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2023 Speaker Line Up

Fleriser Bello

Fleriser Bello is an Events & Marketing Strategist, Innovator, Executive Producer, Creative Director, Host of Bellas Fashionistas TV, Founder and CEO of Fleriser Bello, Inc., & Bellas Fashionistas, Inc.

Fleriser Bello, Inc., a creative events and marketing boutique firm elevating brands through innovative and interactive programs. Her company offers customized services in event coordination, event management and design, brand development, content creation, strategy and planning, social media and digital marketing communications to clients of Fortune 500 companies, private and public sectors.

Prior to founding Fleriser Bello, Inc., Fleriser was the President of Bello Consulting, LLC. Under her leadership and six-months of inception, Fleriser landed corporate and private clients in entertainment, and private sectors including Telemundo 47, and NBC 4 NY rapidly growing the company and its brand into a strategic marketing and event firm servicing the multicultural market.

Fleriser has worked in the entertainment, fashions, and event industries for over a decade in several capacities. She has produced and coordinated lavish events including celebrity and red carpet, fashion shows, fundraising galas, conference and walks to name a few, at high-end event venues such as Cipriani Wall Street, Soho House NYC, Mandarin Hotel and more. In addition to planning and executing conferences and social media and marketing campaigns for Fortune 500 companies, private and public sector. She has provided fashion styling services to TV and radio personalities. Fleriser is the “go to” event and marketing strategist and is very “hands on” when putting projects together. Her creativity and professionalism have made her the leading entrepreneur in the special events industry.

Fleriser is also the Founder and CEO of Bellas Fashionsitas, Inc., a movement to educate, motivate and encourage Latina youth and women. Their mission is to foster mentoring programs that will assist in providing a positive change in the lives of Latina youth and women while providing guidance and education through economic empowerment, leadership development, and social programs. She is also the Executive Producer, Creative Director, and Host of “Bellas Fashionistas TV'' a YouTube channel that highlights Latina women who have excelled in their respective industries and women and minority-owned businesses. She has presented workshops to students and women of all ages from middle schools to high schools, colleges, universities, MBA programs, small businesses sectors and NYC agencies.

Fleriser serves as Co-Chair for the Latina Mentoring Initiative NYC, a program led by the New York State Mentoring Program. She is a mentor for the Small Business Mentors NYC Program for the Department of Small Business Services of New York City and Brooklyn2Bogota, a digital transformation community that aims to close the digital divide for Hispanic business owners from Brooklyn, NY to Bogota, Colombia including LATAM.

She was awarded “2015 Mujeres Destacadas” of New York City and Tri-State area by leading Spanish newspaper, El Diario New York and 2015 Rising Latino Stars 40 under 40” of New York City Region by The Hispanic Coalition of New York for her leadership and achievements, Negocios Now, 40 Under 40 - New York City, Mujeres Imparables by Telemundo, 22 Women of Color Entrepreneurs Transforming 2022 by NYC Celebrates Women, and has been featured in print and television including: El Diario New York Newspaper, and newspapers in the Dominican Republic: Diario Libre, Listin Diario, and Periodico El Dia. Television show’s including Telemundo 47 New York, Acceso Total, Univision 41 New York, Univision 41 New York Edicion Digital, BronxNet Open, and LMC, The Local Live. 

She holds a BA from Hunter College.

Dr. Damary Bonilla-Rodriguez

Dr. Damary M. Bonilla-Rodriguez is a national leading authority on leadership development, especially as it pertains to diversity and inclusion.  She delivers keynote addresses and presentations drawing upon her experience from roles in the non-profit, private, and government sectors, as well as her doctoral research.  Her research about Latina leadership in the United States has served as the foundation for events, conference sessions, publications, and content development - to address the urgency of leadership development for a fast-growing population and create a pipeline of diverse leaders.    

Dr. Bonilla-Rodriguez holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and Social Work from the College of New Rochelle where she received the College President’s Medal, graduated with Departmental Honors, and was awarded the Sigma Delta Pi Spanish Award.  She also holds a Master of Science degree in Organizational Communications and a Specialized Certification in Corporate Communications, both from the College of New Rochelle.  Personal endeavors of overcoming statistics and accessing higher education, led her to earn a Doctorate in Education focusing on Executive Leadership from St. John Fisher College.  

