U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Chairwoman Alice Rodriguez confirmed as 2021 WEES Keynote Speaker

U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Chairwoman Alice Rodriguez to be Keynote Speaker at the 2021 Women Entrepreneur Empowerment Summit, speaking alongside other National Leaders to support Latinas and other minority women entrepreneurs. 

Alice Rodriguez, 2021 WEES

U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Chairwoman Alice Rodriguez confirmed as 2021WEES Keynote Speaker.

The U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) Chairwoman Alice Rodriguez has been confirmed as Keynote Speaker for the virtual Latinas in Business 2021 Women Entrepreneur Empowerment Summit (2021 WEES), a unique conference that year after year gathers successful Latinas and other minority women entrepreneurs to Learn. Connect. Succeed!  

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 guest speakers, various panels with industry leaders, and deep-dive workshops, as well as our signature peer-to-peer networking sessions and post-panel discussion forums.

The hybrid event takes place on June 10, 2021 from 1:30pm to 6:30pm in a Virtual Space, followed by the Latina Leaders Awards ceremony from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Berkeley College’s Mid-Manhattan Campus (by invitation only).

Register now at https://2021wees.eventbrite.com/. 

2021 WEES Keynote speaker Alice Rodriguez

2021 WEES Keynote Speaker, Alice Rodriguez, Managing Director, Head of JPMC Community Impact
JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Alice Rodriguez has over 30 years of extensive banking experience with JPMorgan Chase and its predecessors.  She has held executive positions in Business Banking, Consumer Banking and Wealth Management.  Her most current role is Head of JPMC Community Impact Organization. She provides strategic counsel and serves an integral leadership role in community engagement initiatives and localization strategy.  In this capacity, Alice collaborates with Corporate Responsibility to bring together the best of business, philanthropy and policy efforts to drive inclusive economic growth.    Alice leads the Community Impact team that is driving the firm’s a $30B commitment to advancing racial equity. 

A trailblazer in her field, Alice has a natural tenacity, tempered with a steadied approach in both life and business. In a career spanning three decades, she has put people and purpose first, supporting community efforts beyond her corporate responsibilities. A lifelong commitment to minority-driven causes has earned her numerous board appointments and accolades including her current role as Chairwoman of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Don’t miss our inspiring panels with industry leaders, deep-dive workshops, and more!

Other National Leaders that have been confirmed to support the event are Thomas Savino, CEO, National Prospanica; Damian Rivera, CEO, ALPFA (Association of Latino Professionals for America); and Ron Gonzales, President and CEO, Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley. They will be sharing ideas on “Enlisting Men’s Support to Expand and Grow your Network.” 

Three successful women entrepreneurs will also be sharing their experiences about “Turning Adversity into Success,” a common path they have traveled, although in different industries. They are Maria Piastre, President, Metallix Refining; Marvina Robinson, founder, Stuyvesant Champagne; and Jessie Gabriel, founder, All-Places. 

“The support from leaders of this caliber show us that Latinas and other women entrepreneurs are a striking force in the US economy, and they cannot be left behind. Organizations and leaders around the country need to work together to keep them not only surviving but also thriving during the difficult pandemic economic transition,” said Susana G Baumann, President and CEO, Latinas in Business Inc.

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During the Latina Leaders Awards Ceremony, Wendy Garcia, Chief Diversity Officer, NYC Office of the Comptroller Scott Stringer will receive the 2021 Small Business Champion Award. The LIVE segment will be broadcasted to all virtual audiences from Berkeley College in NYC. 

2021 WEES

Register now for this must-attend event! 


  • 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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