Ben Alvarado, Senior Vice President, President – Orange County Community Bank, Wells Fargo & Company

Ben Alvarado is senior vice president and president of Wells Fargo’s Orange County Community Bank. He oversees 1,754 financial professionals at 104 banking stores and manages more than $14.8 billion in deposits.

Alvarado, a 22-year banking veteran, assumed his current role in July 2011. Prior to being named president for the Orange County Community Bank, Alvarado served as area president for the Long Beach Coastal Community Bank. He also has served in various positions at the company, including retail bank district manager for the Pasadena and South Bay markets; commercial loan officer; sales development coach; banking store manager; personal banking officer, and bank teller.

Alvarado earned his bachelor’s degree at California State University, Long Beach, and an MBA from Pepperdine University. Alvarado is active in the community and serves on the board of directors for Orange County United Way; the advisory board for Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach; the board of directors for Bundles of Books in Los Alamitos; and the alumni board for La Salle High School in Pasadena.

Alvarado resides in Rossmoor with his wife and two children.

Daniel Ayala, Executive Vice President , Global Remittance Services , Wells Fargo & Company

Daniel Ayala is Executive Vice President and business unit manager for Wells Fargo’s Global Remittance Services group. He manages product development, product management, operations and customer service for Wells Fargo’s consumer remittance service activities. Ayala and his team manage the Wells Fargo ExpressSend service and other products focused on consumer remittances to Asia and Latin America.

Over the past ten years, Ayala has emerged as a renowned consumer remittances expert and has been widely recognized as a key industry leader by regulators, the media and academia. He is a founding senior leader for Wells Fargo’s Latino team member resource group "Amigos”. He has represented various lines of business in the Corporate Diversity Council. Ayala has also represented Wells Fargo in various non for profit organizations, including most recently, the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute (TRPI). In 2013, Ayala became a member of the Community Bankers Association (CBA) – Graduate School of Retail Banking Management School faculty.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois and an MBA from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Ayala is a Certified Cash Manager (CCM) with the Association for Financial Professionals. He is a graduate member of the Wells Fargo Diversified Products Management Development program. He is also a graduate of the Graduate School of Retail Bank Management – Class of 2010. He co-invented the Global Remittance Platform which was granted US Patent protection in 2013. Ayala has traveled to more than 45 countries around the world and in the past, he has lived in Bogotá, Colombia; Caracas, Venezuela; Chicago, Illinois; and Miami, Florida. He currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Carlos Barbosa, Senior Vice President, Market Manager – Commercial Banking Group, Wells Fargo & Company

Carlos Barbosa serves as Market Manager for Wells Fargo Central Texas Commercial Banking and leads sales and marketing efforts and day to day operations. Carlos has served Wells Fargo in various capacities in San Antonio and Austin since 1998, and started his banking career in 1994 as a commercial banking Credit Analyst.

Carlos earned his BBA in Finance and Accounting from The University of Texas at San Antonio ("UTSA”).

Carlos serves on the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas, and is a graduate of Leadership Austin. Carlos served on the Board of the Child Guidance Center of San Antonio. Carlos also served on several boards at UTSA, including the Athletics Advisory Council, Co-Chairman of the Center for Student Professional Development, and President of the Roadrunner Athletic Fund.

Carlos is from San Antonio, TX and now resides in Austin, TX with his wife and two children.

Sheryl Battles, Vice President, Corporate Communications Pitney Bowes Inc.

Sheryl Battles is Vice President, Corporate Communications for Pitney Bowes Inc.  She is the lead communicator for the President and CEO and provides strategic communications support for the CFO and other senior executives.  She is also responsible for multiple facets of communications including: financial, crisis, reputation management, and diversity communications.   

She joined Pitney Bowes in 1989 as Manager, Corporate Communications.  Prior to that, Battles was Manager of Communications for Greyhound, and owner of her own communications firm.  

Among her many awards, Battles received Pitney Bowes' highest employee honor -- Walter H. Wheeler, Jr. Award and is also a national recipient of the Donald H. McGannon Award from the National Urban League.   Battles, a National Achievement Scholar, holds a BA in Human Biology from Stanford University. 


