Leadership Summit Bios

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.

Karen is a Senior Director of Provider Services for Harken Health, an independent affiliate of UnitedHealth Group, where she is responsible for developing and implementing the infrastructure to support a transformative care experience for its members. Prior to her role at Harken Health, Karen was responsible for the strategic direction, financial management and operational execution of the Managed Infertility Program at Optum.  

Karen has also held positions as a recruiter for an executive search firm in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, where she worked with financial leaders of Fortune 500 companies and as a district manager for an international retailer.  

Karen was the President of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Chapter of Prospanica, one of the largest chapters in the country.  Karen joined the chapter in 2008 as Corporate Relations Chair, responsible for the chapter’s fundraising efforts.  During her time as Corporate Relations chair, Karen developed a new fundraising model, which was adopted by the chapter, raising as much as $100K in one year.  In 2015, Karen was elected to the national board of directors for Prospanica and serves as secretary and governance chair. 

Karen holds an MBA from the University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management and an undergraduate degree in communications from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

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.  

Judith holds an MBA from the IESE-Universidad de Navarra and a M.S in Mechanical Engineering from the ETSIIM - Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain. Born in Madrid, she has lived in Milan, Brussels, London, Istanbul and currently in Saint Paul, Minnesota.  She is fluent in Spanish, English and French.  Known for her energetic, proactive and inclusive style, she is also the Executive sponsor of the Latino Resource Network in 3M that includes 400+ employees of Hispanic/Latino origin and serves in the Boards of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and the 3M Foundation.  An avid skier like her husband Alberto, they both share a passion for classical music, opera, and art.

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.

Jimmy also helps plan participants familiarize themselves with retirement products, financial planning, and relationship management across business units offered by Lincoln Financial Group.

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.

Obando joined Lincoln in 2015, bringing with him significant industry experience.  Previously, he was regional sales director for Empower (formerly Great-West Retirement Services), where he focused o
n the government sector.  Obando spent several years at Empower in numerous sales positions, including client relationship and business development.  He also spent time as a retirement consultant with Benefit Funding Services Group and as a regional director at Prudential Retirement.

Obando received his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from California State Polytechnic University, and he holds series 6 and 63 FINRA registrations, as well as California Life and Disability licenses.  He is based in Los Angeles.

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.

Cox, Quiñones leads the SMU Cox CEO Sentiment Survey that tracks the state of the Dallas/Fort Worth Area business community through the perspective of local business leaders.  He also serves as the Academic Director of the Latino Leadership Initiative, a partnership between SMU Cox and a number of Fortune 1000 companies whose goal is to identify and develop the next generation of Latino/a leaders.  In addition, Quiñones works with a number of organizations to design and deliver leadership programs to address critical business issues.

Dr. Quiñones is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. He currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Ma
nagement and is Secretary of the Iberoamerican Academy of Management.  He has received numerous teaching awards including the George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching at Rice University and the MBA Outstanding Teaching Award at SMU Cox.  In 2014, he was named an Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor, the highest recognition given at SMU for teaching effectiveness.

Dr. Quiñones serves on the boards of The Hockaday School, the Teaching Trust, and the First Unitarian Church of Dallas.

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.

Currently Karen serves as the Chair of the Hispanic affinity group of IBM Austin called Hispanics In Partnership (HIP).  Karen was recently appointed to serve as the chair of Latinitas Inc, where she has been a board member for over 2 years. As a lifetime member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), Karen serves as the Fundraising Director for the Austin Professional Chapter. Recently Karen finished a civic engagement program under Las Comadres de Las America- Texas Public Policy and Civic Engagement (TPP-ACE) program.  Later this year Karen will serve as the chair for National Academic Committee for SHPE National Inc.