Creative Marketing and Food Demos take the stage and a Valley Bank employee wins the Latina Leader Award

News | 11/13/2019

Latina Leaders EventJersey City, November 12, 2019 – Latinas in Business Inc., the national non-profit organized the2019 Annual Latina SmallBiz Expo and Pitch Competition, where this year’s Latina Leader Award was given and relevant speakers took the stage. The event took place at the Hudson County Community College Culinary Conference Center in Jersey City, NJ on November 8, 2019. The event was followed by the WINNERS Reception. 

“Continuing with our slogan POWER UP YOUR ACCESS, BRANDING AND CONNECTIONS!, this year’s Latina Leader Award was granted to a leader and her team who have been continuously supporting our mission,” said Susana G Baumann, President and CEO of Latinas in Business Inc.

Fatima Pearn, Vice President, Commercial Lender/Middle Market at Valley Bank, received the 2019 Latina Leader Award. Fatima is a seasoned professional with over 15 years in commercial lending, lines of credit, business development and consultation to clients. “Fatima Pearn has long been a champion for Latinas in Business, in fact for all women in business. She possesses a special affinity with small business owners and consistently brings them financial solutions for the health and ongoing viability of their companies. We are thrilled to have her on our Valley team and so happy she was nominated for this recognition!,” said Dorothy Kahlau, First Senior Vice President at Valley Bank.

“We are also bringing SnapDragon President & CEO Elle Morris, as our Lifestyle Keynote Speaker. A visionary, expert designer, leader and agent of change, she spent her career in creative and marketing services,” Baumann said. Elle taps into her global expertise to guide clients such as Blue Diamond Growers, Hood Dairy, Hain Celestial and Strength of Nature hair care through the complexities of strategic branding and design initiatives.

In addition, Chef Jazz (Jasmine Moore) of The Green Panther and Chef Leo Cervantes, owner of Chilangos, conducted Food Demos at the Expo. Chef Jazz utilized her CBD ingredients to relieve chronic health conditions while Chef Leo reveals secrets of authentic Mexican cuisine.

“Chef Jazz developed her line of cooking from her own health experiences while Chef Leo developed his career from his immigrant experiences. Our participants will draw experiences from these incredible stories of resilience,” Baumann said.

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