Leading Women, a CNN television series that connects its viewers to extraordinary women at the top of their chosen fields, is sponsored by OMEGA Ladymatic. The Ladymatic collection is distinguished by its bold, statement-making design and a mechanical movement widely considered to be among the best in the world.
Every month, two influential women are featured. In June, OMEGA and CNN introduce Milka Duno, the most successful female sportscar racer in history.
Milka Duno – Professional Race Car Driver, History-Making Multiple Race Winner
Talent, beauty and brains are just a few of the adjectives that can be used to describe race car driver Milka Duno - one of the most successful female race car drivers in the world today.
Milka has competed in more types of race cars in more different racing series than any other current female driver – and has eight major motorsport wins to her credit – including being the first woman to win a major motorsport race in the USA.
For 2012, Milka will be making another historical transition – from IndyCar to stock car racing – and will compete in the full ARCA Racing Series Championship and a partial list of races in NASCAR’s Nationwide Series. She will be the first Hispanic woman in history to compete in stock car racing on a national level.
Milka became the first Venezuelan athlete to be inducted into the Latin American International Sports Hall of Fame at their 35th Anniversary Induction Ceremony in January, 2010.
In addition to being the most successful female sportscar racer in history, Milka is also a qualified Naval Engineer with four master's degrees - in Organizational Development, Naval Architecture, Aquaculture and Maritime Business – earning the last three degrees simultaneously.
Milka’s passion and determination to succeed on the track is equaled by her passion and desire to “give back” off the track. It is Milka’s way. It is who she is.
“I’ve been given many wonderful opportunities and I feel that it is a
responsibility to make the most out of each and every one of them. I feel an
obligation and a desire to give back – to let others know that they too can
achieve all of their dreams and to help in any way I can to motivate and inspire
them – to take advantage of every opportunity and to make their dreams come
In 2004, Milka created the “Milka Way” Program - whose mission it is to inspire children and students to “Aim for the Stars” and achieve academic excellence. Milka Way visits inspire and motivate students to focus on their education by helping them understand that a strong academic background will benefit them for their entire life – in all aspects of their life – and in any career they choose.
Milka has taken this message to children, students, parents and teachers at all school levels around the world – including her home country of Venezuela, Malaysia, Canada, Japan, Peru, Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Guatemala, Mexico, Puerto Rico and all across the USA. “I am very passionate about education and I want to do everything that I can to
inspire young people to study hard and aim for the stars!”
Go, Milka, Go! - a bilingual book about Milka’s life and racing career, was awarded the Best Young Adult Sports/Recreation Book of 2009 at the 11th Annual International Latino Book Awards. The prestigious awards honor literary excellence within the Latino community in a variety of categories.
Milka is arguably one of the leading female athletes of her generation due to her history-making achievements as a woman in a traditionally male-dominated sport and for her many “firsts” as an Hispanic female in motorsports.
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