LORA J. VILLARREAL, PH.D.
Lora Villarreal is President of Human Resources Group, LLC and has more than 25 years of business, human resources and administration experience. HRG assists organizations in aligning people strategies with company and client values.
Dr. Villarreal retired from Xerox Business Services, LLC in April 2013 as Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer. In her role with Xerox Business Services, LLC, Lora was a member of the board of directors for Buck Consultants, a wholly owned Xerox subsidiary. Prior to that, she was Vice President, Human Resources, for Transamerica Real Estate Information Companies. Additionally, she held various positions with First Data Resources, including Vice President of Administration for a start-up operation in Mexico City, which included human resources, training, purchasing, facilities, and public relations.
Active in charitable and civic affairs, Villarreal participated in the Leadership Dallas Class, Executive Women’s Council, Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce, Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Hispanic 100 and the Society for Human Resources Management. She served as President of the ACS Philanthropic Foundation and is currently on the boards of the Better Business Bureau of Metropolitan Dallas, Inc. and SP Bancorp, Inc. Dr. Villarreal currently serves on the boards at the Dallas County Community College District Foundation, The Dallas Zoological Society and is also on the Advisory Council of Our Lady of Perpetual Help School.
Highlights through her career include being named one of Hispanic Business magazine’s Top Five Hispanic Women of the Year in 2008. That honor came after a previous ranking as one of its Top 25 Elite Hispanic Women in Business. She was selected as one of 25 Hispanic women throughout the U.S. to attend the National Hispanic Leadership Institute, a program designed to prepare women for positions of national impact and to influence public policy. Dr. Villarreal was named one of the Most Outstanding Women to Watch in 2008 by Hispanic Business magazine, received the Dallas Business Journal Minority Business Leaders Award and the Ogletree Deakins Human Resources Professional of the Year Award in 2008, and received the CareerFOCUS Eagle Award in 2009 which is one of corporate America’s highest accolades in executive leadership achievement. Most recently, she was awarded the 2011 Woman of the Year Award by the Texas Diversity Council.
Dr. Villarreal holds a bachelor of science degree in human resource management from Bellevue University, a master of science degree in administration and management from Central Michigan University and a Ph.D. in philosophy and management from California Coast University.