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Christine G. Rodriguez

Christine G. Rodriguez is Owner & Principal of CGR Strategic Communications, LLC, a woman and minority-owned certified small business in Corona, Calif. CGR Communications provides executive coaching and services on strategic planning, corporate communications, growing small business infrastructure, and strategic philanthropy/fundraising. Her vision and mission is simply stated in these 5 Cs: Communicate clearly & openly; Collaborate fairly & honestly; Connect with purpose & commitment; Care for your clients & communities; and Change with clear, measurable goals.

Rodriguez has worked closely with clients in the corporate, academic, and nonprofit sectors; and has helped small business owners strengthen and grow their businesses by helping them improve their operational processes and helping them apply for and obtain small business and minority-owned certifications. Rodriguez’s clients have included: Markall, Inc./RA Industries, LLC; The Boeing Company; University of California, Irvine; Donald R. Beall, Chairman Emeritus, Rockwell; NEAT (National Education Advocacy & Training); and Pegasus Global Holdings.

Prior to launching her consulting business, Rodriguez served as President & CEO of Discovery World, a non-profit science and technology center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 2004, Rodriguez completed a long and successful career with aerospace & defense prime contractor, Rockwell International, having worked her way up the corporate ladder from a clerk-typist to a Corporate Vice President (the first Latina VP at Rockwell). Ultimately, she was responsible for the Rockwell Charitable Corporation and State Government Relations. In that position, she led a team to set strategic direction for the company’s worldwide charitable giving activities.

Rodriguez serves on numerous nonprofit boards, including: NLBWA-IE; Advisory Board Member – California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (CHCC); HPGM (Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee). She also formerly served as a Board Member of the Greater Corona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; the Greater Riverside Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Rockwell Liaison for Catalyst (NYC); The Conference Board; League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC); National Council of La Raza (NCLR); United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC); and various other local and national nonprofit boards. She has received numerous professional and community awards of excellence.

Rodriguez earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications from the University of La Verne; an Associate of Arts degree in Journalism from Fullerton College; a Graduate Certificate in Senior Public Relations Management from the San Francisco Academy, University of Florida; a Certificate in Corporate Community Involvement from Boston College, Carroll School of Management; and a Certificate in Nonprofit Organization Management from the University of Notre Dame (Mendoza College of Business).

Maria Solano

Maria Molina Solano is the Executive Director for the National Latina Business Women’s Association, Inland Empire, a non-profit organization. She maintains an innate passion for the growing Latina Entrepreneur and the Latino Business Community in which she thrives at building the financial platform of community sponsorships to enable the success of the organization. Maria is also known for her diverse well rounded professional background in the banking industry with over 20 years experience to speak of.

Maria began her 20 year banking career with Wells Fargo as a teller working in two locations; Pasadena, and El Monte, California she then earned her way up to a personal banker, business banker then branch manager. As a branch manager she was tasked with the oversight of operations, sales and a staff of 30. While working on sales, she exceeded sales expectations which placed her in the Top 10 within district and Top 25 statewide.

Marias team successes include working as part of a team while at the Latin Business Association Institute (LBAI). The LBAI is a grass roots organization that serves as advocate for Latino Business of which she was a part of ascertaining funding in excess of $283 million in contracts for the Latino Business Community and $65.45 million for client business loans for expansion or start-up businesses. Was part of the team that worked to develop member programs through education increasing membership from 75 to over 1,600 members.

Communally she has participated as an advocate for the Hispanic population, having served on the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, Procurement & Education Committees, Los Angeles Unified School District, Procurement Advisory Board, Los Angeles Minority Business Opportunity Committee, Procurement, Access to capital, and Education Development, Chaired the Transportation Board Advisory Committee for the Los Angeles County MTA, and served as an Advisory Board Member focusing on procurement and access to capital for the Women’s Transportation Coalition.

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