Audra Bohannon, Principal, Global Novations

Audra Bohannon is a Principal for Global Novations, the diversity, inclusion, and talent optimization specialists for the Leadership and Talent Consulting practice of Korn/Ferry International, based in the Boston office.

Ms. Bohannon joins Korn/Ferry from Global Novations, where she has proved to be a strategic and inspirational leader for the business. A respected author, business consultant, leader, coach, and facilitator, Ms. Bohannon’s deep expertise in diversity and inclusion issues and how they impact and propel business performance makes her a sought-after speaker and teacher. She excels at connecting with and inspiring both large groups and individual contributors to move beyond reflection to learning and action.

Ms. Bohannon began her career in the retail sector, and her broad experience extends to the airline, banking, food service, financial, healthcare, insurance, manufacturing, non-profit, and technology sectors. She has written many articles and white papers and, along with Verna Ford, co-authored "Illuminating the Spirit: A Guided Journey.” Ms. Bohannon’s commitment to personal development extends to her community where she teaches EfficacyTM principles and leadership skills.

She sits on the human resources committee for the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston and has served on the board of directors for the Museum of Afro American History and served as the corporator for Emerson Hospital.

In 2008, Ms. Bohannon was named a Unity First "Visionary Woman of Excellence.” Ms. Bohannon holds a bachelor of science degree from Wayne State University.

Michael De La Fuente, Financial Advisor, Private Client Group, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC

Michael De La Fuente is a financial advisor for the Private Client Group of Wells Fargo Advisors. There he builds, manages, protects, and transitions the wealth of this select group of clients, their families, and businesses. He also is Chairman of the Central Texas Latin Connection, a team member network dedicated to empowering the Latin workforce within Wells Fargo through community action, leadership training, and development.

A passionate volunteer, Michael logged over 250 volunteer hours in 2012, supporting causes like the Settlement Home, Autism Society, and President of Basketball for a local youth organization serving 800+ kids. He obtained a bachelor degree in Business Finance from Arizona State University.

Michael, a San Antonio native and 4th generation Texan, and his wife of 17 yrs, Linda, have three children and live in Austin.

#Timmothy M. Dickens, President, CEO, DICKENS Consulting Group LLC

Timmothy M. Dickens retired from active duty as a Chief Master Sergeant with the U.S. Air Force on 1 July 2008 after 32 Years of faithful and honorable service.  Currently, he is President–CEO of DICKENS Consulting GroupLLC whose primary focus is "Capacity Building” by assisting individuals, groups, teams and organizations recognize, realize and reach their truest potential.  

He holds several certifications in many areas to include: Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®) Step I/II, Emotional Quotient Indicator (EQ-i) 2.0, Effective Facilitation, Executive & Business Coaching, Career Coaching & Sales Training, as well as being a  Master Certified Resiliency, Leadership & Executive Coach Trainer.  

A few of his current and previous clients include the NFL Players Association (NFLPA), the Universities Space Research Association (USRA), the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).
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John DiPiero, Senior Communications Partner, USAA

John is a 29-year veteran of the Air Force and Texas resident for many years. During his Air Force career, he spent most of his time in the training and education business. He was a pilot and amassed over 3,500 hours in both helicopter and fixed wing jet aircraft, and retired in the rank of colonel. Upon retirement in 2000, he spent two years as the commandant at a military academy in Virginia, Randolph-Macon Academy. He moved back to San Antonio in 2002 and began his career at USAA in military marketing.

John is now a military recruiting and talent management specialist, responsible for reaching out to the military community (and spouses) ensuring they know USAA is a military friendly employer for both veterans and actively serving Guard and Reserve members.

John received his BS from Southwest Texas State University and an MA in Communication and Management from the University of Oklahoma. He also attended numerous military schools, including Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College, Air War College and numerous flying training programs in a number of different aircraft.

Ben Echegoyen, CFP®, Financial Planner, Institutional Financial Planning Services Group

Ben Echegoyen, CFP®, is a financial planner with Vanguard’s Institutional Financial Planning Services Group. His primary responsibilities are to develop and deliver financial education workshops to employees of Vanguard’s Institutional Retirement Vanguard s Plan Services clients in both English and Spanish. He conducts financial planning workshops for clients throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and other countries around the world. He has more than ten years of financial services experience.

