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Carla Vernón is a Corporate Officer and President of the Natural & Organic Operating Unit of General Mills. She leads the financial and environmental stewardship strategy for the $1 billion portfolio of General Mills Natural and Organic food brands, including Annie’s, Cascadian Farm, EPIC, and Muir Glen. Under Carla’s leadership, General Mills has become the second largest producer of branded organic foods in North America. Known as a business and culture transformation specialist, Carla led turnarounds and growth on a wide variety of billion-dollar businesses including Cheerios, Yoplait and Nature Valley. Carla has been on the Corporate Strategy and Mergers and Acquisition teams at General Mills. And, in 2018, she was recognized as one of “The Most Powerful Women in Corporate America” by Black Enterprise Magazine and one of the five of “Top Latinas in Business” by The Alumni Society. Outside of General Mills, Carla has served on the national board of directors for the Make-a-Wish Foundation and the advisory board for the Wisconsin School of Business. Carla is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and a member of The Alumni Society (for Latino senior leaders). Prior to General Mills, Carla worked for U.S. Senator Carol Moseley-Braun and The Nature Conservancy. Carla received her Bachelor’s in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University and an MBA from the University of Texas, Austin (as a Consortium Fellow). Carla can be found on social media at @CarlaInspired on twitter and Instagram and blogging on LinkedIn.