May 3th, 2022 | Yum! Brands Headquarters; Plano, TX

The Hispanic Leadership Summit Regionals are excited to be back in Texas to once again gather leaders to align and strategize effective advancement for the Hispanic community.

Bringing insights from the national conversation with nuanced focuses specific to the region, the South Central Regional will have solutions-oriented conversations around key issues and opportunities, inspiring cross-sector stakeholder collaboration to move the needle for the Hispanic community in 2022 and beyond.


In person with livestream


8:00AM - 9:00AM CT

Networking Breakfast for leaders to meet and connect prior to the fruitful day of discussions and workshops.


9:00 – 9:05 AM CT Welcome Remarks

An introduction to the South Central Regional Hispanic Promise Summit summarizing an overview of the objectives of the day and next steps that will follow the learnings of the summit.

Speaker: Claudia Romo Edelman, Founder & CEO, We Are All Human

9:05 – 9:15 AM CT Host Keynote

Speaker: David Gibbs, CEO, Yum! Brands

A-Z of Hispanic Data, Insights and Trends

9:20 – 9:30 AM CT Trends in the US Latino Population

Hispanics represent nearly 20% of the US population with projections toward 25% in the next 30 years. With the force for growth in the US, this presentation will focus on trends across the community to understand the current state and what to expect in the future, from demographics, to buying power and more.

Speaker: Roberto Ramirez, Population Division, U.S. Census Bureau

9:30 – 9:40 AM CT Data Overview of the South Central Region

An overview of the key facts and figures about the region’s Hispanic community, including key issues and opportunities.

Speaker: Mike Rosa, SVP Economic Development, Dallas Regional Chamber

9:40 – 9:50 AM CT Decoding Hispanic Workplace Expectations

Hispanics are a multicultural and important part of the US population. They represent not only growth but also power and energy to thrive. Nevertheless they are often misrepresented and face unique barriers. Join us to learn more about the current sentiment of and key barriers faced by the Hispanic community, particularly within our region.

Speaker: Lili Gil Valletta, CEO & Co-Founder, CIEN+

9:50 – 9:55 AM CT Importance of the Region

Speaker: Marty Martinez, CEO & Founder, Social Revolt Agency & Hispanic Star Dallas Hub Leader

9:55 – 10:05 AM CT Hispanic Star Spotlight: Why Aligned Leadership Matters

Speaker: Nina Vaca, CEO & Chairwoman, Pinnacle Group; Entrepreneur in Residence

Quality Education

10:10 – 10:50 AM CT Equipping the Workforce of the Future

Understanding some key skills and industries of the future, what will it take to ensure that access to education and skilling opportunities are available across the Hispanic community? From early education, to mentorships, to partnerships with academic institutions or community organizations and to professional development, how can we provide access to quality education and development opportunities? What is corporate America’s role? Let’s explore.


  1. Maryanne Pina Frodsham, CEO, Latino Career Assessment
  2. Merary Simeon, Vice President of Global Diversity Equity & Inclusion, PepsiCo
  3. Dr. Mayra Olivares-Urueta, Aspen Presidential Fellow and Professor of Professional Practice, TCU
  4. Dr. Carlos Morales, President, Tarrant County Community College- Connect Campus

Moderator: Delia Gutierrez McLaughlin, Principal Engagement Lead, Amazon Web Services

Decent Work & Economic Growth

10:50 – 11:00 AM CT Hispanic Star Spotlight: Thinking Ahead

Speaker: Rodolfo Dominguez, Managing Director, Deloitte

11:00 – 11:40 AM CT Successful Workplaces of the Future – For Entrepreneurs & Corporate America

Corporate America is playing catch up on how to best support and elevate the workforce of the future, the Hispanic community. From ensuring they have properly skilled employees, having diverse representation from their boards to entry level talent, and contracting diverse suppliers, it is imperative to have strategies to develop employees, partner with entrepreneurs, and prepare for the evolving workforce that becomes more Latino by the day. How can corporate America be prepared? How can entrepreneurs and talent be prepared? How can these business ecosystems work together? Let’s discuss!


  1. Jesse Cortez, Vice President, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, McKesson Corporation
  2. Kim Cummings, Senior Vice President HR, Talent & Workforce Planning, Children’s Health
  3. Anette Landeros, CEO, Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber
  4. Belinda Rodriguez, Head of DE&I Programs, DirectTV

Moderator: Andre Arbelaez, SVP Business Development, Dimiour & President & CEO of the Hispanic C-Suite Corporate Council

11:40 – 12:00 PM CT Hispanic Star Spotlight: A National Lens


  1. Marcela Escobar-Alava, Special Assistant to the President & Deputy Director of Technology, The White House
  2. Nancy Santiago, Managing Director, We Are All Human

12:00 – 12:40 PM CT Latina Leaders: Closing the Gap

Latinas are the key to the success of the Hispanic community. Yet, Latinas are one of the lowest paid groups in the country, largely underrepresented and misrepresented in media, and relatively absent from key industries. In fact, Latina Equal Pay Day was moved back over a month this year to reflect the massive pay gap. How do we elevate Latinas and help them flourish? What cultural, societal and economic paths have brought successful Latinas to the top? This session will be a conversation among Latinas in leadership positions to share their career journey and experiences as a Latina and discuss best practices for supporting the advancement of Latinas in the workplace and beyond.


