Dr. Allison Quintanilla Plattsmier has over ten years of experience in the nonprofit sector and has raised approximately $4 million collectively for over 50 organizations. She currently serves as Executive Director of Edgehill Neighborhood Partnership and runs her own nonprofit consulting firm, AQP Consulting. A Nashville native, she has watched Nashville’s transition from a quaint city with a small-town vibe to the “it” city. She has been at the forefront of issues such as the affordable housing crisis, transit referendum, and the city’s urban planning and infrastructure design through the creation of Nashville’s first art park, William Edmondson Park. A sought-after DEI practitioner, she is a vocal advocate for gender parity, closing the wage gap, and ending the motherhood penalty. With accolades such as Nashville’s Top 30 Under 30, NBJ’s 40 Under 40, Diversity MBA’s Top 100 Under 50 Executive Leaders, a two-time ALPFA Scholar, and the National Association of Female Executives’ 2019 Rising Star, Dr. Quintanilla Plattsmier is a true leader in the Middle Tennessee community.
Alva Carrasco is the President of Latinos In Transit (LIT), a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of Latinos and other minorities in the transportation field. Alva has been a LIT board member since its inception in 2016. She helped to build the organization from the bottom up. Under her leadership, LIT’s membership has exponentially grown and has forged partnerships with multiple public and private industry partners. Alva is also an Assistant Vice President - Transit and Rail with WSP USA. She is responsible for business development in Northern California and manages Zero Emission Bus (ZEB) Projects. Alva has over 28 years of experience working in the public transit sector. She began her career in public transit as an entry level administrative assistant and has worked her way up to various leadership and executive positions while furthering her education. She has dedicated her time in public transportation to providing communities clean alternative modes of transportation, reducing congestion, improving operational efficiencies, customer relations, and promoting workforce development in what she considers a “green collar” industry. With nearly 30 years of experience, she has successfully managed multi-million dollar projects and provided leadership to large workforce groups responsible for safely transporting millions of passengers at transit agencies such as Los Angeles County Metro and VIA Metropolitan Transit in San Antonio, Tx. Alva has a Master of Art degree in Transportation Management from Jose State University/Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI.) Alva graduated from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Leadership class of 2002, is an American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) recipient, and currently serves as an APTA Emerging Leaders Program National Mentor. Alva is a member of several industry committees including the APTA Diversity & Inclusion Counsel and serves as vice chair of the California Transit Association (CTA) Inclusion Diversity Equity Association (IDEA) Task Force.
Chris Pinel is an award winning Latinx business executive with a successful track record spanning over 20 years across media & marketing, digital technology, sales leadership and entrepreneurial ventures leading to multiple business achievements including several acquisitions. Over that time, Mr. Pinel has established a strong reputation for building intelligent, culturally diverse, and successful teams across a number of organizations large and small. To date these organizations, have experienced exponential brand & revenue growth in excess of $1B+ and continue to flourish. His rich media foundation and understanding of digital technology has enabled Chris to excel as a senior business leader and bring a balanced approach to establishing trusted + long- lasting partnerships with Fortune100 brands + executives globally. As a sought after subject matter expert, he is also engaged in a number of domestic and international speaking events covering what's next technology. In his personal life beyond advertising, Chris is a conscious angel investor in minority owned startups, actively mentors underserved communities, servers on several advisory boards and is an active board member for the Rebel Venture Fund which supports opportunities for students off all cultures to break into venture capital through a polytechnic approach. https://www.linkedin.com/in/chrispinel
Daisy Auger-Domínguez has made it her mission to make workplaces more equitable and inclusive. As the Chief People Officer at VICE Media Group, Daisy oversees human resources, diversity, equity and inclusion, and social impact practices globally. Her TEDx talk Inclusion Revolution and upcoming book with Seal Press by the same title calls on everyone, from an individual contributor to a CEO, to take on the work of dismantling inequity in the workplace. Daisy has designed and executed organizational transformations at Moody's Investors Service, The Walt Disney Company, Google, and Viacom, and founded Auger-Domínguez Ventures, a workplace culture consultancy. A dynamic speaker, writer and advisor, Daisy serves on the boards of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, and The 19th.
