Gaitley Stevenson-Mathews, Ever Padilla, Honoree Connie Pinilla, Honoree Dr. Gexi Geron, Honoree Veronic Renta Irwin, Esq., Blase Whitting & Nelson Rivera Jr. (Photo by Ed Shin)

By Gaitley Stevenson-Mathews

The North Shore Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (NSHCC) held an event on May 4 at the Swan Club honoring international author, political consultant, and women’s advocate, Dr. Gexi Girón, as well as paying tribute to two outstanding Long Island women for their service to the community. 

The event featured dining, dancing, and an awards ceremony. Also honored at the event were Veronica Renta Irwin, Esq., president of the Long Island Hispanic Bar Association and principal law clerk for the Nassau County Supreme Court and Connie Pinilla, Esq., vice president and counsel to NSHCC and a highly successful attorney and realtor with The Connie Pinilla Team Compass.

Born in Buenaventura, Colombia, Dr. Gexi Girón moved to Mexico in 1992. She holds a doctorate in political and social sciences and has served as an official in the government of Mexico, both at the federal and state levels. A mentor, writer, and consultant on political leadership and entrepreneurship for women, Dr. Girón read a few excerpts from her most recent book, Mujeres Para Gobernar (Women to Govern) at the Wednesday night event. 

Dr. Gexi Girón was introduced by Veronica Renta Irwin, Esq. and both Irwin and Pinilla shared words of inspiration, noting their own journeys and reflections on their many years of service to the community.

In addition to awards and citations presented on behalf of NSHCC, citations were also present on behalf of Congressman Tom Suozzi and County Executive Bruce Blakeman. Herb Flores, executive director of the Nassau County Office of Hispanic Affairs, was also on hand for the celebration.

“We were very honored to have the community join us in celebrating these exceptional women,” said Ever Padilla, president of NSHCC.

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Dr. Gexi Geron & Herberth A Flores, Nassau County of Hispanic Affairs (Photo by Ed Shin)
Veronica Renta Irwin, President Long Island Hispanic Bar Association & Dr. Gexi Geron (Photo by Ed Shin)
Dr. Gexi Geron (Photo by Ed Shin)
Caty Salgado (Photo by Ed Shin)
Connie Pinilla & Ever Padilla (Photo by Ed Shin)
Margaret Citak & Dorota Jaworska (Photo by Ed Shin)
Tony Busse, Nancy Mata & Andrew Ferrante (Photo by Ed Shin)
Ever Padilla, North Shore Hispanic Chamber President (Photo by Ed Shin)
Dorota Jaworska & Ever Pinella (Photo by Ed Shin)
Gaitley Stevenson-Mathews (Photo by Ed Shin)
Roger Bautista & Connie Pinilla (Photo by Ed Shin)
Veronica Renta Irwin, Herberth A Flores & Dr. Gexi Geron (Photo by Ed Shin)
Vianny Ogando (Photo by Ed Shin)
Vianny Ogando & Dr. Gexi Geron (Photo by Ed Shin)

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