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CHAIRMAN'S GALA AND AWARDS BANQUET SPEAKERS
The Chairman's Gala and Awards Banquet, black tie optional, is the final event of the 41st Annual Convention and Business Expo. During the gala there are notable speakers, award presentation to the Business Man, Chamber, Corporation, Government and the induction of the 2016 - 2017 Executive Committee.
Marie Diaz is a sought-after speaker for business and community organizations. She is inspirational, powerful and dynamic. Combining inspiring keynotes with skills-based training, Marie brings about positive change in an organization.
Ms. Diaz is the Chief Executive Officer / Chief Visionary Officer of Pursuit of Excellence, a Dallas-based company she founded in 1994 while independently working with Fortune 500 companies as an Organizational Development Consultant and Coach. Ms. Diaz incorporated in 1997 and expanded her business into a full scope of human resources offerings, including: HR Risk Management Consulting, Organizational Development and Training, Payroll Processing, Employee Benefit Administration and Recruiting.
While being a strong advocate for small business growth and entrepreneurship, Ms. Diaz is very passionate about the growth and success of her community, the people who make it a success and most importantly, helping others succeed.
As a young Latina and a single mother, raising three boys was a challenge to Ms. Diaz. She has learned to balance her family and a growing business. She draws upon her experiences to help others overcome adversity on their road to success.
Be prepared to participate and have fun as Ms. Diaz is known for the interactivity of her presentations. She has a natural talent for engaging the audience with a combination of insight, sincerity, and enthusiasm and delivers her message in a way that leaves her listeners a little more wise and a lot more inspired.
Ms. Diaz shares her insights frequently as a keynote speaker inspiring and motivating corporate executives, business entrepreneurs and individuals to achieve a higher degree of success. With Ms. Diaz's ability to make her audience laugh, listen and learn, she has personally helped thousands of people around the world take action toward reaching their goals. Ms. Diaz inspires the type of thinking necessary for innovative action and accelerated success.
Ms. Diaz is also the author of the soon-to-be released book, IF You Knew You Could Not Fail, What Would You Do? Her book offers words of wisdom on how to achieve a higher degree of success both professionally in the business world as well as in personal life. Strategies You Can Use. Encouragement You Need. Wisdom You'll Appreciate. The IF Book. IF-book.com
Shayla Rivera is a former Aerospace Engineer with NASA turned Keynote Speaker, TV Host, Emcee/Host, Humorist, Comedian, Actor, Writer, Producer and Awareness Expert.
Her keynotes include subjects which span motivation, inspiration, leadership, diversity, education, STEM education, awareness, stress management, communication, the importance of humor and her life story.
She applies her expertise as a speaker to help many non-profit organizations, charitable and educational programs. She has spoken to clients across the country including corporations, national and local organizations, and students from elementary school to college. Rivera has been speaking and performing for 20 years and has broad appeal to men and women of all backgrounds and ages.
Shayla hosted the 13 episode TV series "You're Not The Man I Married" for the Lifetime Real Women Network. She has appeared on television in "Comics Unleashed," "National Lampoon's Funny Money," "Funny is Funny" on Comedy Central and others. She was a guest on "The Dennis Miller Show," "The Roseanne Show," "The Martin Short Show" and featured in the "Paul Rodriguez Latin All Stars." She was named "Funniest Latina Comedian" by the organization "Latin 2015." Shayla is very proud of her tours to entertain U.S. troops in Iraq and around the world. She also serves as host/emcee for many events, such as award shows, gala's, fundraisers and festivals.
Shayla was born and raised in Puerto Rico. After obtaining a degree in Aerospace Engineering with a minor in Psychology at Texas A&M University, Shayla spent 8 years working for NASA. From there she moved on to stress management corporate trainings and motivational speaking, where Shayla discovered her comedic talents.
A self-proclaimed Awareness Expert, Shayla has come to know one basic truth, "The best way to learn, grow and change, in other words be enlightened, is to lighten up." Approaching very serious subjects with a very light heart, Shayla helps young and old alike become clear about the personal beliefs that might be getting in the way of their real desires.
With numerous awards and accolades throughout her engineering, comedy and speaking careers Shayla is not easily placed in just one category or class, she defines her own.
Shayla says, "My number one goal is to inspire, through laughter and my keynotes."
