HACE Coaches

and Program Leads

Executive Coaches

Alexander Chaparro

Executive Coach & Emerging Latino Leaders Program Lead

With over 30 years in sales leadership and business growth, Alexander is a seasoned ICF-certified executive coach and entrepreneurial success expert. A deep commitment to mentoring, strategic recruitment, and business expansion marks Alexander’s career. As a trained mentor and trainer, Alexander specializes in steering individuals and organizations toward their growth objectives. Alexanders extensive experience and passion for development make me a reliable guide for those aiming to enhance their professional journey.

Alexandra Herrera

Insights Discovery Executive Coach and Emerging Latino Leadership Program Lead

Alexandra has coached and trained global leaders, executives, and business owners in Fortune 500 companies for over 25 years. She is an executive coach who helps her clients leverage their strengths to create transformation from within. Her approach isn’t just about immediate solutions; it’s about supporting her clients in discovering skills and insights that resonate throughout their lifetime. Her unique blend of intuition, expertise, and empathy creates an environment where leaders grow and flourish. Alexandra has linguistic fluency in English and Spanish and a deep understanding of the cultural nuances that define these languages. Her cultural identity as a Latina further enriches her ability to connect with clients from diverse backgrounds, fostering an environment of trust and understanding. Her academic background includes a B.S. in Material Science Engineering from Universidad Simon Bolívar in Caracas, Venezuela, and an MBA from Benedictine University in Illinois. 

Armando Sepulveda

Executive Coach, Emerging Latino Leaders Program Lead, and Prof. Development Workshop Facilitator

Armando has spent 24.5 years with Xerox Corporation in a variety of Sales Management and Senior Leadership positions including Vice President and General Manager of a $300 million dollar business in Southern California, San Diego and Las Vegas

Carlos Martin

Executive Coach & Hombres de HACE Program Lead

Carlos is a bilingual, results-driven sales executive with experience in both direct and inside sales management. Carlos is passionate about driving business expansion and multi-million-dollar revenue goals. Carlos creates both capability and capacity for business intelligence by embedding creative problem solving, systems thinking, process management, attention to detail, and transparency. The outcome is two-fold: — A modern, tech-enabled sales organization that creates and executes data-driven, intelligent sales strategy — High-performing, internally motivated and emotionally intelligent sales professionals and leaders. His career and life experience are integrating in the form of leadership development and coaching to specifically but not exclusively develop high-potential rising leaders, and to help organizations carve pathways for leadership development and tracking that a diversified workforce inherently requires. Carlos is actively pursuing official certification as part of the Hudson Institute of Coaching’s Spring 2023 Coaching Certification cohort.

Carlos Gonzales

Insights Discovery Executive Coach

Carlos Gonzalez is the former QSC VP for the Ohio Region and previously Latin America providing management and oversight operational process for 1800 restaurants with over 4 billion dollars in revenues in Latin America. In this role he provides leadership, alignment and integration between Franchisees, Home Office and Latin America with a focus on Operations, profitability, ROI, franchising, people and customer satisfaction. Between 1985 and 1995, he worked his way up to Restaurant Manager positions and relocated to several countries in the Latin American Region. He then worked in Operations Technology in the Home Office and was Director of Operations at the Great Lakes Division. Carlos completed the Leadership at McDonald’s Program (LAMP) in 2008 and successfully received a diploma in Managerial Issues in the Global Enterprise from Thunderbird University. in addition, he also completed an Advance Executive Management program from Monte Avila University in Venezuela. Carlos also earned a diploma in Advanced International Marketing from the International Hamburger Marketing University in Chicago (IMHU).

