Over a 30-year career, Cuban born Adis María Vila has held executive positions in business, government, and higher education in general management, business development, policy development and implementation, government, public and regulatory affairs functions, and diversity and inclusion. She has been a corporate executive, government official, academic administrator, professor of international law and international business, and practicing attorney. A Certified Diversity Executive, during President Obama’s presidency Vila was the first Chief Diversity Officer at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Her work at the US Air Force Academy was recognized with the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award, the “Dare to Dream Award” by the Colorado Springs Diversity Forum, and an INNOVATION Award by The Diversity Journal. On retiring from this position she founded Vila & Associates, a consultancy focused on helping clients develop strategies to build diverse leadership and to foster an inclusive organizational culture. Vila is a professional speaker on leadership, organizational culture, cross-cultural management, reinventing yourself, living a regret free life, and diversity and inclusion. During Hispanic Heritage Month and Women's History Month she keynotes conferences and celebrations. Highly regarded for her high energy, motivational, and inspirational presentations, Vila’s customized keynotes and "fireside chats" engage professional audiences, c-level executives, and university students alike because her content is valuable and style authentic. As Assistant Secretary at the US Department of Agriculture (COO), Vila led a department with more than 2500 employees and a budget larger than $1 billion. Vila served as CEO of Florida’s Department of Administration (Secretary), a department with a budget of $750 million and 500 employees responsible for health care administration, labor relations, and retirement benefits for more than 125,000 employees statewide. Vila began her government service as a White House Fellow, one of America's most prestigious programs for leadership and public service. Vila was Nortel’s Vice-President of Government Affairs and Regulatory Policy for the Caribbean and Latin American (telecommunications), and Vice President for International Business Development for Vigoro since acquired by IMC Global, Inc. (chemicals; fertilizers). Vila is fluent in English, Spanish, and French and conversational in Portuguese and German. A financial expert under SEC Regulations and NYSE Rules, Vila holds the highest corporate governance designation of Board Leadership Fellow from the National Association of Corporate Directors. She is on the Board of Directors of MessageComm, DC based (but national membership) Connected Commerce Council (3Cs) President’s Council, and the Latino Corporate Directors Association (Secretary). He serves on the Advisory Board for Florida of the US Global Leadership Council (USGLC). Previously, she was a Member, Board of Directors, Rural Telephone Bank, Washington DC, a Member, Advisory Board, Global Asset Management, $15 billion mutual fund of Union Bank Suisse (UBS), and a Trustee of the Southern Center for International Studies. She is an active member of Women Corporate Directors, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the International Women’s Forum. A member of The Florida Bar and the Washington DC Bar, she earned a law degree from the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida, a Diplôme in International Law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva, Switzerland), an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and a BA in Mathematics from Rollins College. In 2018, Vila was named by Hispanic Executive a Leading Latina and by Directors & Boards a Director to Watch. She was honored with the “Woman Trailblazer” Award, Dorothy Height “Hats Off to You” Award, and “Women of Distinction” Award by The University of Akron, Girl Scouts of Colorado, and Delta Sigma Theta, respectively.
Adriana Torres is a transformational leader and a global operations visionary, with more than 30 years of experience in operations management, customer service, and customer experience. Ms. Torres was brought on board in June 2016, in her current position, to develop and lead the implementation of a new support model for point-of-sales and property management solutions for the Hospitality industry customer base. During her tenure with Oracle, Ms. Torres has been the recipient of the Powerful Women of Bay Award for 2018; was awarded the Hispanic Engineering National Achievement Award (HENAAC) for Executive Excellence from Great Minds in STEM (GMiS); was selected to the Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC) 100 list in 2018 and 2019, and was recently appointed the Chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee for the International School of Management. Previously, she was the Senior VP of Global Customer Care Services at Visa, Inc. There, she led the organization’s credit, debit and digital consumer products for 2.2 billion Visa cardholders. Prior to that, she spent 18 years with Citigroup. She launched her professional career at British Petroleum in Brazil, working her way from trainee, to the lead in Quality Management & HR. Ms. Torres holds an MBA from Florida Atlantic University, a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Campinas, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Philosophy, with an emphasis in International Business from the International School of Management in Paris, France. She is fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish.