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Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC), Post Office Box 41780, Austin, TX 78704
This luncheon is focused on the great accomplishments that our Latina entrepreneurs are doing in business. These speakers are very accomplished and inspiring to our business owners, future entrepreneurs, and a reminder of how empowering women truly are in Texas. We will also honor two women who have excelled over the last year and will receive the TAMACC Businesswoman of the Year Award.
Diana Natalicio became UTEP's president in 1988. During her long and distinguished career with the University, Dr. Natalicio has also served as vice president for academic affairs, dean of liberal arts, chair of the modern languages department and professor of linguistics. Her sustained commitment to provide all residents of the Paso del Norte region access to outstanding higher education opportunities has helped make UTEP a national success story.
During her tenure, UTEP's enrollment has grown from 15,000 to more than 23,000 students, its annual budget from $65 to nearly $450 million, annual research expenditures from $6 to nearly $90 million, and doctoral programs from one to twenty-one.
Dr. Natalicio has served on numerous boards including Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF), ACT, the Rockefeller Foundation, Trinity Industries, Sandia Corporation, U.S.-Mexico Foundation for Science (FUMEC), American Council on Education (chair), National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME), Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), and Internet 2.
Dr. Natalicio was recently named to the 2016 TIME 100 list of the most influential people in the world. In 2015, The Carnegie Corporation of New York honored her with its prestigious Academic Leadership Award, and in 2011, she was presented with the Orden Mexicana del Aguila Azteca, the highest honor bestowed on foreign nationals by the President of Mexico. She has also received the TIAA-CREF Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence and the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education, and honorary doctoral degrees from Georgetown University, Smith College and the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo Leon.
The first few years of my life were spent living in a pink house on South Walker Street off Alameda. I spoke mostly Spanish, played in the ditch, got gum in my hair, and was a tomboy in fake patent leather mary-janes my grandmother bought downtown. I have great memories from downtown El Paso which I still visit regularly because I love the nostalgia. I don't have to take the bus there anymore. But I loved munching on burritos and waiting for the bus downtown with my mother and grandmother. In fact, the time I spent at El Paso bus stops and laundromats with my mother seriously were the best times of my childhood. We walked, talked and read forever waiting for buses and laundry. Those were simple, beautiful times. Now life is beautiful on much different levels.
I managed to get my degree in broadcast journalism at the University of Texas at El Paso in four years after graduating from Ysleta High School while working an internship at the El Paso Times and at a gas station. That led to a paid scholarship internship at The Dallas Morning News. I was able to come home to break into TV news where I appropriately started at the bottom and worked my way up. On the way, I have reached various meaningful benchmarks earning a regional Emmy for the Juarez Serial Murders, appearing on the Bill O'Reilly show and America's Most Wanted as the point-person for FOX on the break-out of "The Texas Seven," being nominated for an Emmy for the American Airlines strike in Dallas, as well as for the problems plaguing the Children's' Protective Services agency in East Texas and coverage of immigration issues in Texas.
I have an extraordinary family consisting of five amazing, beautiful, considerate children. My two step daughters Deven and Laneah. And three of my own, Maya, Polo and Elias. I have a wonderful and supportive husband who served his country for more than a decade in the USMC and who is a Purple Heart recipient and truly my hero. I feel blessed in every way, and extremely happy to be home.
Daniel Morales Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations for Walmart
Daniel Morales is director of public affairs and government relations for Walmart in South Texas. Prior to that Daniel was director of communications and community relations for Walmart Public Affairs for an 11-state region where he was responsible for leading state and local communications that help improve Walmart's reputation.
Before joining Walmart, Daniel was a political appointee under President George W. Bush in Washington, D.C., where he served at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as Secretary Tommy Thompson's outreach coordinator and acting communications director for the Office of Public Health and Science. Daniel also served at the U.S. Department of Labor where he was Spanish spokesperson and Hispanic liaison to Secretary Elaine Chow.
Daniel has also worked with the City of San Antonio's Community Action Division as a social worker helping those in need through the use of Community Development Block Grants.
Daniel, originally from Brownsville, Texas, has a Master's Degree in Public Service Administration from the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University and a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio. He serves on several non-profit organizations including the Board of Directors of AAMA, a nonprofit in Houston's east end, La Camara de Empresarios Latinos de Houston as Chair of the Executive Advisory Board, Board of Directors of Parents Step Ahead and as the Chair of the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Advisory Committee.