Last night I had the opportunity to network with more than 700 professionals in Central Florida at the Orlando Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business Awards celebration.

It was an incredible honor to be named a finalist in the ‘Women to Watch’ category. Maritza Martinez, assistant vice president of community relations at the University of Central Florida, was named the winner. I felt so privileged to be included in the same category as her.

I first met Maritza when I worked as the marketing manager of the East Orlando Chamber of Commerce; she was the past chair and was serving on the board. She left a profound impression on me since the first day I met her.

She is brilliant, having earned not only a bachelor’s and master’s degree, but a prestigious executive MBA. She and her husband, Julio, are parents to two beautiful girls.

Maritza is an active leader within the community and was recently named chair of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando. She’s a beautiful person, inside and out, and I really admire her. Congratulations, Maritza!

Here are our profiles in the April 20, 2012 edition of the Orlando Business Journal:

Orlando Business Journal Women to Watch - April 20, 2012

Orlando Business Journal Women to Watch – April 20, 2012

–Ashley Cisneros
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Ashley Cisneros is a co-founder of Chatter Buzz Media, an Orlando Internet marketing firm that helps companies and organizations engage with their target markets through inbound marketing via the Internet. Chatter Buzz Media, which won the Social Madness competition for the Orlando small business market, is a full-service digital marketing firm specializing in website design, search engine optimization (SEO), social media marketing and content creation. Prior to founding Chatter Buzz, Ashley worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine editor, technical writer, marketing manager, public relations practitioner and freelance journalist. To see Ashley’s content writing, visit www.ashleycisneros.com. You can also reach Ashley on her Google profile.