LOS ANGELES, CA – The National Latina Women Business Association has presented its Corporate Leader of the Year Award to Elva Lima, Verizon’s vice president of strategic programs, for her dedication to advancing the professional development and business leadership of Latinas.

The award honors outstanding Latina business women in the Los Angeles metropolitan area who have demonstrated success in business and a commitment to the betterment of the Latino community.

“As the nation’s leading Latina business organization, the Los Angeles chapter of the National Latina Women Business Association recognizes through its Latina in Business Awards the successes and contributions of Latina entrepreneurs, executives and professionals,” said Claudia Bodan, the chapter’s president.  “Elva Lima’s success extends beyond her in work in business, reaching into the community through personal contributions, dedication and participation.”

Alberto G. Alvarado, district director of the United States Small Business Administration’s Los Angeles office, said: “The NLWBA’s recognition of Ms. Lima is a testament to her tireless advocacy for the women-owned, minority- and small-business community. She serves as a role model for many.”

Lima said many of her leadership skills are the result of watching the work ethic of her parents as she grew up and the advice she received from her grandmother, and she has further developed those skills throughout her career with Verizon.

“I am honored to be recognized by a leading business organization that serves as a resource for Latinas to meet their career goals through education, leadership and community service,” said Lima. “I hope my leadership experience serves as an example of the many ways leadership skills can be attained and used to realize goals.”

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