2008 Mujer Awards Recipients
The 2008 Mujer Awards paid tribute to three extraordinary Latinas who have made it their life’s work to empower their communities through the media, and by expanding access to health care.
The year’s Chair Award was presented to Nely Galán, effervescent media dynamo, President of Galan Entertainment, producer of the reality series “The Swan,” and NHLI Class of ’89. She was honored for her commitment to the Latino community through her entrepreneurial spirit and charity organization Count Me In, a nonprofit organization that empowers women to create their own business and achieve financial independence.
Dr. Angela Diaz, MD, MPH, received this year’s National Award for her lifetime work in the medical field. As Director of the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center—which under her leadership has become the largest adolescent health care center in the U.S.—Dr. Diaz has been a pioneer in providing free primary care, reproductive health, mental health and health education services to teens. Dr. Diaz is an NHLI graduate of the Class of ’96 is also President of the Children’s Aid Society, the country’s oldest child services agency.
The 2008 Regional Award was presented to Rossana Rosado, Publisher and CEO of El Diario La Prensa, the oldest Spanish daily newspaper in New York delivering outstanding news content to all its readers. She is honored for her distinguished achievements in the print and electronic media industry and unsurpassed commitment to the Latino community.
The Mujer Awardees are fundamental examples of the remarkable work that Latinas are doing every day across the country.
More About the Honorees
Latina media dynamo Nely Galán — dubbed the “Tropical Tycoon” by The New York Times Magazine is one of the entertainment industry’s savviest firebrand talents — bringing her considerable expertise to full effect as a successful entrepreneur; TV producer/executive; a galvanizing powerbroker in the Latino world; and a female empowerment, wellness and beauty guru. Since 1994, she has owned and operated her own production company, Galan Entertainment; and her vast experience also includes running the powerhouse Telemundo Network. In the process, she has launched 10 groundbreaking channels around the world and produced a staggering 600 episodes of programming that crosses all genres — from reality series to sitcoms, telenovelas to talk shows.
Recently Galán appeared on NBC’s smash hit “The Apprentice Celebrity Edition,” joining an all-star cast of celebrities competing to raise money for the charity of their choice. In the 6th episode, Galán was famously fired by Donald Trump for sticking up for herself — proving that sometimes when you lose, you actually win. Motivated to forge on, Nely raised $220,000 of contributions for her charity, Count Me In, a non-profit organization that empowers women to create their own businesses and achieve financial independence. This summer Galán, along with some of her Celebrity Apprentice co-stars, embark on a cross-country female empowerment tour motivating women to take a chance, and take charge of their own lives.
The ever-engaging and effervescent Galán also created and executive produced the smash FOX reality series “The Swan” - a show that averaged 10 million viewers a week, and is still airing in more than 70 countries worldwide. As its in-house life coach, Nely also wrote the bestselling companion book, “The Swan Curriculum.” Galán’s exposure and experience prompted her to forge strategic alliances with the nation’s premier doctors and experts, along with renowned self-help contributors — serving as inspiration for thenewyoutv.com, a web site for women dedicated to wellness, beauty, and longevity as a platform for empowerment. Nely’s commitment to women entrepreneurs is what also fuels her latest project — msmogul.com. In addition, she has currently optioned the chica-lit, best-selling novel and script “The Dirty Girls Social Club” for the big screen, and is developing a Latino sitcom for first- run syndication.
Galán embarked on her career in entertainment at age 22 when she was named the nation’s youngest station manager for WNJU TV Channel 47 in New York. Owned by Jerry Perenchio and Norman Lear, the station became the launch pad for what is now the Telemundo Network. In 1992, Galán continued her trajectory, forming “Tropix,” a joint venture with HBO that developed Latino content for cable. Under the “Tropix” umbrella, Galán also served as a consultant to HBO and Time Warner on its Latin strategy in the U.S. and Latin America. In this two-year venture, Galán created multiple shows and helped launch HBO Olé, the cable giant’s Latin American channel.
Galán entered into an unprecedented deal with Fox Corporation and Rupert Murdoch in 1994, creating content for the Fox network and helping Fox launch numerous channels in Latin America including: Canal Fox, Fox Kids, Fox Sports, and Sky Latin America. With the mandate to create multi-platform content specializing in the Latino market, she officially started her company, Galan Entertainment, branching out to launch networks for the likes of HBO, ESPN, MGM, Sony and TCI. Of course, her work didn’t stop there: she created an award-winning marketing division for American companies targeting Latinos in the U.S. and Latin America. And while at Fox, she also produced “The Alma Awards,” which honor outstanding Latino talent and pioneered the first telenovela produced simultaneously in English and Spanish for Fox and Mexico’s television network, Televisa.
