ADIS VILA PART II 

ADIS VILA PART II

United States Air Force Academy’s first Chief Diversity Officer

At 64-years young, Adis Vila has served in both the public and private sector in myriad capacities and at the highest levels.   

Whether working in the corporate world or for the White House or teaching/lecturing at a host of universities and colleges, Adis has been indefatigable in her devotion to taking on all challenges and opportunities presented.  

That she currently finds herself as sole-caretaker of her aged mother, only further exemplifies her gravitas, dedication and strong moral fiber.  

But don’t think for a moment that Adis is out of the “game;” far from it. She continues serving as President/Founder of Vila & Associates (since 2000), a wide-ranging consultancy firm where she lectures on everything from leadership and glass ceilings to foreign direct investments and international economic issues to corporate social responsibility, diversity and inclusion.  

Now, back to our interview) 

The writer wanted to know what compelled Adis to move from government service in 1992 (U.S. Department of Agriculture) to university professorships before jumping to the corporate world.  

{Writer’s Note: Adis worked at the Vigoro Corporation (VP of International Business Development), Nortel Networks (Vice President, Government Relations & Regulatory Policy) before getting back into education (Vice President of External Affairs and Head of Legal Affairs at Miami-Dade Community College).} 

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You simply must be prepared, and always improving your job skills in order to remain competitive when opportunities arise.

“Only in math is the shortest distance between to points a straight line,” Adis said with a chuckle. “In life, one has to keep to their ultimate goal while being flexible and adaptable in order to reach it.”  

“When you’re working in the political milieu, your status is always precarious, as parties change and personnel rotate. You simply must be prepared, and always improving your job skills in order to remain competitive when opportunities arise.”   

Regarding her three-year stint with the United States Air Force Academy (2010-2013), where she served as First Chief Diversity Officer (an

appointment which brought her back into the government realm), Adis explained.  

“Someone once mused; ‘a person ought to spend 1/3 of their life learning, 1/3 of their life earning and 1/3 of their life serving.’   

“In the case of the USAFA, it wasn’t a position I had sought, rather, it came to me. I received a cold-call from Charles “Chuck” Bush, the first African American graduate of the Academy.   

“Apparently, Genera Norton Schwartz (then Chief of Staff at the U.S. Air Force) had requested that Chuck reach out to people of color to find an accomplished professional who could speak truth to power to serve as the United States Air Force Academy’s first Chief Diversity Officer.”  

Bush, seeking a stellar pool of applicants, did his diligence and Adis was one of any number of qualified candidates. Adis applied, became a finalist in the selection process, and ultimately was offered the position.  

 “After my mother’s second stroke, I knew I had to return to Florida and take care of the woman who had sacrificed so much for me. It wasn’t a difficult decision, rather a moral and heartfelt no-brainer.”  

The writer was keen to know what’s next for Adis. While currently tending to her mother, she must certainly have ambitions. How could someone with such a wealth of experience, with a quiver full of knowledge and know-how, not thirst to contribute?   

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Adis didn’t hesitate. She pointed the writer to an article which appeared in Hunt Scanlon Media (May 24th 2016) titled “Why is There No Room for Hispanics on Corporate Boards?”  

Among the disturbing observations presented in the article:   

“For the seventh consecutive year, the percent of directors of Hispanic origin elected to Fortune 500 boards was sharply lower than the overall representation of Hispanics in the U.S. population…”  

In the same article, Cid Wilson, president and CEO of the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility was quoted, “The United States has the second-largest Spanish-speaking population in the world, only Mexico’s is greater. U.S. Latinos collectively represent the world’s 14th largest economy, yet Hispanic directors continue to be largely absent from the corporate boardroom in America.”   

In a sidebar piece to the article titled “Why You Need This Hispanic Woman On Your Board” Hunt Scanlon Media went on to list Adis’ credits, reconfirming her over-the-top qualifications.  

Latinarrific salutes Adis Vila.

Latinarrifc also asks corporate America, are you listening?  

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Kent Wallace
Senior Correspondent at Latinarrific
Kent Wallace has worked in the mainstream media for over 30 years. He has been a journalist, publisher, performer, art critic and marketing strategist. He has written for such magazines as Esquire, Source, Ear, ArtSpeak and Notorious (to name a few).

Wallace was a contributing writer for “High on Rebellion: Inside the Underground at Max's Kansas City,” he co-authored and authored several published books.

Wallace has hosted radio shows on ESPN (Reno) and KPLY (Reno). Wallace has appeared on Montel, The Tyra Banks Show, The John Walsh Show and the Rikki Lake show. Wallace also served as a consultant on an HBO’s hit series.
Kent Wallace
Senior Correspondent
Kent Wallace has worked in the mainstream media for over 30 years. He has been a journalist, publisher, performer, art critic and marketing strategist. He has written for such magazines as Esquire, Source, Ear, ArtSpeak and Notorious (to name a few). Wallace was a contributing writer for “High on Rebellion: Inside the Underground at Max's Kansas City,” he co-authored and authored several published books. Wallace has hosted radio shows on ESPN (Reno) and KPLY (Reno). Wallace has appeared on Montel, The Tyra Banks Show, The John Walsh Show and the Rikki Lake show. Wallace also served as a consultant on an HBO’s hit series.

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