Corporate Ladders, Jungle Gyms, Glass and Lucite Ceilings

Saturday, September 24
4:45 - 5:45 PM
The Class of '49 Auditorium, Houston Hall
About this Session: Individuals from diverse backgrounds sometimes face additional obstacles as they advance in their careers. This panel explores the challenges and opportunities individuals have in the corporate sphere. Presented by the James Brister Society and Wharton.

Featured Speakers

Antonio Carrillo Rule WG'93



Antonio Carrillo was appointed in 2012 CEO of Mexichem S.A.B (MEXCHEM), a global specialty chemical and industrial company. One of the largest companies traded on the Mexican Stock Exchange, Mexichem has annual revenues of over US$5.6 billion and a market capitalization over US$5 billion. The company employs more than 18,000 people in over 30 countries worldwide and was appointed the most global company in Latin America in AméricaEconomía’s 2015 ranking.  

Since assuming the position of CEO, Mr. Carrillo has developed and implemented organic and acquisition growth strategies that have expanded the company’s portfolio of specialty products, diversified its end markets and increased its vertical integration. As part of these strategies, Mexichem launched substantial joint ventures with Pemex (the Mexican government-owned oil company) and with OxyChem, a subsidiary of U.S. based Occidental Petroleum. To fund the company’s accelerated growth, Mr. Carrillo has spear headed successful capital markets transactions, raising US$1.2 billion in equity capital and US$2.0 billion of long term debt, while maintaining Mexichem’s investment grade status.

Prior to joining Mexichem Mr. Carrillo spent 16 years at Trinity Industries (NYSE:TRN), a diversified industrial company, where he held several executive positions. His most recent position was that of Group President and Senior Vice President based at the company’s headquarters in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Carrillo began his career at Infra S.A. de C.V. (a joint venture between Air Products (NYSE:APD), and a Mexican company) where he served in various positions.

Mr. Carrillo received a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with a major in finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from Anahuac University in Mexico City, Mexico.

During his career, Mr. Carrillo also has served as a Finance Professor at ITAM, Mexico’s top-ranked University in finance and accounting. He is a member of the World Presidents Organization (WPO) in Mexico City. He also serves on the Latin American Board of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, the Board of Directors of Trinity Industries (NYSE: TRN), and the Board of Directors of Dr. Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE: DPSG).

Antonio is married to Eugenia Malpica and has 2 sons. He enjoys running, reading and fishing.

Lolita K. Jackson ENG'89

Special Advisor to the Senior Director of Climate Policy and Programs
New York City Mayor's Office


Lolita Jackson currently serves as the Special Advisor to the Senior Director of Climate Policy and Programs in the NYC Mayor’s Office. She helps administer activities for New York City’s participation in 100 Resilient Cities, pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation, as well as C40 and other global climate and resilience networks. Lolita is also part of the team responsible for OneNYC, NYC’s overall resilience plan. Prior to her appointment to this role, she held numerous positions within the NYC Mayor’s Office over a 10 year period, including Director of External Affairs for the Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency, which produced NYC’s post-Hurricane Sandy resiliency plan A Stronger, More Resilient New York, Director of External Affairs of the Housing Recovery Office, Director of Special Projects, where she was in charge of operational city agencies for the Second Avenue Subway and Barclays Center projects, and Manhattan Director of Community Affairs.

Prior to her career in government, Ms. Jackson was Vice President for Morgan Stanley Investment Management, where she worked for over a decade in sales, marketing and business development and helped manage a $10 billion product line. Ms. Jackson is an alumna of the Penn School of Engineering. She is the co-President of the Class of 1989 and chaired her 15th, 20th and 25th reunions, during which time the Class of 1989 won the Class Award of Merit twice. She co-founded 250-in-5, a minority scholarship initiative that raised $1 million in four years, and has been a member of other Penn boards including as an Overseer of the Annenberg Center. Ms. Jackson is a 2007 recipient of the Penn Alumni Award of Merit. She was a also a presenter at the TEDxPenn2016 conference. In addition to her involvements at Penn, Ms. Jackson is the Chairman of the Royal Society of Arts US, a US Advisory Board member of the British American Project, a Trustee of the Children’s Aid Society, and a member of the US-Japan Leadership Program Fellows Advisory Council.

In her spare time, Ms. Jackson is a professional singer, having graced stages in London, Edinburgh, Berlin, Sydney, Tokyo, Shanghai, Carnegie Hall and The 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. At Penn she was a DP columnist, a member of the Gospel Choir, Counterparts, Quadramics, and Friars Senior Honor Society.

