2022 Greater San Antonio Women in Leadership Symposium
March 22, 2022
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CT)
Paragon of Womanhood: Restoration, Reintegration, and Reemergence
The purpose of this event is to bring together female leaders who will address topics regarding leadership, professional development, and career advancement
Yhanira is a first-generation Mexicana born and raised in Eagle Pass, TX. The youngest of 8 children, Yhanira ventured off to college receiving a bachelor’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Management Science. This is where she discovered her passion for problem solving and the value of working with diverse teams. Her studies include a B.S. in Management Science with concentrations in IT and Finance and a minor in Economics. She interned at Hewlett-Packard’s headquarters in Palo Alto, CA, and accepted a full-time role after graduation in 2001. While at HP, she helped launch LaVoz, a Latino employee network in the Bay Area. After the Compaq-merger in 2003, she became a founding officer for HP’s Houston Hispanic diversity resource group. She was often the youngest in her teams, the only Latina, and one of few women. Yhanira joined USAA in 2007 and furthered her education receiving an MBA from the University of Texas at San Antonio. During her tenure at the financial services company in San Antonio, she has held several leadership roles, most recently the Assistant Vice President responsible for HR Operational Excellence. She leads a team that focuses on improving employee experiences as well as building a financially-sound foundation across HR capabilities for the organization. Yhanira is the Executive Sponsor of Elevate, a gender diversity and inclusion business group that she was also highly involved in launching. She is an active member of other DBGs to include Aspire, which focuses on advancing women in technology. Her true passion lies in developing others and creating conditions for people to succeed. She inspires others by sharing her journey and the learnings from her experiences. She helps people see the connection between their true value: past, current, and future to reach their potential. Yhanira loves serving the San Antonio community through other initiatives and partnerships. Her successes would not be possible without her strong faith and the support of her encouraging family, her “keep it real” friends, and leaders and mentors who have invested in her personal and professional growth.
Sheri King, Ph.D., currently serves as the inaugural Associate Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX. Her path to this role was atypical. After a lengthy career in a variety of positions at a Fortune 500 company in Atlanta, GA, she decided to follow her passion to work with young adults. In 2007 she received her doctorate in Counseling and College Student Affairs Administration from the University of Georgia and transitioned to a career in higher education. After working on two campuses in Georgia, including starting a student affairs office on a satellite campus, Dr. King relocated to San Antonio and served as the Director of Student Life at St. Mary’s University for nine years. In that role, she was responsible for undergraduate orientation programs and student involvement initiatives, including leadership development, student organizations, fraternity and sorority life, and student programming. In addition, she is the department chair for 28 freshman seminar courses and served on many campus-wide committees. In April 2021 she was asked to spearhead the University’s new initiative: create an Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Although she was contemplating retirement, Dr. King knew this challenge was too important to turn down. This position allows her to have a greater impact on the lives of young adults through a comprehensive plan to foster efforts to define, cultivate and support an inclusive educational community and workplace environment. A native of Philadelphia, Dr. King received a B.S. in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from New York University; an M.A. in Educational Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Ph.D. in Counseling and Student Affairs Administration from the University of Georgia. In her free time, Dr. King enjoys spending time with her adult sons, traveling the world to experience different cultures, and cheering on her beloved University of Georgia football team.
Lisa Lewis joined CPS Energy in 2020, having worked previously in marketing communications for service industry clients from healthcare to transportation. At CPS Energy she has worked in various roles in Corporate Communications and Marketing and transitioned to lead the Human Resources team in 2015. In the middle of Winter Storm Uri, she was asked to become Chief Administrative Officer, leading HR, occupational health & safety, labor relations, supply chain and warehousing, the vehicle fleet and garages, facilities and real estate. Lisa never expected to grow up to be the Chief Administrative Officer of an energy service provider with a $2 billion annual operating budget or to be responsible for a team of 300 professionals in an organization with 3,000 people. (Lisa’s mother says that the telling signs were there in pre-school, when she organized a clean-up of all the dolls in the classroom toybox, taking them home to be washed and re-dressed, because they were a mess.) Almost every leadership opportunity Lisa’s had was the result of being asked to do a job other people did not want. Her leadership philosophy is to build strong teams, because all of us are smarter than one of us—something she learned from one of her former leaders. She’s married to a mature, progressive guy who has been a great partner; he picked up the load at home when Lisa’s job took more of her time and focus. When there isn’t a stupid pandemic, they love to travel. During the stupid pandemic, she used her free time to clean out closets and garden, because she had a hard time with hobbies that required focus. She’s been trying meditation to get it back.
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