David has been with GreenPath Financial Wellness for 15 years and oversees the entire client-facing world of the workforce — from the team that handles the very first call a client makes, to the people that advise and support clients as they work to meet their financial goals. David also oversees the Quality Assurance team. This team ensures that our team members are providing our clients with a world-class financial wellness experience. As the son of immigrants who had to work extremely hard to make ends meet, David knows first-hand the importance of financial literacy, access to opportunities and seeing possibilities. He is especially driven to connect with people who have limited access to the tools they need to be financially healthy. David is a graduate of the Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center of Touro College in New York, and earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science at Michigan State University where he was a student manager for the Men’s Basketball team, under Coach Tom Izzo.
Elizabeth Martinez is President and Chief Executive Officer of Big Brother Big Sisters of Central Ohio (BBBSCO), a social profit organization that creates and supports one-to-one mentoring relationships and helps all youth reach their biggest possible futures. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio is one of the largest Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies in the country, spanning 14 counties across Ohio and serving more than 4,700 children last year through one-to-one mentoring programs and Camp experiences. Committed to building mentoring capacity, safety, and sustainability, BBBSCO operates Mentor Central Ohio to support organizations in the community offering mentoring services. BBBSCO also has the distinction of being one of only two agencies nationwide that owns and operates its own camp, Camp Oty’Okwa in Hocking Hills. From 2003-2015 Elizabeth served in several roles at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio including Chief Operating Officer, Vice President of Programs, and Vice President of School-based and Hispanic Mentoring, becoming President and CEO in 2016. Under her leadership, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio received the 2008 “Our Familia” award from The Commission of Hispanic and Latino Affairs. Elizabeth, along with leaders from 12 other agencies, helped develop Big Brothers Big Sisters of America’s Hispanic Mentoring Initiative, which evolved into the model used by agencies nationwide. Elizabeth has over 18 years of experience working with children, youth and families. She received the 2004 “Lider de la Comunidad” award while serving as a Board Member for the Latino Empowerment Outreach Network (LEON) from 2004-2006. She has been featured by Columbus Business First as one of the “20 People to Know in Education”, in Who’s Who in Latino Columbus, and in The 2010 Women’s Book. Elizabeth was honored with the 2012 Distinguished Hispanic Ohioan Award by the Ohio Commission on Hispanic and Latino Affairs, and the “Making a Difference” award at the 2010 Ohio Diversity Latino Talent and Leadership Conference for her work with youth. She was a member of the Franklin County’s Poverty Project Steering Committee and in 2017 she was recognized as a Woman WELDing the way honoree by Women for Economic Development and Leadership (WELD). In 2020, Elizabeth was recognized among the most admired executives in Central Ohio as an honoree of Columbus Business First’s C-Suite awards. She was also a finalist for 2020 Small Nonprofit CEO of the Year as presented by Columbus CEO magazine. Elizabeth currently serves on the Franklin County Children Services Board of Directors, the Human Service Chamber Board of Directors, the Columbus Africentric Early College Advisory Committee and the United Way Finance and Audit Committee. Elizabeth has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and is a Registered Corporate Coach with the Worldwide Association of Business Coaches (WABC). Elizabeth is a native of Carolina, Puerto Rico.
Frank Carbajal is Founder and President of “Es Tiempo”, the Silicon Valley Latino Leadership (SVLLS) Summit and Author of “Building the Latino Future: Success Stories for the Next Generation”. An inspiring collection of success stories from the country’s most prominent Latinos, Building the Latino Future offers insight and advice for Latinos in any industry who want to succeed spectacularly. The SVLL Summit brings together the best and the brightest for inspirational discussions on everything from entrepreneurship, to politics, to executive management. “Es Tiempo” is one common thread that aligns its speakers year after year. This unique event happens to cater to Latinos, particularly young up-and-comers hoping to build meaningful careers As formerly part of the Ken Blanchard network of keynote speakers and a former member of the Silicon Valley Coaching Federation, Frank Carbajal provides small business owners, CEOs, executives, managers, and directors, with the framework and tools necessary to achieve their personal best. Frank also advises many Diversity & Inclusion teams across the Silicon Valley and beyond. Frank holds an MA, with an emphasis in Human Resources Management. Currently, Frank sits on the Advocacy Board for the Silicon Valley Education Foundation. Link: www.svlls.com
