The 2015 LATINA Style 50
Data Evaluated By Reyna Sanchez and Leticia Monsivais
Over the past decades, Latinos in America, especially women, have gone through a renaissance of growth and have broken barriers previously unattainable for many in their community. Latinos have grown exponentially in the past years in both demographics and academics. This growth has strengthened the Latino influence not only in college attainmen, but in science, technology, engineer, mathematics, government and the economy. With the influx of talent from the increasing rate of the Hispanic population in our country, Latinos now are at the forefront of creating an important role in the future of our nation by becoming the scholars and leaders who will inspire both the hearts and minds of many young Latinos.
Eighteen years ago, LATINA Style‘s founder Anna Maria Arias had the vision of opening doors that would lead to better opportunities for Latinas, even in the corporate world. With the support of the Department of Labor and several Hispanic organizations, Anna Maria Arias launched the LATINA Style 50 Report in 1997. The LATINA Style 50 Report is the most prestigious study in Corporate America to evaluate companies based on the opportunities provided to Hispanic women. The report provides invaluable data professional Latinas inquire about when entering the workforce or when choosing to stay at a company. Key information includes: benefits, training, mentoring programs and leadership opportunities. This year, LATINA Style took a closer look at each company’s Hispanic employee resource group, which often opens the door to opportunities in the company. LATINA Style also paid close attention to companies that support returning service-members, especially Latinas. The report also allows Latina veterans seek opportunities in the corporate world.
In 2014, participating companies took the initiative to build a stronger support structure to ensure women issues are addressed, especially issues that affect minorities and Latinas. One excellent example of a company that strives to be a leader in their community is Comcast NBCUniversal. Their focus on diversity and inclusion is honorable and sets an example to other companies. Comcast NBCUniversal is determined to provide increasing opportunities to Latinas in senior executive level positions. We are proud to announce Comcast NBCUniversal as the 2015 LATINA Style 50 Company of the year!
1. Comcast NBCUniversal
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is a global media and technology company with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone provider to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses. NBCUniversal operates news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures and Universal Parks and Resorts.
Unidos is Comcast NBCUniversal’s Employee Resource Group for uniting, educating, and empowering Latino employees. Unidos hosts a number of initiatives throughout the year, including executive training and development programs; formal mentoring partnerships; community service, activities; and product development and marketing focus groups. Unidos also conducts a variety of lunch-and-learns with guest speakers.
Marlene Sanchez Dooner is the Executive Vice President of the Hispanic Group at NBCUniversal. Sanchez-Dooner works closely with Joe Uva, Chairman, Hispanic Group, NBCUniversal, to develop company initiatives and new business opportunities in the Hispanic marketplace across the company’s networks and platforms. Additionally, she oversees financial planning, strategic initiatives and business development for the company’s Hispanic franchises, including Telemundo and NBC Universo.
Sanchez-Dooner joined Comcast Corporation in 1995 and for the subsequent 18 years led the company’s Investor Relations function, overseeing its relationships with the investment community and shareholders as it transformed into a Fortune 50 global media and technology company.
For more than a century, AT&T’s next-generation technologies and network advancements have benefited its customers and employees. Along the way, its commitment to diversity and inclusion – with training, fast-track programs and employee resource group support – has remained a top priority. Today, AT&T’s U.S. workforce is 35 percent female and 42 percent people of color, and in 2014, 32 percent of its new hires were women.
AT&T University Relations team partners with external diversity organization to encourage minority groups that are underserved in ways such as conference presentations and attendance, information sessions, interview days, career prep interactive days and networking opportunities.
AT&T’s Hispanic/Latino Employee Resource Group, HACEMOS, began in 1982 to further support diversity in the workplace, marketplace and community. HACEMOS engages and retains diverse employees through mentoring and networking, and serves as a company ambassador outside of AT&T. In 2014, HACEMOS members contributed 31,605 hours of civic volunteer work and were recognized with the President’s Volunteer Service Award, the highest honor in the country for volunteers.
