La Paz Chattanooga will host their annual Latino Leadership Awards next month. The ceremony will celebrate the achievements of ten men and women who have faithfully invested in the Latino community of Southeast Tennessee during the past year.

The evening’s guest speaker is Dr. Heidi Ramirez, a former chief academic officer of Shelby County in West Tennessee – who also served nationally with the U.S. Department of Education.

La Paz, the event host, was founded in 2004 and exists to “guide, connect, and strengthen” the Latino community in and around Chattanooga. Over the past thirteen years, the organization has raised $32 million and assisted over 30,000 people through a variety of services, education, and outreach programs.

Executive Director Stacy Johnson hopes that the staff and volunteers of La Paz will be able “to serve over 5,000 people each year with the goal of a thriving Latino population.”

The Latino Leadership Awards will be presented at the Chattanooga Convention Center on Monday, September 18th at 11:00 a.m. For more information about the event and honorees, see here. To learn more about the work of La Paz, visit their website homepage:

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