Adis Maria Vila is a professor of international business and law, a multilingual and multicultural business executive with broad management experience in telecommunications, agriculture, government, international business, and private law practice, and a former senior academic administrator. Born in Cuba, she speaks English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese.
Ms Vila served as Vice President of Government Relations for the Caribbean and Latin America at Nortel Networks and as Vice President of International Business Development at Vigoro in Chicago. Early in her career, she worked in the legal department at Nestle headquarters in Vevey, Switzerland.
Ms Vila has worked in government at the federal and state levels including senior posts requiring US Senate confirmation. Her Washington experiences include:
Assistant Secretary of Administration, US Department of Agriculture;
Director, Office of Mexico and the Caribbean Basin, US Department of Commerce;
Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Latin American Affairs, US Dept. of State; and,
White House Fellow, Office of Public Liaison, The White House.
At the state level, Ms Vila served as Secretary of Florida s Department of Administration, an agency with 500 employees and a budget of $750 million. Appointed by Florida s Governor, she was confirmed by the Florida Senate.
A former Vice President of External Relations and General Counsel at Miami Dade College (MDC), Ms Vila was responsible for legal, government, and cultural affairs, real estate acquisition and resource development. MDC is the largest community college in the country with 150,000 students, 686 full-time faculty, 2500 part-time faculty, and more than 1275 full-time employees located on 6 campuses.
Professor Vila has taught at the graduate and undergraduate levels in MBA and MIBA programs onsite and online, and in executive MBA programs. Her teaching focus is comparative international management, international business law, international organization behavior, labor and employment law, global economics, and ethics in management.
She has served as a Visiting Fellow at the National Defense University. Presently, she teaches in the department of international business and management at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA. Dickinson is a top 40 liberal arts college.
Professor Vila has a Bachelor of Arts with Honors (Mathematics) from Rollins College in Winter Park, FL, an MBA with concentrations in marketing and business policy from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago, and a JD with Honors from the University of Florida s College of Law. She earned a Diploma in International Law with Honors from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. Her thesis on foreign direct investments was published as an article, Legal Aspects of Foreign Direct Investments in the United states in the International Lawyer, a publication of the American Bar Association. She is a member of The Florida Bar (1978) and the DC Bar (1984).
A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, National Association of Corporate Directors, Rotary International, the International Women s Forum, and Trustee of the Southern Center for International Studies, Professor Vila lectures on leadership, corporate governance, and ethics in business, US-Latin American relations, regulatory policy, infrastructure development, and foreign direct investment before industry and professional groups. Her leadership has been recognized with her selections as a White House Fellow, 21st Century Trust Fellow, US-Japan Leadership Fellow, Eisenhower Exchange Fellow, and Rotary International s Ambassadorial Scholar and Group Study Exchange (GSE) Team Member.