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In the Elite Company of
2013 WOY Finalists

April 5, 2013

Staff — HispanicBusiness.com

While high-ranking female executives from social media companies seem to be getting all the press, the nine finalists for the 2013 HispanicBusiness Woman of the Year have been quietly and successfully leading their companies.

Often these executives founded their own companies, taking the seed of an idea and with hard work growing it into a business that generates millions in revenues and employs hundreds, if not thousands, of people. They are just as qualified as the executives who oversee major public companies, they just don't have a team of publicists.

Selecting the Woman of the Year is always a difficult task because there are many well-qualified entrepreneurs, but this group has risen above the field. This year, HispanicBusiness editorial staff decided to feature small-business entrepreneurs. We are confident you’ll be reading a lot more about these finalists in the years to come.

Laura K.T. Schriver
Laura K.T. Schriver
Founder, Chair & CEO
Language Services Associates
Horsham, PA

Laura K.T. Schriver is the founder, chairwoman and CEO of Language Services Associates. She formed LSA in 1991 with a vision to help eliminate multicultural communication barriers worldwide through innovative language-based solutions and exceptional customer service support. The company employed 160 people and had revenues of $26 million as of 2011.

Under Ms. Schriver's leadership, LSA has been named among the world’s Top Language Services Providers by independent market research firm Common Sense Advisory. She attributes her successes to a ready-to-serve, can-do attitude, a strong work ethic, devotion to linguistic quality and commitment to customer service.

As chairwoman and CEO, Ms. Schriver is responsible for focusing on the big-picture items that are vital to LSA’s overall success, such as the development and maintenance of strategic alliance partnerships with companies both in and outside of the professional language services industry. She is actively involved in guiding the company’s strategic direction and future business operations.

Lynette Spano
Lynette Spano
President & CEO
SCI Consulting Services
McLean, VA

Lynette Spano is President and CEO of SCI Consulting Services, a premier woman- and Hispanic-owned federal IT services contractor offering advanced IT solutions and management systems to government agencies and commercial enterprises.

Founded in New York City in 1983, SCI has revenue of $50 million and 266 employees in 2011 and continues to grow. Its clients include the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency. SCI was recognized as one of the Top 20 Hispanic-owned businesses in Virginia in 2012 and was ranked No. 114 on the HispanicBusiness 500 list in that same year.

Ms. Spano founded a sports figure skating foundation, PRFSF, in 2003, a nonprofit that encourages Hispanic youth to participate in the sport of figure skating and compete at the highest levels with other talented athletes. As a result of her efforts, Puerto Rico is now permitted to compete on the international stage in the world of figure skating.

A survivor of both viral meningitis and a brain aneurysm, Ms. Spano supports an annual coat drive, a Thanksgiving food drive and a children’s toy drive during the holidays for the Traumatic Brain Injury Unit at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence in Bethesda, Md.

She is also the founder of Stars, Stripes, & Hearts/Bandera y Corazones (SSH/BC), a nonprofit that helps active-duty service members, veterans and their families.

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