Founder of the Green Bronx Machine

Stephen Ritz is a South Bronx teacher/administrator who believes that students shouldn’t have to leave their community to live, learn and earn in a better one. He is receiving a special award, given to a person of non-Hispanic descent that has positively impacted the community

Moving generations of students into spheres of personal and academic successes they have never imagined while reclaiming and rebuilding the Bronx, Stephen’s extended student and community family have grown over 30,000 pounds of vegetables in the Bronx while generating extraordinary academic performance.

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EVP of Multicultural Marketing at Edelman

Sonia Sroka-Peña is an award-winning marketing communications executive and recognized advocate of the business imperative of diversity and inclusion.

Sonia offers deep expertise and insight into providing strategic counsel to clients, reaching diverse multinational and multilingual audiences. Sonia is Edelman’s executive vice president and group head of their multicultural marketing division. She provides expert counsel to clients across theEdelman portfolio including Unilever, Heineken, American Heart Association, Kimberly-Clark, AstraZeneca and Darden Restaurants.

In addition, Sonia participates in Edelman’s U.S. Multicultural and Diversity Task Force.