At the recent 13th Annual Orlando Business Journal “Women Who Mean Business” awards dinner, Betty Martinez Lowery was recognized as one of five finalists in the Business Executive of the Year category. As manager of Walt Disney World Community Relations, Betty ensures the majority of Disney’s charitable support focuses on improving the lives of Central Florida’s children.
Her strong advocacy for minority businesses and local charitable organizations over the past 20 years has resonated in Central Florida. So much so, that Cuban-born Betty Martinez was chosen among dozens of women who have not only succeeded in business, but also volunteered their time and donated their money to local charities to improve the community.
A mother of four, Betty has spent most of her life helping others through education, human relations and cross-cultural communication. For the past five years, she made great strides in multicultural communities locally and across the U.S. through her work in WDW Minority Disney Business Development where she established key relationships between minority organizations and Disney.
Before her career at Disney, Betty led the Greater Orlando Region of the National Conference for Community and Justice and worked for the Orange County Public Schools for 10 years in a variety of leadership roles.
Appointed by two governors, including Jeb Bush and Charlie Crist, Betty has also served on the advisory board for the state of Florida’s Early Learning Coalition since 2005. She also serves as an active board member of as the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Women Business Owners Foundation, the WMFE Board of Directors and is the immediate past chair of the Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Fund. This fund has awarded more than $450,000 to 115 students since its inception in 2001.
In 2010, Betty received the Outstanding Minority Business Award from the Orlando Business Journal in the Corporate Advocate category. In 2009, she was recognized by La Prensa newspaper with the Lifetime Award for Achievement and Excellence and by Ahora Orlando Magazine as one of Orlando’s Top 25 most influential Hispanics.
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