The 9th Annual Multicultural Women Executive Leadership Foundation Scholarship & Awards Gala is an evening of celebration, recognition, and congratulations. Our Gala is an extraordinary evening as we salute our graduates and recognize the accomplishments of leaders in corporate, non-profit, and public service. Individuals who have put in the hard work and dedication to becoming better leaders, and who are changing the world with their actions and commitments. Take a peak into the special night as we celebrated the 2020-2022 graduates and honorees:

Celebrating the 2020-2022 graduates and honorees at our
2022 Scholarship and Awards Gala

Hilary Sledge-Sarnor, JD
Executive Counsel to General Counsel
MUFG Union Bank
Dr. Rose-Margaret
Ekeng-Itua, PhD
STEM Educator, Administrator, and Engineer
Ohlone College
Ivett Garcia
Head of Global Diversity,
Inclusion and Belonging

Connie Sparks
Wadeco Business Center, LLC
Dr. Veronica Estrada, EdD
Academic Faculty/Professor
Pacific Oaks College
Dr. Sophie Duan Zhuang, PhD
Tonisha Jester
Senior Associate Director,
Diversity. Equity and Inclusion

USC Marshall School of Business 
Blanca Cortez
Senior Relationship Manager,
Senior Vice President

Bank of America
Juresha Alemayehu
Project Manager
Turner Construction Company
Paula Kendrick
Claims Management Plus
Laura Morinaka Santo
Sr. Project Manager
Turner Construction Company  
Lauren Turner, EIT
Sr. Project Engineer
Turner Construction Company
Cristina Polk
Project Executive
Turner Construction Company

Congratulations 2020-2022 Graduates from the Multicultural Women Executive Leadership & Multicultural Entrepreneur Programs

Thank you to all who made this an evening to remember.

Behind every great program are the partners who make it happen.

Thank you to our sponsors for your generous support and your commitment

to our programs and fellows!

Title Sponsor


Title Sponsor


Platinum Sponsors


Gold Sponsors


Bronze Sponsors


Crystal Sponsors


Alumni Sponsors