Honorees and Gala co-chairs

Gala Honorees 2013

Angel Sanchez, CEO Angel Sanchez USA


Angel Sanchez developed an appreciation for fashion at a young age while surrounding himself with dress forms and fabrics in his mother’s Venezuelan atelier. It was not until 1987, after two years as an architect that Sanchez returned to his fashion design roots. He quickly rose to fame throughout Latin America, and expanded internationally in 1997, when the company headquartered in New York City. In 1999, Sanchez debuted his bridal collection in the United States and presented his evening collection during New York Fashion Week at Bryant Park. Today, Angel is renowned worldwide for his bridal and evening wear designs and is a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). His designs are architectural, contemporary and feminine.

Angel Sanchez’s designs reflect his architectural discipline and structure while creating new shapes and proportions that hold true to the timeless perfection of traditional couture. His designs are architectural, contemporary, and feminine; which always include a touch of drama.

Devotees include Eva Longoria Parker, Sandra Bullock, Salma Hayek, Brooke Shields, Taylor Swift, Giselle Bundchen, Beyonce, America Ferrara, Iman and Elizabeth Hurley.

Angel Sanchez evening wear and bridal collections are available in the best department stores and boutiques in the United States (Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman) and internationally in Holt Renfrew in Canada, Browns of London, Santa Eulaia in Spain, Observatory in Greece, Frattina in Mexico, Joyce in Hong Kong, and Al Hama, Boutique 1 and Salam Studios in the Middle East.


Daniel Lewis, Founder of the Dance Department of New World School of the Arts


Daniel Lewis is president of Miami Dance Futures, which he formed in 1988 to develop dance in South Florida and a consultant for the José Limón Dance Foundation in New York. He was the founding dean of dance of the New World School of the Arts, from 1987 to 2011, an eight-year professional dance program, starting in the ninth grade and ending with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

Mr. Lewis is perhaps most widely known for his association with the work of José Limón. From 1962-74, he danced with the Limón Dance Company, originating roles in A Choreographic OfferingLegendPsalmThe WingedComedy and The Unsung. In 1975, Mr. Lewis completed the choreography of The Waldstein Sonata, an unfinished work begun by Limón just before his death.

Mr. Lewis staged the works of Limón and Doris Humphrey for such companies as the Royal Swedish Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, American Ballet Theatre, National Ballet of Canada, and The Juilliard School. In 1972 following the death of José Limón Mr. Lewis served as the Limón Company’s acting artistic director and in 1984 became founding director of the Limón Institute. His book, The Illustrated Dance Technique of José Limón, 1984, has been translated in German, Spanish and Japanese. He had two papers published, in Medical Problems of Performing Artists. He was Issue Editor for Dance in Hispanic Cultures, Harwood Academic Publishers.

As a choreographer, Mr. Lewis has been commissioned to create works by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, Dallas Civic Opera, American Opera Center at Lincoln Center, Amherst College, the University of California at Los Angeles, The Juilliard School. His repertory company, Daniel Lewis Dance, has performed and taught extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Scandinavia.

From 1984-87, Mr. Lewis was Assistant to Martha Hill, the Director of the Dance Division, at The Juilliard School, where he had been a member of the dance faculty since 1967. Mr. Lewis was also an adjunct professor at New York University and a professor at Amherst College.

Mr. Lewis graduated from New York’s High School of Performing Arts in 1962 and The Juilliard School in 1967. In 1990, the National Society of Arts and Letters awarded Mr. Lewis the gold medal for Lifelong Achievement in Dance. In 2001 he received The Florida Arts Recognition Award recognizing his outstanding initiatives, leadership and excellence in supporting the arts in Florida. In 2002 he received a Life time achievement award from “dance4life”, and the Nancy Smith Award. In October of 2010 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Dance Educators Organization. In February of 2011, Miami Dade County and the City of Miami declared February 5, 2011 as Daniel Lewis Day. On April 6, 2011, he received a proclamation from the floor of the Florida State Senate for his work in the arts in Florida by Senator Anitere Flores He received the 2011 Martha Hill “Lifetime Achievement Award in New York City.


