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Robert Abreu
Robert Abreu   Vice-President, Goldman-Sachs & Company, Office of Global Leadership and Diversity

Head of the firm's strategy on diversity and inclusion, particularly as it relates to the Hispanic population, Mr. Abreu is also a leader in the firm's Hispanic Network, and a supporter of its diversity recruiting efforts. A board member of several philanthropic and professional organizations, including the Hispanic Federation, and the advisory board of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America National Latino Advisory Committee.

Jonathan Avila
Jonathan Avila   Vice President, Counsel, Chief Privacy Officer, The Walt Disney Company

Mr. Avila supervises data privacy law counseling and compliance for Disney's domestic and international operations. He is sought-out for his expertise on matters of privacy protection, communications law and First Amendment rights. A board member of the Imagen Foundation devoted to fostering positive portrayals of Latinos in entertainment media, he graduated from Yale, the University of Salamanca in Spain, and Harvard Law School.

Javier Avitia
Javier Avitia   Senior Vice President, Business Affairs, CBS International Studios

As one of the co-founders of the Latino Lawyers Association in Los Angeles since his graduation from Harvard La School in 1987, Mr. Avitia works to increase the representation of Latino lawyers in major law firms and corporations. An active member of the Schools Committee of the Harvard Club of Southern California, he interviews and encourages Latino high school students to apply to Harvard University.

Emiliano Calemzuk
Emiliano Calemzuk    President, Fox Television Studios

In a time when reality TV reigns, high-quality scripted progamming is a treat for sophisticated watchers. Mr. Calemzuk oversees the studio that produces a number of acclaimed series for a variety of cable outlets, including “Burn Notice” and ‘Saving Grace.” Born in Argentina and fluent in five languages, he previously managed Fox's European operations; while based in Rome from 2002-2007, he led the development of the Italian Pay TV market.

Jim Canales
Jim Canales   President and Chief Executive Officer of the James Irvine Foundation

Mr. Canales leads the organization “dedicated to expanding opportunity for the people of California to participate in a vibrant, successful and inclusive society.” The nonprofit provides grants in the Arts, California Democracy and Youth. A graduate of Stanford University, he serves on the Board of the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the College Access Foundation of California.

Grace D. Lieblin
Grace D. Lieblin   President and Managing Director of GM de Mexico

When she began her career at General Motors as a co-op student at the Assembly Division in 1978, it's doubtful Ms. Lieblein expected she would end up in the driver's seat as one of the world's leading auto executives. She is a champion of the GM Women in Engineering initiative and a board member of the GM Hispanic Initiative Team.

Roberto Llamas
Roberto Llamas   Chief Human Resources and Public Affairs Officer, Nielsen Company

Mr. Llamas is responsible for human resources strategy and processes, as well as public affairs efforts throughout the organization that maintains a presence in more than a hundred countries.  Experienced at the implementation of leadership development and workforce diversity programs in an array of America's financial and corporate powerhouses, Mr. Llamas has also led initiatives to improve productivity, performance culture and operations and globalization.

Ignacia Moreno
Ignacia Moreno   Counsel, Corporate Environmental Programs, General Electric Company

A leading practitioner of environmental and natural resources law, Ms. Moreno has nearly two decades experience in the federal government, private and corporate practice.  The past president of the Hispanic Bar Association, she currently serves on several boards, including the Center for International Environmental Law. In June she was nominated as Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

David Olivencia
David Olivencia   Director, Oracle Corporation

Mr. Olivencia has mastered strategic planning, technology optimization, business alignment and finance in several significant industries, including high-tech, software, automotive, the public sector, insurance and telecommunications. He is President of the Hispanic IT Executive Council, and President Emeritus of the Detroit chapter of the National Society of Hispanic MBAs.  He received his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and his MBA from the University of Notre Dame.

Thomas Saenz
Thomas Saenz   President and General Counsel, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)

The former Counsel for Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Mr. Saenz took his new position with MALDEF this past August.  The mayor commented, “MALDEF is not only inheriting a brilliant legal mind, but also a passionate and committed champion of civil rights.”  A graduate of Yale and Yale Law School, Mr. Saenz serves on the Los Angeles County Board of Education.