Women of Color are Working Against the Odds

by Liz Fedor
Mar 23, 2017 8:40 AM ET

Originally published on Twin Cities Business

After earning her MBA from the University of Michigan, Pilar Cruz joined Cargill in 2002 instead of returning to a banking position in her native Colombia. She has risen through the management ranks at Cargill and held leadership positions for the company in Canada, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and England.

Now she is a vice president and a role model for other women of color at Cargill. Seated in a glass-enclosed meeting room that overlooks Cargill’s Wayzata campus, Cruz says, “I am the head of strategy and mergers and acquisitions for Cargill, and we recently had a meeting with my counterparts from big companies. All of them are guys. But I am so comfortable with who I am.”

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