Director of Business Development Elena Vasconez (right) receives her Employee of the Year Certificate from Mi Casa CEO Christine Marquez-Hudson.
The Mi Casa 2013 Employee of the Year Award was presented to Director of Business Development Elena Vasconez. Elena won the award for her outstanding service both to the Mi Casa Women’s Business Center and the launch of the Mi Casa Innovation Lab, as well as her extraordinary dedication to the agency’s core values and overall success.
“Elena has worked tirelessly this past year, sometimes seven days a week and often well into the evening,” said Mi Casa CEO Christine Marquez-Hudson. “Elena brings much enthusiasm, creativity, and commitment to her position and the Business Team.”
Possessing a strong commitment to offering services that are dynamic and responsive to the needs of the community, Elena had an instrumental role in creating a strategic and bold vision for the Innovation Lab. She also invested numerous hours into planning new programs, collaborating with community partners and recruiting new staff to make the Innovation Lab a reality, on top of her duties as the director of the Mi Casa Women’s Business Center.
Directing the Women’s Business Center this past year was far from easy. A growing demand for services within the community coupled with declining funding and an understaffed team posed several challenges. But Elena helped her team rise above these obstacles to successfully meet the community’s need for small business and entrepreneurial services.
“With Elena’s inspirational leadership, her understaffed team managed the Herculean effort of serving nearly 800 businesses in 2013,” said Christine.
There is no denying Elena’s strong work ethic has created a large community impact. Besides serving 784 businesses, the Mi Casa Women’s Business Center helped launch 80 new businesses last year, which created 54 new jobs and generated $7.5 million in revenue
Mi Casa is very lucky to have Elena on our team!