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2014 Executive Leadership Conference & Mujer Awards

2014 Executive Leadership Conference & Mujer Awards

Sponsored by:




General Motors





Miller Coors



Texas Health

Texas Instruments


Sunday, September 14, 2014
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Welcome Reception
Regina Montoya
Crowne Plaza Hotel
1015 Elm Street
Dallas, TX 75202

→ Mayor Mike Rawlings, City of Dallas


Monday, September 15, 2014
8:00 AM

Rising Stars Breakfast & Welcome
Honoring distinguished Latina Leaders under the age of 30

→ Regina Montoya; Co-Chair, Dallas Mayor’s Task Force on Poverty

Regina MontoyaRegina Montoya is a Harvard-trained attorney who has been nationally recognized as one of the top lawyers in the country. She was one of the first Latinas to earn partnership in a major corporate law firm in the United States, and she is a former award-winning television commentator. She is currently working on a book about the importance of incorporating Latinas into the economic, political and social fabric of America, and she is a frequent public speaker on a wide range of issues including health care, poverty, diversity and children.

9:30 AM Plenary Session
→ MeriTerese Racanelli, M.S.; Nutritionist & Food Scientist, Goya Foods, Inc.

Regina MontoyaMeriTerese Racanelli, is a consulting Food Scientist/ Clinical Nutritionist with Master’s of Science degrees in Nutrition and Food Science, Suma Cum Laude from Montclair State University and studied pre-med/biology in her under-grad degree. She completed Clinical Dietetics and Medical Nutrition Therapy training Magna Cum Laude, via hospitals in New Jersey. MeriTerese also earned the national certification in Child & Adolescent Weight Management, studying under physicians from Albert Einstein School of Medicine, St Louis School of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.

→ Dr. Maria Flaquer; Texas Health Physicians Group

Dr. Maria FlaquerDr. Maria Flaquer founded Crescent Family Medicine in 2006, after completing her medical training at UT Southwestern Medical Center, one of the top-ranked academic medical centers in the nation. Born in Caracas, Venezuela she moved to the US with her mother, father and three older siblings when she was five years old. She returned to Caracas at 17 to finish her senior year and graduated with her medical degree from Universidad Central de Venezuela. The culmination of Dr. Flaquer’s Venezuelan training included a year of service on a rural medical team in Charallave, providing often profound and fond experiences of handling everything from the common cold, to delivering babies and trauma care. She joined Texas Health Physicians Group in 2013. Her goal is to reach as many patients as she can, including the Hispanic population, reflecting the importance her heritage holds within her practice of medicine. She sits on the board of the North Texas Latin American Physicians Association (NTLAPA), a local nonprofit dedicated to improving the quality of health care for North Texas communities.
11:00 AM Concurrent Workshops Session 1
Professional Training & Soft Skill Development
Redefining Conflict
→ Ellen Castro; Chief Energizing Officer
Ellen CastroEllen Castro, Chief Energizing Officer, empowering author, exhilarating speaker, global consultant and coach. Ellen has MEd from Harvard and MBA from Southern Methodist University where served on the faculty of The Business Leadership Center. Ellen’s Spirited Leadership: 52 Ways to Build Trust selected a 2014 International Latino Book Award finalist.

Navigating Organizational Politics
→ Cecelia Smith;
Vice President & General Manager – Mixed Signal Automotive,Texas Instruments, Inc.