From interning at a legal office that helped migrants and refugees seeking residency to opening a private practice that represented victims of abuse, Representative Ina Minjarez has fought for Texas’s families throughout her career as an attorney. When she won a special election for her seat in 2015, with only a month left in the legislative session, Rep. Minjarez committed to using her time in office to continue fighting for women and children across Texas. By the end of her first full session, she was named Texas Monthly’s “Rookie of the Year” for her methodical approach and substantive amendments she proposed. As part of her legislative career, Rep. Minjarez has successfully helped pass legislation that actively assists vulnerable citizens struggling with opioid and substance abuse and provide direct access to healthcare services. Furthermore, she successfully co-sponsored legislation that enhances transportation initiatives and assists victims of sexual assault. Her legislative career has also been marked by her dedication to improving foster care services for children, fighting for public education, improving cybersecurity infrastructure, and supporting military families, the last of which has earned her a Certificate of Appreciation from the Department of Defense. Representative Minjarez was appointed to the House Committee on Appropriations where she sits on Articles VI, VII, VIII Subcommittees which oversee natural resources, business and economic development, and regulatory agencies. She also serves on the Appropriations Subcommittee on State Infrastructure, Resiliency, and Investment, and is a member of the House Committee on Land and Resource Management and the House Committee on Redistricting. Additionally, she was appointed by Speaker Bonnen to be a member of the Texas Commission on Judicial Selection, and was also selected to be part of the very first Criminal Justice Reform Caucus. Representative Minjarez was born and raised in El Paso, Texas, and is an alumnus of the University of Notre Dame and St. Mary's Law School in San Antonio. She is married to her husband, Leo Gomez, whom she has two wonderful step-children with---Manuel and April Gomez. In her free time, she enjoys running marathons and spending time with their three dogs, Pinot, Pepe, and Lily.
In 2013, Irma L. Olguin Jr. decided to build a company focused on strengthening the tech industry in Fresno, Calif. and leveraging it as the economic driver to remake the city. In 2019, the company secured one of the largest series A rounds of funding ever for a female Latinx-led company. Bitwise Industries now operates with the goal of activating human potential for the technology industry in underdog cities across the United States. As CEO and co-founder, Irma oversees the company’s operations teams, as well as the tech-focused training program of Bitwise Workforce Training, and software development for Bitwise Technology Consulting. A main component of her role is ensuring the company’s fidelity to mission, strategy, and long-term goals. Previously, Irma created 59DaysOfCode, a software development competition to highlight and encourage the Central Valley’s tech industry. She co-founded Hashtag, an open workspace for designers, developers, and entrepreneurs to collaborate. And, she co-founded Edit LLC to solve efficiency and data issues in the agricultural industry.
Julio Pimentel is a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in Cancer Biology of the Barabara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute (KCI) at the Wayne State University School of Medicine (WSUSOM). His research focuses on the molecular mechanisms of immune evasion, drug resistance, and deregulated cell death pathways to develop novel strategies that target therapy refractory cancers. Some of his previous contributions to the field include the investigation of TRAIL, Imatinib, and Gemcitabine resistance in triple-negative breast cancer, gastrointestinal stromal tumors, and pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma, respectively. Julio completed his undergraduate studies at the California State University Stanislaus and received a master’s degree at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He is funded by the WSUSOM Dean’s Diversity Fellowship and the NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award T32- CA009531. Julio inherently understands the critical need for diversity and inclusion in the STEM workforce. He has contributed significantly to empowering low-income and first-generation students to pursue and complete advanced training in STEM at post-secondary institutions. Thus, he engages and educates students from under-resourced schools about his research by attending multiple venues (e.g. SACNAS and ABRCMS) and through the WSUSOM/KCI FocuSSTEM NextGen Program. Julio’s altruism stems from being a first-generation college student. His parents are Mexican immigrants who have limited English proficiency and an educational attainment that is less than that of a high school diploma. Therefore, he aspires to help students who have surmounted challenges to attain an education, and that come from a similar background like his own.
