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Written by Andrea Franco
on October 28, 2019

2018 HACR Corporate Directors Summit™ Recap

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The 11th annual HACR Corporate Directors Summit™ (CDS) program was held on May 4-6, 2018, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas. Launched in 2007, the HACR CDS program convenes Latinos currently serving on Fortune 500 boards or HACR Corporate Members who serve on their board. The goal of this program is to provide an opportunity to discuss challenging boardroom issues.

Corporate experts lead HACR CDS business sessions through “off-the-record” conversations to encourage candid discussions and ensure privacy. In the most recent edition of the HACR CDS program, we were honored with the presence of several Hispanic executives from different industries and with multiple professional backgrounds.

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The HACR CDS program kicked off on Friday with a reception and a welcome dinner sponsored by Morgan Stanley. During the event participants met with peers from the Corporate Executives Forum™ (CEF), Corporate Achievers Summit™ (CAS) program, and the 2018 HACR Young Hispanic Corporate Achievers™ (YHCA) class. During dinner, participants listened to keynote speaker Trujillo Group LLP Chairman, Sol Trujillo.

The first business session, The Consciousness of the Latino Executive offered executives the opportunity to engage in an off-the-record conversation through the lens of race and ethnicity. PECO Board Director, Nelson A. Diaz, The Executives Club of Chicago President and CEO, Ana Dutra, and UPS Florida Retired President, David Ruiz, revealed the art of leveraging one’s identity to obtain an executive seat while maintaining cultural authenticity.

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Zero Point Leadership, Inc. CEO & Co-founder, Paul McFadden presented Connective Influence, in Saturday’s last business session. McFadden answered questions such as how can an individual succeed and what does it take to rise to the top of the business world, along with how you can balance the demands of your role with changing technology.

At the end of the day, CDS members took a deserved break and enjoyed the opportunity to network during an evening reception sponsored by Toyota.

After enjoying the lunch fireside chat, CDS participants moved on to A Look into the Boardroom, where Navient Board Director, Anna Escobedo Cabral and Navient President and CEO, Jack F. Remondi, showed facts and figures comparing the number of Hispanics in boardrooms versus the total number of board seats. Looking at the number of female Hispanic board members against the number of companies that lack Hispanic directors opened a dialogue on what can be done to diversify these positions.

In the face of today’s fast paced technology changes, PricewaterhouseCoopers Partner of US Technology, Media and Telecommunications, Mark McCaffrey discusses how digital ecosystems significantly impact industries at all levels forcing leaders to question how they should keep their businesses relevant during Navigating Disruption.

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2018 HACR Corporate Executives Forum™ Recap

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The 10th HACR Corporate Executives Forum™ (CEF) was held on May 4-6, 2018, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas.

HACR created the CEF program in 2008 to provide the most senior Hispanic corporate executives at HACR Corporate Member and Fortune 500 companies with a forum to discuss business issues, challenges, solutions, and offer the opportunity to network with peers throughout Corporate America.

The 2018 CEF program started with a reception and a welcome dinner sponsored by Morgan Stanley. During the event, participants met with peers from the HACR Corporate Directors Summit™ (CDS) and Corporate Achievers Summit™ (CAS) programs, as well as the 2018 HACR Young Hispanic Corporate Achievers™ (YHCA) class. 

The program kicked off with The Consciousness of the Latino Executive which offered executives the opportunity to engage in an off-the-record conversation through the lens of race and ethnicity. For example, how can Latino executives encourage Latino professionals in entry-mid level positions to climb the corporate ladder as they are climbing the ladder themselves. DRR Advisors LLC Founder, Dr. Robert Rodriquez presented how leading corporate executives shaped their organizations cultural transformations resulting in positive performance alongside with HPE VP, Chief Diversity Officer, Brian Tippens in Transforming Culture.

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During the lunch, HACR President and CEO, Cid Wilson sat with Monro Muffler Brake Inc. retired Chairman and CEO, Robert Gross, and asked when and how to merge or acquire a company in the Mergers, Aquisions, and Integrations.

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Zero Point Leadership, Inc. CEO & Co-founder, Paul McFadden presented Connective Influence, Saturday’s last business session. McFadden shared insights through the lense of science on emotional intelligence and the five social and biological needs. McFadden believes it is critical for leaders to build and maintain trust by demonstrating the ability to manage emotions.

At the end of the day, CEF members enjoyed an evening networking reception sponsored by Toyota. In Crisis Management - Demonstrating Resilience, TIAA Senior Director Talent Acquisition Campus, Diversity Talent Partnerships and Employment Brand, Nereida (Neddy) Perez spoke on how to manage crisis in the workplace.

