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2011 Women's History Month Heroes

Women's History Month

As part of the Union Bank Heritage Month celebrations, we are proud to sponsor the Local Heroes Awards and to honor various individuals for their positive contributions and influence they have made to women.

The honorees will be formally recognized as part of the Annual Local Heroes Awards, which Union Bank partners with public television station KCET.

Congratulations to our 2011 Local Heroes of the Year:

Gloria_Lazalde.jpg        Gloria Lazalde
        Celebrando Nuestras Madres
        Sylmar, CA

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Gloria Lazalde is a well-known community organizer, manager, and altruist. She began her career in 1988 while working for Nobles Property Management, where she managed certification processes in a 430-unit public housing complex serving more than 2,500 residents and where she organized groups for abused young women. In 2005, she founded the Celebrando Nuestras Madres annual event to honor the lives of both her late mother and sister. The event honors mothers who would not otherwise be able to celebrate Mother's Day. Ms. Lazalde remains committed to motivate, inspire, and empower women and acknowledge the contributions they continuously make to their families and their communities at large.

Lisa_Watson.jpg        Lisa Watson
        Downtown Women's Center
        Los Angeles, CA

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Lisa Watson is the executive director of the Downtown Women's Center (DWC), a nationally recognized model program for women living in extreme poverty on Los Angeles's Skid Row. Ms. Watson has initiated new programs, increased the organization's capacity, and developed strategic partnerships to meet the dramatic rise in women's homelessness. Most recently, she led the development and move of the DWC to its new home, a 67,000-square-foot building made possible by a $35 million capital campaign and the work of more than 1,800 volunteers. Throughout her career, Ms. Watson has been dedicated to building communities and promoting social justice.

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