Juliette Antwan is the Global IT Internal Audit Manager at Delphi Automotive where she is responsible for the planning and execution of IT SOX and IT risk based audits globally. Juliette leads teams to execute these audits across the Americas, Europe and Asia. Prior to joining Delphi, Juliette was a Manager at Deloitte & Touche, LLP, with the Advisory practice where she worked in projects relating to the testing of controls supporting external and internal audits, issuance of SSAE 16/18 / Service Organization Controls Report (SOC 1 and 2), Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) compliance, IT risk based audits, and board governance projects. Her primary focus was in automotive and financial services audit clients. In addition to her client work, Juliette was the Detroit champion of Deloitte’s Hispanic Network (HNet) diversity initiative. Prior to her current role as Vice President, Juliette previously held the Director of Student Affairs title for the Michigan ALPFA chapter where she oversaw student chapters at Wayne State University, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, and Grand Valley State University. Juliette holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with an emphasis in Accounting from Wayne State University, and a Bachelor of Science (BS) with a major in Management Information Systems from Oakland University. Juliette is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).
Director of Corporate Partnerships Co-Lead Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
Stefanie Thornton is a Human Resources Professional with over 15 years of experience building and leading Talent Acquisition teams to drive business efficiency. She has worked within multiple industries including manufacturing, healthcare, telecommunications and consulting. As Head of Talent Acquisition with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Stefanie has oversight for the staffing and recruitment function for North America. Her role includes diversity recruitment, university relations, internship programs, social media and career branding. Throughout her career she has acquired specialized knowledge in areas including integrating Talent Acquisition teams, talent innovation strategy, talent technology implementation for enterprise organizations, diversity recruitment strategy, career branding and building college recruitment/internship programs. Stefanie is a frequent national speaker offering thought leadership on a variety of topics at events such as Bersin, Oracle HCM World, HR Tech and TalentConnect. Stefanie is a graduate of Michigan State University with a degree in Social Science. She is also a graduate of Leadership Detroit Class XXXIV. Stefanie serves as a board member on the Michigan Diversity Council and as Director of Corporate Development for ALPFA (Association of Hispanic & Latino Professionals for America).
Director Membership Blue Cross Blue Shieldof Michigan
Steven Ventura is the Strategy and Performance Management Group Analyst for Blue Cross Blue Shieldof Michigan. In his current role, Ventura is responsible for technology utilized to report and manage the strategic corporate project portfolios and budget for the enterprise roadmap. Prior to this position, Ventura worked as Corporate Compliance Technology Specialist, an auditor with the Corporate Compliance Office. Before joining Blue Cross, Ventura held positions as a Lead Finance/HR Business Strategy Specialist for Massó Roofing Inc. in San Juan Puerto Rico, Cost Financial Analyst for Chrysler LLC and HR Generalist for DaimlerChrysler. Ventura’s Corporate Compliance experience includes regulatory compliance with the department of labor, Audit Committee and Corporate Compliance reporting, implementation of metrics to measure the effectiveness of the compliance training program and the management of compliance technology projects. Finance experience includes yearly budget planning ($600k to $200 million), business plan development, month end close and product cost analysis. HR experience includes employment, labor relations, health and safety, succession planning, salary and benefits, performance management, and human resources information systems. Ventura is a member of the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics and the Institute of Internal Auditors. Ventura has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources and studies in Accounting and Finance from Eastern Michigan University
Time with Chrysler – 4.5 years
Current Position – Seats and Seats rear structures Senior Buyer
University of Detroit Mercy - Detroit MI
Bachelor’s Degree - Business Administration/Finance – 2011
Masters Business Administration – 2014
Indirect Purchasing – MRO Senior Buyer 01/14 to 12/15
Purchasing and Supplier Quality Leadership Development Program – 06/11 – 12/13.
