DEI Council

Welcome to our Council on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Council on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion was established at the Institute of Hispanic Culture of Houston in 2020. The purpose of the council is to collaborate with our sponsors as they seek to promote a work environment that is tolerant, supportive, and inclusive for all of their valued employees.


Maria Alejandra Azar
Azar Consulting

Janell Zeug
TC Energy

Leslie Warren

Craig Friou
Encap Investment

Andrew Slentz


The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council exists to:

Help keep sponsors and employee resource groups apprised of the latest trends in research

Share the DEI priorities of the council members’ organizations, stakeholders, and the community.

Identify gaps in benefits research relative to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Propose topics and speakers for ERG’s events, including webinars, workshops, and Policy Forums.

Carmen Herrada

Carmen Herrada, Council Chair

Originally from Spain, and educated in Belgium, Singapore, and the United States, Carmen is a Sustainability Advisor at ERM, the largest pure-play sustainability consultancy in the world. Throughout her life, Carmen has studied, lived, and worked on 4 different continents and now is proud to call Houston home.

Carmen initiated the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council for IHCH in 2020. She was named President of IHCH in 2022. Under her leadership, IHCH had a record-breaking year in fundraising, which led to numerous scholarships awarded by IHCH.

Carmen is a Diversity & Inclusion advocate and passionate about the empowerment of minorities and she founded the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Council at the IHCH.

In her professional life, Carmen has a passion for maximizing the role of business as a positive force in the world, strategizing new plans, building communities, and mobilizing impactful efforts that create opportunities for all, promote a more sustainable and equitable world, and deliver positive business results.

Mariam Haddad

Mariam Haddad, Executive Director of The Performance Communications Company, is sought after by leaders of organizations and their management teams to unleash the fullest potential of organizations, people, and products through strategic communications, communication delivery and leadership transformation.

She has spent the last +15 years advising, training, mentoring, and coaching global executive leaders, senior management, SMEs, rising talent and entrepreneurs in Energy, Tech and Medical Sectors. She has designed, managed, and delivered 40+ successful consulting engagements, trained over 14K leaders, coached over 150 leaders with over 1000 coaching sessions, as well as developed and delivered 6 + courses, 400 workshops with over 180 hours of original content proven to global audiences from Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, Europe, and the US.

She has been a featured speaker for TEDx Houston, The Diversity Summit, SASE, The Business Maker’s Show, Boeing, NASA, Shell, BP, Chevron, Sinopec, The Asian Chamber of Commerce, Asia Voice Radio, The University of Houston Wolff Center, BP, Chevron, Shell, Technip FMC, Dr. Pepper, DFK International, BGP, Sinopec, Murphy Oil, etc.


The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Summit

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The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council is organizing a key event in August: The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Summit.

Why Attend the DEI Summit?

Attendees will interact with peers and discuss DEI issues facing organizations today. Sessions will address
DEI concepts in relation to the Employee Resource Groups and aspects of workplace safety such as safety
culture, psychology, training, and performance. After attending the Summit, you will be able to:

  • Define key concepts related to DEI.
  • Describe how DEI impacts safety in organizations.
  • Identify concrete actions to create a more inclusive safety culture.
  • Gain a better DEI network in the Houston community.

Become a Sponsor

Sponsoring the DEI Summit is an opportunity to make a public statement about your commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion — a statement that is important to your employees, customers, business partners, and community.


If you want to become a sponsor please contact us at