It was a delight to be able to see you all at our 24th Anniversary of the LATINA Style 50 Awards and Diversity Leaders Conference on May 19th in Washington, D.C. We proudly presented the awards to the best companies for Latinas to work for in the United States. Johnson & Johnson was presented with the Company of the Year Award. The Latin American Professionals Group at State Street Corporation was presented with the best Employee Resource Group of the Year award and Ofelia Kumpf, Field VP, McDonald’s USA, was presented with the Latina Executive of the Year award. It was a great celebration, best of all, we did it in person! It felt good to be able to hug everyone after such a long time keeping the distance. We thank you for joining us and for being a part of the celebration.
Soon after the pandemic began, the news cycle was riddled with stories on the race to develop a vaccine. There was the first phase, then the second, and then the spread of variants. Though not perfect, millions of COVID-19 vaccines, Moderna, Pfizer, or Johnson & Johnson, have been administered since December 2020. In this installment, we highlight Dr. Maria Elena Bottazzi, an internationally recognized vaccinologist and global health advocate, who along with partner at the Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, co-developed the new patent-free COVID-19 vaccine, CORBEVAX.
While we are grateful for the progress with vaccines and COVID-19 treatments and the efforts to improve access and quality of mental health services, we are deeply saddened by the news we continue to hear of school violence and trauma. The loss of 19 children and two teachers is devastating. Our condolences to each family who lost a loved one during the tragedy at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas.
Also in this edition, we feature Congresswoman Grace Napolitano, co-founder and chair of the Congressional Mental Health Caucus. She continues the charge to find solutions to improve the quality and access of mental health services, especially for the Latina community.
Stay safe; hug your loved ones. Until we meet again.
Robert E. Bard