The 50 Most Powerful Latinas of 2017

'Cane alumnae in fortune magazine
'Canes among Fortune's 50 Most Powerful Latinas of 2017

Four members of the 'Canes community are among Fortune magazine’s 50 Most Powerful Latinas of 2017.

The list, compiled by The Association of Latino Professionals for America, includes female executives running Fortune 500 companies or large private firms and entrepreneurs leading global initiatives.

Among these powerful women are three University of Miami alumnae and one 'Cane mom.


Geisha Williams#1 - Geisha Williams, BSIE '83
CEO and President, PG&E Corporation
On March 1st, Geisha Williams became the first Latina to lead a Fortune 500 company. She has come a long way from the day she fled Cuba with her parents in 1967 at five years of age.
Today she leads a team responsible for providing safe, reliable, and affordable power to 16 million people in northern and central California.
During her tenure at PG&E, she oversaw the company's move to bring nearly 30% of its energy from renewable sources. The power company has also become a leader in renewables integration, grid modernization and smart grid technologies under her stewardship, while also achieving the best electric reliability in company history.

Cynthia Hudson

#12 - Cynthia Hudson, 'AB 84, MA '97
SVP, General Manager of CNN en Español and Hispanic Strategy CNN
Cynthia Hudson leads 200 employees, stringers, and correspondents around the globe, overseeing all original Spanish-language content for CNN worldwide, including television feeds for Latin America, Mexico and US Hispanic markets reaching almost 40 million households. She launched CNNE’s digital business which now has a monthly average of 25 million unique users. Her digital accolades include: #1 Spanish news Twitter account, top 6 Twitter account in the world in any language, the world’s #1 Spanish language Facebook page, and # 1 Google Plus page. 

Ileana Musa#31 - Ileana Musa, BBA '91
Managing Director Global Client Segment & Strategy Executive, Bank of America
Ileana Musa focuses on working with Bank of America's international financial advisors with goal-based wealth management experience for high-net worth clients.
Prior to this role, she was Managing Director, Head of International Credit & Banking at BofA and has held numerous regional and divisional assignments in Wealth Management and Brokerage at the bank.
In addition to her role at Bank of America, Musa is the chair of the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA). She received her BBA degree in finance from the University of Miami.

'Cane Mom:

Deborah Shaw# 50. Deborah Rosado Shaw
SVP Chief Global Diversity and Engagement Officer, PepsiCo
Deborah Rosado Shaw is the SVP, Chief Global Diversity and Engagement Officer for PepsiCo, a global food and beverage company with net revenues of more than $63 billion. She provides leadership to 260,000 associates to drive innovation and achieve the company’s business imperatives. Prior to joining PepsiCo, she founded the Rosado Shaw Group, a leadership development company, and Umbrellas Plus, LLC, multi-million dollar merchandising company.
Shaw serves on the National Women’s Business Council, a non-partisan council that advises the president, Congress and the SBA on economic issues of importance to women. She also is the only Hispanic member of the World Bank Group Diversity Council, advising on matters relating to diversity and inclusion. She is a graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University.