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76th Annual Meeting and William J. Clothier II Memorial Award Luncheon

Thursday October 20, 2016 11:45AM - 1:30PM

Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Philadelphia, 19130

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The Pan-American Association of Philadelphia is excited to announce that it will hold its 76th Annual Meeting and William J. Clothier II Memorial Award Luncheon at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. 

We are especially excited to announce that our Clothier Award honoree is His Excellency Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Mexico. President Peña Nieto is being honored for his strong support of free markets, as well as his administration’s constitutional reforms that have facilitated greater private investments in energy, automobile and aerospace industries. Mexican Foreign Affairs Secretary Claudia Ruiz Massieu will accept the award on his behalf and will be accompanied by Mexican Ambassador to the U.S. Carlos Sada Solano and other dignitaries.

The event will coincide with the opening of the PMA’s exhibition "Painting the Revolution: Mexican Modernism 1910-1950" and attendees will have a unique opportunity to preview this landmark exhibition immediately following the luncheon.

Since its founding in 1940, the Association has been dedicated to promoting cultural, educational and economic activities to increase understanding and cooperation among the peoples of the Americas. The Association is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to advancing Pan-Americanism in the Greater Philadelphia region. Today, the region is home to more than 500,000 residents who trace their roots to Latin America, and the need for greater cultural understanding expressed by our founders has become even more relevant.

We expect an audience of more than 200 policymakers and leaders from business, cultural and academic institutions in the Greater Philadelphia region with an interest in Pan-Americanism. The event will begin in the Museum’s Van Pelt Auditorium at 11:45 AM and will be followed by lunch provided by the renowned Starr Catering Group. Immediately after lunch, guests will have the opportunity for an exclusive preview of the landmark exhibition.

Event is sold out. Additional names are being accepted for waiting list only. Please contact contact Denise Kuczweski at or 215-841-6844.


Recipient of the William J. Clothier II Award

Enrique Peña NietoEnrique Peña Nieto
President of the United States of Mexico

Enrique Peña Nieto was sworn in as the 57th President of the United States of Mexico for a six-year term on December 1, 2012.

Prior to serving as President, Peña Nieto was governor of the State of Mexico, the most populous state of Mexico, from September 16, 2005, to September 15, 2011.

During his term as governor, important advances were made in infrastructure and public services, including health. In addition, he led a restructuring of state finances, which succeeded in reducing public debt and increasing spending on public works and other public services without raising taxes.

Near the end of his term as governor, Peña Nieto announced his intention to seek the nomination of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) for the Presidency of the Republic. As the nominee of the PRI, he was elected President on July 1, 2012.


Accepting the Award on behalf of President Enrique Peña Nieto is Secretary of Foreign Affairs Claudia Ruiz Massieu Salinas.


Claudia Ruiz Massieu SalinasClaudia Ruiz Massieu Salinas
Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs

Claudia Ruiz Massieu Salinas is a member of the current governing party of Mexico, the Partido Revolucionario Institucional, and serves as Secretary of Foreign Affairs under Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.  She previously chaired the National Citizen Outreach Movement and has been a very active public speaker and lecturer, a columnist for Mexico’s El Universal newspaper, and a frequent Op-Ed contributor to Mexican political magazines such as Confluencia XXI and Examen. She also has appeared on television as a political and social analyst in Efecto TV channel and the Frente a Frente program hosted by Mexican anchor, Lolita de la Vega.

In 2012, Ms. Ruiz Massieu became a member of President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto’s transition team, as Head of the Human Rights and Transparency Unit.  She served as Secretary of Tourism from 1 December 2012 to 27 August 2015, and was appointed Secretary of Foreign Affairs on 27 August 2015.

Ms Ruiz Massieu was first elected to Mexico's House of Representatives in 2003. She returned to Congress as a Federal Congresswoman in 2009, where she served as Secretary of the Interior Committee and member of the Budget, Public Accounts and Finance Committees. She was a member of the Steering Committee of the Congressional Public Finances Research Center and was also a member of the Mexico-Poland and Mexico-United States Friendship Inter-parliamentary Groups. As Congresswoman she was also a member of the Joint Mexico-European Union Commission. In 2012 she ran for a seat in the Federal Senate representing the State of Guerrero.

Ms Ruiz Massieu has been awarded the French Ordre national du Mérite (as Grand Officier), the Order of the British Empire (as Dame Commander), and the Portuguese Ordem do Mérito (Grã-Cruz class).  In July 2015, she was admitted as a full member to Mexico’s National Academy of History and Geography.

Ms. Ruiz Massieu holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from Universidad Iberoamericana, Campus Santa Fe, Mexico, and earned a Master’s Degree in Comparative Public Policy from FLACSO (Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales). She holds a diploma on Constitutional Law and Political Science from the Centro de Estudios Políticos y Constitucionales of Madrid, Spain, and is a PhD candidate of Law Science from Universidad de Granada, Spain.



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Reserved luncheon table (10 seats) and prominent mention in all advertising of the event, including the Luncheon Program. Poster with logo to be displayed at the podium. Logo to be included in the invitation to the event if received before deadline. Logo to be posted on Pan American website advertising the event. Opportunity to make remarks and to distribute appropriate materials.

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Reserved luncheon table (10 seats) and mention in all advertising of the event including the Luncheon Program. Logo to be included in the invitation to the event if received before the deadline. Logo to be posted on Pan American website advertising the event.

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Reserved luncheon table (10 seats) and mention in all advertising of the event including the Luncheon Program. Logo to be posted on Pan American website advertising the event.

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$ 800
Reserved luncheon table for ten - Sponsors are requested to consider seating a student honoree and a faculty mentor at their tables.

Sponsors will be mentioned in all advertising of the event including the Luncheon Program.

For more sponsorship opportunities please contact contact Denise Kuczweski at or 215-841-6844 


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