Cecelia SmithA 1992 electrical engineering graduate of California State University, Fullerton, Cecelia began her career in Rochester, New York with Xerox Corporation. She has more than 7+ years of experience in the consumer electronics industry specifically, digital television, digital cable set top box, digital camcorder, audio systems and 10+ years of experience in the computer and computer peripheral industry.
→ Lupe Morales, ELP '14; Director of Operations, McDonald’s

Lupe MoralesLupe Morales is currently the Director of Operations for the Greater Southwest Region. Her responsibilities include providing leadership, coaching and strategic direction to her assigned Field Service Managers and Franchisees to deliver superior customer experience. She is actively involved with the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

→ Gloria Garcia Lee; Superintendent of Material, General Motors
Cecelia SmithGloria is currently a Superintendent of Material at the General Motors Arlington, TX Assembly Plant. Gloria’s primary responsibility is to maintain logistical responsibility for the material systems. As Superintendent, Gloria currently overlooks in station material delivery for a workforce of over 3,000. As a 35 year veteran of General Motors, Gloria has served in various roles within the organization which include, foundry line worker, 1st line supervisor, Shipping coordinator, Crew Leader, Vehicle Interior Systems Module Advisor, and Logistical Manager. As an active member of the GM Hispanic Initiative Team, Gloria has created a mentorship program to introduce entry level women to GM opportunities. As a Latina trailblazer, Gloria is truly an example of how hard work is rewarded and is a Leader who is always willing to share, learn and teach.

Diversity & Inclusion
→ Aida Sabo, ELP ‘06; Vice President, Cardinal Health

Aida SaboAida Sabo, Vice President, leads Diversity/Inclusion at Cardinal Health. Her focus is setting strategy creating an environment of inclusion that leverages diversity as a competitive advantage and executing a Global Diversity/Inclusion Strategy, which she’s developed for 3 Fortune 100 companies. She has also completed Executive Education at Harvard, JFK School, HBS, UCLA and Stanford University. Aida serves on the Advisory Boards of the Partnership Inc., the Howard University Pharmacy School Board of Advisors, JFK Harvard University Women’s Leadership Board, Boston College, Working Mother Media, Multi-Cultural Initiative, Ohio State University Latino Role Model Program and Otterbein University’s Women’s Advisory Council.

Latinas & Emotional Intelligence
→ Dr. Isaura Gonzalez, ELP ‘13

Dr. Isaura GonzalezDr. Isaura González is an Anger Management Facilitator, Speaker, Educator, and Licensed Psychologist. She currently has a private practice in Staten Island, New York that focuses on improving individual and organizational behavior with an emphasis on anger management. Isaura is actively engaged in the community where you will find her often volunteering at school or community events.

Graduate Education in the Hispanic Community
→ Manny Gonzalez, NSHMBA
Manny GonzalezManuel Gonzalez is a global strategic leader with over 35 years of experience in the entertainment /hospitality industry, encompassing theme parks, live events, zoos, aquariums, and cruise lines. Starting his career in the hospitality hotel, food and beverage industry, he worked his way up from a behind-the-scenes staffer to becoming a top leader in the cultural events business where he was afforded the opportunity to grow through different career paths. He has a broad range of expertise in both the non-profit and corporate sectors, including the international arena.
12:30 PM Leadership Luncheon

→ Trina Fresco; Nielsen

Trina FrescoTrina M. Fresco is the Director of Midwest Community Alliances, Event & Engagement for Nielsen.  In her role she collaborates with multicultural organizations to increase Nielsen’s brand awareness with diverse consumers and improve the overall probability of multicultural involvement to reach our commitment of ensuring diversity in measurement.  She offers large-enterprise expertise through her tenure as VP Operations for an IT Firm for six years, plus National Account Manager and Paint Chemist within the chemical industry for nearly a decade. Trina is passionate about her community and is the Chair of the Chicago Foundation for Women Investment Subcommittee and serves on a number of additional boards & committees. Most importantly, Trina is the mother of two angels, Sofia and Giana, and a little king, Lorenzo. With having had three children under three at one point in her life, she and her husband, George, try to keep things calm in the South Loop of Chicago.
→ Cid Wilson; HACR

