Professor, NYU Stern School of Business; Founder and CEO, The Future Today Institute; Best-Selling Author
Anna Escobedo Cabral, a granddaughter of Mexican immigrants, has dedicated her career to serving the most disadvantaged Latino communities. She has held leadership positions in organizations such as the Hispanic Association of Corporate Responsibility and the Smithsonian Latino Center, and also served as the 42nd Treasurer of the United States. Her work has focused on promoting topics such as training programs for young people, the role of women in the economy, and microfinance.
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Speaker Anna Escobedo Cabral has had an illustrious career in public service and advocacy, marked by her impressive achievements and leadership roles. Her appointment as the 42nd Treasurer of the United States in 2004 until 2009 was the culmination of her remarkable journey.
Prior to her role as Treasurer, Ms. Cabral served as the Director of the Smithsonian Institution’s Center for Latino Initiatives. She spearheaded there a cross-institutional initiative to enhance the representation of Latino culture in the Institution’s exhibits and programs. Her leadership also extended to the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility. She served there as President and CEO from 1999 to 2003. In this position, Ms. Cabral partnered with Fortune 500 companies. She helped to increase Hispanic representation in various areas, such as employment and philanthropy. She also established an executive training program in Corporate Governance Best Practices with Harvard Business School.
Speaker Anna Escobedo Cabral ‘s impressive career also includes a six-year stint as Deputy Staff Director for the United States Senate Judiciary Committee, under the guidance of Chairman Orrin G. Hatch. During this time, she managed the Committee’s oversight of the Department of Justice. As well as other key areas, such as immigration, antitrust, and technology-related legislation. Simultaneously, Ms. Cabral served as the Executive Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Republican Conference Task Force on Hispanic Affairs. She focused there on addressing the needs and concerns of the Hispanic community through legislative measures.
Ms. Cabral’s academic qualifications are also noteworthy. She has majored in Political Science from the University of California, Davis, and earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, with a specialization in international trade and finance.
Currently, speaker Anna Escobedo Cabral serves as as President of the BBVA Microfinance Foundation. Additionally, she’s at the Navient Board of Directors. From 2009 until 2018, she managed the external relations of the Inter-American Development Bank. Especially, with the United States Congress and Senate and with the governments of the 26 countries that are part of the IDB. Among her achievements, she is giving more visibility to topics such as training programs for young people, the role of women in the economy or microfinance.
In this keynote address, Anna Escobedo Cabral explores the potential of microfinancing as a tool for promoting financial inclusion and empowering underserved communities. Drawing from her extensive experience in public service, advocacy, and philanthropy, Ms. Cabral highlights the importance of providing access to affordable credit, savings, and other financial services to individuals and small businesses that lack traditional banking options.
Ms. Cabral shares inspiring stories of how microfinancing has transformed the lives of women, minorities, and low-income individuals across the globe, helping them start and grow their own businesses, improve their livelihoods, and contribute to their communities' economic growth. She also discusses the challenges and opportunities of scaling up microfinancing programs, ensuring their sustainability and impact, and fostering collaboration among various stakeholders, including governments, financial institutions, NGOs, and local communities.
By the end the audience will gain a deeper understanding of the potential of microfinancing as a tool for building financial resilience, social inclusion, and economic empowerment, and be inspired to take action towards creating a more just and equitable world.
In this engaging and informative keynote address, Anna Escobedo Cabral shares her insights and experiences on the role of microfinance in promoting economic development and social progress in Latin America. Drawing from her extensive background in public service and advocacy, Ms. Cabral discusses the challenges and opportunities of using microfinance as a tool for empowering underserved communities and promoting financial inclusion in the region.
Ms. Cabral shares compelling stories of how microfinance has helped transform the lives of thousands of Latin Americans, providing access to credit, savings, and other financial services that have enabled them to start and grow their own businesses, support their families, and improve their living standards. She also highlights the importance of promoting responsible and sustainable microfinance practices that foster entrepreneurship, social responsibility, and gender equality.
Throughout the talk, Ms. Cabral engages the audience with her deep knowledge and passion for microfinance and its potential to create positive change in Latin America and beyond. By the end of the presentation, the audience will gain a better understanding of the critical role of microfinance in building more inclusive and prosperous societies, and be inspired to take action towards advancing financial empowerment and social justice in their own communities.
In this powerful keynote address, Anna Escobedo Cabral explores the root causes and consequences of the growing wealth gap in America, and offers practical solutions for promoting greater economic equity and social justice. Drawing from her experience in public service, philanthropy, and advocacy, Ms. Cabral shares insights on the importance of addressing systemic barriers to wealth creation, such as racial and gender disparities, lack of access to quality education and healthcare, and limited opportunities for entrepreneurship and innovation.
Ms. Cabral shares inspiring stories of how individuals and organizations have successfully navigated these barriers and achieved financial independence and stability, often with the help of innovative financial tools and resources, such as microfinancing, social impact investing, and community development finance. She also discusses the importance of promoting policies and practices that support wealth-building for all Americans, regardless of their background or circumstances.
Throughout the talk, Ms. Cabral challenges the audience to think critically about their own role in promoting economic equity and social justice, and to take action towards breaking down barriers and creating more inclusive and prosperous communities. By the end of the presentation, the audience will gain a better understanding of the complexities and opportunities of closing the wealth gap, and be inspired to join the movement towards a more equitable and just society.
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