L’ATTITUDE Leadership award
The L’ATTITUDE Leadership Award is presented to individuals who, in their life and work, have achieved exemplary personal success, which they have then leveraged by using their resources and influence to improve the lives of others. This award recognizes those who demonstrate the relentless U.S. Latino work ethic, and the community-minded U.S. Latino humanitarian spirit.
The recipient(s) receive the award at the annual L’ATTITUDE national event in San Diego, California, and this year virtually in the L’ATTITUDE 2020 live-streamed event.
Twice named to Time’s “100 Most Influential People” list and recipient of the 2015 National Humanities Medal, José Andrés is an internationally-recognized culinary innovator, New York Times best-selling author, educator, humanitarian, and chef and owner of ThinkFoodGroup, the award-winning collective of nearly thirty restaurants throughout the country and beyond. In 2010, Andrés founded World Central Kitchen, a non-profit specializing in delivering food relief in the wake of natural and humanitarian disasters. Notably, his team served 3.7 million meals to the people of Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria and has since served more than 20 million meals worldwide. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, WCK has partnered with restaurants, small farms, and local partners around the country to combat food insecurity. A naturalized U.S. citizen originally from Spain, Andrés has been a tireless advocate for immigration reform and on July 4, 2014 was named by President Barack Obama as that year’s “Outstanding American by Choice.”
Having worked consistently in Hollywood for over 20 years, Eva Longoria has cemented herself as an industry staple known for her work both in front of and behind the camera. Once described by WarnerMedia’s Chief Enterprise Inclusion Officer Christy Haubegger as “subversive in the best way” to AdWeek, Longoria continues to hone her craft, seek new projects, and expand opportunities for others by paving the way for future women and minority producers, directors and industry leaders in Hollywood and beyond.
We proudly name Emilio Estefan and Mike Fernandez as winners of the 2019 L’ATTITUDE leadership award with their help in shaping the Latino culture as a whole.
Emilio Estefan was born in Santiago Cuba, Cuba, which at the age of 14, he was forced to flee with his father from the Castro regime. However, before leaving Cuba, it is said here is where he cultivated his musical sensibilities playing his accordion to earn enough tips to help him support his family.
Mike Fernandez was born in a small town in the eastern end of Cuba called Manzanillo. His father was an ambitious entrepreneur who by the age of 24 owned four sandwich shops, a cafeteria, a bar, and a jukebox business. When Mike was 12 years old, the Cuban communist militia seized his father’s shops and his family were forced to leave the country, arriving first in Mexico City, and then making their way to New York City.