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. 

Butler County Donut Trail wants you to design its new T-shirt

Published: Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 10:00 AM


            The Butler County Visitors Bureau is accepting design submissions for the 2018 Butler County Donut Trail T-shirt. The final design winner will receive $200 and a feature on the Donut Trail website. CONTRIBUTED
The Butler County Visitors Bureau is accepting design submissions for the 2018 Butler County Donut Trail T-shirt. The final design winner will receive $200 and a feature on the Donut Trail website. CONTRIBUTED

The Butler County Visitors Bureau is accepting design submissions for its 2018 Butler County Donut Trail T-shirt.

The final design winner will receive $200 and a feature on the Donut Trail website.

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Design concepts are specifically for the back of the 2018 T-shirt and must be designed in one color.

Interested designers are asked to submit design concepts to ktrucco@gettothebc.com by Dec. 1.

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After two successful years and nearly 9,000 completions from visitors around the world, the Butler County Donut Trail continues to gain popularity. The third annual T-shirt design will be released in January.

“We are thrilled to open the 2018 Donut Trail t-shirt design process to the public,” said Tracy Kocher, Director of Marketing for the Butler County Visitors Bureau. “Visitors look forward to collecting the new shirt each year. We’re sure the 2018 design will not disappoint.”

6 things to know about working for Uber

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 2:27 PM

Here are six things you need to know about Uber before working for them as a driver Uber has its own system for estimating earnings You need to be a fit driver to work for Uber You might also face disqualification if you've got a record Your vehicle's gotta be fairly roomy Local vehicle regulation can trip you up Uber will lease you a vehicle You can work for Uber on scooter too

Uber has been making headlines in recent months for everything from a new CEO to industry regulation. But if you want to work as a driver for the service that revolutionized the taxi-transport industry, there is more important information about Uber you'll want to check out.

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Here are six things you need to know about Uber before working for them as a driver:

Uber has its own system for estimating earnings. When you see those tantalizing statistics about how much Uber drivers in your area are making, keep in mind that they're not referring to a profitable side hustle or long-term estimations. Uber estimates local net median hourly earnings of drivers using stats from the previous month and assumes you'd be working 40 hours per week and four weeks per month.

You need to be a fit driver to work for Uber. If you've sat in the back of an Uber vehicle on your way home from a bar and thought, "I could do this," well, maybe. But before you even start worrying about your vehicle qualifying, recognize that you yourself could be denied work for any number of reasons, according to an article written by Ridester staff and last updated in September 2017. 

To start, you must be 21 to drive for Uber and have three years of driving experience. From there, it gets trickier. You'll need an in-state drivers license, in-state insurance with your name on the policy and pass a background check successfully. 

You must not appear on any national or state sex offender registries or suspected terrorist databases.

 And just in case you think you're home free, you might also face disqualification if you've got one of these on your record:

  • DUI or drug related driving conviction
  • Fraud
  • Reckless driving
  • Hit and run
  • Violent crime (assault, battery, homicide)
  • Act of terror
  • Sexual offense
  • Crime involving property damage
  • Felony or misdemeanor for theft (burglary, stealing, robbery or anything similar)
  • Fatal accidents
  • Resisting/evading arrest
  • Any other felony
  • You'll also be disqualified if within the past three years you have driven on a suspended, revoked or invalid license.

Uber debuted in Austin in 2014. RALPH BARRERA / AMERICAN-STATESMAN(Ralph Barrera/The Conversation)

Your vehicle's gotta be fairly roomy. Even to drive for UberX, the basic service, you'll need a four-door car, minivan or truck that sits four passengers plus a driver. And it can't be too beat up − no major cosmetic damage and it must be able to pass vehicle inspection. You can't get the gig with a taxi, police or other marked vehicle or full-size van.

Local vehicle regulation can trip you up. In addition to Uber's minimum requirements, your city will have its own regulations for vehicles. Sign up on Uber to get more information.

Uber will lease you a vehicle. If you qualify as a driver but your vehicle isn't up to snuff, renting or leasing a vehicle through Uber might be the solution to send you on your way.

You can work for Uber on scooter too. Uber has a delivery service, and some of the possible vehicles are bikes and scooters (they'll also take cars, usually).

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This is the salary you need to move to these 5 hot job cities

Published: Monday, November 13, 2017 @ 9:59 AM
Updated: Monday, November 13, 2017 @ 9:59 AM

Here are the top cities for job seekers Miami, FL Orlando, FL Raleigh, NC Austin, TX Sacramento, CA

If you're looking for work or a step up on the career ladder, there is no shortage of top-ranking picks for job seekers, according to recent Indeed.com ranking of the top cities for job seekers

Before you dash off to Orlando (Indeed's No. 2 pick) or pack for Atlanta (No. 14), check out another set of numbers. 
Eye each new city's cost of living with the help of a nifty calculator provided by NerdWallet. Powered by data from the nonprofit Council for Community and Economic Research, the calculator tells you just how much money you'd need to make it in another city, enjoying at least the same standard of living as you have in your current city.

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Here are examples of NerdWallet calculations for job seekers coming to or leaving Atlanta:


Note: Atlanta’s average salary is used as a starting point for this comparison to the Top 5 Indeed "Best cities for job seekers." According to Pay Scale, the average Atlanta salary is about $59,000.

