MEET THE SPEAKERS
MEET THE SPEAKERS
MEET THE SPEAKERS
Sylvia Acevedo is a corporate board director, C-suite executive, community leader, author, and rocket scientist. She is currently a board member at Qualcomm, where she serves on the Governance Committee, and is the author of Path to the Stars: My Journey from Girl Scout to Rocket Scientist, which details Sylvia’s journey from the dirt streets of Las Cruces, New Mexico, to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the executive tiers of Apple, Dell, IBM, Qualcomm, and more. Acevedo previously served as CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA and as the chair of President Obama’s White House Initiative for Educational Excellence for Hispanics. She drove the administration’s Early Childhood Dual Language Education Policy.
As the Chief People Officer at VICE Media Group, Daisy Auger-Domínguez oversees human resources, diversity, equity and inclusion, and social impact practices. Her TEDx talk “Inclusion Revolution” and forthcoming book with Seal Press by the same name calls on everyone, from individual contributors to CEOs, 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. She serves on the boards of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, and The 19th.
Chief People Officer
VICE Media Group
Michelle Bermudez is an empath, medicine woman, and embodiment guide. Her offerings give people
the opportunity to explore their own power to heal the mind, body, and spirit in a curious, safe, and playful environment. As a RYT 300 certified yoga instructor, she’s been teaching and practicing Yoga for more than ten years. Her practice has taught her how to slow down, prioritize healing, and live with authenticity and purpose. She studied Thai massage at the Sunshine School in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and Yin Yoga with the The Yoga People, as well as Ayurveda at the Agni School. She is a level II Reiki practitioner. As an embodiment guide, she uses different techniques to help people connect to their innate body wisdom and empower their healing journey. As a medicine woman, she hand-makes natural goods aimed at helping people find more comfort and ease and less pain and inflammation in their bodies.
Anne was appointed chief executive officer of AT&T Business in September 2019. She and her organization of over 30,000 employees are responsible for serving nearly 3 million business customers in more than 200 countries and territories around the world, generating over $36B in revenue. She is the first woman to hold this position and first woman of color CEO in AT&T’s history. As a founding member of AT&T University’s governing board, Anne actively supports the company’s leadership development imperative and is the executive sponsor for AT&T’s Women of Business Employee Network and the Asia Pacific Women’s Organization. She is the co-author of the Amazon #1 best-seller The Leader’s Guide to Unconscious Bias: How to Reframe Bias, Cultivate Connection, and Create High-Performing Teams. Among other accolades, Anne was recently named one of Fortune’s 2020 Most Powerful Women in Business.
Anne H. Chow
Chief Executive Officer
AT&T Business, AT&T Communications, LLC
The Honorable Maria Contreras-Sweet
Former Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration
Maria Contreras-Sweet is an American business leader, US government official, civic leader and community organizer. She served as an Obama cabinet member, California state cabinet secretary and investor/entrepreneur. Her achievements in bringing efficiencies and modernization to large scale organizations have earned her international acclaim.
Honorable Contreras-Sweet, was sworn in as a member of President Obama’s cabinet as the 24th Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), supporting America’s 28 million small businesses with capital, technical assistance and federal contracts. Her drive to bring the SBA into the digital age, and expand into broader global markets yielded record-breaking results in lending, investments, contracting.
As an entrepreneur, she started three businesses, including a publicly-traded bank, serving as its founding and executive chairwoman, successfully steering it through the great recession. Prior, she served as the California cabinet Secretary of the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, where she oversaw 47,000 employees and 14 state departments, including the departments of Transportation, California Highway Patrol, Housing, Financial Institutions, Corporations, Real Estate and the Department of Managed Health Care. During the state’s energy crisis, she served on the board of California’s electrical power grid, CA-ISO, and helped to stabilize the volatile energy market amid the state’s rolling blackouts.
Her corporate foray into Westinghouse, led her to its 7-Up/RC Bottling Company, where she became an equity partner.
She is a founding director of The California Endowment and Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE). She has been bestowed with five honorary doctorates. The inaugural Maria Contreras-Sweet Public Policy Global Impact Award was named in her honor by the Global Entrepreneurship Network.
