Yasmin Davidds, an expert with the world renowned KARRASS negotiation training program in the U.S. and Latin America, has trained and counseled over 2,000 corporate leaders in over 200 blue chip companies throughout 22 countries. Her clients have ranged from senior judges to tribal leaders, from unionized prison guards to accountants, and from railroad officials to diplomatic trainees. Her practical experience includes a wide range of public and private sector efforts inBrazil,Columbia,Argentina,England,France,Spain,South Africa and theU.S. She has helped lead intervention and assistance programs to disputing parties and has advised corporate, non-profit and governmental teams on how to prepare for important negotiations.
Yasmin Davidds is an international best-selling author, women empowerment specialist, television talk-show host, radio personality and self-help guru in both English and Spanish markets within the U.S.and Latin America. Recognized and highlighted as one of the top Leading Latinas by Hispanic Magazine and also as one of the most influential Latinas in the book by acclaimed author Silvia Mendoza “The Book of Latina Women: 149 Vidas of Passion, Strength and Success”; Yasmin delivers through her inspirational speeches a simple but profound message: “People will only treat you the way you allow yourself to be treated. If you want others to respect you, begin by respecting yourself first. That means standing up for yourself and not allowing anyone to mistreat you in any way.”
The groundbreaking Empowering Latinas: Breaking Boundaries, Freeing Lives, Yasmin’s internationally best-selling book, along with her self-help system, The 7 Principles to Self-Love and Personal Freedom, have been dedicated to the empowerment of women and are used as reference books in universities nationwide. To continue cementing Yasmin as an expert in women issues, she signed an agreement with Atria Books (division of Simon and Schuster) to publish “TAKE BACK YOUR POWER: How to Reclaim It, Use It and Keep It To Get What You Deserve” and “YOU GO GIRL: Give Your Daughters the Tools To Be Powerful Women”. Yasmin has served as an empowerment expert and media spokesperson for top tier companies such as Proctor & Gamble, Verizon Wireless, Bayer Pharmaceutical, AOL Latino and Sara Lee. Recently, she received the highest honor of being selected and featured as one of the 150 Most Prominent Latino Writers and Journalists of All Times.
Yasmin broke ground when she hosted her own television talk show, “You Go Girl!” in which she addressed issues and gave powerful solutions to challenges affecting all women. Yasmin has appeared on hundreds of radio and television shows including NBC Evening News and L.A.’s number one radio station, Power 106. She has been featured in numerous magazines and newspaper publications including La Opinión, People en Español and Latina Magazine.
After graduating from East Carolina University and Harvard Law School , Clay Deanhardt began a career in law and entrepreneurial businesses in San Francisco . By the mid-90s Clay had focused on high technology law, focusing on firms and businesses in California ’s Silicon Valley . In 2001, Clay launched his first business as President, General Counsel and a member of the Board of Directors for Epidemic Networks, a start-up networking company founded in Santa Barbara . He subsequently started his own successful legal and business consulting firm, Deanhardt Consulting, until being asked to return to Covad Communications Company as Assistant General Counsel.
Among his accomplishments, Clay led a telecommunications industry team that combined legal and operational strategies to develop and deploy disruptive technologies that made broadband services more available and affordable for individuals.
Clay now operates the Law Office of Clay Deanhardt, providing high-quality, low-cost services focused on achieving concrete business results. He advises individual entrepreneurs, small and large businesses on legal strategies designed to bring them business success.
Alexander Goldstein is the co-founder of elwiri, the first lifestyle mobile application catering to the Hispanic market with content in Spanish. Mr. Goldstein is the Chief Operating Officer for elwiri and oversees all the day-to-day operations for the company, focusing on providing innovative solutions to increase the overall user base as well as creating an effective integrated marketing strategy for participating companies looking to capitalize and learn about their Hispanic consumer.
Prior to establishing Finepoint, Dick was the Senior Vice President-Human Resources for Safeway Inc. a $46 Billion, 203,000 employee food retailer operating 1,738 stores throughout the U.S. and Canada. In that position Dick was responsible for all Human Resource activities throughout the Corporation. While in this role Dick was chief strategist for several innovative human resource initiatives that provided the many core business units with organizational infrastructures that lead to improved employee competencies and skill levels. These achievements provided consistent gains in productivity, performance, quality and service. His leadership as the architect of a distinctive diversity initiative culminated in Safeway receiving Fortune magazine’s award for 50 Best Companies for Minorities (2003, 2004 & 2005) and Women (2005). He was also responsible for Safeway being recognized by Forbes magazine as a Leading Company for a Diverse Workforce (2006) and receiving the prestigious Catalyst Award
for the Advancement of Women in the Workplace (2006).
Prior to Safeway Dick held senior positions with Group Health of Puget Sound, (an HMO), with Burlington Northern, Inc.(a Holding Company), Burlington Northern Railroad Company (Rail Operations), and IBM (Manufacturing).