Mr. Echegoyen received his B.S. in finance from the University of Connecticut. He holds FINRA Series 7 and 63 licenses.

Hajj Flemings, CEO/Founder of Brand Camp University

Hajj is a leading brand strategist; speaker and tech entrepreneur that travels nationally inspiring people and brands to build, launch and grow their ideas.

Hajj was featured in CNN’s Black In America 4:  The New Promised Land:  Silicon Valley which was viewed by over 1 million people.  The documentary chronicled the journey of Hajj and 7-other entrepreneurs from around the nation as they lived in Silicon Valley launching their startups.  

He also founded Brand Camp University in 2008 and has grown it into the largest personal branding conference in the Midwest.  He has since expanded the conference to Boston, New York, Las Vegas and Austin.   He recently founded Student Ventures to teach middle and high school students in underserved communities to code and launch startups.  

His client list includes:  Walt Disney, Pitney Bowes, the U.S. Department of Defense, Iowa State University, University of Michigan - Ross School of Business, Davidson College, University of Detroit and more.  He has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, Mashable and CNN Tech Money on the subject of startups, digital technology and branding.

Alice Garcia,  Executive Operational Planning Director, USAA

Alice Garcia is Executive Operational Planning Director for the Chief Financial Officer. As the chief of staff, she manages the strategic and operational planning initiatives to achieve business goals.

Alice graduated from the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point and served in the Army for over 5 years. Alice led a postal team stationed at the northernmost part of South Korea. Alice then managed the operations at the San Antonio Military Entrance Processing Station while earning a MA in International Relations from St. Mary's University as a Distinguished Graduate.  Selected as a USMA Minority Outreach Officer, Alice attended numerous college fairs and national conferences.

Alice joined USAA in 2009 through the Junior Military Officer Career Development Program as the manager of a senior Insurance team.  She is involved in the USAA VETNet community, which aims to foster an even greater employee understanding of the military culture.


Bernie Gracy--Vice President, Strategy & Business Development 

Bernie Gracy is Vice President of Business Development and Operations for Pitney Bowes Inc. He has held a number of leadership positions within the company in systems engineering, product development, professional services, general management, marketing, and strategy.  

Bernie played an integral role in the acquisition and integration of Group 1 Software in 2004, Emtex in 2006, and MapInfo in 2007. He has a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Connecticut, an M.S. in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a M.S. in E-Commerce from the University of Maryland.


#Tammy Nunn Haynie Diversity + Inclusion Program Manager BASF

Tammy Nunn Haynie, Diversity + Inclusion Program Manager, BASF, has an extensive background and proven track record in driving Talent Acquisition and Diversity and Inclusion initiatives.   Tammy heads up the Mentoring Program for BASF in North America in addition to various strategic, retention, and diversity and inclusion programs.   She has oversight for the company’s Employee Resource Groups, diversity advertising, supports diversity recruiting and community outreach, and serves as an Advisor to the BASF North American Diversity Council.   Prior to working for BASF, she spearheaded recruitment and diversity initiatives in the corporate and non-profit sectors where she managed and executed talent acquisition on all levels from pre-professional to executive level recruiting, mentoring, retention programs and career development programs. Born in Daytona Beach, Florida, she is a proud HBCU graduate of Bethune-Cookman University.  Presently she resides in New Jersey with her husband and two teen-aged daughters.

Jim Hoar, Senior Consultant, Organizational Effectiveness,Target Corporation

Jim is a member of Target’s Executive Development Team, which focuses on leadership development for Target’s Director and Officer level leaders. Jim also works on enterprise initiatives such as wellbeing, diversity, and employee engagement strategies.

In his 24 years at Target Corporation Jim has held a variety of positions in Merchandising, Technology Services, and Human Resources.

Jim received his M.A. in Business/Marketing Education from the University of Minnesota, and his B.S. in Food Merchandising from the University of Wisconsin – Stout.

Tracy Jackson, VP, Finance & Treasurer, Tesoro Corporation

As the Vice President of Finance and Treasurer for Tesoro Corporation, Tracy Jackson is responsible for capital market transactions and analysis; capital structure planning; financial covenant analysis; bank, rating agency and bondholder relations; interest rate and foreign exchange risk management; cash forecasting; debt and investment management; and treasury operations.

