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Carolina Jannicelli, Managing Director and Head of Community Impact at JPMorgan Chase & Co., Working With Her Team to Help Close the Racial Wealth Gap

Born in Nicaragua, Carolina Jannicelli’s family was forced to flee during the civil war and resettled in Costa Rica. Her parents were small business owners and had to rebuild their business which inspired Jannicelli – the oldest of four children – to get a quality education, work hard and create opportunities for herself. Learn how Managing Director and Head of Community Impact at JPMorgan Chase & Co. became a bank insider and her journey to success in the finance world.

Written by Christine Bolaños

Latina Board Members Paving the Way

Considering that Latinos in the U.S. are the main economic forces, diversifying corporate boards fosters greater inclusion policies, improving business, innovation, and employment retention. Latinas, however, hold 1 percent of the board seats on the 2020 Fortune 500, the lowest percentage of any racial or ethnic group, according to the Latino Board Monitor. To expand the number of Latinas on corporate boards, some progress has been made, but more work has to be done. Learn ways Esther Aguilera, Sandra Campos, Anne Alonzo, Carmen Bauza, Maria Alonso, and Yolanda Macias are changing the future of corporate board representation.

By Gloria Romano-Barrera

Laura Fuentes, Creating Networks and Relationships at Hilton

Laura Fuentes originally set out to build buildings, starting her career sporting steel-toed boots and a hard hat as a structural engineer. But soon into that journey, she began to feel a calling to a different form of building: Building teams of people.

By Gloria Romano-Barrera

Latinas in Banking and Finance

Meet seven Latinas who play a crucial role in the bank they work for, whether it be by filling the gap in Latina leadership representation or by ensuring that our community has full access to the financial products provided. Among them are Ana Maria Mitchell, Vice President, Customer Engagement Network at American Express; Celinda Farias Appleby, Director of Global Talent Attraction at Visa; Ileana Musa, Managing Director, Head of International Banking and Lending at Morgan Stanley U.S. Banks; Jennifer Lopez, VP of Product Development, Head of the Innovation Lab + Merchant Data Platforms at Capital One; Karelis Barrios, Global Head of Loans Operations at Citi Bank; Roxana Borges, Senior Vice President, Small Business East Division Performance Executive at Bank of America and Sara Vargas, Executive Vice President/Audit Management Executive, Internal Audit at Wells Fargo & Company. 

By Gloria Romano-Barrera

Dallas Hispanic Bar Association

Founded over 50 years ago, the Dallas Hispanic Bar Association (DHBA) represents the interests of over 400 Hispanic attorneys in Dallas. The purpose of the DHBA is to promote the social, economic, educational, and civic advancement of the DFW Metroplex Hispanic community by making the legal system more accessible to the Hispanic community and more responsive to its needs.

Jackie Gutierrez, Vice President-Community Manager, Chase Engaging the Underserved Community

While the pandemic delayed many programs, the opportunity to build robust ones for a brighter future is more promising than ever. Jackie Gutierrez, vice president and community manager for community and business development at Chase, is an example of a Latina who works hard to achieve success. 

 

Articles

Latinas Today

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.

Eggy’s Corner 

Unconditional Love

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!

Eggy’s Corner

Maya, the Therapeutic Yorkie

By Susana Gonzalez

My name is MAYA, I am a two-year-old Yorkie rescue. I had a lovely owner but she had some surgeries and with a long recovery, she couldn’t take care of me anymore. She tried really hard to find me a home and I got lucky when she called.

Veterans and Military Spouses Efforts at Walmart, Inc.

“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

About the Author

Clap When You Land

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.

College Beat

Floreciendo – A Latina Pre-Med during COVID-19

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).

 

 Veteran’s Perspective

A Seamless Military to Civilian Workforce Transition, Consejos Para Usted

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. 

Letters from the Front

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.

 

Latinas Today

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

Johnson & Johnson’s          Re-Ignite Program

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. 

Eggy’s Corner

Maya on the Phone

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…

Latina Letters From the Front!

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 …

Veteran’s Perspective

Transitioning to a Thriving Civilian Career

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. 

Las Jefas!

Latina Author’s Weaving Their Stories

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 …

About the Author 

Defeating the Odds

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 …

College Beat 

Managing Transitions

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. 

His View

Elevating Our Leaders

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.

Punto Final

 “¡Que Viva La Mujer!

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

Las Jefas

Latinas in the Military, A Growing Force

  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.….

College Beat

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 …

His View

Walmart’s Commitment to Veterans and Military Families

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…

Punto Final!

Latinas Adelante! Moving Beyond Diversity, Embracing Inclusion in the Fight for Equity.

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. 

His View

Continuing a Legacy

 

By Robert E. Bard.        

It was 25 years ago that in the living room of a tiny Alexandria apartment in Virginia, Anna Maria Arias put the finishing touches to the first LATINA Style...

2019 Holiday Gift Guide

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