Founder / Board President
Gina Avila is the Founder of the WEI-Women’s Empowerment Institute. Within her organization she oversees a team who administers a program to women and young teens for the purpose of providing personal and professional development which reinforces their self-worth. To date Ms. Avila has been involved in the mentoring of over hundreds of women and teens at the WEI and over thousands of women at the Grace Institute, serving as their career coach. With over 10 years’ experience in non-profit organizations and higher education at the Director level, Gina has used her expertise in program development and partnership relations to successfully develop internships and professional development opportunities for students in the New York area. Complimentarily she has also been a leader to high school students where she was responsible for promoting excellence in higher education. Aside from leading WEI, she is currently the Senior Director of Programs and Partnerships at PepUp Tech, a nonprofit organization focused on diversifying the Tech industry.
Because Gina is motivated by her passion to help others build, grow and develop, she creates and plans events and programs which demonstrate these objectives. Women’s Empowerment Institute is a direct reflection of Gina’s beliefs and values. She values others and believes in them.
Gina has been the recipient of several awards and recognitions including; The Successful Entrepreneur Award in 2017 by Kaffury Latin Magazine, recognized at the Women’s World Summit- Women’s Challenges in the XXI Century in 2018 and received the Boundary Breaker Award at the A Woman’s Worth 1st Annual event. She received Congressional Recognition by Member of Congress, Donald M. Payne, Jr. and has received proclamations from the State Senate Majority Leader, Andrea Stewart-Cousins in November 2018 and August 2019 for performing exemplary service to the Westchester County community. Gina also received proclamations from the former Westchester County Executive, Robert Astorino, in 2017 and in 2018 from Westchester County Executive, George Latimer, for demonstrating a selfless commitment to the community.
October 19, 2017 has been proclaimed as Gina Avila Recognition Day in Westchester County.
In addition to her professional work, Gina also participates as a committee member with organizations such as The Guidance Center of Westchester- The Center for College and Career and volunteers her time at El Centro Hispano of White Plains.
Ms. Avila resides in Yorktown Heights, NY, with her husband and 4 children.