Prior to assuming her role as Tesoro’s Treasurer, Tracy was Vice President of Internal Audit with responsibility for overseeing the planning, organization and execution of financial, operational, regulatory and information technology audits for Tesoro.

Previously Tracy was with Valero Energy Corporation as an Executive Director in Internal Audit.

Tracy is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Internal Auditor and Certified Information Systems Auditor. Tracy is also a certified IIA Quality Assurance Reviewer and recently obtained her ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library) Certification. Tracy attended UTSA where she earned an Executive MBA in 2012 and her undergraduate BBA in Accounting in 1993.

Laura Jaramillo, Senior Vice President, Community Development Manager, Southwest Region,Wells Fargo & Company

Senior Vice President, Laura Jaramillo is the Southwest Region Community Development Manager in Government and Community Relations at Wells Fargo & Company. Jaramillo is responsible for supporting the economic development, housing, workforce development and small business needs of low- to moderate-income communities, by connecting the community with the right products and services. Jaramillo manages a community development team across four states – Texas, Arkansas, New Mexico and Southern Arizona.

Jaramillo has a strong commitment to her community through her extensive board service. She currently serves as the Chair of Houston Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), the Houston Foreclosure Prevention Task Force, and is on the Executive Committee of the Texas Foreclosure Prevention Task Force.

Jaramillo is also a board member on the Texas Council on Economic Education, Texas Mezzanine Fund, Recipe for Success, and the Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans. She has served on various committees for the Center for Houston’s Future including the Community Future Awareness Committee, and an 18 month Scenario Planning Project for the Greater Houston Region. She was also appointed as the Board Chair of the Houston Housing Authority, by Mayor Bill White.

Jaramillo has a Journalism degree from Sam Houston State University. She and her husband live in Pearland, Texas.

Jeanne Kozalek, Senior Consultant, Leadership and Behavioral Learning, Nationwide

Jeanne Kozalek has been a part of the Nationwide Insurance team for eighteen years. A native of Columbus, Ohio, Jeanne began her career processing medical insurance appeals, but quickly discovered a passion for training and developing others. She has focused on leader development for the past six years, facilitating sessions on such topics as leading change, driving performance, managing conflict, and mentoring. She has helped organizations across Nationwide understand and institute mentoring programs, both from a mentor and a mentee perspective.

Jeanne graduated Magna Cum Laude from The Ohio State University with a B.A. in English, and also graduated Magna Cum Laude from Capital University Law School, where she was the recipient of the American Bar Association/American Law Institute’s Law and Leadership award, and earned Pro Bono Honors for her work with the Ohio Public Defender’s office.

In her spare time, Jeanne runs marathons and plays piano, but rarely at the same time.

Anthony B. López, President & General Manager, Ansell Healthcare

Anthony is President & General Manager of Ansell’s Medical Solutions Global Business based in Red Bank, NJ. He is also Ansell’s Senior Executive Leader for the Latin America Region for Ansell’s Industrial, Specialties, and Medical Businesses.

Tony served as Chairperson for the Hispanic Organization For Leadership & Achievement (HOLA) at Johnson & Johnson. Most recently, Tony was the Senior Vice President & General Manager for Respiratory in CareFusion – a $700M global business. He is a member of the National Society of Hispanic MBAs, and serves on the Editorial Board of the NSHMBA Business Journal of Hispanic Research. He is the founder of L&L Associates, A Leadership & Management Consulting group.

Tony is a sought after speaker and expert on leadership and management topics. He has presented to audiences throughout the United States and Latin America; and thousands of people have attended his presentations. Tony is the author of "The Legacy Leader”: Leadership With A Purpose ( 1st and 2nd editions)”, "Breakthrough Thinking: The Legacy Leader’s Role In Driving Innovation”, "The Leader’s Lobotomy: The Legacy Leader Avoids Promotion Induced Amnesia”, "The Leader In the Mirror; The Legacy Leader’s Critical Self-Assessment”, and "The Diversity Engagement Model: From Awareness to Action” (published in The Journal for Hispanic Business Research, October 2008). He is also the author of "See You At The Wake: Healing Relationships Before It’s Too Late” and "Jag: Christian Lessons From My Golden Retriever”.

