Under the theme Latin America: Leadership, Society and Globalization the 2015 UCLA Anderson Latin American Business Association Conference will explore the development of Latin America through three lenses: leadership in business and government, the societal demands of a burgeoning middle class, and the globalization of Latin American companies.
The conference will directly 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 business, Latin American women are underrepresented.
UCLA Anderson Dean Judy Olian, who will chair a panel on women’s leadership roles, pointed out that institutional reforms that have made the growth of women in government possible need to extend to the corporate sector — for its own good. While women are still fighting to achieve equality in the corridors of power, data show that enterprises that include women among their leadership are consistently more successful than those that don’t.
“We believe these themes are relevant today,” said 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.”
“Any assessment of Latin American markets must recognize the complexities of the histories, politics and economies of the region,” said 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 deliver the keynote address. Ambassador of the Argentine Republic to the United States Cecilia Nahon will be on the panel Leadership: The Role of Women.
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