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Superhero LegacyWoman is a real-life character says leadership expert Anthony Lopez

Leadership expert Anthony Lopez has dived into the world of superheroes, examining key characteristics that make a great leader and applying those to the leaders of the future in his new book The Legacy Leader as Superhero: LegacyWoman.

leadershipAnthony López, a sought-after expert on leadership and management topics, is the author of The Legacy Leader series of books as well as See You at the Wake: Healing Relationships before It’s Too Late and Jag: Christian Lessons from My Golden Retriever. He is the CEO and managing director of Azzur Group, a medical device and life-sciences services firm. He serves as chairman of the board for PROSPANICA (formerly the National Society of Hispanic MBAs), and is the founder of L&L Associates, a leadership and management consulting group.

Are leaders Superheroes?

When one thinks of a leader they may not first think of them as a “Superhero,” but that is exactly what Anthony Lopez came up with for the conception of his book The Legacy Leader as Superhero: LegacyWoman

“A true leader is like a superhero– visionary, truthful, loyal, courageous, anticipatory, and innovative. We need diverse leaders with great character and integrity who are able to create legacies through their leadership. What we need are LegacyWomen and LegacyMen because they embody the best qualities of all the best superheroes and channel al their energies towards one pursuit: to lead in a way that creates a legacy that we can be proud of,” concluded López. 

One may be familiar with the iconic superheroes of comics–Superman, Batman, Wonder-Woman, and Captain America. They all not only exhibit superhuman abilities, they also have extraordinary character traits that are admirable in any leader.

leadershipIn the book, LEGACYWOMAN (and LEGACYMAN), represent the amalgamation of all the classic superheroes, merged together to create a new “real world” leader that possesses all the traits expected of the finest leaders.

For instance, Wonder-Woman’s iconic truth lasso is used to highlight the importance of truthfulness and credibility in leaders.  Superman’s vision relates to the need for a leader to be a visionary. Captain America examines the importance of loyalty, and on and on the book uses the lens of superheroes to identify admirable qualities in leaders.

However, unlike other superheroes, there is not just one LEGACYWOMAN. Anyone has the potential to be a LEGACYWOMAN. Lopez says, “We need an entire army of LEGACYWOMEN to lead in industry, government, communities, schools, and everywhere else.” 

 

Why a Woman Superhero or LegacyWoman?

When asked why a book about a Woman Superhero, Lopez says, “That’s easy. I have two daughters and a granddaughter and I want them to know that they can become LEGACYWOMEN themselves.”

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Anthony Lopez with his almost 10 month old baby granddaughter Maddie. She was born on his birthday last year. Napping together in his backyard in Celebration, Florida.

Additionally he notes that throughout his career he has had the honor of mentoring and coaching many great professionals, “Among them many terrific women who were not always afforded the same advancement opportunities as their male counterparts.”

Because of this, Lopez says he has made it a personal priority to promote and champion women professionals in the workplace.

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Lopez hopes the book will propel the right dialogue to continue about what we both expect and need from our leaders, and that we come to hold ourselves and our leaders to a higher standard of behavior and performance.

“I hope it sparks the imagination of people of all ages to aspire to become LEGACYWOMAN or LEGACYMAN the way I wanted to be Batman or Superman when I was a little boy,” Lopez shares. “And ultimately, I hope that it influences our leaders of today, and especially our leaders of tomorrow, to strive for greatness. I would want that to be my small contribution to the world.”

 

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Corporate executive Beth Marmolejos shares insights on being a Latina leader

How hard is it to become a Latina leader? Throughout her career, Beth Marmolejos has risen to leadership roles and achieved great success in her field.  Her story offers some insights and advice to other aspiring Latina leaders.  

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Beth Marrazini-Marmolejos

Bethania “Beth” Marrazini-Marmolejos is a passionate, hard-working corporate executive with 25 plus years experience in the Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Industries. She is currently employed by Anthem in New York City where she serves as an IT Executive Advisor for the New York and Wisconsin markets.

Beth began her corporate career in 1987, working as a Data Sales Entry analyst for MEDCO Health Solutions Accounting Department in Franklin Lakes, NJ. She began this job with no college credits and through her years with the company she was able to earn both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Eighty-percent of her courses were paid for by her employer as long as she maintained her grades.  After ten years of intensive coursework, Beth graduated with honors earning a Bachelors in Accounting and a Masters in Finance.

While she worked toward earning her degrees, Beth continued to move up through various roles within the Finance department at MEDCO. These experiences helped prepare Beth for the leaderships roles that would soon follow in her career.