Angélica Fuentes Téllez, Executive Chairman of Grupo Omnilife / Angelissima / Chivas


Angélica Fuentes Téllez is one of the most influential women in Mexico and Latin America with a proven track record as a businesswoman, a promoter of the development of public policies, and a philanthropist committed to society’s less fortunate, Latin American women and the arts. She defines her philosophy of professional achievement in one short statement: “I compete against myself every day (…) I don’t compete against other women or men, I just try to be better today than I was yesterday”, Angélica is currently Executive Chairman and Shareholder of Grupo Omnilife-Angelissima-Chivas, a corporation ranked among the 200 most successful in Mexico. This highly diversified group of companies has an international presence in 19 countries. Its top brands include Omnilife, an extensive line of health products, Angelissima, a beauty line based on principles of female self-empowerment, and the soccer teams “Chivas Rayadas del Guadalajara” and Chivas USA.

Prior to joining Grupo Omnilife-Chivas, Angélica served for 20 years as CEO of Corporativo Grupo Imperial, one of the leading energy companies in México. Her outstanding results catapulted her to the head of the Mexican energy sector as President of the Mexican Natural Gas Association and as Business Leader at the APEC Energy Business Network, a global group composed of 21 nations from the Asia-Pacific region. In 2000, she was unanimously elected President of this network and held that position for two consecutive terms. A strategist and a leader, her achievements have been widely reported by the media.  She has been dubbed “The Natural Gas Queen” and “The Business Woman Tamer.” Recently the influential Mexican magazine “Altonivel” categorized her as an “Alfa Women” because of her remarkable work in the soccer sector.

The financial and emotional empowerment of women has long been one of her critical priorities. In 2010, she launched the prestigious line of beauty products Angelíssima, which includes her philosophy of women’s self-empowerment. In September 2011, she was honored with an award as innovator and distinguished leader by the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) for her work to empower women and her innovative brand Angelíssima. Angélica continues to support women through several initiatives, such as Closing Mexico’s Gender Gap, a project launched by the World Economic Forum and designed to reduce the gender inequity in access to economic opportunity in that country.

Other current efforts include her role as Co-Chairwoman of the American Business Council Foundation, an organization that promotes young leaders working in social impact projects, Educare, an innovative school for underprivileged children, and Fundación Comunitaria Frontera Norte. Angélica is also a member of the Board of the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Ciudad Juárez, and a member of the organization Fundación del Empresariado Chihuahuense. A proud native of Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, she holds a degree in finance from the University of Texas at El Paso. Currently, she resides in Guadalajara, Mexico. She is married to renowned businessman Jorge Vergara and has one daughter, Valentina.


Gala Presenters

Dayana Mendoza, Miss Universe 2008


Mendoza was born in Caracas to very close-knit family. She was discovered at the age of 13 at a local bus stop. Since then, she has gained vast experience in catalog modeling and runway working with prestigious companies like Max Mara, Costume National, Alberta Ferretti between others. Modeling has allowed Mendoza to travel the world, visiting places like New York, Italy, Germany, France, Athens, Spain, London. Won Miss Venezuela 2007 and Miss Universe 2008 pageants. Based her worked during those years as an advocate for increasing HIV/AIDS awareness by focusing on women’s health and reproductive issues. She has forged relationships with organizations committed to research and education, including the Latino Commission on AIDS, PSI/YouthAIDS and Gay Men’s Health Crisis, Global Health Council and God’s Love We Deliver. As part of her mission to raising awareness and fighting the spread of HIV/AIDS worldwide, Mendoza traveled to El Salvador and Nicaragua to serve as a spokesperson for Population Services International’s (PSI) “Not All Men Are Created Equal” campaign. During visits she went to hospitals and mobile units where people living with HIV/AIDS are receiving treatment to get a firsthand view of how the campaign is reaching target populations. On 2012 Participated on the very well known Show Celebrity Apprentice on the name of The Latino Commission on Aids to continue her work and commitment by raising money and creating awareness. Mendoza has also worked as TV host for International Networks such as E Entertainment  Television while studying to become an actress, which she is still working on. Mendoza speaks three languages – Spanish, English and Italian. She currently resides in New York City.