Dr. Karla Hernandez DeCuir is the Assistant Provost for Distance Learning at the University of Houston-Victoria (UHV) at Katy and she was recently named a Houston Business Journal 40 under 40 honoree. In her role, she oversees the recruiting efforts, external relations, and strategic partnerships for UHV Katy. She is also responsible for the development of the Center for Online Learning at UHV. She earned a Doctor of Education in Professional Leadership from the University of Houston, a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Management from the University of Phoenix, and a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the University of New Orleans. Her work experience includes business development, partnership development, and enrollment management. Dr. DeCuir is passionate about volunteering and helping the community. She currently serves as the President of the Texas Diversity Council - Gulf Coast chapter, the President of the Latino Faculty and Staff Association at UHV, and the President of the Katy Technology and Education Foundation. She also serves as the chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee at UHV, Katy EDC’s Diversity Taskforce, and she co-chairs the TXDC’s Young Women Leadership Symposium. In 2021, Dr. DeCuir was recognized with the National Latino Leader Award by the Council for Latino Workplace Equity and the Diversity Council, she is a Texas Association for Chicanos in Higher Education (TACHE) 2020 Fellow, she was recognized by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) of Houston and the Houston Rockets as one of Houston’s Female Leaders in 2020, she is a 2016 Texas Diversity Council DiversityFIRST awardee, and in 2003, she was honored with a proclamation from the City of New Orleans.
Dean Leticia M. Diaz is a founding faculty member of Barry University School of Law and she began her tenure as dean in 2007. Since her appointment as dean, the law school has featured nationally recognized Moot Court and Trial Team Programs. As the first female Cuban-American to hold the position of dean at an ABA-accredited law school, she serves as an advocate for a diverse student and faculty population. Under her leadership, Barry Law School’s minority student enrollment has increased substantially. Barry Law received recognition for diversity from several national publications. PreLaw Magazine identified Barry Law as one of the best law schools in the nation for African American and Hispanic students. More recently, PreLaw Magazine gave the law school an A+ ranking for its diversity in 2021 and identified the law school as one of the “Most Diverse Law Schools.” Among her accomplishments, Diaz penned an article on the DREAM Act that was entered into Congressional Record and served on the ABA’s Commission of Hispanic Legal Rights. In 2019, Diaz received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Diversity at the Orlando Business Journal’s Diversity in Business Awards for her work diversity at the law school. She was awarded the 2021 Women’s Inspired Leadership Award from i4 Business in the category of Spirit of Engagement and most recently selected as one of the “Women of the Year” by Orlando Magazine.
Ligia Noemi Cushman M.A. is the daughter of immigrants from La Republica Dominicana, one of eight children, and mother of one son through adoption. In her award-winning book, Heard: How Loss Led Us to Love, Ligia gives a glimpse into the night her son was born, and the many hard lessons she and her husband faced along the way. In 2020, Ligia’s blog was listed by Healthline Parenthood is one of the best adoption blogs of 2020. As the National Child Welfare Consultant with AdoptUSKids, Ligia helps States, Tribes and Territories build the capacity to care for children and families in ways that bring equity to child welfare and strengthen our communities. In 2019, Ligia completed the Minority Development Leadership Program through AdoptUSKids and learned what it meant to be a transformational leader. She also learned that her Afro-Latina voice mattered. That program catapulted Ligia to begin to address racial equity in the child welfare system. Ligia’s ongoing mission is to equip multiracial families with the resources they need to thrive in a world that often wants to put us in a box. She strives to have authentic conversations about how the differences in class, culture, and race impact adoption in today's world. As a blogger, social worker, and influencer Ligia frequently speaks on transracial adoption, racial reconciliation, and her Afro-Latinx experiences. Believing that equity can be achieved for all is what drives her work. To learn more about Ligia check out her website at ligiacushman.com
Liliana is responsible for overseeing the Ford Production System, Learning and Development and Culture in Manufacturing. She started her professional experience working as a civilian Logistician for the United States Army and began her Ford career in 1993. She has manufacturing experience in the powertrain and stamping divisions and has held several key management positions within Manufacturing. Liliana has a passion for the human side of Lean. She is recognized for her ability to take a vision and make it a reality through sound strategy development and execution. She intuitively sees the threads of opportunity that wind through an organization and works with the manufacturing teams to drive improvements. Liliana was born in Chicago and raised in Colombia, South America. She currently resides in Michigan. In addition to her manufacturing leadership roles, Liliana is the co-chair for the Women of Ford Manufacturing resource group and an executive sponsor of the Ford Hispanic Network. She is committed to mentoring and sponsoring women, on both a professional and personal level. Liliana is the mother of 3 - Bradley (33), Jacob (23), Zachary (22) and grandmother to Jack Wild (2 ½ years) and his brother Huck (9 months). She inspires her sons to be hardworking and independent.