Bertha Coombs is a reporter for CNBC, covering financial markets, business news stories and health care throughout the business day. She is based at the Nasdaq Marketsite in Times Square. Her health care coverage at CNBC has ranged from covering the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the failed launch of the Obamacare health insurance exchanges, to how cancer researchers are using IBM’s Watson to improve cancer care, and how doctors are using mobile technology to treat patients in their own homes. She also covered the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, the impact of the financial crisis of 2008, and reported on the oil markets from the floor of the New York Mercantile exchange. Before joining CNBC, Coombs was a reporter and anchor for the pioneering online business network, Yahoo Finance Vision, and served as a freelance reporter for the former CNNfn financial network. Prior, she served as a reporter for ABC News One, and a substitute anchor for “World News Now” and “World News This Morning.” She began her career in general news, with previous reporting and anchoring positions at WABC-TV in New York, WPLG-TV in Miami and WFSB-TV in Hartford, Connecticut. Coombs is a graduate of Yale University and was awarded the Leo Beranek Reporter Training Fellowship at WCVB-TV in Boston. Born in Havana, Cuba, she speaks fluent Spanish.
Delia de la Vara is the senior vice president for development and strategic initiatives at UnidosUS, helping the organization achieve its mission of creating opportunity for Latinos in the U.S. Delia is also a member of the UnidosUS Executive Leadership Team, responsible for implementing organizational initiatives. In her 20+ years with UnidosUS, she has held various roles, including vice president of affiliate engagement and vice president of strategic communications. Most recently, Delia led two key institutional initiatives: a three-year initiative that resulted in the reaffirmation of the organization’s mission and a historic name change in anticipation of its 50th anniversary, and a four-year milestone fundraising campaign to set the organization on a path for success for future decades. From 2006-2018, Delia served as executive producer of the ALMA Awards®, the only nationally broadcast English-language entertainment television special celebrating Latino contributions to film, television, and music. Prior to joining UnidosUS, Delia worked at the City of Phoenix Mayor’s Office in Arizona and the Monterey Regional Water Pollution and Control Agency in California.
Delia de la Vara
Senior Vice President, Development and Strategic Initiatives
Executive Chair of the Board
Janet Foutty is executive chair of the board for Deloitte in the U.S., a member of Deloitte’s global board of directors, and chair of the Deloitte Foundation, a 90-year-old non-profit organization that helps develop future talent and promotes excellence in teaching, research, and curriculum innovation. Prior to executive chair, Janet served as chair and chief executive officer for Deloitte Consulting LLP, where she led a $10B business comprised of over 50,000 professionals in helping Fortune 500 companies and government agencies translate complex issues into opportunity. Janet is a passionate advocate for inclusion in the workplace, women in technology, and the need for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. She has founded Women in Technology groups in India and the United States and serves on the boards of several nonprofits, including Bright Pink and Catalyst.
Small Business Region Executive
Bank of America
Misty Garcia is the Texas region executive for Bank of America, where she develops and executes strategies that improve client experience, client relationships, and operational excellence. Misty joined the Central Small Business Sales Division as the business management and operations executive in 2016. She has been with Bank of America in the Houston metro region since 1997 and has held various roles within the consumer channel. Misty has received numerous performance awards, including the Divisional Award of Excellence, Coaches Award, 2015 Pinnacle Award, 2017 Performance Excellence Award, and 2018 Award of Excellence. She has served as board chair for HOLA Houston, is president of a local Toastmasters chapter, is involved in NAWBO, and is active in the Houston volunteer network.
Catherine Hernandez - Blades
Former Chief ESG and Communications Officer
Catherine Hernandez-Blades is a global leader in marketing, communications, environmental, social, and governance issues, government relations, and communications technology. As chief ESG and communications officer at Aflac, her planning and leadership greatly increased ESG scores from organizations and aggregators. Hernandez-Blades served simultaneously as CCO of Aflac and CMO of Flex. She is a recipient of many esteemed awards, including an Emmy, two Cannes Lions, and the Relations 4 the Future Medal at Communications 4 the Future Awards at Davos (the first American to win the award) and is a member of the PR News Hall of Fame, Forbes Top 50 Most Influential Global CMOs, and ExecRank’s Top 30 CMOs, among other distinctions.
