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Hortensia Sampedro

Hortensia Sampedro

Adjunct Lecturer
Department of International Business

College of Business
Florida International University

Modesto A. Maidique Campus
11200 S.W. 8th St, MANGO 457
Miami, FL 33199

(305) 348-2791


  • MBALeonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University, New York City, New York

Professional Activities


Hortensia Sampedro graduated from New York University in 1983 with an MBA in finance from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business. While working for the Chase Manhattan Bank (CMB), Hortensia applied academic principles in bankruptcy and probability theory with econometrics to develop the Country Risk Assessment System for CMB in early 1980s, one of the first such systems at the time.

Hortensia attended the First Program in Government, Economics and International Business at Harvard Graduate School of Business in 1980, which positioned her for her roles in the external debt renegotiation for Mexico and Venezuela, working directly with the Venezuelan minister of finance, and supporting the CMB International Country Risk Committee with David Rockefeller, the chairman, Henry Kissinger, and advisor, and other distinguished members. This program served as the foundation for the experiential Harvard Business cases and simulations that she currently teaches at the Honors College.

Hortensia earned her BBA in economics and Latin American studies from the University of Miami. She is an honored alumna and past board member of Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart in Coconut Grove, Florida, where she received two inaugural awards, Carrollton Spirit Award and Spirit of Sophie in the World Alumnae Award.


Previously, Hortensia enjoyed a distinguished career at the Chase Manhattan Bank, N. A. in New York , carrying out varying assignments with challenging opportunities at interesting times in history. As one of the first four women accepted into the prestigious Chase Manhattan Bank Credit Training Program, she led as the first female and/or first Latin minority, male or female, in progressively responsible positions in credit, lending, managerial and executive positions. Recognized with the Chase Presidential Award for achievement, Hortensia served as international banker for multinational, institutional, public corporations and national clients in the Western Hemisphere. Of particular interest, she ran an $11 billion international trade banking subsidiary, co-inaugurated internal email in 1984, started up the Western Hemisphere Loans Workout department, and developed a training program for Puerto Rico branches.

Hortensia is a consultant with GH Growth Advisors (previously GH Capital Partners), a consulting partnership specializing in practical growth strategies for middle market companies with complex problems, entrepreneurs, private companies, financial services firms, non-profits.

Hortensia served as the first chief marketing and communications officer at Morrison, Brown, Argiz and Farra, LLC (MBAF), a leading independent public accounting and advisory firm in the U.S., where she managed brand strategy, publicity, communications, community relations, sales support, training and coaching, and developed internet marketing strategies.

Hortensia served with the CINTAS Foundation, a non-profit entity, for over 32 years, providing continuity and excellence to fellowships in the Cuban arts, music, literature and architecture.

Courses Taught

  • Special Topics in International Business
  • Strategic Management
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