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Guillermo Diaz: “Someone’s Going to Do It . . . Why Not You?”

Featuring Guillermo Diaz

Guillermo Diaz isn’t shy about emphasizing the impact of his time in the Navy.

It’s not only where he developed his competence in technology but where he began to truly understand the power in building relationships—the power in fostering a sense of community.

As chairman of the Hispanic IT Executive Council and former CIO of Cisco Systems, Diaz can provide plenty of proof of his brilliance in technology. What has his focus today is leveraging that expertise to connect Latinos in the greater business community. He does that as the mastermind behind the digital platform Conectado.

And he does that in the boardroom, where—at companies like Jack in the Box—he inspires those who look like him that going from “cashier to corporate” isn’t unthinkable. It can be reality.

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About Our Guest

Guillermo Diaz, Jr., is a transformative global business leader and champion of diversity, equity, and inclusion. He most recently served as the Chairman of the Hispanic Technology Council (HITEC), the premier global executive leadership organization of senior business and technology executives who have and are building outstanding careers in technology.

Diaz is the Founder and CEO of Conectado Inc., an innovative Web 3 / AI digital platform with the mission to accelerate access to opportunities for those that are underrepresented. He serves on the Board of Directors for Blue Shield of California and Jack in the Box (JACK). Also, social impact boards for the Cristo Rey High School Work Study program, Npower – supporting veterans and young adults and the Stanford Latino Entrepreneur Initiative.

Previously, he was a transformational innovator across Cisco Systems and the technology industry where he developed a strong track record for accelerating results through people, process, and technology. Guillermo served as Cisco’s Global Chief Information Officer and was responsible for the IT organization, strategy, and services.

Guillermo began his career in technology with the U.S. Navy, where he received a military scholarship that led to his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Regis University in Colorado. He went on to hold technology leadership positions with some of Silicon Valley’s most respected companies, including Silicon Graphics, Ingram Micro, and Alza Corporation.


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