He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering, and a MS in Engineering Management. He is also a graduate of the Department of Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute.

Xiomara Villalva Loxham, Retirement Education Specialist, Institutional Participant Education Department

Xiomara Villalva Loxham is a retirement education specialist (RES) with Vanguard’s Participant Education Group. Her primary responsibilities include delivering educational meetings to plan participants on such topics as plan benefits investment benefits, strategies, and retirement readiness. She is one of the bilingual Spanish and English presenters in the RES group.

Ms. Loxham began her career at Vanguard as a client relationship associate in Retail Services and later moved to the Education Resource Center as an education associate specializing in state sponsored 529 plans. She spent time with Vanguard’s International Division supporting the Latin America Team prior to joining Participant Education. Ms. Loxham has been with Vanguard since 2005. Ms. Loxham graduated from Lafayette College in Easton, PA with a B.A. in international affairs and French. She holds FINRA Series 6 and 63 licenses.

Brandon McAllister, Regional Sales Leader, Enterprise, LinkedIn Talent Solutions

Brandon McAllister heads the sales efforts in the Central Region at LinkedIn, the world's largest professional network with over 240 million members in over 200 countries and territories around the globe. An accomplished strategist and industry veteran, Brandon drives the innovation, expansion and ongoing revenue growth of LinkedIn.

Brandon enjoys architecting go-to-market sales strategies and leading teams in delivering holistic solutions against top employment initiatives and Talent Acquisition, ultimately solving their problems. He has a direct line into top employers around the world. He serves as an employment expert for leading media outlets, drawing from ongoing research to provide insights around hiring, job search, and employment brand.

Prior to joining LinkedIn, Brandon served as Sales Director at CareerBuilder, where he held several sales and management positions, and where he worked for five years.

Jess Noble, Recruiter, Tesoro Companies, Inc.

Jess Noble is a Recruiter for Tesoro Corporation. In this role, he supports internal and external hiring for the Strategy, Marketing, HR, Corporate Communications, Legal and Government Affairs Departments. Prior to joining Tesoro Corporation, Jess served as the Recruitment Supervisor for a privately held healthcare organization in San Antonio. Jess has been actively using LinkedIn, and most recently the LinkedIn Recruiter tool, since 2007 to source for candidates, network with professionals and to help build brand awareness for Tesoro.

Jess earned a Bachelor of Science in management from Tarleton State University and is currently pursuing a Masters in HR Management.

Demetrius Payton, Director of Technical Operations, Tesoro Corporation

Demetrius Payton serves as the Director of Technical Operations for Tesoro Corporation. He joined the Information Technology Department in August 2000. In this time he has had a variety of roles including Senior Analyst, Section Lead, Manager, Senior Manager and Director for Infrastructure and Technical Operations. Demetrius recently retired from military service where he served as a commissioned officer in the Medical Service Corps of the US Army Reserves. Prior to joining Tesoro Corporation, Demetrius worked for General Dynamics as a System Engineer, GTE as a Senior Communication Engineer, and CSC as a Computer Resource Administrator.

Demetrius earned a Bachelor of Science in electronic engineering technology and a Bachelor of Science in business from Wayland Baptist University. In addition, he has a Master of Art in computer resources and information management from Webster University.

Elias Reyna, Director, Talent Acquisition, Tesoro Corporation

Elias Reyna is the Director of Talent Acquisition for the Tesoro Corporation. Mr. Reyna joined the Tesoro Corporation as a Human Resources Manager for the Los Angeles refinery in May of 2007 after Tesoro acquired the refinery from Shell. In this role, Mr. Reyna provided HR leadership, was the Chief Spokesperson during labor negotiations, identified staffing requirements, developed HR budgets, and implemented programs and policies surrounding staffing, compensation, employee relations, organization development, and union relations.

Prior to his roles with Tesoro, Mr. Reyna worked in a variety of roles with Shell Oil Company. As a Senior Human Resources Advisor, he was responsible for improving union relations, providing coaching and counseling to supervision, handling grievances and arbitrations, and developing and delivering organizational effectiveness programs.

Mr. Reyna received a Master’s degree in International Business and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas.

