Liliam López is the founder of the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (SFLHCC) and the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation serving as President/CEO of both organizations since their establishment on July 21, 1994. The Chamber was founded with the mission of promoting the continued growth of businesses by establishing a forum where leaders can connect and establish relationships for mentoring and support. The chamber holds over 20 events yearly with monthly lunches that host 300-400 of Miami’s most influential executives and business owners.
Through Liliam’s leadership, the SFLHCC has become one of the longest running and most robust Hispanic chambers in the U.S. with over 1,650 members. The SFLHCC Foundation has granted over $850,000 in scholarships to disadvantaged students in Miami Beach Senior High School pursuing careers in Business and Hospitality. The Education Enhancement Fellowship Program, which is part of the Foundation, has taken students to Microsoft headquarters, Facebook, Comcast, Southwest Airlines, our nation’s Capital and other important venues in an effort to empower these youths. Those efforts led to the SFLHCC Foundation being inducted as a Champion of the of Miami-Dade County Public School’s Academy of Hospitality and Tourism.
Lopez was recently appointed to the Board of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau. She serves on Miami-Dade County’s Economic Recovery Task Force; she is a Governing Board Member of Larkin Charter School for Health Sciences; serves on the Board of Directors of the Beacon Council, Board Member of the Miami-Dade Area Health Education Center (AHEC), Board Member of the Small/Micro and Minority/Women Business Owned Enterprise of Miami Dade County Public Schools, the Advisory Council of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the City of Miami Beach Commission on Women, the Advisory Board of Precision Medicine and Health Disparities Collaborative of Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Meharry Medical College and the University of Miami and on the President’s Council for Florida International University (FIU). She served on the Entrepreneurial Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s Regional Economic Information Network (REIN) as the only Hispanic woman on that board.
She is a past board member of the Alliance for Aging, past board member of WLRN and former Chair of the Hispanic Affairs Committee for the City of Miami Beach.
For 10 years Lopez was the producer and host of a weekly television show, “Panorama con Liliam Lopez” that aired on WLRN Cable-Tap. The program highlighted the career of executives, elected officials, and entrepreneurs at the local, State and national levels. The pandemic required Lopez to pivot. She launched a digital show, "A Business Minute with Lily Lopez", which is featured on all social media platforms reaching over 23,000 businesses.
The SFLHCC has also been engaged in international affairs, with emphasis on Latin America and Spain. The SFLHCC’s leadership hosted the Mayor of Murcia, Spain and his delegation on their visit to Miami Beach in 1996. The former President of Ecuador, the Honorable Lucio Gutierrez, accepted an invitation made by Lopez to speak her members and establish ties with his country. Both the former ladies of Panama and of Honduras, respectively, were invited to speak on different occasions at chamber luncheons on business opportunities, women’s issues, and social and charitable programs in their nations. His Highness, Prince Abdulaziz bin Ali bin Rashid Al Nuaimi of Ajman, United Arab Emirates, accepted an invitation from Lopez to visit Miami and present a conference at the chamber’s annual Viva Miami Hispanic Heritage Expo on sustainability and its importance to the world. His Highness is best known as “The Green Sheikh” and was received with great respect and admiration.
Lopez strongly believes in social causes and giving back to the community. Fifteen years ago she implemented “Help our Children” for the youth of Centro Mater (an aftercare and early childcare school for financially disadvantaged families). The SFLHCC collects over 1000 toys annually as part of the Christmas Toy Drive for them. These children and their families are also receiving information on improving their health through diet and exercise thanks to a grant procured by Lopez through Cigna.
Lilliam Lopez has a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in Political Science from St. Thomas University and a Certificate in Paralegal Studies from the University of Miami.
Lopez is married to Architect/Urban Planner, Alfredo Sanchez. They have a daughter, Lillian Karina Sanchez, who is currently enrolled in the University of Miami’s School of Engineering.