A word that gets thrown around a lot in business is diversity. Companies talk about how important it is to have a diverse workforce and how it’s important to make sure everyone feels respected in the workplace. The problem seems to lie in the fact that minorities might be hired, but many times they don’t necessarily make it up the corporate ladder- almost as if they should be happy to just have a job.
It turns out that some companies have done more than just promote diversity in the workplace, they have actually put Hispanics in some high-level positions. When I was reading the July/August edition of Fast Company, I came across a feature called “Latin Lovers” by Edward and Malia Wollan. They featured people like Ruby Anik, who is the SVP of Brand Marketing for JCPenney, and is responsible for the marketing of the JCPenney brand. Also profiled was Jackie Hernandez, the COO of Telemundo. She oversees all revenue, marketing and digital media for the Telemundo brand.
Some notable hires as of late include the hiring of Anna Maria Chavez by the Girl Scouts of America as CEO this past summer, as well as Showtime hiring Stephen Espinoza to head their sports and event programming. Stephen was a lawyer who had worked with Oscar De La Hoya and Mike Tyson in the past.
I hope this trend continues in the business world.