2021 WEES: Announcing THRIVE! Men’s panel speakers 

Latinas in Business is pleased to announce three Latino business leaders as guest speakers for our Men’s panel: “THRIVE! Enlisting Men’s Support to Grow and Expand your Network” at the 2021 Women Entrepreneur Empowerment Summit. Our 2021 WEES hybrid-event is set to take place on Thursday, June 10 from 1:30 PM – 6:30 PM EDT. 

Register Now for this must-attend event! 


With THRIVE! as our motto this year, the 2021 Women Entrepreneur Summit  (#2021 WEES) will center on key areas of growth to connect and empower women business owners with tools and insights that will propel them forward in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The event will feature inspiring Keynote speakers, fun networking sessions, and various panels with industry leaders and entrepreneurs.

2021 WEES: “THRIVE! Enlisting Men’s Support to Grow and Expand your Network” panel

Women entrepreneurs don’t often have the gender ally benefits that their counterparts in corporate America may be offered. Join us and our panel of gender equality advocates as they share with us why enlisting men to grow and expand your network can offer a valuable perspective. There is no one approach to break gender barrier challenges, so we’ll explore how different strategies may serve different needs and real-life examples of partnerships in which our panelists have taken part. 

We welcome our three panel speakers: Ron Gonzales, Thomas Savino, and Damian Rivera. 


Ron Gonzales, President and CEO of the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley.

Ron Gonzales is the President and CEO of the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley.  The Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for Silicon Valley Latinos. 

Gonzales has over 40 years of technology and public policy experience.  Prior to leading the Hispanic Foundation, Gonzales was the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Presencia, LLC which provides marketing and sales consulting services. He also served as Mayor of San José, the Capital of Silicon Valley and the nation’s 10th largest city from 1999-2006. Mayor Gonzales may be best known for championing the extension of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) to San Jose and Silicon Valley.  So much so that former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown nicknamed him “Mayor BART”. Before his election as Mayor, Gonzales worked as an executive with the Hewlett-Packard Company, in the areas of marketing, human resources, and corporate philanthropy.

He currently serves as Chair of the Silicon Valley Capital Club Board of Governors, and Board Member of KIPP Northern California Public Charter Schools, and SV@Home. 

Thomas Savino, Chief Executive Officer of Prospanica.

Thomas Savino is the Chief Executive Officer of Prospanica, the nationally recognized and premier nonprofit dedicated to developing Hispanic talent and growing the number of Hispanic professionals represented in industries of America to perpetuate economic growth and corporate competitiveness.

Thomas has an impressive history of advocating for business education and is a respected executive in the Hispanic community. As an expert consultant specializing in performance measurement analysis, knowledge management, and organizational structure, he has collaborated with corporations and national boards throughout the country.

During his time as a research analyst and internal consultant for McKinsey & Company, he specialized in the development of global initiatives, later joining TMS Consulting as managing director and also serving on the former National Society of Hispanic MBA’s national board.

Damian Rivera, CEO of ALPFA (Association of Latino Professionals For America).

Damian Rivera is the CEO of ALPFA (Association of Latino Professionals For America), one of the country’s largest & oldest Latinx membership associations in the country.

Prior to joining ALPFA Damian was a Managing Director with Accenture focused on the energy industry, and led their Hispanic American ERG for 6 years. He is also on the National Board of Per Scholas, a member of the Columbia Business School Young Alumni Board, a member of Angeles Investors, a Latino focused Angel Investor network. Damian has an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BS in Chemical Engineering from Rutgers University. Damian bridges the non-profit and corporate sectors bringing together management experience with authenticity, a drive to impact the lives of every person he meets and a passion for service to others.

Hear their stories of allyship and collaboration and learn from their experiences at the 2021 Women Entrepreneur Empowerment Summit, Thursday, June 10th. Register Now! 

2021 WEES

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  • Victoria Arena is a writer and student, passionate about writing, literature, and women's studies. She is bilingual, fluent in both English and Spanish. In 2017, she received her Associates in Fine Arts for Creative Writing from Brookdale Community College. Now, she is working toward her Bachelor's in English Literature at Montclair State University. Along with literature, Victoria is interested in Gender and Sexuality Studies, which she is pursuing as a minor, focusing closely on women's issues, gender inequality, and LGBT issues. These studies provide her with a feminist lens, which influences her work from both fiction to academic writings.

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