In 1998, Sony tapped Galán as their President of Entertainment for Telemundo. After a three-year stint, she returned to her company with a Telemundo development deal, and segued to produce the hit Latino sitcoms “Los Beltran,” “Viva Vegas,” and “Sólo en América.” Galán also created and produced the internationally-acclaimed, popular daytime talk show, “Father Albert,” and the hit reality series’ “La Cenicienta” and “El Principe Azul.” Following the success of two seasons of “The Swan,” Galán signed a landmark deal with NBC/Universal to create English-language novelas based on her recently-acquired Telemundo library of formats and titles.
In addition to running her multi-platform businesses, Nely is frequently cited for her influential work outside the industry as a board member for Count Me In, the leading national non-profit provider for women entrepreneurs; the Center for the Advancement of Women; The Smithsonian Institute; and also serves on the Advisory Board for Coca-Cola. But her favorite and toughest job to date is being a devoted single mom to her son.
Angela Diaz, M.D., M.P.H
Angela Diaz, M.D., M.P.H., is the Jean C. and James W. Crystal Professor of Pediatrics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Director of the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center.After earning her medical degree in 1981 at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, she completed her post-doctoral training at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 1985 and subsequently received a Master in Public Health degree from Harvard University. Dr. Diaz has provided direct medical services to children and adolescents for more than 25 years.
Dr. Diaz is the Director of the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center, a unique program that provides comprehensive, integrated, interdisciplinary primary care, reproductive health, mental health and health education services to teens. Under her leadership, the Adolescent Health Center has become the largest adolescent health center in the U.S., seeing thousands of teens every year. Any teenager who comes through the Center’s doors is provided the best care available – for free.
Dr. Diaz is president of The Children’s Aid Society’s Board of Trustees. She has served on the Board for 13 years, eight of them as a vice president; she is only the second woman to be elected president of the Board, and the first doctor. She is the first Latina and person of color to serve as Children’s Aid’s president. Dr. Diaz was also the first attending physician for The Children’s Aid Society’s acclaimed teen pregnancy prevention program.
Dr. Diaz has been closely involved in comprehensive mental and primary health services, particularly in identifying and engaging trauma-affected adolescents. She has been active in international health projects in Asia, Central and South America, Europe and Africa, and is very involved in health advocacy and policy in the U.S. Dr. Diaz has published numerous articles on topics including child and adolescent sexual abuse, adolescents’ access to health care, and health services for immigrants.
Among her many accomplishments, Dr. Diaz has been a White House Fellow, has been named numerous times as one of the Best Doctors in New York by New York Magazine, and listed in America’s Top Doctors and Guide to America’s Top Pediatricians. She was also awarded the American Academy of Pediatrics Founders of Adolescent Health Award in 2001.
Dr. Diaz received the Alexander Richman Commemorative Award for Ethics and Humanism in Medicine from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Dr. Sidney Grossman Humanitarian Award from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine Alumni Association. Dr. Diaz is a member of the New York City Board of Health, served with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Pediatric Advisory Committee, served with the NIH State of the Science Conference on Preventing Violence and Related Health Risk Social Behaviors in Adolescents, and Chaired the National Advisory Committee on Children and Terrorism. Dr. Diaz has been named one of Hispanic Business’ 100 Most Influential Hispanics. She was also elected to the Institute of Medicine, one of the highest honors in the field of health.
Rossana Rosado has spent 17 of her 24 years in the New York media at El Diario La Prensa. She has been Publisher and CEO since 1999, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the oldest Spanish-language newspaper in the country where she is responsible for over $22 million in annual revenue.
Prior to becoming publisher, Ms. Rosado was Editor in Chief of the paper where she also worked as a journalist in the early 80’s. She was the first woman to hold that position at the now 94-year-old paper.
During her media career, Ms. Rosado has been a reporter at El Diario – La Prensa where she covered the Bronx, City Hall, and wrote a weekly column. In 1988, she joined WPIX, Inc. as a producer of Public Affairs programming. She was later promoted to Public Service Director, responsible for the creation and placement of hundreds of public service announcements (PSAs) on the air. She won an Emmy in 1992 for the production of a series of PSA’s featuring an organization which helped children.
In 1992 she was appointed Vice President for Public Affairs at the Health & Hospitals Corporation for the City of New York. She spent three years working for both the Dinkins and then Giuliani administration in the same post. Her prior experience includes positions at WCBS-AM and FM radio, and WNYC-TV 31.
Her many awards include an Emmy, a STAR award from the NY Women’s Agenda, and a Peabody Award for Journalism. She served on Mayor Bloomberg’s transition team and most recently as one of the six co-chairs for Governor Eliot Spitzer’stransition team.
She currently serves on the board of the United Way of NYC, the Community Service Society of NY, the New York Women’s Foundation, the Women’s Media Center and Youth Ministries for Social Justice. She is also on the advisory board to the CUNY Journalism Graduate School.
She is married and the mother of two children – ages 13 and 16. She received her B.A. in Journalism from Pace University in White Plains, New York.