Seeing challenges as opportunities for Latina leadership

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Beth Marmolejos Speaker at Bellas Fashionistas NY 2018 with Founder Flerisel Bello

One story Beth shares is when at MEDCO, her company bought a subsidiary called “Accredo” for $2B. At this time, both the President of that subsidiary and Beth’s boss, the Vice President of Financing and Pricing, decided to leave. “That challenge was a blessing for me,” says Beth. As the Senior Manager of Finance, Beth was propelled into a major leadership role helping the company through the acquisition and integration of the subsidiary.

“Then, I was young and did not realize what a huge undertaking and responsibility this was, I just faced the situation head on and did my job,” she explains. “That being said, the opportunity opened doors for me to be flying on the company’s jet with senior leaders to Memphis…and got a promotion to Director of Finance after the acquisition was completed,” says Beth.  “The moral of the story is that I was able to remain calm and focus despite the challenges, and ended up getting promoted.”

Later in 2013, Beth left MEDCO to work in New York City for Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield under the leadership of Brian Griffin, an old colleague of Beth’s from MEDCO. Here she continued to rise quickly, earning the title of Director after only six months of starting at Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Beginning in 2016, Beth started working as IT Executive Advisor for the state of New York and Wisconsin for Empire’s parent company, Anthem. Here she continues to be someone people love to work with. She believes her Latina roots give her an edge above her peers and have led her to success within her field. She faces every situation with a can-do mentality and positive energy– traits that have been fostered in her through her Latina upbringing.

When working with others she always treats people with respect. “I truly and genuinely make everyone feel valued and that comes from the Latina in me! We love people!” says Beth.

“Latinindad,” a challenge or a benefit for Latina leadership

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Community Leader Honoree from North Jersey Federal Credit Union with Arlene Quinones Perez, Esq and Lourdes Cortez, President.

Beth also cites that one challenge she has faced throughout her years in her field is often being the only Latina in her department. At times she has felt that she needs to “tone down” her passion and enthusiasm to project at a more Executive level. This act of self-censorship is difficult because “As you know, we Latinas are very passionate!” says Beth.

Another challenge has been dealing with people that do not share her same business ethics and moral compass. These people often become hindrances as they do not understand Beth’s enthusiasm or misinterpret her desire to help as having a hidden agenda.  Still, Beth does not let these people discourage her.

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Throughout her years of experience she has learned many insights. To other Latinas searching for success in their own careers, Beth shares that “when you treat people with respect…that creates a good reputation that you can leverage to obtain better opportunities within your organization.” She believes that the key to obtaining leadership roles is to be a “can-do type of person” and to be happy, positive, and knowledgeable as these traits will attract others to want to work with you.

Beth’s story shows what can be achieved through hard work and a good attitude. She has risen through various positions in her field and now occupies a Latina leadership role across many organizations.  She hopes to help other Hispanic professionals achieve success, especially Latinas, by opening doors to help them move forward.

“I am eager to…make sure that more people that look like me are at the leadership table with me.”

 

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Female Leadership: Why women do not support each other?

I wanted to share some personal reflections about our very successful and recent Female Leadership event we conducted in the New Jersey/New York region. These opinions are my own and in no way reflect the opinions of others who participated at the event.

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Contrary to what often happens in social media, where people usually post their most successful moments, I want to bring some reflections that I hope will generate productive discussions moving forward.

The GOOD: The event got great reviews from participants, as we have profusely shared on social media. I would say the best part was the energy in the room, the discussions generated by guest speakers and coaches, and the friendliness. Please see photo gallery and testimonials!

The BAD:
It was a Saturday and a long day! Even if most attendees agreed that it was worthwhile, it was a very long day. Thanks to our volunteers and all the people who helped us put the event together, we pulled it through but I felt I had been run over by a truck the next day … and the next! We will definitely review our format for a more productive day.

The UGLY:
The white elephant in the room is, why women do not support each other? We discussed it at the event and with some of the speakers, and there is always a dose of extreme judgment about each other in women in any position or role.

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Arlene Quinones-Perez, Esq.. Partner at DeCotiis, Fitzpatrick, Cole and Giblin, LLP and Pres Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey

In the words of Arlene Quinones-Perez, partner at the hosting Corporate Sponsor and one of our speakers, ““Other women would judge harshly their female counterparts –even more than men do,” she said. “Being a woman is like having a cross on your back that makes you more visible.”

In my own experience, men are usually more readily eager to give a hand, open a door, say a word of support or  are even more forgiving than women. I have found it difficult to deal with women who have the power to make decisions to support me and still choose not to –people that know me personally, not talking about strangers.