Sandy Holt currently serves as the chief development and marketing officer for the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU). In this capacity, she oversees the areas of development and fundraising, conferences and events, and communications and marketing. Prior to joining HACU, Sandy held leadership positions in enrollment management at Our Lady of the Lake University, Northwest Vista College, University of the Incarnate Word, St. Mary’s University, and Everest Institute. Sandy also served as director for Hispanic initiatives at SallieMae, regional account executive at 2Futuro, and director of KIPP Through College at KIPP San Antonio. She has held leadership and board roles at the state, regional, and national levels for the Texas Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, the Southwest Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, and the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.
Chief Development & Marketing Officer
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)
Chief of Staff to Chairman and CEO & Global Head of Communications
Yvonne Garcia serves as chief of staff to State Street chairman and CEO Ron O’Hanley and as global head of communications. Prior to State Street, Yvonne served as director of marketing and distribution strategy for Liberty Mutual and as vice president of Bank of America’s China Construction Bank Strategic Assistance Program. Yvonne served as chairwoman for the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) and is the co-founding chair of Milagros para Niños, a board at Children’s Hospital in Boston that has raised more than $14 million for Hispanic children who can’t afford medical care. Yvonne has been featured in Fortune magazine as one of the Top 50 Most Powerful Latinas in the United States four years in a row and was on Yahoo Finance’s Top 10 HERoes list this year, among other accolades. Yvonne is a fully certified Six Sigma Black Belt and applies that discipline and rigor to every project.
News Anchor - Host "PoliticaYa"
Tsi-tsi-ki Félix, is a multiple award winning journalist, and international speaker. She is currently the host of “PoliticaYa" a national politics show in Washington DC, and the news anchor for "Univisión Washington Newscasts". Tsi-tsi-ki, from Michoacán Mexico, carries strong roots in her name which means “flower” in Purépecha, a strong pre-Columbian civilization that continues to thrive today. As the oldest of 4 girls, Tsi-tsi-ki moved to the U.S. at a young age, 15, when she gave her first formal radio presentation on Radio Exito in Reno, Nevada. Ever since, she has immersed herself in community betterment, mentoring, and directing youth and women’s groups to strive for self and social goals.
Tsi-tsi-ki has twice been speaker for TED talks on subjects such as Immigration, Freedom of the Press and Personal Adversity. She has anchored Noticiero Univision, and Despierta America newscasts, and her work has been recognized with multiple Emmy Awards for investigative series. She has won twice the coveted TV News Emmy for "Outstanding Achievement by a News Anchor" among other honors throughout her career.
Tsi-tsi-ki has received multiple Emmy Awards for her excellent work on camera, and she won the coveted TV News Emmy for "Outstanding Achievement by a News Anchor" in DC (2016) and serving as Chicago’s only solo female news anchor (2008). Among other honors, Tsi-tsi-ki received the “Best Spanish News Presentation in Radio,” given by the Achievement in Radio Awards. She was a recipient of the Peter Lisagor Award for “Best Foreign Newscast in the Midwest” (2012), and the “Enterprising Woman of the Year Award,” given by the Hispanic Coalition of Independent Media (June 2013). Featuring Tsi-tsi-ki in their February, 2013 popular magazine, Sherren Leigh, Editor and publisher of Today's Chicago Woman (TCW) said, "Tsi-tsi-ki Felix, our cover profile this month, is an Emmy award winning TV Anchor. Her enthusiasm, energy and background all combine to predict a bright future to Tsi-tsi-ki."
Sandra Lilley is managing editor of NBC Latino, NBCNews.com’s section covering national news, politics and features on U.S. Latinos and Latin America. Previously, Sandra was a planning editor for NBC News and a dayside editorial manager for MSNBC. Sandra was a reporter and later news director for Telemundo’s WNJU-TV, covering New York and New Jersey. Sandra was born and raised in Puerto Rico and lives in New Jersey with her family.