Lorna Hernandez is the Vice-President of Human Resources for Ricoh Latin America, a division of Ricoh Company, Ltd. Ricoh is a global technology company that has been transforming the way people work for more than 80 years. Under its corporate tagline – imagine. change. – Ricoh continues to empower companies and individuals with services and technologies that inspire innovation, enhance sustainability and boost business growth. These include document management systems, IT services, production print solutions, digital cameras, and industrial systems. Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in over 190 countries. Ms. Hernandez manages the HR departments of 13 countries where she provides strategic guidance on talent acquisition and retention, performance evaluation, professional development, compensation and training. Her human resource strategies attract and retain top level candidates, which contributes to the company’s achievement of its overall financial and strategic goals. Hernandez is committed to structuring and cultivating a learning organization that drives the business forward and ensures a sustainable operation. She successfully applies out-of-the-box thinking to find creative, cost-effective solutions that work. Her success is attributed to supportive leadership, strategic partnerships, and investing in people development strategies that grow and attract Ricoh’s talent. She is also an advocate for diversity and inclusion inside and outside the organization. Currently a member of Ricoh’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Council. Ms. Hernandez earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Management from the University of Puerto Rico. She is a certified Professional in Human Resources and an active member of Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM). Ms. Hernandez generously gives of her time and talents in supporting several community and environmental initiatives.
Luis Santos has a unique understanding of the administrative and legal challenges faced by clients in industries like hospitality, retail, restaurant, and grocery. His previous experience as a hospitality and grocery employee gives him a particularly unique insider’s perspective. Prior to attending law school, Luis worked for many years in hospitality management. He began as a front desk clerk and worked himself up to the position of assistant hotel manager. Luis also worked as a grocery store cashier. After becoming a lawyer, he wanted to continue helping companies in those industries with their employment-related issues. Luis regularly represents clients in the restaurant and food service industry. As co-chair of FordHarrison’s Restaurant Practice Group, Luis has extensive experience addressing the challenges faced by employers in this industry. Additionally, Luis represents employers in a wide variety of industries, including, transportation, healthcare, and insurance, in all facets of employment law, including wage and hour disputes, discrimination claims, union avoidance, and regulatory compliance. Luis is fluent reading and writing in Spanish. He often uses his bilingual skills to train and educate Hispanic management and staff in their native language. Luis also serves as FordHarrison’s Deputy Diversity Partner and is focused on recruiting and mentoring diverse attorneys with a particular emphasis on Hispanic outreach. Luis is the son of migrant parents and the first in his family to attend college. Through his childhood experiences, Luis developed a great appreciation for hard work and an understanding of the importance of education. During law school, Luis was an American Bar Association Merit Scholarship recipient. He was also a Moot Court board member and a member of the Diversity Committee. While on Moot Court, Luis participated in the Seventh Willem C. Vis (East) International Commercial Arbitration Moot, winning the Best Respondent Memorandum and receiving an Honorable Mention for Best Oral Advocate. He also served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Judge Covington-Hernandez, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. In addition, Luis served as the Secretary for Stetson University's Hispanic Bar Association, Vice-President of the Part-Time Student Society, and a member of Phi Delta Phi Honor Society.
Luis Lobo serves as the Executive Vice President and Manager of Multicultural Banking for BB&T. Most recently he was President for BB&T’s Washington Metropolitan Region based in Washington, D.C. Charlotte is his 13th posting over 4 states and the District of Columbia. A native of Costa Rica in Central America, he was raised in the Charlotte N.C. area. Mr. Lobo received a double major in economics and business administration in 1983 from Belmont Abbey College in the Charlotte area. He earned an MBA from Campbell University at Buies Creeks, North Carolina; and received his degree with honors from the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the University of Delaware in 1998. He graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in the Advanced Management Program in 1999. Mr. Lobo’s over 35 year career has involved most facets of commercial, retail, and international banking. He is past Chairman of the Board of Advisors of the American Bankers Association Stonier Graduate School of Banking 2011-2013. Nationally he serves as Vice Chairman of the ABA Foundation and member of the Senior Executive Corporate Advisory Council of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Lobo served 10 years on the faculty of the BB&T Banking School at Wake Forest University and is on the faculty of ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking at University of Pennsylvania since 2001. He has been featured on NPR’s Marketplace and national and regional publications. He is the recipient of the following Awards and recognitions: 2020 United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce “Excellence in Leadership Award” for lifetime achievement 2018 Latino Diamante Award for Lifetime Achievement 2018 Ambassador Extraordinaire Order of the Longleaf Pine bestowed by Governor Roy Cooper of NC 2015 recipient Ellis Island Medal of Honor by the Ellis Island Foundation. 2014 recipient National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Americanism Medal Mr. Lobo’s first book, It IS Your Attitude, was published in 2004 by James and Brookfield, Atlanta. His new book, “Life’s Practical Principles” was released in 2020 through KDP.
