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MOSTe to honor Beatriz Acevedo and Amber Finch at 2022 Lanterns Awards
College-access nonprofit celebrates legal and cultural trailblazers at hybrid event
The Lanterns Awards highlight community leaders who exemplify MOSTe's values of mentorship and giving back. The event was inspired by the book Lanterns: A Memoir of Mentors by Marian Wright Edelman, who graciously agreed to receive the first Lanterns Award. For over 20 years, MOSTe's Lanterns Awards have been presented to outstanding women and men including Dr. Mae Jemison, Laila Ali, Carla Christofferson, Hill Harper, Brenda Villa, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, and author Sandra Cisneros.
Beatriz Acevedo is a leading inspirational voice and Latina entrepreneur who has dedicated her career to creating opportunities to influence authentic and positive depictions of Latinos in society. She was the co-founder and President of mitú, the leading digital media brand for young Latinos in the U.S. The mentorship initiatives she created through her Accelerator Program have also provided invaluable access to the next generation of multicultural storytellers. Her latest fin-tech start-up, Suma Wealth, focuses on empowering Latinos to gain control of their economic power and build wealth.
One of the rare Black women partners at a major law firm, Amber Finch has gained a reputation for creating effective and innovative risk management solutions since joining Reed Smith in 2011. She is recognized for her leadership in diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts at the firm and in the wider legal community. Finch is spearheading Reed Smith's partnership with The Bail Project, including a national pro bono effort focused on bail reform and combatting racial injustice and police brutality.
"We are thrilled to celebrate these amazing women, who have not only achieved so much themselves, but who keep extending the ladder to help others climb up as well," says MOSTe Executive Director Amy Ludwig. "They enable our scholars to envision their future success and also the ways to reach it."
Find more information about MOSTe at: www.moste.org
MOSTe mentors and empowers girls from underserved areas of Los Angeles County to become the next generation of college-educated women. Their goal is for all graduating high school seniors to complete college within six years, and develop into women who are confident, career-focused agents of social change. Since 2009, 74% of MOSTe scholars have graduated from college within 6 years, far above the national average of 48% for first-generation college students. http://www.moste.org