2023 Greater San Antonio Women in Leadership Symposium
March 28, 2023
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CT)
Rising in Resilience: Achieving Empowerment through Advancement & Adaptability
Ms. Adams is an immigrant from Taipei, Taiwan and a long-time resident of San Antonio, Texas. Ms. Adams graduated in 1995 from University of Texas in San Antonio with a BBA in Accounting. Immediate after graduation, she started her banking career. During the past 25 years, she held positions in different fields such as Bank Auditing, SBA Underwriting and Commercial Banking. Ms. Adams is passionate in helping business owners and entrepreneurs excel financially where she focusses on promoting “Access to Capital” through both traditional and SBA government financing assistance programs. Currently, she is a Senior Vice President/Business Banker at Broadway Bank with responsibility of managing a portfolio of business clients. Ms. Adams is very active in the community and has a strong networking source. In additional to services related to work, Ms. Adams’ professional affiliations include current Advisory Board Member of Small Business Economic Development Center (SBDC) at UTSA, current Board Member of Alamo Asian American Chamber of Commerce, Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce, Asian Real Estate Association of America, and FBI San Antonio Citizens Academy Alumni Association. Ms. Adams is a professional athlete in Taekwondo and has many accolades including 1988 Summer Olympic Bronze Medalist when she represented her birth county – Taiwan. In 2016, Ms. Adams is the first female representing USA to officiate Taekwondo event at the Rio Summer Olympics. She owns a successful Taekwondo school here in San Antonio since 2016.
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.
Vivian Bouet is Greif’s Chief Information & Digital Officer (CIDO). Vivian brings over 28 years of experience in business and technology transformation and most recently served as the Chief Information Officer at CPS Energy, the nation’s largest municipally owned energy company with over $12B in assets under management. She was responsible for overseeing the technology roadmap, enterprise architecture, digital experience, business solutions development, and innovation functions. She also provided leadership in corporate strategic planning, change management, and enterprise program management. In her role as CIDO, as part of the Executive Leadership Team, Vivian will help shape the company’s broader strategic direction, engaging customers and vendors through technology and digital solutions. Significant emphasis will be placed on anticipating change and identifying opportunities for innovation to ensure Greif maintains a leadership position within an increasingly competitive industry landscape while championing continued colleague growth and development.
As Vice President of Global Partnerships at Rackspace Technology, Adrianna oversees strategic alliances across leading partnerships with VMW, BT, and Dell Technologies along with growth alliances within the software space such as Snowflake and DataDog. Within her 13 years in the channel, she’s led partnerships and go-to-market across prominent technology alliances, system integrators, digital experience, and commerce. She builds powerful ecosystems, creating new value for customers and partners, along with innovative revenue channels for growth. She helped establish a digital practice that went from $7M at inception to $120M in 7 years, producing an engine of multi- year double-digit growth. She was recognized by CRN magazine as one of the “100 People You Don’t Know But Should” and “Women of the Channel” multiple years. Adrianna also serves as the Executive Sponsor of POWER, the Professional Organization of Women’s Empowerment at Rackspace. Prior to Rackspace, she worked in Publicity for Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment where she spearheaded launches and campaigns for Catalog and TV on DVD. Adrianna holds a BA in International Affairs with an International Economics concentration from The George Washington University and an Executive Business Administration and Management degree from University of Texas at Austin. Outside of Rackspace, Adrianna is a Master Cycle Instructor at Amp-Studio, a boutique fitness studio. She is passionate about creating environments that inspire self-discovery and help awaken the inner bad-ass. When she’s not on a bike or at her day job, Adrianna indulges in her favorite pleasures –spending time with James and their fur babies, traveling, eating pickles, drinking bubbles…and shopping for handbags.
