Summer 2016 Keynote Speaker

Brigadier General Robert D. LaBrutta

Veronica Muzquiz Edwards

Member, The Texas State University System Board of Regents

Friday, August 12, 2016, 10:00 a.m.

Veronica Muzquiz Edwards is the owner and CEO of InGenesis, a premier supplier of workforce management and talent acquisition services which ranks as one of the largest staffing firms in the nation and the #1 fastest growing firm in America by Staffing Industry Analysts. Before founding InGenesis in 1998, she served as an executive at a Fortune 100 telecommunications company.

Edwards has been widely recognized for her accomplishments in business, finance, and human resources. In honor of her leadership and national impact, HispanicBusiness magazine named Edwards as one of the 50 most influential Hispanic business leaders in the country, and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce selected her as the National Hispanic Businesswoman of the Year. In addition, Edwards was selected as the Regional Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year; one of the top 100 middle market CEOs in the nation by Chief Executive magazine; one of the most influential executives by Staffing Industry Analysts; and one of America's Top 10 Female Entrepreneurs by Inc. magazine.

Edwards received her baccalaureate degree from Texas State University, which recently recognized her exemplary leadership with the Texas State Distinguished Alumna Award. She obtained a master of business administration from the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) and was also honored with the Distinguished Alumna Award for her business acumen. She is currently pursuing a doctorate of business administration at UIW. Her research interests include global disaster preparedness and workforce planning for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear events.

Edwards is engaged in and committed to community involvement and outreach. She has been appointed by Governor Abbott to the Texas State University Board of Regents. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of the University of the Incarnate Word. She is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Pan American Health Foundation, the World Affairs Council and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Edwards’ charitable activities include partnering with the American Diabetes Association in honor of her late brother, Darrell Muzquiz; supporting the Texas Burn Survivor Society; supporting the Fisher House; and fundraising activities for UIW, all with the common goals of improving lives, enhancing minds, and supporting our nation.