I had the honor to share a day with women in executive positions on Friday, November 4th, 2016 at the 2016 Women's Business Leadership Conference held by the Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (UHCC). The UHCC is led by businessman Francisco Sotelo, a giving and caring member of society whose passion is to see the Hispanic community in Utah grow and succeed in their business endeavors. I mention Mr. Sotelo as I believe organizations are shaped by their leaders and those leaders are led by their passion. When you have a conversation with him, you quickly learn how passionate he is about helping Hispanics succeed and immediately want to join him in this journey. Find your passion and you too will be successful.
During the event, I met and was inspired by so many women who passionate about their business and the difference their business is making in the lives of so many. One of these inspiring women was Claudia M. Ponce. She is the President of Soroptimist, a non-profit organization that dedicates themselves to empowering women that become pregnant at a young age. They arm them with the knowledge and resources to fend for themselves and their children.
There were so many women who shared inspiring stories. Some of these successful business women were single mothers, one of them was a mother of eight who is now a powerhouse, full of life, charisma and optimism. Others had to face the challenge many Latinos do when they come to the United States, the challenge to learn English and grow a new network in a place they're not familiar with.
Here are some of the tips I shared with them in regards to their personal brand:
I take great memories from the event with me, as well as a new group of professionals to add to my network and mentor. Thank you for sharing Utah and a little bit of your lives with me. I'm here for anything you may need.
Check out the agenda and take a peak at what the event consisted of here.
On October 18th, 2016, I had the privilege to be one of eight mentors at the Ad2Dallas Speed Career Connections: Take the Next Step in Your Career event at Citizen Dallas. I was surrounded by successful advertising professionals with more than twenty years of experience, who just like me, were there to provide young professionals with advice and share with them the ins-and-outs of our crazy world.
Each mentor had about 10 minutes with 4 attendees at a time; I must've talked to about thirty of them by the end of the night. Time flew by and we were always left wanting to chat more. We laughed, talked about job-hunting, recruiters, tips on how to advance in your career and shared stories that allowed for everyone in the group to feel comfortable talking and asking questions.
This group of millennials was eager to learn from others and succeed. Having mentored before, the task came easy to me, however, it was by far one of the most excited group of young professionals I had encountered in a while. All eager to roll-up their sleeves and put in the time. Open to advice and feedback. I walked out thankful and energized.
Here are some of the tips I shared with them:
Thank you for the opportunity, Ad2Dallas. Happy to join forces again.