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Arisa Cunningham Arisa Batista Cunningham
Vice President of Diversity, Comprehensive and Surgical Care Groups
Johnson & Johnson

Ms. Arisa Batista Cunningham has recently been selected to lead the Johnson & Johnson Global Diversity Strategic Alliances and Leadership Programs.  She is responsible for initiating and coordinating activity within the Medical Devices & Diagnostics Group to achieve the diversity vision throughout the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies. Cunningham has extensive experience in domestic and international marketing, strategic planning and patient advocacy with companies such as Procter & Gamble, American Can Company, Revlon and American Home Products.  Cunningham joined Johnson & Johnson in 1994 as the director of marketing for Direct Access Diagnostics where she established the marketing, sales and public relations strategies for the world’s first home HIV Testing and Counseling Service. In her previous role in D&I she was responsible for the comprehensive global diversity and inclusion strategy and the multi-year action plans within all franchises of the $25 Billion Medical Devices and Diagnostics Group. Ms. Batista Cunningham has extensive experience in U.S. and global management, marketing, strategic planning, business development and diversity across various product categories with major consumer and pharmaceutical companies including Procter & Gamble, Revlon, Chesebrough-Pond's/Unilever and Whitehall Labs, division of Wyeth.  She has been honored with several awards for creativity, business excellence and leadership and her community work has been recognized by many organizations. A native of the Republic of Panama, Ms. Batista Cunningham has an MBA from Ohio University and undergraduate degrees from James Madison University and Sta. Maria La Antigua University.  She lives in Chappaqua, New York with her husband and children.

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Catherine Pino Ingrid Duran
Co-Founder & Principal
D&P Creative Strategies

Ms. Ingrid M. Duran, NHLI, Class of 2002, is Co-Founder & Principal of D&P Creative Strategies, founded in 2004 to increase the role of corporate, legislative and philanthropic efforts in addressing Latinos, women, and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) communities. Former President/CEO of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Ms. Duran was tapped by President Bill Clinton for the President's Advisory Committee on HIV/AIDS, and appointed to the Minority Veterans Advisory Board. In 2000, she became the first gay Latina to serve on the Human Rights Campaign Board of Directors, and served as Chairwoman of the National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI) and on The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Board. In 2003, she was honored with the Premio Dignidad Award from LLEGO. Both Hispanic and Poder magazines named her among the Nation’s 100 Most Influential and Powerful Hispanics.  Her work has attracted coverage in The Washington Post, Latina Style Magazine, People en Espanol, and USA Today, C-Span, Univision and Telemundo, among others. In partnership with Catherine Pino, they founded PODER PAC, a political action committee by Latinas for Latinas with a national effort to increase numbers of Latinas elected at all levels of government.  They have two production companies, Brown Beauty Productions and Milagro Productions; and are Executive Producers on the film The Latino List.  They were Associate Producers on the award-winning film The Harvest/La Cosecha, which reinforces the need for legislation to protect child migrant farmworkers in the US.

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Carmen Ambassador Carmen Lomellin
U.S. Permanent Representative
Organization of American States (OAS)

Ms. Carmen Lomellin was confirmed by the US Senate as Permanent Representative of the United States to the Organization of American States, as an Ambassador, on November 20, 2009. Ambassador Lomellin was appointed in May, 1998 to the position as Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM) for the Organization of American States (OAS) by Secretary General Cesar Gaviria, until March, 2009.  She managed the OAS member states and Permanent Secretariat on hemispheric policy on women’s issues, particularly human rights and gender equality. Leading the CIM Permanent Secretariat, she oversaw the Commission’s delegates representing the 34 democracies of the Western Hemisphere and managed daily operations of the Permanent Secretariat. She recently served as Director for Outreach in the OAS Department of External Relations. During the Clinton Administration, Ambassador Lomellin was the White House Liaison for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and Director of that agency’s Office of International Affairs. She was an Advisor on Hispanic Affairs to the White House Office for Women’s Initiatives and Outreach, and Search Manager in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel in1996, working on sub-cabinet appointments in international trade. Ambassador Lomellin has experience in local government working for Mayor Richard M. Daley as Director of the Private Industry Council of Chicago, and implemented one of the nation’s most successful graffiti abatement programs. She worked for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund as Director of Leadership Development, and for Chicago United as Director of Economic Development. Additionally, she experienced in the private sector, working for the Chicago-based Inland Steel Company. Ambassador Lomellin holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from St. Joseph’s Calumet College and a Master’s in Business Administration in International Business from De Paul University, Chicago, Illinois. She has spent much of her professional career and personal life working on women’s issues in the United States Hispanic community.

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Ingrid Duran Catherine Pino
Co-Founder & Principal
D&P Creative Strategies

Ms. Catherine M. Pino, NHLI, Class of 2006, is Co-Founder & Principal of D&P Creative Strategies.  With two decades of experience in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors, and expertise in designing programs targeting underserved populations, Ms. Pino advises nonprofit leaders on capacity building and effective program implementation, and works closely with Fortune 100 companies and private foundations.  She served as the Deputy Director of Urban School Reform for the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and at the National Council of La Raza, was a liaison to the organization's board and corporate advisors.  At the Washington, DC-based Independent Sector, she represented nonprofit interests on Capitol Hill and was the liaison to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. She served on the board of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute and is currently on the board of the ARCUS Foundation, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), and others.  Ms. Pino was the first Latina Board co-chair of the Hetrick-Martin Institute in New York City.  Recognized for her professional and civic accomplishments as a 2004 Hispanic Magazine Latina of Excellence, she also received the New York State Special Civil Rights Award and the Robert F. Wagner Public Service Award. In partnership with Ingrid Duran, they founded PODER PAC, a political action committee by Latinas for Latinas.  They have two production companies, Brown Beauty Productions and Milagro Productions and are Executive Producers for The Latino List.  They were Associate Producers on The Harvest/La Cosecha, with Eva Longoria, as Executive Producer. 

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Nicole Quiroga Nicole Quiroga
General Manager

Ms. Nicole Quiroga, a Washington DC native and General Manager of Telemundo WZDC-25 and Telemundo WZTD-45, is a communications strategist with expertise in media sales, multi-cultural marketing, public relations, business development, and strategic planning. She is experienced in the design and implementation of fully integrated national and statewide marketing and grassroots efforts, and the planning, fundraising, promotion and execution of Business-to-Hispanic-Consumer trade shows.  She speaks frequently at local and national organizations on topics like sales, cross-cultural communications, selling to Latino communities, business development practices, personal and career growth, and the relevance of the Hispanic Market in the US. At Telemundo, Ms. Quiroga works closely with clients and her team creating and developing innovative, Hispanic-focused communication strategies.  These strategies incorporate social, ethnic, and cultural nuances into branding, public relations, community outreach, and advertising, ultimately generating responses from Latino groups to clients’ products and services. She works with her clients to build their business and ensure that they are well positioned for future growth. Ms. Quiroga’s sales training, including guidance on how to connect and market products and services to Hispanic consumers has been provided to clients such as Toyota, McDonald’s, Nationwide Insurance and Bank of America, among others.  Additionally, she has held leadership positions in local and national community and civic organizations, including the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Girl Scouts of the Nation Capital Area, Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind, Latino Student Fund, and the Hispanic College Fund. Ms. Quiroga holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Marketing from the University of Maryland. She is a graduate of the 2008 Leadership Greater Washington Executive Program, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government Executive Program, the National Hispana Leadership Institute, the Center for Creative Leadership Institute, the Gallup Leadership Institute, and the Emerging Leadership Institute.

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