The Dominican Women’s Development Center (DWDC) 33rd Annual Anniversary Virtual Gala Resilient and Essential: “Turning Obstacles Into Opportunities”
Celebrating exceptional leaders as part of the National Hispanic Heritage Month.
Registration, sponsorship opportunities, and virtual silent auction are available at www.dwdc.org
, or donate by texting DWDCGala33 at 41444. If you would like to watch the event live, please register on DWDC’s Demio platform at www.dwdc.org
or watch it at Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN). Buy a ticket and get a gift bag valued at $250 (limited bags).
New York, NY, October 4th, 2021 — The Dominican Women’s Development Center invites you to its 33rd Annual Anniversary Virtual Gala on Thursday, October 14th at 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. The theme of the 33rd Anniversary is Resilient and
Essential: Turning Obstacles Into Opportunities. DWDC as first responders, has been side by side with the over 10,000 women it serves fighting all adversities during the Covid-19 Pandemic and social unrest. Today, DWDC invites you to continue turning obstacles
into opportunities with them. http://dwdc.org/
“As our theme this year says during these challenging times,
as usual, our organization showed resilience and how essential the work of our staff is to contribute to the survival and well being of our entire community. But resiliency is not something new to DWDC; it is something that has helped us to maintain our organization
for the past 33 years” said Rosita Romero, Executive Romero.
This year’s Virtual Gala will proudly recognize exceptional individuals and corporations
that have made their mark in the Hispanic community.
Among our notable honorees will be:
● Davina Prabhu, Vice President of The Ambulatory Care Network and the Division of Community and Population Health at New York-Presbyterian Hospital - Outstanding Leadership Award
● Daisy Auger-Dominguez, Chief
People Officer at VICE - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award
● Liz Webb, Vice President, Human Resources at SOMOS Community Care - Outstanding Human Resources Award
● Anne Delaney, Visual Artist and Leader in
Feminist Philanthropy - Remarkable Philanthropy Leadership Award
● New York Liberty, accepted by Keia Clarke, CEO - Outstanding Corporate Award
● Cecilia Nelson, Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion at L'Oréal
- Outstanding Inclusion and Equity Award
● Adriano Espaillat, U.S. House of Representatives from New York's 13th district - The Padrinos Award
● Frankie Miranda, President and CEO of the Hispanic Federation - The
This year’s Virtual Gala Chairperson is Jean Shafiroff, Socialite and Philanthropist. The Co-Chairs are Miosotis Cabrera, DWDC’s Board
of Directors Treasurer, and President of The Miosotis Cabrera Foundation; and Fermin Espinosa, Major Accounts Sales Executive for the New York Metro Region at ADP. The host of the night is Isolda Peguero, Actress, Voice-over, and Journalist; a special artistic
performance by Angelica Villa, R&B Artist, RNG/Roc Nation, the presence of Linda Guadalupe Garcia, Mixologist and Head Bartender at Fats Duvall’s Rhum Cafe Bar, and music by Midnite Madness DJ.
We want to publicly acknowledge our sponsors: New York-Presbyterian Hospital, SOMOS Community Care, Healthfirst, W.P. Carey Inc, Hispanic Federation, Columbia University, Pfizer, United Federation of Teachers, State
Bank of India, Liberty Coca-Cola, New York Liberty, and MNN. Foundation Supporters include: UPS and The Chicago Community Foundation. Silent Auction Supporters: Jean Shafiroff, Oscar de la Renta, Cenia, HEED NYC, Ron Colon Salvadoreño, Barcelo, Casa
del Mofongo, The Miosotis Cabrera Foundation, Cafe La Llave Espresso, Genie Pimentel, Golden Arrow USA, Luni Style, and Johan Fashion Atelier.
Davina Vaswani Prabhu, M.H.A., is Vice President of Operations, Ambulatory Care Network, Division of Community and Population Health for NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.
She has served in this role for 6 years. In this role, she is responsible for the overall strategic direction, leadership, and operational management of NewYork-Presbyterian’s outpatient services, population health programming and community programming.
She leads the implementation of innovations and strategies for growth, while enhancing operating performance and improving the patient experience. She has focused her efforts on addressing societal factors that influence health, health education, disease prevention,
and building community partnerships. She currently serves on The Community Mission and Health Justice Committee of the Board of Trustees of the New York and Presbyterian Hospital. She is committed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and co-leads the enterprise-wide
Prior to her current position, Ms. Prabhu served as Director of the Ambulatory Care Network, overseeing hospital-based outpatient services, as
well as outpatient sites throughout the community. Previously, she served as Vice President, Ambulatory Care Services at the Brooklyn Hospital Center. She began her career in ambulatory care at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. Ms. Prabhu
holds a Masters of Health Administration and Certificate in Health IT Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. Additionally, she holds a Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education Leadership from Ashford University in San Diego,
California. She also holds a Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.
