M. Helen Cavazos

M. H. Cavazos & Associates


M. Helen Cavazos is a human resources and diversity executive with extensive background in the retail, insurance, financial services, oil, transportation and media industries.  She has a proven track record of success with increasing responsibilities in human resources management, diversity training and leadership development.  Helen restarted a human resources management and diversity consulting company after leaving METRO (Metropolitan Transit Authority) in 2011, where she served as Vice President Human Resources & Chief Diversity Officer.

Most recently, she worked with a non-profit organization, SER Jobs for Progress, as Director of Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion.  Helen has a long affiliation with the McDonald’s Corporation, where she developed her passion for Diversity & Inclusion, starting in the Houston region before a promotion to head the human resources function in Hawaii and Guam and then the corporate headquarters in the Chicago area. 

She has served as a consultant on Hispanic career-development initiatives to this organization and currently serves on the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Houston/Galveston Board of Directors.  Helen has served on numerous national and local boards of organizations that foster developmental and economic opportunities for diverse groups, and she has received numerous awards for her leadership and diversity initiatives.  

Session: Hispanic Women Leaders: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow