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CHAIr Emeritus

CEO and Founder of FARO Associates LLC
Olga has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. In 2006, Olga authored a graduate thesis, which focuses on the imperative need for financial institutions to provide culturally-relevant financial services to better engage today’s culturally diverse society. She has based her investment advisory practice and  now SHENIX (a new fintech app project) on her research and community needs. Her overall mission is to join collective efforts to help close the U.S. wealth gap, for Latinas (women of color). 

Olga is the Founder and CEO for FARO Associates LLC (woman-owned/Minority Business Enterprise), providing consulting and financial services to various institutional entities. 

Olga is also a Partner at Toroso Investments and co-heads FARO Advisory (a division of Toroso) and provides investment advisory and retirement plan advisory (virtual) services to clients that include: high net worth individuals, business owners, public and private corporations, public sector entities, and not-for-profit entities and foundations. 

Olga serves as the 2021 Chair for FORBES Business Council’s Financial Services Industry Group. Negocios Now named Olga among Chicago’s Most Influential 50 Latinos. Crain’s Chicago Business named Olga among “Chicago’s Most Powerful Latinos” in 2019. She is an Aspen Ideas Festival Ricardo Salinas Scholar and has been named by Diversity MBA Magazine to its Top 100 Under 50 Executive Leader and Top 100 Women of Influence national lists. The University of Illinois at Chicago’s College of Business Administration inducted Olga into its Alumni Leadership Academy for raising the standing and stature of the college. The Chicago Council on Global Affairs selected Olga for its 2010 Emerging Leaders Program, a highly competitive cohort of Chicago’s up-and coming professionals, leaders who continue to raise the bar for Chicago as a leading global city. 

Olga is a Commissioner on the Board of the Public Building Commission Chaired by Mayor Lori Lightfoot. She is the Chair Emeritus of the Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (77,000 members). Olga serves on the IL State Treasurer’s Hispanic Advisory Council, IL Latino Legislative Caucus Foundation Economic Development Committee, and the Northeastern Illinois University Foundation Board. 

Olga earned both Bachelor of Science in Business and Master of Arts in Language, Literacy, and Rhetoric degrees from the University of Illinois at Chicago.