All conference events will take place at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

2015 Latin American Business Conference

12:00 - 1:00 pm

REGISTRATION AND CHECK-IN | Korn Convocation Hall Foyer

1:00 - 1:15 pm

WELCOME REMARKS | Korn Convocation Hall
Sebastian Edwards | Henry Ford II Chair in International Management, UCLA Anderson
Judy D. Olian | Dean, John E. Anderson Chair in Management, UCLA Anderson

1:15 - 1:30 pm

The Honorable Liliana Ayalde | Ambassador of the United States to Brazil

1:30 - 2:00 pm

Sebastian Edwards | Henry Ford II Chair in International Management, UCLA Anderson

2:00 - 3:00 pm

Latin America - Leadership: The Role of Women
Ambassador Cecilia Nahón | Ambassador of the Argentine Republic to the United States
Ambassador Jeffrey Davidow | Senior Counselor, The Cohen Group; Former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico and Venezuela
Fernanda Vicente | President and Co-Founder, Mujeres del Pacifico

MODERATOR:  Judy D. Olian | Dean, John E. Anderson Chair in Management, UCLA Anderson

Description: According to the Inter-American Dialogue think tank, since 1970 eight of 29 women elected as heads of state around the world have come from Latin America or the Caribbean—an impressive 27.5%. Yet when it comes to women in business, Latin American women remain underrepresented: according to a study by the American Society and Council of the Americas, Latin American women account for only 7 percent of corporate boards. The World Bank reports that some 70 million women joined the Latin American workforce in the last 20 years, helping reduce regional poverty by 30 percent. But even women with higher education and formal employment still earn 17 percent less than their male counterparts. Furthermore, surveys by McKinsey indicate that worldwide, men and women perceive the “double burden” syndrome (since women have to carry most of the weight in terms of domestic responsibilities) and the “anywhere, anytime” performance model (the expectation that senior management must be available 24/7 for work related activities) as the main barriers for breaking the glass ceiling. What, if any, has the effect of high-powered women in politics been on women in business? How can female entrepreneurship, both for business and for social change, be supported? And how can cultural, institutional, and political norms be adjusted to achieve equality for women in the business world?

3:00 - 3:30 pm


3:30 - 4:30 pm

Latin America - Globalization: Growth Beyond Commodities
Alejandro González (’01) | Chief Financial Officer, Falabella SACI
Richard Lark (’94) | Founder and Managing Partner, Endurance Capital Partners, Brazil; Board Director GOL Airlines
Fernando Suarez Gerard (’02) | Chief Financial Officer, Volaris, Mexico

MODERATOR:  Jeff Healy | Senior Vice President, City National Bank

Description: Latin America's growth, previously characterized by demand for its natural resources (oil and gas, metals, food commodities), is now also driven by the rise of other, non-commoditized industries, such as infrastructure, exotics agribusiness, and retail and consumer products. And now, its market growth is led not by Western multinationals but by the emergence of major national businesses that are increasingly expanding into other markets to become global players. Companies from rapid-growth markets are increasingly acquiring stakes in developed-market companies, and Latin American businesses are among the leading buyers. What role will entrepreneurship play in the growth of Latin American business, and how can innovation be supported? What strategies are Latin American businesses pursuing to go global, and compete globally? How will a dynamic global trade landscape, and bilateral and multilateral trade agreements, affect Latin American expansion?

4:30 - 5:30 pm

Latin America - Society: Why the Middle Class Matters
Martin K. Breidsprecher (‘98) | Chief Operating Officer, Azteca America, Inc.
Jaana Remes | Principal, McKinsey Global Institute
Hernan Uribe (’92) | Board Director and Former Chief Financial Officer, Ripley Corp., Chile

MODERATOR:  Tracey Lewis Rendinelli | West Region International Director, UPS

Description: Over the past decade, the middle class in Latin America has grown 50%, from approximately 100M to 150M, and now represents 30% of the population (World Bank). This increase is largely due to reductions in both informal employment and unemployment, propelling many families into the middle income bracket of US$10-US$50 per day. Better access to quality education and reliable safety nets have also played an important role in lifting Latin Americans out of poverty and into the middle class. The growth of the middle class has created a new consumer class with savings, access to credit, and a demand for basic durables, such as washing machines and for services, such as banking. But increased consumption raises issues of inclusivity, sustainability and environmental factors – as well as practical concerns including affordable housing, universal education and healthcare systems. The region’s history of ethnic and racial exclusion still weighs heavily on even the impressive social mobility that occurred over the past two decades.How can the growing middle class become a catalyst for inclusive growth, elevating citizens of all ethnicities and cultures along with it? What are the opportunities, challenges and implications for businesses seeking to cater to the needs and desires of the middle class? What political or financial measures could help to support the growth of the middle class?

5:30 - 7:00 pm

NETWORKING RECEPTION - Hosted by the Port of Los Angeles

2015 Latin American Business Conference