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Karen Flores is known as an energetic and creative leader, Karen has a commitment to excellence that drives innovative solutions promoting growth for a Fortune 6 company and volunteer work.
Romelia Flores is one of IBM's top 500 technical executives, earning the titles of IBM Distinguished Engineer in 2008 and IBM Master Inventor in 2009. She has collaborated with some of IBM's largest clients around technology innovation, Smarter Cities and Cognitive technology. Romelia holds 31 patents with an additional 30 patents pending. She has personally trained thousands of IBMers and specifically focuses on early-career professionals from the millennial generation. Romelia became a University of Texas alumna 32 years ago and a Baylor Honorary alumna in 2014! In 2016, Romelia received a Lifetime Achievement award at the Great Minds In STEM Conference. Romelia has also been named a Dallas Business Journal 2016 Women in Technology Award Honoree, and she received the IBM Academy of Technology Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016. Romelia is married with two children, and she still manages to attend yoga classes three times a week!
Judith Garcia is an executive in 3M with 30 years of experience as a leader in different businesses and international markets. Currently she is the Global Vice President for Change Management in 3M, where she supports the global transformation of the company into a more simplified and standardized one. Prior to this role, she was the Global Vice President of the Home Care (Scotch- Brite) and Professional Cleaning Divisions, leading worldwide teams of sales, marketing, laboratory and manufacturing professionals with operations in every country in North and South America, Europe and Asia. Before moving to the 3M Global headquarters in Minnesota, she spent many years leading several industrial businesses for Europe, Middle East and Africa, including the position of Managing Director of 3M Turkey and the Six Sigma Director for the Area. Her initial position in the company was process engineer in the Rivas manufacturing plant in Madrid, Spain, and from there she moved to different jobs of increasing responsibility in technical support, sales and marketing. In 1997, she became the first woman ever in the Operating Committee of 3M Iberia.
Timothy Gunn’s passion is to enable others the chance to further their professional desire with ease. As the Chapter Business Manager for Meeting Professionals International (MPI), Timothy is responsible for the overall growth and development of 21 chapters led by 350 volunteers. Prior to assuming this position in January 2014, he served two years as the Manager of Member Engagement where he led the overall recruitment and retention efforts for the global organization. During his tenure he launched a number of mission centric programs that helped increase retention and acquisition efforts. Prior to joining MPI, he spent 16 years managing alumni associations for private universities. He began his career planning meetings and events prior to transitioning into association management.
Jimmy O. Moscoso is the Leader of the Latino Business Resource Group for Lincoln Financial Group (LFG), and he serves in the role of Retirement Consultant for LFG’s Retirement Plan Services. His responsibilities include working as a liaison between LFG’s RPS business unit and government/healthcare plan sponsors throughout Florida.
Javier Obando is the vice president, government markets for Lincoln Financial Group’s Retirement Plan Services business. He is responsible for working with government plan sponsors as well as national and regional independent registered advisor and consulting firms in the western region of the country. Obando helps plan sponsors and advisors address industry trends related to fiduciary governance and plan design in order to optimize retirement outcomes.
Dr. Miguel (Mickey) Quiñones is the O. Paul Corley Distinguished Chair of Organizational Behavior and Chairman of the Department of Management and Organizations at the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University. He is an internationally recognized expert and well-published author in the areas of individual and organizational development as well as the strategic management of human capital. Dr. Quiñones received his B.S. in psychology from Texas A&M University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in industrial and organizational psychology from Michigan State University.
Karen Mariela Siles is a Delivery Manager at IBM Corporation in Austin. Her current role involves ensuring the delivery of an encryption service for IBM Bluemix. She manages and assists Software Engineers and DevOps Engineers to work together to get this service delivered. Karen was born and raised in Cochabamba, Bolivia; her family migrated to the United States in 1998 and moved to Northern Virginia where she spent a little over 10 years. She graduated from George Mason University with a B.S in Electrical Engineering in 2007. Karen enjoys giving back to the community through various organizations that focus on overall education specifically in the fields of STEM, as well as female empowerment and equality.