Diane Garza

Executive Coach, Mujeres de HACE Program Lead, Emerging Latino Leaders Program Lead and Prof. Development Workshop Facilitator

Diane Garza is a catalyst for personal and professional growth. She specializes in accelerating change in leaders to help them reach their full potential through training and coaching. She is the CEO of iCatalyze, A global leadership consulting and training organization empowering leaders for the #futureofwork. Diane has worked with Georgetown University for more than 12 years, where she has specialized in designing and delivering executive programs for leaders from the public, private and nonprofit sectors from more than 20 countries. A certified leadership coach, she supports young professionals, entrepreneurs and corporate executives, helping them overcome uncertainty and gain confidence to improve performance and lead with impact. She has implemented custom leadership training and coached professionals at companies such as Microsoft, WeWork, Bloomberg, among others. She has a Certification in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University and postgraduate studies in leadership from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Dr. Marisol Capella

Executive Coach & Emerging Latino Leaders Program Lead

Dr. Marisol Capellan is an internationally recognized and award-winning educator, TEDx speaker, executive coach, and corporate trainer. She is the Founder of The Capellan Institute, a leadership, coaching, and corporate training company specializing in workplace culture, diversity, equity & inclusion, and soft skills development. Dr. Capellan is a former lecturer at the University of Miami, Miami Herbert Business School lecturer where she taught management and organizational behavior classes and served as the associate director of their Master’s in Leadership program. She holds a doctoral degree in Higher Education Leadership and a Master’s of Management with Specialization in Leadership from the University of Miami. As a result, she is publishing her book; Leadership is a Responsibility, about her career journey experience as a Black Hispanic woman in Academia, the stories of Black women in the workplace, and the need for responsible leaders to create a more equitable society where minorities can belong and thrive.  

Dr. Isaura Gonzalez

Executive Coach & Mujeres de HACE Program Lead

As a Clinical Psychologist​ and Educator​, Dr. Isaura de la Caridad Gonzalez​ has utilized her expertise and trailblazing skills to support others, specifically the Latina population, to expand their businesses and create top sum financial legacies. She is a multilingual innovator who founded one of the top Psychology practices​ in Staten Island, which aim to empower and inspire Latina entrepreneurs to learn the skills that will bring their businesses to the highest level. Dr. Gonzalez has taken the initiative for the Latina market and exemplified her knowledge of entrepreneurship through her recent development, Latina​ Mastermind​. She is the founder of The National Society of Latina Leadership and Empowerment,​ an organization that offers students of all ages the opportunity to connect with others and empower themselves through networking and leadership. As an expert in Women’s Leadership Development, Isaura understands how to help Latina entrepreneurs accelerate their businesses and leverage their expertise.

Juliana Faus

Executive Coach & Mujeres de HACE Program Lead

Juliana’s passion for working with people shines through in the enthusiastic and empathetic way she supports her coachees towards success. Her coaching is fueled by a vision of sustainable greatness and taking action to achieve it. Juliana’s extensive knowledge base is backed by a stellar educational background and 15+ years of HR experience at PwC, enabling her to work effectively with the people she coaches. She has lived in multiple countries and speaks three languages fluently; Spanish, Portuguese & English, which enhances her cognitive diversity and cultural dexterity. Juliana uses her wit and wisdom to build meaningful connections. And as a forever student, she continues to broaden her knowledge continuously. Of all her accomplishments, Juliana is most proud of how her coaching empowers professionals to develop as leaders who consistently go from great to awesome.  

Krizel Rodriguez

Executive Coach, Mujeres de HACE Program Lead, Mujeres de HACE Alumna, and Prof. Development Workshop Facilitator

Krizel Rodriguez: Empowering Leader, Visionary Entrepreneur, Advocate for Change, and Inspirational Keynote Speaker. Meet Krizel Rodriguez, widely known as “La Reina of Leadership” – a title that perfectly encapsulates her journey as an empowering figure, visionary entrepreneur, advocate, TEDx speaker, and mother. Krizel is a testament to the power of resilience, diversity, and vision in redefining leadership and beauty standards for women everywhere. As the founder of KR Training Solutions, Hola Sis, and the Leading Lady Network, Krizel has dedicated her life to elevating women from all walks of life.  In a world craving authentic leadership, Krizel stands out as a guiding light, propelling us all into a future filled with endless possibilities. Join her and be a part of this exhilarating journey where your leadership story begins and continues to unfold in the most remarkable ways. 

