Founder and executive director of HOLA
Veronica Dahlberg Speaking Topics include:
- Latino community
- Northeast Ohio Latino immigrants and their families
- Immigration: including policies, history, current trends, influence on politics, humanitarian concerns, economic impact
- Advocacy and grassroots organizing
Veronica Isabel Dahlberg was born in Canton, Ohio, the daughter of Mexican and Hungarian immigrants. Her father was a Hungarian refugee who met her mother in Mexico. They moved to Cleveland’s Buckeye neighborhood, populated by other Hungarian immigrants. From there, they moved to Ashtabula, where they built a home they owned for over 50 years. Her family was active in church and community, promoting Hispanic culture and helping people for many decades. This legacy was carried forward by Ms. Dahlberg, who has been active in the northeast Ohio Latino community for over 20 years.
She is founder and executive director of HOLA Ohio, which works to empower Latinos through leadership development, civic engagement and advocacy. She also established the HOLA Business Association, a group of over 60 Latino-owned small-businesses who provide support. HOLA’s work has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, New York Tomes, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Washington Post, and a three-part series on Telemundo.
She is a frequent public speaker and has received several recognitions, including.
- 2016 Presenter, Lorain Hispanic Leadership Conference
- 2016 Keynote, Zonta Club International, Spring Conference, International Women’s Day, Cleveland
- 2016 Presenter, Getting to know your neighbor, Cultural Competency in Summit County, Akron
- 2016 Fellow, Latino Vote Washington D.C.
- 2016 Speaker, Hawken School
- Keynote, “Hispanics Leading & Serving our Nation with Pride & Honor,” Department of Defense
- Speaker, American Jewish Committee, Global Leadership Seder
- Presenter, The Big Read, Kent free Library, Kent, Ohio
- Ohio Leader, Latino Advocacy Days, Washington D.C.
- Presenter, Summit County Metro Parks
- U.S. Border Patrol Citizen’s Academy—Completion of six week program
- Speaker, The McCeary center for African American Studies
- Speaker, U.S. Attorney/FBI Civil Rights Conference
- 2015 People to Watch, Cleveland Plain Dealer
- 2014 MSNBC Profile Hispanic Heritage Month
- 2014 Winner, $10,000 Torchlight Prize
- 2014 Distinguished Hispanic Ohioan Award, Ohio Latino Affairs Commission, Governor John Kasich
- 2014 Recognition, “For Service and Dedication to the Hispanic Community, City of Cleveland
- 2013 Community Advocate of the Year, Hispanic Roundtable, Cleveland
- 2012, “Characters Unite” Award, NBC Universal
- 2009 “Upstander” recognition, one of 24 people making a difference in Northeast Ohio
- 2005 Woman of Achievement Award, Lakeland Community College
- Leadership Ashtabula County
- Leadership Lake County