M.A. Experience & Expertise
Chief Development Officer
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Lydia Aranda is an award-winning and published voice of influence with over 25-years in public, private and nonprofit sectors. Founder of DiVeritas (formerly Blackstar BASC Group), co-creator and host of DiVer Cities Broadcast (bilingual)and philanthropist, she develops institution growth strategies to better assist diverse/underserved segments via such clients as Hispanic College Fund (now HSF), CPLC, Inc., Democracy Win, United Consumer Coalition, National Hispanic Corporate Council(NHCC), UNM, Federation of IPN, Juegos Centro American soy del Caribe, among others.
Lydia enjoys live music, performance singing, traveling, and gourmet cooking. She holds an M.A. in Social Impact from Claremont Lincoln University and a B.S. in Intercultural Communications from Arizona State University and remains a strong advocate for education, equality, and ethical leadership. She gives of her time and talent to youth and young professionals as well as senior wellness and animal welfare. Notable projects or initiatives she has founded and/or led to new acclaim include Southwestern Donors Circle, the Liberty Project en Español, the First Ladies International Project(FLIP), Latino Leadership Initiative, Hispanic Heroes Mentor Network; President e Fox World Leaders Dinner Video Series, and the Coalition of American Latino Leaders.
The Oldaker Group
The Gift of Caring/Academy for Caregiving Excellence
4725 N 1st Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85718
Laura Oldaker’s exceptional leadership skills and entrepreneurial spirit have served her well throughout her years of experience in entrepreneurship. Determined and hardworking, she has built The Oldaker Group, a group of companies comprised of The Gift Of Caring, By Your Side Senior Care and, Academy for Caregiving Excellence. These companies work with older adults, their families, and Care professionals to increase the quality of life and decrease Caregiver Shortages. Partnering with her husband, Justin, Laura started By Your Side Senior Care in 2009 and has organically expanded to other companies through concentric diversification in the older adult industry. As a business owner, Laura’s passion lies in not only excellent care but, also education, workforce development, and family caregiver training, empowering family caregivers who want to give their aging loved one the highest level of care without sacrificing their own well being.
Laura is a big believer in education and continued training; as she is an avid learner herself. She has participated in many entrepreneurial training programs including the prestigious Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small business program at Babson College in Boston, Massachusetts. Laura received national recognition as the 2013 Latino Business Series’ Entrepreneur of the Year by Verizon Wireless; having been selected for her powerful leadership and professional success, and again in 2017 by the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce At The Table Hispanic Business Enterprise Award. She was also honored as the 2017 Hispanic Business Woman of the Year by the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Laura is greatly entwined in the Tucson community and lends service to organizations that support older adults, access to health care, and small businesses. Laura currently serves as the Chairwoman of the Board for the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Laura has a true passion for life and together with Justin, is raising their three children, V’Eanna (Andrew), Ethan and Isabelle to be the community’s next leaders.
Young Entrepreneurs Academy
Tucson Hispanic Chamber Foundation
823 E. Speedway Blvd. Tucson, AZ. 85719
Isabel Georgelos is the Program Manager for YEA (The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) which is a groundbreaking and exciting program that transforms local middle and high school students into real, confident entrepreneurs. Through the year-long program, students in grades 6-12 generate business ideas, conduct market research, write business plans, pitch to a panel of investors, and launch their very own real companies.
The Academy also provides local community members with a variety of opportunities to volunteer and get involved. From exciting business guest lecturers and dynamic field trips to innovative companies to passionate business mentors and investor panelists, there are countless ways to help these local students launch their own enterprises and become impassioned local leaders.
YEA’s mission is to advocate for and provide services that help grow our member’s businesses. Our chamber’s goal is to enable its members to do TOGETHER what they might not be able to do individually. As we continue to rebound from recent downturns in our nation’s economic climate, the Chamber continues to pursue our motto ‘to make our community a better place for everyone to live and work.’
Tucson Hispanic Chamber
823 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85719
Javier Guillen is the Membership Director of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber which was incorporated, in May 18, 1989, in the State of Arizona with the original purpose to provide, promote and advance, on a nonprofit basis, the general welfare and prosperity of the Tucson area, so that its citizens and business community could prosper. The chamber(s) is led by a Board of Directors that reflects our community and governs the activities of the THCC.
The mission of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber and our affiliate chambers in Sierra Vista, Douglas and Nogales is to advocate for and provide services that help grow our member’s businesses in our bilingual and bicultural region. We provide resources and services to help grow your business and host events throughout Southern Arizona and Sonora, Mexico.