Please join us for a robust luncheon program where we will hear from two dynamic Latina leaders who will discuss the challenges boards face in a diverse boardroom. Â Aida Alvarez, Chairman of the Latino Community Foundation, and Dorene Dominguez, Chairman and CEO of Vanir Construction, will provide insight on corporate growth in California and provide tips on how to take advantage of economic opportunities in a diverse community. Â Moderating this conversation will be Larraine Segil, a seasoned director, CEO, entrepreneur, and author.
The Honorable Aida Alvarez has been an award-winning journalist, a successful investment banker, and a member of President Clinton’s Cabinet. She currently serves on the boards of Oportun, Zoosk, and Hewlitt Packard, Inc. Alvarez chairs the Latino Community Foundation, serves on the Board of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC., and on the Board of Governors of the San Francisco Symphony.
Appointed by President Clinton to head the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Administrator Alvarez was the first Hispanic woman to serve in a President’s Cabinet. She presided over record activity: $61.5 billion in guaranteed loans and venture capital financing over a four-year period. SBA’s lending to women tripled. Lending to minorities doubled.
Administrator Alvarez developed a global agenda, expanding SBA’s international role: established an SBA office in Cairo, Egypt; led U.S. small business trade missions to Mexico, Canada, Ireland, and Egypt. She chaired the first ministerial (Cabinet level) conference for small businesses hosted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) with 47 countries participating. Alvarez represented small business interests at the Seattle convening of the World Trade Organization. She traveled internationally with the President, representing U.S. small business, and with Vice President Al Gore as part of the Gore Chernomyrdin Commission.
During the first Clinton term Alvarez was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be Director of the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight (OFHEO). As the founding Director of the agency, she was charged with regulating the nation’s largest housing finance institutions, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
Prior to her federal service, Alvarez was a Vice President in Public Finance at The First Boston Corporation and Bear Stearns. She was also Vice President for Public Affairs at the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation.
Alvarez started out with a career in journalism. She won a Front Page award for journalistic excellence while at the New York Post. She also earned an Emmy nomination and an Associated Press award for journalistic excellence while at Channel Five, the Ten O’Clock News, for her series on the war in El Salvador entitled, “The Morazan Diaries.”
A Harvard graduate, Alvarez also holds honorary doctorates from Bethany College, Iona College, Mercy College and the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico. Alvarez was elected to serve on the Harvard Board of Overseers.
Alvarez was on the board of PacifiCare Health Systems, Inc. (now part of United Health), Union Bank of California, and on the Deloitte Touche Diversity Advisory Board. Alvarez was also Trustee Emeritus of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Recently, Alvarez ended her tenture on the board for Wal-Mart.
Dorene C. Dominguez is the CEO and Chairman of Vanir. Ms. Dominguez succeeded her beloved late father, H. Frank Dominguez in 2004, and now oversees 24 offices throughout the United States, Dubai and Saudi Arabia. The Vanir companies employ a growing staff of more than 360 talented executives, architects, engineers, construction managers, developers, contractors and support staff.
Vanir, including Vanir Development Company, Inc., Vanir Construction Management, Inc. Vanir Energy, LLC, and Vanir Construction Company, Inc., have successfully completed over $10 billion in real estate developments, design-build lease, and construction services. An industry leader, Vanir is the leading provider of education facilities (K-12) in the State of California and is ranked number 29 in Engineering News Record for Program Management. In 2008, Ms. Dominguez launched Vanir Energy, LLC, a green initiative specializing in solar energy. In 2004, Ms. Dominguez founded The Vanir Foundation in Memory of H. Frank Dominguez, a public non-profit 501(c)3. The foundation partners with elementary schools in selected Vanir service areas to bring innovative programs to children in underserved communities.
She is currently an active member of various community improvement projects, boards and commissions. Ms. Dominguez currently serves as a Board Member for CIT Bank and sits on the Regulatory Compliance Committee. She is a member of the Advisory Council of the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame, a member of the Advisory Council of the Lusk Center for Real Estate at the University of Southern California, and on the board of PRIDE Industries. Additionally, she is a member of the World Presidents Organization, and has previously served on the board of directors for American River Bank, the National Council of La Raza, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Hispanas Organized for Political Equality, (“HOPE”), and over 10 years with New American Alliance. Ms. Dominguez has held public service appointments on the Los Angeles Planning Commission, the California State Board of Geology and Geophysics, and as the Governor’s Appointee to the California State Medical Board. Ms. Dominguez is the first Latina to hold an ownership interest in an NBA team, the Sacramento Kings.
Ms. Dominguez graduated from the University of Notre Dame and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Finance.
Larraine Segil joined the Frontier Communications Corporation Board of Directors in March 2005. She is a senior research fellow at the IC2 Institute at the University of Texas, Austin; a member of the Price Center Entrepreneurs Board of Advisors for the UCLA Anderson School of Management; Chairman of The Committee of 200 Foundation and Vice Chairman of The Committee of 200 Governing Board; and a former member of the board of the Los Angeles Technology Alliance. From January 2009 to December 2010, Larraine served on the board of the Strategic Alliances Advisory Group for the Tropical Diseases Research (TDR) Group of the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.
Larraine has been Chief Executive Officer of Larraine Segil Inc. (formerly Larraine Segil Productions, Inc.) since 1987 and of Little Farm Company, an agricultural holding company, since 2009. She also consults with entrepreneurial companies on global strategy, general management and operations. From 2003 until December 2006, she was a Partner of Vantage Partners, a strategic alliances and conflict resolution consulting group. Larraine was a Partner and Co-Founder of The Lared Group, a strategic alliances consulting group, until its acquisition by Vantage in 2003.
Larraine has authored multiple business books including Intelligent Business Alliances, Fast Alliance, Dynamic Leader, Adaptive Organization and Measuring the Value of Partnering. Business Week and The Corporate Strategy Board have recognized Larraine as an expert in alliances. She has been a commentator for CNN and CNBC on alliances, mergers and acquisitions.
Previously, Larraine was Chief Executive Officer of an advanced materials company providing products and services to aerospace and electronics manufacturers. She has co-founded and run companies in mortgage banking and medical services, and previously practiced law. Larraine received a J.D. from Southwestern University and an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University.