Manny Velásquez-Paredes (MVP) is an award-winning, experienced marketing and personal branding manager, with nearly a decade of experience working in professions focused on multicultural diversity and LGBTQ communities. He is a dynamic, bicultural and bilingual (English/Spanish) professional. His experience includes providing training and education to organizations, communities, and government agencies on gender identity, how to serve the LGBTQ community and advocacy. In addition, he has years of experience working with and mentoring young people, as well as developing programming and workshops to help students with gender identity issues, coming out, bullying, financial literacy and selfcare. MVP is a creative individual, who takes pride on being a strategic thinker who continues to challenge himself. Currently, MVP serves as a mentor on the Board of Directors for the New York Chapter of Prospanica, where he also held the positions of Marketing VP, Executive Vice President and President. MVP has also served on the MBA Advisory Board for Monroe College in New York, and was honored by Latino Leaders Magazine chosen as one of the Top 25 Latino Leaders in New York. He was the first recipient of the NLGJA (National LGBTQ Journalists Association) Excellence in Travel Writing and was also awarded the Empire Star Public Service Award for his work within the Hispanic and LGBTQ Community, chosen among thousands of finalists within New York State and awarded by Governor Cuomo. Manny moved from Long Island, NY with his husband, Jose, their two children Maximus, Jaslene, and their dog Shiru, to join the UNF family.
Michelle Martinez Reyes has over 20 years of experience as a trusted business advisor in the field of marketing and public relations. She has earned a proven national reputation as a publicist, brand builder, and catalyst to growth. Ms. Martinez Reyes is the Chief Relations Officer for Kelley Kronenberg. She was most recently named “Corporate Latina Executive of the Year” by LatinaStyle, “People of the Year” and “Top Women in PR” by PR News, “Top Women in Communications” as a “Game-Changer” by Ragan Communications and PR Daily, “Women of Influence” by Lifestyle, “Most Prestigious Women” by South Florida Business & Wealth, and named a “National Latino Leader” by the National Diversity Council. Prior to joining Kelley Kronenberg, she previously served as the Chief Marketing Officer for Greenspoon Marder. She was under 40 when she first ascended to the C-Level amongst the AmLaw 200 and NLJ 300 ranks. She also worked as part of the marketing and business development teams for some of the largest firms in Florida and the U.S., including Hunton Andrews Kurth, Akerman, Holland & Knight, and Greenberg Traurig. She is actively involved in communities throughout South Florida and the U.S. Her sphere of influence has been built over the course of 25 years working across the country and internationally. Fluent in English and Spanish, she holds an MBA from Nova Southeastern University with a specialty in global management, a bachelor’s degree in political science from Florida International University, FIU Honors College, and an associate’s degree in political science from Miami Dade College, MDC Honors College.
Myriam serves as Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion Programs at Nielsen. In her role, Myriam educates, inspires, influences and empowers associates to value and leverage Diversity & Inclusion as pivotal to business growth and innovation. Myriam is responsible for leading Nielsen's Employee Resource Groups in 80+ countries around the world. Prior to her appointment as VP, Diversity & Inclusion programs, Myriam led Nielsen's Hispanic Organization of Leaders in Action (HOLA) Employee Resource Group. HOLA's mission is to advance the careers and education opportunities of Hispanic professionals. During her tenure at Nielsen, Myriam has led transformational initiatives aimed at improving the quality of Nielsen's data by re-engineering operational tools, processes and driving a high-performance culture globally. Throughout her career, Myriam has led and deployed several programs and volunteering opportunities aimed at improving diversity, equity and inclusion in the organization and community. As a Diversity & Inclusion practitioner, Myriam has facilitated numerous webinars, conferences and workshops in North America, Latin America and Europe, where she has shared best practices in leading global D&I strategies, the role of D&I in driving business impact, women parity in the workplace, re-imaging Employee Resource Groups among other topics. Myriam's professional background in Business Process Improvement, Business Intelligence, Financial insights and Training & Development has enabled her to become a Diverse leader passionate about leveraging a sense of higher purpose to drive growth for our associates and clients. Myriam received her Masters of Marketing from The University of Tampa in Florida where she graduated Alpha Chi. She earned a BA in International Business from St. Petersburg College in Clearwater, Florida and earned a Lean/Six Sigma Black Belt Certification. Myriam graduated from Nielsen’s Diverse Leadership Network program where she completed a certification on Leadership, Innovation and Value Creation from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. Myriam was selected to Diversity MBA's list of Top 100 under 50 Diverse Emerging Leaders list for 2015. Myriam currently serves in the Board of Directors of the Florida Diversity Council and as Membership Co-Chair in the Tampa Bay Diversity Council Advisory Board.
