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.
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.
Dr. Karla H. DeCuir is the Senior Director of Enrollment Management and External Affairs at University of Houston-Victoria (UHV) in Katy. She joined UHV in 2017 to oversee the recruiting efforts, external relations, and strategic partnerships for UHV Katy. Karla is the founder and President of Student Guidance Group, a non-profit organization focused on providing career guidance, mentorship, and professional skills development to high school students. Her background includes 17 years of business development, management, marketing, and external affairs. Born in Guatemala City and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Karla began her professional career working for Nextel Communications assisting corporate franchises with business development ventures. In 2007, she joined University of Phoenix where she held various roles including enrollment management and external relations for the Houston market. Dr. DeCuir earned an Executive Doctor of Education in Professional Leadership with an emphasis in Special Populations program from the University of Houston in 2020. She holds a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Management with a minor in Human Resource Management, and a Bachelor of Science in Marketing. She completed the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Business Institute and the University of Houston’s Women in Leadership programs. Dr. DeCuir enjoys being involved in the community where she has held various roles such as serving on the board of the National Association of Women MBAs-Houston Professional Chapter, co-chairing the Texas Diversity Council’s Education Committee, and serving as an Ambassador for the Greater Houston Partnership. She currently serves on the board of Archway Academy, as the President of the Texas Diversity Council – Gulf Coast Chapter, the President of the Katy Technology Education Foundation, and she participates on various committees. Dr. DeCuir is 2020 TACHE fellow and was awarded the DiversityFIRST award in 2016. In 2020, ADL of Houston and the Houston Rockets, recognized her as a Strong Woman Leader during International Women’s Day. She is passionate about education and about empowering young women to step up to leadership roles. Karla lives in Katy where she enjoys time at home with her husband and her two young children, Nailah and Ramsis.
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.
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.
Pilar Ortiz is an experienced executive coach, author and international speaker, creator of several programs, among them:The Speak Easy™️ System (an advanced program in Effective Communication Skills), The Influence Accelerator, and Proyecto Comunicarte. She has led the transformation of hundreds of executives, professional speakers and entrepreneurs around the world through her expansive corporate partnership designing, conducting and facilitating corporate training, development programs, virtual workshops, and empowering leaders and individuals through coaching. She is the author of the bestseller, Reinventing Yourself (Camino al éxito, Amazon 2013) and El Genio de la Botella (Editorial Planeta, 2019), where she created a unique three step process or essential pillars for connecting and communicating effectively and powerfully. Pilar's passion for self improvement and growth is evident in her style of communication. She will leave you with introspection and a curiosity to want to discover more and reach your highest potential! She has utilized her 25 years of broadcasting experience, which includes over a decade as news anchor and Director for Univision, one of Tampa's top premier Spanish-speaking television organizations, to help businesses and individuals grow and succeed.
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.