Lawrence Brown

Executive Coach and Multicultural Leadership Program Lead

Lawrence Brown is a multifaceted thought leader, speaker and coach. He is the CEO of We Coach Executives, LLC and We Coach Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. As a certified executive and diversity coach, Lawrence has worked with Fortune 500, small businesses, higher education, and nonprofit clients such as the University of Chicago and the Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement. While Lawrence’s experience is varied, the recurring theme in the work that he does is leadership development and service to others. He is also the Director of the MBA Program for Elmhurst University and an Assistant Professor teaching management, marketing and social media with a keen interest in Black/African American literature and History. Understanding the career frustration of many women, immigrants and the global majority, Lawrence and a colleague created the Cascading Leadership Podcast to help their listening audience move their careers further faster.

Maria Bailey

Executive Coach, Emerging Latino Leaders Program Lead and Prof. Development Workshop Facilitator

I’m an Afro-Brazilian girl, oldest of 3 amazing sisters and daughter of a superhero father and regal mother, granddaughter of a woman who moved to one of the biggest metropolises in the world by herself at age 12 in 1935. I grew up with them showing me that everything is fo’real fo’real possible. I was never the kind of kid who had career aspirations and knew what I would do when I grow up. But I was always the friend people would confide in, share challenges, ask for advice, and I always love to be this person, just never knew it could be a professional.

I moved to California 1 week before turning 30 years old, and although I did because I was feeling lost in life and career I also knew in my heart I was the right thing to do. I started a t-shirt business, later a natural products e-commerce company, but the ding-ding-ding moment happened when I enrolled in the coaching school, that was when realized what I always wanted
to do: change lives.

Confidence Cure Coaching was born Epiam Holistic and rebaptized in 2019.

I call Austin, Texas home but I’m working on becoming a citizen of the world and being able to live everything this Mother Earth has to offer. I’m addicted to human development and I ask questions from dawn to dust always focused into transform corporate professionals into confident leaders and careers into an expression of creation.

I believe everybody has the perfect spot where force and flow meet.

Other than asking meaningful, healing, and liberating questions you can find me snuggling with the fluffiest cat in the South (my cat Marshmallow), laughing my lungs off with my husband, or drinking cacao in moon ceremonies.

Some of my other passions besides nachos, are Reiki, Access ConsciousnessR classes, and feeling the sun on my skin.

Marlene Gonzalez

Insights Discovery Partner, Executive Coach, and ALZA Advanced Latino Leadership Program Lead

Marlene Gonzalez, a distinguished Accredited Executive Coach and Best-selling Author. Her new book “Brain Boost” and Leadership Wizard Series, excels in executive coaching and leadership development. As a Doctoral candidate in Organizational Neuroscience at UGSM-Monarch Business School, Switzerland, she’s pioneering in her field. Marlene, also an ION founder member and Master Neuroplastician Coach, specializes in leadership transition and professional growth, focusing her research on the neuroscience of leadership among multicultural leaders, young professionals and Latinos. Her profound insights are shaping the future of neuroexecutive coaching and professional development. 

Melinda E. Ramirez

Director of Leadership Programs, Insights Discovery Practitioner, Executive Coach, Professional Development Workshop Facilitator, ALZA Advanced Latino Leadership Program Lead, Mujeres de HACE Alumna, and Emerging Latino Leadership Program Alumna

Melinda is an executive coach who specializes in leadership development, change management, and team effectiveness. Her primary goal is to help people rise above challenges and thrive. She is passionate about helping individuals unlock their leadership potential, enabling them to lead their teams and organizations more effectively. For over 15 years, Melinda has worked with leaders from Fortune 500 companies and non-profits to build inclusive workplace cultures. Currently, she is the Director of the Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement’s Leadership Programs, serving 101,000 members in 16 countries. As a licensed Insights Discovery practitioner, Melinda helps transform leaders by coaching them to better understand themselves, understand others, and maximize the relationships that affect them in the workplace. Melinda’s leadership and executive coaching experience have earned her Influence Digest’s Top 15 Nashville Coaches in 2024 Award. She holds a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology and Bachelor’s degree in English from Marist College.

