March 04, 2015

Latin American Business Conference at UCLA Anderson Explores Leadership, Society and Globalization

Focus on economic, cultural, and historical forces that have created regional tensions

LOS ANGELES, (March 3, 2015) Latin American influential political, business leaders and academics will gather at the UCLA Anderson School of Management on March 6, 2015, 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 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," says 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."

“We believe these themes are relevant today,” says UCLA Anderson Latin American Business Association Co-Presidents John Paul Fischer and Bruno Guzman, MBA candidates in the class of 2015. “We see more female presidents in Latin America than in any other region in the world. At the same time, there remains a large gap in gender in the private sector--Latin American women remain underrepresented in business.”

“At the same time, the middle class is getting larger and richer, creating a host of new and expanded business opportunities. For example, increased consumption raises issues of inclusivity, sustainability and environmental factors – as well as practical concerns including affordable housing, universal education and healthcare systems.”

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 K. Breidsprecher (‘98), Chief Operating Officer, Azteca America, Inc.
  • 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 Suarez Gerard (‘02), Chief Financial Officer, Falabella SACI
  • Alejandro Gonzalez (‘01), Chief Financial Officer, Falabella SACI
  • Richard Lark (‘94), Founder and Managing Partner, Endurance Capital Partners, Brazil; Board Director GOL Airlines
  • Jaana Remes, principal, McKinsey Global Institute
  • Hernan Uribe (‘92), Board Director and Former Chief Financial Officer, Ripley Corp., Chile
  • Fernanda Vicente, President and Co-Founder of 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.

About UCLA Anderson Latin American Business Association

The Latin American Business Association (LABA) is a student-run organization that represents a mixture of MBA candidates, faculty and UCLA Anderson alumni from around the world who share a passion for Latin America. The group’s interests in Latin America include the diverse cultures and traditions, the languages and people, and the unique business opportunities the region presents.

About UCLA Anderson Center for Global Management

The Center for Global Management prepares UCLA Anderson students to understand, shape, and succeed in the complex world of global business. The center provides conceptual frameworks through which to view various regions and economies, and through various academic, immersion and experiential programs instills in students the necessary global social, intellectual, and psychological competencies to become truly global citizens.

About UCLA Anderson School of Management

UCLA Anderson School of Management is among the leading business schools in the world, with faculty members globally renowned for their teaching excellence and research in advancing management thinking. Located in Los Angeles, gateway to the growing economies of Latin America and Asia and a city that personifies innovation in a diverse range of endeavors, UCLA Anderson's MBA, Fully-Employed MBA, Executive MBA, Global Executive MBA for Asia Pacific, Global Executive MBA for the Americas, Master of Financial Engineering, doctoral and executive education programs embody the school's Think In The Next ethos. Annually, some 1,800 students are trained to be global leaders seeking the business models and community solutions of tomorrow.

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