Amy Alvarez
Amy Alvarez
VP, Marketing & Communications
Make A Wish
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Amy Alvarez
VP, Marketing & Communications
Make A Wish

Amy Alvarez is the Vice President of Marketing & Communications for Make-A-Wish Georgia. Alvarez is responsible for leading the strategic vision for the marketing, communications, and media outreach efforts throughout the state of Georgia. Alvarez joined Make-A-Wish Georgia in 2014 after serving in leadership roles with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, PADV and MDA. After a 10-year tenure as a fundraising professional, she shifted her sights on being a chief storyteller; bringing to life the world of wishes through her love of co-branding, digital marketing and experiential marketing. Alvarez graduated from Florida State University with a degree in marketing with an emphasis in sales and customer relationship management. She also holds certifications in nonprofit fundraising and supervision & management from the Georgia Center For Nonprofits. A firm believer in the power of human connection, she feels life is best measured by how much of it you give away.

Anthony Reyes
Anthony Reyes
Chief Audit Officer
Black Knight, Inc.
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Anthony Reyes
Chief Audit Officer
Black Knight, Inc.

Anthony Reyes is the Chief Audit Officer for Black Knight, Inc. (NYSE:BKI), a premier provider of integrated software, data and analytics to the mortgage industry. As the leader of the Internal Audit Department, he is responsible for establishing and managing the processes that bring a systematic and disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of the organization’s governance, risk management, and internal control environments. Anthony supports Black Knight’s Internal Audit function by developing and executing the company’s internal audit plan. He has a direct reporting relationship to the Audit Committee of Black Knight’s Board of Directors, and regularly communicates audit results to its members. Before joining Black Knight, Anthony served in a similar capacity as the Chief Audit Executive for Pinnacle West Capital Corporation, where he set strategy and led its Audit Services operations. He is also experienced in internal audit solutions, enterprise risk services and IT audit controls – particularly in the area of security controls. Anthony earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and holds a Master of Accountancy degree from the University of Southern California.​

Brian Fitzpatrick
Brian Fitzpatrick
Head, Diversity & Inclusion
Ultimate Medical Academy
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Brian Fitzpatrick
Head, Diversity & Inclusion
Ultimate Medical Academy

Brian J. Fitzpatrick serves as Head of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (“DEI”) at Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA), a Tampa-based online higher education provider with close to 15,000 students nationally and nearly 2,000 employees. As part of UMA’s Corporate Strategy team, Brian founded UMA’s DEI Council. This cross-departmental team, in concert with a new full-time Director, has been tasked with delivering foundational events, communications, and awareness around a broad range of topics. Through these collaborative efforts, Brian successfully launched a mentorship program to identify and elevate talent; will have established three employee resource groups by this summer (for women, Black professionals, and LGBTQ+), and extended UMA’s presence into the broader Tampa Bay community. For example, UMA is partnering with both the Hillsborough County chapter of the NAACP and the county’s public schools in structuring a pilot program to engage with at-risk young women preparing for secondary school. Brian serves as Vice Chair of the Florida Diversity Council’s Board of Directors and was a 2020 “Business of Pride” honoree as awarded by the Tampa Bay Business Journal. He received his undergraduate degree from New York University and has an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Brian has worked extensively abroad, and is particularly attuned to, and interested in, cross-cultural and intersectional inclusivity as it relates to team formation and productivity. Brian is also a passionate champion of wildlife conservation. He actively supports the Kenya-based Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, where he has adopted an orphan elephant, as well as the Painted Dog Conversation Project out of Zimbabwe.

Carlos Tapia
Carlos Tapia
Regional Director in the Global Merchant Network Services
American Express
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Carlos Tapia
Regional Director in the Global Merchant Network Services
American Express

Carlos Tapia is Regional Director in the Merchant Services Client Group for American Express and manages a team of relationship managers that consult Fortune 1000 clients in Texas and Oklahoma. He and his team are responsible for a portfolio of well over 4 billion dollars in charge volume and are focused in helping these clients in how to increase sales, collect payments faster, and increase efficiencies along with reducing costs to maximize profitability. As an 18-year veteran in financial services Carlos has won numerous awards and national recognition throughout his career. His desire to be a trusted advisor, known for his excellence in finance, and being a leader by example, are what drives him to continue to elevate in his career. His greatest accomplishment being promoted to Vice President in 7 months while beginning his career as an entry level associate for a global bank. He attributes his success to a strong focus on both his internal and external network and leveraging those networks to find new ways to drive value to clients, and his spouse who understands his desire to succeed. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington where he obtained his undergraduate degree in International Business and is now serving in the College of Business- Deans Leadership Circle. Carlos has served as a leader in a variety of non-profit organizations and received various awards for his impact in volunteering. He currently serves on the Economic Development Committee of the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, President of the North Texas Diversity Council, and internally at American Express of both the Black and Latino employee resource groups. In addition, Carlos owns his own real estate company and enjoys managing that during his spare time. His favorite pastime is watching sports (especially his Miami Dolphins) and spending time with family. In addition, Carlos owns his own real estate company and enjoys managing that during his spare time. His favorite pastime is spending time with his wife Joyce volunteering with local non-profits in different capacities while making time to work on his fitness and golf game.

