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HAPBWA Foundation Makes History On The Swearing-In Of The Board Of Directors Supporting Young Girls

Orlando, FL - HAPBWA Foundation, a non-profit sister organization of the Hispanic American Professional & Business Women's Association (HAPBWA), made history on April 21st by partnering up with the Girl Scouts of Citrus Council. The event took place during the Swearing-In of the Board of Directors for 2023-2027, held at the Girl Scouts of Citrus headquarters in Orlando, Florida.HAPBWA Foundation has been serving Hispanic American professionals and businesswomen since its establishment in 2010 when founder Eva Pagan Hill, who was one of the women who helped found the association in 1997 and during her tenure as president of the association decided to start the foundation. This year, the foundation is launching new branding designed by Stand Out Consulting, Marketing & Events, a new website, and other initiatives to further support and encourage the development of youth, women, and marginalized communities by promoting their leadership skills, personal growth, and professional advancement. As part of its celebration, the foundation is teaming up with the Girl Scouts of Citrus Council to support their mission and give an example to younger generations to come. "We are excited to celebrate our new board of directors and our new president, Deisamar De Soto-Torres, as we launch our new branding and website," said Eva Pagán Hill, original Founder and past president of HAPBWA's Association and Foundation and current Board Member of the Foundation. "We are also thrilled to support the Girl Scouts of Citrus Council, which does incredible work empowering young women."

HAPBWA Foundation partnered with the Girl Scouts of Citrus Council to support their mission of empowering young women. "We are honored to be the first female Hispanic organization to partner with the Girl Scouts of Citrus Council," said Deisamar De Soto-Torres, President of the HAPBWA Foundation. "HAPBWA Foundation recognizes the importance of community building and investing in our future female leaders, and this partnership allows us to do both." HAPBWA Foundation also expressed gratitude towards the Girl Scouts of Citrus Council by sponsoring five girls and their materials to become Girl Scouts for one year. "We believe in the Girl Scouts' mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, and we are proud to support their efforts," added De Soto-Torres.

The new board of directors includes:

  • President – Deisamar De Soto-Torres

  • VP – Eva Pagan

  • Secretary – Maria Judith Sanchez

  • Treasury – Zoraida Hernandez

  • Directors: Marta Vargas, Mercedes Caballero, Rosa Ruiz

  • Mentors: Carmen Velazquez, Maritza Beltran, Nancy Sharifi

This celebration was full of symbolism from the colors to honor both HAPBWA Foundation's new branding and history as well as the Girl Scouts of Citrus to the flowers and fruits in centerpieces that represented unity, knowledge, and the state of Florida with citrus fruits. The event featured speakers such as Nina Wilson from the Girl Scouts of Citrus Council, Zoraida Velasco, Mayra Ramos Miro, and both past and new presidents of HAPBWA FOUNDATION as well as the Honorable Judge Tralina Nunez-Nacvarro. The program included lunch and networking opportunities and was sponsored by The Girl Scouts of Citrus, Dr. G and Kidsville Pediatrics, CenterWell, CPA Gustavo Torres, La Prensa, and Haciendo Negocios Media.

"We are thrilled to support efforts to empower young women as part of our mission in this new chapter" said Deisamar De Soto-Torres. "We are dedicated to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion to provide every girl and woman with the opportunity to reach her full potential." For more information about the HAPBWA FOUNDATION and their mission to empower Hispanic American women and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion, please visit Contact: HAPBWA Foundation

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