The Social Latino and Ford recognized and honored four Mujeres Legendarias this past Thursday, September 18 at the Le Meridien Dallas Stoneleigh Hotel.
Here are bios of this year’s four Mujeres Legendarias
Beatriz M. Salazar is the founder of Bea’s Kids, an organization that serves more than 150,000 high school students and their families at four tutoring centers located in low-income apartment complexes. The Texas native started her organization in 1990 when she realized that there were hundreds of children who went hungry during the summer because they did not have access to meals in school. She launched a food drive that grew to an after-school tutoring program when the school year resumed. Today, Bea’s Kids provides programming that includes after-school curriculum based tutoring, personal development programs, classes for the parents, teen counseling, reading programs, SAT preparation, a Back-to-School Bash, summer camp, exposure to the arts and sports and support and encouragement from numerous volunteers. Salazar has received awards from two U.S. presidents, has a school named after her and has accepted numerous honors, accolades and awards.
Zaida Basora is an assistant director of Dallas Public Works. Zaida is a registered architect and sustainability advocate with over 30 years of experience in public policy, planning and design. She has led and championed both the LEED green building program implementation for the city since 2003 and the development, adoption and implementation of the Dallas green building and construction codes since 2008. Her work has been recognized with the Building Officials Association of Texas (BOAT) 2008 award of excellence for extra large jurisdictions and a 2009 CLIDE Award in the public policy and planning category. As a recognized green building expert, she was appointed to the GSA’s Office of High Performance Green Building’s Green Building Advisory Committee, and serves as vice chair of the Codes and Standards Committee of Dallas AIA and as a member of the Texas Society of Architects Sustainability Committee. She was elected to the AIA College of Fellows in January of 2012.
Becky Muñoz-Diaz served as general manager and vice president of Univision KUVN-TV Channel 23 and UniMas KSTR Channel 49 stations since 1995. Under her leadership, Univision 23 has been the top rated Spanish-language television station in the Dallas/Fort-Worth area. In addition, the station has created marketing strategies for advertisers to reach out the Latino community including the creation of segments such as “23 a Su Lado,” “Desde la Communidad,” “Linea Abierta,” as well as Univision events like the annual Tamale Festival and Copa Univision Soccer Tournament.
Ms. Muñoz-Diaz currently serves on the advisory committee of the Ad Council of America for North Texas, the executive advisory board of University of North Texas School of Communications, LIFT advisory council and the Communication Committee for the AT&T Dallas Center for Performing Arts. She is a long time member of American Women in Radio and Television, and past Chair of the Senior Source of Dallas and past President of the Hispanic 100.
Linda Valdez Thompson is an executive vice president of Administration and Diversity at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Since joining DFW Airport in 2001, she has established employee engagement initiatives to ensure the workforce is productive, healthy, diverse, and inclusive. She has also championed the Airport’s Wellness program with an on-site fitness facility and medical clinic. Additionally, Ms. Valdez Thompson has established an award-winning supplier diversity program.
Ms. Valdez Thompson is an alumni of the prestigious National Hispana Leadership Institute. She has received several distinctions, including being named Woman of the Year by Hispanic Business Magazine, recognized as one of the top Latinas of influence by Latino Leaders Magazine, and named an Ultimate Latina by the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. She’s also been the recipient of the Dallas Business Journal Minority Business Award – Corporate Executive of the Year, the HR Diversity Excellence Award by the Society of Human Resources Management, and the Diversity Multi-Cultural Leadership Award by the Texas Diversity Council.