I understand that conditions are not always in favor of supporting a project or an initiative –I do not expect positive results 100% of the time but… Send me a nice response acknowledging my efforts. Pick up the phone and get to know me better -after all, I am one of you! Tell me NO with a reason and a smile, for God’s sake!

And then, of course, there are the great exceptions to this rule, and those who ALWAYS take the time to answer an email or pick up the phone, no matter how high in the structure or how busy they are –and you know who you are!

You might say I am venting with you and yes, I am! Because we need to bring these topics to the table if we are authentic in our promises to rising together. I’ve been in large Latina leadership meetings in which final conclusions of the meeting were around supporting and empowering each other and then… nothing!

So today I want to share with you a fantastic NO response I got from a company based in New Jersey. It is an example of professional courtesy and exceptional vision, in my view, because it talks about the culture of a company. I knew nobody in the company and my request was a total “cold call.”

And here it is:

Susana,

My name is Flor Wickham, I support Rita Mitjans and the ADP Foundation. Thank you for your email.

As you can imagine, the ADP Foundation receives many more requests to participate in funding endeavors than our limited resources will permit. This leads to difficult decisions in establishing priorities and means that a number of important activities and requests, such as yours, cannot be supported by the Foundation.  Our focus is to support our associates philanthropic giving by matching associate donations, supporting education through scholarships for children of ADP Associates and giving to key education partners, and with the remainder we try to focus giving where there is significant associate engagement.  Our sponsorships are based on a more national/global reach aligned with our CSR pillars.

Best of luck to you and we commend you for the work you are doing with female leaders worldwide.

Kind regards,

Flor Wickham | Director
Corporate Social Responsibility

Kudos to you, Ms Wickham, and for raising the bar on professional courtesy!

There is no one person who can do this alone- you might think you can but reality is, we all need to work together! Be willing to open doors for other women, because others have opened doors for you! That is the practice of true leadership!

 

What is your experience on women supporting each other?  Do you find it more often in certain environments than in others? And what can we do to make it better?

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LatinasinBusiness.us Female Leadership 2017 Business Retreat

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!

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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.

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Arlene Quinones-Perez, Opening Speaker

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.

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Susana G Baumann, LatinasinBusiness.us, organizer of the Female Leadership 2017 Business Retreat

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.”

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Fireside Chat, Clarisa Romero (L) and Adel Wilson (R)

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.

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Patricia Medina-Campos (C) and Michele Meyer-Shipp, (R) Guest Panelists, Susana G Baumann, Moderator

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.

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Minue Yoshida, international speaker and leadership coach

“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.

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Clarisa Romero, Mindful Consultants LLC founder and CEO, co-organizer of the Female Leadership 2017 Business Retreat

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.

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Anthony Lopez, Ansell Healthcare, Prospanica

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.

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Jamar W Tyndale, PSEG, introduced by Clarisa Romero

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.

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“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.

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Renown guest speakers at female leadership Power Lunch

Guest speakers will participate at “The 3 Pillars of Effective Female Leadership” 2017 Business Retreat including Guest Panelists  at Power Lunch  Michele Meyer-Shipp, Esq., VP and Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer at Prudential Financial and Patricia Campos-Medina, Co-Director & Extension Associate, The Worker Institute, Cornell University. Also, Fireside Chat with Adelcida “Adel” Wilson, Speaker, Coach and Author. 

For additional information and to register, please visit: http://retreat.latinasinbusiness.us// or call 848 238 6090

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Michele C. Meyer-Shipp Bio

Chief Diversity Officer, Corporate Human Resources

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Michele-Meyer Shipp, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer at Prudential Financial Guest Panelist Female Leadership

Michele C Meyer-Shipp, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer at Prudential Financial

Michele C. Meyer-Shipp is vice president and Chief Diversity Officer at Prudential. She is responsible for leading and supporting all diversity and inclusion efforts for the company, and for ensuring ongoing compliance with federal and state equal employment opportunity/affirmative action laws.

Meyer-Shipp joined Prudential in April 2010 as vice president and counsel in the Employment and Labor Law Group. In this role, she provided legal advice, counsel, training and investigative support to several lines of business on a variety of employment and human resources related matters.

Prior to joining Prudential, Meyer-Shipp served as General Counsel of the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor, and spent four years at Merrill Lynch, where she served as employment counsel and lead of its diversity and inclusion efforts in the Global Wealth Management business.

