This evening I had the opportunity to moderate the Mujeres de HACE kick-off event at NBCUniversial in Rockefeller Plaza. It was great to share the stage with other Latinas who are making power moves. The keynote speaker, Ellie Nieves is the Vice President and Counsel of Government Affairs at a Fortune 500 company and the founder of Leadership Strategies for Women, LLC. She spoke of her upbringing in the Bronx and a specific incident that changed her life forever, making her determined to improve her life. How did she do that? The answer is education.
“Education is the first investment you make in yourself. And every investment has a return. Mujeres de HACE is that kind of investment.”
Mujeres de HACE is a leadership development program for women, geared to empower high-potential Latinas to succeed professionally and thrive personally. Launched in 2008, MdH is a 14-week interactive program providing insight, access and professional development in a practical manner. Through individualized, culturally relevant content, mentorship and powerful relationships that continue beyond completion of the program. The program provides Latinas with the training and confidence they need to make some serious power moves. The program is offered in eight (8) cities: NYC, WDC, Chicago, LA, Houston, Miami, Minneapolis and McLean, VA.
Before leaving the stage, Nieves left us with three valuable tips for self-investment: own your power, find your voice and cease the day.
- OWN YOUR POWER and bring your best self to work EVERYDAY. Be on time, take highly visible assignments, ask for promotions, and speak up at meetings. When you are one of the few women of color at the table, you likely speak for all of us, like it or not. So while you are representing the rest of us, put your best foot forward.
- FIND YOUR VOICE and speak about your accomplishments. Bragging is ego-driven. Proper self-promotion is accomplishment-driven. Your supervisor does not always realize what you are doing so share it whenever you get the opportunity. Nieves also advised that if it was hard to do and you got it done, then tell your supervisor that it was hard and you still got it done!
- CEASE OPPORTUNITIES and consider your overall growth. Developing a growth plan requires you to work backwards. Be realistic about time and the commitment your goals will take. Commitment shows up on your calendar and in your wallet. Nieves advises women to be strategic by
- understanding what can happen and preparing for that eventuality;
- by being a student of your industry and asking your leadership what they read;
- and setting a realistic timetable.
Undoubtedly, these 3 simple but highly impactful tips are POWER MOVES. They will make you stand out above the crowd, while helping you understand yourself and your next steps. As an alum of the program myself, I was able to expand my network substantially with women in both the public and private sectors. I was exposed to coaching and high level professional development around topics like financial management, branding and networking. The Mujeres de HACE program only comes once a year. Cease the opportunity and apply today. Applications are due March 15, 2017.