Equity and Opportunity: Exec Connect
New York | October 9, 2023

Equity and Opportunity: Exec Connect

CNBC Equity & Opportunity: Exec Connect, in partnership with the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR), connects the leaders of today and tomorrow for an evening of networking to spark conversation around building a brighter future for the next generation of Hispanic and Latino executives.

Attendees will hear from corporate leaders and experts on opportunities across the business landscape and economy, explore advancement opportunities, and discuss aggregate findings from the 2023 HACR Corporate Inclusion Index, which will be unveiled at the event.


Sandra Campos

Sandra Campos is a Board Member, 3x CEO, 2x entrepreneur, and advisor in retail, CPG, and technology. Throughout her career as a consumer focused operator, she has built global lifestyle brands and has been instrumental in turnarounds, digital transformations, innovations, and international expansion.

As an independent board director, she serves on the board of Fabric, a venture backed Saas commerce tech platform; Big Lots, value retailer (NYSE); PetMeds, America’s largest online pet pharmacy (NASDAQ); Daniel’s Jewelers, the fourth largest independent jewelry retailer in the US; PureRed, a PE backed advertising technology services company.

Sandra’s C-Suite roles include being the first female CEO of iconic global retail brand Diane Von Furstenberg, President of a portfolio of $1bn global contemporary brands including Juicy Couture, Bebe, BCBG.and Herve Leger, and President of O Oscar (an Oscar de la Renta division).

As an entrepreneur, she was the CEO and co-founder of the first teen celebrity brand management company, in partnership with Selena Gomez. Dream out Loud by Selena Gomez became the actress’s first $100mm lifestyle brand and was exclusive to Kmart in fourteen product categories for five years.

Ms. Campos has received many awards, including top 100 Latina Leaders by Latino Leaders Magazine 2020-2023, ALPA’s Most Powerful Latina 2020-2023, Top Woman in Retail, Top Líderes in Business by Hispanic Executive Magazine, and has been honored for her service by Girls Inc.

Sandra was also a member of the first all-women led SPAC, which had a business combination on the NYSE in 2021. She is an advocate for Latinos, invests in early stage Gen-Z companies, and advises startup founders. She recently launched Latina Disruptors, an event highlighting and honoring Latina entrepreneurs.

In 2020, Sandra created Launchpad, an on-demand edtech startup focused on re-skilling and up-skilling the 52 million employees in retail.

Priscilla Almodovar

Priscilla Almodovar is the CEO and member of the Board of Directors of Fannie Mae, a U.S. government sponsored enterprise and leading source of mortgage financings in the United States. With over 30 years’ experience in finance, Priscilla leads a company that advances equitable and sustainable access to homeownership and quality rental housing. As CEO, she is responsible for overseeing the firm’s strategy, managing risk, driving innovation and efficiency throughout the business. Currently, she is the only Latina overseeing a Fortune 500 company.
Prior to joining Fannie Mae, Priscilla led a national housing platform, and previously served as a Managing Director at JPMorgan Chase where she led two of the firm's national real estate businesses. Earlier in her career, she was President and CEO of New York State’s housing finance and mortgage agencies. Priscilla serves on the Board of Directors of Realty Income, Inc., (NYSE: O).

Bertha Coombs

Bertha Coombs is a reporter for CNBC, covering financial markets, business news stories and health care throughout the business day. She is based at the Nasdaq Marketsite in Times Square.

Her health care coverage at CNBC has ranged from covering the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the failed launch of the Obamacare health insurance exchanges, to how cancer researchers are using IBM's Watson to improve cancer care, and how doctors are using mobile technology to treat patients in their own homes. She also covered the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, the impact of the financial crisis of 2008, and reported on the oil markets from the floor of the New York Mercantile exchange.

Before joining CNBC, Coombs was a reporter and anchor for the pioneering online business network, Yahoo Finance Vision, and served as a freelance reporter for the former CNNfn financial network. Prior, she served as a reporter for ABC News One, and a substitute anchor for "World News Now" and "World News This Morning."

She began her career in general news, with previous reporting and anchoring positions at WABC-TV in New York, WPLG-TV in Miami and WFSB-TV in Hartford, Connecticut.

Coombs is a graduate of Yale University and was awarded the Leo Beranek Reporter Training Fellowship at WCVB-TV in Boston. Born in Havana, Cuba, she speaks fluent Spanish.

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