Platform Finance – Model Controller – 07/13 – 12/13
General Stampings Buyer 01/13 – 06/13
Advance Supplier Quality (SQA) – 07/12 – 12/12
SQA Warren Truck Assembly Plant Liaison
Product Development Purchasing - 01/12 – 06/12
JS Program Manager
CUSW Powertrain Commodity Lead
Indirect Purchasing - 06/11 – 12/11
Indirect Source Package Database Development Lead
Director Public Relations MES Consulting Services, LLC
Monica Stevens, Director of Communications & Marketing for ALPFA Michigan, is an intercultural trainer and international business consultant, owner of MES Consulting Services, LLC that serves corporate clients in Metro Detroit. Prior to this, she served as PR Coordinator for the Association of Mexican Professionals in Michigan (APROMEX). Monica has an MSBA and two BAs in Professional and Technical Writing and Spanish. She was a college professor for 13 years, and is an honorary member of Alpha Mu Gamma, the National Collegiate Foreign Language Honor Society of the US. Prior to moving to the US, she worked as Editorial Director for a PR company in Mexico, and as Foreign Correspondent in the UK for Mexico’s "Correo Diplomático y Consular". She was also a guest speaker on business etiquette and the English language for television station Cableclub, XEX radio station in Mexico City, and “Panorama de la Mujer”. Monica is the author of seven books and numerous articles in English and Spanish, including "The Cultural Component of Global CSR" published in the Guide to Best Practices in Corporate Social Responsibility & PR. She has been the Detroit Immigration Examiner since 2010. Monica is a member of the Oxford Round Table in Oxford, England, where she participated in the "Human Migration: Borders and National Interests" conference with the topic "Economic, Political, and Social Impact on U.S. Welfare due to Mexican Immigration" in 2008. She was the Master of Ceremonies at the official celebration of the Bicentennial of Mexico’s independence in Detroit in 2010, and again in 2011, 2012, and 2013. She served as moderator at the 2013 Annual ERG Summit in Metro Detroit, and participated as panelist at Nissan's Hispanic Heritage Month 2013 celebrations. Monica has lived and worked in the UK, Mexico, and the US. She is married and has two children
Past President and Corporate Advisory Board Member Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA LLC
Rodolfo Dominguez is Vice President Business Transformation and Chief Digital Officer at Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA LLC (MBFS). He was recently named as one of the top 100 most influential and notable Hispanic Professionals in the Information Technology Industry, presented by the Hispanic IT Executive Council. The HITEC 100 list recognizes IT Hispanic professionals who are leading the way in the ever-changing global landscape of information technology. Rodolfo was previously the Vice-President of Portfolio Management (EPM) and head of the NEXUS program at MBFS. EPM is responsible for the management of the Enterprise project portfolio and to ensure alignment between corporate strategy, portfolio planning and project execution. Nexus was the largest, most complex program in MBFS’s portfolio and ended in 2016. Upon completion, NEXUS created greater flexibility and efficiencies for MBFS in North America through the implementation of common contract management processes supported by an integrated IT solution. Since joining the company in 1996, Rodolfo’s career has allowed him to lead multi-disciplinary teams in Mexico, Canada and the United States. During his tenure, Rodolfo has gained a comprehensive understanding of multiple facets of the Automotive Finance business. His work experience spans roles within Finance, Operations, Strategy, Business Transformation and General Management, including his appointment as President and CEO, Daimler Financial Services Canada following the de-merger of Daimler and Chrysler in 2007. Rodolfo holds a bachelor's degree in Accounting and a Master's degree in Information Technologies and Business Administration from Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM).
Past President and Corporate Advisory Board Member KPMG
Jimmy Walker is a Principal in the Advisory Services practice who has 18 years of professional services experience. He has extensive international experience and has been focusing on projects in companies across diverse industries and sizes, with significant experience in the Manufacturing / Automotive sector, as well as the Power and Utilities industry
Past President and Corporate Advisory Board Member SUNSET/Mastronardi Produce
Avec G. O’Brien, is the U.S. Controller for SUNSET/Mastronardi Produce. In this role she is responsible for the financial affairs of the organization and focuses on a broad range of financial, operational, strategic and executive leadership issues impacting the organization. Avec is a Board Director of the Detroit chapter of Financial Executives International (FEI) and a National Board Director at ALPFA. She is a graduate of Leadership Detroit (LD XXXIII). Previously, Avec was Chief Financial Officer of the Detroit Science Center. Before that, she was a manager in the assurance and enterprise risk services practice of Deloitte & Touche, LLP. Avec also worked as office manager at Heidrick & Struggles and as Senior Accountant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Mexico City. Simultaneously, Avec was an associate professor at the MBA program of the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México. Avec has served as board member and as a volunteer of several Detroit-area nonprofits. She is the founding president of the Michigan chapter of ALPFA. Avec earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Public Accounting from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México. Additionally, she earned her Master in Business Administration with Distinction from the University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business. Avec is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Global Management Accountant. She received the 2011 Woman of ALPFA award (Woman of the Year) from ALPFA, the largest organization building Latino business leaders. The award is given to an individual who enthusiastically promotes the advancement of Latinas and personifies the qualities prized in successful professionals. Avec resides in Novi, Michigan, with her husband Joe and sons James and Michael