Sean Rodriguez, Senior Vice President Industry Relations & Sales and Marketing CUSTOMER RELATIONS AND SUPPORT OFFICE - Federal Reserve System

Sean Rodriguez is the Sales & Marketing Director for the Federal Reserve System and Senior Vice President in the Customer Relations & Support Office. Currently, he oversees the Federal Reserve’s national and regional account management programs along with the System’s marketing and communications functions.

Prior to this assignment, Rodriguez had responsibility for establishing the System’s national account program with its largest customers. He has worked in all of the Bank’s operating and support functions in the Denver and Los Angeles locations and has served on numerous Federal Reserve System and industry work groups throughout his twenty-nine year career at the Bank.

Rodriguez received a B.A. from the University of Colorado, a Graduate School of Banking Certificate from the University of Wisconsin and is a Certified Cash Manager.

#Eric Ruckle Director of Integrated Strategies Dale Carnegie and Associates International

Eric's primary focus is to implement innovative programs that help customers accomplish their organizational goals.  He works with customers across the Dale Carnegie network in order to understand their current offerings and initiatives, select synergistic programs, and integrate them into a cohesive platform.  He develops customized Certificate programs relevant to specialized job functions, organizational initiatives, and industries.  Forming value-added strategic partnerships with dynamic, member-oriented organizations is also a primary area of focus.

In previous roles with Dale Carnegie, Eric was an Area Manager and Master Trainer.  In those roles, he helped design, deliver and manage cutting-edge development programs for key customers.  Among the programs he has designed and delivered are:  a Lean Six Sigma program that overcomes implementation hurdles; a leadership development program for high-potential employees in an engineering environment; a program for Black Belt senior managers in a global financial organization; and, a program designed to overcome human error in a national research laboratory.  Whether using existing material, designing blended learning systems, or creating new material, he is talented at providing optimal learning experiences. In roles outside of Dale Carnegie, he has held a number of change-oriented positions.  His career started in advertising sales, where he built a vibrant portfolio of loyal customers from scratch.  Even at this early stage, he was uncovering and implementing innovative strategies.  He has led a division of one of the world’s largest niche construction companies, designing new procedures and programs that led to increased per-unit revenue during the bursting bubble of the early 2000’s.  He has also been responsible for redesigning the customer interaction and sales approaches within a regional wireless company.  In all roles, he has built extensive experience in driving change without use of authority.     

Because of this diverse background, Eric is able to quickly drive change in customer teams.  As a Master Trainer, he is certified to train other Dale Carnegie Trainers.  In this role, he has honed the ability to rapidly adjust to highly skilled professionals and help them accelerate their performance.  He is able to quickly assess personalities, strengths and opportunities for development from the most professional, driven, skilled individuals…and capitalize on them in order to improve that person’s abilities to perform in critical situations.  Combine this with his business experience and the resulting package provides powerful change at an individual and organizational level. Eric was born and raised in Casper, WY and currently resides there with his high school sweetheart, Elissa.  They have two children: Jordan (15) and Haley (10).

Lisa Tuccio, Vice President, Technology Area Manager, Product and Service Management

Lisa Tuccio is a Technology Area Manager responsible for the Product and Service Management team within the Enterprise Production & Technology Services group at Wells Fargo. She and her team are accountable for leading multiple cross-functional disciplines to deliver best-in-class products and services supporting network technologies for more than 270,000 team members and customers across Wells Fargo’s global footprint.

Lisa is a 12-year veteran of Wells Fargo and has held many leadership technology positions over her tenure particularly within the Wholesale & International Service Delivery (WISD) team. Most recently, Lisa was responsible for the development and creation of the WISD Office of Normalized Information Technology (IT), a critical component that led to the transformation of this team that required key management in order to meet the increased demands of highly complex compliance, risk and security initiatives during a changing business climate.

Lisa holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Administration, Global Business and Finance, and a minor in Interactive Multimedia Technology from the University of Southern California. Here she was recognized as a Dean’s Scholar, and also Renaissance Scholar, which is a rare distinction awarded only to students who obtain a major and a minor in widely disparate fields requiring them to stretch intellectually.

