Healthcare Trailblazers to be honored with Women of the Year Award

Martin Luther King Community Health Foundation Board Chair Linda Griego and Board Member Candace Bond McKeever expressed their gratitude at receiving the Second Supervisorial District’s Women of the Year award at a recent luncheon. Griego and Bond McKeever joined 12 other honorees, selected by the other members of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors at the 29th Annual Women of the Year Awards Luncheon, sponsored by the Los Angeles County Commission for Women.

Both Griego and Bond McKeever were honored for their outstanding work as advocates for their vision and guidance on the MLK Community Health Foundation board. As members of the board, Griego and Bond McKeever play a crucial role in building a deep base of support for the new MLK Community Hospital. In January, Griego and Bond McKeever were instrumental in raising more than $600,000 for the new hospital at the Building the Dream Luncheon held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in downtown Los Angeles. The new hospital, scheduled to open next year, will offer state of the art medical services and wellness and preventative health programs.

Griego dedicated her award to her grandmother, who raised her, and who she said instilled in her a strong sense of entrepreneurship and work ethic and who taught her the importance of helping others.

Aside from leading the MLK Community Health Foundation Board, Griego has spent the last 28 years as president and chief executive office of Griego Enterprises, Inc., a business management company. Griego was also Interim President and CEO of the Los Angeles Community Development Bank, Los Angeles director of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and President and CEO of Rebuild LA, Inc. She has also served on a slew of nonprofits, including the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and the California Community Foundation.

“It is an extraordinary honor to be one of the recipients of the Woman of the Year Awards,” said Griego. “It means a great deal to me that Supervisor Ridley-Thomas has recognized my community advocacy work, social entrepreneurship and life-long dedication to improving the quality of the life of women and girls in Los Angeles County.”

Bond McKeever shares Griego’s passion for community outreach. She is the current president of Strategic Solutions Group, which specializes in strategic planning, business and nonprofit development. She is a member of President Obama’s Advisory Committee on the Arts, a lifetime member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and a board member on both the California Science Center and the National Medical Fellowship.

“I consider myself privileged to be included among these outstanding women who are making a huge difference in the lives of women every day,” said Bond McKeever. “Whether it is improving access to health care, education or advancing economic and social equality, these women are responsible for catalyzing the lives for all LA County residents through the empowerment of women.”

The Los Angeles County Commission for Women is dedicated to ensuring that all women are treated equally regardless of race, ethnic and social backgrounds, religious convictions, sexual orientation and social circumstances. The Commission champions many causes including employment, gender equality, healthcare, ending violence against women and supporting legislation that positively impacts the lives of women.

“Linda Griego and Candace Bond McKeever are tireless in their efforts to help make Los Angeles a better place,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. “I commend them and this year’s other honorees not just for their efforts, but for their successes in making a difference in the lives of many and for their strong leadership in bringing quality healthcare for all.”