A woman is so much more than just a human being. She has the power to create a life, copes with so much pain, and somehow always be the strongest one in the room.
Inspirational women from all backgrounds gathered at Casa Blanca Venue in Holtville on March 8 to celebrate International Women’s Day and to be part of a gala that honored women who have made a difference in Imperial County.
Organized the Greater Brawley Chamber of Commerce, the inaugural Imperial Valley WOW! The Gala had a smashing success and it was sold out. Ramiro Urias, CEO of the Brawley Chamber of Commerce, said this event is the beginning of other initiatives to support women such as women’s conferences and the creation of a Women in Business Committee at the Chamber.
There were 250 nominations and 3,600 people voted for the nominees.
“This was a valley-wide event where we recognized women of all backgrounds. They didn’t need to be chamber members to be nominated,” Urias said. “The goal here was to recognize and empower these women regardless if they won.”
The winners are as follows:
•Woman of the Year Award Recipient: Dr. Vishwa Kapoor
An extraordinary woman who has made a significant impact on women across the Imperial Valley community. A woman who leads the charge in promoting and empowering women as leaders, innovators, visionaries, pioneers, and entrepreneurs.
•Influential Woman of Wonder Award Recipient: Angie Marie Peña
A woman who has made an impact and broken barriers in her field. An extraordinary woman who has made a significant impact on women across the Imperial Valley community.
•Business Woman of the Year Award Recipient: Jaymee Chan
In honor of your vision and ability to build a successful business while inspiring your employees, peers, and clients.
•Woman of Wonder in Philanthropy Award Recipient: Stacie Chandler
A woman who has worked tirelessly to do good and make a positive impact in our community through her nonprofit organization.
•Woman of Wonder in Agriculture Award Recipient: Shelby Trimm
A woman who has demonstrated professional excellence and consistent leadership, whose achievements contribute greatly to the Agriculture community in the Imperial Valley.
•Emerging Star Award Recipient: Yareli Rivera-Suamataia
In recognition of your energy, enthusiasm, knowledge, and innovative ideas you bring to our community.
•Resiliency Award: Ashley Contreras
A young entrepreneur that has demonstrated resilience, perseverance, leadership, growth potential, and an ability to adapt to challenges.