Who are the most powerful Latinas leading corporate America today? We’re incredibly proud to announce that three of them are among us at Macy’s. In a recent article, Fortune magazine named the 50 Most Powerful Latinas of 2017. A big congratulations is due to the women at Macy’s who made the list: Laurene Gandolfo, Elisa Garcia and Deirdre Connelly.
The Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) compiled the list of women based on four criteria: the size and influence of her business globally, her business direction, career trajectory and finally, influence on society and culture. So who made the list? Let’s meet these three inspiring women: two Macy’s executives and a member of Macy’s, Inc.’s board of directors.
Laurene Gandolfo is the executive vice president for Macy’s Merchandising Group and Private Brands business head for men’s and kids’. Her successful career at Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s has included more than 30 years of working with private and domestic branded markets including men’s, kids’, home, intimate apparel and women’s ready-to-wear. A passionate advocate of diversity, business mentorship and women’s leadership, we understand why Gandolfo’s presence on this list is not only powerful, but empowering.
Elisa Garcia, chief legal officer of Macy’s, Inc., is an accomplished attorney with more than 25 years of experience advising corporate leaders through the complex intersection of business, law and government relations. Garcia, a native of New York City, brings prior general counsel experience and has held senior executive positions with Office Depot, Domino’s Pizza, Philip Morris International and GAF Corp. We’re proud to have this high-powered attorney representing Macy’s.
Deirdre Connelly has served on the Macy’s Inc. board of directors since 2008. She has been recognized by Fortune magazine as one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business multiple times. A graduate of Harvard University’s Advanced Management Program and the first woman president of North America Pharmaceuticals for GlaxoSmithKline, she was named 2010 Woman of the Year by the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association and appointed to President Obama’s Commission on White House Fellowships.
Fortune magazine’s recognition comes at a fitting time – in the middle of Women’s History Month. Macy’s also was honored recently as a Top Corporation for Women’s Business Enterprises and macys.com was named one of the Top 25 Companies for Women Technologists in 2016 by the Anita Borg Institute. In 2015, Fortune magazine recognized Macy’s for having created one of America’s most diverse board of directors, and we’re proud to continue fostering the growth of minority- and women-owned merchandise suppliers through The Workshop at Macy’s as we have for the past seven years.
We’re excited to see these women recognized as just three of countless women leaders who make a difference at Macy’s.