The Rise, Power, and Influence of Latino Leaders
The Latino Leadership Conference is a premier leadership development event. This annual gathering of entrepreneurs, executives, innovators, educators, policy makers and outstanding students is designed to foster change and opportunity within the Latino community.
Angeles Valenciano serves as chief executive officer of the National Diversity Council (NDC), becoming the first female CEO of this major nonprofit. In this role, she will continue to advance the NDC’s mission of fostering diversity and inclusion in the workplace. She will also focus on strengthening partnerships with businesses, academia and the community at large.
Ms. Valenciano is a seasoned strategist with more than 20 years of experience in human resources, primarily focused on diversity, organizational change, and development. She was previously president of the Healthcare Diversity Council and executive vice president of the NDC. In the latter role, she oversaw the growth of several national markets, including California, Colorado and Arizona. In addition, she also served as vice president of business development for the Texas Diversity Council (TXDC), one of the NDC state councils.
Ms. Valenciano was the TXDC’s first executive director with responsibility over operations and policy implementation as adopted by the Board of Directors. She directed the agendas of the regional diversity council’s advisory boards in Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, and Houston. Under her leadership, the annual Women in Leadership Symposium was created and is now a national and global event held in more than twelve states and several countries including England, Mexico, Canada and most recently United Arab Emirates.
Formerly, Ms. Valenciano was the director of diversity and inclusion for 84 Lumber Company. She provided leadership and direction for the infrastructure, design, formulation, implementation and execution of the organization’s overall diversity strategy, which included external communications, public relations, and community engagement. She was also responsible for ensuring the efficacy of these business practices, processes, and procedures. Ms. Valenciano’s role was carried out in the company’s business expansion into Mexico and Canada.
As an assistant vice president and officer at JPMorgan, she served in the capacity of leadership development consultant in Credit Card Services and Organizational Development, and consultant to Customer Services’ clients. Ms. Valenciano also managed the strategic direction and execution of organizational-wide development processes as well as diversity programs and initiatives. She served as subject matter expert on global diversity, overseeing the company’s initiatives in various countries.
Active in charitable and civic affairs, Ms. Valenciano is a graduate of the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de San Luis Potosí located in the City of San Luis Potosí in Mexico with a degree in business and computer information systems. She holds a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) Certificate from University of Villanova. She has completed various leadership and professional development programs across the country and abroad.
Ms. Valenciano is fluent in English and Spanish. She serves on the board of the Science, Engineering and Technology at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX. She is a strong advocate and chairs several committees for people with disabilities in the workplace. She is a proud ally to the LGBT community and is active with several chambers of commerce across the country. Ms. Valenciano lives in San Antonio, TX, with her sons.
Dra. Luz D. Randolph is the Associate Vice Provost at Louisiana State University. She is responsible for coordination of strategic planning and foundation work for the LSU Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion to ensure the development and implementation of programs and services that foster a campus community committed to diversity and inclusion.
Previously, she served as the Executive Director of Development at St. Petersburg College Foundation where she was responsible for the college-wide fundraising efforts at St. Petersburg College. Since her arrival in January 2020, she has guided the fundraising efforts surrounding the recently established Helios Titan Achievement Program (H-TAP) which received an initial funding of $85,000 and upon completion received a final gift of $1.3M dollar from Helios Education Foundation, the Social Justice Institute Microgrant awarded by the Tampa Bay Super Bowl LV Host Committee, the SPC Emergency Fund among other initiatives. Prior to her role at SPC, she served as Assistant Director of Development, Diversity Initiatives. Her primary focus was to assist in cultivating relationships between USF constituents and the Tampa Bay community that will enhance the university’s diverse students’ experiences. Since her arrival successfully fundraised over $3.5 million for diversity initiatives and assisted in the development and implementation of the Black Leadership Network which aims to provide financial and mentoring support to African American students at the University of South Florida. Before coming to USF, Luz served as Director of the Candidate Empowerment Center(CEC) at Florida A&M University. In this role her team increased FAMU’s College of Education’s Teacher Certification passage rate by 75%. She also served as Assistant Director of the Department of Multicultural Student Affairs at the University of Miami where she coordinated services and programs that challenged, motivated, and supported ethnically diverse students in their development at the University of Miami and seek to bring issues of diversity and multiculturalism to the foreground of campus conversation. She is a double alumna from the University of South Florida with a B.A in Interpersonal Communication and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction – College Student Affairs. She completed her Doctor of Education in Higher Education and Leadership Administration degree from Nova Southeastern University. Her dissertation focused on the experience of Latinas in Latina sororities at a predominantly White institution and the impact on their academic persistence. Since, she has presented on topics relating to Latinas and their college experience, philanthropy and diversity, and gender issues and sexual orientation. She serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Hispanic Services Council and was a member of the Board of Directors at MacDonald Training Center.
