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Women's Economic Empowerment in Mexico: Lessons from the Top

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

November 18, 2014
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WOMEN'S ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT IN MEXICO
LESSONS FROM THE TOP

AS/COA's Women's Hemispheric Network, in partnership with Grupo Expansión, will hold a private workshop on women’s economic empowerment in Mexico City. The workshop will convene leading women in business and public service to share their success stories and draw lessons for a rising generation of young professionals at the local and regional level.

This event is by invitation only.

Confirmed Speakers*

  • Adriana Tortajada, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Ministry of the Economy, Mexico
  • Margarita Zavala, Former First Lady of Mexico
  • Mercedes Aráoz, Representative, IDB, Mexico
  • Monica Flores, Regional Managing Director, Latin America, ManpowerGroup Mexico
  • Angelica Fuentes, CEO, Omnilife and Founder, Angelíssima
  • Rossana Fuentes-Berain, Founder, Start Up Mexico Media Lab S21                  
  • Patricia Menéndez-Cambó, Chair, Global Practice, Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • Tanya Moss, Founder, Tanya Moss Joyería
  • Reyna Torres Mendivil, Director General for the Protection of Mexicans Abroad, Ministry of Foreign Relations
  • Susan Segal, President & CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

For more information, visit: www.as-coa.org/women or contact us at women@as-coa.org.

Press Inquiries: Adriana La Rotta | alarotta@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8384

Mercedes Aráoz Fernández

Representative, IDB, Mexico

Mercedes Aráoz Fernández is the country representative for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Mexico. Originally from Peru, she served as Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism from 2006 to 2009, after which she was appointed as Peru’s Minister of Production. As the first female Minister of Finance of Peru from 2009 to 2010, Aráoz managed to keep the fiscal deficit below 1% of GDP, promote growth of 9%, and maintain a low rate of inflation despite the international financial crisis.

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Angélica Fuentes

CEO, Omnilife and Founder, Angelíssima

Angélica Fuentes is the CEO of the Mexico-based multinational Grupo Omnilife/Angelíssima/Chivas. She joined Grupo Omnilife/Chivas in 2007, and in three years positioned it among the 100 top corporations in Mexico. In 2011, Fuentes founded Angelíssima, a line of cosmetics and beauty products based on a philosophy of female financial and personal self-empowerment. Angelíssima’s sales force is 70% female.

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Rossana Fuentes-Berain

Founder, Start Up Mexico Media Lab S21

Rossana Fuentes-Berain is the founder of Start Up Mexico Media Lab S21, a media lab dedicated to studying communication among those that will define the 21st century. Prior to her current role, which she began in September 2014, she was the editorial vice president of Grupo Expansión. Before becoming vice president, Fuentes-Berain worked as the director of the opinion section in El Universal, the assistant director for research and special affairs in the newspaper Reforma, and the first female editor of the business section in El Financiero.

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Patricia Menéndez-Cambó

Vice Chair, Greenberg Traurig

Patricia Menéndez-Cambó is vice chair of Greenberg Traurig, where she primarily advises companies and private equity firms on the legal implementation of their business’ growth strategies throughout Europe, the United States, Latin America, and emerging markets around the world. Her experience spans a variety of industries including, transportation, telecommunications, banking, retail, and energy.

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Tanya Moss

Founder, Tanya Moss Joyería

Tanya Moss is the founder and creative designer of Tanya Moss Joyería. Since opening her first jewelry store in Mexico City in 1996 and introducing her iconic butterfly design in 2003, Moss has expanded her company to include 13 boutiques across Mexico. She was recognized as “Entrepreneur of the Year 2013” by Ernst & Young. In 2012 and 2013, Moss hosted Proyecto 40: CreaMoss, a television program in which she interviewed leaders in the creative arts.

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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. Prior to her current position, she was a founding partner of her own investment and advisory group focused primarily on Latin America and the US Hispanic Sector.

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Adriana Tortajada

Deputy Assistant Secretary, Ministry of the Economy, Mexico

Adriana Tortajada is the general manager of Entrepreneurship Programs and Financing at the National Institute of the Entrepreneur (INADEM) within the Mexican Ministry of Economy. In this capacity, Tortajada promotes young innovators, helps finance small businesses, and manages over $280 million to support entrepreneurs. With experience in both the private and public sectors, she has been a leader in portfolio management and public fundraising while also working with policymakers to generate more innovative programs to foster the entrepreneurship ecosystem.

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Margarita Zavala

Former First Lady of Mexico

Margarita Zavala is the former first lady of Mexico. During the tenure of her husband President Felipe Calderón from 2006 to 2012, she chaired the Citizen Advisory Board of the Desarrollo Integral de la Familia (DIF), led the Estrategia Nacional para una Nueva Vida, and worked on the issues of protecting unaccompanied migrant children and migrant women. Previously, Zavala was a federal congresswoman from 2003 to 2006, where she was named deputy coordinator of Social Policy of the PAN Parliamentary Group.

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Monica Flores

Regional Managing Director, Latin America, ManpowerGroup Mexico

Monica Flores was named managing regional director of ManpowerGroup Latin America in January 2013. Since joining ManpowerGroup in 1994, she has held a variety of positions across the organization including: operations and sales manager from 1994 to 1995, delivery services manager from 1995 to 1996, outsourcing assistant director from 1996 to 1998, managing and operations support assistant director from 1998 to 1999, commercial director from 2003 to 2007, and general director for the Mexico & Central America region from 2007 to 2012. Ms.

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Reyna Torres Mendivil

Director General for the Protection of Mexicans Abroad, Ministry of Foreign Relations

Reyna Torres Mendívil is Mexico’s general director for the Protection of Mexicans Abroad. Before assuming her current responsibilities in April 2013, Torres Mendívil was the Mexican consul in Fresno, California. She has held various positions within the Department of Foreign Affairs including deputy general director for International Policy on Human Rights and deputy chief of staff to the Secretary of Foreign Relations. In 2006, Torres Mendívil was an advisor in the International Affairs Coordination within President Calderon’s Transition Team.

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Agenda

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8:00 to 9:00 a.m.  Registration & Breakfast

9:00 to 9:15 a.m.  Welcoming Remarks

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

9:15 to 9:45 a.m.  Keynote Address

  • Reyna Torres Mendivil, Director General for the Protection of Mexicans Abroad, Ministry of Foreign Relations                      

9:45 to 10:45 a.m.  Panel: Lead to Inspire, Inspire to Lead*  

  • Mercedes Aráoz, Representative, Inter-American Development Bank, Mexico
  • Monica Flores, Regional Managing Director, Latin America, ManpowerGroup Mexico
  • Tanya Moss, Founder, Tanya Moss Joyería 
  • Adriana Tortajada, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Mexican Ministry of the Economy
  • Rossana Fuentes-Berain, Founder, Start Up Mexico Media Lab S21 (Moderator)

10:45 to 11:15 a.m.  Coffee Break and Networking Session

11:15 to 12:00 p.m.  Conversation: Personal Stories from Leaders

  • Patricia Menéndez Cambó, Chair, Global Practice, Greenberg Traurig
  • Angélica Fuentes Téllez, CEO, Omnilife and Founder, Angelíssima
  • Susan Segal, President & CEO, AS/COA (Moderator)

12:00 to 12:15 p.m.  Closing Remarks

  • Margarita Zavala, Former First Lady of Mexico