Carmen P. Nava, a Los Angeles native and graduate of the University of Southern California, is Senior Vice President-Customer Experience and Business Planning at AT&T and the highest-ranking Latina in the company. Her 30-year career has included assignments in billing, customer service, sales and human resources. Nava serves on the Advisory Board of two Employee Resource Groups at AT&T: HACEMOS and LEAGUE.
3. Marriott International, Inc.
Marriott’s diversity and inclusion strategy and initiatives are closely tied to their culture, core values and strategic business goals. The Women’s Leadership Development Initiative was launched 16 years ago with the objective to formalize a comprehensive women’s agenda, bringing together numerous isolated activities under one strategic umbrella. The initiative is focused on increasing the presence of women at the highest levels, strengthening the career development process for women, developing a role for senior management in ensuring that women progress, and capitalizing on women currently in leadership to drive organizational success.
Always putting people first and giving associates opportunities to grow and succeed are part of the company’s DNA and Marriott’s approach to diversity and inclusion. Marriott promotes the recruitment, retention and advancement of diverse employees, and actively engages in efforts to develop a diverse owner, guest and supplier base. Marriott is committed to offering a world of opportunities in an increasingly diverse and interconnected global marketplace through professional development, skills training, global language learning, mentoring, networking and educational assistance.
Brenda Durham is the Senior Vice President & Regional General Counsel for Marriott International, serving as primary legal counsel for Marriott’s hotels and resorts located throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. Durham has a comprehensive practice that includes negotiating financial, equity and management agreement transactions. In her prior role, Durham served as the primary legal counsel supervising Marriott’s law department group for international global operations providing counsel and oversight to attorneys supporting Asia Pacific, Middle East Africa and the United Kingdom.
Accenture is one of the world’s leading professional services companies, with capabilities in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Its more than 336,000 people around the world reflect the global marketplace, representing a tremendous variety of cultures, ethnicities, beliefs and languages. It is this rich diversity that enables the company to deliver high performance to its clients in more than 120 countries every day.
Accenture’s global network of employee resource groups brings together individuals of all backgrounds, who share an affinity around diversity or common interests, to network and achieve strategic goals. They enable Accenture’s people to drive momentum around inclusion and diversity and heighten awareness across the company. In the past year, more than 850 African-American and Hispanic-American Employee Resource Group members gathered in five U.S. locations to participate in leadership summits focused on developing leaders at all levels.
Nellie Borrero holds a crucial leadership role at Accenture and is a driving force behind the company’s diversity initiatives. As Managing Director of Global Inclusion & Diversity, Borrero works to raise awareness on the importance of embracing diversity and is a champion for promoting respect, personal achievement and stewardship. After joining Accenture in 1986, she created the first role for diversity efforts and is a deeply committed advocate for change, women, minorities and people. Borrero has been recognized as one of the top five LATINA Style Corporate Executives, in addition to other numerous awards.
5. Prudential Financial
Prudential Financial was the first company in the United States to make life insurance available to the working class. With more than a century helping people meet their financial goals Prudential Financial is in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America offering individuals and institutions financial products and services, including life insurance, annuities, mutual funds, investment management, and retirement related services. Prudential Financial believes that talent comes in every color, gender, origin, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status and physical capability. Prudential Financial is committed to providing meaningful opportunities for diverse suppliers to complete their business. The company supports leadership development for women through a number of programs. Prudential Financial encourages individual businesses to consider mentoring as one avenue of development.
Hispanic Heritage Network (HHN) is Prudential’s Business Resource Group and support network created to further the development of Hispanic employees so they can reach their fullest potential. Through the Prudential Office of Diversity & Inclusion’s strategic framework, HHN utilizes the people, market and community pillars to articulate the Hispanic viewpoint by providing a vehicle for communications and sharing common issues. They also provide leadership opportunities to members across many business units.
Prudential Financial named Yanela Frias as their highest ranking Latina. Frias is the Vice President of Finance for Prudential Financial Inc.’s Individual Annuities business. She is responsible for the financial reporting planning and analysis, capital management and reporting of enterprise financial results, including the preparation of Prudential’s Annual Report.