Al Morales joined Tech Data as Executive Vice President and Chief Transformation Officer (CTO) in January 2021. In this role, he leads Tech Data’s global transformation initiatives, driving efforts to deliver improved experiences and greater agility for both colleagues and channel partners across the technology ecosystem. He oversees the global Transformation Office Team to enable and deliver Tech Data’s transformation strategy. Previously, Al served as CTO at AmerisourceBergen, leading a company-wide transformation program focused on enabling business excellence and innovation. Before becoming CTO, Al joined AmerisourceBergen in 2014 as Senior Vice President of Finance. With more than 25 years of senior-level transformation and financial leadership experience at companies including AT&T, Schering-Plough, Tyco International and Pentair Valves and Controls, Al is a passionate and inclusive leader who understands how every colleague can contribute to companywide transformation. Al holds a master’s degree in Taxation and a bachelor’s degree in Accounting, both from Florida International University. He is also fluent in English, Spanish and French — and continues to work on Portuguese.
Andrés Tapia is a Senior Client Partner and is Korn Ferry’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Strategist. He has been one of the leading voices in shaping a contemporary, next-generation approach to diversity and inclusion. The approach is global, deeply integrated into talent systems, and focused on enabling marketplace success. He has over 25 years of experience as a C-suite management consultant, diversity executive, organizational development and training professional, and journalist. Throughout Europe, Asia, North America, and his native Latin America, Mr. Tapia has served clients in shaping their enterprise-wide diversity and inclusion business cases and strategies across industries—including financial, technology, healthcare, retail, manufacturing, government, not-for-profits, and education—with dozens of Global 500 organizations as well as non-US multinationals in Brazil, South Korea, and India. Mr. Tapia, the author of a groundbreaking book, The Inclusion Paradox: The Obama Era and the Transformation of Global Diversity, as well as the co-author of Auténtico: The Definitive Guide to Latino Career Success and of The 5 Disciplines of Inclusive Leadership: Unleashing the Power of All of Us. He is a frequently sought-after speaker globally on the topic of diversity and inclusion. He has been published in major dailies throughout the US and Latin America, primarily through his writing for the New America Media wire service as well as on the Huffington Post. He is the recipient of numerous leadership and diversity awards and is currently serving on the boards of Leadership Greater Chicago, Jobs For The Future, and Ravinia Festival. He is also a Commissioner on the Highland Park (IL) Housing Commission overseeing that city's Inclusionary Housing code.
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
Irene Chavez is Director of Training and Leadership Development for the National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders (NALCAB). In her current role, she leads the Pete Garcia Community Economic Development Fellowship which was created to address the growing leadership gap in non-profit community economic development organizations serving low- and moderate-income Latino communities. In its tenth year, it has produced 137 Latino leaders across the country. She also manages professional development and events, including the National Training to ensure NALCAB members receive best practices in the community development field. Prior to joining NALCAB, Irene was the first Executive Director of the Maestro Entrepreneur Center; a non-profit center that houses a culinary incubator, business incubator and provides specialized programming created to assist existing small, minority, woman and veteran-owned businesses. She established collaborative efforts with community groups, funders, political leaders, and other organizations to successfully achieve the goals of the organization. While working for the City of San Antonio’s Economic Development Department, she was named one of the San Antonio Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Rising Stars. She has also been honored with the North Chamber of Commerce’s Athena Young Professional Leadership Award and the SBA Small Business Champion of the Year. Irene began her career as an intern for the United Farm Workers, AFL-CIO in Los