Patricia Mota

President and CEO, Insights Discovery Practitioner, Executive Coach, Professional Development Workshop Facilitator, and ALZA Advanced Latino Leadership Program Lead

Patricia is an innovative trailblazer, start-up entrepreneur, author, connector, public speaker, and compassionate leader with a particular strength that exemplifies the mission of the Hispanic Alliance of Career Enhancement (HACE) to positively impact the workforce by cultivating the pipeline of Latinx/a/o and underrepresented talent and providing insight, access, and support to their careers. Patricia serves as the President & CEO for HACE, leading strategy, fundraising & development, leadership programs, and expanding organizational reach on a national and international scale. Patricia’s story of transition is one that is representative of many of the stories of those positively impacted by programs and opportunities through HACE.

When she was asked to step in as the interim CEO in 2014, her mission was clear: maintain the programs, lead by example, and create a new path for the future CEO. She built the strategic plan and deployed it that same year. Less than 1 year after accepting the interim CEO opportunity, she was the likely choice as she identified with the members, learned from colleagues, was creative at turnaround and assumed the role as CEO. In her first year, she grew new partnerships by $1.5M, increased membership by 67%, expanded the Mujeres de HACE women’s leadership program from one to eight cities, broadened the spectrum of the El Futuro High School program, and kickstarted a pilot of the HACE Leadership Academy – Nonprofit Series, impacting the lives of over 25,000 students and professionals. Today, the budget has quadrupled, membership has tripled to nearly 100k, with an expanded reach across 35 states and 7 countries, and enhanced leadership programming to include senior leaders, entrepreneurs, and multicultural participation.

Patricia remains fixed on member needs, revenue turnaround and growth, all the while focusing internally on a staff that had to shift to a remote-only workplace during one of the highest growth years since the inception of HACE. The year 2020 saw her leadership take a front seat to increasing activity around a newly virtual workforce, where she acted with urgency, communicated with transparency, sought diverse opinions from her team and board and led with empathy, ultimately leading a thriving organization during such a tumultuous time.

Ramiro Atristain- Carrion

Executive Coach and Hombres de HACE Program Lead

Ramiro J. Atristain-Carrion is Managing Director of Atristain Financial Advisors, LLC (www.atristainadvisors.com). Atristain Financial Advisors offers fractional CFO and advisory services. The firm helps companies align their financial strategy with their value proposition. It helps them manage their finances to achieve strategic goals more effectively with specialized financial know-how and strategy or simply assists with insights to create value, build a Finance team, and bring financial solutions. Previously, he was a Vice President of BMO Harris Bank, a Senior Vice President directing asset management at Capri Capital. He began his career as a financial analyst at the Bank Dai-Ichi Kangyo, Ltd. (now Mizuho). He is an Executive in Residence and Adjunct Professor of Finance at Brennan School at Dominican University. He has authored the book El dinero en ti vida, and co-authored Personal Finance and International Business, opportunities and challenges. 

Renata Serafini

Insights Discovery Executive Coach

Originally from Brazil, Renata boasts an impressive international career, having worked across diverse regions such as Latin America, the United States, Europe, and Australia. With over 20 years of experience, her roles have ranged from head of talent management to global HR director of transformation within leading global corporations. A deep passion for personal and professional development underlines Renata’s work. Her unique approach encompasses various aspects, whether it’s striking the perfect work-life balance, offering a new perspective on career growth, or inspiring the drive to embark on entrepreneurial endeavors. Renata’s educational background is substantial. She holds a degree in Psychology a post-graduate degree in managerial development, and has earned certifications in business management and marketing, iPEC professional coaching, and PROSCI change management. Furthermore, she is an Insights Discovery practitioner. She is fluent in Brazilian Portuguese, English, and Spanish, adding to her global appeal.