Cid WilsonCid Wilson was named HACR’s President & CEO on July 14, 2014. A graduate of The Ohio State University in he was ranked top equity financial analyst in his field by Forbes in 2006. President Obama appointed Wilson to serve on the National Museum of the American Latino Study Commission with the mission of presenting a plan to the president and Congress on the proposed creation and construction of a new Smithsonian Museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. In Nov. 2012, he was named chairman of the board of Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino, which advocates for Congressional support for the authorization and creation of the new Smithsonian American Latino Museum. A lifelong resident of Bergen County, New Jersey, Wilson is a dedicated community leader, serving as the vice chairman of the board of trustees at Bergen Community College, chairman of the board for the Bergen County Relief Center, and a board member of the New Jersey Council of Community Colleges. He has also been a board member of leading minority advocacy groups such as Latino Justice PRLDEF (formerly the Puerto Rican Legal Defense & Education Fund), the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) and Dominicans on Wall Street.
→ Linda Valdez Thompson;DFW International Airport

Linda Valdez ThompsonLinda Valdez Thompson is one of the highest-ranking Latinas in the aviation industry worldwide. A recognized diversity leader known for her strategic vision and ability to achieve business goals, Linda has built a reputation for consistently delivering results that align with business goals, strategic initiatives and performance. She’s been the recipient of the Dallas Business Journal Minority Business Award and most recently, was recognized as a “Woman of Distinction” by the Texas Association of Mexican American Chamber of Commerce (TAMACC)

→ Wendy Cruz; News Anchor, Reporter, Univision
Wendy CruzWendy Cruz is Univision Dallas 5 pm news anchor and reporter. Ms Cruz came to KUVN from Costa Rica where for 7 years she worked for Channel 7, the most watched station in the country. She also collaborated as correspondent for CNNE in Atlanta GA. Wendy has a degree in journalism from Universidad Latina de Costa Rica. She has had the opportunity to travel and report on series of world issues such as famine, war, and poverty.

2:15 PM

Concurrent Workshops Session 2
Issues Affecting the Latino Community
Using Social Media to Build Community
→ Lorraine Ladish; Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Viva Fifty

Lorraine LadishBilingual author of 17 books, writer, editor, speaker & social media maven. Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Viva Fifty! a bilingual community that celebrates being 50+ . Was most recently Editor-in-Chief of Mamiverse.com, the award-winning online hub for Latina moms. I've contributed to People en Español, La Palma of The Palm Beach Post, NBC Latino, Babycenter and Redbook, and was the managing editor of VOXXI Mujer, an online news site for English-speaking Hispanics. I live in Sarasota, FL with my quirky blended family.

Immigration Reform-Demystifying Terminology and Understanding the Present Situation
→ Mary Elizabeth Cedillo-Pereira; Cedillo-Pereira Immigration Law

Liz Cedillo-PereiraLiz Cedillo-Pereira is the managing attorney with Cedillo-Pereira and Associates, a full-service Immigration and Nationality law practice representing individuals, families, businesses, and government entities. Liz is Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and lectures on immigration law as a faculty member with the UT School of Law Immigration Law conference and the State Bar of Texas Immigration law course. In 2013, Liz was appointed to the American Bar Association National Commission on Immigration. She was recognized as a “Best Lawyer in America” in 2012, 2013 and 2014. She is recognized as a Best Lawyer in Dallas by “D” Magazine in 2014. In 2013, Liz received the “Groundbreaker Award” from the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the “Young Entrepreneur Award” by the Consulate General of Mexico - Dallas and a 2013 “Emerge Leadership” Award presented by PODER Hispanic Magazine; 2010 Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Service Award for “Developing Next Generation of Latino Leaders.” She is an American Marshall Fellow (2003) and American Council on Germany Immigration Study Tour participant (2011).

Latinas Leading the Country
→ Laura Esquivel; Commissioner, Maryland Civil Rights Commission

Laura EsquivelLaura M. Esquivel, M.A. M.P.A, is a seasoned political and legislative strategist with more than 20 years of experience working with and in local, state, and federal government, and the non-profit sector. Currently, Ms. Esquivel is a private strategic consultant for political and progressive issue campaigns. Prior to starting her own consulting practice, Esquivel was the Senior Vice President for Political and Public Affairs at the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund and Gay and Lesbian Leadership Institute. Laura now holds a master’s degree in public administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she expanded her civil rights work to include international human rights, and a master’s degree in political science from California State University, Los Angeles. She is currently serves as a board member for the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Rights (NLIRH).