To change the political and leadership landscape for Latinos, Dr. Bonilla-Rodriguez ran for State Representative in the 189th District of Pennsylvania in the 2016 election cycle where she became the 1st Hispanic to make a State ballot in Pike and Monroe Counties. In November 2019, she became the 1stHispanic elected as School Board Director in the East Stroudsburg Area School District where she Chairs the Education committee. Passionate about supporting professional organizations, she is a Board Member of the Brodhead Watershed Association, Colonial IU 20 where she serves as Vice President, Prospanica NY where she serves as Vice President of Professional Development, ACLU of Pennsylvania, Latina VIDA, Latinas on the Plaza and an Advisory Board member for several organizations including: The Board of Hispanic Caucus Chairs, Monroe County Children and Youth where she Chairs the Education committee, SciGirls, the Alliance for Positive Youth Development, and the Pennsylvania Department of Education Equity Task Force where she Chairs the Advocacy subcommittee. In addition, she was appointed by Governor Tom Wolf to represent the Poconos Region on statewide commissions on Redistricting Reform and Latino affairs where she Chairs the statewide Education committee.

Dr. Bonilla-Rodriguez was recognized as a 2014 Coors Light Lideres finalist and is the recipient of numerous awards including a proclamation from the NYS Assembly, the Proud to Be Latina Soy Poderosa award, the GACLA recognition award and the SISGI Beyond Good Ideas Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership award. Her published written accomplishments include the books Gender, Race and Ethnicity in the Workplace and Today’s Inspired Latina (Volume II), as well as contributing to the Huffington Post and being featured by several media outlets including NBC Latino, Chief Writing Wolf, and the Empowered Latinas series.  

While, she is proud of her many accomplishments, she highlights her greatest as being the mother of twelve-year-old twin boys, Caleb and Joshua. She resides in Pennsylvania with her boys and husband Robert. Her favorite quote is: “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants” (Newton).

Sam Caballero

Sam Caballero is a Talent Development professional and co-founder, CEO, and Pivot Coach for Pivotn, a leadership engagement organization providing a variety of learning programs and whole-life coaching support to enhance one’s contribution and value proposition in the workplace. He is Senior Advisor for the Professional Development Center – Air Force Reserve Command, Warner Robins A.F.B., GA.  He is a co-founder and co-creator of the Emerging Leaders Series, a six-session learning event that enhances the leadership quotient of new leaders of various organizations.  Additionally, he is the VP of Finance for the Association of Talent Development – San Antonio Chapter and Director of Strategy for iEmpower, a San Antonio, Texas-based organization to promote, elevate, and inspire women.   Sam is an Associate Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation and a Certified Professional in Talent Development with the Association for Talent Development. Additionally, he is a certified practitioner with the Myers & Briggs Type Indicator and the Thomas – Kilmann Conflict Mode Indicator. Sam's passion and purpose is helping people help themselves and he is committed in supporting and assisting those that want to make an intentional pivot for the future.

Xavier Cano

Xavier Cano is one of America's leading peak performance coaches and is certified by the International Coaching Federation. For the last 19 years, he has been coaching individuals and groups on both career and peak performance topics, and currently shows organizations how their employees can become the best version of themselves through his Unblock Your Power™ Leadership program. 

Xavier is a published author and an international speaker. In 2023, he delivered a speech in India in front of 20,000 people.

Xavier graduated summa cum laude from the University of Houston with a degree in Industrial Engineering in 2004 and received his MBA from the University of Texas at Austin in 2010.  He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), certified Black Belt in Six Sigma/Lean Methodology, and a certified Change Management practitioner. 

Xavier has 16+ years working for multiple Fortune 500 companies, including Dell, Bank of America, and Cigna.

Xavier is also a past president of the Prospanica Austin chapter and in 2017, won a $25,000 grant for Prospanica through the Coors Light Lideres Program.

In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, exercising, and spending quality time with his wife and daughter.