Angeles, California where she cultivated her grass roots organizing skills and appreciation for servant leadership. She currently serves on the board of directors for the Cesar E. Chavez Legacy and Educational Foundation as Secretary and Scholarship Chair. Irene is also the District 7 appointee for the City of San Antonio’s Small Business Advocacy Committee and Chair of the Diversity Action Plan subcommittee. She has served on several boards and committees including the PEACE Initiative, MEDWeek, and South Central Texas Regional Certification Agency. Irene is a graduate of St. Mary’s University with a bachelor’s degree in speech communication and Masters of Business Administration (MBA). Connect with Irene on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/irenechavez1/
Ivette Mayo is an awarding winning entrepreneur, international author, globally recognized career coach, motivational business speaker and philanthropist. Ivette’s POWER is that she gets what is important, the bottom line – people, profits, and productivity. As the CEO of Yo Soy I AM, LLC, a professional development and consulting firm. Ivette is a master trainer in a host of disciplines, certified coach and speaker. Ivette is also known as a POWER ADVOCATE by her clients for creating POWERFUL and IMPACTFUL results quickly. Her 27 year global career was spent working in business development, sales, marketing and training for both employees and clients throughout five continents. Her focus is to incorporate cultural awareness into all her training programs to assist participants in inspiring performance, build stronger interpersonal skills and build an agile team of leaders. This dynamic facilitator has worked with Fortune 100 & 500 all over the world. Her high energy style, direct approach and humor make Ivette a powerful motivational business speaker. Her message is always centered on these three key areas – Culture, Leadership and Courage. These components are certain to empower and unlock potential to lead with confidence in today’s multicultural marketplace. Most importantly, she dares her audiences to challenge limited thinking, to take bold action, to push past excuses, and move beyond complacency to be POWERFUL. Some of Ivette’s recent accomplishment and recognitions 2019 - Ivette was recognized by TalentLMS and made their global list of "Top Female Career Coaches to Follow in 2020". 2019 – Recognized as “2019 Woman Worth Watching” by the Diversity Journal, a national publication. 2018 - Establish POWER On Heels Fund, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization focused on advancement of Latinas and to advocate to minimize the impact of the social inequity of gender pay gap among Latinas and women of color. Through their specialized programs, mentorship and scholarships, Power On Heels Fund, Inc. is able to accelerate their professional growth, increase earning potential and cultivate future leaders. 2017 – Ivette became an award winning international author by pinning her book “A 30 Day Guide to Your POWER - Powerful Outcomes through POWERFUL Words”. 2012 to 2016 - Ivette served as a Public Diplomate for the U.S. State Department’s Office of Global Women’s Issues For more information visit www.ivettemayo.com or send an email [email protected]
As a dual certified HR Professional with a Master’s in Management, Jovanka is a change agent with over 18 years of varied and progressive experience in the HR discipline. In her current role as a Director of HR for Tech Data’s Latin American region, Jovanka is responsible for leading the development, implementation strategies and plans focused on human capital management, customer satisfaction and business performance. In addition, Jovanka is a DEI advocate and enthusiast, championing inclusiveness and awareness across cultures in the U.S. and Latin America. Jovanka was born and raised in the great city of New York and relocated to Florida to attend college at the University of South Florida. 17 years after the completion of her Bachelor’s degree, Jovanka fulfilled her personal goal of obtaining her Master’s degree as a full time Human Resources professional in a new executive role and a mother of two blossoming children. Absorbing all of life’s wonders, Jovanka enjoys traveling, reading, outdoor activities and most importantly spending quality time enriching the lives of those most important to her. Also known as “mom” to Isabel, 16 and Julian, 13, Jovanka shares the joys of parenting with her husband Jahnu of 19 years.
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.
