Groundbreaking Latinas- a book review

Published: Friday, September 21, 2012 @ 9:00 AM
Updated: Friday, September 21, 2012 @ 9:00 AM

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The impact of Hispanic business in the economic landscape of the United States has been traditionally associated with the efforts of families who often send out their men to join the workforce or support them to become entrepreneurs. The landscape is changing, however, and Latinas are following a socioeconomic trend that has been sweeping the country over the last few years: Women are increasingly taking many top positions in the American workplace, from management to professional roles.


Esther Elena López-Mulnix is a psychologist, consultant, academic journal editor, and author of Latinas in the Workplace: An Emerging Leadership Force. In her book, Ms. López-Mulnix takes a look at the success of eight Hispanic women who have climbed the corporate and business ladder and the challenges they overcame on their way to the top. These women are CEOs, teachers, doctors, and superintendents of school districts.


Ms. López-Mulnix and her co-authors Mimi Wolverton and Salwa A. Zaki found that the challenges that Latinas face as they take on the professional realm in the U.S. are unique. One of these challenges is the socialization process; our tendency to think of Hispanic women as filling service roles like maids, waitresses, seamstresses, etc. Latinas who take on business leadership roles are often met with reactions of surprise, even within the world of Hispanic business.


Gender and ethnicity discrimination issues still disrupt the ascent of Latina businesswomen, but they deal with such issues by drawing strength from their cultural and religious traditions, which make them aspire to care for their immediate and extended families as well as for their communities. They see themselves as innovators in the realm of Hispanic business, and they are very likely to serve as mentors to young hopefuls who wish to become business leaders.


Commit to passion and education

Ms. López-Mulnix thinks that the best advice for young Hispanic women who want to become successful professionals and entrepreneurs is to fully commit themselves to their passion and education. More women in the U.S. are graduating from universities, which means that young Latinas are bound to encounter plenty of competition once they enter the workforce. To this end, Ms. López-Mulnix recommend that women should fully apply their passion and talents to their careers in order to stay ahead of the competition. 

Many veterans still struggle to find work

Published: Monday, May 29, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

After 26 years in the Army, Matt Isenbart of Riverside is in school at Wright State University. The retired sergeant first class is embarking on a new career in human resources. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF

Joshua L. Bush had eight years in the Army under his belt, serving as a tank crew member during two combat deployments to Iraq, when he left the military and began looking for work.

After six months, the 28-year-old Dayton native finally found a job, as a bartender.

For veterans like Bush, it’s a familiar refrain. No matter how skilled they may have been in uniform, those skills aren’t always readily apparent to hiring managers in the civilian workforce.

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“Nothing translates from being a tanker to going back into real life,” said Bush, who now lives in Huber Heights and is attending Wright State University. “It was hard for me to even get a job doing minuscule stuff. It was hard for me to get a job in general.”

The unemployment rate for veterans is slightly better than the rate for non-veterans, those with little education still suffer. For veterans who served after 2001 and do not have a high school degree, the unemployment rate is 8.8 percent.

Some veterans, particularly those who served after Sept. 11, 2001, say they fight a stigma of post-traumatic stress and other ailments because of their involvement in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“I think an uneducated employer may link those conditions they think are not the best for their organization,” said Timothy Espich, a Greene County veterans services officer. “A lot of that comes from a lack of understanding,”

Veterans and civilian jobs

Seth E. Gordon, director of WSU’s Veteran & Military Center, said employers should value military experience just as job seekers with a college degree.

“For most people in the military, they come out with a high level of experience compared to their peers,” he said. “A 22-year-old that was a tank commander in Afghanistan or Iraq is much different than a 22-year-old who just graduated with a liberal arts degree.”

“These are people who are managing millions of dollars of equipment and people and when they get out they’re told, ‘Well, you could be a barista,’” Gordon said. “The civilian world is not recognizing that training as being valid because they don’t have that marker that’s the college degree.”

A retired Army sergeant first class who deployed twice to Iraq said young veterans often have important leadership experience their peers don’t.

“Someone who especially spends 10 or more years in the military is at least a junior leader and there’s a great responsibility placed on that person at a young age,” said Matt Isenbart, 48, of Riverside. “A person could be 22 years old and be responsible for three or four people and have to tell them to do things that can place them in grave danger, and those are big responsibilities for someone who is basically just becoming an adult.”

One Miami Valley employer, Synchrony Financial, says many veterans who work there do not need a college degree, but they may gain one paid in part through a company tuition reimbursement program.

“We leverage our veterans network members, many of whom are veterans themselves, to help us with recruitment and translating military skills into role alignment,” Liz Heitner, a company human resources senior vice president, said in a statement.

