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AS/COA Women’s Hemispheric Network, Miami: Women on the Rise in the Americas

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

December 9, 2013


(Image: Roey Yohai)

Women on the Rise in the Americas
AS/COA Women’s Hemispheric Network, Miami

Confirmed Speakers*:

  • Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Senior Advisor, Rock Creek Group
  • Margarita Zavala, Former First Lady of Mexico
  • Alexandra Aguirre, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • Mariana Atencio, Co-Anchor for The Morning Show, Fusion
  • Frances Aldrich Sevilla-Sacasa, CEO, Itaú Private Bank International, Miami
  • Angela Camacho, Associate General Counsel, Microsoft Latin America
  • Jocelyn Cortez-Young, CEO & Founding Partner, Minerva Capital Group
  • Nina Johnson-Milewski, Owner & Director, GalleryDiet
  • Patricia Menéndez Cambó, Chair, Global Practice, Greenberg Traurig, LLP
  • Liliana Páez, Founder & CEO, Global Smart Products
  • Susan L. Segal, President & CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas
  • Antonia Stolper, Partner, Shearman & Sterling LLP
  • Cynthia Hudson, Senior Vice President & General Manager for CNN en Español (moderator)

*Additional speakers to be confirmed

This event is by invitation only.

For more information, please contact Madeleine Johnson at or Mercedes Laxague at
For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Ana Gilligan: or 212-277-8344.

Learn about our AS/COA’s Women’s Hemispheric Network.

Frances Aldrich Sevilla-Sacasa

CEO, Itaú Private Bank International, Miami

Frances Aldrich Sevilla-Sacasa is the chief executive officer of Miami Operations at Itaú Private Bank International. She is also trust manager of Camden Property Trust. Previously, Sevilla-Sacasa served as the president at U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management and at U.S. Trust Corporation of The Charles Schwab Corporation. She served as an executive advisor to the Dean of the University Of Miami School Of Business from August 2011 to March 2012.

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Mariana Atencio

Co-Anchor for The Morning Show, Fusion

Mariana Atencio is a co-anchor for the Morning Show on Fusion. Before this position, she worked as a journalist for Univision. She has covered various topics such as the political conventions in the United States, the secrets of the Vatican, and the Deferred Action for Dreamers or Soñadores, who benefited from a measure that stops their deportations and grants them temporary work permits.

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Angela Camacho

Associate General Counsel, Microsoft Latin America

Angela Camacho is the associate general counsel for Microsoft Latin America. She originally joined Microsoft in 2004, as the LCA lead attorney for the Andean countries (Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador and Peru), based in Colombia. Camacho was then transferred to the LatAm AHQ in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where she leads the Commercial Legal Team for Latin America, helping to negotiate and close transactions through the Latin America Region. Before joining Microsoft, she was the Legal and Government Affairs director for AT&T Colombia S.A.

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Jocelyn Cortez-Young

CEO & Founding Partner, Minerva Capital Group

Jocelyn Cortez-Young is the CEO of Minerva Capital. She focuses on investing in companies that are developing innovative and sustainable solutions that promote progressive labor practices and environmental standards while generating strong investment returns. Previously, she served as a senior head of Capital Markets at the Citigroup Private Bank in Latin America, responsible for directing capital market investments for a US$6bn U.S. investment portfolio for ultra-high net worth individuals.

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Cynthia Hudson

Senior Vice President & General Manager for CNN en Español

Cynthia Hudson is senior vice president and general manager of CNN en Español and Hispanic strategy for CNN/U.S.

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Nina Johnson-Milewski

Owner & Director, GalleryDiet

Nina Johnson-Milewski is the owner, founder, and director of Gallery Diet in Wynwood. She has produced over 30 solo and group exhibitions by new and emerging artists from around the world. In addition to her work at Gallery Diet, she is also an active member of the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami’s Leadership Circle, the Wolfsonian Visionairies, and sits on the steering committee for the MAM Contemporaries, and the capital campaign group, Core Creative.

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Kathleen Kennedy Townsend

Senior Advisor, Rock Creek Group

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend is Maryland's first woman lieutenant governor. The eldest child of Robert and Ethel Kennedy, she has taught foreign policy at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She has published articles in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Washington Monthly, among others. She founded the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award - an award whose recipients now include the Comadres of El Salvador, Adam Michnic of Poland and Naude of South Africa.

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Liliana Páez

Founder & CEO, Global Smart Products

Liliana Páez is the founder and chief executive officer of Global Smart Products, a company with a global presence specializing in creating, designing, and selling innovative products. She is also the author of Female Power: A Women’s Guide to Becoming a Millionaire, a guide for all women who seek to achieve their professional and financial goals. Páez began developing her business empire as a teenager, when she began to carve her path to financial independence.

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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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Antonia Stolper

Partner, Shearman & Sterling LLP

Antonia Stolper is head of Shearman & Sterling’s Capital Markets-Americas group and of the firm’s Latin America affinity group. Stolper’s practice focuses primarily on corporate finance transactions in emerging markets. She has extensive registered public offering experience for foreign private issuers.

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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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