Rene Contreras

Rene is a Financial Services leader with 15 years ofexperience in a variety of roles. He started of his career straight out ofcollege being recruited at a career fair to join Wells Fargo. The journeystarted with Wells Fargo Financial and helping customers gain access to creditand give them advice to help them be in a better financial situation doing soin a variety of different roles. He then moved to Consumer Lending as part ofthe first pilot team for Home Preservation helping customers struggling to maketheir mortgage payment. When the department grew Rene was selected to be a LoanAdministration Manager and managed a team of Home Preservation Specialist andthen to Loan Administration Manager II to manage the Home Preservation TravelTeam. In his next role as Community Outreach Representative AVP, he focused onleading large scale home preservation, home purchase, and disaster recoveryevents helping customers in need across the country. This role also involvedworking with nonprofits and elected officials across the country to educate andprovide assistance with programs available to all Wells Fargo customers. In hismost current role as Diverse Segments Relationship Lead, he works managinglarge scale recruiting sponsorships of diverse national professionalorganizations to help bring diverse talent to the company. Rene has a passionfor assisting underrepresented segments and communities and really enjoysvolunteering to help those in need. Rene is a graduate of the University ofTexas at El Paso and also a graduate of the UCLA Latino Leaders Program. He isEvent Chair for the Hispanic & Latino ERN in the San Antonio, TX area. Heis also part of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund Advisory Council. Rene lives inSan Antonio, TX with his wife and daughter and their two dogs. He likes tospend time with his family, bike rides, and a round of golf when possible.

Manuel Flores

Manuel (Manny) has made it his life’s mission to help people see their potential and achieve their goals. As an Associate Recruiter at Wells Fargo, Manny listens and discusses the potential career paths with candidates from all walks of life. Manny has assessed many of the recruiting operations and brought to light some processes to improve the efficiency of the recruiting process.

As part of the Army, Manny spent many years cultivating his leadership, communication, honor, and integrity. This is where he honed his work ethic and more importantly his time management skills. These attributes were the driving force that pushed him to earn his degree in History and finish with a minor in Latin American Geopolitical Studies. Coming from a military background, Manny learned that Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are a cornerstone of what runs a thriving community and business.

Manny was part of the inaugural class of the Military Apprentice Recruiting Academy at Wells Fargo. He was selected with four other candidates from a pool of hundreds of candidates. The program Manny entered was a rigorous six-week training period that prepared the five individuals for life in corporate America. Since then, Manny has been placed within Wealth &Investment Management, participated with the Neurodiversity Program, and additionally is leading the recruiting efforts for the Investment Contact Centers.

Tim Jones

Tim Jones is a thought leader, communicator, and author. Mr. Jones has found success in providing a context, different from the expectation. He provides influence and perspective on leadership, motivation & inspiration. He currently keynotes, hosts, and facilitates discussions throughout the city of Chicago and the nation. Born into a heritage of community leaders on the south side of Chicago, Tim also provides leadership addressing the social issues plaguing the city of Chicago and Urban America in the areas of Economic Development, Public Safety/Violence, & Education Equality. He holds a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resource Management from Northern Illinois University.

He specializes in challenging and persuading audiences, to live by the mantra he created and lives by: “Leave No Potential On The Table”. He is the author of Leave No Potential On The Table: Your Best Contribution to the World; a book to help individuals navigate and narrate their journey to their goals and dreams.

Clients include American Express, Atlas Corps, Conagra Brands, Chicago Police Department, City of Chicago, Easterseals, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, North Park University, Northwestern University, The Center for New Horizons, Chicago Public Schools, The United States Government, White Castle

Joanna Kemper

Joanna Cocco Kemper is a bilingual, English and Spanish, leadership coach, speaker and facilitator passionate about guiding powerhouse corporate leaders in creating inclusive work environments based on authenticity and courage. Joanna has over 20 years of experience in the corporate human resources arena and a Masters in Human Resources. She is skilled at creating inclusive environments, encouraging leadership vulnerability and building strategies and systems that strengthen and develop leaders.

