Wendy Kopp, CEO and co-founder of Teach For All and founder of Teach For America, was honored for outstanding citizenship at the 12th annual Poder Business Awards on Nov. 6 in Miami. She was joined by 11 other honorees.
"Wendy Kopp is a visionary leader who has made a strong contribution to the education landscape in the Americas, promoting educational equity for children across the globe," Nicolas Ibarguen, Poder Award director, said in a news release.
Ms. Kopp and Brett Wigdortz founded the global Teach For All network in 2007 to enlist talented future leaders in the field of education. Its partner organizations operate around the world, notably in Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico and Peru.
All told, 460 Teach For All instructors serve about 47,000 students in Latin America, and 157 of its alumni are from these countries as well, according to the release.
Ms. Kopp "demonstrates the importance of challenging our assumptions and learning from different perspectives around the world," Tomas Recart, CEO of Enseρa Chile, said in the release.
Ms. Kopp also founded Teach For America (TFA) in 1990 as a national teacher corps of college graduates and professionals who commit to teach for two years and raise student achievement in public schools. TFA has 11,000 corps members, 10 percent of whom identify as Latino, and is one of the largest providers of Hispanic teachers.
Nearly a third of the students in the schools where TFA teachers work identify as Hispanic.
The Poder Business Awards recognizes those who have demonstrated remarkable strategy, vision and execution in their businesses and organizations, according to the release. Other honorees included:
Ricky Martin, president and founder of the Ricky Martin Foundation, Poder Social Leadership Award;
Monica Lozano, CEO, Impremedia LLC, Poder Lifetime Achievement Award;
Lorena Garcia, chef, restaurateur, TV host and author, Poder Women in Leadership Award;
Alejandro Marti, president and founder of Mexico SOS, Poder Social Entrepreneurship Award;
Salvador Paiz, president and CEO of Teculutan Investments and president of FunSepa, Poder Visionary Award;
Jesus Aguais, human rights activist and founder of AID for AIDS International, Poder Social Change Award;
Catalina Escobar Restrepo, community crusader, Poder Social Empowerment Award;
Ana Arrigunaga, president of Fundacion Quiera, Poder Social Achievements Award.
The event's sponsors included Goodyear, Televisa Publishing, Banamex and Cadillac. More information can be found HERE.
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