The 2023 LEILA™ Gala Was A Huge Success!

A Night of Triumph and Recognition

LEILA ™ AWARDS CEREMONY As the Inland Empire business community turns a new leaf in 2023, Latina-Owned businesses appear as resolute and valuable as a gold-spreading radiance that lights the path for future women entrepreneurs. The inspiration for this year’s LEILA Awards is taken from what is the most valuable and reliable; a ‘Gold Standard.’ Latina-owned businesses in the Inland Empire exemplify the qualities of pure gold recognized for their remarkable adaptability, strength, and relentless spirit and are formed through a transformation that requires ingenuity, grit, and a winning mindset. During the event, we’ll examine the findings of the most recent NLBWA-IE research study in partnership with UCR. This analysis focuses on the digital divide’s disproportionate impact on Latina-owned businesses, particularly the lack of access to media literacy in the Inland Empire region. The Latinas nominated are entrepreneurs that have demonstrated leadership and service to their community. We are thrilled to recognize these brilliant women in 3 categories: LATINA EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR AWARD, LATINA OWNED EMERGING BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD, and LATINA OWNED BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD.
2023 NLBWA-IE LIELA Awards, Ontario CA May 12, 2023.

The glitzy ambiance of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Ontario Airport. , on the evening of Friday, May 12, 2023, historywas made as the National Latina Business Women Association of the Inland Empire Institute hosted the much-anticipated 8th annual  2023 Latina Entrepreneur in Leadership Awards LEILA™ Gala.

This celebration, organized by NLBWA-IE a regional 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, aimed to shine a spotlight on theoutstanding achievements of Latina entrepreneurs who have exhibited exceptional leadership skills and made noteworthy contributions to their fields.

It was a mesmerizing night filled with elegance and grace.

Guests in black tie attire and flowing gowns embellished with a hint of shimmer and sparkle. The atmosphere at the eventcommenced with the VIP reception; the business community, sponsors, dignitaries, and honorees were introduced and enjoyed a special welcome wine and cheese reception entertained by the smooth sax & trumpet sounds of Plena VistaMusic Entertainment.

Honorees were warmly welcomed and introduced to the guests of honor by NLBWA-IE’s Executive Director, MariaSolano

Auction Reception 

As the clock struck 6 PM, the luxurious venue became a stage for inspiration, motivation, and the celebration ofremarkable Latina women making a significant impact in their communities and beyond.

The gala was a culmination of months of preparation and anticipation. , the guests of honor were escorted to the auction room, where they could socialize with the other attendees.

All guests had a chance to bid on valuable silent auction items. The items donated by the IE business community included spa gift baskets, sports memorabilia and collector’s items, fine jewelry and accessories for women.

There were plenty of photo opportunities during the silent auction reception. The ample room allowed business owners to mingle and meet dignitaries and VIP guests before entering the grand ballroom. Guests enjoyed our signature cocktail, the LEILAtini.

The Grand Ball Room Celebration and Dinner

The night unfolded into an unforgettable celebration of the remarkable accomplishments of Latina entrepreneurs in the Inland Empire. The NLBWA-IE extends heartfelt gratitude to all the sponsors, partners, and attendees who played a pivotal role in making this event possible.

The LEILA™ Awards served as a platform to honor Latina-owned businesses in the IE, businesses that embody thequalities of pure gold – resilience, flexibility, and a victorious mindset capable of turning any situation around.

Gratitude to Community Partners and Generous Sponsors in the IE

NLBWA-IE expressed deep appreciation for the sponsors, partners, and guests who made it possible to celebrate theremarkable achievements of Latina entrepreneurs in the IE.

Gold standard

The LEILA™ Awards recognized Latina-owned businesses in the region that demonstrated the invaluable qualities ofpure gold – perseverance, adaptability, and a winning attitude that can transform any circumstance.

The event was a heartfelt tribute to these exceptional women and their businesses.

“Our members’ winning mindset emerges from a transformative process that occurs after attending our programs, that, like gold, is a product of arduous work, ingenuity, and grit.”

Women’s Research Study UCR/NLBWA-IE Partnership

After dinner the findings for the Women’s Study in collaboration with UCR TACIES which conducted a research study to provide valuable business consulting and educational resources to small businesses in the Inland Empire region affected by COVID.

The study identified the key traits of Latina business owners in the area and determined how organizations like NLBWA-IE could support them in achieving growth and success. This commendable initiative is set to significantly benefit the small business community and contribute to the region’s overall economic growth.

Award Ceremony – Recognition of Outstanding Latinas in Business

The LEILA Awards, a highly esteemed recognition platform, recently acknowledged and celebrated the exceptional achievements of remarkable Latinas who have demonstrated exemplary leadership and unwavering dedication to their community through entrepreneurial work. These outstanding women were nominated for prestigious awards, including the Latina Executive of the Year Award, the Latina Owned Emerging Business of the Year Award, and the Latina Owned Business of the Year Award.

These accolades serve as a testament to their unparalleled skills, expertise, and commitment to making a positive impacton society. Their remarkable contributions have earned them a well-deserved place among the most prominent and accomplished women in the business world. As the NLBWA-IE continues its mission to empower Latina entrepreneurs, these events stand as shining examples of the resilience, innovation, and excellence that define the Latina business community in the Inland Empire.


Looking ahead, the NLBWA-IE extends a warm invitation to entrepreneurs to be a part of upcoming events including the

2024 LEILA Awards and the Latina BIZCON™.

For more information please visit our event page. 


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Veronica Silva is the owner and CEO of VeroDigital Communication Solutions and a Writer/marketing/PR consultant for NLBWA-IE.

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The National Latina Business Women Association Inland Empire Institute (NLBWA-IE) is a regional 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization with the purpose of strengthening the success of Latina Entrepreneurs in the Inland Southern California region by educating, promoting, developing, and supporting the rapid growth of Latina business owners and professionals.

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