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AS/COA Women's Hemispheric Network Conference: Panama City

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

April 3, 2018
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Join AS/COA's Women's Hemispheric Network as we host our first conference in Panama City on April 3, 2018. The program will include panel discussions on maximizing your impact and inclusive leadership. Conference participants will also have the opportunity to network and join in the conversation during a table leader session.

The mission of the Women’s Hemispheric Network is to encourage and inspire young professional women to remain in the workforce, seek opportunities, and become leaders. In the 6 years since its launch, the AS/COA Women's Hemispheric Network has organized 30 events in 9 cities across the United States and Latin America attracting over 2,800 participants.

Table Leader Supporters: The AES Corporation,Greenberg Traurig, LLP and LOVILL

Follow the network on Twitter via @ASCOA and #womenASCOA.

Confirmed Speakers: 

  • Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado, Vice President of Panama @IsabelStMalo
  • Martha Aceituno, LATAM Regional Legal Counsel, Estee Lauder Companies
  • Alexandra Aguirre, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • Scarlett Alvarez, Vice President and Chief Stakeholder & Sustainability Officer, The AES Corporation
  • Pilar Arosemena de Alemán, Social entrepreneur
  • Roxanne Cabral, Chargé d'Affaires, the U.S. Embassy to Panama
  • Julianne Canavaggio, Head of Central America and Caribbean, Lazard @juliecanavaggio
  • María Eugenia Estenssoro, Journalist and former Argentina Senator @estenssorome
  • Marcelo Gorrini, Central America Cluster Head and Panama Citi Country Officer, Citi Panama
  • Cynthia Hudson, Senior Vice President & General Manager, CNN en Español @cynthiacnn
  • Manuel Orillac, Partner, Shearman and Sterling
  • Hildegard Vásquez, Co-Founder & Head Architect, Hache Uve, S.A. @HildeVasquez
  • Susan Segal, President & CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas @s_segal

 

Registration: This event is complimentary. Prior registration is required.               

Event Information: Cara Caponi | ccaponi@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8368
Table Sponsorship Opportunities: Natalia Novak-Williamson | nwilliamson@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8374
COA Corporate Membership Information: Mila Fontana | mfontana@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8331
Note: To view a list of COA corporate members, please click here.
Individual Membership Information: Beckie Bintrim | bbintrim@as-coa.org | 212-277-8342
Press Inquiries: mediarelations@as-coa.org
Cancellation: Please contact Juan Serrano-Badrena at jserrano@counciloftheamericas.org before 3:00 p.m. on Monday, April 2.

 

Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado

Vice President of the Republic of Panama and Minister of Foreign Affairs

Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado has over 20 years of experience in consulting, development, and implementation of public policies in Latin America. Following her election as Vice President and her appointment as foreign minister, she became the first woman to hold both positions in the history of her country. St. Malo was the Alternate Ambassador from Panama to the United Nations in New York and worked with the United Nations Development Program as Country Manager for Panama for 15 years. She was awarded by the Harry S.

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Martha Aceituno

LATAM Regional Legal Counsel, Estee Lauder Companies

Martha Aceituno is LATAM Regional Legal Head for Estee Lauder. With over 20 years of experience as in-house counsel in multinational companies, she has held leading legal roles across a variety of industries: cement, with the Mexican company Cemex; engineering & construction in the area of oil & gas, with the Venezuelan company Inelectra; agribusiness and biotechnology, with the Swiss company Syngenta; and now with Estee Lauder.

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Alexandra Aguirre

Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig LLP

Alexandra Aguirre is a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, LLP. She focuses her practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, domestic and international corporate transactions, corporate finance, and debt and equity private placements throughout Latin America, with an emphasis on Mexico and Central America.

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Pilar Arosemena de Alemán

Social entrepreneur

Pilar Arosemena de Alemán served as ambassador of Panama in France from 2015 to 2017. Throughout her career in the private sector, Arosemena held positions at the Banco del Istmo S.A., Corporación Privada de Inversiones de Costa Rica S.A in Panama, and Citibank Panama. She has also served on a wide variety of boards, most recently including the Americas Society, Fundación Amador, Caja de Ahorros de Panamá, the Universidad Santa Maria la Antigua, Félix B. Maduro S.A., and the Youth Orchestra of the Americas.

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Scarlett Alvarez

Vice President and Chief Stakeholder & Sustainability Officer, The AES Corporation

Scarlett Alvarez is vice president and chief stakeholder and sustainability officer for AES. She joined AES in 2002 and has served in diverse roles at the local, regional, and corporate levels in the areas of stakeholder management, external and investor relations, corporate social responsibility, and corporate affairs. Alvarez is also a member of the board of directors of several AES companies in Brazil, Dominican Republic, and Panama. Prior to joining AES, she worked for the telecommunication company of Venezuela, a subsidiary of Verizon.

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Roxanne Cabral

Chargé d'Affaires, the U.S. Embassy to Panama

Roxanne Cabral assumed duties as Chargé d’Affaires a.i. at the U.S. Embassy Panama in March 2018, and she arrived in Panama as Deputy Chief of Mission in August 2017. She has over twenty years of experience as a U.S. diplomat with several high impact assignments in Washington and abroad.

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Julianne Canavaggio

Head of Central America and Caribbean, Lazard

Julianne Canavaggio is the head of Central America & Caribbean for the financial advisory division of Lazard. She advises companies in general strategic and transaction-specific matters regarding domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, spin-offs, leveraged buyouts, restructurings, special committee assignments and joint ventures.

