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Elizabeth Oliver-Farrow

Elizabeth Oliver-Farrow

Chair, Human Resources & Compensation Committee, Board of Directors, Hispanic Scholarship Fund

President & CEO, The Oliver Group, Inc.

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Elizabeth Oliver-Farrow is President and CEO of The Oliver Group, Inc. (OGI), a Washington, DC-based public relations and government policy consulting firm where she works with senior executives on outreach strategies. She formerly operated another communications firm for 29 years after having served previously as an entertainment industry publicist and as Director of Public Relations for Playboy Clubs International. She brings 40 years of public relations and outreach experience for corporate, trade and federal clients.
 
Ms. Oliver-Farrow, a Puerto Rican born in the South Bronx, has a commitment to empowering, educating and advocating for women, youth, and the Hispanic business community. She has achieved several Firsts. Among them:
  • First Latina elected (2004) to the Board of Directors of the BlueCross health insurer, CareFirst, Inc. (CFI), a $7.2 billion corporation, where she served as Chair of the Service and Quality Oversight Committee and was a member of the Executive, Governance and Nominating, Mission Oversight and Strategic Planning Committees. From 2004 through 2013, she was a member of the Board of the largest CFI affiliate, Group Hospitalization and Medical Services, Inc., during which time she served as a member of the Audit, Governance and Nominating, Mission Oversight, Service and Quality and Strategic Planning Committees.
  • First Latina elected Chair of the Board of the National Education Association Foundation, the foundation of the largest teachers’ union in the country.
  • First Latina elected Board Chair of the Washington, D.C. Chamber of Commerce, the largest business chamber in the Washington DC Metropolitan Region. She was a member of the Chamber President’s Advisory Board through 2010.
In 2003, she successfully completed the inaugural Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) Best Practices in Corporate Governance Course at the Harvard University Business School.
 
In 2000, Ms. Oliver-Farrow was elected Board Chair of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC). During her Chairmanship, she was an invited speaker to the 22 top U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto
 
Rico, Mexico, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic and Spain.
 
She was appointed to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s National Advisory Council and to the National Women’s Business Council
in 1993, 1996,1998, and 2003.
 
Awards include: 2011 Minority Enterprise Advocate (MEA) Magazine “50 Women of Influence and Power” award, 2009 Service Award from the Hispanic College Fund, 2009 Latina Leader by the National Puerto Rican Coalition, 2006 Hispanic Visionary by the New York City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and 2005 “100” Top Latinas by Hispanic Magazine. She received the 2002 International Leadership Award from the Mexican American Chamber of Commerce, 2000 Reconocimiento Award, III Gran Encuentro ADME, from the Dominican Republic, 1996 Women in Leadership Award from Wal-Mart, 1996 Businesswoman of the Year from the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and 1993 Blue Chip Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
 
In 2014, Ms. Oliver-Farrow was inducted into Spelman College’s Inaugural Leadership and Women of Color Academy of Game Changers.
For the last two years, she has been an invited to speak on Board Governance at CHCI’s Leadership Initiative at American University, and
most recently at the JHU Women in Business Affinity Leadership Conference in Washington, DC.
 
She serves on the Executive Committees of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund Board of Directors and Latino Corporate Directors Association (LCDA), an organization comprised of U.S. Latino corporate directors focused on accelerating the growth potential of U.S. Companies by supporting their efforts to increase the number and influence of qualified Latinos on their corporate boards. She is Co-Chair of the LCDA Inaugural Board Leaders convening on Oct. 6-8, sponsored by Hewlett-Packard Enterprises in Silicon Valley, and featuring keynote speaker, HPE CEO Meg Whitman.
 
Ms. Oliver-Farrow is the Washington, DC co-chair of the New American Alliance (NAA) Latina Caucus. She is a member of the International Women’s Forum (since 2004), Leadership Washington and has been listed in Who’s Who in America since 1997 and Who's Who of American Women since 1983.

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