Meet Belinda M. Leon, Ed.D, a Hispanic Women of Distinction Founder/President, Premier Educational Consulting, LLC
“If we do not pay honor to those who came before us and started to chip away at the walls and ceilings that held us back, then we do a disservice to the younger women behind us that will finish knocking down the walls and ceilings that have prevented us from being even greater.”
For anyone, particularly Hispanic students, who have had to maneuver through a sea of the bureaucratic red tape of college admissions, Belinda M. Leon’s company, Premier Educational Consulting, LLC (PEC) must seem like the a godsend.
For students (and their parents) trying to successfully navigate the college application process, Belinda’s company holds seminars in Spanish to help them understand about preschool preparation, college savings options, high school course selection and essay preparation.
Before starting PEC in 2014, Belinda spent 14 years as the Vice President of Academic Regulatory Affairs and held other key positions for Education Management Corporation. She also worked at the New York Restaurant School, Art Institute of Houston, Jones College, Florida National College and her alma mater, Nova Southeastern University.
Belinda earned her Doctorate in Education Organizational Leadership from Argosy University in Sarasota, Florida and her Master in Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in General Psychology degrees from Nova Southeastern University. She also earned a certificate in Leadership from Harvard University’s executive program as a fellow for the National Hispana Leadership Institute.
Over the years Belinda has served on committees and boards as a member or chair for numerous organizations such as Downtown Doral Charter Elementary school EESAC, United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Heroes of Tomorrow Foundation, City of Doral Charter Review Commission and the Brinker Education Initiative to name a few.
She also has been a presenter at numerous conferences in education and leadership, and mentors young students with the Girl Scouts of America, Upward Bound at Miami-Dade College, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, the City of Doral and area schools.
Her professional and philanthropic achievements have been honored by many organizations including Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz who named her to the 2015 Commission on Women. She also was recently named as the first Latina member of the Colorado Technical University Board of Trustees.
Belinda is a native New Yorker of Cuban/Ecuadoran descent and, before his untimely passing, was married to fellow educator Alfredo Leon for 20 years. Together they have two daughters, Isabela and Sofia.
In her spare time, Belinda enjoys exploring major cities or relaxing on sandy beaches. She also likes to run, read and dance.
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Here are the 2017 Hispanic Women of Distinction:
GLORIA L. DIAZ-DANIELS –Div Sales Mgr Sales-Pharmacy Walmart – Palm Beach Colombian Born Latina Shines As Mentor and Walmart Sales Exec
ADRIANA FAZZANO FICANO – Chief of Staff, Broward College – Broward County Colombian-American Latina Leads College PR and Community Organizations
BLANCA GUERRA -Broward County Schools-Curriculum Sup/Dual Languages –Dade Cuban Latina Excels at Education and Preserving Heritage Languages
KARINA GOMEZ-HERRERA – Pres. CEO Karnna Fashion & Company – Broward: Outstanding Venezuelan Latina Excels as a “Hispanic Fashion Advisor”
Dr IVERIS LUZ MARTINEZ- Assoc Prof. Herbert Werthein College/Medicine FIU-Dade Cuban-American Latina Is a Premier Healthcare Anthropologist
LORENA MASTRARRIGO -Assistant Public Defender, Broward County – Broward Argentinian-American Latina Attorney Helping Hispanic Community
CHRISTINA PEREZ McDOWELL – Founder, Solutions by CPM, LLC – Dade- Cuban-American Latina Brand Manger and Executive Consultant
JACQUELINE NUNEZ – Co-owner, SOMA Medical Centers PA – Palm Beach Colombian Latina Healthcare Financial Officer Supports Those In Need
Dr. JACQUELINE PENA – Dean Academic Affairs – Miami Dade College – Dade Dominican Bronx Latina Secures Grants to Drive Student Success
MICHELLE MARTINEZ-REYES- CMO, Greenspoon Marder Law Firm – Broward Latina Cuban-American Chief Marketing Officer Is Growing Brands
MARIELLE SOLOGUREN – Vice President. Pierson Grant Public Relations – Broward Latina of Ancestry Cuban-Peruvian Making Waves in PR
RACHEL TOURGEMAN –Community Relations Dir.- Florida National University-Dade Panamanian-American Latina Community Relations Professional Advocates for Victims
LATINA PIONEER of the YEAR:
DAISY EXPOSITO-ULLA – Chairman, CEO of d exposito & Partners, a visionary creative leader in cross-cultural brand building for more than 30 years, Daisy has been recognized by numerous organizations and named as one of the most influential Latinas in the United States.