A lifelong resident of California, Lisa currently lives in Newport Beach. Lisa enjoys spending time with her twin sons and husband, as well as snowboarding, and traveling. She is also passionate about advancing technology leadership positions at Wells Fargo for women. She currently sits on the Wells Fargo Women in Technology Community of Practice and was previously the president of this influential group. She is also very active in the International MOMS Club formed by Newport Beach area moms.

David Vasquez, Associate Vice President, Integrated Application Services, Integrated Applications, Nationwide Insurance

Accomplishments: 2009 Ventana Leadership Award in Business Intelligence, 2008 InfoWorld 100 Awards for Master Data Management, IRS recognition for "significant and inventive” innovations in data model design (2008), and Lead multiple operational maturity initiatives resulting in annual savings ranging from $1M-$3M while maturing capabilities in capacity, performance, and data quality management.

Nationwide Experience: Started in 1999 as a Division Manager, IT Applications, Personal Lines Product Systems; 2002 promoted to Director, IT Applications, Agency Systems; 2005 promoted to Officer, IT Applications, Claims Systems; 2008 promoted to AVP, IT Applications, Pricing and Data Warehouse; and 2010 moved to role of AVP, IT Applications, Build Capability. Moved to role of AVP, Integrated Applications in 2012.

Jaime Vazquez, Colonel (Retired) Airman Heritage Foundation

A native of Puerto Rico, Colonel Vázquez had a distinguished military career spanning 28 years of dedicated service to our nation.  An Air Intelligence Officer by training, he served in staff, command and diplomatic positions across various theaters of operations - Pacific, Europe, and South America - with assignments in Korea, Italy, Spain, and Chile.  He had tours of duty in the Air Staff with the Directorate of International Programs, at the Pentagon, and with the Defense Intelligence Agency, in Washington DC. Colonel Vázquez also served as a Spanish Instructor at the Air Force Academy, Colorado, and as a Logistics Plans Officer at Headquarters Air Force Logistics Command, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio.  He was Aide de Camp to the Commander, 16AF, and to the Chief, Joint U.S. Military Advisory Group, both in Spain.   

Colonel Vázquez served as the U.S. Air Attaché in Chile, acting as the principal USAF adviser to two U.S. Ambassadors and as the sole representative of the USAF Chief of Staff in country.  He culminated his distinguished military career as the Commandant, Inter-American Air Forces Academy (IAAFA), Lackland AFB, Texas.    Colonel Vázquez completed Squadron Officer School, and is a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College, and the National War College.  He retired from active duty in June 1998.  Upon retiring from active duty, Colonel Vázquez joined the staff of USAA where he served as Program Management Director.  He retired from USAA in July 2008.

He then became an Adjunct Professor of International Business at St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas.  

In 2009, Colonel Vázquez became President of the Board of Directors of the Airman Heritage Foundation, Inc., a private non-profit organization responsible for raising the necessary funds to design, build, and equip a modern facility to house the USAF Airman Heritage Museum at JBSA-Lackland.  

Colonel Vázquez is married to the former Belinda Rodriguez.  They have three children, and two grand-children.

Gus Viano, Director of Inclusion and Diversity, McDonald’s Corporation

Based at the company’s corporate headquarters in Oak Brook, IL, Gustavo Viano is the Director of Inclusion and Diversity for McDonald’s Corporation. As a member of the Global Inclusion and Intercultural Management team, he works with key internal and external stakeholders to develop and implement D&I strategic initiatives.

Gustavo oversees efforts to integrate diversity into key functional strategies and initiatives and help ensure global diversity indicators are established and communicated. He is a catalyst for promoting an inclusive environment for all employees, operators and suppliers within the McDonald’s system.

Gustavo is responsible for managing diversity outreach strategies with organizations that represent the following groups: Asian, LGBT, Latino and Veterans. He serves on the corporate advisory boards of several prominent diversity organizations including NCLR, LULAC, HACR and OCA.

Gustavo joined the Diversity & Inclusion team at McDonald’s in 2005 after stints as Human Resources Manager in McDonald’s West Division and Regional Human Resources Manager in Mexico, Central America and Dallas. He joined the company in 2000.

He holds a graduate degree in Education and Psychology from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina and a Master’s degree in Psychotherapy from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, PA. He has received various certifications in Organizational Psychology, Organizational Development and Human Resources through DePaul University and Villanova University Graduate Program.