Valeria Chapa Garza, Honeywell’s Vice President and General Counsel, Latin America, has become an influencer and admired leader in the region as a result of her passion and commitment to creating and nurturing development programs for women, and for her strategic business counsel. Leveraging her experience as a “2013 Fellow” of Honeywell’s partner the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), Valeria has built strategic relationships that are enhancing female professional development and achievements in Latin America’s business world. LCLD's Fellows Program works to identify high-potential attorneys from diverse backgrounds and set them on the path to leadership.
Recently, Valeria was recognized as a “Rising Talent in Mexico” during the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society in Mexico City. The Women’s Forum is a global platform that features women's views and voices on major social and economic issues. Its Rising Talents Initiative is a network of highly talented young women that are selected each year based on a range of criteria, including their skills and courage, professional and personal potential and business profile.
Honeywell has been an avid supporter of the Women’s Forum for a number of years. Craig Breese, President of Honeywell Mexico, and Ben Driggs, President of Honeywell Latin America, served as CEO Champions at the Mexico Forum, and in 2014, Alexandra Vitard, Director of Corporate Affairs and Government Relations for Latin America, served on the Mexican delegation in Deauville, France, and the organizing committee for the Mexico City event.
Creating Innovative Diversity and Inclusion Programs
In 2014, Valeria co-founded Abogadas MX, which aims to increase the representation of women in law in Mexico through professional development, networking, and leadership opportunities. In 2015, she launched an innovative program for women lawyers in Mexico that pairs senior lawyers with junior lawyers.
Valeria’s accomplishments have been recognized by a number of leading publications and organizations. In April, CNN’s Mexican branch, Expansion, named Valeria #32 on its list of Mexico’s 100 most influential women business executives.
Valeria also joined Legal 500 GC Power List Mexico this year for being an “outstanding lawyer” and a “true leader with impressive accomplishments.” El Economista just highlighted her commitment to diversity and inclusion for women while offering her advice to women who want to achieve greater decision-making in their companies. And, this February, Latin Lawyer presented the Diversity Initiative of the Year Award to Valeria as Chair of Abogadas MX.
Valeria and her team provide legal services aligned to Honeywell business goals and strategic engagement with Honeywell’s High Growth Regions. Valeria also is a member of Honeywell’s Law and Government Relations Diversity Council, which focuses on developing, retaining, and attracting diverse talent in legal and government relations.
To Honeywell, diversity is broader than race and gender. An inclusive workforce encourages diversity of opportunity, diversity of opinion, diversity of thought, diversity of background, and global diversity. We also have a strong and growing global Women’s Council that is focused on increasing visibility of women throughout our organization. We are proud of that growing track record and of the women on our senior leadership team -- currently our Senior Vice President and General Counsel; Corporate Vice President Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer; and Vice President, Corporate Development and Global Head M&A are women. Honeywell has a solid plan for hiring, retaining, and promoting women throughout our organization globally.
Valeria is engaging more and more women by expanding and strengthening these networking and professional development programs. She continually seeks ways to, in her own words, “further the cause of equality not just for women, but for minorities as well.”