WIM Fox Valley to feature Margarita Mendoza on complimentary guest day Nov. 14

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    Margarita Mendoza Courtesy of Margarita Mendoza

Submitted by Pat Szpekowski
Updated 10/25/2019 7:50 PM

On Thursday, Nov. 14, WIM Fox Valley will hold its annual complimentary guest luncheon, featuring local Latino Film Festival founder and editor Margarita Mendoza.

The lunch meeting will be held at Emmett's Brewing Co., 128 W. Main St. in West Dundee. It will begin with networking at 11:30 a.m., followed by a luncheon and program at noon.


Meetings adjourn at 1 p.m.

Cost for members is $25 and $28 for nonmembers. Area women in business are welcome to attend this complimentary month's presentation.

Reservations must be made for attendance online at www.wimfoxvalley.org.

Sponsor for this month's meeting is member Melissa Davidson, CPA, of Davidson Pargman and Company LLC. Davidson takes pride that her firm provides a total commitment to building one-on-one relationships with each individual client. Services include a variety of financial, tax, and advisory needs.

Mendoza of Elgin is an experienced journalist and public relations professional. She is a translator, and the editor of the international award-winning Spanish language monthly newspaper, El Observador, for the Catholic Diocese of Rockford.

In 2012, Mendoza launched and has directed the Latino Film Festival Elgin. Several years ago she started the Latino Film Festival Aurora. She is featured in the book series "Today's Inspired Latina," founded by Jackie Camacho-Ruiz.

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She is also a director of Colombia Hoy and edits the Panamericano Hoy, a Spanish language newspaper focused on optimistic news.

She and her husband, Enrique, reside in Elgin and are the parents of three daughters. In 2007, Mendoza graduated from the Elgin Leadership Academy. She studied at the Universidad Autónoma De Occidente, in Cali, Colombia, a Master in Organizational Communication; graduated from Social Communicator/Journalist; and has a Political Science, Certified.

"We look forward to hearing about Margarita's diversified international experience in journalism and the arts and culture," said Ann Louis, who continues in her second term as 2019-20 WIM Fox Valley president. "As a successful Latino woman from our community, she will be an inspiration to all who hear her."

Louis, a Campton Hills resident who owns Louis Consulting Inc. in Elgin, adds, "Our upcoming speakers and programs again bring top level topics and expertise to our membership. We welcome business women in the community to join us, network, and make new community connections."

Upcoming meetings include: Linda Deering Dean, president, Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin on Dec. 12; Suzanne Ness, principal/co-founder of Forward Effect on Jan. 9; Kristen Hutchinson and Stephanie Szewczyk, founders of STRONG Self(ie) on Feb. 13; Melissa Dotson, president of Rieke Office Interiors on March 12; Nancy Coleman, executive director of Alignment Collaborative for Education on April 9; and Laura Valdez-Wilson, Elgin Assistant City Manager on May 7.

WIM Fox Valley was founded in 1984 and is celebrating its 35th year of supporting local professional women. It is a leading women's business organization in Elgin providing professional development and business education scholarships and mentoring opportunities for area women. Members are comprised of women in business professionals and entrepreneurs in a wide range of categories. Area women are invited to join. For more information, visit www.wimfoxvalley.org.


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