Ladies of the Yr 2023 Honorees Half 5

They’re educators, mentors, nurses, physicians, fundraisers, entrepreneurs, and people who arise for others. However most of all they’re leaders who assist maintain our group sturdy. Orlando journal is proud to honor the 23 people featured on the next pages as Ladies of the Yr.

Heather Hoytink and Chelsea Mendes

Photograph By: Roberto Gonzalez


Heather Hoytink

President | PepsiCo, South Division

As the primary feminine division president at PepsiCo Drinks North America, Heather Hoytink helps create a wholesome tradition during which her 15,000 staff can thrive whereas “contributing to the native communities the place our shoppers, companions and staff work, stay and play,” she says.

In keeping with her nomination, the spouse and mom of teenage twins “has a ardour for constructing numerous groups, empowering girls within the office, and fostering group connections.”

Her division helped launch PepsiCo’s nationwide One Smile at a Time group volunteerism initiative. The marketing campaign “has now helped a whole lot of native communities by bringing collectively PepsiCo groups throughout the corporate to maximise volunteer efforts,” Hoytink says.

As well as, the 17-year PepsiCo veteran helped create the corporate’s Returnship program to ease girls again into the workforce after years of caregiving.

Hoytink credit her father with educating her perseverance. “I’m captivated with creating equitable working environments, and this place helps me create simply that whereas additionally displaying different girls throughout the group that with exhausting work and dedication, they’ll accomplish nice issues too.”

Chelsea Mendes

Pupil and Chief | Dr. Phillips Excessive College

Chelsea Mendes has wasted no time in making a reputation for herself. The twin-enrolled senior maintains her 4.9 GPA whereas internet hosting a psychological well being podcast, logging greater than 1,000 group service hours, being named a Financial institution of America scholar chief in 2022, and being chosen by former First Girl Michelle Obama to attend the BLACK GIRLS ROCK! convention. Impressed by her mother and father together with her concentrate on the long run, Mendes lays declare to being the youngest chairwoman of the Ocoee Youth Council in addition to the youngest individual ever to serve on the Baby Neurology Basis’s Transition Venture Advisory Committee. She additionally raised $1,000 for her faculty’s Heart for Worldwide Research. As well as, she hosts the podcast “A Psychological Well being Break Down,” which she says “breaks down present occasions and the stigma surrounding psychological sickness by way of a lens of therapeutic and alternative.” The long run worldwide enterprise legislation main says her biggest second to date has been “shaking fingers with [Supreme Court] Justice Sonia Sotomayor and standing beside [retired judge] the Hon. Ann Claire Williams.”

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