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The premier celebration of America's Hispanic Heritage will take place on Sept. 24. Graphic: Maybeth Peralta/AL DÍA News.
The premier celebration of America's Hispanic Heritage will take place on Sept. 24. Graphic: Maybeth Peralta/AL DÍA News.

The nominees of the 2021 AL DÍA Archetypes

Out of a field of 30 candidates, 10 will be named the inaugural recipients of the Ambassador Manuel Torres Award on Sept. 24.

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Since 2016, AL DÍA has hosted an annual celebration of America’s Hispanic Heritage. 

While Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated in the U.S. from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, the year-round mission of AL DÍA is to showcase and honor Hispanic individuals doing great things, not often discussed in the media. 

In past years, AL DÍA has normally honored 4-5 individuals as honorees of the annual event, classified as “archetypes” — the opposite of stereotypes. 

This year, 10 archetypes will be honored with the 2021 AL DÍA Archetype: Ambassador Manuel Torres Award.

The 30 total nominees are distinguished in the following categories:

  • Public service
  • Non-profit
  • Education
  • Corporate
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Sports
  • Performing arts
  • Philanthropy 
  • Media
  • Health

Three nominees have been named in each category. Here are the nominees: 

PUBLIC SERVICE

  • Philadelphia Archbishop Nelson Perez
  • Chief Federal Court Judge Juan Sánchez 
  • President and CEO of Latino Victory Project, Nathalie Rayes

 

NON-PROFIT

  • LCDA CEO Esther Aguilera
  • HACR CEO Cid Wilson 
  • ALPFA CEO Damián Rivera

 

EDUCATION

  • U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona
  • President of Thaddeus Stevens College Pedro Rivera
  • PA Secretary of Education Noe Ortega

 

CORPORATE

  • Executive Chairman of United Airlines Oscar Muñoz 
  • Ford Board Member Kimberly Casiano
  • Vice President Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at AARP, Yvette Peña. 

 

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

  • Director of Rockway Equity Partners Maria Contreras-Sweet
  • Former Comcast Chief IT & Security Officer & Spirit Airlines Board Member Myrna Soto 
  • Pinnacle Chair, CEO & Owner Nina Vaca

 

SPORTS

  • Anaheim Angels Team Owner Arturo Moreno
  • President, Chief Executive Officer and Alternate Governor of the Arizona Coyotes Xavier Gutierrez
  • American professional soccer player and captain at the Philadelphia Union Alejandro Bedoya

 

PERFORMING ARTS

  • Curtis Institute of Music CEO Roberto Diaz
  • Singer Amara La Negra
  • Philadelphia Ballet, Artistic Director Angel Corella

 

PHILANTHROPY

  • Knight Foundation President Alberto Ibargüen
  • Philadelphia Foundation CEO Pedro Ramos

 

MEDIA

  • Philadelphia Inquirer Executive Editor Gabriel Escobar
  • Connecticut Public President/CEO Mark Contreras
  • CNN Anchor Ana Cabrera 

 

HEALTH

  • Distinguished University Professor of Epidemiology at School of Public Health and Director of the Drexel Urban Health, Ana Diez Roux 
  • Professor of Clinical Emergency at the Perelman School of Medicine (PSOM) at the University of Pennsylvania Iris Reyes
  • Neurosurgeon, author, and Professor and Chair of Neurologic Surgery and runs a basic science research lab at the Mayo Clinic Jacksonville in Florida Dr. José Hinojosa

The final selection of the 10 recipients of the 2021 AL DÍA Archetype: Ambassador Manuel Torres Award will be finalized by co-chairs of the 2021 AL DÍA Archetypes gala, Judge Nelson Diaz, director at PECO and partner at Dilworth Paxson, LLP; and Peter Longstreth, president of Consular Corps Association.

The final selection of honorees will be announced in the coming week. 

The 2021 AL DÍA Archetype Hispanic Heritage Gala & Awards Ceremony is set for Friday, Sept. 24, 2021 at the Union League of Philadelphia. To reserve your seat at the premier celebration of America's Hispanic Heritage, click here

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