1. Miami
Job market favorability: 82 percent
Salary percentile: 8 percent
With a $59,000 Atlanta salary, you would need to earn $65,863 to maintain your standard of living in Miami-Dade County. 
One major employer in Miami is cruise line giant Carnival, and the biggest major industries are trade, transport and utilities.
The cost of living is 12 percent higher in Miami than Atlanta. 

2. Orlando
Job market favorability: 98 percent
Salary percentile: 18 percent
Someone who earns $59,000 in Atlanta would need to earn $56,291 to maintain the same standard of living in Orlando.
Many of the job prospects that make Orlando so favorable do involve working for the Mouse. The top employer in the area is the Walt Disney Company with 53,500 employees, though trade and transport do diversify the job opportunities.
The cost of living is 5 percent lower in Orlando than in Atlanta.

3. Raleigh, North Carolina
Job market favorability: 100 percent
Salary percentile: 65 percent
With a $59,000 salary in Atlanta, you would need to make $55,749 in Raleigh to maintain your standard of living.
Major employers in Raleigh, part of the area known as the "Research Triangle," include Duke University and Health System and IBM. 
The cost of living is 6 percent lower in Raleigh than Atlanta.

You could make a few thousand less and still have the same standard of living if you moved from Atlanta to Austin.(For the AJC)

4. Austin
Job market favorability: 90 percent
Salary percentile: 65 percent
If you make a $59,000 salary in Atlanta, you would need to earn $56,772 to maintain the same standard of living in Austin.

Not just a hipster hub and home to Austin City Limits, Austin is a major tech hub, and firms including Apple, Dell and Indeed all have headquarters or major regional offices at the Texas state capitol. NerdWallet estimates the rent on a two-bedroom apartment in Austin at $1,184 and the median home price at $276,634.
The cost of living is 4 percent lower in Austin than in Atlanta.

5. Sacramento, California
Job market favorability: 69 percent
Salary percentile: 86 percent
As the Golden State capitol, government accounts for 25 percent of all employment in Sacramento.
If you earn the average Atlanta salary of $59,00, to maintain your standard of living in Sacramento, you'd need to earn $70,198.
The cost of living is 19 percent higher in Sacramento than in Atlanta. 

 How much would you need to make if you moved to ATL from the Big Apple?


New York and Chicago are among the many populous cities that didn't rank as a top pick for job seekers. If someone from there wanted to move to Atlanta and enjoy a comparable standard of living, here's what the calculator says they'd need to make:

New York
According to Pay Scale, the average Manhattan salary is around $69,000. To move from there to Atlanta you'd need to make just $29,920 to maintain your same standard of living. According to NerdWallet, the cost of living is 57 percent lower in Atlanta than New York City. Start spreading the news!

Chicago

The average salary in Chicago is around $63,000, according to Pay Scale. To earn a comparable amount in Atlanta you'd need to make almost $11,000 less, or $51,882. The cost of living is 18 percent lower in Atlanta than Chicago.

And one more for the trivia buffs. According to Kiplinger's "Cheapest U.S. Cities to Live In," McAllen, Texas on the Rio Grande has the lowest cost of living among cities in the U.S. The median household income there is around $44,254. If a household from McAllen was lured to Atlanta, they'd need to make $12,000 more than they did in Texas. The cost of living is 29 percent higher in Atlanta than it is in the nation's most affordable city in which to live.

5 keys to a promotion, according to this international economics expert

Published: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 1:19 PM

Here's how to get a promotion anywhere in the world Understand what the hiring process looks like in your company Let the company know you want a promotion Make sure your values are in line with the company Make sure you have developed Emotional Intelligence Manage your stress levels

Dumb luck or a friend in high places are pretty rare reasons for promotions. In today's fast-paced global economy, positioning yourself for a promotion is a matter of following some straightforward strategies, according to World Economic Forum behavioral science and education expert Soulamia Gourani.

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Based on her long experience as a TED Talks mentor and working with corporate clients and leaders worldwide, including Pope Francis, she recommends these five keys to getting a promotion anywhere in the world:

Understand what the hiring process looks like in your company

Are there steps or an internal application process for employees on the way up? You should also familiarize yourself with any qualifications you might need for a promotion so you can start creating a plan.

Let the company know you want a promotion

"Communicate this message verbally to your boss and keep her updated on your progress on various projects," Gourani suggests. "Also share any of your accomplishments that have helped the company reach their bottom line."

Make sure your values are in line with the company

"The basis of all your work has to be ethics and commitment," says Fernanda Neis, president of the DeRose Method Federation in the United States. Another company value to make sure you display is being a team player. As Gourani notes, "Since so much of today's work is accomplished by working with others, it becomes even more important to share successes with your team and to avoid pointing your finger when there are failures, because when the team fails, you fail."

Make sure you have developed Emotional Intelligence

"While a high skill set is essential in any job, it's no longer enough to make you stand out," Gourani says. "What makes you most valuable is your human ability to be creative and connect with others." She also recommends cultivating a better understanding of yourself along with self-control, empathy and a natural understanding of people's decisions and desires. "People who understand others and can harness their own emotions, as well as the anticipated feelings of customers and co-workers, are the most real asset to any company."

Manage your stress levels

Use breathing and meditation techniques to keep your stress under wraps at work, Neis recommends. "A stressed person who cannot handle the work is probably not ready to be promoted."

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