Since 2008, SABEResPODER’s Annual Leadership Awards & Benefit Gala has celebrated the achievements of individuals and organizations empowering communities to become better informed, confident, and active participants in U.S. society. This year’s SABEResPODER Leadership Awards & Benefit Gala, a high-profile fundraising dinner in support of the Migrant Scholars Leadership Institute (MSLI) at UCLA, will be held on Thursday, July 28th starting at 6:00pm in the Sunset Ballroom of the Luxe Hotel in Los Angeles.

This year’s outstanding honorees are:

  • Business Leadership Award: NALA Films
  • Community Leadership Award: MONICA GIL, Nielsen
  • Educational Leadership Award: DAVID RODRIGUEZ, Ford Motor Company
  • Image Leadership Award: ADAM RODRIGUEZ, Actor/Entrepreneur


Proceeds from the event benefit MSLI, an intensive one-month college preparatory and leadership skills program for high-achieving students from California’s migrant farm working communities. The program is hosted by SABEResPODER in cooperation with UCLA, and largely funded by the California Department of Education’s Office of Migrant Education.

“It’s a deep honor to be recognized by SABEResPODER,” said David Rodriguez, Multicultural Marketing Manager, Ford Motor Company. “On behalf of the Ford Motor Company, I’m thankful to SABEResPODER for acknowledging the good works that Ford Motor Company endeavors to do through education and empowerment initiatives for the Hispanic market.”

“SABEResPODER has had the privilege of honoring extraordinary individuals and organizations since 2008…this year’s gala serves the same purpose and ultimately aims to motivate our young scholars in our MSLI program to witness the endless possibilities to succeed while empowering others,” said Raul P. Lomeli-Azoubel, Executive Chairman of SABEResPODER.

Esteemed past honorees include: Henry Cisneros, Dolores Huerta, Hilda Solis, Rosie Rios, Gil Cedillo, and Monica Lozano.

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