Cuban American Latina Human Resources Entrepreneur Gives Back

Dunia Cuneo, 2022 Hispanic Woman of Distinction Honoree, Owner, Doral Human Resources Consulting, LLC

“Hispanic women business and community leaders bring different characteristics to the present United States culture. Maintaining linguistic, cultural and personal connections to the Hispanic community can help Latinas excel and succeed.”

In today’s ever-competitive job market for those seeking employment with desirable compensation packages or for those seeking the most qualified applicants, the services provided by Dunia Cuneo with her company, Doral Human Resources Consulting, LLC is becoming an increasingly necessary tool for many.

Dunia Cuneo

Dunia Cuneo

Dunia brings her more than 15 years’ experience in human resources (HR) in the areas of recruiting, training, career development, diversity programs, employee relations, benefits, safety and more to her clients.

Job seekers turn to Dunia for help creating an eye-catching resume, compelling cover letter, career prep and interview coaching. Employers seek out Dunia for her advice on training and development, recruitment, government compliance, policies and procedures.

Prior to starting her own firm, Dunia worked in HR for the State of Florida Department of Children and Families and the Department of Business and Professional Regulations. She was also the attorney hiring coordinator for the law firm of Liebler, Gonzalez & Portuondo.

Arriving in the U.S. from Cuba as a Marielita, Dunia was part of the Mariel Boatlift in 1980. She was sponsored by her paternal aunt which provided her with resident status.

Dunia received her B.A. in Business Administration with a concentration on personnel management studies at Florida International University (FIU) and her Master certificate in Human Resource Policy and Management from FIU as well. She is currently pursuing an M.B.A. from Ana G. Mendez University.

In addition to helping her professional clients, Dunia serves on the Entre Nosotras Domestic Violence and the Women Voice Network boards helping women who have survived domestic violence to return to the workforce. She also is actively involved with several church-based and government-sponsored programs to help bring awareness and eliminate domestic violence and human trafficking. She also helps with programs that connect families with needed legal immigration counseling, food distribution and connecting them with programs to help new immigrants build a successful life here in the U.S.

She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Greater Miami Society for Human Resources Management (GMSHRM), National Association of Professional Women (NAPW), Mujeres Exitosas y Poderosas de la Florida and the Christian Latin Business Chamber of Commerce.

Her efforts have earned Dunia the Libre Initiative award for Hispanic Community Involvement and recognition for her work with the Toys for Kids Miami Foundation.

She has been married to Frank P. Cuneo, an attorney, for more than 25 years. They are the parents of Alexander and Juliana Cuneo. Dunia enjoys reading, walking, yoga, interior design and traveling to her favorite vacation spot, Washington, D.C.

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21st Anniversary of Hispanic Women of Distinction set for August 26, 2022 

The annual celebration of Community, Culture and Charity honors Latinas in South Florida, past and present.

The 21st annual Hispanic Women of Distinction Charity luncheon to be held on Friday, August 26th, 2022, at Signature Grand in Davie, Florida is anticipating another sell-out of up to 1000 guests paying tribute to Latina professionals who are strengthening the social fabric of this country and making inroads in the leadership pipeline for a growingly diverse America.

Founded in 2001 by the late Erwin M.Vasquez, M.D., a Venezuelan-born cardiologist, philanthropist and publisher of the pioneer Spanish newspaper, El Heraldo de Broward, the goal was to help to empower Latinas and to recognize the influence they have in the South Florida community.   These Latinas, both past and present, are not afraid to dream big, to carve their own paths, to be grateful for the opportunities they have received, and to pay it forward to those who will follow.

The 2022 Honorees are:

  • ODALYS AREVALO – co-founder, Las Madrinas de Los Seguros, managing partner Sunshine Life & Health Advisors.
  • ALEXANDRIA AYALA – School Board Member, Palm Beach County
  • DUNIA CUNEO – Owner, Doral Human Resources Consulting
  • SYLVIA DAUNERT, PhD, PharmD, MS – Lucille P. Markey Chair and Professor, Dept. Biochemistry/Molecular Biology, Miller School of Medicine
  • JESSICA JOSEPH – Manager. Philanthropy/Public Relations, Catholic Hospice, Inc.
  • NAELYS LUNA- Ph.D., MSW – Founding Dean & Professor, College of Social Work & Criminal Justice – Florida Atlantic University Work & Criminal Justice – Florida Atlantic University
  • AYENZA A. MATTHEWS – President, Retoz Sport Corporation
  • MONICA PAYARES-LIZANO, M.D. – Pediatric, Orthopedic Surgeon, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
  • SUSY DIAZ PIESCO – Exec.Director Middle School of the Arts Foundation, City Councilwoman Greenacres City
  • KARINA de OLIVEIRA RODRIGUES – Attorney, Kelly/Uustal Trial Attorneys
  • VANESSA SELTZER – Development Director, Gilda’s Club South FloridaPATRICIA TREJO – Adm. Program Planner Hispanic/Latino Studies, Palm Beach County School District, FL-ALAS President


ANA VEIGAMILTON – President, José Milton Foundation, Chair of Jackson Health Foundation, UM Trustee and President of the Citizens Board, lawyer and engineer, committed to impactful philanthropy and community engagement throughout South Florida. Family Values • Community-Wide


ARLETTE GOMEZ – Third year law student at NSU, Shepard Broad College of Law, Dean’s list with awards for outstanding service.  Cuban born, this young woman is active on numerous community boards, and NSU’s President’s 64 Member, whose purpose is to strengthen the relationship with the community.

JOIN US on August 26th to honor these fantastic women! Tickets $95 per person, table sponsorship $1500.  For more information email: [email protected].

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