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Latin American Business Conference at UCLA Anderson explores leadership, society and globalization

Event to focus on economic, cultural and historical forces that have created regional tensions

UCLA Anderson School of Management

UCLA Anderson School of Management

Influential Latin American political, business leaders and academics will gather at the UCLA Anderson School of Management on March 6 to discuss the region’s economic and social prospects as well as market growth and opportunities at the 2015 Latin American Business Conference.

This year’s theme, “Latin America: Leadership, Society and Globalization,” will explore the development of Latin America through three lenses: leadership in business and government spheres, the societal demands of a burgeoning middle class and the globalization of Latin American companies. The event, which will be held in Korn Convocation Hall, is scheduled to begin at noon.

The conference will address the role of women — since 1970 eight of 29 women elected as heads of state around the world have come from the region, yet when it comes to women in business, Latin American women are underrepresented. It will also examine how the growing middle class can become a catalyst for inclusive growth and how the region’s growth, previously characterized by demand for its natural resources is now also driven by the rise of non-commoditized industries.

“Any assessment of Latin American markets must recognize the complexities of the histories, politics and economies of the region," said UCLA Anderson Dean Judy Olian. "The LABA conference offers an important platform to discuss key forces shaping business growth in various Latin American countries including policies governing trade and deregulation, the globalization of Latin American companies, and the growing middle class."

The Honorable Liliana Ayalde, Ambassador of the United States to Brazil, will be giving the keynote address. Ambassador Cecilia Nahon, Ambassador of the Argentine Republic to the United States will be joining the panel on Leadership–The Role of Women.

Additional speakers include:

  • Martin Breidsprecher, chief operating officer, Azteca America
  • Ambassador Jeffrey Davidow, senior counselor of The Cohen Group and former United States Ambassador to Mexico and Venezuela
  • Sebastian Edwards, Henry Ford II Chair in International Management
  • Fernando Suárez Gerard, chief financial officer, Volaris, Mexico
  • Alejandro Gonzalez, chief financial officer, Falabella SACI
  • Richard Lark, founder and managing partner, Endurance Capital Partners, Brazil; board director, GOL Airlines
  • Jaana Remes, principal, McKinsey Global Institute
  • Hernan Uribe, board director and former chief financial officer, Ripley Corp., Chile
  • Fernanda Vicente, president and co-founder, Mujeres del Pacifico

The event is organized by UCLA Anderson’s Center for Global Management and the Latin American Business Association, in partnership with the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. Conference sponsors include City National Bank, the Port of Los Angeles, Mercury, UPS and UCLA’s Latin American Institute.

Admission is free for UCLA students, staff and faculty, and $30 (parking included) for members of the public. Visit the conference website for registration information.

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