6. Johnson & Johnson
Johnson & Johnson has more than 250 companies located in 60 countries around the world. The company is organized into several business segments comprised of franchises and therapeutic categories. With a long history of commitment to the Hispanic and Latino community, people and values are Johnson & Johnson’s greatest assets. Diversity is a central part of the cultures across the Johnson & Johnson family of companies.
Johnson & Johnson’s Employee Resource Group, Hispanic Organization for Leadership and Achievement (HOLA) has various chapters across the United States, Puerto Rico and Latin America. HOLA was founded by Latinas in leadership positions with the purpose of connecting professionals, developing leadership, creating social responsibility and achieving business results. As a grassroots organization, HOLA values, optimizes, and leverages Johnson & Johnson’s internal and external resources to increase its market competitiveness in the fast-growing Hispanic consumer base.
The highest-ranking Latina in North America, Denice Torres, serves as co-chair, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc., North America and president of the McNeil Consumer Healthcare division of Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. McNeil is most well-known for marketing over-the-counter medicines, including Tylenol, Zyrtec, Motrin, and Sudafed.
In 2015, Torres was named Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association Woman of the Year. In 2013, Working Mother named her Working Mother of the Year. Torres has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business; Doctor of Jurisprudence from Indiana University, Maurer School of Law; and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Ball State University.
7. Sodexo USA
Sodexo is the worldwide leader in raising individual, organizational and community performance through Quality of Life services. For over 40 years, it has developed unique expertise, backed by nearly 420,000 employees in 80 countries across the globe. Sodexo develops, manages and delivers an exclusive array of facilities management and on-site services, recognition programs, and personal and home services for its clients.
Sodexo believes tapping into the full potential of their employees’ diversity makes it a stronger and more innovative company, allowing the business to better support its clients and the 75 million consumers it serves daily around the world. Sodexo’s Hispanic/Latino Employee Business Resource Group, Sodexo Organization for Latinos (SOL), is comprised of nine chapters and is dedicated to “developing managers to develop others.” Its mission states: “A community dedicated to the development of Latinos through networking, education and mentoring while embracing their cultural passion.” Sodexo takes a holistic approach to diversity and inclusion. Therefore, retention of Latina employees is included in the company’s overall diversity and inclusion strategy.
Teresa Diaz Ellenburg is the Vice President of Employee Relations and Corporate Policy. Diaz Ellenburg oversees both the HR function for Sodexo’s Corporate Staff departments as well as leading Sodexo’s Office of Employment Rights (OER). Diaz Ellenburg is also a proud founding member and former Chair of SOL and a member of Sodexo’s Women’s Network Group (WiNG).
8. Wells Fargo & Company
Wells Fargo has approximately 266,000 team members in 36 countries across more than 90 businesses. They embrace their responsibility to be a leading corporate citizen and the opportunity to create more resilient, sustainable communities through their operations and actions. Their mission includes building relationships within the communities they serve through the development and inclusion of Latinas.
Wells Fargo is focused on attracting, engaging, retaining and developing diverse talent. This is made possible through team member networks devoted to professional growth and education, community outreach, recruiting and retention, and customer insight through various groups including their Hispanic Employee Resource Group, Latin Connection TMN. The Latin Connection Team Member Network includes 44 chapters across the country with more than 6,500 members. Wells Fargo’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is key to being one of the world’s greatest companies.
Carly Sanchez, Executive Vice President and head of the Talent Acquisition, AA/EEO, and Diversity recruiting group, joined Wells Fargo in September 2013. Sanchez is responsible for the strategy, design, and implementation of recruiting programs, policies, and technology solutions along with the company’s selection and assessment and executive recruiting programs and strategies. Additionally, she serves as Corporate HR’s primary liaison to the Enterprise Diversity and Inclusion office. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Harvard University and a master’s degree in developmental psychology from Tufts University and is a board member of the National Diversity Council and the Institute for Corporate Productivity.
