The Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) held its second annual Leadership Pipeline Program (LPP) October 31 – November 1, 2016, at the Marriott Marquis Times Square in New York City. Hosted by Prudential Financial, Inc., the sold-out event brought together mid-level managers, employee resource group (ERG) leaders, and high-potential talent from Fortune 500 companies to network and develop leadership and managerial skills.
The 2016 HACR LPP kicked off on Monday, October 31, with a networking breakfast and opening session featuring HACR President & CEO Cid Wilson. Wilson delivered welcome remarks and introduced the first business session of the day, “Emotional Intelligence and Diversity,” with Dr. Jorge Cherbosque, partner at EIDI. During the interactive session, Cherbosque educated participants about the importance of emotional intelligence and diversity in leadership, and provided a clear roadmap to better understand their reactions, predict their behavior, and best manage their emotions.
Christina Schelling, vice president of Culture, Performance, and Engagement at Prudential, led the second business session of the day. Sponsored by Prudential Financial, Inc., the “Career Fast Track” business session focused on strategies mid-level managers can use to advance in their careers. Schelling shared insights on leadership styles, personal branding, building effective partnerships and sponsorships, achieving optimal work, and developing a career path to succeed professionally and thrive personally.
Next, the HACR Leadership Luncheon sponsored by Capital One featured a fireside chat with Executive Vice President & Head of Strategic Commercial Services Commercial Banking at Capital One, Konrad Schwarz, and HACR President and CEO, Cid Wilson. Schwarz shared his personal and professional background as well as concrete steps executives must follow to increase their readiness to lead.
UPS sponsored the following business session of the day titled “ERG Leadership Forum,” with Axel Carrion, executive sponsor, North Atlantic District Latino BRG of UPS; Carlos Pelayo, member, New York City HOLA ERG Chapter of Bank of America; Jessica Giangaspero, leader, National Open & Out ERG of Johnson & Johnson; and Jessica Palacios, chief program management officer, ALPFA New York; and former Adelante Tri-State Co-Chair, JPMorgan Chase & Co. Moderated by Robert Rodriguez, president, DRR Advisors LLC, the panel of prominent ERG leaders and executives who work in close collaboration with ERG groups, discussed their experience with ERGs from their respective companies, including best practices, challenges, and goals.
A highlight for LPP participants was a session with Carla Harris, vice chairman, Global Wealth Management, senior client advisor at Morgan Stanley and author of Expect to Win. Harris discussed valuable lessons, tips, and strategies on how to survive in any work environment. She also shared “Carla’s Pearls” which talk about authenticity, perception, mentorship and sponsorship, and passion. That evening, participants had the opportunity to relax and network with fellow program participants at the HACR LPP reception.
On Tuesday, November 1st, participants started the day with a networking breakfast followed by the first business session of the day titled “PROMOTE! Your Work Does Not Speak for Itself. You Do,” presented by author Rick Gillis. Gillis talked about personal and commercial value in the workplace. He offered recommendations on how to learn, recognize, and communicate your value as a leader and how to better promote yourself in an organization.
The last business session of the day sponsored by Charter Communications, included moderator Cid Wilson, president and CEO, HACR; and panelists Ignacio Salazar, chairman of the board of HACR; Dineen Garcia, board member of National Board of Girl Scouts of USA & member of Fund Development Committee; and Claudia Marmolejo, board member of Latino Justice PRLDEF, TurnAround for Children, and Museo del Barrio. The prominent public and private sector leaders spoke about their experience serving on nonprofit boards and provided insights and strategies for executives to acquire their first nonprofit board appointment.
The program concluded with a luncheon sponsored by Comcast/NBCUniversal/Telemundo and Southwest Airlines. Keynote speaker, Jackie Hernandez, chief marketing officer of Hispanic Enterprises & Content at NBCUniversal, shared with participants her journey of success, lessons learned along the way, and the importance of leadership in business.