Hispanic Leadership Summit: Dallas

Monday, September 9th, 2019


VENUE: SMU Cox Business School
TIME: 9:00AM – 6:00PM

The Hispanic Leadership Summit: Dallas will convene regional experts and influencers from business, health, media, marketing, technology and civil society at the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month to advance the Hispanic agenda as customers, employees and citizens.

The Hispanic Leadership Summit Dallas will gather:

  1. Decision makers that need to understand the market opportunity and trends, and
  2. Hispanic leaders – either champions within corporations as part of employee resource groups, senior Hispanic talent or leaders of Hispanic organizations across the country that want to create collective action to generate change.

The Summit will focus on the VISION 2020 Areas of Education, Financial Empowerment and Perception Change – prioritized at the inaugural Hispanic Leadership Summit in December 2018.

Learn more about the outcomes of our 2018 Hispanic Leadership Summit 2018 (PDF)

Take a look at our last Hispanic Leadership Summit: Chicago

For inquiries, please contact [email protected]

FROM FRAMEWORK TO GAME PLAN: Hispanic Leadership Summit: Dallas Report

The Hispanic Leadership Summit: Dallas was held to take a deeper dive into the three top priorities of Vision 2020 for further discussion: Education, Financial Empowerment and Perception Change along  with breakout sessions, and a panel called The Hispanic Promise with C-suite level participation on diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Summit leaders proposed a diverse set of solutions available to improve and scale within the different industries.


Thaddeus Arroyo

Thaddeus Arroyo

CEO, AT&T Business

Nina Vaca

Nina Vaca

CEO & Chairman, Pinnacle Group

Claudia Romo Edelman

Claudia Romo Edelman

Founder, We Are All Human Foundation

Claudia Romo Edelman is the founder of the We Are All Human Foundation and the Co-Host of ‘Global GoalsCast’, a podcast distributed by CBSi.
For 20 years, the Mexican-Swiss diplomat lead public relations and marketing for global organizations, including the World Economic Forum, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB & Malaria.
Claudia moved from Europe to the US in 2014 to be the Chief of Advocacy for UNICEF and was seconded to the Executive Office of the Secretary-General of the UN to lead communications and advocacy for the Sustainable Development Goals. She was also a Special Adviser for the SG on international migration.
Claudia speaks 6 languages, has two children and enjoys sports and travel.
Dean Myers

Matthew Myers

Dean, Edwin L. Cox School of Business, Southern Methodist University

Matthew B. Myers is the ninth dean of the Edwin L. Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University and holds the Tolleson Chair in Business Leadership. He became dean of the nationally and internationally ranked Cox School on August 1, 2017. SMU Cox offers undergraduate and graduate degrees to a student population of about 2,000 and maintains an international alumni network in more than 20 countries. Prior to his deanship at SMU Cox, Myers served as dean and Mitchell P. Rales Chair of Business Leadership at the Farmer School of Business, Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
Myers’ research focuses on global marketing and strategy issues. He has written extensively on knowledge sharing in cross-border business relationships, international pricing strategies and comparative marketing systems. He has published in leading journals across multiple disciplines including the Strategic Management Journal, the Journal of Marketing, the Journal of Operations Management, the Journal of International Business Studies and Sloan Management Review. In addition, he was co-editor of the Global Supply Chain Handbook (Sage). His current research investigates the effects of foreign direct investment in supply chain functions on developing economy performance and wealth distribution.
His expertise has put him in demand as a consultant with organizations in the global distribution, chemical, insurance, education, pharmaceutical and marketing research industries. He recently served as visiting faculty at ESSEC-Paris and the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. Myers has taught at the Vienna University of Economics and in other international locations including Italy, Romania, Taiwan and Uzbekistan, and has led executive education courses in China, Vietnam, India, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Hungary and Poland. Myers has been recognized three times as the Outstanding Faculty for MBA programs, and received the University of Tennessee’s Chancellor’s Award for Globalization Initiatives. He is a member of the Society of Fellows of the Aspen Institute, a non-partisan organization dedicated to educational and policy issues.
Myers received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University, a Masters of International Business Studies from the University of South Carolina and a B.A. from the University of Louisville. He served as a medic in the U.S. Army Airborne from 1979 to 1982, and was stationed at Hunter A.A.F., Georgia and Ft. Kobbe, Panama. Dean Myers, his wife Virginia and their twin daughters live in Dallas, Texas.
Maria Rios

María Ríos

President & CEO Nation Waste, Inc.

Strategic Committee

Andre Arbelaez
Andre Arbelaez

CEO & President, Hispanic C-Suite Corporate Council 

Victor Arias
Victor Arias

Managing Director, Diversified Search

Jorge Ferraez
Jorge Ferraez

Publisher, Latino Leaders Magazine

Gaby Natale
Gaby Natale

President, AGANAR Media

Marissa Solis
Marissa Solis

Vice President/General Manager Hispanic Business Unit, Pepsico North America Beverages

Jorge Ortega
Jorge Ortega

General Manager, Southwest Region, Edelman 

Dale Petrosky
Dale Petroskey

President and CEO, Dallas Regional Chamber (DRC)

Yolanda Rivera
Maria Yolanda Rivera

Spanish Content and Creative Strategist, Reliant Energy

Ana Maria Figueres
Anamaria Rodriguez

Chief Food Innovation & Quality Officer, Pizza Hut International

Ana Rodriguez

Managing Director, Business Development & SMU Cox Latino Leadership Initiative

John Starkweather
John Starkweather

Associate Vice President, AT&T

Thank you to our sponsors!

Lead Sponsor


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Latino Leadership Initiative

Gold Sponsors

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Pinnacle Group
Texas Rangers
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