Monthly Archives: June 2010

One More Hispanic PhD

A good friend of mine emailed me over the weekend to let me know that he just completed all the requirements to earn his doctorate. It was an exciting time for him and his family. Having been in the same doctoral program with him four years, I appreciated his accomplishment – the many lonely nights typing away, the missed parties, the delayed visits, and all the time spent away from loved ones. That’s the main thing right there isn’t it? The time – all that time. The fact that less than 5% of all doctorate or PhDs awarded each year are earned by Latinos makes the accomplishment even more significant. When I completed my doctorate last year, I instantly felt a sense of obligation – not in a negative sense – but in a commitment to apply my accomplishment by creating new knowledge and adding my own bricks to the scholarly wall. And while there is still a long way to go before Hispanics earning doctorates and PhDs are on par with other demographic groups, I’m gratified to know there is one more person that is helping increase that number.

Congratulations Javier.

Edwin Martinez: Why Devaluing Others Devalues Oneself

Have you ever felt like you have been devalued by someone else? How did it feel? Were you angry and downtrodden? I have and know exactly how it feels when other people have devalued who I am and what I do. I regained my emotional composure in spite of these judgments, and realized that I am still who I am and that I did not die of sadness or inferiority. Overcoming rejections and hurtful situations can be difficult but not impossible. The word “haters” comes to mind when I observe or know of people who constantly devalue others based personal judgments.

Before I started to write about this topic I thought about how I may have been a “hater” myself in some instances. So I guess I can not put a halo on for this one. After taking responsibility for value judging others, I tuned back into the innermost genuine part of my character that frowns upon the very thought of people taking a voluntary stance of superiority over others.

There is no doubt that society imposes certain criteria that most people try to live by for acceptance and self-gratification. Part of these criteria is a certain degree of devaluing others to feel better about themselves. There are reality TV shows devoted to flaunting and glorifying the “fun” associated with trying to look and be “better” than others. Self-improvement, common courtesy, and the golden rule of treating others as you would like to be treated appear to be a thing of the past. Continue reading

The Power of Authenticity

When we enter this world, each of us begins our education. Aside from our parents, everyone we encounter shares (and imposes) conventions, values, beliefs, and perspectives of the “new world” we’ve entered, and how it really works.  As the youngest member in a family of nine, I can assure you — it’s true! This fact highlights one of the biggest challenges we face throughout our lives: how do we determine who we really are when we’re constantly shaped by various viewpoints? For many, this dilemma often continues through their school years and beyond – into the workplace. It continues until one is conditioned to “color within the lines” even if it conflicts with our desire to be who we really are – to be authentic.

The power of authenticity cannot be underestimated. Being true to oneself has many rewards: ease, clarity, focus, and confidence. Possessing these qualities in a job interview, for example, can be very advantageous. However, being unauthentic can be disastrous. Take the two video examples below – Carly Fiorina and Gordon Brown. How did their unintended faux pas impact their authenticity? When people see you  for who you really are, and it doesn’t match the person you say you are, you’re bound to disappointment yourself and others. This is true in friendships, marriages, and especially careers. So next time you step into the interview room – remember to always be yourself, be authentic, and dare to color outside the lines.

Menudo of Posts

A lot catching my interest over the last few days but lots going on offline – which is a good thing! Below are links to some articles/posts that I think you’ll find worth your time and learning. Enjoy!

Hispanic College Success – All in the Family – A great article on what colleges are doing to support Hispanic college students. Bottom line – a support system that mirrors cultural aspects of family (community) is an integral part for success. Much of the strategies can also be applied to on-boarding Hispanic college grads.

Cross Cultural CoachingInteresting thoughts and suggestions regarding how culture can impact the coaching process and what coaches and/or mentors should know when working in multi-cultural environments. I’ve got a guest blog post coming up on this later. Stay tuned.

College Students’ Changing Priorities – CNN shares a story about how college student priorites are changing with the current economic environment. Money line for me: ‘Last year, 40 percent of seniors who applied for jobs received an offer and only 45 percent accepted them, according to a National Association of Colleges and Employers survey.’ Read the whole story.

BBC News Creating Awareness – It was nice to see this great story by BBC News providing an overview of the U.S. Hispanic population. They do a very good job of hitting some major issues in a very short piece.  

Still Missing the Boat – A nice blog post by Bixal on how marketers are still not tapping Hispanic Latinas – particularly those small business owners and professionals. Given Latinas growing presence in all business and social categories – it really doesn’t take rocket science – or does it? Some great lessons for employers as well.