Combining her experience and Masters in Human Resources, Joanna guides powerhouse leaders through self-discovery of their strengths and performance gaps so together they can create a success strategy for themselves and the people they lead. With energy, authenticity and accountability, Joanna accelerates business growth and leadership development. A proud Latina, Joanna was born and raised in New York City and is bilingual in Spanish/English. During her leisure time, Joanna enjoys making memories with her family, listening to music and making delicious food in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Joanna is a board member and executive committee member of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati, a member of Prospanica, CincySHRM, SHRM and provides Human Resources support to her local church. She’s presented and facilitated leadership development topics at corporations such as Meijer, Sunglass Hut, US Radiology Group (FLAME), Lynn Pinker Hurst & Schwegmann Law Firm and has been featured in Diversity Crew’s ROI of DEI event, LuvvNation and the Center for Women & Enterprise.

Dr. Anjala Krishen

Dr. Anjala Krishen is the Mel Larson Endowed Chair of Marketing, a Professor of Marketing and International Business (MIB), and Department Chair of MIB for the Lee Business School. Previously, she served as the Director of the MBA program for the college and successfully navigated the MBA program's transition online and into a hybrid format during the pandemic. Anjala holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Rice University and three graduate degrees, including an M.S. in Marketing, MBA, and Ph.D. in Marketing from Virginia Tech. She held full-time corporate positions for 13-years before pursuing a doctorate. To date, Anjala has 77 published journal papers. Her research spans three sub-disciplines of consumer behavior: (1) advertising and retailing, (2)interactive, e-marketing and information processing, and (3) marketing pedagogy. Fifty-seven of these publications have come post-tenure; 28 are A-level or above, four are in high-quality hospitality journals, two are in high-quality policy journals, and six are in pedagogical journals. Serving as astrong research mentor, she has published more than 20 journal papers co-authored with current or former UNLV graduate students and more than fifteenjournal papers with junior faculty. Anjala has received both research and teaching awards, including the UNLV Foundation Distinguished Teaching award (2015), theBarrick Scholar Award (2016), the Harold and Muriel Berkman Research Grant Award (2016), the UNLV Alumni Association Outstanding Faculty Recipient (2019),and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award (2022). In early 2016, she gave a TEDx talk at UNR entitled, “Opposition: The light outside of the darkbox,” which discusses the important role that opposition plays in our lives. Later in 2016, she gave a UNLV Creates speech based on her pedagogical researchentitled, “Consuming to Creating, Watching to Doing, Seeing to Being.” In 2019,she co-edited the book, Marketing & Humanity: Discourses in the Real World,in which she co-authored five chapters. As of 2023, she has completed over 80marathons, seven ultramarathons, seven 100(+) milers, and holds a black belt in Taekwondo.

Beth Marmolejos

Beth has been awarded numerous awards from local, state, federal, corporate, and nonprofit organizations for her leadership, commitment to the community and advocacy against social injustice.  She is regarded as a unique and most respected colleague, associate, and friend of many persons within the County of Passaic and the State of New Jersey. It’s that perspective, her volunteer spirit, and a persistent dedication to improving her community that led to her to be named “Mujer de Impacto 2022” b yExpo Finanzas Mujer in FL, Mujer Imparable” by by Telemundo and one of the “100most Influential Latinos in New Jersey” by the Latino Index in 2020 & 2019and The Latino Spirit. She was also recognized by the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders during “National Women’s History Month in March 2019 with the “Visionary Women: Champions of Peace & Nonviolence” award, by the North Jersey Federal Credit Union with the 2017 Woman History-Maker Award, and Passaic County Disability Advocacy Committee with the Salute of Champions for Disability Award in 2017.

She takes social responsibility seriously to ensure that education and economic prosperity are still part of the American Dream.  She believes it is important to support and serve the community; to be an advocate for minorities, women, and individuals with disabilities. She currently serves on numerous boards which support and serve communities.  Some key boards include President of Wayne Democratic Club, Commissioner of the Wayne Township Disability Committee, Madame Chair of the Passaic County Workforce Investment Board, Chair of the Passaic County Advocacy and Abilities Committee and Diversity & Inclusion Chair of the American Association of University Women – Greater Wayne Area.

In 2020Beth Co-Founded the Front-Line Appreciation Group of Greater Wayne (FLAG), a group that raised over $100K to help feed and support front-line health care workers and volunteers during the coronavirus pandemic while also keeping the local-owned restaurants in business. Also, Chair or the Prospanica “Mujeres Brillantes Awards”.