Carmen Bonilla
Carmen Bonilla
Principal Trainer and Consultant
Propelled Training + Consulting
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Carmen Bonilla
Principal Trainer and Consultant
Propelled Training + Consulting

Carmen L Bonilla delivers leadership development training through her training and consulting company. She is a former Assistant Professor of Management and Business Strategy at Rutgers Business School. Through her corporate training and university teaching, she has contributed to the formation of over 2,500 diverse managers and students in topics such as: diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), building high performing teams, coaching, holding staff accountable and managing performance, managing change in the workplace, managing time, and others. Carmen draws on her 20 years of professional experience to enrich the training classes that she delivers and brings an ability to quickly identify business challenges and recommend solutions. In the past, she held roles managing teams, client relationships, global business and technology projects, and learning and development initiatives. Carmen is an Organization Development Certified Professional, Prosci Change Management Practitioner, Coach by the Hendricks Institute, and past holder of the Project Management Professional designation. She also completed the Effective Teaching Practices certification by the Association of College and University Educators. She holds a Magna Cum Laude bachelors degree in organizational studies from University of Puerto Rico in Mayaguez where she earned the Faculty’s Award to its Most Outstanding Student and an MBA in General Management from New York University, Stern School of Business.

Cymoril White
Cymoril White
Attorney at Law
Ford & Harrison LLP
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Cymoril White
Attorney at Law
Ford & Harrison LLP

Cymoril White concentrates her legal practice on the representation and counsel of management clients in employment disputes arising under employment laws, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, the ADEA, the ADA, the FMLA, Florida's Workers' Compensation Act, and the Florida Civil Rights Act. Cymoril has represented employers and managers, in state and federal court, on a host of employment law matters, including non-compete litigation, claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, whistleblower retaliation, workers compensation retaliation, and other employment contract disputes. Cymoril counsels clients in a variety of employment matters including drafting various policies, handbooks, confidentiality agreements, offer letters, employment contracts, and training programs; ensuring wage and hour and FMLA compliance; and defending Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and state fair employment practice agency charges. Cymoril is also committed to helping clients avoid litigation by conducting in-depth internal investigations for the client, and when possible, providing guidance to help foster and maintain positive employee relations through sound company policies, procedures, and trainings, including diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts and implementation. Cymoril has represented employers and managers, in state and federal court, on a host of employment law matters, including non-compete litigation, claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, whistleblower retaliation, workers compensation retaliation, and other employment contract disputes. Cymoril counsels clients in a variety of employment matters including drafting various policies, handbooks, confidentiality agreements, offer letters, employment contracts, and training programs; ensuring wage and hour and FMLA compliance; and defending Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and state fair employment practice agency charges. Cymoril is also committed to helping clients avoid litigation by conducting in-depth internal investigations for the client, and when possible, providing guidance to help foster and maintain positive employee relations through sound company policies, procedures, and trainings, including diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts and implementation. While in law school, Cymoril was a member of Stetson University College of Law's nationally recognized Trial Team and Dispute Resolution Team, where she received the Best Advocate award at the William & Mary Negotiation Competition (2017). Cymoril was also awarded the 2019 Raphael Steinhardt Award for character, leadership, and service to the community. Likewise, she was actively involved in the Black Law Students Association, serving as Vice President (2016-2018), Student Bar Association President (2018-2019), Chair for the Diversity Committee (2016-2017), and earning the Outstanding 1L Award (2016-2017).

Edgar San Jose
Edgar San Jose
VP Latin America, Americas Rail, US AAM
The Timken Companies
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Edgar San Jose
VP Latin America, Americas Rail, US AAM
The Timken Companies

Edgar San Jose serves as VP of Latin America, Americas Rail & US Auto Aftermarket. Named to the position in 2020, he is responsible for all business activities of The Timken Company in Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. He also has responsibility for sales into the Rail industry across the Americas and US Automotive Aftermarket. Throughout his 25 years of service, Edgar has held numerous positions including Sales Management and Account Executive roles within the Industrial Original-Equipment and Distribution Management groups. Edgar also served as Business Development Manager where he was responsible for the support of continuous development, verification, and implementation of inorganic growth strategies. He assisted in the global coordination of distribution channel management strategies. Edgar earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also holds a Masters of Business Administration from The Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College.

Ismael Torres
Ismael Torres
Workplace Bank Manager
Suncoast Credit Union
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Ismael Torres
Workplace Bank Manager
Suncoast Credit Union

Born and raised in the Lutz/Land O’ Lakes area. Over 10 years of experience in the financial sector including 7 years of experience in banking. Experienced in coaching, sales, team development, business development and community outreach. Responsible for the opening, and success of Suncost Credit Unions 1st community branch catered to the Hispanic market. Chair of the Hispanic Advisory Board for Suncoast Credit Union. Board member for the Intercultural Advocacy Institute: Hispanic Outreach Center – Clearwater.