9. FCA US LLC
FCA US LLC is a North American automaker formerly known as, Chrysler group LLC. FCA’s commitment to diversity is a longstanding and ingrained part of their culture. FCA’s diversity of talents and perspectives allows the company to take visionary approaches, strategically apply new technologies and forge ahead in innovation and performance.
FCA US LLC is passionate about finding diverse talent and creating lasting relationships with organizations who strive for success and for inspiring others. They are committed to leveraging the unique backgrounds of their employees and how it connects their company to their Latin culture, consumers and communities. They are proud to work with their Employee Resource Groups for talent development, mentoring, and recruitment. Latins in Connection (LinC), one of FCA’s employee resource group has a mentoring program that matches its members with the company executives for guidance and leadership. LinC’s goals are designed around four pillars: career, culture, community and commerce.
Mary Ann Capó, Sr. Manager-Product Marketing, Dodge Brand is FCA’s highest-ranking Latina. Capó is responsible for establishing and executing product and marketing strategy for Dodge Durango, Journey, Grand Caravan and future family vehicles. Capó is Cuban-American, born in Detroit, Michigan and raised in Rochester Hills, Michigan. Capó has worked at FCA US (previously Chrysler Group) for 15 years in diverse marketing roles for the U.S., Latin America and Asia-Pacific markets.
10. United Technologies Corporation
United Technologies Corporation (UTC) serves customers in the commercial aerospace, defense and building industries, and ranks among the world’s most respected and innovative companies. Its diversity mission states that a diverse workforce is not simply a goal, but a business imperative for UTC. Innovation does not come from a common thought process, but rather through the cooperative interaction, knowledge and experience that only a diverse workforce can offer. Only through the diversity of experience and thought can the corporation be assured it is truly addressing the needs of its customers and stakeholders.
UTC has the benefit of more than 50 Employee Resource Group (ERG) chapters across the company. Their collective mission is to support the corporation’s efforts to attract, develop and retain top talent globally. UTC greatly leverages its Employee Resource Groups to engage and develop Latinas, as is the case with the Hispanic Leadership Forum (HLF) at UTC Building & Industrial Systems, Pratt & Whitney, United Technologies Aerospace Systems, and Sikorsky.
The highest-ranking Latina at United Technologies Corporation is Cindy Jimenez, Director of Government Relations. In this role she is responsible for positioning and shaping legislation and issues relating to commercial aviation and space on Capitol Hill. Jimenez also served as an adult probation officer in Texas from 1992-1996. She currently serves on the Howard University School of Education Board of Visitors, which focuses on promoting STEM research and policy formulation. In 2008, she was selected by Hispanic Business Magazine as one of the Top 100 Most Influential U.S. Hispanics.
PepsiCo has a history of delivering strong performance and their goal is to deliver top-tier financial performance while creating sustainable growth and shareholder value. PepsiCo knows that it is not enough to be included, but that full engagement, where everyone is learning, listening and sharing with each other can lead to greater innovation and talent sustainability. PepsiCo has a rich legacy of being a leader in creating a diverse and inclusive corporate culture, breaking barriers in corporate America for minorities and women. PepsiCo continues to build on this legacy by advancing female leadership and investing in the talent they need to lead their business. Recruitment and retention of women of color are important. PepsiCo supports the development of Hispanic women both within the company and externally using a three-pronged approach: promoting gender diversity in their businesses, corporate sponsorship, and foundation grants.
PepsiCo’s Hispanic Employee Resource Group, Adelante, supports the advancement for diversity and engagement. Adelante helps increase PepsiCo’s competitive advantage by leveraging their collective cultural acuity to drive consumer insights, influence the business agenda and support growth initiatives. Adelante has three platforms: education, talent sustainability and brand innovation. The group has been active for 15 years and has over 2,100 members nationally.
Grace Puma Whiteford, Senior Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer is PepsiCo’s highest-ranking Latina. She holds a B.A. in Business Administration and Economics from Illinois Benedictine University. She previously served as a board member for Steppenwolf Theatre, the Institute for Supply Managers and board member for the Marietta Corporation.
