Daniel Servitje, Esperanza Cueto, and Richard Blanco to receive prestigious Inter-American Dialogue Award

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October 24, 2018, 2:00 p.m.
Contact: Leonie Rauls
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Washington, DC – On October 29th at a gala dinner at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, DC, the Inter-American Dialogue will present awards to three leaders from across the Americas. The Dialogue is pleased to honor Daniel Servitje, CEO and president of Grupo Bimbo, with the Leadership for the Americas Award for Corporate Social Responsibility; Esperanza Cueto, founding president of ComunidadMujer and president of Fundación Colunga, with the Leadership for the Americas Award for Women’s Rights and Empowerment; and Richard Blanco, presidential inaugural poet, with the Leadership for the Americas Award for Outstanding Cultural Contributions.

The Leadership for the Americas Award is given to individuals who have dedicated life-long service to the Dialogue’s mission – advancing democratic governance, social equity, and prosperity in our hemisphere.

Daniel Servitje, recipient of the Award for Corporate Social Responsibility, is among Latin America’s most respected businessmen. With its success in maintaining corporate social responsibility objectives while expanding internationally, Grupo Bimbo has become an example for many growing industries throughout the region.

“Danel Servitje’s effective leadership at the helm of Grupo Bimbo is an inspiration for companies all around the world,” said Carlos Gutierrez, former US secretary of Commerce and chair of Albright Stonebridge Group. “Grupo Bimbo’s successful global expansion demonstrates that it is possible for companies to grow while keeping faithful to their corporate values.”

Esperanza Cueto, recipient of the Award for Women’s Rights and Empowerment, has effectively advocated for public policies that foster equality in education, the labor market, and politics and implemented leadership mentoring programs for women in Chile.

“Esperanza has worked tirelessly during her professional life to empower women in Chile,” said Carolina Barco, former minister of foreign affairs and former ambassador of Colombia to the United States. “Through her leadership, she has become a beacon for gender equity in the region”

Richard Blanco, recipient of the Award for Outstanding Cultural Contributions, has imaginatively explored the meaning of home and identity in his work. Through words and deeds, Richard creates community and his poetry is all about traversing boundaries and building bridges.

“As only the 5th inaugural poet in US history, Richard Blanco reminded us of the crucial role that poets play in our culture,” said Pati Jinich, Mexican chef. “We need artists willing to stand in the public square that highlight the importance of bringing people closer together.”

Notes to Editors

The Inter-American Dialogue engages our network of global leaders to foster democratic governance, prosperity, and social equity in Latin America and the Caribbean. Together, we work to shape policy debate, devise solutions, and enhance cooperation within the Western Hemisphere.

This event is open to registered press. To register or for additional details, please email press@thedialogue.org by Friday, October 26. Further timing details will be provided upon confirmation of registration.