Jessica Estévez
Jessica Estévez
President
Estrategia Group
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Jessica Estévez
President
Estrategia Group

For decades, Jessica has passionately invested her service and expertise in empowering and developing inclusive leadership and management for hundreds of nonprofit, K-12, higher education and corporate audiences. For over 25 years she has created, developed and implemented educational and organizational capacity building initiatives that foster equitable spaces and facilitate thriving communities, locally and internationally. As the current President of Estrategia Group, Jessica uses her collaborative management skills to help the consulting firm provide ideas, strategies and solutions to non-profits, educational institutions and businesses. Some of her clients have included Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg, InterCultural Advocacy Institute, Latinx Racial Equity Project, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, American Association of Colleges and Universities, The Obama Foundation, Hispanic in Philanthropy, Goodwill, Girls Scouts, Fort Worth Texas and Hillsborough County School District, Allegany Franciscan Ministries, Rio Grande Valley Associated Care Organization and others. Additionally, she served at the Institute for Community and Justice at Greenville College where she provided leadership, strategic direction and building collaborative partnerships to meet the vision and goals of the Institute. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation chose Jessica to serve as a national fellow for its Community Leadership Network. In that role, she uses her “love without fear” philosophy to promote community and civic engagement and racial equality. In her previous position as the Community Tampa Bay programs director, Jessica managed leadership and diversity programs that cultivated more than 5,000 area leaders, empowering them to take on the challenges of social injustice. Her work drew the attention of a United Nations Intergovernmental Working Group, which invited her to present on the nonprofit’s trademarked “ANYTOWN” program in Geneva, Switzerland. Jessica’s efforts earned her the USA Network Characters Unite Award in 2010. She has been coaching and developing leaders using a strength-based and transformational leadership model. She received part of her training from Donald Clifton, developer of CliftonStrengths Finder, Gallup’s online assessment. Born in New York and raised in the Dominican Republic, Jessica holds a Masters of Management from Heller School at Brandeis University and a Bachelors of Arts from Mount Holyoke College, where she graduated at the age of 19. She also has an online teaching certification from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Her husband Edwin Estévez and daughters Taina and Natalia share residence in TX and travel regularly to FL, New England and the Mid-West.

Jose Gaona
Jose Gaona
Director of Communications & Strategic Partnerships
Latinx History Project
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Jose Gaona
Director of Communications & Strategic Partnerships
Latinx History Project

Jose is a community advocate and nonprofit professional with focus areas in fundraising, policy, public relations, and board management. Most recently, he was a National Projects Manager for the Bernie 2020 Presidential Campaign. Before that, José was the national policy and advocacy manager for the League of United Latin American Citizens or LULAC, the country's oldest Latino organization. José immigrated to the United States with his family from Mexico at age four, and settled in Fort Bragg, CA. José was introduced to community work through his local Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs where he held state leadership roles and led his chapters in international service projects. José served as a trustee on the local school board, and was the first Latino to do so in his school district. He served on the board of directors for the Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project in California before relocating to Washington D.C. In D.C. Jose worked with the Latino Student Fund and the Latinx History Project to serve DC Latino and Queer Latinx communities. He has since then expanded his community work to national efforts with organizations including LULAC where he was a national organizer before being recruited to lead the organization's policy and advocacy work, and Latinos for a Secure Retirement where he helped execute nationwide financial literacy campaigns for Latinos. In service to his community, his work has led him to engage communities across the United States and Latin America.

Luis Pardo
Luis Pardo
AVP of Bank Omnichannel Sales & Service Performance
USAA
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Luis Pardo
AVP of Bank Omnichannel Sales & Service Performance
USAA

As AVP of Bank Omnichannel Sales & Service Performance, Luis leads business strategy and channel performance analytics for the country’s leading digital bank, USAA Federal Savings Bank. USAA’s mission is to facilitate the financial security of its members, associates, and their families through provision of a full range of highly competitive financial products and services; in doing so, USAA seeks to be the provider of choice for the military community. Luis resides in Tampa, Florida and has the honor of serving on the board of directors for the Florida Diversity Council. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Ferris State University in Michigan and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wichita State University in Kansas. He is also a graduate of the Consumer Bankers Association Executive Banking School. Luis’ banking experience spans 20+ years. Previous to USAA, he served as Vice President, Sales and Service Support at Huntington National Bank in Columbus, Ohio. In this role, he led teams in charge of incentive plan design & administration, workforce management, and goal allocation for the Consumer and Business Banking divisions. Luis holds a Master of Business Administration from Ferris State University in Michigan and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wichita State University in Kansas. He is also a graduate of the Consumer Bankers Association Executive Banking School. He resides in the Tampa area with his wife and daughter, Erin and Lyra (2011).