→ Melody Gonzales; Latino Appointment Program Director, National Hispanic Leadership Agenda

Melody Gonzales\Melody Gonzales is the Presidential Appointments Program Director for the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda. After graduating from the University of California San Diego, Melody began her career working for her local chamber of commerce managing the city’s leadership program and serving as General Manager of the Chula Vista Convention and Visitors Bureau. She also worked as a writer and assistant producer for San Diego’s NBC News affiliate before leaving to attend graduate school at Georgetown University, where she earned a Master of Public Policy degree concentrating in International Policy Development. Among her recent honors, Melody was named in The Huffington Post as one of the “Top Latino Voices to Follow on Twitter,” a "GameChanger of 2012" by Politic365 and UCSD's young alumni of year in 2010.

→ Delia Garcia; Senior Liaison for the Latino American Community, National Education Association

Delia GarciaDelia Garcia joined the NEA team from the Kansas House of Representatives, where she became the first Latina woman to be elected to the Kansas Legislature in 2004, at age 27, as the youngest female elected to the Kansas Legislature. Ms. Garcia has received numerous recognitions and awards, including exhibited in the State of Kansas Historical Society Museum as the first Latina elected in Kansas, the recipient of the MALDEF National Public Service Award, and the National Latina Trailblazer in Government by the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce & Latina Chamber of Commerce.

Why Is It So Challenging to See Our Faces in the Books We Read?
→ Diana Lopez

Diana LopezDiana López is the author of Confetti Girl. She was a middle school teacher for more than a decade, and saw firsthand the disturbing “choking game” trend. Currently, Diana teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Houston in Victoria, Texas. For more information about Diana and her books, visit her online at www.dianalopezbooks.com.

→ Amanda Arizol

Amanda ArizolAmanda Arizola served as the National Project Manager for Las Comadres and Friends National Latino Book Club and Author Teleconference Series from 2010-2013 and continues to volunteer as a book club coordinator. By day, she is the Statewide CHIMES (Health Insurance Marketplace Navigator Consortium) Program Manager with United Way of Tarrant County.

→ Becky Barrera

Becky BarreraRebeca Barrera is Director of Latino Initiatives at Scholastic, the global children’s publisher. A lifelong educator, Rebeca has taught at all levels with an expertise in program design and curriculum development for the Latino population. A 1993 NHLI Hermana, she founded the National Latino Children’s Institute as her leadership project to create a voice for the issues of young Latinos and served as its President for 10 years. She successfully guided legislation through the U.S. Senate in 1999 to create El Día de Los Niños – Celebrating Young Americans, a national commemorative day now observed in many different ways throughout the U.S. Barrera’s personal life includes Tres Rebecas, an online librería and boutique that reflect Latino cultural traditions. She served on the Scholastic corporate Board of Directors for 14 years, one of very few Latinas to have served on a Fortune board.

3:30 PM
Job Fair / Expo / Product Pavilion
6:00 PM
Cocktail Reception
7:00 PM

Mujer Awards Dinner & Awards Presentation

→ Danny Luna, On-Air Radio Personality, Univision
Danny LunaDanny Luna brings more than 17 yrs of on-air radio experience to his afternoon drive time show. In radio since the age of 15 he worked in formats like Tejano, Regional Mexican, Talk, Spanish Contemporary, Spanish Oldies, Latin Urban and Spanish CHR. He is multi-talented heavily involved in both Radio, and TV. Danny is a 3 time Emmy winner.Catch him every Wednesday from 5-7am on Noticias Univision 23 Primera Edicion & Unimas 49 on his “Twiteando Con Las Estrellas” segment.




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