Robert Battle, Artistic Director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Robert-Battle-Photo-by-Brian-GuilliauxBW_690x389Robert Battle became Artistic Director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in July 2011, after being personally selected by Judith Jamison, making him only the third person to head the Company since it was founded in 1958. Mr. Battle has a long-standing association with the Ailey organization. A frequent choreographer and artist-in-residence at Ailey since 1999, he has set many of his works on Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Ailey II, and at The Ailey School. The Company’s current repertory includes his ballets Strange Humors, The Hunt, In/Side, andTakademe. In addition to expanding the Ailey repertory with works by artists as diverse as Paul Taylor, Rennie Harris, Jirí Kylián, Garth Fagan, and Kyle Abraham, Mr. Battle has also instituted a New Directors Choreography Lab to help develop the next generation of choreographers. His journey to the top of the modern dance world began in the Liberty City neighborhood of Miami, Florida. Mr. Battle showed artistic talent early and studied dance at a high school arts magnet program before moving on to Miami’s New World School of the Arts, under the direction of Daniel Lewis and Gerri Houlihan, and finally to the dance program at The Juilliard School, under the direction of Benjamin Harkarvy, where he met his mentor, Carolyn Adams.

Mr. Battle danced with the Parsons Dance Company from 1994 to 2001, and also set his choreography on that company starting in 1998. He then founded his own Battleworks Dance Company, which made its premiere in 2002 in Düsseldorf, Germany as the U.S. representative to the World Dance Alliance’s Global Assembly. Battleworks subsequently performed extensively at venues including The Joyce Theater, Dance Theater Workshop, American Dance Festival, and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. Mr. Battle was honored as one of the “Masters of African-American Choreography” by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 2005, and he received the prestigious Statue Award from the Princess Grace Foundation-USA in 2007. He is a sought-after keynote speaker and has addressed a number of high profile organizations including the United Nations Leaders Programme and the UNICEF Senior Leadership Development Programme.


Carlos M. Seda Solana, General Counsel of Mexico in New York.

Carlos-Manuel-Sada-La-importancia-de-las-raícesCarlos is the general Counsel of Mexico in New York. His most recent assignment was as Minister for Congressional Affairs at the Embassy of Mexico in Washington, DC, from March 2007 to April 2011. He was previously Consul General of Mexico in Chicago from July 2000 to March 2007, where he acted as the Dean of the Consular Corps since 2005. Carlos M Sada has been working most of his life for the Mexican public sector and his prior responsibilities include: Consul General of Mexico in San Antonio, Texas (1995-2000); Mayor of the City of Oaxaca, State of Oaxaca, Mexico (1993-1995); Consul General of Mexico in Toronto, Canada (1989-1992); and Secretary of Social and Economic Development of the State of Oaxaca (1986-1989). General Counsel Sada holds a degree in industrial engineering from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. He completed graduate studies at the University of Newcastle in Great Britain, at the University of Delft in the Netherlands, and from the Public Administration Institute of The Hague, in the Netherlands. Carlos M. Sada has participated in the creation of several organizations that include: San Antonio-Mexico Friendship Council; San Antonio-Mexico Foundation for Education; Association of Mexican Businessmen in San Antonio; New Alliance Task Force in Chicago; The Friederick Katz´s Center for Mexican Studies at the University of Chicago. He also has served on the Board of Directors of numerous civic, business and educational organizations in both Mexico and the United States. Carlos Sada is married to Maria Elena Vazquez. They have two sons, Andres and Manuel.



Gala Co-Chairs

Juan Pablo del Valle

Juan Pablo del Valle

Juan Pablo del Valle, is the chairman of the Board of Mexichem SAB since April 2011.  He is also responsible for Grupo Empresarial Kaluz S.A de C.V Real Estate investments and operations since 2002. He is currently a board member of Kaluz, Elementia, El Fideicomiso del Colegio de México, Ghurka and José Limón Dance Foundation. He is Co – Chairman of the Chairman´s International Advisory Council at the Americas Society and Advisory Committee member of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. He graduated as an Industrial Engineer from Universidad Anahuac de México. Has a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business school.

Juan pablo del Valle, es Presidente de Consejo de Mexichem SAB desde Abril de 2011.  Es también responsable de inversiones Inmobiliarias en Grupo empresarial Kaluz, S.A de C.V desde el año 2002.

Actualmente es miembro del consejo de Kaluz, Elementia, Ghurka, El Fideicomiso del Colegio de México y la compañía de Danza José Limón.  Es Co-presidente del Chairman´s International Advisory Council del Americas Society y miembro del Advisory Committee del David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. Es Ingeniero Industrial de la Universidad Anahuac. Tiene una Maestría en Administración de empresas de la escuela de Negocios de Harvard, HBS.