Originally from Nicaragua, Luis grew up in Wallace, North Carolina and graduated from Wallace Rose-Hill high school in 2006. At age of 17 he was a junior in high school overflowing with dreams when an automobile accident that left him in a wheelchair threatened his dreams. He was ejected from the back window of the car and suffered a C3, C4 and C5 spinal cord injury. Moments later the doctors would inform my family that I would never walk again. Against the odds, Luis was able to graduate from high school on time and continue with his dreams of obtaining a college education. He attended Baptist university of the Americas (BUA) where he served as Missions Society President and Student Government President during his senior year in college. He later joined the BUA staff and served as Director of Missions/Ministries and Alumni Affairs for 8 years. Currently Luis serves as Director of Student Services at Criswell College in Dallas, Texas. He is also a regular keynote speaker at youth conferences across the nation. Luis obtained a Bachelors in Theology and Biblical Studies from Baptist university of the Americas. He received a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry from Dallas Baptist University in 2013. He is currently a doctoral candidate in Education Administration from The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, TX. His dissertation topic is Raising The Ethical Standards in Christian Colleges. He has served in youth and collegiate ministry for the past 12 years and speaks around the nation in youth camps and conferences. He is married to his beautiful wife of three years Cesia Juárez.
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.
For the past 30 years Maria has worked extensively in three sectors: retail, consumer packaged goods, and telecommunications. In 2005 Maria joined the community investment team at Comcast where she helps to implement and manage programs that deliver social and business value to their nonprofit organizations and communities. Comcast is a company known for achieving social impact through innovative employee engagement, solid community partnerships and CSR initiatives that include foundation grant giving, scholarships, volunteer opportunities and sponsorships of local community events. As the Regional External Affairs Manager, she helps to identify corporate giving opportunities for Comcast’s core focus areas of youth leadership, volunteerism, digital literacy, and work force development. Having been born and raised in Chicago’s Pilsen community, it has brought her back full circle and has allowed her to bring much needed resources to that community as well as to other incredible Chicago area nonprofits. Her favorite quote is “if you don’t have a seat at the table, bring your own chair”. She currently serves as the Chairwoman for the Hispanic Scholarship Fund’s Chicago Chapter, Telemundo Chicago’s Action Board, Women’s Business Development Center’s Advisory Council, DePaul Art Museum Board of Directors and A Silver Lining Foundation board of directors. She is a co-author of Today’s Inspired Latinas Volume V, Today’s Inspired Leader Volume II and Hispanic Stars Rising, A New Face of Power Inaugural Edition. Maria has served as a panelist, moderator, and MC for numerous events and as a speaker for Latina Talks (New York Times & Chicago) and Latina Global Talks 2021. She has received numerous award acknowledgements; Negocios Now 2019 Who’s Who Hispanic Chicago, 2019 Aurora Regional Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’ Hispanic Catalyst Champion, YWCA Woman of Distinction Award, People with Disabilities Champion Award from Seguin Services, Corporate Visionary award from El Valor, 2020 Hispanic Style Latina of Influence, and 2020 Today’s Inspired Latina’s Woman of the Year Award. She also received a 2009 proclamation of Maria Castro day in the City of Aurora (second largest city in Illinois). She is the recent founder of #LovePurse a personal project created to help homeless women receive purses filled with the day-to-day essentials as well as notes of inspiration when they arrive at a homeless shelter or domestic violence shelter.
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.
Ms. Villalobos was named President & CEO of the Arizona Hispanic Chamber after serving as the Vice-President and Foundation Executive Director for seven years. In this role, she is responsible for the strategic growth initiatives of the chamber. She is also the operator of the Phoenix Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center, Native American Business and Economic Development Center (NABEDC), and Ascend Phoenix funded by JP Morgan Chase Foundation. Her background and experience as a corporate marketing executive and as an entrepreneur result in a unique combination of skill and talent. She is also, Editor-In-Chief of eighteen research publications over the last eight years including the annual DATOS: State of Arizona’s Hispanic Market (2012-2019), DATOS Tucson (2012- 2015), Minority-, Women-, Hispanic-, Family-owned Business Enterprise Reports (2012-2013) and the AZ Supplier Diversity (2012), Employee Resource Group (2013), Sustainability (2014), Global Trade Best Practices (2015), and Minority Business Economic Indicator (2017-18) white paper series. Ms. Villalobos is the founding principal at ResearchByDesign, a marketing research firm specializing in primary qualitative and quantitative research. She works closely with client partners to develop category specific studies as the foundation for marketing strategy decision-making. She was selected as the 2015 Latina Style Inc. Entrepreneur of the Year and ASU Entrepreneurship & Innovation Visionary Awardee, 2017 Achieving My Purpose: Celebration of Women award recipient, 2018 Cox Communication Hispanic Heritage honoree, 2018 Phoenix Business Journal Outstanding Women in Business recipient, and recognized as one of the 2020 Most Influential Women in Arizona by AZ Business Magazine.