Enna is an Award-Winning Change Champion who has over 30 years in multiple industries with expertise
in Leadership, Technology and Transformation Management. Currently, Enna is the Head of the Quality
Assurance team at IDEMIA, an augmented identity security organization. She is a Coach and Mentor and
has a huge passion for Diversity and Inclusion, talent engagement and community organizations. The
March edition of Hispanic Executive magazine featured Enna as one of the 2021 Leading Latinas. In
March 2021, Enna received the Emerging Leaders in Technology and Engineering (E.L.I.T.E.) Award
from NSBE Boston Professionals. Dr. Lynn Wooten, President of Simmons University appointed Enna as
the Presidential Adviser for Alumni Engagement. In addition, Enna has joined the Greater Boston
Chamber of Commerce Women’s Advisory Board and the ALPFA National Board of Directors. Enna is
one of 92 Hispanics featured in the first edition book Hispanic Stars Rising: A New Face of Power. The
Multicultural Symposium Series Black History Empowerment Recognition Breakfast recognized Enna as
one of the Black and Brown Innovators of Action Honorees in March 2020. In 2019, the National Diversity
Council selected Enna as one of the 2019 National Latino Leader Award winners and she received a
Citation from MA Governor Charlie Baker on Leadership and Excellence.
Monica Diaz is a Human Resources senior leader who empowers people to lead global brands and transform organizational cultures. She is a global architect of strategy and practice of Diversity, Inclusion, Leadership Development and Talent Management, who drives Human Resources integration and business innovation. Monica is
an energetic public speaker on global D&I strategies and leadership development, a seasoned executive and the published author of a business memoir: From INTENT to IMPACT: The 5 Dualities of Diversity and Inclusion. With over 25 years of leadership experience in global Fortune 50 companies, Monica has vast experience across
multiple industries. Leveraging her broad HR experience and thought leadership in the field, Monica is Assoc. Vice President of Talent, Engagement, Diversity, and Inclusion at Royal Caribbean Group – the second largest cruise line company in the world. She has previously served as Vice President, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at Blue Cross Blue Shield (HCSC) and Campbell Soup Company Vice President, Diversity, Inclusion & Wellness at ESPN Inc.
(part of The Walt Disney Company), and held other executive roles in organizational development, talent management, learning, HR business partner and HR operations at Merck & Co and Microsoft. As a business
entrepreneur, she also established her own consulting company - D&I-MD, and provided consulting, executive coaching, transformation strategy and execution expertise in D&I and HR to Fortune 50 global companies and higher education institutions. Monica is a visionary thought leader, skilled in effectively managing organizational transformation as well as public relations issues through business engagement, advocacy organizations and professional forums. Recent public speaking engagements include the In-Forum Mosaic Women of Color (2020), Inclusion Allies Coalition (2020), Tanenbaum Religious Diversity Symposium (2019) and the Hispanic Association of Corporate Responsibility (HACR) Symposium (2019). She has also been a guest lecturer at Rutgers University and keynote speaker at the Women of
Color Conference (2018) Monica has been recognized as a Leader of Team Innovation (CTHRA, 2017), named one of the Most Influential
Minorities in Cable TV (CableFax, 2015, 2016, and 2017), honored with the Multicultural Leadership Award (Tri-State Diversity Council, 2015), included as one of the Top 10 Leaders by Hispanic Executive Magazine (2014), and selected by Hispanic Business Magazine as part of its Top 50 Influencers (2013) and 100 Influencers (2011). She currently serves as Vice Chair and board member of the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance and has served as board member and advisor to organizations that support working mothers, the prevention of relationship violence, the
development of Latinas in business and others. She is an active contributor to organizations engaged in the development and career advancement of groups that are underrepresented in leadership roles, as well as equality for the LGBTQ community.