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After enjoying the fireside chat, CEF moved on to A Look into the Boardroom, where Navient Board Director, Anna Escobedo Cabral, and Navient President and CEO, Jack F. Remondi, showed facts and figures comparing the number of Hispanics in boardrooms versus the total number of board seats. Looking at the number of female Hispanic board members against the number of companies that lack Hispanic directors opened a dialogue about what can be done to diversify.

 

2018 HACR Corporate Achievers Summit™ Recap

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The Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) held its eighth annual Corporate Achievers Summit™ (CAS) program May 4-6, 2018, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas. The event gathered U.S.- based Hispanic corporate achievers from HACR Corporate Member and Fortune 500 companies.HACR’s CAS program was launched in 2011 at the request of HACR’s Young Hispanic Corporate Achievers™ (YHCA) finalists and was created to motivate, empower, and reconnect past HACR YHCA participants.

The program provides a support network for these executives through leadership development and educational training sessions, the case study method of learning, and hearing from C-Suite executives who have made it to the top.

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Insights from the C-Suite, kicked off with Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute President and CEO, Mary Ann Gómez-Orta moderating the panel which featured Time Warner VP of Corporate Responsibility & Inclusion, Yrthya Dinzey- Flores; Morgan Stanley COO & Executive Director of Client Development Group, Claudia Marmolejo; and Bank of America Senior VP Market Executive, Ray Vasquez.

In this session, they discussed the importance of defining priorities and encouraged participants to think about what they wish to accomplish each day. Takeaways included the importance of being self-aware, authentic, transparent, empathetic, intentional, and honoring team members.

Paul McFadden presented Connective Influence, a joint session with the CDS and CEF participants. This session reviewed the science-based framework to showcase emotional intelligence and the five social and biological needs. At the end of the day, CAS members took a deserved break and enjoyed the opportunity to network during an evening reception sponsored by Toyota.

The first session of the day, Beyond You - Sponsorship Matters, featured DRR Advisors LLC. Founder, Dr. Robert Rodríguez and Korn Ferry Senior Client Partner, Andrés Tapia. They discussed the hurdles Latinos face in the workplace such as cultural conflicts, the myth of colorblindness, and identity crises. They provided solutions to these issues such as looking for professional mentors and sponsors.

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After enjoying A Fireside Chat with Sarah Alter, A Look into the Boardroom, began with presenters Navient Board Director, Anna Escobedo Cabral and Navient President and CEO, Jack F. Remondi. They showed comparitive data on number of Hispanics in boardrooms and board seats. They opened a dialogue on what companies can do to improve Hispanic representation of corporate executives.

 

The last session of the day was Personal Branding, where Reach Personal Branding Founder, William Arruda, discussed how to brand yourself through social media, Google, and the three stages to reach brand success.

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That evening, CAS participants enjoyed a second networking reception to close our executive programs. This event sponsored by Target, was held atop the Mandalay Bay hotel at the SkyFall Lounge. 

 

2018 HACR Young Hispanic Corporate Achievers™ Recap

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The HACR Young Hispanic Corporate Achievers™ (YHCA) program was developed to recognize young Hispanics in Corporate America who have shown leadership qualities within their respective corporations and have demonstrated a commitment to the Hispanic community. HACR’s YHCA program plays a pivotal role in identifying and recognizing the best and brightest young Hispanic executives in America. To date, over 1,100 candidates have been nominated and more than 350 have been selected as HACR YHCA finalists.

This year, 36 honorees from HACR Corporate Member and Fortune 500 companies participated in a five-day professional and personal development program from May 5-8, 2018, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas. Throughout the program, HACR YHCA participants partook in team-building exercises, group presentations, panel discussions, and leadership sessions led by Dr. Juana Bordas.

Kicking off on Friday, HACR YHCA attendees had the opportunity to meet their cohort during an introductory session. Right after, the 2018 class met, they networked with alumni of the HACR YHCA program, current HACR Corporate Achievers Summit™ (CAS) participants, participants of the Corporate Executives Forum™ (CEF), and the Corporate Directors Summit™ (CDS).

Various sessions were focused on understanding the history of Hispanics in the U.S. and leveraging our cultural identites as assests in the workplace. Dr. Jorge Cherbsosky from the University of Southern California was the HACR YHCA educator on these topics.

Day three started with a presentation from Dr. Robert Rodgriguez and Andrés Tapia, authors of Auténtico: The Definite Guide to Latino Success. Additional sessions aimed at helping this high potential Hispanic talent succeed also took place that morning. The class then formed into groups and prepared a presentation based on various professional development topics. William Arruda’s session: Personal Branding, Ditch, Dare, Do, started day four. Other sessions included helping people identify their career goals and charting their paths to success. 

3891_PWP_HACRSymp18On the last day, the class shared their goals and choose learning partners. They joined the rest of the groups for Symposium lunch and the CEO Roundtable. They concluded the program with HACR Gala in their honor, during which HACR recognized the class of 2017 for their accomplishments and commitment to the community. 

 

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