Lisa Quiroz, Time Warner’s First Chief Diversity Officer, Has Died at 56

She created 'a lasting legacy' of inclusion, friends and peers say

Lisa Garcia Quiroz, chief diversity officer of Time Warner, lost her battle with cancer Friday. Andy Kropa/Getty Images
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Lisa Garcia Quiroz, president of the Time Warner Foundation and svp and chief diversity officer of Time Warner, passed away Friday at age 56 after a 16-month battle with pancreatic cancer.

A Harvard University graduate, Quiroz was recruited by Time Inc. while she was completing her MBA at Harvard. She spent her career at Time Inc. and, later, Time Warner. She was the founding editor of Time for Kids and the founding publisher of People en Español.

Beyond her own professional accomplishments, Quiroz was a leader and mentor for a generation of Hispanic media professionals. She was board chairman of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund; President Obama appointed her chairman of the Corporation for National and Community Service Board of Directors; and she was instrumental in supporting Lin-Manuel Miranda with is first Broadway show, In The Heights.

“Lisa left this world a better place through the lives she touched throughout her journey,” said Fidel A. Vargas, President & CEO, Hispanic Scholarship Fund. “She planted and nurtured seeds of human potential and they will continue to bloom for generations to come.”

“So, so sad,” added Maria Elena Salinas, former co-anchor of Noticiero Univision. “She left a lasting legacy, but most importantly she teaches us all a lesson on getting our priorities in place.”

“Lisa touched people – in our community and beyond – in so many different ways,” said Daniel J. Acosta, partner and managing director of Boston Consulting Group.

“She was an advocate for women, for education, for Latinas, for the arts. She was a connector, a doer, a passionate person who loved Time Warner and saw possibility at every turn,” tweeted Soledad O’Brien. “Rest In Power, Lisa.”

Quiroz leaves behind her husband, author Guy Garcia, and their son, William. She is also survived by her mother, Neida Quiroz; her father, Armando Quiroz; and his wife, Irene.

@ChrisAriens Chris Ariens is the managing editor and director of video at Adweek.