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.
Rafael Granados is a manufacturing professional with over 20 years of experience. His career has taken him from the food and beverage (dairy) industry, to the building materials sector, and now the wine & spirits industry where he currently serves as director of manufacturing for M.S. Walker, Inc. headquartered in Norwood, Massachusetts. In his current role, Rafael provides direction in leading the manufacturing division on initiatives related to business KPI; operational efficiency; cost reduction; warehousing; sourcing and logistics; new business; union relations; and human resources. Rafael is also a professional member of The American Society for Quality (ASQ) and The Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC). A native of Crystal City, Texas, Rafael is a first-generation college student who has long been passionate about improving and removing workplace paradigms related through which some in society view manufacturing industry roles. This drive for enacting change within the manufacturing industry has been driven by serving as a champion for diversity and inclusion, while fostering awareness on the importance of the minority presence in S.T.E.M. to our academic, professional, and executive communities. Rafael is fluent in English and Spanish and is a proud ally to the LGBTQ community. A graduate of Texas State University located in San Marcos, Texas, Rafael earned undergraduate degrees in microbiology and biochemistry. He also holds a graduate degree from Columbia Southern University in occupational safety & health and environmental management. While studying at Texas State University, Rafael was a member of his university chapter of MAES, Latinos in Science and Engineering, an inclusive organization where he served in various roles from volunteer, to treasurer, and vice president up to chapter president. As a community volunteer, Rafael’s service and involvement have included not for profit organizations such as Society for Advancement of Chicanos / Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS); Mexican American Engineers and Scientists (MAES); United Way; Habitat for Humanity; San Antonio Food Bank; American Cancer Society; National MS Society; and The Angel Fund for ALS Research. Prior to M.S. Walker, Rafael worked as a Sr. Production Manager III for Dean Foods. In this role, his focus was facility operational efficiencies and system reliabilities to high temperature short time (HTST), ultra-high temperature (UHT) and vacuum thermal steam injection (VTIS) pasteurization systems. These systems were in one of the largest manufacturing facilities in the Northeast dedicated to the manufacture of extended shelf life dairy products. In addition, he was responsible for ensuring compliance to both state and federal regulatory agencies and served as continuous improvement champion leading many corporate initiatives regarding loss (shrink) reduction, process review, site optimization strategy and lean manufacturing. Prior to Dean Foods, Rafael served with Oldcastle Building Products (Oldcastle) based out of Atlanta, Georgia and prior to that with H-E-B Grocery Company (HEB) based out of San Antonio, Texas. Rafael has previously held the positions of operations manager; warehousing manager; production manager; continuous improvement manager, dairy operations manager, environmental compliance and safety manager, and plant manager. Rafael currently resides in Attleboro, MA with his wife Bertha and their daughter Isabela Katherine.
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.
Santiago Villegas is Co-Founder and CEO of 1903 Public Relations. His award-winning PR strategies have motivated multimillion-dollar investments. Before helping to create 1903 Public Relations, Santiago Villegas amassed experience from a wide variety of different industries including machine learning, cybersecurity, augmented reality, renewable energy, automation, ag tech, and environmental conservation. Since founding the agency, Santiago has won gold in the 2019 Bulldog Award for PR Up and Comer, as well as a 2020 Stevie Award in the Communications Professional of the Year category. Santiago is a regular contributor to Entrepreneur magazine, a Forbes Business Council member, and recently made the Forbes Next 1000 list. Born in Mexico, raised in a rural town in central California and the son of field laborers, Santiago has passionately pursued advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in business media. He works to elevate non-traditional founders, usually those creating disruptive technologies, into the spotlight to create a representative/accurate view of the innovators pushing industries forward.