Neddy Perez serves as chief global diversity & inclusion officer, at McCormick & Company. In her role, she is responsible for advancing the organization’s global strategy for inclusion and diversity and will work in partnership with HR business partners and other leaders. She is also part of the Global Talent Management Center of Excellence which has oversight for the company’s talent acquisition, development and learning programs. Prior to joining McCormick in 2018, Neddy served as head of Campus & Diversity Talent Acquisition at TIAA. She has also developed and led global inclusion and diversity initiatives in various industries, including the utilities, manufacturing, financial, and food service. Additionally, she has worked in Belgium, Netherlands, UK, Mexico, Chile, Brazil, China and India. Neddy served as Chief Diversity Officer for other Fortune 50 and 250 companies likes Ingersoll Rand, National Grid, and KPMG. Neddy is a very active civic leader who serves on the Board of Directors for Diversity MBA Magazine, Diversity in Higher Education Magazine and on the Talent Acquisition Advisory Board of the Asia Society. In the past, she has served on the Society of Human Resources Management’s Foundation board, the Center for Accounting Excellence Advisory Board at Howard University, Central Piedmont Community College in North Carolina board. In the manufacturing space she has served on the National Association of Manufacturing Institute Foundation and Ingersoll Rand Foundation boards. She also served on the National Utilities Diversity Council Board as Vice Chair. Neddy is also co-founder of STEMConnector.org which focuses on raising awareness about careers in STEM and serves as an information resource to corporations, educational institutes and nonprofits as well a government agencies. Born in Havana, Cuba she immigrated to the U.S. at an early age and grew up in the Midwest as well as South Florida. She strongly believes that access to education and educational resources is an enabler to creating equity personal and professional equity. Neddy has a Bachelor’s in Public Relations from the University of Florida and a Master’s in Human Resources Management and International Business from Nova Southeastern University. In 2015 she was recognized as one of the Top Corporate Hispanic Executives in the U.S. and in 2014 was recognized as one of the top Global Chief Diversity Officers by her peers.
Noe Del Bosque has a unique understanding of hospitals' healthcare challenges with building infrastructure, medical equipment, labor force, and hospitality. Noe has held several leadership roles in healthcare ranging from a manager, director, and vice president. Today, Noe is the Director of Plant Operations with UT Health East Texas. Noe is also a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and currently serves as a contributing member of the local East Texas ACHE Chapter Education Committee. Noe is fluent in reading and writing in Spanish. He often uses his bilingual skills to train and educate Hispanic staff in their native language. Noe also serves as an active member of the UT Health East Texas Diversity Council. Noe is the first in his family to attend college. Through his childhood experiences, Noe developed an appreciation for hard work and an understanding of the importance of education. Noe earned a Master's in Business Administration with an emphasis in Healthcare Management. Noe was born and raised in McAllen, Texas. Noe is married to his wife of 32 years, Cindy Del Bosque. Together, Noe and Cindy have four children--- Victoria, Miranda, Noah, and Nicholas; and two grandchildren--- Mikayla and Nathan.
Pablo Zurzolo is a seasoned marketing leader with a 25 year career in technology marketing. He has served as Vice President, Americas Marketing at Tech Data since 2015. In this role, he leads Tech Data Agency, an in-house team of more than 120 marketing professionals across the U.S, Canada and Latin America. Pablo’s team is responsible for designing and implementing demand generation, enablement, training and incentive marketing activities for more than 200 leading technology vendors including Apple, Cisco, IBM and HP Inc. In 2020, he was named a Channel Chief by CRN magazine. Prior to his leadership role at Tech Data, Pablo served as Chief Marketing Officer at Steelyard, as the Marketing Automation Practice Leader for Astadia Consulting, and as an independent consultant specializing in channel strategy and development. He holds bachelor’s degrees in Economics and International Relations from The American University in Washington, DC and an M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management. A native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Pablo currently resides with his husband in Tampa, Florida and proudly represents Latino and LGBTQ+ interests in his community.
