CHLI Gala and Leadership Awards

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The Leadership in Public Service Award honors Congressional leaders, one Republican and one Democrat, for their commitment to advancing the Hispanic community’s Diversity of Thought and achievements.

The CHLI Founders International Leadership Award celebrates an individual whose leadership has had global impact.

2018 CHLI Ileana Ros-Lehtinen International Leadership Award
(L-R) CHLI Gala Chair Nathalie Rayes, Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, Congressman Bill Flores, CHLI Chairman The Honorable Lincoln Diaz-Balart, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, her husband Dexter Lehtinen, and their daughter Patricia Lehtinen Silva, with CHLI Board Members

2019 CHLI Ileana Ros-Lehtinen International Leadership Award Presented to Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the Organization of American States
(L-R) Congresswoman Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon, CHLI Treasurer John Hoel, CHLI Board Member Joe Avila, Gala Chair Nathalie Rayes, Chairman The Honorable Lincoln Diaz-Balart, former Congresswoman The Honorable Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Congressman Henry Cuellar and CHLI Board Members

2020 Leadership in Public Service Honoree, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt

2017 Leadership in Public Service Honoree, Congressman Gerald E. Connoly
(L-R) Congressman Albio Sires, Congressman Gerald Connoly, Congressman Henry Cuellar and CHLI President and CEO, Mary Ann Gomez Orta

Thank you for your interest in joining us for the Annual Gala and Leadership Awards on May 18th. We are delighted to be celebrating in person. At the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute, we believe in creating safe programs and keeping our community healthy. CHLI will continue to monitor COVID-19 guidelines by the Center for Disease Control and the District of Columbia to ensure everyone’s well-being.
At the 18th Annual Gala and Leadership Awards, please expect the following:
  • Proof of vaccination is not required
  • We encourage all guests to be vaccinated
  • Wearing a facemask is not mandatory but strongly encouraged
  • Hand sanitizers will be made available to all guests
  • Sanitation protocols will be in place throughout the venue

To join us as a sponsor, please contact Maytee Sanz, CHLI Director of Philanthropy & External Affairs, at

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