Joanna Ilizaliturri Diaz – 8 Ways Author
Joanna Ilizaliturri Diaz is an award-winning entrepreneur, a project strategist coach, recipient of La Opinion’s 2013 Mujeres Destacadas award, and a 2013 fellow of the prestigious National Hispana Leadership Institute
JOANNA started using her creative talents as a young artist. At an early age, Joanna began entering local drawing competitions and going on to win. Since then she has used her creative genius as an author and playwright.
Her creative works have been featured in Ride to the East Side CASA 0101 theater productions and co-wrote/co-produced the 8 Ways to Say I Love My Life theatrical production which was awarded by the Imagen Foundation with an Imagen Award for Best Live Theatrical Production in 2009.
The Latino Community recently nominated Ms. Ilizaliturri Diaz with the 2013 La Opinion Mujeres Destacadas (Exceptional Women) Award in the Arts and Culture category and honored her with the award at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel on the April 3, 2013 grand luncheon ceremony.
In addition to using her creative skills, Ms Ilizaliturri Diaz is a leader in the Health Care community. Through her organization JD & Associates, she consults with healthcare organizations to develop efficiencies by using technology and workflow analysis. As a result of her leadership accomplishments, Ms. Ilizaliturri Diaz was selected as a 2013 fellow with the National Hispanic Leadership Institute with studies at the prestigious Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, Executive Education Program and the Center for Creative Leadership. As one of 22 nationally selected Hispanics, she raises awareness for support of the future generations of leaders.
Ms Ilizaliturri Diaz has also held leadership roles with non-profit organizations. During her tenure as an officer with Toastmaster International, her club was awarded Presidents Distinguished, the highest club accolade, year after year and she was awarded Toastmaster of the Year. She continues to work with organizations such as the American Diabetes Association to find a cure and collaborates with the Get Wise Latinas and Uplatino, created by Gina Lynn Espinoza, on philanthropic efforts as well as facilitating workshops.
Her creative and leadership works have been reviewed by LA Times F. Kathleen Foley, interviews on Fox 22, Triunfadores Latinos with Award Winning Jacqueline Cacho and live with Elizabeth Espinoza’s, Latino’s Sin Limites on CNN Channel 63 among other interviews.
By following her heart and through the loving support of her husband, family and friends, Joanna believes that anything is possible.