Beatriz  Martorello

A senior global executive and attorney. She is a founding partner of Martorello Schildhaus LLC, a minority, woman-owned law firm with offices in Chicago, Washington, DC and Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has decades of experience representing business organizations of all sizes in a wide variety of matters in the US and Latin America. She is a member of the bars of Illinois, Argentina and Peru, and is a certified mediator for the Illinois courts.

She was Manager of the Fair Labor Standards Division of the Illinois Department of Labor (2015-2019), where she created and developed its mediation program and provided leadership to staff responsible for managing the state’s labor laws. Before that, she lived and worked in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she practiced law for more than twenty years.

She was President of the Inter-American Bar Association (IABA) in 2010 – 2011, on its Executive Committee from 2002-2012 and is a Board member since 2000. IABA represents all the Bar Associations of the Americas and the Bar Associations of Spain and France. Beatriz’s tenure was characterized by efficient, objective-driven leadership, high managerial capacity, restructuring of the institution’s finances, a 23% increase in membership and the negotiation of critical alliances for the success of the institution.

Since 2011, Beatriz is President of WEN – Women Empowerment Now Foundation-, focused on professional Latinas. She is currently a member of the International Women’s Forum (IWF) and serves on the Board of the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights.

She has won many international awards and recognitions for her leadership

Ricardo Mendoza

Board Certified Pediatric Dentist, currently private practitioner (Chicago smile specialists), and academician (UIC, College of Dentistry, Pediatric Dentistry Department & Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, General Dental Practice Residency). I have been the chairman of the special Olympics special smiles programs in Illinois for the last 17 years, and recently national 2019 – president of the Hispanic Dental Association.

As many of you I have carried few hats over my head and this is the common denominator of many of us since there are so many causes closer to our hearts and therefore despite how busy we are we found time to support them.

I truly believe that when a cause goes beyond the color of one’s skin or the language one’s speaks but one’s shares a worthy goal it becomes a courageous one.

As an oral health professional I truly believe in this mission.

Being a leading voice for the Hispanic oral health by providing service, education, advocacy and leadership for the promotion of overall health of the Hispanic and other under-served communities.

José R. Sánchez

José R. Sánchez, President and Chief Executive Officer of HUMBOLDT PARK HEALTH (HPH/formerly known as Norwegian American Hospital), is a senior health care executive with over 40 years of experience in operational, strategic and fiscal management of multi-faceted health care systems, and currently Chicago’s only Latino CEO of a hospital. Under his leadership, HPH has maintained financial stability and growth throughout his tenure. Besides consistently exceeding benchmarks in quality, safety and patient satisfaction, Mr. Sánchez successfully orchestrated the hospital’s preparation for its accreditation survey by The Joint Commission three times. Moreover, the hospital was surveyed and successfully accredited by DNV•GL Healthcare in 2019 and 2020.  A major $7M renovation of the hospital was also completed in June 2020, which offers patients, visitors and employees a more vibrant and welcoming experience.  Most recently, the hospital completed a major re-branding initiative in January 2021, renaming the hospital, HUMBOLDT PARK HEALTH to reflect the diverse and inclusive community it serves along with the tagline, “Advancing Health Equity” to emphasize the importance of this objective and HPH’s renewed commitment to ensuring all members of the community have fair and just opportunities to be as healthy as possible, regardless of their race, ethnicity, or zip code.

In 2019, Mr. Sánchez was conferred his second Honorary Doctorate degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine for his contributions to medicine, education and public health. In 2002, he was conferred an Honorary Doctorate degree from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine in recognition of his immeasurable accomplishments and steadfast commitment to improving the health care outcomes for some of the poorest and most disadvantaged populations in New York City.

Mr. Sánchez also proudly holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the City College of New York and a Master of Social Work from Adelphi University.

Carlos Velázquez Meixueiro

Carlos was born and raised in Mexico City. Mos