The Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) announced on March 14th the 50 Most Powerful Latinas (MPL) in corporate America list through its media partner Fortune Magazine, and the MPL Summit hosted by its educational partner Columbia University which will take place on May 20th.
Founded in 1972, ALPFA’s purpose is to connect passionate Latino leaders for exponential impact. “We first collaborated with Fortune and their partner Great Place to Work on the 10 Best Workplaces for Latinos list, and we are proud to bring to Fortune’s readers this remarkable list of Latina business executives,” said ALPFA’s CEO Charles Garcia. He added, “ALPFA applied the same criteria that Fortune uses for its Most Powerful Women list: the size and importance of the woman’s business in the global economy, the health and direction of the business, the arc of the woman’s career and social and cultural influence.”
ALPFA’s list prioritizes women leading large public companies with significant operating roles, rather than C-Level staff roles. It includes two women operating global private firms, three entrepreneurs who scaled their businesses into the middle market, and three Latinas, who although recently retired, exercise leadership roles on Fortune 500 boards. The list includes Cuban-born Geisha Williams, CEO and President of PG&E Corp., who earlier this month became the first Latina to lead a Fortune 500 company. It also includes PwC partner Maria Moats who leads 1,600 PwC partners in the firm’s Audit practice in North America and Mexico; and Gabriela Franco Parcella, who oversees $340 billion in assets as the Chairman & CEO of Mellon Capital.
These women have significant global roles, such as PepsiCo’s Chief Supply Officer Grace Puma who manages $25 billion in global spend; Adriana Cisneros who leads a global media company that became Facebook’s first Reseller in the Americas, and distributes content to 100 countries in 12 languages; and Bank of America Vice Chairman Sonia Dula who last month closed on a transformational deal to bring mobile connectivity to more than 90% of Mexico’s population, a bold initiative of President Peña Nieto’s reform agenda. The full list can be accessed here – MPL2017.
The MPL Summit and a dinner celebration will take place on May 20th at Columbia University. The MPL Summit theme is “Leading with Purpose” and the agenda and instructions on how to apply to participate can be accessed at www.alpfa.org/mostpowerfullatinas
ALPFA (Association of Latino Professionals For America) is the longest standing Latino organization with 80,000+ members assembled in 45 professional and more than 160 student chapters across America. Our ambition is to connect 1 million passionate Latino leaders for exponential impact.
See the complete list of the 50 most powerful Latinas of 2017 on Fortune.