Meyer-Shipp served as Director of New Jersey’s Division of Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action. Prior to joining the ranks of public service, Meyer-Shipp was in private practice with the law firms of Collier, Jacob & Mills, P.C. and Lowenstein, Sandler, P.C., both in Roseland, N.J. She also served as an Adjunct Professor at Seton Hall University School of Law, her alma mater.  She served as Law Clerk to the Honorable James H. Coleman, Jr. of the New Jersey Supreme Court.

Meyer-Shipp is on the Boards of GLSEN, Inc. (The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network), the National Organization on Disability, Women Presidents’ Organization and the American Conference on Diversity.  She is an active member of several professional associations and is a Co-Chair of the Asia Society Global Talent and Diversity Council.

Meyer-Shipp has been named a “Diverse Attorney of the Year” by the New Jersey Law Journal, and has received numerous honors including the Oliver Randolph Award from the Garden State Bar Association, the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association’s Women’s Initiative and Leaders in Law (WILL) Platinum Award for the Corporate Sector, and was recently inducted into the Rutgers African-American Alumni Alliance Hall of Fame. She has made the Black Enterprise list of Top Executives in Corporate Diversity for three consecutive years, and has also been named one of the “Most Powerful & Influential Women of the Tri-State Area” by The Tri-State Diversity Council.

In 2017, Meyer-Shipp was honored with the Winds of Change Award in the individual category by The Forum on Workplace Inclusion, and has been recognized by Seton Hall Law School for her work in advancing diversity in the New Jersey legal community.  In her free time, Michele enjoys spending time with her husband and their three sons.

 

Patricia Campos-Medina Bio

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Patricia Campos-Medina,  Co-Director and Extension Associate, Workers Institute at Cornell University and President, Latinas United for Political Empowerment PAC of NJ

Patricia Campos-Medina is a nationally recognized labor and political leader with more than 20 years experience on grassroots and labor organizing, coalition building, electoral campaigns at the local and national level.

She is a leadership development professional with the Workers Institute at Cornell University, leading leadership development and education programming for Local and National leaders in the labor and non-profit sector.  She is the President of Latinas United for Political Empowerment PAC of NJ, and a co-founder Board member of PODER PAC (Washington DC), two organizations focused on developing Latinas leaders to run for political office and increase representation of Latinas in politics.

She is considered a policy expert on workers rights, Latino voting rights, trade and US immigration policy.   Because of her expertise on trade policy and worker rights, Patricia served on the Transition Team of President Barack Obama in 2008, and served as a staff member of the United States Office on Trade under Pres. Bill Clinton and Pres. George Bush.  As a political consultant with her own firm Campos Strategies, Patricia has worked on the electoral campaigns of Governor Jon Corzine, Mayor and Senator Cory Booker, Congressman Bill Pascrell, Mayor Wilda Diaz of Perth Amboy and many other state-wide races in NJ.  She has served on national roles as both Legislative and Political Director for several major international labor unions such as SEIU, UNITEHERE and UNITE.

Patricia holds a BS and MS from Cornell University and is currently pursuing at PhD from the Division of Global Affairs, Rutgers University-Newark. She is the proud wife of Robert Medina and the mother of twin boys Diego and Enrique.

 

Adelcida “Adel” Wilson Bio

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Adel Wilson is a Best-selling author, Territory Sales Business Manager, Speaker and Coach

Adel Wilson, is a Territory Business Sales Manager in NYC for a leading international Pharmaceutical company.  She is the bestselling author of  Pharma Success Secrets: 12 Winning Strategies to Get your Foot in the Door and Launch a Successful Career in Pharmaceutical Sales.

She earned her Master’s degree in Psychology from Columbia University and her undergraduate degree in Social Sciences from New York University, graduating from both with honors.  Adel is fluent in Spanish and conversational Italian.  She has an eclectic professional background, having started as an Actress and Host and then moving into corporate training and healthcare.  As an actress she has appeared in countless productions, including commercials, voiceovers, print ads, film and television.  She had a recurring role on ABC-TV’s daytime drama, “One Life to Live” and has also appeared on “All My Children”.

Prior to working in Pharma, she had a career at one of the top academic medical centers in New York City, as a Physician Relations Manager, where she was responsible for the overall business growth, promotional marketing of hospital services, special events, medical conferences, fundraising, as well as Physician recruitment. She is a former board member and Gala Chair of the Dominican Women’s Development Center and is a Telly Award-recipient for “Best Marketing” in a Corporate Video.