The company, which has a large customer call center, employs about 1,900 employees in Kettering.

Translatable skills

A bill in the Ohio legislature would make credentialing military skills easier in the civilian workforce.

“Ohio has taken steps to get certification (credentials)” for military service members and their spouses, said Caroline Biers, director of the Butler County Veterans Service Commission. “If you were a corpsman or a medic in the military, a lot of times those things that you learned could not be translated into civilian terms.”

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Translating what a service member did in uniform into civilian language is another barrier many veterans face.

“There’s many ways to translate those skills,” said Cassie B. Barlow, director of the Aerospace Professional Development Center at Wright State University and a former Wright-Patterson base commander. “Oftentimes, it just takes the right person who understands what that individual did in their military service to be able to help them write that resume and help them translate those skills.”

Isenbart spent 26 years in the military and had difficulty at first learning to speak in “civilian tongue,” he said.

“I had some difficulty when I was hired in the civilian sector changing my tone and my verbiage and everything from the military to civilian language,” he said. “In the military, we speak a different language and sometimes it’s difficult to transition from speaking military tongue to speaking civilian tongue and that causes a little confusion sometimes.”

After leaving the military, Isenbart said he worked in the parts office at a tractor-trailer dealership, had a temporary job as a veterans outreach coordinator and was later downsized as an ROTC instructor because of program restructuring.

He is now enrolled at Wright State and hopes to get a business degree.

STEM jobs boost vets

Many veterans are attending college through the Post 9/11 GI Bill, which provides tuition assistance and other benefits to those who qualify. In fiscal year 2016, 784,111 students were using benefits through the program, according to the Department of Veteran Affairs.

While college is still a great pathway to a profitable career, experts say, those without a college degree can still earn big pay if their training includes one of the so-called STEM fields: science, technology, engineering and math, said Rosalinda V. Maury, director of applied research at the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University.

In her research findings for the years between 2010 to 2014, a veteran with a high school diploma or a general equivalency degree in a STEM job earned about $70,000 annually, Maury said, while a non-veteran with the same education level earned about $54,000.

Veterans in non-STEM fields earned about $46,000 compared to non-veterans who earned $32,000 a year, she said.

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While departing service members go through transition assistance programs, many Ohio veterans aren’t aware of the services available to them when they come home, said Espich, the Greene County veterans’ service officer.

Ohio offers job search and transportation help, financial aid, and aids veterans trying to receive college credit or job credentials for their time in uniform, he said.

“A lot of times when they leave they don’t know about those benefits whatsoever,” he said.

A place to start would be veterans services offices, which are in all 88 counties in Ohio, officials said.

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Veteran unemployment

Here’s a snapshot of U.S. unemployment data for veterans compared to their non-veteran workforce peers in 2016.

Veteran unemployment rate for those with:

• Less than a high school diploma = 6.4%

• High school graduates, no college = 4.9%

• Some college or associate degree = 4.6%

• College graduates = 3.3%

Post-9/11 Veteran unemployment rate for those with:

• Less than a high school diploma = 8.8%

• High school graduates, no college = 5.7%

• Some college or associate degree = 4.8%

• College graduates = 3.0%

Non-veteran unemployment rate for those with:

• Less than a high school diploma = 9.1%

• High school graduates, no college = 6.3%

• Some college or associate degree = 4.6%

• College graduates = 2.6%

SOURCE: Institute for Veterans & Military Families Center at Syracuse University (Statistics based on federal data.)

By the numbers

784,111: Number of students who took advantage of the Post-911 GI Bill in fiscal 2016.

$70,000: Annual average salary for a veteran with a high school diploma or a general equivalency degree in a STEM job.

$46.000: Annual average salary for veterans in a non-STEM field.

88: Number of counties with a veterans service office where veterans can get information on available benefits and programs. 

These summer internships pay more than $6,000 a month

Published: Tuesday, May 02, 2017 @ 5:10 PM

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A new report by highlights more than 10 companies that are known to offer interns more than $6,000 salaries, according to data from career site Glassdoor

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According to the report, interns at Facebook can make up to $8,000 a month. That would amount to a yearly salary of $96,000 if it were a full-time opportunity, Glassdoor pointed out.  And according to Glassdoor’s Local Pay Reports, the median annual salary for a full-time U.S. worker is $51,350. 

Most paid college interns last year made an average of $2,600 per month, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers. 

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But these interns aren’t just fetching coffees and copies as interns are stereotypically known to do. They’re being put to work and offering valuable insight and ideas. 

