2016 Face Awards
Photography by Alex Stafford
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“How Diversity Makes Us Smarter.” That headline appeared above a 2014 Scientific American story that concluded—based upon copious amounts of research—when people work with or regularly engage with others of different backgrounds, they are “more creative, diligent and harder-working.”
And Southwest Florida provides bountiful opportunities to connect with many diverse individuals and businesses. We are home to immigrants from around the globe—those of Latino, African, Asian and other cultures who reverberate in the arts, education, business, medicine and philanthropy.
To celebrate and recognize that diversity, Gulfshore Business partnered with D’Latinos magazine to create the inaugural Face Awards in 2011.
Nominations in six different categories are reviewed by our judges who this year included Adriana Buitrago, director of the Hispanic Institute at Hodges University; Paula DiGrigoli, engagement lead, Blue Zones Project-SW Florida; Tracey Galloway, CEO at Community Cooperative; Yemisi Oloruntola-Coates, manager of Diversity and Language Services at Lee Memorial Health System; and Andrew Solis, attorney at Cohen and Grigsby law firm.
And, as in the past, the panel chose honorees who reflect and celebrate positive values and ethnic and racial diversity. In other words, smart decisions.