Former Marine general to give keynote address at SABJ's 2017 Women's Leadership Awards


A trailblazing Latina leader who made history as a U.S. Marine Corps general and now applies her energy toward empowering future female leaders will share her experiences at this year's Women's Leadership Awards.

Retired Maj. Gen. Angela Salinas is scheduled to give the keynote address at the annual San Antonio Business Journal event that will recognize 16 outstanding women who are making a difference in their organizations, their fields and their communities.

Today, Salinas is CEO of the Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, a post she's held since July 2015. A native of Alice, Texas, she served 39 years in the Marines and was the first Latina selected and promoted to its general officer ranks.

Salinas is a woman of many firsts: first woman to command the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego and the Western Recruiting Region, the first woman assigned as an assistant chief of staff for plans and policy of a major combatant organization, and the first woman assigned as a ground major’s combat service support monitor.

Salinas’ decorations include the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with gold star, the Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with two gold stars.

She was inducted into the San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame and the Hispanic Women in Leadership Hall of Fame — both in 2016. Salinas was also named a 2016 TAMACC Woman of Distinction and was a 2016 Hope Hispanic Heritage recipient. She was named as an inaugural Top Latino Leader by the National Diversity Council and was awarded the U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award.

She is a former Girls Scout and a role model to girls and women across the country. Salinas is on the board of directors for the Young Marines, The First Tee of Greater San Antonio and Prospera Housing Community Services. She has a master’s degree from the Naval War College and a bachelor’s degree from the Dominican College of San Rafael, California.