Monica earned her B.A. in Psychology (Magna Cum Laude) and M.A. in Industrial / Organizational Psychology (University of Puerto Rico). She also completed an Executive Leadership Institute program at Tuck School of Business (Dartmouth College). She is bilingual, biliterate (English and Spanish) and proficient in Portuguese.
Susan Baida is Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) with UPMC, a $24 billion healthcare system of 92,000+ employees and 40+ hospitals. A healthcare professional with 30+ years of experience in DEI, global marketing, entrepreneurship, and creating social impact. As a leader of a 12-person team, she collaborates with the Chief Diversity, Inclusion and Talent Management Officer in overarching strategic planning, initiative development and implementation of strategies to advance the Diversity & Inclusion Agenda. Prior to joining UPMC, Susan co-founded a healthcare technology venture, eCareDiary, focused on patient care coordination and resources for family caregivers of aging adults. She held executive roles with Fortune 500 companies including Avon, Estee Lauder Companies and Starwood Hotels leading global expansion and launching culturally relevant products and services. An adaptable, results-driven leader providing vision, strategy, and operational execution, she possesses a successful track record of developing, implementing health equity strategies, utilizing data-driven performance measures that meet organizational objectives.
Susan graduated from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, holds certifications in Diversity Leadership and Strategic Human Resources Business Partnership, and completed executive leadership training at Vassar College. She serves on the Board of Directors of the National Healthcare Diversity Council, Casa San Jose, Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Women’s Alliance and Pine Richland Anti-Racism Coalition. For 8 years, she was an appointed Director of Manhattan Community Board, an advisory board to the New York City Mayor’s office, and served as its Chair of Human Services advocating on behalf of underserved constituents. Susan is first generation to Ecuadorian and Korean immigrant parents and is fluent in Spanish. Her family includes 11-year-old twin sons, a 14-year-old daughter, her mother, and their beloved beagle.
Zahira (Zah) Gonzalvo is the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Security and Privacy Officer (CISO) since 2018 for Flagstar Bank, a $31 billion assets bank and top 10 mortgage originator in the country, where she leads the cyber security, technology risk, data protection and privacy strategy and execution for the Bank. Zah also co-led the early C19 response effort for the Bank and continues to be part of the crisis leadership team.
Prior to her CISO role, Zah was the Head of Enterprise Risk Management and Operational Risk teams since 2013 when she joined Flagstar Bank. Zah was the Strategy Leader for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the Bank since its inception in 2016 until December 2018. Flagstar won the Diversity and Inclusion award from the Mortgage Bankers Association in 2017 under her leadership. She remains a member of the Flagstar DEI Executive Advisory Council.
Prior to Flagstar, Zah was Operational Risk Director for Ally Financial. Over the course of her 27 years career, she’s worked in different supervisory roles in audit, risk, compliance and technology for Ally Financial, GMAC, General Motors, Kmart Corp, Arthur Andersen, and Banco Popular de Puerto Rico, where she started her career.
Zah graduated from the University of Puerto Rico with a Bachelors in Business Administration and a dual degree in Accounting, and Management Information Systems.
She also graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Masters of Science in IT Management and Information Security, while working full-time, married and with three small children.
Currently, Zah serves as a board member of the Flagstar Foundation, the McLaren Hospital Oakland Foundation, the American Lung Association of the Midwest, and it’s part of the governing body of the Detroit Chief Information Security Officers Community Gartner/Evanta group. She is also a mentor for women in cybersecurity through the Women’s Security Alliance (WomSA).
Registering for the full 2021 Latino Leadership Conference includes access to the 2021 Latina’s in Leadership Program on September 15, 2021
There is no individual registration for the 2021 Latina’s in Leadership Program.
If you want to go to the Latina’s in Leadership Program, you will need to register for the full conference.