2022 LATINA Style 50 Awards and Diversity Leaders Conference

By Gloria Romano-Barrera
Photos by Juan Carlos Briceño 

Celebrating 24 years of leadership in corporate America, the LATINA Style 50 Awards and Diversity Leaders Conference gathered corporate leaders to a unique reception on the evening of May 18th in Washington D.C. The VIP leadership reception held at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, VA. welcomed award recipients, speakers, sponsors, and partners. Welcome remarks were provided by Lupita Colmenero, Chief Operating Officer, LATINA Style, Inc. Leadership reception sponsors remarks were provided by Patty Juarez, EVP Head of Diverse Segments, Wells Fargo & Company, and Sigal Cordeiro, Executive Director, Portfolio Planning, General Motors Company. 

Welcoming everyone to the 24th anniversary of the LATINA Style 50 Awards and Diversity Leaders Conference Robert E. Bard, President & CEO, LATINA Style, Inc. called Brenda Durham, SVP & Regional General Counsel Marriott, Intl.; Yvonne Garcia, Chief of Staff, State Street Corporation, and Jaqueline Maestri, to the stage to provide sponsor remarks. 

With enthusiasm, guests and attendees awaited the 2021 Top 10 LATINA Style Corporate Executives of the Year Awards Presentation and the 2021 Top 15 Employee Resource Groups of the Year Awards Presentation. Ofelia Kumpf, McDonald’s USA, was presented with the 2021 Corporate Latina Executive of the Year Award, State Street Corporation was recognized with the 2021 Employee Resource Group of the Year Award and Johnson & Johnson, was presented with the 2021 LATINA Style Company of the Year Award.

Remarks were provided by Shanda Hinton, Chief Diversity Officer, Raytheon Technologies; Jamie Maldonado, Managing Director, Partner, Leader in I&D, Accenture; Dr. Robert Rodriguez, President of DRR Advisors LLC; and Alba Castillo Baylin, VP Stakeholder & Community Management, North America Operating Unit, The Coca-Cola Company.

After the award presentations, attendees eagerly welcomed the first panel of the day titled: “Evolving Diversity: The future of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Corporate America.” The panel brought together Latina executives performing at the top of their respective companies. Panelists shared their journey as they adapt and lead into the future of a diverse Corporate America. 

Moderated by Kristin R. Coleman, Executive Director, Head of Employee Engagement for Advancing Hispanics & Latinos at JPMorgan Chase & Co., speakers included Rhonda Burns, Associate VP, Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Nationwide Insurance; Latina Executive of the Year awardee Ofelia Kumpf, Field VP, McDonald’s, USA; Employee Resource Group of the Year representative Jeanet Ladino-Otero, VP of Workforce Planning & Analytics, State Street Corporation. 

The second panel of the day titled “The Essentials for Women Success in the Corporate World,” focused on what inspires and motivates a successful leader whose voice is heard and respected. Moderated by Jamie Maldonado, Managing Director, Partner, Leader in I&D, Accenture; speakers included Diana Steinhoff, Senior Vice President, Group Dental & Vision, Aflac, and Erika Santos, Director of Aftersales, Maserati America, Stellantis, panelists discussed their corporate journeys, including the challenges and how they overcame them. 

The third panel of the day titled “Shifting Leadership & Development,” included industry leaders’ insights into how current initiatives are adapting to a changing corporate atmosphere in the post-pandemic era. As the crisis is far from over, leaders need to be thinking about the long run. Only agile and resilient organizations will be able to keep moving on a lengthy and unpredictable course. Attendees learned how panelists worked with their teams to build their readiness and resilience for this long-term challenge. 

Moderated by Audrey McKinley, CEO & President, Auto Network Consulting Inc., speakers included Patty Juarez, EVP Head of Diverse Segments, Wells Fargo & Company; Marixa Franco, Managing Director of Stations Central Region, American Airlines, and Stefani Raggio, VP of HR Operations for North America, Hilton. 

The fourth session titled “How Mental Health Affects You, Your Work, and Your Business,” brought together experts who devised a strategy to assist the audience in recognizing stress signs and develop solutions. The panel included moderator Valeria Aloe, Entrepreneur and Author of Uncolonized Latinas. Dr. Jennifer Posa, Global Head, Employee Mental Well-Being & Workplace Effectiveness, Johnson & Johnson; Aimee B. Prange, MSW, LCSW, Senior Clinical Manager, Strategic Planning, Clinical Strategic Initiatives, Aetna, and Marquitha Gilbert, Customer Team Leader & Global Co-Lead for capABILITY Network, Merck

Following the morning workshops, the LATINA Style 50 Awards Luncheon Ceremony commenced with welcoming remarks by LATINA Style, Inc.,COO Lupita Colmenero. Sponsor Remarks were provided by Sofia Santos, Managing Dir. Retail, Preferred & Small Business Strategy Executive, Bank of America; and Sineria Ordonez, VP, External Affairs, National Hispanic Business Development Manager, Comerica. 

 

A big round of applause was given to Johnson & Johnson, the top 2021 Company of the Year.