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41st Annual Awards Gala

Special Thanks to Bank of America for Hosting the 41st Annual Awards Gala!

September 13, 2018 – Marriott Marquis Washington, D.C.
901 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
6:30pm – 9:00pm

Our annual Awards Gala is a highlight of our year, gathering the largest and most prestigious Hispanic nonpartisan, public and private-sector leaders and supporters in the nation — the perfect ending of our Hispanic Heritage Month events and an incredible kickoff for Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins on September 15.

Join us as we celebrate the achievements of Latinos with the night’s honorees, highlight Hispanic culture and heroes, and enjoy live entertainment, including a special finale by award-winning artist and activist Rubén Blades.

CHCI’s unwavering mission is to develop the next generation of Latino leaders by providing opportunities for educational attainment and leadership development. This mission, instilled by our founders, guides our every decision as we strive to put more young Latinos on the pathway to the American dream. We invite you to celebrate our accomplishments and support our future at the 41st Annual Awards Gala.

Gala Evening Schedule

41st Annual Awards Gala Chair’s Private Reception
(by invitation only)
5:00pm – 6:15pm

Special Thanks to Host Sponsor:

Gala Evening Schedule

41st Annual Awards Gala Chair’s Private Reception
(by invitation only)
5:00pm – 6:15pm

CHCI 41st Annual Awards Gala General Reception
(open to all gala guests)
5:00pm – 6:15pm

CHCI 41st Annual Awards Gala
(open to all gala guests)
6:30pm – 9:00pm

CHCI 41st Annual Awards Gala Entertainment
(open to all gala guests)
9:00pm – 10:30pm

Post-Gala Celebration
(open to all gala guests)
10:30pm – 2:00am
Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar
801 9th Street, NW, Washington, D.C.


CHCI’s highest honor, the Medallion of Excellence, is bestowed upon positive Hispanic American role models whose extraordinary careers, civic leadership and service contribute to the greater American society.

We are pleased this year to award Medallions of Excellence to two deserving leaders: Renowned journalist Jorge Ramos will receive the 2018 CHCI Medallion for Excellence in the Arts, Entertainment, Media, Music and Sports. Accomplished education advocate and civil rights activist Anna Michele Bobadilla will receive the 2018 CHCI American Dream Medallion of Excellence in Education, Science, Medicine, or Civil Rights.

“It is an honor to recognize Jorge Ramos and Anna Michele Bobadilla for their commitment to social justice and equality, and for being champions of the American dream for all. We celebrate their courageous leadership and extraordinary careers,” CHCI President and CEO Domenika Lynch said.

Juan Otero will be honored with this year’s Medallion of Excellence for a Distinguished Alumnus—celebrating his outstanding leadership and contributions within the Latino community and American society as a whole.

CHCI Alumna Bertha Alisia Guerrero will receive the inaugural Young Alumnus Award, a new honor to recognize the early achievements and potential of a recent CHCI alumnus. The CHCI Alumni Association selected Guerrero in recognition of her broad range of advocacy and other endeavors supporting Latino organizations.

Jorge Ramos

The 2018 CHCI Medallion of Excellence in the Arts, Entertainment, Media, Music, and Sports will be awarded to Jorge Ramos. Since 1986, Ramos has served as Noticiero Univision’s leading anchorman. He is considered one of the most respected journalists of our time.

An immigrant and father of two, Ramos is a role model to the Hispanic community as one of today’s most eloquent, credible and powerful voices of Hispanic America. Ramos has received a plethora of accolades, including the Maria Moors Cabot Prize, eight Emmy Awards for excellence in journalism, the Burton Benjamin Memorial Award from the Committee to Protect Journalists, the Founders Award for Excellence in Journalism from the International Center for Journalists and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Ramos has also been featured in Time Magazine’s “25 Most Influential Hispanics in the United States” list, TIME 100 and in Newsweek’s Power 50 list of political and media figures.

“I am very honored to receive the CHCI Medallion of Excellence. This is a great opportunity to talk about our achievements as a community, to destroy stereotypes and to give voice to the voiceless,” expressed Jorge Ramos.

Michele Bobadilla

The 2018 CHCI American Dream Medallion of Excellence in Education, Science, Medicine, or Civil Rights will be awarded to Anna Michele Bobadilla, the University of Texas Arlington Senior Associate Vice President for Outreach Services & Community Engagement, and Assistant Provost for Hispanic Student Services.

For nearly 40 years, she has been an advocate, educator, and community volunteer, opening doors to higher education for thousands of students.

Bobadilla is a renowned community leader and education champion. She established the Society of 100 Endowed Scholars’ Fund, has raised over $4.7 million as chair of the Stars on the Rise Scholarship Program, and is currently serving as co-chair of the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s scholarship program and chair of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, University Partnerships Initiative.

A native Dallasite, Bobadilla, believes passionately in the power of people to effect change.

“Live your life with purpose! Don’t just take the seat at the table, be prepared. Understand the responsibility you have assumed will require you to be the voice for others,” said Bobadilla. “It will take courage, confidence, and character.”

Juan F. Otero

 2018 The Medallion of Excellence for a Distinguished Alumnus

Juan Otero serves as Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion for Comcast Corporation. In this role, Juan oversees the strategy and implementation of diversity and inclusion initiatives across the company in five focus areas: governance, workforce, procurement, programming and community impact. He also works closely with Comcast’s Executive Internal Diversity Council and its Workforce Diversity & Inclusion team, and the external Comcast NBCUniversal Joint Diversity Advisory Council.

Juan previously served as Vice President of Federal Government Affairs for Comcast NBCUniversal, responsible for federal legislative advocacy with Members of Congress and the Administration. He was also responsible for developing strategies for achieving corporate legislative objectives.

Prior to joining Comcast in 2007, Juan served as a director for the National Governors Association in Washington, D.C. and previously served as Deputy Director at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), where he oversaw the Department’s efforts to develop improved interoperability technologies and communications. Before joining DHS, he worked as Principal Counsel for the National League of Cities.

Juan is currently a Board Member of Make Room USA, serves on the Executive Committee of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, and as a Board Member of the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute.

Juan holds a J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and a M.P.A. from American University.

Bertha A. Guerrero

Inaugural CHCI Young Alumnus Award

Bertha Alisia Guerrero serves as Chief of Staff to Congressman Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles). In this role, she is the congressman’s principal advisor on a wide range of policy, legislative, and political matters. She is also responsible for the development and implementation of his public policy priorities as a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the House Natural Resources Committee. She previously served as Director of Public Engagement for Democrats on the House Natural Resources Committee. In this capacity, she engaged political, media, and key constituencies to build support for a wide range of conservation and environmental legislative priorities. Before returning to Capitol Hill, Bertha Alisia served as Director of National Advocacy at the Hispanic Federation, where she mobilized elected officials, businesses and community leaders, and diverse stakeholders to support Latino nonprofits, improve education, increase access to quality health care, aid immigrant families, and expand economic empowerment and financial security.

Bertha Alisia was born and raised in Santa Ana, California. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California Los Angeles. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her dog, Mia.

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