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

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

March 19, 2015


Marina Silva and Denise Pavarina.
(Image: Bruna Buniotto)


AS/COA's Women's Hemispheric Network held a private conference on women’s economic empowerment in Brazil. 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:

Jaime Ardila, President, General Motors South America 
Juliana de Faria, Founder, Think Olga
Glaucia Lauletta Frascino, Partner, Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados
Andrea Grobocopatel, President, Fundación Liderazgos y Organizaciones Responsables (FLOR) and Vice President, Grupo Los Grobo
Sônia Hess de Souza, President, Dudalina S/A and President, LIDE Mulher
Donna Hrinak, President of Boeing, Latin America & Caribbean
Luciana Liviero, Journalist
Denise Pavarina, Managing Officer, Banco Bradesco S.A. and President, ANBIMA
Susan Segal, President & CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas 
Marina Silva, Ex-Senator, Federal Senate of Brazil

Simultaneous interpretation will be provided.

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Marina Silva

Ex-Senator, Federal Senate of Brazil

Marina Silva has been a public servant in Brazil for the past 30 years. In addition to running for president in 2010 and 2014, she was the Minister of the Environment from 2003 to 2009. Silva has also served as councillor, assembly member, and two terms as senator. She has been internationally recognized for her work in support of the environment and promotion of sustainable development. Since 2011, Silva has been a member of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals Advocacy Group.

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Jaime Ardila

President, General Motors South America

Jaime Ardila is executive vice president and president of General Motors (GM) South America, responsible for operations in Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela, after serving as GM Mercosur president since 2007. He is currently a member of the GM Executive Leadership Team, reporting to GM President, Daniel Ammann. Mr. Ardila also served as vice president and chief financial officer for GM Latin America, Africa and Middle East. In 2001, he was appointed president and managing director of GM Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay.

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Juliana de Faria

Founder, Think Olga

Juliana de Faria is the founder of the feminist blog OLGA and the campaign Chega de Fiu Fiu (Enough with the Catcalling) which challenges sexual harassment in public places. In recognition of these projects, she was recently named one of “8 Incredible Women Who Will Inspire You to Break the Rules” by Cosmopolitan magazine and the Clinton Foundation’s No Ceilings Project. Ms. de Faria partnered with the Public Defender of the State of São Paulo to create and disseminate informational material about sexual assault.

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Andrea Grobocopatel

Vice President, Grupo Los Grobo S.A. and Founder of the Fundación por Liderazgos y Organizaciones Responsables (F.L.O.R.)

Andrea Grobocopatel is president of Fundación por Liderazgos y Organizaciones Responsables (F.L.O.R), president and shareholder of Los Grobo S.G.R., a leading agro-industrial group in South America. She co-founded the family business, together with her father and his brother, when she was only 21 years old. Grobocopatel founded her own Foundation for Responsible Leaderships and Organizations (F.L.O.R.), through which she will launch a unique regional program to train women to become Members of the Board of relevant companies and organizations.

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Sônia Hess de Souza

President, Dudalina S/A

Sônia Hess de Souza has been president of Dudalina S/A since 2003. Founded by her parents 57 years ago, Dudalina S/A has become the largest shirt manufacturer in Latin America, with both male and female fashion brands. Today, the company has more than 2,500 employees, six factories, and 108 retail stores, including franchises in Milan, Panama, and Ecuador. Ms. Hess de Souza is also president of LIDE Mulher, a group of female business leaders that promotes female leadership. She studied Business Administration and specialized in tailoring in Barcelona.

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Donna Hrinak

Latin America and Caribbean, Boeing Brazil

Donna Hrinak is corporate vice president at The Boeing Company and president of Boeing Latin America. With experience in both the private and public sectors, Donna Hrinak is an expert on doing business successfully in emerging markets. She has worked in highly regulated industries, overseen operations in complex, multicultural settings, and led coalitions to create positive environments for business.

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Glaucia Maria Lauletta Frascino

Partner; Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

Glaucia Maria Lauletta Frascino is a partner at Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados. She represents domestic and foreign clients on tax matters before the courts in Brazil. Frascino has participated in tax related matters that have helped shape the tax legislation in Brazil within the last two decades. She is the author of book chapters in tax law published in Brazil and abroad. Frascino has been distinguished by Chambers & Partners and other legal directories as one of the most recognized tax attorneys in Brazil.

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Luciana Liviero

Brazilian Journalist

Luciana Liviero is a Brazilian journalist. As a reporter and anchor, she has covered both national and international issues, interviewing intellectuals, politicians, specialists in various fields, artists, and celebrities. Liviero worked as a correspondent in New York and Brasilia, anchoring news segments such as Fala Brasil, Record Notícias, and Mulheres em Foco. She graduated from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo with a degree in Journalism and has been working in the field for over 20 years.

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Denise Pavarina

Managing Officer, Banco Bradesco S.A; President, ANBIMA

Denise Pavarina is managing officer of Banco Bradesco and president of the Brazilian Financial and Capital Markets Association (ANBIMA). Before her current position, she was deputy managing director. Pavarina moved to Bradesco Asset Management at the beginning of 2010 as its new CEO. She began her career at Banco Bradesco de Investimento in 1985, where she was managing director and head of Investment Banking. She has been a board member of Alpargatas, Belgo Mineira (Arcelor Group), Latasa (Reynolds Group) and Cielo.

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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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