As a Corporate Trainer, Speaker and Coach, Adel specializes in soft skill training. Some of her seminars include:  Public Speaking and Presentation Skills, Leadership, Image, Spanish for Business, Diversity and Teambuilding, to name but a few.  Having taught over 50 topics to over 14,000 students from all walks of life, from CEOs and Physicians to Educators and Finance Professionals, Adel has a strong grasp on what it takes to succeed in business.  Adel’s leadership skills combined with her background in training, entertainment, healthcare, and marketing have opened up opportunities and allowed her to move her career forward, and in her most recent book, she reveals her personal success strategies.  Adel resides in New Jersey.

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Arlene Quinones-Perez with Perth Amboy Mayor Wilda Diaz.

Arlene Quinones-Perez opening speaker at Female Leadership Business Retreat

Arlene Quinones-Perez is a Partner at DeCotiis, FitzPatrick, Cole & Giblin, LLP, a recognized law firm with offices in Teaneck, Jersey City and Princeton in New Jersey, and in Spring Valley, New York. She is also the President of the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey. Arlene’s extensive labor law, government and political experience make her uniquely qualified as a female leader in New Jersey. She will be the Opening Speaker at “The 3 Pillars of Effective Female Leadership” Power Breakfast on June 3rd at Glenpointe in Teaneck, NJ.

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Arlene Quinones-Perez, Esq.. Partner at DeCotiis, Fitzpatrick, Cole and Giblin, LLP and Pres Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey

In an open conversation with LatinasinBusiness.us, Arlene explained the reasons behind her strong support for this Business Retreat.

“I don’t think of myself as a leader; I just aspire to do what is right and help the community. As the President of the Hispanic Bar Association, I speak up when it is necessary and become the voice of many,” she told LatinasinBusiness.us.

Arlene knows her voice is important and people follow her because she is honest, straightforward and she believes in making a difference. “Women have some distinct traits that make them unique leaders. However, we have to be vigilant of our public persona because we are judged by different standards. If a woman is aggressive, she will be called ‘a word’ while being aggressive would be an admired quality in a man” she added.

“Other women would judge harshly their female counterparts –even more than men do,” she continued to share. “Being a woman is like having a cross on your back that makes you more visible. For instance, we are judged by our image, how we behave and how we present ourselves –dress, makeup, hair – and other women might judge us by those standards instead of by our ideas or contributions.”

Arlene is excited to be part of this Female Leadership Business Retreat. “It is important that we put some powerful women in a room to discuss these issues and find ways to solve these obstacles; ways in which we can build and support each other instead so that we can create the empowerment momentum women need to reach the places we deserve,” she concluded.

Arlene Quinones-Perez

Prior to joining DeCotiis Law, Arlene Quinones-Perez served as General Counsel to the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters (“NRCC”), a skilled trade organization representing carpenters in New Jersey and New York State.

Her private practice experience includes being an Associate with Kroll Heineman Carton, LLC, where she focused on labor law, securities fraud, and election law; being an attorney with Murphy Orlando, LLC; and a registered lobbyist with Impact NJ, LLC.

Arlene’s extensive government and political experience includes her service as a Councilwoman in the Town of Clinton, NJ, where she was the youngest member of the municipality’s governing body and the only Hispanic woman to serve as an elected official in Hunterdon County. She also served as an aide to the Governor and Attorney General of New Jersey. In 2015, Mayor Wilda Diaz appointed the Hunterdon County Democratic chairwoman to be the city’s new acting law director.

Arlene Quinones-Perez with Perth Amboy Mayor Wilda Diaz.

Arlene Quinones-Perez with Perth Amboy Mayor Wilda Diaz.

She has been a member of the Supreme Court Committee on Women in the Judiciary and the Board of Directors for the Girls Scouts Heart of New Jersey.

Arlene was featured in the Hispanic Executive Magazine, listed by Politics NJ on the 40 Under 40 Power List, as one of New Jersey’s top 50 rising stars, and featured in the Star-Ledger as a Person of Interest.

In 2009, Arlene received the National Association of Women Lawyers Award. While in law school, she completed a judicial externship with the Honorable Jose L. Linares, a United States District Judge. After graduating, she served as a Law Clerk in the Appellate Division of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and a Judicial Term Law Clerk to the Honorable Lisa P. Thornton in the Superior Court of New Jersey.

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Anthony Lopez The Legacy Leader talks about female leadership

A leadership expert and best-selling author of The Legacy Leader, sought after consultant and inspiring speaker, Anthony Lopez is President & General Manager of Ansell’s Medical Solutions Global Business. Tony joined the Board of Directors of the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (now Prospanica) in December 2012, where he currently serves as the Chairman of the Board.

