Article: Orlando Magazine Women of the Year
Orlando’s Women Of The Year 2020
They are educators, mentors, counselors, physicians, fundraisers, entrepreneurs, and individuals who stand up for others. But most of all they are leaders who help keep our community strong. Orlando magazine is proud to honor 22 individuals as Women of the Year. We asked you, our readers, for nominees and you responded with a wealth of recommendations, along with details on how these women make a huge difference in the lives of countless people daily. Our congratulations—and thanks—to them all.
Lourdes M. Mola
Founder | Lourdes Mola Solutions
The daughter of Cuban refugees, Mola helps clients grow their businesses while serving in multiple capacities in the community and in a state-appointed position. Her goal: to make “Central Florida a community my children are proud to call home.”
Her nomination calls Mola “an unsung hero who is making a difference in our community…. She is always looking at ways to tie in a social program or something that will have a lasting impression on the community that she loves and has called home for the last two decades.”
In 2016, the Women’s Executive Council in Central Florida named Mola its Entrepreneur of the Year. She has served on the board of the Early Learning Coalition of Orange County under governors Rick Scott and Ron DeSantis.
Mola sees education as a “great equalizer.” She worked with California-based Great Minds in STEM to bring one of the nation’s largest STEM conferences to Orlando for two consecutive years. The conference benefits underserved students as well as the community at large.
When Great Minds in STEM conference returns to Orlando this year, Mola says, it will generate an estimated economic impact of $7 million in hotel rooms, food and beverage, theme park tickets and more.