Prior to this role she had responsibility for the Americas internal sales organization which helped achieve over 4B in annual sales. During her tenure, the organization underwent a significant transformation contributing to productivity growth, profitability gains and global best practices. In addition to this, she also started a fitness group across North America, Thrive, which focused on helping promote networking through exercise among team members. As a result, several participants experienced life altering weight loss and lifestyle changes. Carla has held a variety of roles at Dell over the course of the last 14 years, working with customers around the globe and in every major segment.
Carla is also a founding member and co-chair of Adelante – a Hispanic employee resource group at Dell. Adelante focuses on driving impact to the business, community and the professional development of its members. She is also the President of the board of the Thinkery, formerly the Austin Children’s Museum, where she has served for over 3 years. The organization has just completed a 20 million dollar capital campaign and moved to their new facility in East Austin, providing Central Texas youth with access to tinkering through science, technology, engineering, art and math.
Carla is an Alumna of The University of Texas at Austin, where she studied Architecture and Latin American Studies. In 2011, she was awarded The Young Hispanic Corporate Achiever award by the Hispanic Association of Corporate Responsibility and, in 2013, was named one of the Top 50 Influential Hispanics in the United States by Hispanicbusiness.com. She is extraordinarily proud of her loving and supportive family: her husband, Jeff, and two children, Quentin and Amelia.
Debbie’s collaboration with key functional groups across Cisco Services, Worldwide Sales, Operations, Marketing and Finance has allowed her to not only effectively drive significant growth in services and partner sales across the United States, Canada and Latin America, but has also generated innovative solutions for Cisco’s customers and partners.
With more than 25 years in diverse leadership roles at Cisco and other leading IT companies, Debbie brings a wealth of experiences and perspectives into her roles. She has a unique balance of operational excellence, ability to focus on customer experiences, and an understanding of how to deliver value to partners; this combination has resulted in tremendous impact and growth in business revenue and has been key to her success leading sales, operations and marketing teams.
Previously at Cisco, Debbie led the Go-To-Market Shared Services and Worldwide Customer Operations teams. The combination of both roles showcases Debbie’s ability to lead and direct her teams to optimize the business while delivering a premium experience to Cisco’s customers and Partners.
In her role leading Go To Market Shared Services, she and her team created and executed global processes designed to maximize efficiency and drive optimization, while delivering high-quality, consistent service that makes it easier for customers, partners and sales teams to do business with Cisco. In her role leading Worldwide Customer Operations, Debbie and her team focused on delivering a differentiated experience to customers and partners through a shared service model.
She has also led Cisco Services Sales in the US Enterprise, Commercial and Canada customer base, the Inside Services Sales team, and the US Services Partner team. In these roles, she aligned Cisco’s architectural plays with customer business architectures, improved the organization’s overall interlock and process efficiencies, and worked with more than 12,000 partners to extend Cisco’s reach.
Through numerous initiatives, forums and leadership committees with Cisco, Debbie has driven and sponsored key strategic initiatives for the company, including innovative partner programs and Cisco’s Smart Services. She is also a strong advocate of inclusion and diversity activities both within the company and in her community and speaks often about her experiences and insights on women’s leadership.
Debbie has also held numerous leadership positions in other leading companies including Digital Equipment Corporation, Compaq, HP, Dell and The Staywell Company, with exposure to Healthcare, Education, Oil and Gas, Manufacturing and IT industries. From building a comprehensive business plan, to creating and driving marketing campaigns, to integrating and aligning multiple organizations, her creativity, business acumen and focus on excellences proves she can and will drive results and business impact in every role she embraces.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Northwood University in Michigan, and lives in Austin, Texas.
Foster is president of Almacenes Distribuidores de la Frontera, a company that owns and operates over 200 Del Rio convenience stores in Juarez, Mexico and northern Chihuahua. She is also the owner and operator of Domino Pizza Juarez, a 10-store Domino’s Pizza franchise in the city of Juarez.
She has served as president of Desarrollo Economico de Cd. Juarez, which is the premier economic development organization in the Juarez region, and is the co-founder of Plan Estrategico de Cd. Juarez. Foster was appointed by the Governor of Chihuahua to the Chihuahua Board of Economic Development, where she served as president. She also served as president of the Regional Advisory Board of HSBC, and is a regional board member of Bancomer BBVA. She is a board member of the Instituto Tecnologico de Monterrey, Juarez Campus, and serves as secretary of the board for the Fundacion Comunitaria Paso del Norte. Foster serves as a board member of La Rodadora, which is the Children’s Museum of Juarez, and also serves on the Board of the El Paso Museum of Art Foundation. She is a board member of the FEMAP Foundation, an organization established to raise the quality of life among people living in poverty in Mexico. Foster is also the co-chair of the Ciudad Juarez Security Task Force, a group of citizens and officials from public and private institutions who are dedicated to promoting security within the region.
Foster is a member of COPARMEX de Ciudad Juarez, the Paso del Norte Group, and the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), El Paso Chapter. She also serves as a member of the Security Council for the state of Chihuahua, Mexico.
Norine Yukon is CEO of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Texas. She has lived in Texas most of her life, and is proud to have graduated from The University of Texas. After working as a caseworker and then a Registered Nurse, Yukon became interested
in health care policy and the allocation of health care resources. This interest led her to the managed care industry. She initially began working for UnitedHealthcare in 1987, and then worked for Prudential HealthCare in Texas, and later moved to Little Rock, where she was the Executive Director of Prudential’s Arkansas operations. She joined the AMERIGROUP Corporation in 1998 as the President and CEO of the New Jersey plan, and was later promoted to Regional CEO, responsible for overall operations in several states. Yukon returned to UnitedHealthcare in 2009 to build the Mississippi CHIP plan, and was transferred back to Texas in 2010 to become leader of UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Texas, serving beneficiaries in Medicaid, CHIP, Long Term Care, and Dual Special Needs Programs.
Yukon has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations, and she has been a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and a neonatal intensive care unit. She has lectured at The University of Texas, the University of Northern Arizona, and Seton Hall. She was appointed by several Governors to various task forces, advisory committees, and transition teams for health and human services. She currently serves on the Austin Meals on Wheels Board of Directors, as well as the Pier Committee for Core Health Foundation.