About Latina Experts

Latina Experts is leadership blog that focuses on the development and advancement of Latinas in work and life. Latina Experts is a discussion platform that will encourage dialogue and story-telling to help the broader Latina community consider together the key assets they bring and obstacles that they face in America's corporations.
One of those assets involves their generous purpose and compassion for the well-being of others which translates into leadership competencies and the ability to develop high performing and inclusive teams. This blog will be a place where Latinas share their experiences and give voice to the dilemmas they manage as they take charge of their careers and continue to move into prominent leadership positions. Also to be considered are the ways that greater self-care and entrepreneurial spirit can be maximized to find the right balance in their lives between doing for others and doing for themselves.

Utilizing the Latina Experts blog, notable Latina contributors will initiative and facilitate provocative conversations for about Latinas in work and life.

 

Annette Prieto-Llopis - Center for Hispanic Leadership

Marisa Salcines - UPS, Employee and Brand Communications Manager

Yesi Morillo-Gual - Citi

Maria Ortiz - Writer and Filmmaker

Lourdes Mateo de Acosta - H&M Communications

Carli Eli - Media & Communications Professional

Sonia Perez Chaisson - Civil Litigation Attorney


Annette Prieto-Llopis - Center for Hispanic Leadership

Annette Prieto-Llopis is the Director of Client Relations at the Center for Hispanic Leadership (CHL). She also serves as a CHL Trainer / Coach. Annette has had an accomplished career in sales and training with more than 17 years of professional experience in both the public and private sectors and brings that practice to CHL. In addition to serving as CHL's Client Relations Director, Annette works on developing culturally-tailored training to give Hispanic business leaders the tools they need to grow and thrive. One of Annette's greatest passions is empowering individuals to be their best selves in both their personal and professional lives. She has quickly become a sought after coach and mentor by young Latinas.

Marisa Salcines - UPS, Employee and Brand Communications Manager

Marisa is the Employee and Brand Communications Manager at UPS. As a seasoned corporate communications, PR, public affairs, marketing, and media relations professional with experience working with domestic and international non-profit and for-profit organizations and companies, Marisa has effectively developed, led, and executed strategic communications and relationship-building initiatives over the past 16 years.

Yesi Morillo-Gual - Citi

A 16-year veteran of Citi, Yesi currently serves as a Risk Manager in the Municipal Securities Division.
 
Her primary responsibility involves management of the trillion-dollar bid proposal process. Critical to new business, this responsibility involves managing the due diligence process to provide a wide variety of compliance relatedinformation, as requested by public and private sector clients. Yesi works closely with department's general counsel and chief compliance officer on a variety of compliance-related responsibilities as they pertain to the industry and the bid process.

Maria Ortiz - Writer and Filmmaker

Maria Ortiz lives her life by one rule. It’s something her mom told her when she was a child in Beavercreek, Ohio. “Tell stories that are compelling, relevant, and with minimal nudity.” That’s why Maria works in the entertainment industry.

Maria is a writer and filmmaker in Los Angeles, CA. A natural born storyteller, Maria has written for media relations, news, film, and television. A member of NALIP (National Association of Latino Independent Producers) and WGA (Writers Guild of America), she has worked with the Montecito Picture Company (No Strings Attached, Hitchcock) and Pantelion Films (Lionsgate/Televisa), the first Latino studio in Hollywood.

Lourdes Mateo de Acosta - H&M Communications

Lourdes Mateo de Acosta, Partner and Executive Vice President, Corporate/Consumer group
Lourdes Mateo de Acosta has held senior management roles at four of the top international public relations firms worldwide and currently serves as partner and executive vice president at H&M Communications. She has more than 19 years of experience in high-level strategic counseling, media relations, corporate communications, special events, and crisis communications.

Carli Eli - Media & Communications Professional

Carli is a seasoned media and communications professional with extensive experience in social, educational and political issues in the general and Hispanic markets. Having grown up in New York, she moved to Florida to attend University of Central Florida where she earned her degrees in Finance and International Business. Instead of a career in finance, her career started in the media industry in which she has worked for ABC networks (radio and TV), MTV Networks, V-me Media and Telemundo in the areas of production, reporting, marketing, events and promotions, business development and grassroots community outreach.

Sonia Perez Chaisson - Civil Litigation Attorney

Sonia Perez Chaisson is a plaintiff's trial lawyer who never forgets that she is the daughter of Colombian immigrant with a 3rd grade education who came to America, earned her GED and worked as a bookkeeper for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts until she retired.   Ms. Chaisson grew up in Boston, Massachusetts. After earning her law degree from Northeastern University School of Law, she moved to Los Angeles where she began practicing law. Since that time, Attorney Chaisson has maintained an active civil litigation practice. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the largest trial lawyer's organization in the world, the American Association for Justice. As a member she has participated in lobbying for necessary safety regulations that protect ordinary citizens from corporate harm. Currently, Ms. Chaisson is focusing on holding big pharmaceutical companies accountable for intentionally selling drugs with known life and health risks to consumers.

 

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