 Beth has two beautiful boys, one of which is Autistic and the inspiration to many of the things that she volunteers for.  She is also earned her Black Belt in Taekwondo in September 2011. Beth is a graduate with honors from Farleigh Dickinson University, where she earned an M.B.A., in Finance, and a B.S. in Accounting.

Pia Namdar

Pia Namdar was born in Mexico City and grew up in Xalapa, Veracruz. She and her family moved to Dallas, Texas at age 15. Pia attended Southern Methodist University, where she was part of the NCAA D1 Women's Swimming and Diving program, and which she led as team captain her senior year. She earned a BBA in Business Management and a BA in French Literature, with a minor in Advertising, and graduated with honors.

After graduation, and after coaching swimming at a variety of clubs and managing her family's restaurant, Pia went back to SMU to earn her MBA in Corporate Finance, and founded the SMU Latino Business Club at the Cox School of Business for graduate students. She also served on the SMU Hispanic Alumni Board. 

Professionally, Pia has worked in HR and Compensation at Neiman Marcus, and in Global Compensation and Global Equity Compensation at Kimberly-Clark. She has also led nation-wide Latino ERG efforts. She currently works as a Compensation Consultant at Amazon. 

Pia has attended the Hispanic Leadership Summit at the United Nations, has spoken at the Merrill Lynch Annual Client Conference, and strives to bring awareness and advocacy to the growing Latino demographic in Dallas. Pia is happily married and lives in Dallas.

Juan Otero

Juan Otero serves as Senior Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) for Comcast Corporation. In his role, he leads corporate DEI governance initiatives across the enterprise, manages the company’s external Corporate Advisory Committee, which provides advice and guidance to senior executive teams and consists of external national leaders in the fields of business, public policy, academia and civil rights, and provides strategic counsel around Comcast’s commitment to advancing social equality. During his time at Comcast, Juan has overseen the growth of the company’s DE&I data analytics team and has been instrumental in deploying a data-driven approach to advancing DE&I throughout the business. 

Prior to joining Comcast Corporation, Juanserved as a director for the National Governors Association in Washington, D.C.and previously served as Deputy Director at the U.S. Department of HomelandSecurity (DHS), where he led the Department’s efforts to develop improvedinteroperability technologies and communications. Before DHS, he worked asPrincipal Counsel for the National League of Cities.

Juan currently sits on several national nonprofit boards, including the Easterseals National Board and the Hispanic Federation, and co-chairs the Aspen Institute Latinos and Society’s Task Force on Latino Digital Success. He also serves on the Panasonic Foundation’s North America board of directors as well as the Center for Ethics, Diversity and Workplace Culture (CEDWC) at the Fox School of Business at Temple University. Previously, Juan sat on the governing boards of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute, and the Studio Theater Board of Washington D.C. 

Juan is a graduate of Cardozo School of Law where he earned a Juris Doctorate. He also holds a Master of Public Administration from American University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from The City College of New York.

Flor Ramos-Skidmore

Flor Ramos-Skidmore is a consumer marketing manager for OneAmerica. Storytelling is her expertise. A Salvadoran immigrant and first generation American, Flor pours her talents and skills into causes that amplify the voices of the underserved.

Her career started long before obtaining her undergraduate degree in journalism. Flor was a light and audio technician, theater producer, bank clerk, and customer service representative before turning 18.

After college, she worked as a Spanish interpreter, culture and engagement manager, and primetime show producer in El Salvador. While working at WISH-TV 8 in Indianapolis, Flor led multicultural initiatives that awarded the station multiple Emmy nominations.

She entered the financial services industry in 2019 as a communications manager for OneAmerica. Flor now leads the content and narrative strategy for the organization’s largest events alongside several enterprise marketing campaigns. Her work on social media strategy and content development earned the company multiple marketing awards.

As a natural peacemaker, Flor prioritizes team morale, enables career development, and empowers conflict resolution. Peers describe her as a tall ball of energy pushing projects to fruition. Managers position her as a confident and engaging communicator who takes on new challenges and documents the process. She has taken on the challenge of streamlining existing processes and establishing new ones to equalize the knowledge pool and help the marketing team grow.

