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2014 Woman of the Year:
An All-Star Lineup

April 2, 2014

Broos Campbell — HispanicBusiness.com

These nine Hispanic women have risen to the top of their profession.

If the women cited in our 2014 Woman of the Year index are an all-star team, it shows the deep bench the national team has put together. Their business acumen, social and institutional leadership, impressive educations and the number of boards they sit on make this a legendary team.

Katherine Archuleta took top honors as our Woman of the Year. The former Denver kindergarten teacher first saw service in Washington as deputy chief of staff for then-Transportation Secretary Federico Peña, but she returned as chief of staff for Labor Secretary Hilda Solis in 2009. She now directs the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

The nine other women who take the field this year comprise a nonprofit leader, a communications manager for a Fortune 500 company, a pair of lawyers, a pension fund manager, a newspaper editor, an engineer, a cardiovascular surgeon and a vice president at IBM.

These professionals aren’t content to log time at their day jobs, however. They also serve as directors on boards, direct education programs, find ways to help those least able to help themselves, guide Hispanic youth into science careers and leadership positions, and work with public policy and advocacy groups.

Their awards are many, from the NFL’s Hispanic Heritage Award to the Young Hispanic Corporate Achiever distinction. Now they can add a shortlisting on the Hispanic Woman of the Year to those recognitions.

Andrea Bazan
Andrea Bazan
SVP, Resource Development
United Way of Metropolitan Chicago

Andrea Bazán joined United Way of Metropolitan Chicago (UWMC) as senior vice president of resource development. A national leader with a successful career in the nonprofit sector, philanthropy, state politics and the corporate environment, she is known for her community involvement and commitment to education, and has mentored many young people.

Ms. Bazán served on President Obama’s reelection team as national regional operation vote director for the South, and as the national senior vote director and the national director for people with disabilities. Under Operation Vote, she worked for the campaign to target core constituencies including women, youth, African Americans, Hispanics and Jews.

As president of Triangle Community Foundation in Durham, N.C., Ms. Bazán was responsible for the stewardship of more than $147 million in assets housed in 750 charitable funds. She also served as executive director and chief lobbyist for El Pueblo, a Hispanic advocacy and public policy organization in Raleigh, N.C. Furthermore, she was the first Latina lobbyist at the N.C. General Assembly, where she developed positive relationships with leaders in both parties.

Her career in state government includes serving at the N.C. Office of Minority Health, Department of Health and Human Services. Her honors include a Woman of Achievement Award by the Federation of Women’s Club and the Diversity Award by Working Mother Media in New York, and the NFL’s Hispanic Heritage Award from the Carolina Panthers in 2011.

She holds master’s degrees in social work and public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Karina Diehl
Karina Diehl
Communications Manager

Karina Diehl is the communications manager of the Miller family of brands and multicultural for MillerCoors. In this role, she manages the marketing communications of Miller Lite, Miller 64, Miller Genuine Draft and Miller Fortune. She also manages all media relations announcements for these brands.

Prior to joining MillerCoors, Ms. Diehl spent more than 15 years working in multicultural marketing communications for national and global agencies such as Edelman, Burson-Marsteller and The Axis Agency, where she handled major clients including General Motors, Nintendo and the U.S. Army.

She was recently named vice chair of the Chicago Latino Film Festival, the largest Hispanic film festival in the country, and worked with República in Miami for the CARE organization, helping to produce its first Spanish-language commercial.

Now, Ms. Diehl is part of MillerCoors’ diversity and inclusion council, which consists of executives who implement diversity and inclusion policies and programs across MillerCoors, helping to ensure the company is recruiting from a diverse pool of candidates when it hires or promotes.

Named a Young Hispanic Corporate Achiever by the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) in 2011, she has a message for the 50 million Hispanics who will be the majority population in the U.S. in 2050:

“We need to make sure young Latinos graduate from college. We face many obstacles in our culture with parents, family and work. Finishing college is about so much more than just getting a diploma; it’s about the process of going to school, about the discipline, about learning what each of us needs to do to get a good grade. In that process, you learn a lot about yourself and what it takes to be successful.”

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