Dr. Betty Uribe

International Best Seller, Serial Entrepreneur & Financial Service Executive

Dr. Betty Uribe is the Executive Vice President at California Bank & Trust, where she has P&L responsibility for a
$4 billion line of business.  For nearly three decades, Dr. Uribe has been transforming business, culture, and people through values based leadership.

Under Dr.Uribe’s leadership CB&T has been named the “Best Bank in Orange County,” for four consecutive years and achieved unprecedented record profits during a record low economy.

A recognized authority on the psychology of leadership, organizational turnaround, and peak performance, she has been honored consistently for her strategic intellect and humanitarian endeavors.

 

Her entrepreneurial background, having owned and operated several businesses in her career, has given her a broad and universal understanding of various industries and businesses within the U.S. and international markets.

As an international and bilingual/bicultural speaker, Uribe has lectured in, and her work has been published in financial and business publications and trade journals in Asia, Europe, Canada and The Americas. The author of International Best-Selling book: #Values: The Secret to Top-Level Performance in Business & Life, Uribe has been featured in international, national and local media – television, radio and print.

Among many honors bestowed upon Dr. Uribe are:  First Woman in History to be Inducted into the Rose Bowl Foundation Board, Fortune Magazine’s top 50 Most Powerful Latinas, The Most Prominent Latina in Los Angeles, Top 25 National Corporate Elite, and her book #Values was named Top 60 Best Business and Leadership Books in Inc. Magazine.

Sonia manzano

"Maria" from Sesame Street & Author

For over 40 years, Sonia Manzano inspired, educated, and delighted children and families as "Maria" on Sesame Street. Named among the “25 Greatest Latino Role Models Ever” by Latina Magazine, Manzano broke ground as one of the first Hispanic characters on national television. Throughout her career, she has continued to contribute to enriching diversity on television, on the stage, and in the educational realm. A first generation American of Latin descent, Manzano’s tale is one of perseverance and courage as she overcame countless obstacles to become one of the most influential Latinas in television.

Now a twice nominated actress for an Emmy for Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series, Manzano didn’t have a lot of resources as a child growing up in the South Bronx. Immensely talented, Sonia never gave up, and within a year of graduating college found herself on Sesame Street. An equally impressive and captivating stage actress, Manzano has appeared on stage in several critically acclaimed theater performances, including The Vagina Monologues, The Exonerated, and Love, Loss, and What I Wore. Movies include Deathwish, Follow That Bird, and Elmo in Grouchland.

An award-winning television writer and children’s book author, Manzano is a master storyteller. She won 15 Emmys as part of the Sesame Street writing team, and also wrote for the Peabody Award-winning children's series Little Bill. Manzano's latest books are her memoir, Becoming Maria: Love and Chaos in the South Bronx (Scholastic), and a Christmas picture book, Miracle of 133rd Street (Simon & Schuster). 

 

A staunch advocate for education, Manzano shares her extraordinary talent to help children to succeed. A fearless trailblazer, Manzano opened the doors for Latinas on screen. Infusing humor and charm into her presentations, Manzano inspires audiences with her passion, strength and insight into success.

ana ramirez

Sketch Artist, Pixar Animation Studios

Ana Ramirez joined Pixar Animation Studios as an intern in 2013. After completing schooling at California Institute of Arts (CalArts), Ramirez returned to Pixar in 2015 as a full-time sketch artist. Most recently, she worked as a sets shading designer on the Golden Globe©-winning feature film, “Coco.” As an artist Ramirez works with the art departments to help develop the visual look of a film’s characters, set dressings, graphics, shading and overall color. She is currently working on an upcoming Pixar project.

 

Prior to Pixar, Ramirez worked freelance for Google, Dreamworks TV and Jib Jab, as well as FOX. Raised in Guanajuato, México, Ramirez’s primary schooling took place in Mexico and a short period in the United States. After high school, she moved to France to attend ESMA Montpellier art school, and then returned to the States to study at CalArts where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Film and Video.

 

She currently lives in Oakland, CA.

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