We did it again! The one-day 2017 Female Leadership 2017 Business Retreat, organized by LatinasinBusiness.us in strategic partnership with Mindful Consultants LLC, was a total success, not only because of the amazing speakers and great participation from attendees -as reflected in the testimonial videos below- but for the day full of activities, knowledge, enthusiasm and fun!
The Female Leadership 2017 Business Retreat took place at the offices of Corporate Sponsor DeCotiis, Fitzpatrick, Cole and Giblin, LLP in Teaneck NJ. After an early registration, Arlene Quinones-Perez, partner at the hosting law firm and President of the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey, opened the event. In her address to the participants, Quinones-Perez emphasized the importance of having this type of meeting among women leaders to inspire and support each other.
Following, Susana G Baumann, Editor-in-Chief, LatinasinBusiness.us, conducted the first coaching session “Speak Up, Tell your Story and influence Others,” in which Baumann encouraged the participants to reflect on their leadership mission and purpose, and use their personality and cultural traits to enhance their leadership abilities.
The morning continued in a Fireside Chat with Adelcida Wilson, Speaker, Coach and Author, and Sales Business Territory Manager. Moderated by Clarisa Romero from Mindful Consultants, LLC., the speaker shared her experiences in a successful corporate career and her recently published book “Pharma Success Secrets.”
Following, Guest Panelists Patricia Campos-Medina, Co-Director & Extension Associate, The Worker Institute, Cornell University; and Michele Meyer-Shipp, Esq., VP and Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer at Prudential Financial offered a very insightful overview of the obstacles and sacrifices they faced in their successful leadership career.
Afternoon sessions included “Strategize, Engage, Succeed: Your Future on Steroids,” a dynamic presentation of international speaker and coach Minue Yoshida, in which participants worked on their strategic leadership goals.
“React or Respond: Rewire your Brain to Achieve Holistic Leadership,” a session conducted by founder and CEO of Mindful Consultants LLC. Clarisa Romero, utilized her background in education, mental health, and business development, coupled with training from Oakland based Mindful Schools in California to guide participants through emotional intelligence, mindfulness and neuroscience techniques.
Later that day, at the evening Cocktail Reception, best-selling author and global speaker Anthony Lopez, National Chair at Prospanica and President and GM at Ansell Healthcare Global Business Unit, addressed the audience with a fantastic and moving perspective of his views as a male leader, and father of two daughters. Anthony reminded us that men need to stand up and support women colleagues and employees by eliminating the obstacles women encounter in today’s workplace and enabling them to succeed.
He was introduced by Jamar W Tyndale, Manager, State Government Affairs Operations & Planning at PSEG, who explained the synergies between the event and female leadership efforts at his company.
During fun breaks, Latina entrepreneurs Nelly Reyes, founder and CEO of Freshie Feminine Care, Ninfa Siskos, owner of Makeup for a Purpose (Maquillaje Por un Proposito MMP), Lu Camarena Mesulam, founder of LuMesh and Victoria Flores, co-founder of Lux Beauty Club delighted the participants with their products and makeover session. Rick Martinez from Senor Sangria offered his delicious family recipe sangria to all present at the Cocktail Reception.
Several organizations and media partners including Univision 41 and Latino Motion have stepped up to help promote the event among their members. Business and professional organizations included the New America Alliance American Latina Leadership Caucus, LUPE Latinas United for Political Empowerment, Madrinas.org, Mujeres de HACE (Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement), Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey, Prospanica New Jersey Chapter, Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey, Feria de Negocios Hispanos de Central New Jersey, the Latino Institute, and Strategic Influence LLC.
“We can’t thank enough to all for your support, participants, speakers, sponsors, media and promotional partners, VIP guests and our interns Miles Shipp, Amanda Wisnack and Lissette Trujillo,” said Clarisa Romero, “without them we could not have brought this great event to completion.”
Baumann also was very grateful to all who participated one way or the other. “Thanks to Prudential Financial and Ansell Healthcare for supporting our event as Bronze Sponsors, and our Corporate Sponsor DeCotiis, Fitzpatrick, Cole & Giblin LLP for their unequivocal support.”
And she added, “In today’s competitive world, the biggest challenge companies and businesses face is to design a solid strategy for organizational well-being and balance that would challenge the traditional view of employees as Human Resources to see them as Human Assets, providing opportunities for personal and professional growth. We believe women need support in exploring and acquiring new leadership strategies that better adjust to their natural talents and skills. They have been trying to climb the leadership ladder by following male models, with skills and values that, in many cases, are contrary or even opposite to their very best female qualities, ” Baumann said.
“We will continue to provide quality content and engaging activities for Latinas and other minority women to offer the resources they need to accomplish their business or career goals. We invite you all to be part of this extraordinary experience!,” she concluded.