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Anthony Lopez at 2016 Prospanica National Conference – Chapter Leader’s Professional Development Session

Google the word “leadership” and you will find millions of entries with different takes and perspectives of the concept of leadership, even different schools of thought on the topic. However, it only takes four entries on Google’s first page to find “Legacy Leader” by Anthony “Tony” Lopez.

Tony is the author of the book series better known as The Legacy Leader, which includes The Legacy Leader: Leadership With A Purpose (1st and 2nd editions); Breakthrough Thinking: The Legacy Leader’s Role In Driving Innovation, The Leader’s Lobotomy: The Legacy Leader Avoids Promotion Induced Amnesia, and The Leader In the Mirror; The Legacy Leader’s Critical Self-Assessment.

I met Anthony Lopez at a Prospanica event in NYC and the audience could immediately feel the passion of a presenter who not only had a conviction but also an enjoyment in leadership. When I approached him to become a speaker at our upcoming “The 3 Pillars of Effective Female Leadership” business retreat, I discovered another trait of a great leader: generosity.

I asked to sit down with him and have a candid interview about his favorite topic, and these are his answers:

Q: Why did you want to be a leader? How did you decide leadership was your “call”?

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Anthony Lopez plays his first game ever of Cricket during the 2017 Medical Manufacturing Leadership Conference (team building activity) in Sri Lanka (May 2017). Tony’s motto is to Work Hard, Play Harder and Live Well.

A: I do not think anyone grows up thinking, “I want to become a leader.” In childhood, most of us first think about becoming a police officer, firefighter, a doctor or a nurse, an actor or even Batman. Maybe a few kids grow up thinking… “I’m going to become a CEO or a business leader, or a Governor, or the President of the USA.” I suppose some do. I’d probably be a little nervous about those kids…”

“Most of us grow up and are placed in situations that afford us the chance to lead; we either take it or not. Some people have tendencies that cause them to lead naturally, personality traits such as inner drive, self-motivation, and an innate desire to play hard and win. For others, it might not come as natural but when they are thrust into a leader’s role, they excel and do well.”

“And then there are others for whom leadership is simply not their thing. Going back to the old question: are leaders born or made? The answer is a bit of both. People are born with certain traits and personality tendencies. Then, depending on the environment they are exposed to, the education they receive, their life experiences or situations to which they are exposed and other factors such as family and community influence as well as opportunity or need, they blossom as leaders and grow into the role.”

“For me, do I consider it a calling? I guess I do. It began with sports in early life; then as a cadet in the Air Force, I was always exposed to opportunities to lead, and I gravitated towards them rather naturally. As a calling, I have a mission: make my family, friends and colleagues proud of the legacy I will leave behind when I am gone.

Q: So what is a Legacy Leader? How can leaders become Legacy Leaders?

A: The Legacy Leader is the subject of an entire series of books! Put simply, as I said before, it is leaving behind a legacy that will make others proud, creating something of greater worth than ourselves, leading selflessly and with the interest of your team, your organization, company, community, and even your country in mind first, rather than your own interest. A Legacy Leader’s mission is to enable others to achieve great things; actions and results that perhaps they would not have thought were possible. Most importantly, they enable people to achieve their greatest potential; that is what legacy leaders do. Becoming one is a life-long journey. I am still working on it.”

Q: How do you think men can support female leadership in every aspect of their lives –work, family, life, career?

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Anthony Lopez with his almost 10 month old baby granddaughter Maddie. She was born on his birthday in 2016. Napping together in his backyard in Celebration, Florida.

A: First, one of the most important responsibilities of leaders is people development. Great leaders spend a significant portion of their time thinking about and working on this task. Mentoring, coaching, enabling, sponsoring, recruiting, and even firing is all part of how great leaders build great teams and create organizations that can achieve the vision and mission established.”

“That said, leaders also need to be quite thoughtful of developing diverse talent in their organization. Diversity is a key competitive advantage for any team to have. Specifically, having strong, assertive, capable and motivated women on a team makes that team unbeatable. Women bring a unique and different perspective to the workplace. Nurturing their personal and professional growth, enabling them to contribute, to be promoted, and making sure they are given all the opportunities to succeed, is simply smart business for any leader.”

“A leader needs to have a healthy level of emotional intelligence themselves. He or she needs to understand the different dynamics that play out for women in the workplace, and they need to first make sure that they are creating a level playing field where women can effectively contribute, be heard, and are offered leadership opportunities in which they can succeed and showcase their skills.”

