Chang and Trujillo honored by Hispanic community

Juliana Trujillo, left, and Yvonne Chang are active in Central Florida's Hispanic business community.

Yvonne Chang, an alumna of the Stetson University Executive MBA’s Cohort 5, was a runner-up for the 2011 Don Quijote Award for Professional of the Year. Chang was a finalist with peers José Costa, vice president of Nodarse, a Terracon company, and Jaime Piñero, director of sales for CenturyLink. Costa won the Professional of the Year award.

The Don Quijote Awards are the most prestigious honors within the Hispanic business community in Central Florida, presented by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando and the Hispanic Business Initiative Fund of Florida. The Don Quijote awards are a celebration of success, courage and determination. They recognize the hard-working, innovative entrepreneurs who have exhibited the spirit of Don Quijote — that is, visionaries, dreamers and businesspersons who are willing to take risks in order to achieve their dreams.

In attendance at the awards banquet, Dec. 3, was Stetson University Executive MBA Cohort 8 student Juliana Trujillo.

“It was such an inspirational event surrounded by successful, dedicated and humble professionals,” Trujillo said.

Trujillo was recently appointed president of Walt Disney World’s Hispanic Organization for Leadership Advancement (HOLA), in which she leads a committee that seeks to provide business insight to internal operations through engaging the Hispanic employee community at Disney while providing social, cultural and career advancement exposure for that key workforce segment.

Cohort 5 alum nominated for Don Quijote Award

Yvonne Chang is in contention for Professional of the Year in the Don Quijote Awards program.

Yvonne Chang, an alumnus of the Stetson University Executive MBA program, has been honored by Orlando’s Hispanic community.

Chang is a finalist in the Professional of the Year category of the upcoming Don Quijote Awards. The program, now in its 14th year, recognizes “business excellence, dedication to serve the community and outstanding professionalism among Central Florida’s Hispanic community.”

Chang was named one of three finalists for the Professional of the Year award. The native of Cuba began her career as an electrical engineer working on missile guidance systems. Today, she is the director of Operations Integration for Disney Vacation Club, serving 500,000 members in nearly 100 countries.

“The Don Quijote Awards truly bring to light the tremendous perseverance and business success of Central Florida’s Hispanic community,” said Augusto Sanabria, president and CEO of the Hispanic Business Initiative Fund of Florida (HBIF) in a statement. “We honor each of these finalists for their hard work, dedication and community involvement.”

The Don Quijote Awards were created to recognize and celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit of individuals who have shown character of great strength, courage, conviction and determination, just as the beloved character of Spanish literature.

Winners will be announced this Saturday, Dec. 3, by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando and the HBIF, during a gala at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.