About Daisy Auger-Dominguez
Daisy Auger-Domínguez has made it her mission to make workplaces more equitable and inclusive. As the Chief People Officer at VICE Media Group, Daisy oversees
human resources, diversity, equity and inclusion, and social impact practices globally. Her TEDx talk Inclusion Revolution and upcoming book with Seal Press by the same title calls on everyone, from an individual contributor to a CEO, to take on the work of
dismantling inequity in the workplace.
Daisy has designed and executed organizational transformations at Moody's Investors Service, The Walt Disney Company, Google,
and Viacom, and founded Auger-Domínguez Ventures, a workplace culture consultancy. A dynamic speaker, writer and advisor, Daisy serves on the boards of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Robert Sterling Clark
Foundation, and St. Ann’s Warehouse.
Webb is a seasoned Healthcare administration executive with more than 25 years experience in staff recruitment and training, project implementation and management, Managed Care Operations, provider network development, and credentialing. Responsible for protecting
the integrity of employees and medical provider’s personal data.
Liz earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Interdisciplinary Human
Resources from the University of Alabama and became a Clinical Specialist in Nursing at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, WA while serving in the U.S. Army.
A long-standing contributor to the arts and social justice efforts of New York City, Anne has served in the capacities of philanthropist, board member,
volunteer, and founder of two foundations - Lambent and the Starry Night Fund. Previously Board Chair, Anne presently serves on the Board of the New York Women’s Foundation. She also currently or previously served on the Boards of the Little Red Elizabeth
Irwin School (LREI), Big Dance Theater, Peace is Loud, and the Ms. Foundation. Her activism has led to her receiving the Ms. Foundation Gloria Award, The New York Women’s Foundation Philanthropic Vision Award, Korean American Family Services Center’s
Vision in Action Award, the Citizens’ Committee for Children Eleanor Roosevelt Award, The Housing Plus Good Person Award, and other awards from the Women's Funding Network, Lower Eastside Girls Club, and the New York Studio School.
Equal to her passion for grantmaking is being an artist and art collector. She consistently exhibits her paintings and drawings at the Bowery Gallery, where she has been a member
for many years, as well as in shows throughout the United States. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts & Master of Fine Arts degree and is a proud mother to two sons and one granddaughter.
The New York Liberty was founded on October 30, 1996 and is one of three original franchises remaining in the
Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). The Liberty have made four WNBA Finals appearances in its 25-year history. Owned by Joe and Clara Tsai, owners of the Brooklyn Nets, the Liberty play its home games at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
About Cecilia Nelson-Hurt
With over 20 years in human resources, diversity,
equity & inclusion, and coaching experience, Cecilia Nelson-Hurt combines her passion and purpose to advance diversity and inclusion both professionally and personally. Cecilia has worked directly with senior leaders across industries to provide diversity
education and foster intentional inclusion. Cecilia has created and executed initiatives focused on positively impacting organizational effectiveness, employee engagement and the development of inclusive leaders. Cecilia currently serves as lead for the L’Oréal
USA’s Diversity & Inclusion Education pillar.
Under her leadership, L’Oréal has been recognized as a top company for both Diversity and
Multicultural Women; and has consistently received a 100 score on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index.
Cecilia also serves as the Co-President of
the NYC chapter of Ellevate Network, the largest community of women at work. A powerful coalition of ambitious and supportive women who believe there is strength in numbers. Additionally, Cecilia is a board member of non-profit organizations The Dinner Table,
YouthBridge NY, Knit the Rainbow, and the Vogue Knitting Magazine Diversity Advisory Council. In this capacity, she helps to create strategies to advance diversity, inclusion, and belonging for the populations they serve.
Cecilia is an avid crafter and knitter, who enjoys traveling the world and visiting yarn shops and fiber festivals along the way. Cecilia holds a Bachelor’s degree cum laude in International
Marketing from Pace University and Diversity & Inclusion certifications from ESSEC Business School and Cornell University.
U.S. Representative Adriano Espaillat proudly represents New York’s Thirteenth Congressional District.
Representative Espaillat is the first Dominican American to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives and his congressional district includes Harlem, East Harlem, West Harlem, Hamilton Heights, Washington Heights, Inwood, Marble
Hill, and the north-west Bronx.
First elected to Congress in 2016, Representative Espaillat was sworn into office on January 3, 2017, during the 115th Congress and is serving his third term in Congress.
Representative Espaillat currently serves as a member of the influential U.S. House Committee on Appropriations responsible for funding the federal government’s vital activities to keep the
United States safe, strong, and moving forward. Representative Espaillat is also a member of the House Committee on Education and Labor and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), where he serves in a leadership role as the Second Vice-Chair. Representative
Espaillat is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, where he serves as Deputy Whip, and he serves as a Senior Whip of the Democratic Caucus. Through his committee assignments and caucus leadership positions, Representative Espaillat helps advance
and amplify legislative priorities and accomplishments that aim to improve the lives of families around the nation.
