A passion for wellness
Title: Director of Innovation, Walgreens Health
As a Latina executive in a Fortune 500 company, Grace Noboa-Hidalgo credits the Mujeres de HACE program for providing valuable support in her professional development and giving her the confidence to pursue higher goals and the advancement of her career.
A native of Ecuador who has lived in Chicago most of her life, she has a decade of experience in healthcare. She serves as director of innovation and strategy execution for Walgreens Health. At Walgreens, her pivotal role led to a new business line and securing an eight-figure investment to launch an innovative platform reaching thousands of customers.
Her areas of expertise include growth strategy, product innovation, financial modeling, and technology partnerships. At Walgreens, she volunteered for several years as vice-chair of the Latino Professionals Network, and her efforts were highlighted in the corporate social responsibility report.
Before Walgreens, she was a senior consultant at a global strategy firm and was a Fellow at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, D.C. She earned her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in economics and mathematics from Northwestern University and earned a second master’s degree in Economics from the University of Maryland.
The University of Chicago Press has published her research which has also been recognized by the National Science Foundation. She is passionate about wellness, nutrition, and Yoga as well as Latin music and salsa dancing.
She credits HACE with helping her form profound long-running connections with talented Latinas. She benefited from HACE conferences because she took an active role and prioritized networking and broadening her vision. She also used the experience to share her work leading an ERG and providing healthcare resources to underserved Latino communities in Chicago.
With every step of her career, she counted on the support of her parents and her brothers and found similar support with HACE and considered it the premier professional organization focusing on Latino leaders. She looks forward to serving as an example and model to younger Latino generations to reach their highest potential.