Sonya Medina Williams is the Founder of SMW Consulting and has been a board member at Papa John’s International since 2015. She began her career in government, spending seven years as a White House advisor, most notably serving as Deputy Assistant to President George W. Bush for Domestic Policy and Director of Projects to First Lady Laura Bush. Medina Williams served as director of the AT&T Global Foundation and later as vice president of community and external affairs for Silver Eagle Distributors. She is the founder of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Latina Leadership Institute and the chief strategist for The Nuff, a global women’s and girls’ empowerment campaign. Medina Williams serves on the advisory council of the NASDAQ Next Gen Board Leaders, the advisory board for Teach for Uganda, and serves on the boards of the Briscoe Western Art Museum and The Texas Tribune.
Papa John’s International
As data analytics manager, Alida Minkel tracks and analyzes metrics related to HACR research, outreach, member participation, and more. She is also the main contributor to the HACR Research Institute (HRI) blog and leads HACR's Latina-specific research efforts. She joined HACR in 2017 as a corporate development associate, where she analyzed member activity to assist with fundraising, membership growth, and retention. Prior to joining HACR, Alida was the development associate at Community Impact, where she secured financial support for the organization. She was also a campaign fellow for then-presidential candidate Barack Obama’s 2012 “Get Out the Vote” efforts, where she coordinated community events, training, and volunteer scheduling in Southwest Bucks County, a crucial district in the battleground state of Pennsylvania. She has extensive experience running proactive data analysis, developing creative solutions, and conducting primary source analysis.
Data Analytics Manager
Alina Moran, MPA, FACHE, FAB is the president of Dignity Health, California Hospital Medical Center (CHMC), a non-profit hospital serving downtown Los Angeles and surrounding communities. She previously served as CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan in East Harlem, where she led day-to-day hospital operations and oversaw a $355-million budget and over 2,500 employees. She was also the chief financial officer at NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst and assistant vice president of Managed Care. Moran helped establish the Rhode Island Political Action Committee and Brown University Latino Alumni Council. She has been honored by many prestigious national organizations and was named to the inaugural list of “Notable Women in Health Care” in 2018 by Crain’s New York Business.
Dignity Health - California Hospital Medical Center (CHMC)
Sylvia Pérez Cash works together with HACR’s CEO to support organizational culture, strategy, and vision and steers HACR’s operational processes and policies. As a result of her over 15-year career in in nonprofit management, Pérez Cash has developed a dedication to racial and economic equity, social justice, and empowerment. She is best known for work in the areas of change management, problem solving, and facilitation of collaborative initiatives between multiple stakeholders. She has held executive leadership positions for the last 10 years, including vice president of governance and international affairs and chief of staff at the Cleveland Foundation, the largest grant-making organization in Ohio, and the vice president of strategic programs and knowledge at the United Way of Greater Cleveland.
Senior Vice President, Operations
Ana Salas Siegel
Ana Salas Siegel, who serves as executive vice president and general counsel for NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises, brings a global perspective as a business advisor and strategist. She oversees all legal resources, including the division’s business and legal affairs team, works on international transactions and negotiating complex corporate deals, and collaborates with NBCUniversal’s corporate legal resources on litigation, employment and labor relations, intellectual property, and compliance matters. Salas Siegel has been in the media and entertainment industry for over 20 years having worked for Fox Latin America Channels, Fox International Channels, and Universal Studios Networks Latin America Inc. Salas Siegel sits on Council on Foreign Relations, United Way of Miami’s Women’s Leadership Council, the Florida Film and Entertainment Advisory Council, and the board of the Coral Gables Arts Cinema. Salas Siegel received her law degree from Harvard Law School and is a member of the American Bar Association and the Florida and Washington, D.C. bars. She also holds a Certificate in International Business Management from Georgetown University and a UK Solicitor’s Certificate from Oxford University.