Lessons from NACE 2010 – Wrap Up

NACE 2010 was the first conference I felt I attended without being there (see Day 1 and Day 2 posts). In talking with several career centers and employers before the conference, I know that budget constraints minimized either their presence or cut their participation all together. While I’ve followed conference discussions via Twitter before, there seemed to be a genuine desire by attendees to use Twitter as a communication bridge for those that were not able to attend this year’s conference. NACE 2010 participants unselfishly shared information (and the fun) from the conference and took many of us into the sessions with them – and for that I’m grateful.

Perhaps it was the fact that I was tuning in via Twitter – but it seems the conference had a strong ‘relationship’ theme – in building partnerships with employers, students, faculty, and other on-campus functions. And while this is probably a recurring theme at most NACE conferences, the ability to build these relationships using technology (social media) was seen as essential given the characteristics of today’s college student. Some career centers and employers are leveraging these tools to their full potential while others are just now starting to understand its promise. However, this new technological approach raises many questions in regards to resources, privacy issues, budget constraints, and expertise colleges and employers can lend to these efforts. The old adage of coming away with more questions than answers is certainly appropriate in this case.

So that’s it – fortunately for me there was no traveling back home once the conference ended  ; )  I had a great time following the discussions online, but I hope to attend next year’s NACE conference in person…..I really want to win an iPad!

Lessons from NACE 2010 – Part 2

A steady stream of tweets from the NACE 2010 Conference in Orlando kept me busy all day! Once again #NACE10 attendees shared valuable information — 140 characters at a time! Thanks again to all the tweepers keeping us “non-attendees” informed about the conference — much appreciated! Here are my takeaways as well as some tweets I captured from Day 3! You can check out Lessons from NACE 2010 Part 1 here. Enjoy!

Employer branding/recruiting processes. A big focus during day three was the importance of communication during and after the on-campus recruitment process. Keeping students informed during and after the recruitment process was seen as essential. Open lines of communication with career centers before and after the recruitment process was also encouraged. Some notable tweets: Continue reading

Lessons from NACE 2010 – Part 1

While I’m not at the NACE 2010 Conference this year, I feel like I am because of the flood of informative tweets coming out of the conference (#NACE2010). Thanks to everyone for sharing their great tweets. I’ve put together a quick summary of the #NACE2010 tweets thus far. Each tweet hopefully provides a starting point to review and evaluate your efforts in recruiting the brightest and best!  Enjoy!

Day 1
The first day was buzzing around Keith Ferraazi’s Day 1 keynote address. In short, my take away from the great tweets were: leave your egos at the door: build community, connections, and relationships through generosity…interesting to see the parallels between Keith Ferrazzi’s message and the mission of the folks in attendance. Some notable tweets:

It’s about building relationships, not “networking”
How do we equip students with passion and drive for their future career
Humans are naturally tribal- we long for community to share experiences
We are losing our practice of building connections
Research shows that success in life is directly correlated to peoples ability to relationally connect with others
Technologies are not to blame for our lack of connection. They are the answer to that lack
Insecurities cause us to put up walls and create egos to show we belong
The number one way to establish new relationships is generosity
Who are the people bragging about you behind ur back at work?


Day 2 Keynote
Amber MacArthur (author of Power Friending: Demystifying Social Media to Build Your Business) motivated NACE attendees to increase their tweeting power. Much of Amber’s thoughts centered on social media and how it can and should be incorporated into college recruiting efforts. Judging by the number of tweets, she obviously provided some excellent food for thought. Some notable tweets: Continue reading

New Rule: Netweaving

A very cool article about how networking is good — but netweaving is better. So what is netweaving and how is it more valuable than networking? Here is how Karen Lindsey-Lloyd describes netweaving:

Netweaving creates a different mental image and involves a different expectation. It’s more about building strong, mutually beneficial relationships while realizing that we all have something to offer. My definition of netweaving is when like-minded people share expertise, exchange contacts and share valuable information while crossing paths through shared passions, authenticity and using multiple technologies to communicate; Netweaving is the effortless use of knowledge and creating quality personal interactions to build relationships that result in positive results for everyone invovled.

Funny how we sometimes need to take a step back from what we know to change the way view things. A paradigm shift usually happens when we become too comfortable  with different terms or concepts simply because we hear or see them often enough. Read the whole article and plan on you’ll become a netweaver.

Two Tales. One Article. Differing Perspectives.

The Wall Street Journal shares an interesting story about Laura and Ivan entitled the “Tale of Two Students.” The article describes the educational paths of two former gang members and how their early education choices are now impacting their educations. One is going to college the other is not. Read the article to find out more. I encourage you to also read through the comments section to see the diverging perspectives on Laura and Ivan’s experiences – some illustrate cultural misconceptions that still exist about Hispanics (and society) while others are simply politically driven.