Find out which company made it as the “Company of the Year” and the full list of those ranked as the 50 best companies for Latinas to work for in the United States on our 2021 LATINA Style 50 Report. Learn how these companies are supporting the growing Latina community in the United States.
By Beana Ramirez and Robert E. Bard
Leadership and development programs, and partnering with Hispanic organizations throughout the country are a few examples of ways to help build a pipeline of talented Latina executives. The corporate companies highlighted, Wells Fargo & Company and Marriott International, Inc. are only a few of the many companies nurturing, hiring, and retaining talent so they can reach the executive ranks.
By Gloria Romano-Barrera
Jacqueline (Jackie) Maestri leads the Global Services organization at Johnson & Johnson and is responsible for Enterprise transformations designed to simplify, standardize and digitize work that frees up valuable resources for investment in innovation.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of occupations in the STEM fields — science, technology, engineering, and mathematics — are expected to grow eight percent by 2029, compared with 3.7 percent for all other occupations. However, while Latinos account for 17 percent of all occupations, they represent only eight percent of all STEM workers. Alexandra Ibanez, Site Operations Director at Merck Research Labs, and Ana Elena Marziano, Corporate Purchasing Officer at Procter & Gamble, share their journey to a STEM career and encourage the next generation of Latina leaders to explore STEM fields.
By Melissa Barrera
Monica Lozano Elected to Apple’s Board of Directors
Monica Lozano, president and CEO of College Futures Foundation has been elected to Apple’s board of directors. Lozano brings with her a broad range of leadership experience in the public and private sectors, as well as a long and storied track record as a champion for equity, opportunity, and representation.
By Juan Pablo Benítez,
Translation Services Coordinator, A&P International.Inc.
Hello, hola, bonjour! My name is Kisses Lowry, but you can call me Kisses. I am a 10-year-old black American Cocker Spaniel. My hobbies are: hanging out with my beautiful family, taking walks, eating healthy, traveling, and of course, taking long naps in my spare time. In my early years, I was a show dog, and I am deeply grateful for that experience because it developed my passion for diversity!
“Veterans and military spouses bring a great deal of value to their teams and to our company overall,” shares Brynt Parmeter, Senior Director Walmart Military Programs.
By Gloria Romano-Barrera
By Elizabeth Acevedo
I come from a community-driven people; my very large Dominican family and the very Black and Brown neighborhood I was raised in New York both put a strong emphasis on building tight connections, supporting one another when traditional channels failed us, and continuously communicating the needs of ourselves and those we love to the people in power.
By Karina Reyes
University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). The toughest part of my journey has been determining the woman I want to be and allowing myself to flourish. I first realized that I had grown from being a shy and anxious child to a confident young woman during a campus tour I led at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).
By Lisa “La Coronela” Carrington Firmin, USAF Ret.
A professor once said to me that my transition from the military to academia was quick and impressive. Say what? In my head, it was neither. Fortunately for me, I had countless years of leadership experience with adapting and overcoming whatever situation or role I was thrust into from my years in the military.
By Yessica Ramos, CWO2, USMC.
I am a proud Latina with Ecuadorian origins. I am a Utilities Chief Warrant Officer in the Marine Corps. As a young child, I always had an interest in joining the military. I would always dress up like GI Joe and carry a kitchen utensil or anything that could resemble a weapon on my “war” belt.
Corteva Agriscience Names Anne Alonzo as Senior VP, Chief Sustainability Officer
Anne Alonzo has joined Corteva Agriscience as the company’s senior vice president for external affairs and chief sustainability officer. She will report to Chief Executive Officer James C. Collins, Jr. and is responsible for setting strategy and leading the company’s external affairs function, which includes corporate communications
By Gloria Romano-Barrera.
“The Re-Ignite program is part of Johnson & Johnson’s larger commitment to diversity and inclusion, and is a fantastic way for people with unique abilities, perspectives and experiences to feel supported as they re-enter the workforce,” states Jacqueline Maestri, Vice President, WW Engineering and Property Services at Johnson & Johnson.
By Dixie Marroquin
My name is Maya and I love the smell of my owner’s perfume. I am a Border Collie. I am 10 years old and words that describe me are: intelligent, athletic, agile, acrobatic (my owners say I can spin on a dime when I am catching frisbees), and lastly but not least, I am sweet and caring…
By Lt. Col. Maritzel G. Castrellon Chief, Personnel Services Branch CENTCOM CCJ1, MacDill AFB, FL . My military heritage started way before I was born. This intricate story began in the early 1900s when my paternal grandfather, the son of two Italian immigrants, moved from …
By Giselle Abritton, Director Hotel Support – CALA Region, Hilton.
I joined the Navy in 1994, straight out of high school in Puerto Rico. During my six years in the military, I served as a Mess Management Specialist where I was responsible for the lodging and food preparation for sailors in my duty station and advance deployments.
By Marisa Rivera.
I grew up reading books like Don Quixote de La Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes, and La Carreta by René Marqués, Poems by Federico Garcia Lorca and Sor Juana Inés de La Cruz. I was worried about what our youth are reading nowadays and if we had any strong, creative and multicultural writers that could capture the essence of living in two worlds as many immigrants and first-generation feel …
By María Luisa Villagómez Victoria.
Growing up my father was rarely around, and my mother had to work long hours to provide for my four sisters and me. After my parents divorced, my mother decided that, in order to provide for us, it was best for my sisters and I to live with my grandmother in Mexico, so we moved. At the time, I was about 7 years old …
By Maria Luis
B.A. Economics Major.
University of California, Merced.
My college experience has been an ongoing discovery of who I am and what I can become. Each year has presented itself with different obstacles and learning experiences that taught me independence, management, and communication as well as resourcefulness.
By Marco A. Davis,
President and CEO
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI).
I am a firm believer in the power of diverse leadership and potential in our community, so it’s an honor to serve the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) in our mission to develop the next generation of Latino/a/x leaders across all industries. CHCI’s track record of success is owed in large part to the women who led the organization before me.
The United States dedicates the month of March for celebrating influential mujeres throughout history and present day, a mission that LATINA Style, Inc. embraces throughout the year. Mujeres fuertes y poderosas with names that sound like mine and facial features similar to my own—Dolores Huerta, Rigoberta Menchú, Ellen Ochoa, Major General
By Marisa Rivera.
Women’s participation in the military has had a history that extends over 400 years worldwide, from Civil Wars, World Wars I and II to present conflicts. Women have been a presence in the United States military for decades and have worked to serve and defend the country for just as many.….
By Daisy Guintos
Texas Woman’s University
English Major & Political Science Minor. I was born in Dallas, Texas, however, my parents decided for our family to move to Guanajuato, Mexico when I was 11-months-old. Later on, when …
By Mark Espinoza, Senior Director, Corporate Affairs, Walmart Inc.
At Walmart, we are grateful for the sacrifice our nation’s veterans, military men and women, their spouses and families make in service to the country. It is our duty and honor to…
By Linda Urrutia-Varhall, U.S. Air Force (Ret) and Dr. Cynthia Baron.
As Latinas, many of us face the concept of diversity. In both the civilian and military world, there are offices and personnel dedicated to ensuring diversity as it relates to numbers and representation.