Ruby Garcia

Executive Coach, Mujeres de HACE Entrepreneur Program Lead, Mujeres de HACE Alumna, and Prof. Development Workshop Facilitator

Ruby Garcia is a distinguished Leadership Coach and Certified Hypnotherapist based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with roots deeply embedded in Chicago. Specializing in empowering first-generation Latina professionals, leaders, and entrepreneurs, Ruby has dedicated her career to guiding high-achieving women, first gen professionals and Latinos through transformative personal and professional growth. Her clients, who often hail from humble beginnings and are trailblazers in their families and fields, find in Ruby a mentor who understands the unique challenges they face from reconciling traditional Latinx cultural values with their aspirations as independent, empowered professionals, to overcoming systemic barriers like racism, pay disparity, and microaggressions in the workplace. Ruby’s approach is holistic and tailored, focusing on breaking through limiting beliefs and conditioning to foster healing, freedom, and joy. Ruby’s mission is to cultivate a new generation of powerful Latine leaders, redefining success and wealth on their own terms while embracing their rich cultural heritage.

Victor Ornelas

Executive Coach, Emerging Latino Leaders Program Lead, and Prof. Development Workshop Facilitator

Nationally recognized multicultural marketing expert, executive and business coach, and leadership and team development consultant with 35 years of experience in working with executives in Fortune 100 companies in the Professional Services, Packaged Goods, Retail, Fast Foods, Telecommunications, Financial Services, and Beverage industries.

Demonstrated results in leading executives and companies in the turnaround of underperforming brands, teams, and business units through the integration of strategic and business planning, leadership and team development, marketing and brand development, employee engagement, innovation, and creativity.

Program leads

Aldo Taboada

Emerging Latino Leaders Program Lead

Aldo Taboada is an accomplished Senior Information Technology Professional with over two decades of dedicated experience in the nonprofit sector. Armed with a Master’s degree in Technology Management from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Networking from Strayer University, Aldo is a Certified Information Security Professional (CISSP) and a native Spanish speaker. His expertise spans various domains, including leading teams and spearheading the implementation of cutting-edge technologies like Cloud, Cybersecurity, SaaS, Artificial Intelligence, and VOIP. Aldo leverages his rich Hispanic heritage as a driving force in leading teams while embracing and embodying Latino values. In his role, he shoulders the responsibility of ensuring digital security, regulatory compliance, incident response, security awareness, and safeguarding critical assets across 60 international offices. Beyond his professional commitments, Aldo is an avid globetrotter who finds joy in exploring different cultures while indulging in his passions for hiking and discovering new corners of the world.

Angel Guerra-Chagolla

Business Coach, Mujeres de HACE Entrepreneur Alumna, Mujeres de HACE Program Lead

Angel has over a decade of Claims, Risk and Business experience. Starting her career as a mail clerk in 2008 just as she finished college in her early 30s, she worked diligently to support the staff and within less than a year was promoted to a Claims Adjuster. Supporting a strong program for 3 years, Angel obtained her Master’s in Executive Leadership within 14 months and transitioned into Risk Management for a Global Company. Her unique Team Building skills and program creation resulted in a $3.5 million dollar return in collateral and 60% decrease in claims within the first year. Promoted to National Director of Risk and overseeing 25 lines of insurance for US and Canada, providing a full return of more than $13 million collateral at the end of 6 years. With her vast skills and education, Angel founded Beauty & Beast in Business as well as 3B National Consulting Group.