Executive Vice President, General Counsel
NBC Universal Telemundo
Paula Santilli has been CEO of PepsiCo Latin America since 2019, leading the company’s food and beverage businesses for Mexico, South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. She is also a member of PepsiCo’s Executive Committee. Santilli previously served as the president of PepsiCo Mexico Foods (PMF), chief operating officer of all PepsiCo Mexico Foods business units, and vice president and general manager for the Savory business in Mexico. Paula is committed to generating inclusive growth in Latin America and contributing to the well-being of the communities in which PepsiCo operates. She is a champion of diversity and inclusion. In 2020, she published the book The Power of Empowerment: Women Building Latin America along with Mónica Bauer, vice president of corporate affairs for PepsiCo LatAm, and executive coach Marty Seldman. In 2019 and 2020, she was featured in Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women International list and in Forbes’ 100 Most Powerful Women list.
Chief Executive Officer
PepsiCo Latin America
Gisel Ruiz is an independent board director at Univision Communications Inc., Cracker Barrel, and Vital Farms. She has held various corporate executive positions, most recently as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Sam’s Club. She operated a $65 billion business segment with nearly 600 facilities and 100,000 employees. During her 26-year career, she has led teams through large scale growth and complex workforce transformations, including as executive vice president of international human relations and EVP and chief operating officer of US store operations for Walmart. Gisel is on the board of trustees at Santa Clara University and the board of advisors for Santa Clara University’s Retail Management Institute. In 2020, she was named one of Arkansas’ Most Influential Women of the Century by USA Today.
Univision Communications Company
Raquel Tamez currently serves as the CEO of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), a national organization focused on empowering the Hispanic community and creating a powerful network of students and professionals via the promotion of careers in STEM. Prior to SHPE, Raquel was the chief legal officer, general counsel, and SVP of legal for SourceAmerica; deputy general counsel of global litigation and e-discovery at CSC; corporate counsel for Mary Kay Inc.; and a prosecutor for the U.S. Department of Labor. She serves on multiple boards, including HACR, Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives, Girls in Tech, and the STEM Education Coalition. In January 2020, Raquel represented SHPE as part of the first-ever Hispanic delegation to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Her most recent award received is the 2020 Ohtli Award, a prestigious award from the Mexican government in recognition of efforts to empower Hispanic communities abroad.
Chief Executive Officer
SHPE (Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
Cid Wilson has served as president and CEO of the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) since July 2014. He spent over 20 years in corporate finance and Wall Street equity research. Wilson directs programs and initiatives aimed at encouraging Fortune 500 companies to include Hispanics in the areas of employment, procurement, philanthropy, and governance. Wilson has been featured and quoted in numerous media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The New York Times, Bloomberg TV, and LATINO magazine. Forbes named him the top specialty retail analyst in 2006. President Barack Obama appointed Wilson to the National Museum of the American Latino Study Commission in 2009, and he continues to lead advocacy efforts aimed at sustaining Congressional support for the museum’s completion. Wilson is a proud Dominican American and a Gold Life Member of the NAACP.
President & Chief Executive Officer
Myrna Soto serves on the Boards of CMS Energy/Consumers Energy, Spirit Airlines, and Popular Inc (Banco Popular/Popular Bank). She is recognized as a Governance and Board Leadership Fellow by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and currently serves as the chief strategy and trust officer Forcepoint, a global cybersecurity technology leader for user and data protection. Myrna’s previous roles include COO of Digital Hands, senior vice president and global chief information security officer (CISO) for Comcast, and vice president of information technology governance and CISO for MGM Resorts International. Among other accolades, Myrna was recently recognized by Directors & Boards magazine as a Director to Watch, a Latinx Hispanic Top 100 Hall of Famer by boardiQ, and one of the Top 100 Most Influential Latinas in Business by Latino Leaders magazine. In 2020 she was listed as one of ALPFA’s 50 Most Powerful Latinas in Business for the fourth year in a row. She has also been named one of WomenInc’s Most Influential Corporate Directors and CNET’s Top 20 Most Influential Technology Latinos.