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International Women’s Day 4 Traits of effective Latina leadership

As a leading national platform that advocates for the economic empowerment of Latinas in business and the workplace, we represent the voice of the Latina working woman. Our entrepreneurs, career and professional Latinas deserve recognition for the value they bring to their businesses, their workplace, their families and their communities.

Under the slogan “Disrupt to Unleash the Latina Economic Power,” this year we aim at working in changing behaviors, developing those best talents and finding the qualities that make Latinas unique leaders. They need to discover and apply their best Latina leadership traits into their workplace activity.

We believe the only way to unleash the economic power Latinas deserve is to disrupt certain beliefs, behaviors and even industries. As one of the largest demographics groups impacting the consumer’s market, Latinas not only make money but also spend it! Now we need to find ways to redirect where that money goes in order to bring it home: yes, to expand our economic power and to make it work in our advantage!

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Why advocate for Latina leadership?

Latino women need support in exploring and developing leadership strategies that better adjust to their natural or acquired 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. Latinas and other minority women have distinct natural or acquired talents that can help them reach their best potential:

  • Compassionate leaders: Latinas are compassionate leaders because they are used to take care of others –culturally and socially. They have been raised to take that role in families, communities and even in the workplace. Taking care of others imply understanding other people’s needs, considering their circumstances and feelings, and responding with solutions that are beneficial to all. Applying those acquired skills to a leadership role, Latinas might have better judgment in a critical situation, deeper understanding of people’s roles, and act with effective persuasion and greater influence while building loyalty among their teams.

  • Trust builders: Most Latinas –and women in general– have greater practice in and are more prone to being intelligent communicators. Some might excel at being effective conversationalists; others might be outstanding listeners or be ready to offer support to any difficult situation. In sum, they are open to a more direct communication and connect better with others. Sharpening their communication skills and developing their emotional intelligence awareness can increase this vital leadership skill and help them become champions at handling other people’s emotions and at earning their trust. They can also become excellent mentors and sponsors to the new generation of Latinas.
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  • Consensus creators: As mothers, spouses and daughters, Latinas have been raised in an environment where they procure consensus and harmony of the nuclear group. Usually the ones who look for consent and concord, they learn to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the people who surround them, and help them meet their needs. This ability plays an important role at developing best negotiation skills, in which fairness, mutual benefit and maintaining a harmonic relationship are instrumental for a win-win outcome with employees and clients alike.

  • Holistic innovators: In their feminine roles, Latinas and other minority women are raised to work collaboratively in their families while making tough decisions, hence developing their skills in creative or domestic activities. These are the so-called traditional “feminine activities” such as art, cooking, parenting, home managing, caretaking, and the like. Men, on the other hand, are directed to “masculine activities” such as working out of the house, sports, mechanics and more. Even if the new generations are less demanded into traditional roles, these are still persistent as “male versus female” skills. Taking advantage of these acquired talents, women can excel at advancing a company’s vision while bringing together a holistic approach within a culture of purpose. In this context, the individual’s right to self-determination is as important as their participation in the common good, supporting each individual’s realization of their best potential.

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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 challenges the traditional view of employees as Human Resources into Human Assets. Adopting this new paradigm in the workplace translates in increased loyalty, creativity, innovation and productivity.

Latina leadership can play a vital role in bringing a more compassionate, trusting, consensual and holistically innovative type of leadership that will change the face of working America.

We will continue to provide quality content and engaging activities for Latinas and other minority women to find resources they need to accomplish their business or career goals. We invite you to be part of this extraordinary experience!

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Clarisa Romero Mindfulness a must-have skill in today’s work environment

Clarisa Romero, Founder and CEO Mindful Consultants LLC

Is your mind full or are you mindful? Clarisa Romero, Founder and CEO of Mindful Consultants, aims at guiding people through mindfulness and neuroscience techniques to reset, re-train and revive their senses, which will enable them to focus, lead, and perform with clarity instead of operating from a reactive default state of mind.

Life in today’s day and age can be summarized in two words, bustling activity! Owing to the fast paced lifestyles, most of us go through life mechanically, performing one task after the other, ‘mindlessly’, without actually being truly aware of the present. In other words, we live our lives on ‘autopilot’.

Instead, why not take control of our own thoughts and actions? What if there was a way to make significant changes and create opportunities in our lives rather than just letting ‘life happen’ to us. What if you could lead your life mindfully?

Defined as a state of mind achieved by concentrating one’s consciousness on the present, mindfulness is observation without criticism; being compassionate while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations.

“When unhappiness or stress projects a shadow in your work or personal life, mindfulness allows you to observe your thoughts and reactions without taking them in or personally. In essence, mindfulness allows you to catch negative thought patterns before they drag you down,” Clarisa explained. “It begins the process of putting you back in control of your life.”

What led Clarisa Romero on the path of mindfulness?

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Intelligent Influence published author, Dale Caldwell; Mindful Consultants, Founder & CEO, Clarisa Romero & Brain Fit Institute Founder and Neurologist, Dr. Philippe Douyon

Clarisa has always been passionate about educational issues and therapeutic work, working with children and adults facing adversity. She has a background in early childhood education, family and child studies, and psychology. She has also been involved in working with children discharged from the Psychiatric Unit at a local hospital and working with children, adolescents, and families under the supervision of the State of New Jersey.

When Clarisa started suffering from elevated stress levels and depression because of major changes and losses in both her personal and professional life, she began to explore mindfulness practices and neuroscience.

“For many years, I worked in stressful environments that were not rewarding. I lived on autopilot and did not understand or believed I could change my circumstances.   Until I reached a breaking point; I went through a series of traumatic events from losing my father to cancer, to getting divorced, losing my job and selling my home, all within a year. When I discovered mindfulness I was able to see right away its power both on a personal and professional level “, she recounts.

She underwent formal training at the LinkedIn Conscious Business Academy led by Philosopher and Vice President at LinkedIn Fred Kofman, and became a Certified Mindfulness Practitioner. This program taught her how to constantly bring consciousness and alertness in every situation. Through this, she re-discovered herself and it improved her quality of life and productivity tremendously. She combined this training, and the training she received from the Oakland-based Mindful Schools in California, with her experiences and background in mental health and education, and started Mindful Consultants to introduce her techniques of mindful living to a wider audience.

She teaches, trains and creates customized programs for corporations, small businesses, non-profit organizations, individuals and schools focusing on the science of mindfulness and leadership.

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Clarisa training small business owners at the SHCCNJ Hispanic Entrepreneurship Training Program Monthly Seminar & Networking on August 2016

The purpose of these programs is to help people increase self-awareness and emotional regulation, as well as assist in developing a conscious business environment, which helps give them a competitive advantage. She finds that helping others achieve greater success in life, by harnessing their true potential, is a truly enriching and fulfilling experience.

Clarisa, in partnership with To Be Mindful, LLC has also founded the New York Open Mindful Living Event and the Newark Mindful Living Festival to further engage, promote and build stronger and conscious communities.

Latinas who want to achieve success in their profession or business

“Sometimes Latina women lack the self-confidence and fail to realize that they have the power to make remarkable changes in their lives. It took a lot of introspection, self-realization and conscious effort for me to get rid of what was holding me back from believing in myself, and discover my true potential and entrepreneurial spirit,” Clarisa said.

Mindfulness, once acquired, is like a superpower and it can radically transform your brain and your life! She believes a “Healthy mind = Successful Life”.

“I had to overcome fear, doubt and limited belief in my capacity to have my own business”, said Clarisa. “I can help you believe in yourself, overcome your fears, live consciously in the present and take charge of your live!,” she concluded.