Dick holds a Bachelors Degree from the University of Colorado – Boulder and an MBA from the Drucker Center, Claremont Colleges, Claremont, CA.
Rick Najera is an award-winning actor-writer-director-producer with credits in film, television, theatre and Broadway. He is undeniably one of the most sought after comedic talents in the industry. Honored twice by Hispanic Business Magazine as ‘100 Most Influential Latinos in America’, Najera is also one of the most powerful voices in the Latino world today.
“Poet and producer, actor and comedian, award-winning TV writer, denizen of the Latin quarter, Hollywood Hills and Great White Way, Rick Najera is the embodiment of diversity.” – Writers Guild of America
With an extensive range of talent, Najera has enjoyed working in many forms of entertainment, whether performing, writing for television or film to acting. Najera penned the holiday feature film Nothing Like the Holidays starring Debra Messing, Alfred Molina and John Leguizamo which won him a prestigious ALMA Award. He has had two WGA nominations for his work on MAD TV.
His writing/acting credits also include the critically acclaimed award-winning stage works, LATINOLOGUES™ (Broadway), interactive musical comedy Sweet 15 Quinceañera and Diary of a Dad Man which will premier on the Showtime Network January 20, 2011, directed by Gary Blumsack. This award-winning comedy explores the glamorousHollywood life of bachelorhood to fatherhood, while being from the hood.
Najera has also written for groundbreaking television comedies such as MAD TV, In Living Color and Culture Clash. He created, wrote and starred in his own sketch comedy show, BBQ Bill, which was featured on CBS’s Innertube, one of the first online comedies for a major network at the time. He has written numerous others pilots and shows. Recently, he wrote and filmed The B GATE for Jennifer Lopez’s Nuyorican Productions.
As one of the only three Latinos in history to write and star in his own show on Broadway, Najera made his Broadway debut in 2005 with his self-written and created, award-winning sketch comedy show, LATINOLOGUES™. The show triumphed on Broadway at the historic Helen Hayes Theatre on W. 44th Street for a four-month run (137 performances with an extension), a historical achievement for a Latino-oriented show. Najera’s show on Broadway was directed by comic legend, Cheech Marin, and paved the way for others to follow such as Tony Award winning, In The Heights. With more than a 15-year history of performances, Latinologues has toured the nation to sold out houses and standing ovations. Latinologues is the longest running and only showcase of its kind for Latinos inAmerica, and Najera has mentored and directed more than 150 actors in the show. For more info, visit http://www.ricknajera.com.
Angélica Pérez, PhD
Angélica Pérez is best known as the creative force, Publisher and CEO of NEW LATINA. Pérez’ career has been anchored by a driven desire to empower others, especially women and her Latino community. It is this determination and her background as a clinical psychologist that led her to further explore the varying dimensions of today’s Latina woman, thus coining the identity of the New Latina.
Her distinct life experiences as an entrepreneur, psychologist, and ambitious Latina, have positioned her to be an invaluable resource to media seeking greater understanding and insights on the multifaceted dimensions of the growing Hispanic market and their contributions to the ever evolving multicultural American society.
Pérez-Litwin is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and other online publications. She has been featured as a psychologist guest expert on Univision, Telemundo and HITN (Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network).
Pérez is clinical psychologist practitioner whose approach to counseling and therapy has been self-defined as “relaxed but empowering.” With academic degrees from Columbia University (B.A., Psychology, 1989) and Fordham University (Ph.D., 1998 and M.A., 1993, Clinical Psychology) she formerly held a Research Assistant Professor Faculty Appointment from the New York University School of Medicine, and co-Directed their Multicultural Memory Clinic, as part of the Aging and Dementia Research Center.
Married with four children and managing a private practice, she is a proud bilingual Dominican and native New Yorker born and raised in Washington Heights.
“NEW LATINA was created to provide a unique platform with relevant and smart content for the new Latina woman who wants more out of life.”
Lancio (Lance) Antonio Rios grew up on the west side of Cleveland, Ohio. Lance’s long-time interest in Latino cultures and communities spiked when he accepted an internship in the South Bronx in New York City, soon after earning a Bachelor’s in Sports Management and Marketing from Bowling Green State University. After witnessing the diversity of the Latino culture in the area, he decided that moving to New York would be more beneficial. He has finessed many talents through working in English and Spanish-language media and has developed a Facebook fan page called Being Latino. Since May of 2009, Being Latino has experienced tremendous exponential growth with support from Latinos who care about discussing history, culture and social issues. Since its conception, Being Latino has organically harnessed over 72,000 fans with an additional 170+ Latino-based fan pages on Facebook, a following on Google+, Twitter, and YouTube with a total reach of over 150,000 people, nationally with a $0.00 budget. Recently launching its new official website www.BeingLatino.us, has taken its Nucleus Team of 8, Editorial Team of 12 and over 40 contributing writers and transformed it into a nationally recognized, engaging, community targeted brand, marketing towards a demographic of English-dominant and bi-lingual Latinos. Having received many awards for his innovative creation, Lance Rios has turned Being Latino into a nationally recognized leader within the Latino Social Media Space.