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María Eugenia Estenssoro

Journalist and former Senator of Argentina

María Eugenia Estenssoro is a journalist, social entrepreneur, and former Argentine senator representing the city of Buenos Aires from 2007 to 2013. She also served two terms in the legislature of Buenos Aires. As a freelance journalist, Estenssoro has contributed to Time magazine and the Wall Street Journal. Additionally, she was on the editorial teams of the magazines El Porteño, Noticias, and Mercado.

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Marcelo Gorrini

Central America Cluster Head and Panama Citi Country Officer, Citi Panama

Marcelo Gorrini is the Central American Cluster Head and Panama Citi Country Officer at Citibank Panama, responsible for commercial and corporate business, personal banking, and the credit card unit of the bank. He assumed his present position in January of 2008. His international banking career began in 2000 in La Paz, Bolivia, where he was theMarcelo Gorrini director of consumer banking. He went on to serve as director of consumer banking in the Dominican Republic, Panama, Colombia, and Argentina as well.

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Cynthia Hudson

Senior Vice President & General Manager, CNN en Español

Cynthia Hudson is senior vice president and general manager of CNN en Español and Hispanic strategy for CNN/U.S. Hudson oversees all aspects of CNN's Spanish-language media businesses, including newsgathering, editorial content, programming, production, operations and personnel, of the CNN en Español 24/7 television news network, CNN en Español RADIO and CnnEspañol.com.

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Manuel A. Orillac

Partner, Shearman and Sterling

Manuel A. Orillac is a partner in the capital markets and mergers and acquisitions practices at Shearman and Sterling. He currently focuses on transactions in the Americas, with past experience in Europe and the Middle East. Orillac advises on complicated cross-border mergers and acquisition transactions, joint ventures, debt and equity offerings, and project financings.

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Hildegard Vásquez

Co-Founder & Head Architect, Hache Uve, S.A.

Hildegard Vásquez has led the architectural office Hache Uve, which she created, since 1998, concentrating mostly on preservation and renovation of historic sites such as San Felipe, Panama’s historic district, and the city of Granada, Nicaragua. Her office has worked on major restoration projects such as the National Theater of Panama, Santo Domingo Convent, Las Clementinas Hotel, Benedetti Building, and the American Trade Hotel and Hall.

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Susan Segal

President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

Susan Segal was elected president and CEO of the Americas Society and Council of the Americas in August 2003 after working in the private sector with Latin America and other emerging markets for over 30 years. A passionate supporter of Latin America, she joined the organizations to implement a new strategic plan to renew and return the Society and Council to their historic position. Prior to her current position, she was a founding partner of her own investment and advisory group focused primarily on Latin America and the U.S. Hispanic sector.

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8:00 to 8:45 a.m. – Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:45 to 8:50 a.m. – Welcoming Remarks

  • Pilar Arosemena de AlemánSocial Entrepreneur

8:50 to 9:00 a.m. – Opening Remarks

  • Susan Segal, President & CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

9:00 to 9:30 a.m. – Keynote Remarks

  • Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado, Vice President of Panama

9:30 to 10:15 a.m.  – Panel Conversation: Maximizing Your Impact & How to Expand Your Influence
and Become a Decision-Maker 
Moving the conversation beyond just getting a seat at the table, how can professional women use their seats most effectively? What barriers are still in place for women looking to be key decision-makers? What advice do leaders offer young professionals looking to have a strong, confident voice with an impact?

  • Martha Aceituno, LATAM Regional Legal Head, The Estee Lauder Companies Inc.
  • Alexandra Aguirre, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • Scarlett Alvarez, Vice President and Chief Stakeholder & Sustainability Officer, The AES Corporation
  • Roxanne Cabral, Chargé d'Affaires a.i., the U.S. Embassy Panama
  • Hildegard Vásquez, Co-Founder & Head Architect, Hache Uve, S.A. (moderator)

10:15 to 10:45 a.m. – Coffee and Networking Break

10:45 to 11:45 a.m. – Table Leaders Session* (not webcast)
Leaders from a variety of sectors will facilitate an informal conversation with conference participants.

11:45 to 12:30 p.m. – Panel Conversation: Inclusive Leadership The data shows that companies with diverse leadership teams perform better. What needs to change to have companies and governments make institutional commitments to diversity? Are quotas and other incentives enough to make a lasting, substantive change to the gender parity landscape? How do we get more men invested in the conversation around gender parity?

  • María Eugenia Estenssoro, Journalist and former Argentine Senator
  • Marcelo Gorrini, Central America Cluster Head and Panama Citi Country Officer, Citi Panama
  • Cynthia Hudson, Senior Vice President & General Manager, CNN en Español
  • Manuel A. Orillac, Partner, Shearman and Sterling
  • Julianne Canavaggio, Head of Central America and Caribbean, Lazard (moderator)

12:30 p.m. – Closing Remarks

  • Susan Segal, President & CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas 

*Table Leaders:

  • Miguel Bolinaga, Presidente, AES Panamá
  • Enrique Conde, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, LLP
  • María Eugenia Estenssoro, Periodista y ex Senadora en Argentina
  • Elizabeth Heurtematte, Socia Fundadora, LOVILL
  • Cynthia Hudson, Vicepresidente Senior y Gerente General, CNN en Español
  • Pilar Arosemena de Alemán, Emprendedora Social
  • Martha Aceituno, Directora de Asuntos Legales Región LATAM, Estée Lauder
  • Elba de Carrizo, Directora de Desarrollo Organizacional, Inversiones Bahía, Ltd.
  • Manuel Orillac, Socio, Shearman and Sterling
  • Nilda Vazquez, Managing Director, MSD Central America and the Caribbean, Merck