SANTA BARBARA, Calif., April 12 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The April issue of HispanicBusiness(R) Magazine features The Honorable Frances Garcia, Inspector General of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) as the 2009 HispanicBusiness(R) Woman of the Year. Each year, HispanicBusiness Magazine honors a select group of Hispanic women who have made a national impact by demonstrating the highest levels of achievement in their professions.
Ms. Garcia joined the GAO in 1986. With trillions of dollars pouring into U.S. markets to turn around the world’s largest economy, she oversees the audits and investigations of the GAO, which keeps tabs on how Congress is spending taxpayers’ dollars. Prior to her current role as Inspector General, she was the Director of the Office of Recruitment, where she was responsible for all of GAO’s nationwide recruitment.
Created in 1972, Ms. Garcia helped co-found the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA). Her involvement led to her becoming the first female national president of the organization. This increased visibility led to an appointment by President Carter to a five-year term on the Copyright Royalty Tribunal, where she eventually became the chair. Ms. Garcia is a graduate of Midwestern State University in Texas, where she received the Distinguished Alumna Award.
The April issue also highlights the 24 other Elite Women to be honored alongside Frances Garcia at the 7th Annual HispanicBusiness(R) Woman of the Year Awards Gala on Thursday, June 4, at the Hilton Americas – Houston. Other WOY finalists include Lily Eskelsen, VP, National Education Association; Marion Luna Brem, President/CEO, Love Chrysler; Dr. Amelie Ramirez, Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Director of the Institute for Health Promotion Research at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and Ramona Romero, Corporate Counsel for Logistics and Energy, DuPont.
For a full list of all of the Elite Women, please visit: www.hispanicbusiness.com/events/woy/
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