7:00 – 7:30 am Registration – Plaza Level
7:30 – 8:am LATINA Style Opening Breakfast & Awards Ceremony (Virginia Ballroom – Plaza Level)
  • Mistress of Ceremonies: Lilian Peña, Account Executive, Sales & Marketing, KGO-TV/ABC7
  • Welcome Remarks: Robert E. Bard, President & CEO, LATINA Style, Inc.
  • Sponsor Remarks: Mary Lynn Elizondo, Chief Human Resources Officer, Marriott International, Inc.
  • Corporate Remarks: James Schenck, President & CEO, PenFed Credit Union

2018 TOP 12 LATINA Style Corporate Executives of the Year Awards Presentation

2018 TOP 20 Employee Resource Groups of the Year Awards Presentation

8:45 – 9:00 am Break – Expo (Transition to Commonwealth Hall – Lobby Level)

9:00 –9:50 am Session 1 – Corporate Latina Executives of the Year- Celebrating Achievement (Commonwealth Hall– Lobby Level)

Focus: Through the LATINA Style Corporate Executives of the Year Program, each year we recognize the hard work and dedication executives are performing at the top of their respective companies and in various industries. The panelists have been selected and recognized based on their evident excellence in business impact, corporate leadership, mentorship, and remarkable dedication to working with our communities both locally and nationally.

  • Moderator: Jacqueline Maestri, Vice President, Engineering & Property Services, Johnson & Johnson
  • Speaker: Maria T. Lensing, Vice President, Global Business, AT&T
  • Speaker: Catherine Hernandez- Blades, Sr. VP Chief Brand & Communications Officer, Aflac
  • Speaker: Gladys Lopez, Senior Manager, Hilton Supplier Diversity
  • Speaker: Linda Valdez Thompson, EVP Administration & Diversity, Dallas Fort Worth Intl. Airport

9:50 – 10:00 am Break

10:00 – 10:50 am  Session 2 –Employee Resource Groups of the Year/Empowering the ERGs (Commonwealth Hall– Lobby Level)

Focus: The ERGs develop a connection between the company and employees by empowering, nurturing and retaining talent. Tapping into the collective intelligence of the ERG to provide competitive advantages in the marketplace, these ERGs have proven to be essential in their business impact by building a relationship with the consumer for businesses throughout the nation. Creating a culture of success with a systematic approach is essential to nurture and maintain a steady flow of diverse talent to the top.

  • Moderator: Robert Rodriguez, PHD, President, Dr. Robert Rodriguez Advisors, LLC.
  • Speaker: Jamie Maldonado, Senior Manager – Strategy, Accenture
  •  Speaker: Yovany Jerez, Strategy & Technology Innovation, AT&T
  • Speaker: Anila Jivanji, Senior Specialist in Inclusion & Diversity, American Airlines
  • Speaker: Silvina Salazar, Business Strategy & Support Executive L&SS Business Controls, Bank of America

10:50 – 11:00 am Break  

11:00 – 11:50 am  Session 3 – Investing in Leadership & Development (Commonwealth Hall– Lobby Level)

Focus: Industry Leaders give us a look into how present day actions by corporations are adapting to a changing corporate atmosphere. A positive environment reflects in the higher quality of work and sustained levels of motivation. A strong mentoring relationship has been identified as one of the key components of an employee’s successful development in the workplace.

  •  Moderator: Nellie Borrero, Managing Director – Senior Global Inclusion & Diversity Lead, Accenture
  •  Speaker: Diana Morales, Vice President, Legal, Fire & Security Products, United Technologies Corporation
  •  Speaker: Celeste Carrasco, Director – Federal Public Affairs – Corporate External Affairs, AT&T
  •  Speaker: Nathalie Caillon Rytting, Director of Human Resources, Hyatt Regency Washington

11:50 – 12:00 pm Break

12:00– 12:50 pm Session 4 – Agents of Change (Commonwealth Hall– Lobby Level)

Focus: Corporate Leaders who engage in mentorships and sponsorships can make careers a great success and have a significant impact on the retention of top talent. Impacting the company and community, change agents are the bridge to the C-suite and continued success.

  • Moderator: Pepe Estrada, Director of Public Affairs, Walmart
  • Speaker: Alexandra Contreras, Certified Diversity Professional Senior Analyst, Global Diversity & Inclusion, Colgate – Palmolive
  • Speaker: Carla Zanoni, Editor, Audience and Analytics, The Wall Street Journal
  • Speaker: Jon Muñoz, Vice President, Global Diversity & Inclusion, Hilton
  • Speaker: Claudia Vazquez, Director of Product Management, Prudential Financial  

12:50 – 1:00 pm Break (Transition to Virginia Ballroom –Plaza Level)  

1:00 – 4:00 pm 


(Virginia Ballroom –Plaza Level)

  • Welcome Remarks: Robert E. Bard, President & CEO, LATINA Style, Inc.
  • Company of the Year Remarks: Jacqueline Maestri, Vice President, Engineering & Property Services, Johnson & Johnson  

1:40 – 3:00 pm Awards Presentation of the 2018 Top 50 Companies (Virginia Ballroom –Plaza Level)

3:00 – 4:00 pm Awardees Group Photo for LS 50 Companies (Commonwealth Hall– Lobby Level) 

This agenda is tentative & subject to change