Cesar Gonzalez

Multicultural Leadership Program Lead

Cesar joined Northern Trust in 1998 supporting client financial and regulatory reporting for Institutional Client segments. In his over 20 years’ experience in the banking and financial services industry, he has held relationship manager roles supporting investment manager relationships and institutional clients. He has over 15 years of staff and operations management experience at varying levels within Northern Trust and other organizations. Cesar also had a 2-year expat assignment in Northern Trust’s India Operations office where he served as the India Head of the Client Accounting, managing local staff along with partners in North America and Philippines. Cesar has also enjoyed several opportunities to serve as a board member of non-profit organizations that focus on community outreach, housing, job placement and educational services within the Chicagoland area.

Claudia Miller

Career Coach, Mujeres de HACE Women in Tech Program Lead, and Prof. Development Workshop Facilitator

Claudia is a sought-after Latina Career Coach who has helped clients land fulfilling jobs in less than 90 days, with average salary increases of 56%. Through customized strategies and empowering support, her clients have gained an additional $30,000 to $120,000 in earned income. She partners with leading companies to identify rising talent, provide insights to develop leadership pipelines, and advocate career growth for women and people of color. As the creator and host of the “Roadmap to the Executive Suite podcast, Claudia shares career tips and spotlights inspirational stories. Her innovative approaches and proven success have been featured in Forbes, MSNBC, Thrive Global, and Business Insider’s global list of Top Innovative Career Coaches. Organizations hire her to facilitate career growth through high-impact workshops, cohorts for advancement, and motivational presentations. With contagious optimism and a results-first mindset, Claudia ignites purpose-driven professionals to reach their greatest career potential. 

Daniela De La Piedra

Life and Professional Coach, Mujeres de HACE Entrepreneur Alumna & Emerging Latino Leadership Program Lead

Daniela de la Piedra is an attorney and Certified Professional Coach. At the height of the pandemic, Daniela left her 13-year legal career and launched Everyday Daniela Professional Coaching Services. Daniela’s coaching practice is dedicated to helping busy professionals take positive and sustainable action to create a more joyful and fulfilling life. Daniela is trained in the proprietary Core Energy Coaching methodology, which empowers people to dig deeply, honestly, and objectively into their energy and unconscious thought patterns, to assess who they are, and who they want to become, at any given moment. Daniela received her Certified Professional Coach Certification from iPEC. She is Chilena/Peruana and lives in Gaithersburg, MD with her Puerto Rican husband and two young children.

Dr. Alise Cortez

Prof. Development Workshop Facilitator

Dr. Alise Cortez is the chief purpose officer at Alise Cortez and Associates (management consulting) and chief ignition officer at Gusto, Now! (a multi-lingual e-learning platform offering well-being and leadership development courses). She is also an inspirational speaker, social scientist, author, and host of the Working on Purpose radio show. Having developed her expertise within the human capital / organizational excellence industry over the last 20 years, she is focused on helping companies, leaders, and individuals across the globe to live with “gusto” and make the most of their one, precious life. She is the author of Purpose Ignited: How Inspiring Leaders Unleash Passion and Elevate Cause, and the Curator of Passionately Striving in “Why”: An Anthology of Women Who Persevere Mightily to Live Their Purpose.  

Today Dr. Cortez is focused on enabling organizations to lead from purpose and create cultures of meaning that inspire impassioned performance, meaningful engagement and fulfillment, while encouraging a devoted stay within the organization. She has helped develop and transform thousands of managers and executives in their leadership along the way. She also helps companies “visioneer” by facilitating meaningful exchange among all stakeholders for an integrated and dynamic strategic future. For individuals, Dr. Cortez facilitates an online global community and various retreats to enable people hungry for a more meaningful and purposeful life to create it for themselves. 

Alise earned a PhD in Human Development, focusing her dissertation research on the relationship between meaning in work and identity, and later greatly expanded the inquiry to yield 15 “modes of engagement.” She has served as a leader in several non- profit organizations in Dallas and knows the value of being a servant leader. She draws her language acumen from her previous residence in Spain and Brazil, which enables her to deliver programs and consulting in English (native) and Spanish and Portuguese.  

