Marielena Villamil
Marielena Villamil

Meet Marielena Villamil, a Hispanic Woman of Distinction 

Marielena Villlamil Marielena Villamil has an outstanding record of accomplishments in business consulting, higher education and civic leadership.  She is co-founder and serves as Chief Executive Officer of a growing economic and governmental advisor firm, The Washington Economics Group, Inc. (WEG). She founded the firm in 1993 with nationally recognized economist, Dr. Tony Villamil, former US Undersecretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs.

On August 14th, she will be honored at the 14th annual Hispanic Women of Distinction charity luncheon and business expo in South Florida as the 2015 Latina Pioneer of the Year, presented by Bank of America, Latina Style Magazine and Latin Business Today.  Marielena joins former Latina Pioneers – First Lady of Florida, Columba Bush, Congresswoman Ileana Ros Lehtinen, Aida Levitan PhD, Nelly Rubio, Maria Elena Torano, Helen Aguirre Ferre and Joyce Kaufman.

Marielena’s civic volunteer service is outstanding and is a member of numerous boards, demonstrating exceptional community activism.  She was selected to serve on the National Advisory Board of BBVA Compass, a Sunbelt-based bank holding company and was appointed to the South Florida Board of Advisors of BBVA Compass Bank where she currently serves.    Marielena also serves on the Board of Directors of the United Way of Miami Dade County, past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross of Greater Miami and the Keys, Chair of the South Florida Humanitarian Network for Cuba, a network to coordinate humanitarian assistance.  She was appointed Chair of the South Florida Board of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF), a nationally recognized organization whose mission centers on awarding scholarships based on merit to Hispanic students.

When asked about the role Hispanic women play today in society, she responded: 

“Hispanic women are role models (and I am including myself because of my age and experiences) for our families, our friends and our community.  Our responsibilities are numerous as we set the foundations and pave the way for Latinas to have productive lives and be responsible citizens.  We are a minority, within a minority which is growing in numbers and power.”

Education is a focus for Marielena Villamil.   She has chaired the South Florida Board of the Sistema Universitario Ana G. Mendez, an accredited institution of higher learning specializing in programs and degrees through dual-language learning and served until 2014 on the Board of Trustees of Miami Dade College. Aappointed by two former Governors of Florida. 

Among the numerous awards she has received are the first Dr. Mario Villarroel International Leadership Award in 2005 for her work with the Latin American communities, the Southeast Service Area International Humanitarian Service “for exceptional humanitarian actions” and the 2008 Cynthia Wedel Award for “superior and outstanding leadership services to the community.”  Most recently, Ms. Villamil was awarded the Good Scout Award by the Boy Scouts of America and the American Red Cross Spectrum Award for her service to the organization.  Marielena was an honoree of The Inner Circle of 12 of the American Cancer Society in the Fall of 2014 and became a Miracle Makers Honoree for 2015 from The Big Boys Big Girls Club because of the community and charitable commitments.

“My culture is me!  It is the basis for everything I do, at home, at work and in the community.  I am an American citizen by choice, so as an American, I am privileged to live in this country and reap the benefits, and the opportunity this country offers…never forgetting my Hispanic roots.

 Ms. Villamil earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from St. Mary’s Dominican College in New Orleans, LA, a Master’s Degree from Middlebury College in Vermont, and completed PhD coursework at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL.  She currently resides in Coral Gables with her husband, Tony Villamil.  She has two grown daughters, Elena Villamil Freyre and Carolina Villamil and a son, TJ Villamil.

Meet other 2015 Hispanic Women of Distinction: 

Yvette Aleman

RELATED POSTS

Latina IT Executive Maria Hernandez Is All About Innovation

Latina IT Executive Maria Hernandez Is All About Innovation

She left Cuba with her family as a child trading possessions and a middle class life for freedom LBT: Maria, thank you so much for doing this with us! You are an Inspirational Latina. You’ve had an interesting upbringing…Not your average childhood by any means. Please...

Latina Mercy Diaz Miranda a Mercy Gift, a Family Legacy

Latina Mercy Diaz Miranda a Mercy Gift, a Family Legacy

Inspirational Latinas making an impact. Honoring the legacies of our loved ones can be the most heartfelt and inspiring gift of all. Cristina Miranda Gilson, CEO of the HDS Companies and Chairman of the HDS Foundation, established the Mercy Gift in honor of her...

Polls

Sign Up for the Latin Biz Today Newsletter

Video Gallery

PR Newswire

Featured Authors

Money

Cash Flow Management for Small Business Owners

Cash Flow Management for Small Business Owners

A requirement for every successful small business and enterprise.   Cash flow management is the process by which an organization maintains control over the inflow and outflow of funds. The fundamental goal of cash flow management is to ensure that the incoming...

Talent/HR

Legal

Marketing

Strategy

Entrepreneurship – Do It Your Way

Entrepreneurship – Do It Your Way

One of my favorite lines that I often quote is the hook from Frank Sinatra’s My Way— “I did it, I did it my way.” As entrepreneurs, we are generally the types who create our own rules and do things our own way. Sometimes it's good to reflect on why this individuality...

Fashion

Food

Music

Sports

14 Takeaways From the World of Sports Business

14 Takeaways From the World of Sports Business

Check out these quick snapshots across the sports industry in May 2022 Welcome! Well, I am apparently over my anger about the baseball lockout. Yes, I am following the game to a degree, especially because the Mets are off to a good start. The New York Yankees are also...

Innovation

Work, Life & Culture

A Visual Artist’s Business Journey

A Visual Artist’s Business Journey

How to use your wits and artistic talents to create multiple streams of income. Ovila Lemmon (known in art circles as Ladie Ovila) is an artist, graphic designer, clothing and accessories designer, and an art teacher. Her business, Mūt’Sun Artistry (pronounced...

Culture

Health & Fitness

Travel & Destinations

Hindsight Is Literally 2020!

Hindsight Is Literally 2020!

So as I was approaching my 57th birthday this past October, I came to realize that travel has been on my bucket list 40 years and that since my divorce 6 years ago, I have somehow always felt like I needed someone to give me permission to do so. Really, permission, at...

Personal Blogs

Latin Business Today

Pin It on Pinterest