Grow Your Network: What are some benefits?
I recently was accepted into the New York City Cohort of Mujeres de HACE program. For those who do not know, the Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE) (Facebook, Twitter)is a national non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of Latino Professionals. They help Latinos succeed in every phase of their careers through education, access, and professional development. It is a privilege and an honor to be a part of this “elite” group of women.
I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Marlene Gonzalez, founder and president of Life Coaching Group, LLC. and author of Latinization and the Latino Leader. She is a certified Executive Coach and Insights Discovery practitioner. I also had the pleasure of meeting an amazing group of Latina women who I will have the pleasure of networking with and growing with for the next several weeks.
I applied to the Mujeres de HACE program mainly to network but I have gotten so much more. In a short period of time they have given me insight into my leadership capabilities, what it truly means to be a leader, and how I can improve on the skills I already possess.
In my career, I have not met many Latina professionals. There are many of us out there, but it is up to us to find them and network with one another. It is extremely important for me to build this network not only to support me in my current roles but to help me build my leadership capacity. Due to this network I had the honor of being interviewed for the IBM Latino Blog. It also provided me with an entire network of women that I did not have access to before. We are building relationships and supporting one another in our goals.
As a business consultant, and coach, continually learning ensures that I can provide my clients with the best possible service that I have to offer. Being mentored by people in your field will help expand your skills. It is up to you find the experts in your field. To network with people and build relationships outside of your job that can enhance your career.
Recently I have connected to other networks for the same purpose. LatinaVida, Business of WE, BOSS Network, ICF, NSA, Prospanica, and the Women Speakers Association just to name a few. Having resources to help you create joint ventures and partnerships that you otherwise would not have. It has been an amazing learning experience as well. All these networks have proven to be places where I have learned new skills and content that I can share with my clients and staff.
What are you doing to grow your network?
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