“Leaders also need to make sure they are sensitive to creating good work-home balance for both men and women. This is especially important for women as they very typically play two or three roles, as professionals in the workplace, moms or caregivers at home, and overall family engineers. Men also play those roles as well but let’s face it, still today, this falls primarily on women who are expected to do it all! And when ‘family life’ gets in the way, it can be a detriment to the woman’s advancement –not necessarily the same is true for a man. A leader needs to be aware of some of these dynamics and remove obstacles for women as they are developing. Bottom line, strong women on a team, make for an invincible team. The smart leader –the Legacy Leader– knows that.”

To meet Anthony Lopez in person and get a signed copy of his book, register here for “THE 3 PILLARS OF EFFECTIVE FEMALE LEADERSHIP” on June 3rd in Glenpointe, Teaneck NJ.

Anthony Lopez Bio

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Anthony Lopez, National Chair, Prospanica, and best-selling author, The Legacy Leader Book Series.

Tony is a sought after speaker and expert on leadership and management topics. He has presented to audiences throughout the United States and Latin America; and thousands of people have attended his presentations. Tony holds a BS in Electrical Engineering, and a MS in Engineering Management. He is also a graduate of the Department of Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute.

In 1985, Tony was commissioned as an Air Force Officer. He was first assigned as an Electro-Optics Engineer and Program Manager in the Air Force Avionics Laboratory. After being promoted to Captain, he was assigned as a Flight Test Director for the 4950th Test Wing in Wright Patterson Air Force Base.

In 1991, he left active duty but remained in the Air Force Reserves where he served as a Human Resources Officer until 1998. Tony joined ETHICON, Johnson & Johnson in 1991. While at J&J, he held positions as Director for Corporate Controls & CIM Engineering, Business Unit Manager in ETHICON San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico Facility, sales representative, Product Director for General Surgery & Surgical Mesh Franchise, Senior Product Director.

In 2003 Tony transferred to DePuy Orthopaedics as Director, Knee Marketing. In 2005, he was promoted to Director for Strategic Marketing & Communications. The next year, Tony was appointed as the General Manager and Director of Integration to lead HAND INNOVATIONS, LLC., a Miami based company acquired by DePuy.

In December 2006 he was promoted to Vice President, International Marketing & Market Development for Trauma & Extremities in DePuy, and continued his role as GM in Hand Innovations until July 2008.

Tony served as Chairperson for the Hispanic Organization for Leadership & Achievement (HOLA) at Johnson & Johnson. From 2009 to 2011 Tony was the Senior Vice President & General Manager for Respiratory in CareFusion – a $750M global business. He moved to his current position in Ansell in 2011. He is responsible for all aspects of Ansell’s Medical Device Segment, and all P&L for a $500M global business. He is the founder of L&L Associates, A Leadership & Management Consulting group.

He is also the author of The Diversity Engagement Model: From Awareness to Action” (published in The Journal for Hispanic Business Research, October 2008), See You at the Wake: Healing Relationships Before It’s Too Late and Jag: Christian Lessons From My Golden Retriever.

His military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Air Force Achievement Medal (2), the Air Defense Service Medal, and the Aerospace Primus Award. His Johnson & Johnson awards include: the ETHICON quality award (3), J&J Standards of Leadership Award (3), The J&J Achievement Award (4); The EHICON Silver Award (2); The ETHICON Bronze Award (5), the ETHICON Rainbow Award (8), the 2006 DePuy President’s Award, and the J&J Burke Award for Marketing Excellence. He is also a two-time winner of the Telly, a prestigious industry award. Tony is a 3rd Degree Black belt in the American Association of Taekwondo and a Black Belt in the International Federation of TaeKwonDo. He enjoys reading, writing, and physically challenging sports.

 

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Nationally recognized speakers at “The 3 Pillars of Effective Female Leadership” 2017 Business Retreat

Nationally recognized speakers at “The 3 Pillars of Effective Female Leadership” 2017 Business Retreat include Arlene Quinones-Perez, Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey, Adelcida Wilson, Speaker, Coach and Author, and Anthony Lopez, Prospanica and author, The Legacy Leader. Panelists include Patricia Campos-Medina, Co-Director & Extension Associate, The Worker Institute, Cornell University; Michele Meyer-Shipp, Esq., VP and Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer at Prudential Financial.

For additional information and to register, please visit: http://retreat.latinasinbusiness.us// or call 848 238 6090

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LatinasinBusiness.us, the national digital platform that advocates for the empowerment of the Latina working woman, and Mindful Consultants, LLC, a work site wellness boutique firm that specializes in the neuroscience-based practice of Mindfulness & Conscious Business, announced the presence of three nationally recognized speakers for their upcoming 2017 Business Retreat “The 3 Pillars of Effective Female Leadership.” on June 3rd at Teaneck, NJ.

