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Empower Positive

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Social impact programs can spark change within a community. Collaborations can improve the lives of others by raising awareness, providing education, leveraging corporate, philanthropic programs and public resources. Social causes that inspire employee resource groups, business resource groups, entrepreneurs and community leaders need leadership and Tech to create campaigns that can make a difference. There are many issues to manage when building a strong social impact program or social impact business.


At Vargas and Associates, LLC we believe in starting client relationships with credibility to build trust to help people and organizations develop a plan to make a positive difference. When we give respect to key collaboration partners we get respect and support in return. These are they key elements of a strong, successful working relationship.


Now more than ever, our country is divided, even polarized on many issues. It takes leadership and communication skills to express the vision, goals, objectives and strategies of a program, build new businesses integrating team recommendations in ways that drive a win-win to make a positive impact.  Reach out to Vargas and Associates to help you; your organization make a difference!

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As President, Founder, Ed Vargas leverages his background as an international speaker-author-consultant with V-Suite experience in the packaging industry, B2B Tech publishing, telecommunications and leading community nonprofit groups that make a positive difference.

He was first in his family to attend college, with a B.S.C. and J.D. from Santa Clara University, and completed executive management publishing programs at Cornell and Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism.

After 10+ years of Digital Program Management with AT&T’s eCommerce group, Ed’s passionate about the Ethical and Humane Use of Tech for Social Good impacts. 

He has been active throughout his career with education, leadership programs, employee resource groups, representation, marketing communications, mentoring and strategic planning.

Current Roles:

President, Vargas and Associates LLC, an empowering social impact innovation consulting group.

NW Region President and Lead for Bay Area Hub, HLX+ Alliance, a national 501c6 nonprofit.

Head of the Latinx and Employee Resource Group Practice, CTR Factor, DE&I consulting firm.

Mentor with the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Santa Clara University.

Community Leadership Advisory Board, Latinx Research Center, Santa Clara University. 

Featured moderator, panelist conference director at national, international conferences.

Moderator, First HLX+ West Coast Leadership Summit hosted by Oct. 2022

Moderator, “Impacts of Tech and the Future of Work,” Creo En Ti Summit, Santa Clara University, 2019

Panelist, Diversity Roundtable, Debate on Race in the Workplace, Harvard University

Speaker at

US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce National Convention

Personnel Management Association of Aztlan National Conference

National Hispanic Employees Association 1996 Breaking Barriers Conference. 

Contributing Author:

The Hispanic Journey: Stories of Leadership, Tenacity and Grit, March 2023

Hispanic Stars Rising, The New Face of Power, Vol. I, 2020 

Pacific Bell/SBC/AT&T Highlights

Started as Diversity Marketing Manager, Hispanic Market. Helped start the HACEMOS ERG High Tech Day, STEM workshops for local high school students, now the annual HACEMOS flagship national event.

As HACEMOS ERG National EVP Community Outreach, launched HACEMOS Latino Diversity Stories on YouTube to generate awareness of members’ success stories vs negative stereotypes.

AT&T’s IT Service Excellence Award and the POTUS Volunteer Service Award each year, 2013-2017.

Voted “ERG Star for March 2015” as a role model for all AT&T ERGs. 

Other Leadership Experience:

Publisher, Editor & Conference Director for a start-up International B2B publishing firm about nonwovens technology. Expanded a North American conference presence to Japan partnering with C-Suite leaders. 

Organizational Development Adjunct Professor at the National Hispanic University, San Jose.

Director Communications, Media Relations, World Affairs Council/Northern California

Chairperson, Community Advisory Panel to Board of  Directors at KQED

President of Latinos in Communication, Bay Area Hispanic journalists, TV, radio employees.

Acting President of the Hispanic Community Foundation, now the Latino Community Foundation.



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