A graduate of the Rutgers University School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Fuentes practiced clinical dentistry for 15 years. He owned and operated five multi-specialty dental offices in urban areas of New Jersey. He spent his clinical career providing access to dental care primarily for the Medicaid population. He completed his undergraduate studies at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, where he worked as a course instructor and as a member of the alumni admissions board. As the Chief Dental Officer for LIBERTY Dental Plan, he oversees the dental care management of over 5 million Medicaid and Medicare recipients throughout the county. Dr. Fuentes has been a thought leader in the adaptation of Teledentistry. He has been instrumental in developing programs utilizing Teledentistry for emergency use, outreach, member engagement and providing additional points of clinical access for rural populations. His many accomplishments have been recognized in New Jersey Monthly Magazine, Consumer Research Council of America, and Latino American Who’s Who as a top Dentist. He currently chairs LIBERTY Dental Plan’s Clinical Advisory Board which consists of esteemed dental professionals across the country. Additionally, he was honored by Integrity House of New Jersey as the Gala Honoree for his work with addiction recovery in narcotics and the role the dental field plays. Dr. Fuentes is an avid football fan and when not at MetLife Stadium cheering on the Giants, he can be found coaching his son’s flag football team or daughter’s softball team.
Chosen as one of the Top Latina Leaders 2021 by the National Diversity Council, Pilar Ortiz is a bilingual motivational speaker and mindset and communication coach, who has trained and impacted thousands of leaders in more than 50 countries around the world. As a speaker, she delivers her keynote, workshops and training on Public Speaking, Executive Presence, Communicating with Confidence, etc. As a coach, she helps hundreds of executives, professional speakers and entrepreneurs to build confidence and enhance their strengths to succeed to their fullest potential in front of a live audience, a microphone or a camera. As a spokesperson she becomes the video ambassador of your brand. Pilar has 25 years of broadcasting experience and is the creator of the Speak Easy™ System, the Influence Accelerator programs. She is an active member of the National Speakers Association (NSA) and author of two books: Reinventing Yourself and Genius in the bottle. www.pilarortiz.com Follow us: Instagram: @PilarOrtizTV Twitter: @HabloEspanol Facebook: @PilarOrtizSpeaker&Coach
Sandra Campos has been successfully building consumer-led global fashion lifestyle brands for more than twenty years. In her role as CEO of Diane von Furstenberg, she is leading a financial and operational turnaround by implementing bold strategic plans that will turn a wholesale led organization into a healthier retail DTC company. Sandra is finding new alternatives to old problems and is spearheading growth initiatives across all four channels of distribution. Prior to joining DVF, Sandra played a pivotal role in restructuring licensed brands within Global Brands Group. As President of six global Women’s contemporary brands with more than $500mm in revenues and all in different phases of progress, she restructured and leveraged teams by creating centers of excellence in e-commerce for Bebe and BCBG brands. Her innovative and forward thinking brought Juicy Couture back to prominence after hiring a Hollywood stylist to lead the creative direction of the brand. An executive with broad skills and experience, Sandra has been leading turnarounds and launching new businesses for corporate organizations totaling more than $2bn in market cap. She has overseen organizations with hundreds of employees as well as startups with a team less than a hundred people in businesses that encompass wholesale, DTC, ECOM, international, and direct marketing. Her additional career successes include entrepreneurial ventures and successful exit with Mobi, a consumer products company sold in sixteen countries and Cynosure Holdings-ACH, a celebrity brand management company responsible for launching Selena Gomez’s lifestyle collection at Kmart for five years with thirteen licensed categories. Ms. Campos has been named as one of 2019 Top Líderes in Business by Hispanic Executive Magazine, a 2020 Top Women in Retail, speaks across the country on innovation at retail, leadership, and diversity and inclusion. She’s an investor, and mentor/advisor to companies in tech, lifestyle, beauty, and fashion. Sandra started her career in retail buying at J.McLaughlin and then moved into wholesale sales at Donna Karan-DKNY. She went on to launch brands within iconic organizations such as Polo Ralph Lauren, Nautica and led their sales, planning, production, merchandising, design and visual teams.