  1. Hilda Galvan, Board Chair, Texas Women’s Foundation
  2. Amanda Arizola, Board of Managers, JPS Health System for Tarrant County (Fort Worth)
  3. Sandra Garcia, State Chair, Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas
  4. Betty Manetta, President & CEO, Argent Associates

Moderator: Gaby Natale, President, AGANARmedia

Good Health & Well-Being

12:40 – 1:20 PM CT Elevating Health & Wellness

Coming out of the global pandemic, health and wellness has been a prioritized discussion over the last two years. From farmers to businessmen, various areas of health and well-being have been under the microscope, from mental health, to access to healthcare, to activating healthy lifestyles through sport and physical activity. What is inhibiting best practices in these areas for the Hispanic community? What are some key barriers that have been faced by the community and what can be done to address these? This conversation will explore this.


  1. Marissa Castro Mikoy, President & CEO, Jubilee Park
  2. Veronica Torres Hazley, Founder, Healthy Latina Lifestyle
  3. Samantha Avila, Program Management, AMN Healthcare

Moderator: Norma Garcia, Anchor, Telemundo

1:20 – 1:30 PM CT Morning Session Close & Recap 


  1. Claudia Romo Edelman, Founder & CEO, We Are All Human
  2. Marty Martinez, CEO & Founder, Social Revolt Agency & Hispanic Star Dallas Hub Leader


1:30 PM – 2:30 PM 

1:45 – 2:25 PM CT Luncheon Program

A discussion on the importance of inclusion and diversity in sports, from the front office to the field. The role of Hispanics in sports yesterday, today and tomorrow.


  1. Jerome Elenez, Vice President Marketing, FCDallas
  2. Rob Sender, Director of Brand & Marketing, Dallas Cowboys
  3. Ray Casas, Director, Community Impact & Chair of DE&I Council, Texas Rangers
  4. Iris Diez, Chief Marketing Officer, Dallas Mavericks
  5. Al Montoya Director of Community Outreach, Dallas Stars

Moderator: Dale Petroskey, President & CEO, Dallas Regional Chamber


3:00 PM – 5:30 PM 

Mobilizing Corporate America

3:00 – 3:05 PM CT Welcome Back

Speaker: Claudia Romo Edelman, Founder & CEO, We Are All Human

3:05 – 3:50 PM CT Hispanic Promise Panel

A gathering of C-Suite Execs who have signed the Hispanic Promise, committing to take action to prepare, hire, promote, retain or celebrate Hispanics in the workplace.

Together we will explore how to effectively reach accurate representation, get to know about the important work being done and highlight the importance of leading with purpose.


  1. Maria Rios, CEO, Nation Waste
  2. Andres Ruzo, CEO, LinkAmerica LLC
  3. James Fripp, Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer, Yum! Brands
  4. Jorge Hughes, Senior Vice President – HR Manager, Bank of America
  5. Carolyn Rodz, Founder and CEO, Hello Alice

Moderator: Victor Arias, Managing Director, Diversified Search

3:50 – 4:30 PM CT Hispanic Star: Reaching the Hispanic Community

The Hispanic consumer is slowly gaining well-deserved recognition for the impact and growth that they represent, across sector and industry! This conversation will explore how to effectively reach and accurately represent this growing consumer base as a win-win-win for all? How can this engagement also elevate and better support community advancement?


  1. Pedro Lerma, CEO, LERMA/
  2. Robert Bard, Publisher, Latina Style
  3. Yareli Esteban, CEO, Strategar

Moderator: Jorge Ferraez, Publisher, Latino Leaders Magazine

4:30 – 5:00 PM CT Elevating the Hispanic Narrative: Hispanic Heritage Month 

5:00 – 5:15 PM CT Hispanic Star Dallas Hub Celebration

Don’t miss a celebratory tasty toast honoring the support of the Hispanic Star Dallas Hub to activate in the community. Brought to you by Avondale & Licor 43

5:15 – 5:30 PM CT Closing Session Segment

Gather back together for final thoughts and calls to action.


5:30 – 8:00 PM Reception with Latino Career Assessment 

Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters, 1 Cowboys Way, Frisco TX


Victor Arias

Managing Director, Diversified Search Group

Ramiro Cavazos

Ramiro Cavazos

President & CEO, USHCC

David Gibbs

CEO, Yum Brands

Alvaro Luque

President & CEO, Avocados from Mexico

Dale Petrosky

Dale Petroskey

President & CEO, Dallas Regional Chamber

Nina Vaca

Nina Vaca

Chairman & CEO, Pinnacle Group

Strategic Committee

Ana Ambrosi

Avocados from Mexico

Andre Arbelaez
Andre Arbelaez

CEO & President, Hispanic C-Suite Corporate Council 

Enrique Arbelaez

Co-founder, CIEN+

Jorge Ferraez

Publisher, Latino Leaders 

Quim Gil

Principal & Strategy, LERMA/

Lili Gil Valletta


Pedro Lerma


Iris Lopez

Director Of Retail Sales, PepsiCo

Marty Martinez

Founder & CEO, Social Revolt

Gaby Natale
Gaby Natale

President, AGANAR Media

Maryanne Pina


Dani Ruiz

Community Impact Marketing Specialist, Telemundo39

Karen Trejo

President & Foundert, Ketsali

Ruth Villalonga

Director & Communications, George W. Bush Center

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Hispanic Leadership Summit: Dallas 2019