INROADS October Impact Event 

Igniting the Hispanic Economy Through Corporate Social Responsibility

The attention to underrepresented groups has been phenomenal but once the dust settles, what are your expectations with respect to attention to Hispanic communities? What are some of the most promising practices (by corporations) that you have witnessed, both internal and external? Why is supplier diversity such an important consideration? Do you feel that there are concerted efforts to develop and groom young Hispanics for C-Suite positions? These were among the questions examined during the October Impact Series Event. Three D&I thought leaders discussed inequities that prevail for Hispanic communities and what corporations and individual can do to impact change.

State of Hispanic Economy (Presentation Slides)

    About the Featured panelists:

    Eduardo Cetlin is President of the Amgen Foundation, in charge of Philanthropy and Responsibility activities at Amgen which is one of the world’s leading biotechnology companies, employing over 22,000 people.  Eduardo is responsible for a portfolio of programs that serve as an extension of Amgen’s mission to serve patients, including efforts to inspire the next generation of scientific innovators and provide Amgen’s medicines at no cost to qualifying low-income patients. Eduardo has been with Amgen for over 18 years, including various management roles prior to becoming President of the Foundation some seven years ago.  Eduardo holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Brazil, and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

    Veronica Maldonado-Torres is the newly appointed President and CEO of the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Prior to joining the Chamber, Veronica guided the development and growth of more than 150 firms across multiple industries ranging from $1M-$100M in annual revenue in her role as Program Director for the Georgia Mentor Protégé Connection. There, she fostered over 131 Fortune 500 corporate relationships, supported the supplier development efforts of more than 41 corporations, and produced over 85 small- to large-scale business conferences and events including the Georgia Innovation Summit. She has also served as the Director of Strategic Alliances and Partnerships for the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council. Veronica is also CEO and founder of VMT Consulting and creator of the DRIVEN TO THRIVE™ mindset, model, and way of living where she empowers professionals and businesses to grow, transform and thrive.

    Cid Wilson serves as the president and CEO of the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility - a position he has held since 2014. His nearly three decades of corporate leadership and inclusion advocacy drive HACR’s mission of advancing Hispanic inclusion in Corporate America. After working his way from the mailroom to the executive suite, he earned national recognition in 2006 when Forbes named him the #1 Wall Street equity financial analyst in his field. Wilson was appointed by President Barack Obama to the National Museum of the American Latino Study Commission. He served as board chair of the Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino from 2012-2016 and in 2020 successfully supported the historic passage of the American Latino Museum Act in Congress. Wilson graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in economics.