One of the most successful LATINA Style programs celebrates its 25th Anniversary this year. The LATINA Style 50 program has become the most prestigious analysis of corporate America’s efforts to promote diversity and provide career advancement opportunities for Hispanic women, focusing on America’s diversity initiatives and commitment to advancing the careers of professional Hispanic women. We are proud to highlight, promote and bring recognition to the professional Latinas in corporate America and to provide a valuable reference tool for Latinas. Check out our LATINA Style 50 program Anniversary edition to help commemorate our 25th Anniversary.
Latina leadership at the FBI and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) is no easy feat, however, Arlene Gaylord, Executive Assistant Director, Information & Technology Branch, FBI; Irene Rodriguez, Intelligence Deputy Legal Attaché, Mexico City, FBI; Chief Yayra García-Ojeda, Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate and Intelligence, FBI; and, Stephanie A. La Rue, Esq., Chief of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility for the United States Intelligence Community at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence; piece have broken barriers in a male-dominated field.
By Gloria Romano-Barrera
Transitioning to the civilian world from military service can cause a variety of emotions; excitement, nervousness, and even fear. While our military leaders are very good at providing checklists about the practical things you will need to do to prepare for separation or retirement, I want to share a few tips on the emotional aspect of leaving military service. Maintaining an emotional balance during this time will make getting through the practical “to-do” lists much less stressful.
By Jean Ibañez Payne
Yeoman – United States Navy; TI Verbatim Consulting (TIVC) – CEO and Founder
On Wednesday, May 24, 2023, LATINA Style held its 25th Annual LATINA Style 50 Awards and Leaders Conference at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA.
By Gloria Romano-Barrera
Leadership, planning, vision, goals are a few duties that fall under a University and College president. Meet U.S. Latina heads of University Presidents, Vanya Quiñones, California State University, Monterey Bay; Minita Ramirez, Ph.D. President, Laredo College; Melissa N. Gonzalez, Ph.D., President, Lone Star College-Kingwood; Madeline Pumariega, President, Miami Dade College; and Dr. Veronica Garcia, President of Northeast Lakeview College (NLC). These Latinas continue to evolve and succeed in an ever-changing world, opening doors for future generations of Hispanic women to pursue their dreams and make their mark on the world.
By Gloria Romano-Barrera
Latinas are thriving as the fastest-growing group of entrepreneurs in the United States. But the demands of running a business, combined with cultural expectations and personal responsibilities, can result in high levels of stress and burnout, anxiety and depression. How can Latinas excel in business without burning out their flames? By practicing self-care, which is associated with lower levels of stress and reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression and improving overall health outcomes.
By Cheryl Aguilar LICSW, LCSW
I am a native Spanish Linguist in the Marine Corps. I am a Chicana, half Mexican, half American and I’m proud of my Hispanic roots. My mother is from Jalisco, Mexico, and I grew up with her in California up until high school and then moved in with my father. I am the first child in my family to be born in the U.S. and the first to become a Marine.
By Cpl Sky Fortune
U.S. Marine Corps
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.