Jenna Saucedo-Herrera is the CEO of greater:SATX, a regional economic partnership charged with growing and diversifying the eight county San Antonio-New Braunfels MSA. In this role, Jenna and her team work closely with the regional business community, and government to recruit new companies, foster global business relationships, help local companies grow and build the local talent pipeline. During her five-year tenure at the helm of San Antonio’s economic development team, greater:SATX has secured over twenty-three thousand jobs for the region through recruitment and expansion projects that include: Ernst & Young, Victory Capital, Navistar, and Aisin. Jenna has received accolades including the “2015 Women in Leadership Award” and the “2017 40 Under 40: Woman of the Year Award” from the San Antonio Business Journal, acknowledgment by the San Antonio Express-News in their “2016 Women Who Run San Antonio” feature, and recognition in Culturemap’s “Top Texans Under 30”. She is an alumna of St. Mary’s University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing Management. She is also a member of the Texas Women’s Forum, the Texas Lyceum, and the International Women’s Forum. Jenna also serves on several community boards and councils including Visit San Antonio, EPIcenter, BioBridge Global, San Antonio Medical Foundation, UP Partnership, and Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) Advisory Trustee, Centro San Antonio, and Texas Biomed.
In January 2021, Carla Wright assumed the position of Vice President of Administration within Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas (TMMTX). Her responsibilities include oversight of TMMTXs total supply chain and 23 On-Site Suppliers, Human Relations, and Internal Communications. Located in San Antonio, TX, this role became the latest in Ms. Wright’s long career with Toyota, which began in 1999. Throughout that time, Ms. Wright has held multiple executive leadership roles within Toyota’s Engineering function, including stints in Data Management, Technical Strategy, Cost Planning, Purchasing & Supplier Development, and her current role with Administration and Production Control. In addition to her executive responsibilities, she also serves as TMMTX’s regional Diversity and Inclusion Champion, focusing on building a strong STEM pipeline for under-represented populations. She also had a vital role in the genesis of three Professional Business Partnering Group (BPG) chapters at R&D. She was the executive sponsor of the R&D Young Professional BPG. This organization brings young professionals within R&D together for career development and best practice sharing. She served on the original Executive Board for the Women’s Leadership Forum (WLF), now known as Women Influencing and Impacting Toyota (WIIT). She was a driving force behind the development of SPECTRUM, an organization whose mission is to foster an inclusive and supportive work environment that engages the talents and passions of the LGBTQ and Ally team members through collaborative and educational programs to realize Toyota’s mission fully. Before joining Toyota, Ms. Wright spent time education as an elementary teacher. Carla is excited to start this new journey in Texas, learn manufacturing operations, further Toyota’s commitment to the surrounding community, and ensure that its diverse talent meets its fullest potential.
Michele Hoskins, is a former educator, professional leadership development trainer and motivational speaker for more than 30 years. Currently, Michele and her husband Paul are Urban Air Adventure Park Franchisees, have two (2) parks in San Antonio, and are planning to open an additional park and coffee shop late 2021. Michele is also a licensed Minister, former McDonald’s Franchisee, Author, co-Author of two books, Motivational Speaker, College Professor and active community leader. Michele recently launched another company, Maintain Momentum, is starting a podcast, blog and near completion of her book, Love That Works, Works! Michele is very competent in establishing goals, developing strategic action plans, and executing plans for running successful operations to the benefit of all. Michele demonstrates a high level of creative leadership and works collaboratively to drive results in all of her endeavors. Michele’s passion for life is evident and proven in her ability to develop leaders, create programs, training materials, innovative systems, tools, and thinking that are essential to the health and viability of ministry and entrepreneurship. Michele is committed to the community and works tirelessly to give back. Michele is determined to make a positive impact by promoting growth opportunities focused on building stronger communities, and supporting non-profits, educational institutions, and churches. Michele is in the final stages of completing her second doctorate degree in Organizational Management/Christian Ministry from Grand Canyon University, has completed PhD studies from Capella University, holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University and Bachelors of Arts Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. Michele is also a graduate of MLP (Class XV). Michele loves to dance, read, travel and spend time with her family. Michele is happily married, 30 years to her husband Paul, they have 12 year old twins, Hayley and Hayden, and along with their puppy Drayko reside in Garden Ridge, TX.
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