David Cohen Sitton

Cohen David

Chairman of the Board of The Olga and Rufino Tamayo Foundation.
Chairman of the Board FACE Foundation; Foundation for Arts, Culture and Education in Mexico.

Graduated from Iberoamericana University in Mexico City, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. David Cohen Sitton was born in 1975 in Mexico City. He belongs to one of the most prominent families in the textile, fashion, and retail business in Mexico. In 2008 he joined the Tamayo Museum Board of Trustees, for his vocation as a prominent collector of contemporary art in Mexico. In November 2010 he was elected as Chairman of the Board of the Foundation, as well as of the Tamayo Museum Board of Trustees, in which he consolidated one of the strongest, active, and engaged boards in the art and museum scene in Mexico. During his tenure as Chairman of the Board at the Tamayo Museum he has spearheaded the expansion and remodeling of the Museum, in addition of raising private and public funds, and managed the total project. This project turned out to be the first Public-Private-Partnership in Mexico to finish in a timely manner, with luxurious finishes and the highest quality, while creating a model of economic sustainability for the Museum. He is a trustee of other international art institutions such as the Tate Modern Gallery in London.


Master of Ceremonies

Lili Gil Valleta, Cofounder & Managing Partner XL Alliance | Business & Politics Media Contributor- MSNBC

Lili Gil - Photo by Jose Guerra

Colombian born Lili Gil Valletta is an award-winning entrepreneur, media contributor and a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. Prior to cofounding XL Alliance, Gil served as Global Marketing Services Director at Johnson & Johnson where she became the youngest female executive, cofounder of the corporation’s 10-year-old Hispanic Employee Resource Group ‘HOLA’- Hispanic Organization for Leadership and Achievement- and pioneer of various diversity and multicultural marketing initiatives across the corporation. In a fast changing majority-minority America, Gil’s firm focuses on turning cultural trends into opportunities and profits for the C-suite, public and private sector leaders and organizations seeking to reach and win with multicultural audiences. As she describes it, she is on a mission to “Culturize the board rooms of America.”

Some of Gil’s clients include The Coca-Cola Company, Diageo, Johnnie Walker, Kroger Co, Post Foods, Ralph Lauren, Valeant Pharmaceuticals, among others. Gil is also a frequent business, politics and news contributor to CNN en Español and MSNBC, and writer for The Huffington Post and HispanicAd. She is also the creator of the video blog “Moments2CultuRise” on Youtube.com/liligil and of careermami.com

Awards and activities include: 2013 New York’s 25 Top Rising Latinos, Latino Leaders Magazine, 2011 Latino Trendsetter Award, 2009 Business Woman of the Year Award by Latin Pride Awards, 2009 Latina Leadership Award by LULAC, Top 20 Under 40 by PODER Magazine. She is a board member of the Women’s Leadership Board of Harvard’s Kennedy School, The Global Diversity and Inclusion Foundation and a member of the National Society of Hispanic MBAs. She has completed post-graduate studies on Global Leadership and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School in Cambridge, holds a degree in Business Administration from Southwestern Adventist University and an MBA from the University of Colorado. She resides in New York City and is married to Chris Valletta, who is a former NFL player for New Orleans, Tennessee and Tampa Bay and cofounder of Mission Athletecare.



Gala Committee and Board Members

Carolina Alandoz, Robert Battle, Fernando Bohórquez, Perla Capriles, Paula Carrico, Roy Cosme, Paquito D’Rivera, Patrizia Di Carrobio, Randal Fippinger, Gabriela García, Sonia García Romero, Sandra Gojón de Aguilar Zinser, Liza Gross, Amabassador Gabriel Guerra-Mondragón, Juan Herrera, Guiselt Jiménez-Carballido, Louis Maldonado, Beatriz de la Mora, Gerardo de Nicolás, María Leticia Ossa Daza, Cecilia Picón, Armando Ramos, Tomas Rossant, Ivan Sacks, Rebeca Vargas, Yliana Yépez, Elizabeth Zabludoff.


Gala Volunteers

Danielle Atkinson, Keiko Hamamura, Julia Kelly, Bárbara Malavoglia, Ginna Quinn, Elisa Schreiber, Anna Rose.