II Leadership for the Americas Awards Gala


The Leadership for the Americas Awards Gala celebrates individuals and organizations committed to advancing democratic governance, social equity, and prosperity in the Western Hemisphere. The annual event brings together top world leaders whose exceptional contributions have been instrumental in addressing the most pressing challenges facing our region. Previous honorees or program participants include former President of the Government of Spain Felipe González, Mexican entrepreneur Daniel Chávez Morán, US Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson, US Special Envoy Bernie Aronson, US Senator Tim Kaine, Guatemalan philanthropist Salvador Paiz, former World Bank President Robert Zoellick, and US Representative Xavier Becerra. More than 400 dignitaries attend each year. 


H.E. Juan Manuel Santos 

Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award for Peace
President of Colombia 
Member, Inter-American Dialogue 

H.E. L. Enrique García

Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award
President, CAF – Development Bank of Latin America
Co-Vice Chair, Inter-American Dialogue

BMW Group

Distinguished Leadership Award for Corporate Social Responsibility 
Accepted by Mr. Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO, BMW North America 

Dr. Vanessa Van Der Linden Mota, M.D.

Distinguished Leadership Award for Social Equity
Pediatric Neurologist
Recife, Brazil

Dinner Program

Ms. thomasthom

Master of Ceremonies
Anchor, Univision

Hon. Thomas A. Shannon, Jr.

Special Remarks and Recognition 
US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs 


Hon. Roy Blunt

US Senate (R-MO)

Hon. Eliot L. Engel

US House of Representatives (D-NY16)

H.E. Ernesto Zedillo

Former President of Mexico
Co-Chair, Inter-American Dialogue

H.E. Enrique V. Iglesias

Former President, Inter-American Development Bank
Former Secretary General, Ibero-American General Secretariat
Chair Emeritus, Inter-American Dialogue

Hon. Carla A. Hills

Former US Trade Representative
Co-Chair, Inter-American Dialogue
Chair and CEO, Hills & Company