President & Founder | Being Latino, Inc.
216.789.0408 | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.beinglatino.us
Dr. Robert Rodriguez
Dr. Robert Rodriguez is the president of DRR Advisors LLC, a boutique diversity consulting firm specializing in employee resource group optimization and Latino talent initiatives. Many consider Robert to be the leading authority on Latino diversity initiatives in corporate America. His book, “Latino Talent” is used by numerous firms looking to better recruit, retain & develop top Hispanic talent. In 2010, Hispanic Business magazine named him one of the top 100 most influential Latinos in the country because of his expertise. He has worked with close to 80 corporations on their Latino talent initiatives and focuses mostly on Latino leadership and Latino executive development programs. He holds a PhD in Organization Development and is a columnist for Diversity Executive magazine. He is currently working on his second book to be titled, “The Latino Leadership Pipeline” due out in 2013.
President & CEO of SGI | Mr. Titinger has experience in leading and transitioning companies to make them world leaders within their industries. Prior to Verigy, Mr. Titinger served as senior vice president of FormFactor, Inc.’s Product Business Groups. Before joining FormFactor, he held several executive leadership positions at KLA-Tencor Corporation, the leading supplier of process control and yield management solutions for semiconductor and related microelectronics industries. Earlier in his career, Mr. Titinger was vice president of Global Operations within business and product divisions at Applied Materials. He also served in vice president and director positions at leading technology organizations including Hewlett-Packard.
Mr. Titinger earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering as well as a master’s in Engineering Management from Stanford University. He currently serves as Board vice president of the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley.
Moises V. “Moe” Vela Jr.
Mr. Mela Jr. is of counsel in the Public Policy & Regulation Group. His focus is on client development, public policy, government relations, strategic communications, regulatory affairs and Hispanic and LGBT outreach. He uses his extensive government, business and community-based network and expertise to enhance the service-offerings to the firm’s clients.
Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Vela served in the Obama Administration as Director of Management & Administration in the Office of Vice President Biden. Vela’s main duty in this role was to manage the daily operations of the Vice President’s office. He was the first Hispanic in the U.S. to serve twice in the White House in a senior executive role. During the Clinton Administration, Vela served as Chief Financial Officer and Senior Advisor on Latino Affairs in the Office of Vice President Al Gore.
Upon leaving the Clinton White House, Mr. Vela was instrumental in the launch of a cyberspace company. After a stint in cyberspace, Mr. Vela began his own consulting company, Diverse Directions, LLC, where he provided his clients guidance on the development of comprehensive Latino community outreach and marketing strategies, as well as, government, public and media relations strategies. He has developed and produced a variety of successful Spanish-language, bilingual and multicultural advertising and marketing campaigns on radio and television for members of the automotive industry, financial sector, non-profit community and a plethora of other clients.
A member of the State Bar of Texas, Mr. Vela created El Centro Legal Latino in Birmingham, AL, where he concentrated on educating and informing Latinos in the Southeast U.S. of their legal rights, advocating on their behalf and assisting them in obtaining fair and quality legal representation when appropriate. While in Alabama, he was the founder and first chairman of the Alabama Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, where he used his business acumen to create new Latino entrepreneurs and to help grow Latino-owned businesses throughout the state.
Mr. Vela was then recruited to be the executive director of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals, a nonprofit trade association whose mission it is to increase Hispanic homeownership by empowering any and all professionals in the home buying process who serve or want to serve the Hispanic consumer. NAHREP boasts over 12,000 members in 48 states and 35 affiliate chapters.
Following that role, Mr. Vela was senior vice president of Multicultural Strategies at United Dominion Realty Trust where he developed the multifamily industry’s first comprehensive multicultural strategy to attract, retain and properly service tenants of different ethnic or cultural backgrounds. Subsequently, he became president of his own consulting business, Comunidades LLC.
Mr. Vela began his career as a staff member in the Texas House of Representatives as the legislative director and committee clerk for State Rep. Rene Oliveira. He went on to serve as a committee clerk for then-Senator Eddie Bernice Johnson’s Interim Committee on Minority and Women Business Ownership Opportunities.
Prior to returning to serve in the Obama-Biden Administration, Mr. Vela was a partner and co-founder of The Comunidades Group, a Denver-based cutting-edge business that acquires, develops and operates multifamily and mixed-use real estate in Hispanic submarkets across the nation and “culturally customizes” them to better meet the needs of Latino renters and consumers across the nation.
Professional Honors & Awards
- Top 100 Hispanics in America, Hispanic Business, 2010
- Top 300 Washington, D.C. Insiders, National Journal, 2010
- American Bar Association, Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights & Responsibilities
- National Council of La Raza
- Hispanic National Bar Association
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