8:30 am to 2:00 pm ET

Greenberg Traurig LLP
333 SE 2nd Avenue



2023 WHN Miami (Image: Gort Productions)

9th Women's Hemispheric Network Conference in Miami

The half-day conference convened top women leaders and male allies to discuss gender representation across disciplines and industries.

8:30 am to 2:00 pm ET

Greenberg Traurig LLP
333 SE 2nd Avenue



2023 WHN Miami (Image: Gort Productions)


Please join us for our 9th annual AS/COA Women's Hemispheric Network (WHN) Forum in Miami. This year's event celebrates the high-impact female leaders who play a critical role in elevating women in leadership and addressing diversity. 

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from and interact with a diverse group of executives, pioneers, and experts committed to advancing gender equality and fostering an inclusive work environment.

Follow the discussion on Twitter: #womenASCOA | @ASCOA

Thought Leadership and Engagement: Luciana Sabillon | lsabillon@as-coa.org 

Sponsorship Opportunities: Cyndi Balladares | cballadares@as-coa.org

Registration: Register for in-person attendance. For registration support or questions, contact rsvpmiami@as-coa.org


8:30–9:00 am, Registration and Networking  

9:00–9:10 am, Opening Remarks  

  • Maria Lourdes Teran, Vice President, AS/COA Miami  
  • Carol Barnhart, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig LLP 

9:10–10:00 am, Panel Discussion: Perspectives from the C-Suite—Promoting Female Leadership  

Advancing female representation in leadership positions is essential for progress and diversity. In this session, a group of CEOs will discuss where women stand in the corporate diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) agenda. With the S&P projecting women to make up 50 percent of leadership by 2030, corporate leaders will discuss how this shift towards gender parity is shaping corporate strategies and cultures. Executives will share their personal experiences and priorities for increasing female representation in the workplace.  

  • Tito Arciniega, President, Microsoft Latin America 
  • Idil Yasa, Regional President, Americas, JTI 
  • Blanca Treviño, President & CEO, Softtek
  • Moderator: Susan Segal, CEO & President, AS/COA 

10:00–10:35 am, Keynote Conversation: A Call to Serve in Public Leadership

After a 30-year-long distinguished career in social work advocating for South Florida families, Mayor Levine Cava began her public service career in 2014. In November 2020, she was elected as Miami-Dade County's first female mayor.  

  • Daniella Levine Cava, Mayor, Miami-Dade County
  • Susan Segal, President & CEO, AS/COA

10:35–11:00 am, Coffee and Networking Break  

11:00–11:45 am, Panel Discussion: Women as Pioneers and Pathmakers in Competitive Fields 

A group of female leaders from traditionally male-dominated fields will discuss their career paths, namely the obstacles and barriers they overcame to reach leadership roles. Research indicates that women in these sectors encounter more challenges than their male peers, including unequal access to high-level opportunities, the need for more supportive professional networks, and self-doubt. Trailblazers from various industries will share how they are setting the stage for other women to succeed. 

  • Lorrie-Ann Diaz, VP Business Communications and Social Responsibility, Miami HEAT
  • Madelka McCalla, Chief Corporate Affairs and Impact Officer, The AES Corporation
  • Alejandra Pavon, Managing Director, CMPC USA 
  • Moderator: Gabriel Torres-Brown, Senior Director of Corporate Affairs, Kenvue

11:45 am –12:15 pm, Fireside Chat: Embracing Change for Growth 

Following a dynamic career in the financial industry at Citibank Honduras, Reina Irene Mejía took on key leadership roles at the Inter-American Development Bank and now guides efforts at ThinkHUGE. Gain insights from a leader who exemplifies the power of decision-making and embracing change for professional growth. 

  • Reina Irene Mejía, Senior Advisor, ThinkHUGE (Former Executive Vice President, IDB)
  • Maria Lourdes Teran, Vice President, AS/COA Miami   

12:15-1:00 pm, Workshop: How Executive Presence Drives Career Success 

Building executive presence has become a crucial skill for navigating today’s corporate environment and rising to managerial positions. Participants will engage in a workshop to learn practical ways to enhance their professional presence and make a significant impact on their career path.

  • Margaret Grigsby, Marketing Strategy and Leadership Development, Executive Coach, INCAE Business School 

1:00-2:00 pm, Lunch Conversation with Table Leaders  

Leaders from a variety of sectors will facilitate an informal conversation with conference participants.  


Daniella Levine Cava
Mayor, Miami-Dade County

Daniella Levine Cava was elected Miami-Dade County's first-ever woman mayor in November 2020, after 40 years of advocacy for South Florida families. As mayor, she oversees nearly 30,000 county employees, serves nearly 3 million residents, and manages an annual budget of nearly...

Lorrie-Ann Diaz
Vice President, Business Communications and Social Responsibility

Lorrie-Ann “LA” Diaz is a 23-year veteran of the NBA, 22 of them with the Miami HEAT. In her current role of vice president, Business Communications and Social Responsibility, she oversees public relations efforts and community outreach for the business initiatives of the HEAT...

Gabriel Torres-Brown
Head of Corporate Affairs, Kenvue

Gabriel Torres-Brown is an experienced Corporate Affairs leader that has worked extensively across different geographies and industries. He currently serves as the corporate affairs leader for Kenvue, formerly Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health, where he is responsible for the...

Margaret Rose Grigsby
Marketing and Leadership Development Professor, Executive Coach, INCAE Business School

Margaret Rose Grigsby is a leadership expert, professor at INCAE Business School where she specializes in Leadership Development and in Marketing. Previous to her academic endeavors, she had an international career spanning more than two decades in advertising and marketing...

Alberto “Tito” Arciniega
President, Microsoft Latin America

As president for Microsoft Latin America, Alberto “Tito” Arciniega focuses on supporting and accelerating the digital journey of countries, communities, and markets in the region through technologies such as artificial intelligence and cloud services, enabling Microsoft customers...

Idil Yasa
Regional President, Americas, JTI

Idil Yasa was appointed to JTI’s Executive Committee as Regional President, Americas, in September 2021. She is responsible for the region’s performance, development and growth. 

Idil brings a wealth of commercial experience with more than 20 years at JTI, across a wide range of...

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...

Alejandra Pavon Turenne
Managing Director, CMPC USA

Alejandra Pavon leads CMPC USA as its managing director, leveraging her background in industrial engineering from the University of Chile and an MBA from Emory University's Goizueta Business School in Atlanta, GA. With a decade at CMPC, Alejandra has successfully led various...

Madelka McCalla
Chief Corporate Affairs and Impact Officer, AES

Madelka McCalla is AES' chief corporate affairs and impact officer. Prior to this position, Madelka served as vice president of Global Stakeholder Relations and Social Impact, and in various Stakeholder Relation roles in Mexico, Central America, Caribbean, Europe, Middle East and...

Blanca Treviño
President and CEO, Softtek

Blanca Treviño has been leading Softtek as President and CEO since 2000. Under her leadership, Softtek has become the leading information technology services company in Latin America. Throughout her 30-year career at Softtek, Ms. Treviño has gained international recognition as a...

Reina Irene Mejía Chacón
Senior Advisor, ThinkHUGE

Reina Irene Mejía Chacón serves as senior advisor in ThinkHUGE Business and Investment Council, which promotes investment projects from the United States, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. Also, she currently serves as the external public sector expert member of the...

Carol Barnhart
Corporate Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig

Carol Barnhart is a corporate attorney with broad cross border experience throughout the United States, Europe, and Latin America. Carol focuses her practice on mergers, acquisitions, and other complex, strategically negotiated deals, advising clients on a wide range of...

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