12. General Motors Company
General Motors Company continues to develop innovative technologies to shape the future of the automotive industry. With approximately 212,000 plus employees working in 396 facilities touching six continents, the General Motors Company team shares a passion for customers and a competitive spirit that drives them to excellence. The GM culture, which represents diversity, inclusion, mutual respect, responsibility and understanding, welcomes fresh perspectives and varied experiences.
GM’s salaried employees are invited to join one of many Employee Resource Groups. These employee-driven groups focus on recruiting, retention and professional development and are actively engaged in the community. Members of their Employee Resource Groups may also be called upon to provide insight for their product development, design or marketing teams to ensure they are meeting the needs of consumers around the world. The goal of one of GM’s Employee Resource Group, the Hispanic Initiative Team (HIT), along with the Hispanic Leadership Network and other HIT chapters, is to make GM a workplace of choice for Hispanic and Latino communities by positioning themselves as a resource to the entire corporation, as well as its members.
Grace Lieblein, Vice President of Global Quality, is GM’s highest-ranking Latina. Lieblein is responsible for leading GM’s global quality efforts aimed at providing customers with the highest-quality vehicles in the industry. Lieblein brings to the role in-depth knowledge of manufacturing, engineering, purchasing and global markets to ensure seamless integration of customer-focused technologies. Lieblein is also a member of the Board of Directors for the GM Foundation.
LATINA Style 50 Report
Behind the Scenes
The LATINA Style 50 Report is a collaboration among corporations that aim to increase Latina representation. At the beginning of the year the LATINA Style team gathers to ensure the report includes the most significant questions that Latinas are asking regarding corporate America. After thorough research and feedback from partners and Latinas throughout the nation, the end result of the LATINA Style 50 survey was 25 questions, thus providing Latinas insight to the most recognized corporations in America.
For 18 years, the survey has been prepared to cover the various programs and benefits that corporations offer to Latinas. The survey highlights the highest-ranking Latina within the company to serve as a role model for the new generations. It also highlights the Hispanic resource groups since it reflects the company’s involvement with the Latino community. The survey includes other questions that pertain to Latinas such as health benefits, mentoring programs, leadership training and fast track programs, to name a few.
The completion of the survey required several departments within the company to gather the most accurate information. Once the information is acquired by LATINA Style, the survey goes through a careful evaluation process that takes several months to complete. Companies are evaluated using a scoring system, researched information of the company and interpretation of the written responses of the survey. The evaluations are then shared and discussed amongst the LATINA Style panelist to compile a final ranking of all companies which submitted the survey. Finally, it is important to remark that the published chart only reflects a portion of what the evaluation inquires.
LATINA Style thanks all the companies who participated this year. The companies’ submissions helps the LATINA Style 50 Report provide the most accurate insight on the top companies for Latinas to work for. Congratulations to the 2015 LATINA Style 50 Best Companies for Latinas!
Why Comcast NBCUniversal?
Comcast has once again risen to the very top position of the LATINA Style 50 Report. How did they do it? They have maintained a commitment to their Latina workforce that continues to make it possible for them to excel. Comcast extends a nurturing environment not only to their workforce but to the community as well. Creating a development fund for small business to achieve the capacity needed to be able to become part of the corporate supplier chain empowers business that would otherwise find it difficult to take this step. This is an essential part of creating wealth and opportunities in minority communities.
Comcast’s support of veterans is another reason why they hold the top spot. Over a million veterans will be entering the civilian workforce in the near future. The exceptional group of Americans that have put their lives on the line to protect the freedom we enjoy in our country find themselves, in many cases, displaced and ignored by the very same people that they swore to protect. Paving the way for our veterans to return to the civilian workplace is for many a public relations effort but not at Comcast.
In addition, the efforts the corporation is making to provide Internet services to schools and rural communities will make it possible for these disadvantaged communities to obtain education and information that is crucial to succeed in today’s environment. This is why Comcast holds the top spot on the list.