2018 Top Latino Leaders to be Honored at 4th Annual Latino Leadership Conference

Jul 26, 2018 2:20 PM ET

2018 Top Latino Leaders to be Honored at 4th Annual Latino Leadership Conference

LOS ANGELES, July 26, 2018 /3BL Media/ - The Council for Latino Workplace Equity (CLWE), an initiative under the National Diversity Council, will host its Fourth Annual National Latino Leadership Conference on October 10 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Los Angeles Downtown. This year’s theme is “Latino Leadership: Power of the Past, Force of the Future.”

“It is with great pride that we honor this year’s Top Latino Leaders,” said Angeles Valenciano, CEO of the National Diversity Council. “The honorees embody the diversity within the Latino culture and are exemplary individuals paving the way for the Latino community and redefining an inclusive workplace for all.”

These honorees stand tall because their roots keep them firm and their wisdom has allowed them to branch out into the world and contribute towards the nation’s success, Valenciano added.  “Join us as we celebrate the accomplishments of this remarkable group of leaders from across the country.”

The CLWE seeks to recognize individuals that demonstrate leadership excellence and have earned high visibility in the Latino community while operating with the highest integrity. The 2018 Top Latino Leaders were selected based on their contributions to promoting a culture supportive of Latino talent and leveraging this talent for organizational success.  

To see the 2018 Top Latino Leaders, please visit http://clwe.org/tophispanicleaders/2018/

The 2018 Top Latino Leaders

Benny Agosto


Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz

Omar Aguilar

Chief Investment Officer and Senior Vice President

Charles Schwab Investment Management

Michael Alicea

Executive Vice President, Global Human Resources


Elizabeth (Liz) Archuleta

Coconino County Supervisor

Coconino County

Xavier Becerra

Attorney General

The California Republic

Nellie Borrero

Senior Managing Director, Global Inclusion & Diversity


Debra Canales

Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer

Providence St. Joseph Health

Enrique Cerna

Retired Executive Producer

KCTS 9 Public Television in Seattle, Washington

Anna Dapelo-Garcia

Administrative Director Patient Access Services
President and Founder of Lean In Latinas

Stanford Health Care


Rosanna Durruthy

Head of Global Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging    


Isaura Gaeta

Vice President and General Manager of Systems Engineering Group, Platform Engineering Group (PEG)

Intel Corporation

John Garcia

Vice President, Government Relations

Kaiser Permanente

Jesús Gomez

Director of Engineering – Western Star Trucks & Mexico Engineering

Daimler Trucks North America

Karl Gouverneur

Vice President, Corporate Solutions, Digital Workplace and Head of Digital Innovation

Northwestern Mutual

René Hernández

Associate General Counsel

Travelers Insurance

Joseph Herrera

Corporate Vice President Human Resources

AEG Staples Center

Maria Hinojosa


The Futuro Media Group

Mark Madrid

Executive Director/CEO

Latino Business Action Network

Maria Martinez

EVP & Chief Customer Experience Officer


Ofelia Melendrez-Kumpf

US Field Vice President

Long Beach Office

McDonald’s USA

Maria Moats

U.S. Audit and Assurance Leader


Gina Orozco-Mejia

VP, Gas Operations


Grace Puma

Executive Vice President, Global Operations


Amelie Ramirez, M.D.

Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Pablo Ribas

Senior Vice President & GM - US Middle Market

American Express

Larissa Rodriguez

Senior Director, Sales, National Accounts


Emma Rodriguez-Ayala


Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

Gisel Ruiz

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Sam’s Club

Rogelio Sáenz

Dean of the College of Public Policy

University of Texas at San Antonio

René Salazar, M.D.

Assistant Dean for Diversity and Professor of Medical Education

Dell Medical School

Maria Elena Salinas

Independent Journalist, Principal

MES Multi-Media, LLC

Thomas Santiago

SVP and Global Real Estate Head


Lucino Sotelo

Vice President, Marketing

W.W. Grainger

Myrna Soto


ForgePoint Capital

Nina Tassler

Producer, Author, Activist // Former Chairman, CBS Entertainment


Hector Tobar

Journalist and Author


Linda Valdez-Thompson

Executive Vice President

DFW International Airport

Carlos Vale

Head of Diversity Recruitment - Global

Groupon Global

Peter Villegas

Vice President & Head of

Latin Affairs

The Coca-Cola Company

Geisha Williams

CEO & President

PG&E Corporation



Registration is available by visiting www.clwe.org Individual tickets are currently available for $249.  Corporate sponsorships start at $1,500. For more information about the event and to register, please visit:  http://clwe.org/programs-events/latino-leadership-conference/2018-national-latino-leadership-conference/

About the Council for Latino Equity Council  
The Council for Latino Workplace Equity is a resource and platform to foster workplace equity for Latino talent. Its highlights the pertinent issues concerning Latinos in the workplace in order to advance equal opportunities and incite change within organizations.  

More information about the Council for Latino Workplace Equity is available at www.clwe.org.


Media Contact: Laura Alvarado  laura.alvarado@nationaldiversitycouncil.org