Outside of work, she runs a multiethnic household with her spouse of nine years, Logan. Together, they invest all possible resources into raising their two children: Naomi and Micah. She is also heavily active in the community, consistently volunteering with organizations such as the International Marketplace Coalition, Common Ground Northeast and Outreach. Flor currently serves in the Local Organizing Committee for the 2024 USA Swimming Olympic Trials in Indy and is an upcoming board member with Prospanica Indianapolis Chapter and the Latinas Welding Guild.

Mark Travis Rivera

Telling stories is at the core of Mark Travis Rivera’s purpose in life. He is an award-winning creative– founder + lead storyteller + consultant of The Professional Storyteller.

As a writer, Rivera’s bylines include The Bergen Record, Herald News, The Star-Ledger, Fox News Latino, and The Huffington Post. He was also a contributing author in the anthology, Crisis and Care: Queer Activist Responses to a Global Pandemic (PM Press, 2022), edited by Adrian Shanker. His debut collection, Drafts: An Imperfect Collection of Writing, was published in August 2017. He was also a contributing writer for Imagining: A Gibney Journal, where he shared his experience as a disabled choreographer and dancer.

As a stubborn and determined 17-year-old, Rivera founded marked dance project (2009-2019), becoming the youngest person in the United States to create and lead an integrated dance company for disabled and non-disabled dancers. Inspired by his desire to dance as a person with cerebral palsy, he would go on to help disabled and non-disabled dancers find their voice as a dancer. He was also one of just a handful of artistic directors of color in the disability dance field. As an independent disabled choreographer, Mark is determined to build bridges between the main dance field and disability dance.

As a speaker, he has addressed audiences at various institutions of higher learning, including Harvard, MIT, Rutgers, and NYU. As a diversity, equity, and inclusion consultant and facilitator, he has spoken to corporate audiences virtually in the UK, Canada, Mexico, Latin America, Israel, China, and India, just to name a few. His TEDx Talk, “Embracing Yourself, Embracing Your Potential,” was a smash in 2014 at Bergen Community College.

A graduate of William Paterson University, he earned a bachelor’s in women’s & gender studies with a minor in public relations. In 2013, Rivera received the Student Government Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his commitment to the William Paterson community. That same year, he was honored with the Campus Pride Voice & Action Award for his work with the LGBTQ community. More recently, he won the Audre Lorde Award for Social Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Lavender Legacy Award from William Paterson.

Mark is represented as a speaker by Hummingbird Speaks and is a member of the WE CREATE SPACE global collective of LGBTQ+ leaders. He was raised a Jersey boy, lived in New York City and the Bay Area, but now calls Atlanta, GA, home.

Jeff Rosenblum

Jeff Rosenblum is the Chief Human Capital Officer at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). He began his FDIC career in 2018 as the Legal Division’s Assistant General Counsel for Labor, Employment and Administration. Jeff has worked as an attorney in private practice and in various other Federal agencies, including as Deputy General Counsel for the Securities and Exchange Commission and General Counsel for the Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review. Jeff also serves as an Adjunct Professor at George Mason Law School and American University’s Graduate School of Public Affairs.  

Jeff graduated law school from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where he was an editor for Loyola’s law review, and he received his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland.

Byron Sabol

Byron has energized audiences in three continents to achieve greater business, sales, and career success. Industries and professions Byron has presented to include the following: Accounting, Administration, Associations, Construction, Electrical Utilities, Financial, Fund Raising, Healthcare, Human Resources, Law Profession (Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Greece, Netherlands, Republic of Ireland, USA, and Wales), Marketing, Meeting Industry, Sales, Women Professionals.

Byron has a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and an MBA in Management with Honors. He has been a part-time faculty member at five universities in California and Florida. He has more than 30 articles published by professional journals in the US and Abroad.

On a personal note, Byron’s wife, Joy, recently retired as Vice President of Communications for Lockheed Martin Corporation, and their daughter, Kathleen, is CEO of mila + stevie jewelry, llc.

Jen Salseg

Motivated to help individuals realize their full potential, Jen Salseg has dedicated her career to advocating for candidates while being a key partner to senior and executive leaders in the finance industry. Jen provides guidance and oversight to leaders to craft the appropriate recruiting approaches in the constantly shifting competition for candidates.

