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2018 HITEC EEP Making an Impact With Tomorrow's Hispanic Tech Leaders

Wednesday, August 29, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Sara Nickleberry
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We are excited to share mid-program highlights from the 2018 Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC) Emerging Executive Program (EEP) Program. We are in the fifth year of our successful program that pairs C-level mentors with corporate sponsor mentees. The 2018 cohorts consists of 52 Emerging Executives paired with 52 Executives. EEP is a nine-month executive development program designed to build a stronger pipeline of the next generation of Hispanic technology leaders. Some of the topics covered in our monthly virtual and live sessions have been: Executive Presence, Financial Acumen, Instinctive Drives, Doing IT Right, and Executive Communications. 

“The 2018 cohort is our largest cohort to date and I am pleased with their progress. They are taking advantage of forging relationships with their mentors and building on their leadership skills. They are making progress in their regions to build and promote the HITEC Foundation through their team project. I am very excited for the cohort to come together for our in person session on November 7th and graduation on November 8th, 2018. Cisco will be hosting the summit and our EEP session. We have some amazing speakers lined up,” says Anne-Marie Azzi, EEP Program Chair.

Our mentors and mentees have expressed some of the many benefits and positive experiences this program brings. Adam Vasquez of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, an executive mentor, shared a few words about his role as a mentor:

“The Emerging Executive Program is something I wish I had available to me as I was going through my career. Learning from someone who had faced similar challenges I was facing and learning from their hindsight would have accelerated my career. Personally, I'm rewarded by sharing my experience and advice with others. I get a great sense of joy/satisfaction watching people grow their careers and expanding the Hispanic leadership network. This will provide long term payback for other young Hispanics. As a mentor, sometimes all I do is reinforce the mentees strengths and help them build their confidence. I just simply help them see the value and strengths they already have.”

Daniel Gasparri, Adam’s mentee, has had a great experience with the program so far, and his mentor has provided important career strategies.

“HITEC has selected excellent topics and the presenters have been outstanding. The program has focused on strengthening business fundamentals while covering important leadership and technology topics. In addition, the EEP is a platform for developing an international network of high performing leaders from top companies. I have had very enlightening conversations with multiple EEP candidates which always leaves me energized.

A key element of the EEP is the concept of the Executive Mentor. In my case, my mentor, Adam Vazquez from HPE, has provided important guidance and strategies that will help me navigate through difficult situations in my company. In addition, Adam has helped me focus my career development efforts, and has reminded me of the importance of taking on strategic tasks while adding value beyond your team or organization.

It is important to mention, that although Adam is a senior executive at HPE and his schedule is mostly reserved to deal with super important internal and external issues, Adam takes the mentor role very seriously and always makes time for our recurring meetings. I feel very fortunate to have Adam as my mentor.”

When talking about what mentees most enjoy about the program, they often express the overwhelming satisfaction of having an exceptional and dedicated mentor. Mildred Jammer, shared that her mentor, Juan Carlos Gutierrez gave her a different perspective for her career goals.

“The EEP has been a great experience for me. I’ve been at Microsoft for 22 years. I really wanted an external mentor to provide career growth opportunity direction from a different perspective.

I got a promotion that I had been wanting and I feel that my mentor helped me think outside of the norm from how I was presenting myself, to making sure I had a story to tell and having a quick elevator pitch. He always managed to provide me with tools, books or links that happened to come at the right time. I have found that the program has been great for me career-wise.”

Each year the cohort is tasked with a group assignment that builds their network while serving a greater purpose. Within their regional teams, they began to develop a campaign for the HITEC Foundation.

The 2018 EEP cohort recently met to deliver updates as to their regional groups progress on the HITEC Foundation awareness campaign. It was very interesting to see how each group is developing their own unique strategy on getting the word out to the community regarding the Foundation’s three core programs – scholarship, internship, and mentorship. We look forward to the end of year presentations and the positive impact this joint effort will produce for the LatinX technology leaders of tomorrow.

In summary, the EEP program provides a set of tools and experiences that allow participants to be more strategic in their current roles and to proactively work on career growth strategies. This is definitely a terrific HITEC program that is helping Hispanic emerging IT talent take their game to the next level.

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