HITEC 2019 Emerging Executive Program (EEP) Spring Update
Monday, April 22, 2019
Posted by: Jerry Dixon
The Hispanic Information Technology Executive Council (HITEC) officially launched the sixth year of its signature Emerging Executive Program (EEP) at the Bank of America Headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina on April 9, 2019. EEP develops emerging Hispanic technology leaders with the desire to become the next generation of Hispanic technology executives.
In just over six years, the program has grown from what started with seven fellows to fifty-one. This exponential growth is a testament to the program’s strength and consistency throughout its tenure. EEP Chair, Anne-Marie, has packed this nine-month program with monthly webinars featuring top executives in their respective fields, in-person sessions filled with inspirational speakers providing learning experiences and a pathway for professional growth.
A critical component to the success of HITEC’s Emerging Executive Program (EEP) are the mentors who volunteer their time as a way to give back to the organization by contributing to the executive and the professional development of its members. The program is lead by Chairwoman Anne-Marie Azzi, Senior Director, Workplace Technology Solutions, Constellations Brands, whose passion and leadership in supporting emerging executives is the cornerstone of EEP’s success.
EEP Featured Speakers
This year's EEP Fellows experienced their first in-person and focused on how to build a powerful personal brand, how to embrace change within an organization, and learned about the importance of authentic leadership. Fellows also had the opportunity to interact with Bank of America Chief Information Security Officer, Craig Froelich, MIYAN Media CEO, Salina Rivera, and Exeqpath President, Fernando Rosario.
Message from the HITEC Board of Directors
HITEC Chairman Guillermo Diaz Jr. and Vice-Chair Rosa Ramos Kwok addressed the group on the importance of the EEP mission and the value of the program to HITEC as an organization.
“On behalf of the HITEC Board of Directors, we are so grateful for all of our executive mentors and for EEP Chairperson Anne-Marie’s passion and devotion to the organization and the EEP program, which has paved the path for such an invaluable resource to our membership and community,” said Guillermo Diaz, Jr.
Guillermo and Rosa also shared valuable insights into their career journeys and answered questions candidly from the group about the challenges they encountered along the way. Diaz challenged the fellows to disrupt themselves in order to reinvent themselves, and to plan for transformation in their careers every 3 to 5 years.
What EEP Fellows are Saying About the Program
“The first HITEC Emerging Executive Program in-person was great. I learned the importance of your digital brand and how to communicate more effectively with C-Level executives. As a result I was able to put into practice some of what I learned immediately. Additionally, the networking opportunities were incredible. I was able to connect with CIOs and executives from companies across the country and this was the first chance I got to meet my executive sponsor in person. His insight to various scenarios has already proved beneficial.
- Ramon Diaz, Head Architect - Workplace, Institutional & Corporate, MassMutual.
"I realized regardless of industry, we all face similar challenges with trying to bring the most value to our respective companies and organizations. I learned that I'm not alone and there is an entire global community of very talented individuals that are willing to provide the insights and experience to overcome these challenges."
-Warren Gonsalves, Business Analysis Manager, Cisco.
“At the HITEC Summit I learned inspiration is all around us. As we saw with all our fellow Latinos, you just have to be willing to take the first step and make that connection!” My most memorable moment was the all day event with the fellow EEP members. It was great to get to interact with them and see how different we are via our roles and professions but our Latin blood bonds us all together."
- Ruth Agosto, Senior Assoiate, IT Security Governance, Risk & Compliance, KPMG.
The Emerging Executive Program (EEP) develops emerging Hispanic technology leaders with the highest potential and desire to become the next generation of Hispanic technology executive leaders.
HITEC continues to evolve, providing personal development and growth. A critical component of that success is our Emerging Executive Program, which is a cornerstone of our core mission – to develop future Hispanic technology professionals and business leaders.
EEP is more than mentoring. It’s a fundamental shift in our approach towards developing a core executive skill set.
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