Jen has spent her corporate career working her way through different roles within Wells Fargo. She firmly believes and coaches candidates to understand that careers are not meant to only move upward.  She strives to reset the mindset that the only way forward is up. In addition to helping candidates with their career journey, Jen is passionate in educating candidates of the various Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion programs that are available both outside of companies and within companies. Jen has recruited for entry-level to executive-level roles in her career.

Jen has participated as a panelist in recruiting round tables and has presented to incoming and outgoing analyst and intern classes regarding career journeys as well as resume building tips. She regularly presents and speaks on emerging trends and work being done in the disability landscape through her chair position on the Disability Connection Employee Resource Network at Wells Fargo. Her recruiting strategy is deployed in the non-profit sector as well where she serves on the Board of Directors for Minnesota-based Believet Canine Service Partners, an organization dedicated to strengthening the lives of veterans by providing service dogs at no cost to veterans.

Thomas Savino

Thomas Savino is the Chief Executive Officer of Prospanica,the nationally recognized and premier nonprofit dedicated to developingHispanic talent and growing the number of Hispanic professionals represented inindustries of America to perpetuate economic growth and corporatecompetitiveness.

Thomas has an impressive history of advocatingfor business education and is a respected executive in the Hispanic community.As an expert consultant specializing in performance measurement analysis,knowledge management, and organizational structure, he has collaborated withcorporations and national boards throughout the country.

During his time as research analyst and internalconsultant for McKinsey & Company, he specialized in the development ofglobal initiatives, later joining TMS Consulting as managing director and alsoserving on the former National Society of Hispanic MBA’s national board. Thomashas consulted with some of the largest companies in corporate America,including Fortune 100 companies, and his expertise is sought out for keynotespeeches, magazine articles, and seminars.

Formerly a 30-year resident of the Bronx, Thomasnow lives in Ridgefield, Connecticut with his wife Maria and sons Oliver andPierce, and continues to advocate for higher level education and professionaldevelopment for Hispanics.

Veronica Sosa

Verónica Sosa is the Founder of Business Fit International and Business Fit Magazine, Founder of SHE, author, International Speaker award winner, and Business Expert.

She has more than 20 years of experience working in the editorial sector &corporate sector as a Manager in Marketing and Sales for InternationalPublicity Companies in Spain.

Verónica is dedicated to empowering women towards better lives and rediscovering themselves. With qualifications in Marketing and Branding Online and International Business, Verónica is a self-development facilitator teaching others how to create “clarity” in their personal and professional lives to achieve success without confusion and to create a business with purposes. She has become an expert in Relational Capital giving conferences around the world in countries like South Africa, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Spain, Holland, France, Cyprus and North America.

She is also the Founder of SHE (Seminar for Hispanics Entrepreneurs) in Europe& USA is an organization which functions at local, national, and international levels to advance women in personal and business development. It focusses on equality for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and much more. Using SHE’s three pillars of Mindset, Body, and Spirituality, SHE creates business with amazing purpose aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for the world.

Sara Vargas

Sara Vargas is an executive vice president and audit management executive of Internal Audit Commercial and Corporate and Investment Banking. She is responsible for delivering independent assurance on the design and operating effectiveness of the controls supporting the company’s governance, risk management, and control functions.

Sara joined Wells Fargo in 2019 as the Audit Executive responsible for building out and strengthening the Audit Quality Assurance program and supporting high priority work for Audit.

Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Sara spent 17 years at Citigroup, where she held leadership roles in internal audit and front-line businesses covering markets, securities and funds services, cash management, trade, operations, and third-party risk management globally. She also spent three years in the internal audit quality assurance function as a key contributor to a major transformation of the internal audit function.

Sara holds a Bachelor of Arts in Finance from the University of South Florida and a Master of Science degree in Management and Systems from New York University. Sara completed “Implementing Winning Strategies” executive program from Columbia Business School and is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist and Certified Fraud Examiner. Sara received the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA)’s 2022 Latinas to Watch award.

Sara currently serves as the executive advisory to the Wells Fargo Hispanic/Latino Employee Network, and she is on the board of the Valley Program Foundation for Children with autism.

Sara and her husband have two children and live in New Jersey.

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