When I look back on the people who have been instrumental in my success, many of them have been teachers, mentors, and leaders. My parents brought me to the United States when I was six. At age 6, I was trying to learn a new culture and the curriculum while trying to learn the language. One teacher stands out in my memory as she took particular interest in me and saw potential beyond what I thought I could do. At a very young age she had me read The Scarlet Letter. I remember how difficult the assignment was and I also remember how “unfair” I thought she was treating me. Fortunately, she believed I could complete this assignment with success and she mentored me all along the way. She believed in me before I knew to believe in myself.
In the same way, the National Hispanic Corporate Council (NHCC) comes alongside members to encourage growth and achievement. As we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the NHCC, we have the privilege to continue serving in a role where we promote our members’ success in the corporate world and create the right resources for our member companies growing their share of the Latino market and sharpen leadership skills of their Latino talent. NHCC offers resources to all member companies along with an Annual Summit to create shared learning spaces to achieve these goals. Additionally, NHCC, in collaboration with Southern Methodist University, is the proud founder of the Corporate Executive Development Program. This program is designed to support Latino leaders in their development with the explicit goal of preparing executive leaders for succession management purposes. In order to remain relevant to our member companies, it is crucial that we stay attuned to the current corporate climate and adjust to the changes taking place around us. By understanding and leading through this change, we will be positioned to remain responsive to the needs of our members and affiliated companies.
Our most critical strategies for accomplishing these goals include developing talent among our members, thereby increasing the representation of Latinos in corporations, and supporting our affiliated companies in their efforts to reach Latino markets. This is the time for the NHCC Board transition into a more strategic role, providing oversight and leadership while allowing members to engage and hone their talents.
At NHCC, we are teachers, mentors, leaders, and partners. We are tasked with working side-by-side to discover and engage our skills to promote success for our members. I invite you to come alongside me in this journey as we write the next chapter in the NHCC story.
NHCC Chairman of the Board
State Farm® Assistant Vice President – Administrative Services