Pinnacle Group Chairman and CEO Nina Vaca was honored with the Leadership of the Year Award at Selective Corporate Internship Program’s (SCIP) 22nd Annual Award Gala in New York City last Friday, June 14. Vaca was presented with the distinguished award for her unwavering dedication to helping and inspiring minority and disadvantaged youth in her community and far beyond.
The “An Evening with the Stars” black-tie awards dinner was held at the Marriott Marquis. Fellow honorees included:
- Microsoft, Partnership of the Year Award recipient
- Clarins Groupe USA, Corporation of the Year Award recipient
- Mr. Arjun Dewan EVP Wholesale East of The Winebow Group, recipient of Partnership of the Year Award
- Mr. Wilbert Davis, recipient of the Emerging Leader of the Year Award
- Ms. Lynne Schultz, CEO of Tri-State Marketing Associates, recipient of Advocate of the Year Award
- Ms. Jeannie (Colgate) Maddox, recipient of Ambassador of the Year Award
- Refinitiv, Special Recognition
“SCIP’s awards gala was truly an unforgettable evening spent with fellow civic leaders, businesses, and partners,” said Vaca. “Receiving the Leadership of the Year award was special to me, but it was even more meaningful to be among this group of distinguished honorees who are powerful reminders of all the tremendous work that has been done by so many to inspire young minds and help them break down barriers. It is an immense pleasure to help guide today’s youth on their paths to success and to be a part of the global expansion of entrepreneurship.”
SCIP’s legacy of pairing students with global business leaders to inspire strong work ethic for future success is directly in sync with Vaca’s work and commitment to empowering underprivileged and minority students. Vaca is a passionate sponsor of the P-TECH (Pathways to Technology Early College High School) program in her hometown of Dallas, which helps young students simultaneously earn their high school degree and Associate Degree while gaining valuable industry experience. She has also been a long-time supporter of several scholarship programs that support the advancement of higher education for Latino students.
The Selective Corporate Internship Program is a unique initiative that pairs promising college and high school students from ethnically diverse and disadvantaged circumstances with opportunities in the ever-growing corporate world. With an unparalleled approach to excellence, SCIP provides high-schoolers with leadership training, internship opportunities, and college preparation.