“We are thrilled and grateful for the caliber of the Speakers at this training event,” said Susana G Baumann, founder and Editor-in-Chief, LatinasinBusiness.us. “Just listening to these leaders share their stories is of enormous value for the business retreat attendees,” Baumann added.

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Arlene Quinones-Perez, Esq,, partner and President of the Northern Region Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey

Opening Speaker for the training event will be Arlene Quinones-Perez, Esq., Partner at DeCotiis, Fitzpatrick, Cole and Giblin, LLP and President of  the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey. Arlene is a well-known leader with extensive government and political experience including being the youngest member of the Town of Clinton’s Council, and the only Hispanic woman to serve as an elected official in Hunterdon County.

She previously served as a member of the Supreme Court Committee on Women in the Judiciary and the Board of Directors for the Girls Scouts Heart of New Jersey, and as General Counsel to the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters (“NRCC”), a skilled trade organization representing carpenters in New Jersey and New York State.

“Women are judged under a different light,” Arlene told LatinasinBusiness.us. “If they are aggressive, they are qualified with a certain word but being aggressive would be an admired quality in a man. Take image, for instance, women are judged by how they present themselves and how they behave. That is why I welcomed the idea of having powerful women in a room discuss these issues and how to solve these obstacles,” she added.

During the 2017 Business Retreat Power Lunch, Clarisa Romero, of Mindful Consultants LLC will conduct a “Fireside Chat, a conversation about Female Leadership with Adelcida (Adel) Wilson.”

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Adel Wilson, Speaker, Trainer, Coach and Author

 

 

Adel Wilson, is a Territory Business Sales Manager in NYC for a leading international Pharmaceutical company.  She is the bestselling author of Pharma Success Secrets: 12 Winning Strategies to Get your Foot in the Door and Launch a Successful Career in Pharmaceutical Sales.

A Corporate Trainer, Speaker, Coach and bestselling author who specializes in soft skill training including Public Speaking and Presentation Skills, Leadership, Image, Diversity and Teambuilding, to name but a few.

Having taught over 50 topics to more than 14,000 students from all walks of life, from CEOs and Physicians to Educators and Finance Professionals, Adel has a strong grasp on what it takes to succeed in business.  Adel’s leadership skills combined with her background in training, entertainment, healthcare, and marketing have opened up opportunities and allowed her to move her career forward. .

“Women in corporate America, especially minority women, lack an opportunity to be listened to their ideas or have those ideas taken in consideration. Many times, they are seen as the token person, to just check a box. Perspectives are important but more importantly is having your ideas considered, implemented, and then seeing those ideas helping generate change or make a positive contribution at your company,” Adel said to LatinasinBusiness.us.

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Anthony Lopez, National Chair, Prospanica

Later that day, Anthony Lopez, National Chair of Prospanica (former National Society of Hispanic MBAs) will be the Guest Speaker at the Cocktail Reception in front of a larger crowd of VIPs, business leaders and special guests. Anthony brings a global presence to the training event, as President and General Manager of Ansell’s Medical Solutions Global Business. Author and expert in leadership and management topics, sought after consultant and speaker, Anthony has presented to audiences throughout the United States and Latin America; and thousands of people have attended his presentations.

He is the author of several books better known as the Legacy Leader Series including “The Legacy Leader: Leadership With A Purpose (1st and 2nd editions)”, “Breakthrough Thinking: The Legacy Leader’s Role In Driving Innovation”, “The Leader’s Lobotomy: The Legacy Leader Avoids Promotion Induced Amnesia”, “The Leader In the Mirror; The Legacy Leader’s Critical Self-Assessment,” among others.

“Diversity is a key competitive advantage for any team to have”, Anthony told LatinasinBusiness.us. “Specifically, having strong, assertive, capable and motivated women on a team makes that team unbeatable. Women bring a unique and different perspective to the workplace. Nurturing their personal and professional growth, enabling them to contribute, to be promoted, and making sure they are given all the opportunities to succeed, is simply smart business for any leader,” Anthony sustained.

Clarisa Romero, from Mindful Consultants LLC added, “We expect great and positive energy in these rooms, and we are extremely grateful to our sponsors and promotional strategic partners for supporting us to make this event possible.”

Several organizations have stepped up to help promote the event among their members including 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. If you are a member of these organizations, please contact your organization for special discount rates to attend thebusiness retreat.

For additional information, please visit: http://retreat.latinasinbusiness.us// or call 848 238 6090

Register now for 2017 Business Retreat at Early Bird Price (until May 15th)!