Here are the top 10 companies with the highest paid interns, according to Glassdoor

1. Facebook, Median monthly pay: $8,000

2. Microsoft, Median monthly pay: $7,100

3. ExxonMobile, Median monthly pay: $6,507

4. Salesforce, Median monthly pay: $6,450

5. Amazon, Median Monthly Pay: $6,400

6. Apple, Median monthly pay: $6,400

7. Bloomberg L.P., Median monthly pay: $6,400

8. Yelp, Median monthly pay: $6,400

9. Yahoo, Median monthly pay: $6,080

10. VMware, Median monthly pay: $6,080

Google, Adobe, Chevron and Bank of America made the site’s top 25 ranking.

Glassdoor compiled the report used in its report by collecting earnings reports of companies that had at least 25 interns submit salary information between April 2016 and April 2017. 

These US cities are the best for job seekers

Published: Tuesday, May 02, 2017 @ 1:33 PM

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If you’re looking for work, starting a business or even retiring, Florida and California may be the best states to do so.

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South Florida cities ranked in the top 10 for best places in which to be looking for a job, according to a blog post published by career site Indeed.

Miami ranked first, followed by Orlando in the second spot. Jacksonville also made the top 10.

Here’s the complete list of the top 10 cities for job seekers, compiled by Indeed: 

Here are the top 10 cities on the list:

1. Miami, Florida

2. Orlando, Florida

3. Raleigh, North Carolina

4. Austin, Texas

5. Sacramento, California

6. San Jose, California

7. Jacksonville, Florida

8. San Diego, California

9. Houston, Texas

10. Memphis, Tennessee 

Atlanta (No. 14), Seattle (No. 17) and Charlotte, North Carolina, (No. 19) also cracked the top 20.

The survey assessed key wants, such as average salary in comparison to cost of living, job security, career advancement opportunities, work-life balance and the status of the labor market.

“In today’s America, economic opportunity is migrating from the northeast and midwest to Florida, California, and Texas,” said Paul D’Arcy, senior vice president at Indeed. “For job seekers looking for opportunity, good pay, job security, and work-life balance, the most attractive cities are in the warm, sunny, and fast-growing cities of the south and southwest.”

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In an unrelated survey, a bunch of South Florida cities -- led by Port St. Lucie, in 14th place -- rated highly as well in a survey of best cities to start a business. said its report employed 18 key metrics, ranging from five-year business-survival rate to office-space affordability.

What if you’re not looking for a job or to start a business? What if you’re looking to retire?

Florida stands at the 17th best state in America to call it a career.’s survey gave the state high marks for the prevalence of other retirees, overall senior citizen well-being and weather. But Florida got penalized badly on crime and also did poorly in quality of health care.

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Brianna Chambers contributed to this report.

Jobseeker's interview canceled after she asked about compensation, benefits via email

Published: Thursday, March 16, 2017 @ 1:17 PM
Updated: Thursday, March 16, 2017 @ 2:11 PM

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After a phone interview, Taylor Byrnes was excited about her job prospects with Canadian food services company SkipTheDishes.

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But she never got the opportunity to have an in-person interview because it was canceled when she asked, via email, some apparently out-of-bounds questions:

  • If I do get the job, how much do you think I’ll be getting paid an hour?
  • Benefits will also be included, right?

While those might seem like logical questions for a job seeker, Victoria Karras, the company’s talent acquisition coordinator, was not fond of them, the Daily Mail reported

“Your questions reveal that your priorities are not in sync with those of SkipTheDishes,” Karras wrote in an email to Byrnes. “At this time we will not be following through with our meeting this Thursday.”

Karras later wrote back to Byrnes to expound on her earlier statement, saying: “As a startup company, we seek out those who go out of their way to seek out challenges and new opportunities. We believe in hard work and perseverance in pursuit of company goals as opposed to focusing on compensation. Our corporate culture may be unique in this way, but it is paramount that staff display intrinsic motivation and are proven self-starters. For these reasons, questions about compensation and benefits at such an early stage is a concern related to organizational fit.”

Byrnes was surprised by the reply and decided to take it to social media. Her tweet went viral, and she found support from an overwhelming number of people, some of whom threatened to boycott SkipTheDishes.

Eventually, SkipTheDishes co-founder Joshua Simair spoke out, saying that he was disappointed by how the situation was handled. 

“We are very disappointed in how it was handled. We do share a compensation package prior to hiring. As soon as we became aware of it on Monday, we reached out to Taylor to apologize for the email and reschedule her interview,” Simair told The Canadian Press. “We’ve also addressed the email internally and will be providing additional training.”

According to The Canadian Press, SkipTheDishes, an online food delivery company founded in Saskatoon with headquarters in Winnipeg, was sold to a company in the United Kingdom for $110 million in December. It operates in 20 Canadian and six U.S. cities.