Maryellen Reilly

Deputy Vice Dean, MBA Admissions, Financial Aid and Career Management
The Wharton School


Maryellen spent 10+ years in finance in both the US and Europe at notable firms including Capital Group and JP Morgan. She began her career at Wharton as the career advisor in the MBA Career Management office supporting students interested in investment banking. After 5 years as one of the highest rated student advisors, Maryellen became the Director of MBA Career Management. Channeling her experience from the corporate world, Maryellen has served as leader in the maintenance and growth of relationships with companies and employers across industries and geographies for Wharton. As Deputy Vice Dean, Maryellen leads both MBA Career Management, Admissions and Financial Aid in identifying and providing services and support to enhance the student experience from admission to graduation and beyond.

Additionally, Maryellen is an independent trustee for Wakefield Managed Futures Strategy Fund, sits on the investment committee of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania, and is a member of the Forum of Executive Women.

Angela Durham W'84 WG'91

Executive Coach
Adjunct Professor
Lee Hecht Harrison’s International Center for Executive Options and Leadership Development
Redwood Consulting Partners
Columbia Business School
Rutgers School of Business


Angela Durham is a Business Advisor and executive coach in Lee Hecht Harrison’s International Center for Executive Options and Leadership Development practices. As a premier career transition boutique for senior executives, ICEO provides a unique breadth of resources to support organizational leaders in a wide range of career transitions.

Ms. Durham brings a broad global mindset to the ICEO practice based on a 25+ career working for Fortune 100 companies such as Wyeth, Citibank, Merrill Lynch and IBM. While she has managed teams throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas to build technology, sales and leadership functions, her business acumen has helped organizations leverage talent to penetrate new markets, drive revenues and build thriving cultures most recently as the Chief Diversity Officer for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals/Pfizer.

As the Managing Partner of Redwood Consulting Partners, Ms. Durham helps management teams develop critical skills needed to successfully execute strategy in today’s highly complex, competitive business environments. Her broad network of executive coaches and industrial psychologists provide a wealth of solutions for companies in the profit and social sectors.

Ms. Durham is an adjunct professor at Columbia Business School and Rutgers School of Business. She has been a board member of professional organizations such as the Association of Psychological Type NY and The Wall Street Network for Women of Color. Angela Durham earned her coaching certificate in 2006 and her Bachelor of Science in Economics, her MBA in Finance and her certificate in Strategic HR Management from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

David S. Williams C'85 WG'91

Deloitte LLP


David Williams is a principal in and serves as the leader of Policy, Government Relations and Corporate Citizenship for the global professional services firm Deloitte LLP. In this role, he is responsible for Deloitte’s policy, government and community activities, focused on using these key tools to augment and accelerate Deloitte’s business strategies and stakeholder engagement. He works collaboratively with clients to inform federal, state and local governments on issues, identifies new and developing policy topics and legislative issues, and unites internal stakeholders around a common agenda of collective impact that advances both the firm and society at large. Prior to assuming his current role, David served as the Chief Executive Officer of Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP (Deloitte FAS), and the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Deloitte Transactions and Business Analytics (DTBA), both US operating subsidiaries of Deloitte US. Deloitte FAS and DTBA are specialty-consulting businesses, providing advice and counsel to companies faced with opportunities for growth such as a merger or acquisition, or critical challenges such as fraud, litigation or restructuring. As CEO, David was responsible for positioning and enabling the business to deliver sustainable revenue and earnings growth and return to Deloitte’s partners. His leadership responsibilities extended to more than 2,000 professionals. During his six-year tenure, David led a strategic repositioning of the business in order to take advantage of unprecedented changes in the professional services marketplace and the business expanded its scope of services through both organic service development and four (4) acquisitions, almost doubled in size, and substantially increased its profit margins.

In addition to his leadership responsibilities, David has also served Deloitte clients as a practicing management consultant. He has nearly 30 years of experience providing consulting services in various industries on business and financial issues, including strategic planning and business transformation, new business development and pricing, manufacturing and service delivery, cost measurement and control, performance measurement and financial accounting and reporting. He has testified as an expert in litigation, arbitration, mediation and other alternative dispute resolution matters; served as an arbitrator/mediator; and consulted with management, executives and boards of directors. He has experience in the calculation of damages in commercial disputes involving breach of contract, financial and securities fraud, wrongful termination, adjustment of purchase price, regulatory non-compliance and other causes of action.

During his tenure with Deloitte, David has served in various leadership positions within Deloitte FAS and DTBA, including serving on each firm’s Board of Directors, leading both one of FAS’ major service lines and one of its major geographical practices. David has also served in leadership roles within Deloitte LLP, including serving on its Board of Directors (and chairing its executive evaluation committee), serving on its Executive Committee, and acting as Global Business Leader for one of its major service lines. Prior to Deloitte, David was a principal at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and its legacy firm Price Waterhouse LLP.

David speaks regularly with top tier media as well as at prominent industry conferences and universities. He frequently discusses global trends in mergers and acquisitions, the impact of regulatory changes and legislation on business, and how innovation and technology are changing today's marketplace. David earned his undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and his master of business administration degree in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is an associate member of the American Bar Association. In addition, he serves on the Regional Advisory Board of Teach For America - New York and on the Pro Bono Institute Board.

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