the most widely distributed Spanish language movie channel in the US Hispanic cable marketplace and Chairman of Panamax Films.
In March of 2012, McNamara was elected Chairman of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the nation’s leading organization supporting Hispanic higher education. From 1999 – 2005 McNamara was President and Chief Executive Office of Telemundo Communications Group, Inc. During his time at Telemundo, Mr. McNamara sold the Company to NBC and oversaw Telemundo’s transformation from acquirer of finished product to the most dynamic producer of Spanish language television content in the world. From 1996 – 1998 McNamara was President of Universal Television Enterprises. During his tenure at Universal he was responsible for worldwide television distribution as well as production of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena: Warrior Princess, Sally Jesse Raphael and Jerry Springer.
From 1991 – 1995 Mr. McNamara was Chief Executive Officer of New World Entertainment. He started his career at the sports management company, International Management Group. He was born and raised in the Republic of Panama and resides with his wife and family in Miami, FL.
L.A. Metro Community Bank
Wells Fargo & Company
Evelin Martinez is vice president and district manager for Wells Fargo’s North Valley market for the L.A. Metro Community Bank. Evelin oversees more than 150 financial professionals at 11 banking stores, including Balboa Devonshire, Granada Hills, Pacoima, Panorama City, Sepulveda & Victory, Van Nuys, Chatsworth, Northridge, Zelzah Towne Center, Balboa Mission and Porter Ranch banking stores.
Martinez assumed her current role in 2012. She began her banking career with Wells Fargo in 1992 as a teller in San Francisco and has since held numerous retail banking positions, including personal banker, assistant manager, store manager, sales development consultant and district manager for the West Los Angeles/Marina, West Valley Hills, Foothill Heights and North Hills markets.
Martinez graduated from Holy Names College in Oakland, Calif., with a bachelor’s degree in human resources management.
Martinez is actively involved with nonprofit organizations and community events and has served as co-chair for Hispanas Organized for Political Equality’s annual Latina History Day Conference. She resides in La Crescenta, Calif., with her husband and two children.
Vice President, Corporate Controller
Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
Anthony Salcido is Vice President and Corporate Controller of Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., where he is responsible for TMS’s general and automotive accounting, financial reporting, and accounting shared services. He is also chairman of the audit committee of Toyota Motors Credit Corporation.
Prior to joining TMS, he was Vice President and Controller of Disney Consumer Products. He previously held senior financial management positions at PepsiCo’s international restaurant division, which included KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell. A CPA, he began his career with KPMG and later held managerial positions at Price Waterhouse.
Partner, Employment Law & Litigation
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Julie Totten is the partner in charge of Orrick’s Sacramento Employment Law Group and leads a vibrant practice throughout the state of California.
Julie represents employers in complex cases, including wage-and-hour class and collective actions, EEO claims and claims involving breach of contract and wrongful termination. She has also successfully represented clients involved in investigations and audits by the Department of Labor and the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, and she assists clients in developing compensation policies and compliance measures designed to reduce potential exposure. Julie also counsels and trains clients on a wide variety of employment law matters, including social media and employee privacy.
Sales Force Effectiveness Leader
GE Equipment Finance
Alex is the Sales Force Effectiveness Leader for GE Capital, Equipment Finance for one of its $1B business units in Chicago, IL. He has been with GE for seven years transitioning into progressive global sales and marketing leadership roles within GE Capital, GE Energy Services and GE Energy Management businesses. Prior to GE, Alex held progressive sales and marketing roles in various industries focused on strategy, innovation, and business development.
He serves as the GE Hispanic Forum National Community Service Leader where he leads a team of 50 volunteer leaders across the US and Puerto Rico. In 2013, this team led 4,000 volunteers who committed over 20,000 hours of community service; improving health awareness and educational opportunities in underserved Hispanic communities. He is the founder of the GE Hispanic Forum Scholarship program that was started in 2010 and has contributed over 250K, to date and mentored 200 college students across the US. Formally established in 1996, the GE Hispanic Forum is a voluntary member organization whose mission is to attract, develop, inspire and promote Hispanic talent within GE while positively impacting the business.
Alex is originally from Santa Ana, CA and received his Bachelors from California State Fullerton, an MABS from Dallas Theological Seminary, and an MBA from Emory’s Goizueta Business School.