From Left: Anthony Herrera, Jorge Baldor, Alfredo Duarte, Guillermo Perales (seated), Juan González Moreno, and Evelyn Torres. (Photo courtesy of D CEO)
Latino Leadership Initiative at SMU Cox Selected as “Outstanding Latino Nonprofit”
Dallas (SMU)—The SMU Cox Latino Leadership Initiative (LLI), which distinguishes SMU as the only university working across the entire Latino talent pipeline for corporate America, is named as Dallas’ “Outstanding Latino Nonprofit” in the September issue of D CEO Magazine.
The publication’s editors presented the award at a September 1 reception, along with awards to other Latino organizations and leaders. This is D CEO’s first-ever Latino Business Awards event, which, according to the magazine “recognize[s] ... that Latino companies, executives, entrepreneurs, and consumers are playing a bigger role in the economy” and that “the Hispanic influence on DFW is here to stay.” D CEO features the winners of its Latino Business Awards on the cover of this month’s issue, currently on newsstands, and online.
LLI Executive Director Anthony Herrera accepted the award for SMU Cox Executive Education. Herrera has steered the LLI since 2014. Two LLI founding partners, EY and Shell Oil, nominated the organization for this honor, touting the fact that LLI promotes corporate development of Latinos through four interlinked areas: management development, specifically through its Corporate Executive Development and Rising Latino Leaders programs; organizational development, such as diversity/retention/social media engagement forums for corporate executives; research about Latino corporate workplace retention by SMU Cox Professor Miguel Quiñones, LLI academic director and the O. Paul Corley Distinguished Chair in Organization Behavior; and community outreach through discussions open to the public and education events targeting Latino youth, SMU undergraduates and graduate students.
“Our location in the southwestern United States and the fact that we are a top-ranked business school put SMU Cox on the cutting edge of Hispanic market and workforce growth,” said Al Niemi, dean of the Cox School of Business. “We must therefore be at the forefront in developing skilled Latino C-Suite talent to meet a growing demand for the benefits of diverse management, to create dynamic leadership opportunities for aspiring Latino middle managers, and to ensure Dallas’ position as a leading business center in a demographically evolving world.”
SMU Cox Executive Education Associate Dean Frank Lloyd helped identify the need for a corporate Latino talent pipeline while overseeing the Cox Exec Ed Corporate Executive Development Program (CEDP). He helped shape the LLI mission, in collaboration with LLI Corporate Members AT&T, Wal-Mart, Baylor Scott & White Health, EY, JCPenney, Kimberly-Clark, MoneyGram Intl., Northwestern Mutual, PepsiCo, Shell Oil and State Farm, to develop high-performance Latino executives who will drive business growth and create a sustainable competitive advantage for their companies. According to Lloyd, the Latino Leadership Initiative:
- Enables Cox to offer business solutions in the area of Latino talent management, diversity and inclusion best practices.
- Serves over 40 companies — and growing — in management development programs that accelerate progress of Latino talent from first-line to mid-level management and from mid-level management to executive positions.
- Provides thought leadership through research and symposia for the business community.
- Connects with other activities in Cox and SMU to serve SMU undergraduate and graduate students as well as middle school and high school students in the community.
“This recognition for the Latino Leadership Initiative testifies to the leadership of Executive Director Anthony Herrera and LLI Academic Director Mickey Quiñones,” said Lloyd. “It recognizes the contributions of faculty and instructors to Latino leadership programs, including many practicing and retired business executives who serve as mentors, advisors, and guest speakers. Much of the recognition goes to the LLI’s member companies, represented by EY and Shell, which submitted nominations to D CEO, demonstrating the value of the LLI’s achievements.”
Besides honoring the SMU Cox LLI as the Outstanding Latino Nonprofit of the Year, D CEO Magazine also named SMU alumnus Jorge Baldor (’93), founder of the Latino Center for Leadership Development, as the “Latino Advocate.” The organization donated funds in 2015 to establish a Latino-focused think tank at SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. D CEO also named Guillermo Perales, president and CEO of Sun Holdings as “Latino Executive of the Year”; Solaris Technologies, Inc. as the “Outstanding Small Latino Business”; Taxco Produce as the “Outstanding Midsize Latino Business”; and Gruma Corp. as the “Outstanding Large Latino Business.” In its presentation, D CEO cited a gift by Gruma Corp. that helped fund the new SMU Texas-Mexico Center, a platform that examines shared issues through a policy lens. Other nominees in the “Outstanding Latino Nonprofit” category were: The Concilio and Avance Dallas.
ABOUT THE LATINO LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE
Launched in November 2013 as part of Executive Education at the SMU Cox School of Business, LLI (www.smu.edu/cox/lli) is a national center of excellence designed to help meet the nation’s growing need for corporate leaders as national demographics evolve. The LLI grew out of research that shows a gap in talent at the country’s executive leadership level. Located on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, the LLI offers Latino leadership development programs, organization development services, new Latino-focused research and insights and community engagement activities.
ABOUT SMU COX
The Cox School of Business (cox.smu.edu), was originally established in Dallas in 1920 on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and was named in honor of benefactor Edwin L. Cox in 1978. SMU Cox offers a full range of highly-ranked undergraduate and graduate business education programs, academic centers of excellence and an active alumni network with chapters globally.