Lupita Colmenero, Executive Vice
President, LATINA Style, Inc.
Moderated by Lupita Colmenero, Executive Vice
President, LATINA Style, Inc., panelists included
Major Kelly Ann Guerra, U.S. Army; Major Mabel B.
Annunziata, U.S. Marine Corps; Master Sergeant
Christian Johnson, U.S. Air Force; and Lieutenant
Gabriella C. Deza, U.S. Coast Guard.
The last panel of the day titled “Successfully
Transitioning from Active Military Service to
Civilian and Corporate Careers” focused on the
integration of returning military into the civilian
workplace. The cultural gap that exists between
military and corporate entities continues to be a
major challenge to veterans.
Moderated by Odalys Fajardo-Guerrero, Vice
President for Global Investigations, Latin America,
Africa & Canada, Walmart Inc., panelists included
Mike Caraballo, SVP, Project Management
Manager Home Lending Product Strategy &
Delivery (CCDD), Wells Fargo & Company and
Alice Garcia, Business Strategy & Planning
Director, USAA, speakers provided attendees
more information on Veteran mentorship,
sponsorships, and retention programs that are
essential for corporate success.
During the Distinguished Military Awards
Luncheon, LATINA Style presented a recognition
program honoring the accomplishments of
women serving in the Armed Forces. The
Trailblazer Award was presented to Rear Admiral
Yvette M. Davids, United States Navy.
Keynote speaker and Presidents Award
Major Kelly Ann Guerra, U.S. Army.
Master Sergeant Christian Johnson, U.S.
recipient was Brigadier General Aida T. Borras
United States Army Reserve.BG Borras enlisted in
the Army in 1985. She transitioned to the Army
Reserve in the year 2000 and joined the 3431st
Military Intelligence Group as a Senior Intelligence
Officer providing intelligence support to information
She holds a Masters in Strategic Studies
Major Mabel B. Annunziata, U.S. Marine
Lieutenant Gabriella C. Deza, U.S. Coast
from the U.S. Army War College, a Masters in
Education from Strayer University, and a
baccalaureate degree in International Affairs from
The George Washington University. Her awards
include the Legion of Merit (1 oak leaf cluster),
Defense Meritorious Service Medal, to name a few.
The 2020 Veteran ERG Company of the Year
Award was presented to Odalys Fajardo-Guerrero,
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