50 Most Powerful Latinas

The 2018 50 Most Powerful Latinas Summit was hosted once again in New York City by ALPFA (the Association of Latino Professionals for America) in partnership with Fortune, Columbia University, People en Español and Latino Leaders Magazine. LatinasinBusiness.us was invited to cover the event that brings together leading Latinas and other women in corporate America from across various sectors of the global economy.

This year The Most Powerful Latinas Summit emphasized the importance of “Building a Legacy and Developing the Next Generation of Latina Leaders”. The day-long Summit reunited 150 of the most powerful Latinas in corporate America and Rising Stars, which represent the next generation of Latina Leaders.

In addition, two Latino male counterparts who have shown support and have empowered Latinas in corporate were invited to the event. They were Pablo Salame, VC Goldam Sachs, and Sol Trujillo, Chairman, Trujillo Group Investments, LLC, who received the ALPFA Latina Empowerment Award.

For some LIVE highlights coverage of the event, please visit our Facebook LatinasinBusiness.us page.

  • Charlie Garcia, ALPFA CEO opening the Summit

  • Sol Trujillo, Chairman, Trujillo Group Investments LLC (L) interviewed by Charlie Garcia

  • Melanie Kusi, VC, CEO and Board Services Korn Ferry (L) interviewed by Barbara B Roberts, Entrepreneur in Residence at Columbia University on “Getting more Latinas as Fortune 500 CEOs and Board Members – Perspective from #1 Executive Recruiting Firm.

  • Ileana Musa, Chair, Corporate Advisory Board, ALPFA (L), interviews Sonia Dula, Former VC Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Gisel Ruiz, COO, Sam’s Club (R) “Succeeding in a global business environment”

  • Sonia Dula, “Make yourself known to the people who can make decisions about your career.”

  • View of the beautiful rotunda at Columbia University in NYC

    2018 latinas in business highlights
  • Yvonne Garcia introduces the Latina Empowerment Award

  • Sol Trujillo, recipient of the ALPFA Latina Empowerment Award

  • Sol Trujillo acceptance speech of the ALPFA Latina Empowerment Award. “We are adding a new word to the dictionary and that is L-Attitude.”

  • Fantastic MC and organizer Raymond Arroyo from ALPFA Solutions

  • Rising Star Alba Castillo Baylin, VP Customer Marketing North America Group, The Coca-Cola Company

  • Rising Star Maria Urista, Johnson and Johnson Consumer Inc.

  • Rising Star Lupe Morales-Christian US VP, Franchising and Operations, NW Region MacDonald’s USA

  • Rising Star Solana Cozzo, Head of Prepaid and Inclusive Growth, North America Markets MasterCard

  • Rising Star Marisa Perez, VP Sales of Market SpanningSouth TX/LA PepsiCo

  • Rising Star Young Latina Leaders Vilmarie Ocasio

  • Susana G Baumann, Editor-in-Chief, LatinasinBusiness.us with Rising Star Ana Arguello, Senior Director II, International Business Collaboration, Sam’s Club

  • Tathiana Carrasco, Director of Business Development, LatinasinBusiness.us (L) with Susana G Baumann and Katherine Villacis, MHRM577, Walmart

  • Susana G Baumann (L) with Cynthia Hudson, SVP and GM of CNN Espanol and Hispanic Strategy for CNN US, and Tathiana Carrasco (R)

  • Tathiana Carrasco (L), Pattie Sellers, Partner, SellersEaston Media, and Susana G Baumann

  • Tathiana Carrasco with one of the fabulous ALPFA NY Volunteers

  • Tathiana Carrasco (L) with Luis Vargas, ALPFA CMO and Susana G Baumann (R). Gracias Luis!


  • Award-winning journalist, author, multicultural expert, public speaker, small business advocate and the Editor-in-Chief of LatinasinBusiness.us. Susana is an Argentinean immigrant who started her own small business over 20 years ago. Now, through her new digital platform and social media channels, she advocates for the economic empowerment of Latinas in the United States.