Relationships That Help Us Make a Difference
This past month of April, I was able to reconfirm that building authentic personal and professional relationships are at the epicenter of living a purposeful life. Both in my travels and while at our office in Dallas, every phone call, meeting or visit led to meaningful conversations that opened doors, and with that a space to make an ¡IMPACTO! For example, our partnership exploration with HACU resulted in a collaboration that will allow us to reach up-and-coming talent in universities across the country. Conference career floor exhibitors are securing their spaces to be able to interact and recruit professionals in attendance this September. Planning sessions for our Brillante Gala have inspired the crafting of an incredible program to celebrate Prospanica’s 30year anniversary.
Lastly, we held a pre-conference reception in Milwaukee that reaffirmed the commitment and dedication of local and national conference sponsors. Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin did an outstanding job hosting this reception in one of their new facilities. American Airlines and ExxonMobil flew into Milwaukee for the evening reception to demonstrate their support to Prospanica’s mission. These are all professional and personal relationships, new and old, that allow us to further our mission. And I have to mention the most important relationship I have: the one with my family, because they understand the depth of the work we do.
At the Helm of Prospanica's Corporate Advisory Board
Prospanica’s Corporate Advisory Board (CAB) for 2018 is led by seasoned executives Guisella Baker from ExxonMobil who has assumed the role of CAB Chair after completing her Vice-Chair role for two years, and Ouraphone Siri-Outhay Willis from UnitedHealth Group, our new CAB Vice-Chair.
Guisella Baker is the Process and Controls Manager for the Corporate Financial Services Organization within the Finance Function at ExxonMobil, where she has worked since 1988. Over her career at ExxonMobil, she has held a variety of Controllership positions in Accounting, Business Analysis, Financial Reporting and Controls. In addition to her role in Finance, Guisella has been actively involved in the MBA affinity recruiting process at ExxonMobil. She has been a strong supporter of Prospanica through her active participation with the local chapter and the National office. Over the last 15 years she has been the Prospanica Recruiting team lead.
Guisella holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science and a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from The Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. She is a native of Managua, Nicaragua, who moved to the United States when she was 18. She is married and has two daughters, and one son-in-law. In her spare time, she thoroughly enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading and needlepoint stitching. Get to know Guisella our new CAB Chair better! See her responses to this issue of Prospanica News’ On a Lighter Note Q&A.
Prospanica’s new CAB Vice-Chair, Ouraphone Siri-Outhay Willis is the Senior Director of Global Diversity at UnitedHealth Group, responsible for the company’s enterprise global inclusion and diversity efforts. Prior to joining UnitedHealth Group, Ouraphone was a Diversity Manager at Target Corporation, where she was responsible for leading diversity awareness and communications and diversity recruiting in Target’s stores, distribution centers and corporate headquarters. She also was a founding member and co-leader of Target’s Asian American Business Council.
In 2011, Ouraphone helped develop the Asian MBA Women’s Leadership Council and led the council to help fulfill its mission of advancing and empowering women professionals across industry sectors and globally.In her role as lead, she developed the Women’s Leadership Summit that brings together top multicultural women annually to share their work experience and knowledge, support each other’s professional growth and celebrate successes.
Ouraphone graduated with a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Minnesota, with an emphasis in public relations. She serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Asian MBA, as the vice chair of the National Corporate Advisory Board of Prospanica and the Advisory Board for the National Association of Asian MBAs Women Leadership Council. In her spare time, she’s an aspiring Food Network star and loves to entertain her family and friends.
The companies that are current members of the Prospanica CAB are:
- American Airlines
- Daniels College of Business, University of Denver
- Dell, Inc.
- Ford Motor Company
- Georgetown University
- Pitney Bowes
- Rutgers Business School-Newark and New Brunswick
- The University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business
- The University of Texas at San Antonio College of Business
- UnitedHealth Group
- Wells Fargo
They provide input on overall Prospanica direction, focus and priorities to strengthen the synergies between Prospanica and its partners, while also supporting and promoting Prospanica within their company and community. Through their CAB participation we can rely on these companies and their designated representative’s involvement in Prospanica’s programs locally and nationally, and to showcase their commitment to advancing the organization’s mission. Some specific programs include brand awareness, professional development and university partnerships.
The entire Prospanica family wants to thank outgoing Chair Pat Perrella, Associate Dean, MBA Programs at the University of Denver Daniels College of Business, for his outstanding service and commitment to the organization. Below, Prospanica leadership, Thomas Savino | CEO and Monica Puente | Controller, pay a visit to Prospanica CAB member Microsoft at their headquarters in Seattle, Washington.
Prospanica Pre-Conference VIP Reception in Milwaukee...A SUCCESS!
(From Left to Right) Thomas Savino, Prospanica CEO, Andrés González,Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer. Héctor Joseph, VP Chief Technology Officer, and Samantha Maldonado, Prospanica Milwaukee Chapter President, greet guests who attended our Pre-Conference VIP Reception.
Bill Sanchez and Guisella Baker from ExxonMobil (Left and Center) get the inside scoop about the 2018 Prospanica Conference & Career Expo directly from Regina Robuck, National Sales Director for Prospanica.
Cassandra Searcy (Left) and Elizabeth Wallis (Right) from American Airlines receive a warm welcome from Prospanica’s Director of Events and Programs , Jorge Rivas, at the Pre-Conference VIP Reception held in Milwaukee on April 26, 2018
Mónica Puente, Prospanica National’s Controller invites Javier Luján, Johnson Controls’ Director Material Control to be an exhibitor with ¡IMPACTO! at the 2018 Prospanica Conference & Career Expo that will be held in Milwaukee from September 12 – 14, 2018.
VIP Guests who attended the Prospanica Pre-Conference VIP Reception on April 26, enjoyed a wonderful evening hosted at one of Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin’s new facilities: The McKinley Health Center.
ON A LIGHTER NOTE
Q&A with Guisella Baker, Prospanica CAB Chair | Process and Controls Manager for the Corporate Financial Services Organization within the Finance Function at ExxonMobil
Q: Most people’s careers are basically a series of circumstances or paths you need to choose from. And sometimes, you may be left wondering what if I took the other path. Looking back is there a point in your career you’d like to go back to and see where that path would have taken you just out of curiosity?
Although I have experienced a tremendous amount of fulfillment in my current personal and professional path in the United States, I sometimes wonder how my life would have been different if I would have returned back to Nicaragua after completing my academic degrees. I proactively keep in touch with my family and have been able to expose my children to my culture.
Q: Imagine you are going into your most important business meeting ever and you can bring 3 people along as part of your crew…who would you bring and why?
Depending on the meeting, I would bring people that would complement my skills and provide different perspectives. For a business meeting
- The decision makers to ensure an efficient and effective meeting
- The team who worked on the deal as they are in the best position to support the business proposal
- I would bring my mentor as an objective participant to get constructive and actionable feedback
Q: Tell us what you immediately associate with each one of the following 5 feelings:
My first reactions are :)
- Anger - Unfairness and wasted energy
- Sadness – Current state of world affairs – conflict, famine, oppression
- Happiness - Seeing my daughters happy and successful
- Fear – Obstacles that hold me back to pursue my greatest potential
- Satisfaction – Completing a major milestone or reaching an objective
Q: If you had a superpower, what it would be and why?
I would chose healing powers to remove evil and provide comfort and empathy to those in need.
Q: What’s on top of your bucket list?
I love to see the world and experience different cultures. I have been fortunate to have traveled to many places and have been able to meet people from many different cultures but there are still a number of places that I would love to visit. Among my top picks are Alaska, Russia, Egypt and South Africa.