Together with his Democratic colleagues, Representative
Espaillat worked to pass more than 900 bills during the 116th Congress, including bipartisan legislation to clean up government, defend access to affordable health care, lower prescription drug costs, respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, invest in our nation’s
infrastructure, and support policies for job creation and economic growth. Additionally, during the 116th Congress, Representative Espaillat introduced more than 40 bills and resolutions aimed at improving the lives of constituents, helping small businesses
become more competitive and recover from the pandemic, protecting the rights of immigrants, securing funds to complete the Second Avenue Subway’s extension into East Harlem, and helping to secure federal grant funding for New York’s 13th congressional
A steadfast champion for working- and middle-class New Yorkers, Representative Espaillat is a staunch advocate of a fair living wage, immediate and effective investments in affordable housing, meaningful criminal justice reform,
infrastructure improvements, expanded youth programs, and better educational opportunities.
Frankie Miranda is the President and CEO of the Hispanic Federation (HF), the nation’s premier Latino non-profit membership organization. He is a well-respected leader with critical knowledge of the challenges
and opportunities facing the Latino community in the 21st century.
Frankie served in various capacities at the Federation since 2006, including Assistant Vice President of Communications, Vice President for External Affairs, Senior Vice
President, and most recently, Executive Vice President. In these roles, he managed the Federation’s operation and expansion initiatives and oversaw the annual gala, which under his leadership now raises more than $2.7 million annually.
his many accomplishments, Frankie successfully managed the Federation’s expansion into Florida and Puerto Rico, creating a vision and mission for the organization’s civic engagement and mobilization work in Florida and the immediate and long-term
disaster assistance strategy for Puerto Rico. His work is creating powerful change for the communities and partners in these two communities.
Earlier in his career,
Frankie held several senior management positions in the communications industry, including Director of Communications for the New York DMA TV stations WXTV, Univision 41 and WFUT UniMas 68; Deputy Press Secretary for Spanish Language Media for the Hillary
Clinton U.S. Senate campaign in 2000, and Fernando Ferrer’s NYC Mayoral campaign in 2001.
Frankie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from
the University of Puerto Rico and a Master of Arts degree in Performance Studies from New York University. He resides in Queens with his husband Ricardo and cat Valentina.
Bronx-bred singer Angelica Vila sings more than she speaks. Raised by a single mother with her two siblings, Vila’s soundtrack
at home was predominantly R&B and Spanish music, a unique blend that she infuses in her own music. “You can always do the turn-up but with emotion, you could feel it,” she says. “I feel like when I’m writing, I try to let my emotions
peek through the pain.”
Passion has been Vila’s forte since she performed for the first time at a St. Jude’s Hospital charity event. With only
an hour to learn the words to “Beautiful” by Christina Aguilera, Vila ended up
fumbling the performance but still keeps the video of it on YouTube to show fans her humble beginnings.
With her uncle, Nae Sketchie — a high-profile club promoter in New York City who also serves as her current manager, Vila would also trek to New York City’s High Line with a videographer and
record videos of her singing songs like “We Are The World” and Cheetah Girls’ for passersby. Three months after singing for Fat Joe, she was signed to his label in partnership with Roc Nation.
Angelica recently released her debut album, DECEPTION SZN.
Isolda is an actress and voice-over artist with an outgoing personality and a friendly, nuanced and dynamic voice. She is a natural storyteller, bringing 30 years of journalistic experience that
includes radio, print and television; 25 of which were as a National Correspondent for Telemundo Network to her work. Though her voice is one of the most trusted and recognizable in the Hispanic Market, Isolda is also able to alter it through inflection, diction
and speed, making her quite the chameleon. Her versatility, fearlessness and approachable personality are some of her major assets. Although fully bilingual, her focus is to work for the Hispanic Market.
Her outstanding media career is an example of her dedication, discipline, determination and talent. She has interviewed over 30 heads of state, US Presidents, Grammy and Oscar winning celebrities, maintaining complete
decorum and control. Isolda's accolades and awards include Emmy’s, Pico de Oro, Most Influential Woman of The Year by the NY Governor’s office, Associated Press and many more. She is also proud to have won a Mortales's Award for Best New Actor
in a series aired in the US and abroad. She has performed in several acting roles including theater, commercial and currently works narrating audiobooks in Spanish. Isolda is available for voice-over and on-camera work.
About The Dominican Women’s Development Center
The Dominican Women’s Development Center (DWDC)
is a nonprofit organization founded in 1988 and today is the largest independent Dominican founded organization in the United States. Its mission is to empower all women and communities to advance gender equality and social justice by providing essential programs
such as adult education, early childhood education, daycare, domestic violence, health promotion, and home-based services that support families prenatally and up to five years.