Ellie Nieves

Mujeres de HACE Program Lead and Prof. Development Workshop Facilitator

Ellie Jurado-Nieves is Vice President & Assistant General Counsel, Strategic Public Policy Initiatives at a Fortune 300 company where she is responsible for forecasting and developing proactive advocacy positions on emerging legislative and regulatory trends that will define the financial services industry of the future. Ellie is also the Founder and President of Leadership Strategies for Women, LLC where she presents seminars and webinars to help high achieving women to show up, speak up and step up in their careers.  
Ellie attained a B.A. in Communications from Fordham University and a J.D. from the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University School of Law. She received her MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business with specializations in Leadership and Global Business. 

Emily Jimenez

Career Coach & Mujeres de HACE Alumna, Mujeres de HACE Program Lead

Emily Jimenez has 10 years of experience as a Career Clarity coach. She brings a unique blend of career coaching and work as an energy healer. Emily uses a holistic approach to help individuals get clarity on their next career steps. Emily specializes in career development, career transitions, negotiation, mindset, and career development. Emily works with her coachees to take action and be fully empowered as they manifest their desires.

 

Gail Meriel

Career Coach & Multicultural Leaders Program Lead

Gail Meriel is a Project Manager, Award-winning Global Motivational Speaker, and International Best-Selling Author. She has been featured on NBC, CBS and FOX, and had multiple media appearances from the books she co-authored, Inspiring Women Professionals Who Boss Up and Dream Big, Do Bigger. Gail also had the honor of sharing the stage with former American Idol Justin Guarini, successful entrepreneur Shari Fitzpatrick of Shari’s Berries and was endorsed as a Motivational Speaker by actress Kim Fields.

Jackie Diaz

Emerging Latino Leaders Program Alumna & Emerging Latino Leaders Program Lead

Jackie Diaz serves as Founder & CEO of Cyber Synergy Consulting (CSC). After 30+ years as a successful corporate leader, she founded CSC, a boutique consulting and advisory firm grounded on Diaz’s passion of working with her stakeholders to create solutions for their organization. Ms. Diaz is a talented strategist, communicator, and builder of relationships. She has extensive expertise in creating Cybersecurity, Privacy, Governance & Risk Management programs, championing organizational change management, and leading business & digital transformation initiatives. Ms. Diaz holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Nova Southeastern University following two years at University of Miami’s School of Communications. She received a professional certificate from Harvard Business School Executive Education for Women on Boards, and is currently pursuing a Juris Masters in Cybersecurity, Privacy, and Technical Risk Management at the Florida State University College of Law.

Oscar Garcia

Emerging Latino Leadership Program and Prof. Development Workshop Facilitator

Oscar is an introvert turned international speaker and trainer. Oscar is a first-generation professional. His parents had less than a middle school education. As a Mexican American, Oscar’s dual cultural identity has been an asset and a liability. In the USA, Oscar is “too Mexican”. In Mexico, Oscar is “too gringo”. Oscar learned to embrace my journey, value his identity, and the power of vulnerability.

As 𝐂𝐡𝐢𝐞𝐟 𝐄𝐦𝐩𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐫𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐎𝐟𝐟𝐢𝐜𝐞𝐫 of Aspira Consulting, he empowers you, so opportunities come to you. We are a Silicon Valley training and consulting firm providing 𝐜𝐮𝐥𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐫𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐯𝐚𝐧𝐭 career and leadership programs. Oscar has trained over 45,000 students and professionals across 15 countries and five continents. Oscar’s training style is of a “practrainer” – he practices what he trains others to do. He 𝐛𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐯𝐞s 𝐢𝐧 𝐫𝐞𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐩 𝐟𝐢𝐫𝐬𝐭, 𝐛𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐬𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐝. Oscar’s career journey includes business development roles at five startups, co-founding a nonprofit, Chamber President & CEO, and Community Partnerships Manager at LinkedIn.