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The Tumi Awards are given once a year in the state of Florida during the month of September.

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The Tumi Awards are given to the most notables Peruvians in the United States. It is considered the “Hall of Fame of the Peruvian Community” and took place on Saturday, Sept. 21 at  the Colony Theatre, located at 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, Fl. 33139.

The XVIII Tumi USA Award ceremony honored 33 winners with the Award of Excellence, 26 of whom are from Peru and seven are from Latin America.

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The award winners receive this honor of recognition, gratitude and admiration for excelling as professionals and students, as well as exemplifying outstanding merit, venerable trajectory and contributing toward society’s collective development and welfare. This recognition acknowledged in the U.S. cities where the prize winners are from, as well as Peru.

Entrepreneur New Generation was the award that I was chosen to receive.

To be honest, I don´t ever work expecting to get a recognition nor an award. I work endless hours taking care of designing, creating, producing along with my team my jewelry designs.  I am passionate about what I do, it runs in my veins. I grew up seeing my father working 80% of his time and my mother always by side. All they wanted was to provide the best education as we grew up.

Through my jewelry designs I want to tell the world about the beauty of something so traditional as the Peruvian huayruros. I  like to keep the tradition of wearing Peruvian huayruros but wear them in a more modern and fashionable way.

My husband and I launched Evelyn Brooks Designs in 2004. We did it with two goals in mind. The first one, design pieces inspired by my Peruvian culture but with modern designs following the latest trends and also have as part of our mission to help communities in need through different socially responsible programs. We have partnered with different non-profits to help them raise my needed funds.

Evelyn Brooks Designs has been in business for almost 10 years. We have been able to bring my jewelry designs to over 80 boutiques, galleries and museums in the United States. Evelyn Brooks teaches ¨Jewelry: A creative and lucrative experience¨ at the only Spanish program given by the Montgomery College.

I have also been invited by the Peruvian government agency PromPeru to speak about my jewelry experience entering the U.S. market among other important subjects related to the jewelry industry. She has become in a short period of time an expert in the entrepreneur world of the jewelry industry in the United States.

Let me tell you a bit more about my Peruvian Huayruros; they can also be found in other countries in Latin America as well as Africa, India and Europe. Many of us(Peruvians) wouldn´t wear the huayruros traditionally like our indigenes from the tribes of Pucallpa, but I am pretty sure you would were them in a more modern presentation, right?

I feel SO proud when I see the most important museums  in the United States interested in my jewelry line. Like the Natural History Museum of Harvard, The Museum of Art and Design in New York, the Baltimore Museum of Art, and the Women Museum for the Arts in Washington DC among others are interested in the design, the story and the message behind my Peruvian huayruros.

I will be eternally thankful to those who believed in me, in my designs and to those who wear proudly my jewelry designs made with Peruvian huayruros, something so traditional but with a more modern and fashionable flair.

I like to thank the different press and media who are always supporting my efforts. The different organizations like Empowered Women International, the DC Fashion Foundation, The National Hispana Leadership Institute, Latinas Leading Network, Latina Mom Bloggers, Mami VerseLatina Bloggers Connect, Dialogue on Diversity, Montgomery College, among others. And most importantly to the Embassy of Peru in Washington DC, through their cultural attaché Mrs.Flor Dìaz.

I thank my friends and family who were able to be with me in this special night. Specially my friend Erika Miniza whom I haven´t seen in 20 years and whom drove from Atlanta to be with me. THANK YOU!

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I´d like to finish this blog post dedicating this award to all those business entrepreneurs who work hard to be the best in what they do but whom also have the difficult job of being a parent that are always looking to give the best example to our kids.

Work hard for everything you want in life. The journey isn´t easy but persistence, dedication and perseverance will take you to succeed;)

You can also watch my latest you tube video with more about the Tumi Awards 2013

Sincerely,

Evelyn

En una elegante y emotiva ceremonia, recibí el pasado 14 de marzo el Premio “Mujer Exitosa Peruana 2013 en EEUU” en la Embajada De Perú en Washington DC.

Evelyn Brooks orgullosa de ser Peruana profesional en el rubro de joyeria en EEUU

Soy una joyera peruana-estadounidense que crea diseños de joyas únicos, mezclando diseños contemporáneos con la cultura peruana para damas y caballeros. Mi colección de joyas se exhibe en las más prestigiosas galerías de arte y museos en los Estados Unidos. Más de 80 suman los lugares donde se venden mis piezas, entre ellos el Museo de Arte de la Mujer en Washington DC, el Museo de Historia Natural de la Universidad de Harvard, el Museo de Arte y Diseño de New York así como más de 10 tiendas en las Islas Virgenes entre otros.

Es un gran honor ser reconocida por la Embajada del Perú, y por ser seleccionada entre otras exitosas peruanas empresarias en los Estados Unidos”

Durante mi agradecimiento mencioné la importancia de aquellas organizaciones que han ayudado al desarrollo de mi empresa. Una de las cosas más importantes para Evelyn ha sido mantener su herencia cultural peruana y poder plasmarla en mis diseños de joyas.

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Este premio forma parte de las celebraciones del “Día Internacional de la Mujer”. El premio que se me otorgó es un reconocimiento a mi trayectoria personal y profesional, así como por la práctica de valores como la honestidad, tenacidad, espíritu de lucha, superación personal y vida ejemplar para la sociedad tratando al mismo tiempo de preservar su pasado cultural.

El evento tuvo lugar en La Embajada del Perú en Washington DC, ubicada en el 1700 Massachussetts Ave. NW, Washington DC, 20036. La ceremonia de premiación, presentada por Flor Diaz, Agregada Cultural de la Embajada del Perú, siendo sus anfitriones principales su excelencia el embajador Harold Forsyth y la Sra. Maria Veronica de Forsyth, se llevó a cabo en la Sala Mario Vargas Llosa, el 14 de marzo del año en curso, de 6:30 a 8:30 p.m.

Melanie Asher, Rocio Quispe, Embajador del Peru Harold Forsyth, Evelyn Brooks y Gloria Rosebrough

Esta es la primera vez que recibo este premio. Sin embargo, para los que no saben de mí, he sido galardonada con otros premios como el Fashion Chamber Choice Award, el Young Entrepreneur Award, y el Anna Maria Memorial Business Funds Award entre otros reconocimientos.

Más informacion de mi compañia Evelyn Brooks Designswww.ebrookdesigns.com

Basada en Washington DC, Evelyn Brooks fabrica joyas exóticas, sofisticadas y elegantes. Se fabrican todas sus joyas cuidadosamente, ofreciendo diseños innovadores, contemporáneos y sostenibles. Evelyn Brooks utiliza metales preciosos, piedras naturales y semillas naturales del Amazonas como Huayruros, un símbolo de buena fortuna, alegría y fertilidad.

Evelyn Brooks Designs adopta prácticas empresariales socialmente responsables y organiza eventos con motivo de recaudar fondos para grupos comunitarios y organizaciones sin fines de lucro. A través de sus exposiciones y presentaciones de joyería, Evelyn Brooks Designs ha contribuido al éxito de organizaciones como Fashion Fights Poverty, Empowered Women International y el Fund for Women Artists.

La revista Council Magazine le reconoció como “Emprededora en su apogeo” por su colección de joyas MOSCHIK para hombres y mujeres.

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Gracias,

Evelyn Brooks