Kicking off Hispanic Heritage Month at the Hispana Leadership Summit in Aventura, Florida last week definitely impressed me with the strength and variety of the Latina voice. For any
The event was energizing, after all, fill a room with Latin business women and there is no doubt that the energy level will go through the roof.
We heard from an exceptional panel of Latina entrepreneurs titled Passions to Profits who shared their messages of success, which can be applicable for anyone in the business world – work hard, be authentic, learn from mistakes, take risks, find your voice, seek balance, and my favorite: love what you do, and do what you love. Easier said than done, but hearing from strong voices such as Ivette Mayo (@ivettemayo), President of Yo Soy I Am, tell her story of achievement truly had us all walking out the door feeling inspired to follow our dreams, break barriers and find passion in business. Ivette’s advice to finding balance as a career woman was to learn to say “No” – you can’t say yes to everybody – your own quality of life needs to come first. Alternatives to “No” for those who have a hard time: try “I can’t right now” or “Let me think about it.”
When Nati Soto, President of Ferguson Glasgow Schuster Soto, Inc. , a South Florida architecture firm, was asked how she can do it all – family, work, successful career – she said that she finds that the more you do, the more you can do – she feeds on it. “You figure it out, things do get easier, relationships with your family and your career change.”
These are women who have achieved what many may perceive as unachievable, who have surpassed multiple challenges and marched right past nonbelievers.
Maria Marin (@maria_marin), Motivational Speaker, Radio Personality and Bestselling Author, gave a fun and laugh-out-loud “charla” about the multiple roles Latinas play in life: wife, mother, friend, sister, career woman, nurse, chef, psychologist, accountant, teacher. She talked about the beauty of living in a bicultural world, and how some of the key personality traits of
In another session, Meet me Halfway, the Art of Negotiation, Dr. Yasmin Davidds (@YasminDavidds), Founder of the Women’s Negotiation Institute, gave useful tips on negotiating your way to achieving your goal, whether it be closing a deal, or getting a raise. She shared her insights on the important cultural differences you have to consider depending on who you’re negotiating with: what works with a male vs. female; Hispanic vs. Caucasian, etc. For instance, with women, it is important to connect on some level. With men, you must prove your professional competence to set the stage.
Eighty percent of the work in a negotiation is preplanning – set the systematic framework for the negotiation:
1) Build a strong case – tie it in to the bottom line of what you’re asking for
2) Conduct a barrier audit – every possible way they “won’t” or “can’t” do it
3) Create a strategy to counter each barrier – in other words, solve their problem
Another workshop consisted of Julie Stav (@tweetconjulie), financial guru, author and radio host, giving sound, practical and valuable financial advice on how to invest to set the stage for a financially stable present and future, for both young and old. Her advice on raising financially savvy children: “Teach kids it’s better to have a share of Nikes than a pair of Nikes.” Gotta love it – so true, talk about getting your kids started on the right foot when it comes to learning how to save!
The recurring message throughout the event was clear – Latina women have strong voices and are amazing business women. The Hispana Leadership Summit was a great event to fuel your passions and creativity and gain inspiration and knowledge that help you at work and at home. And as a corporation, marketer or small business owner, reaching this coveted demographic has never been more important – with the number of Hispanics in the
Margarita Hernandez is a bicultural & bilingual media and communications professional with over 12 years of experience in working with corporate clients in helping strategize their Multicultural Marketing and Public Relations campaigns. She is currently a Senior Account Manager for PR Newswire’s Multicultural Division. Connect with her on Twitter, LinkedIn or via E-Mail