Millie Herrera, MBA
President & CEO
An inspirational business leader who founded and leads The Miami Group & Associates - a boutique management, IT, marketing strategies, and public affairs consulting firm that focuses on helping businesses reach next level of excellence by leveraging their best human capital, market strengths, and innovative technologies. Millie served as a presidential appointee at the U.S. Department of Labor as the Southeast Regional Representative for Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis 2012-2013. Responsible for amplifying key programs and initiatives of the department in the nine states of the Southeast region, she served as liaison to federal, state and local government officials and community stakeholders. During her tenure, she worked with women, veterans, LGBT, faith-based, education, farm worker, labor, and civic organizations; federal contractors, other federal agencies, and business groups on veterans’ job fairs, equal pay, awareness and prevention of human trafficking, wage theft, prevailing wage violations and misclassification of workers, and the launch of the Affordable Care Act.
Prior to founding The Miami Group, Millie was Business Solutions Product and Project Manager at Amadeus North America, Business Systems Analyst for Assurant Group, AVP of Special Projects at Centrust Bank, in Miami, Florida; and Systems Analyst at Dresser Industries in Dallas, Texas. She began her professional career in technology as a programmer-analyst at GPI Grupo de Proyectos in Caracas, Venezuela, and later at City National Bank of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Believing that community involvement is the best way to make the world a better place for all, Millie currently serves as Chair of the Public Advocacy Committee and member the Board of Directors of NAWBO Miami Chapter, member of the Leadership Council of the National Small Business Association, and member of the Advisory Board of Miami Dade College Koubek Center. She previously served as President of the Board of Directors of Orchestra Miami, volunteer Guardian Ad Litem in Miami-Dade County from 2003-2012, and on the Miami-Dade County Commission for Women in 2002-2003. Millie held elected office in the Kendall Community Council 12 from 2003 to 2006, and was elected Vice Chair in 2005. She also served as Secretary of the Board of Directors of Union Positiva, a non-profit organization focused on HIV/AIDS prevention and outreach for the Hispanic community from 2002-2005.
Millie is an opinion maker and is often sought out for interviews on issues of importance to Hispanics and working Americans by national and local TV, radio, and print media. Millie also contributes articles to Miami Community Newspapers, the Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald. Millie is a visiting lecturer for the Masters in Political Communications at the Universidad Pontifícia de Salamanca in Salamanca, Spain, and Universidad Camilo José Cela in Madrid, Spain.
Millie is a 2004 Fellow of the National Hispana Leadership Institute Executive Leadership Program, and completed the Harvard J.F.K. School of Government NHLI Executive Program on Latina Policy, is a member of the Harvard Alumni Club of Miami, and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government South Florida Network. She has served on the Community Advisory Board of the Girls Advocacy Project, an intervention program for girls detained in the juvenile justice system. She has been honored with the 2004 Latina of Excellence Award from Hispanic magazine, 2013 Glass Ceiling Award from the Florida Diversity Council, 2015 Woman of Impact Award from the Women’s History Coalition of Miami-Dade County, the 2016 Miami LATINA Style Entrepreneur of the Year, and the 2016 Pioneer Hispanic Woman of Distinction.
Millie earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems from Southern Illinois University, in Carbondale, Illinois; and a Master in Business Administration degree from Florida International University, in Miami, Florida.
Millie Herrera was born in La Habana, Cuba, and fled the Castro regime with her family, settling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she grew up. Millie resides in Miami, Florida, since 1987 with her daughter Ana Maria.