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HITEC 2018 Emerging Executive Program Gets Kicked Off at AT&T Headquarters in Dallas, Texas

Monday, March 19, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Sara Nickleberry
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The Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC) officially launched its 2018 HITEC Emerging Executive Program (EEP) last week at the AT&T Headquarters in Dallas, Texas.  The EEP Program pairs C-level mentors with corporate sponsor mentees for a nine-month executive development program.  The cohort of 2018 is the largest class to date, with 52 mentors and mentees.  As HITEC continues to grow it provides members with game-changing personal and professional development opportunities such as EEP, in an effort to build a stronger pipeline of the next generation of technology leaders who just happen to be Hispanic.
As HITEC moves into the 2018 EEP Class, it continues to evolve the program with opportunities and experiences that will develop the core executive skill set of the program mentees. Key features of EEP include:
  • Exposure and interaction with high-level technology executives and business leaders
  • A trusted and non-biased relationship with a senior technology executives (including HITEC Board Members)
  • Guidance on career-related issues, which are unique to Hispanics in leadership
  • Deeper understanding on how the CXOs develop their organizations in terms of core technology competencies and performance metrics
  • An opportunity to elevate leadership through insightful executive coaching
  • Webinars that will reinforce the skills needed to execute as an emerging leader
  • Opportunity to participate in a community partnership project to identify, develop, and refine  leadership skills
Last week’s in person session brought together EEP mentees and mentors for a series of development sessions. Throughout the day, various presenters covered a range of topics from technology to soft skills.  The morning keynote, “Managing Through Adversity”,  was presented by Juan Flores, Senior Vice President, Technology Management & Operations at AT&T Services, Inc. 
“You face adversity in your day to day life all the time. We have to drive the culture that encourages us to face adversity head on. We can’t let adverse situations define who we are.”
Presentations were led by top technology leaders including:
  • Anne-Marie Azzi, Chair for the HITEC Emerging Executive Program, and IT Operations Manager at Cisco
  • Jorge Titinger, CEO Titinger Consulting
  • Ricardo A. Bartra, Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer of DHL Global Forwarding Americas
  • Susana Ramirez, HITEC Director of Development
  • Fernando Rosario, President at Exeqpath and Chief Technology Officer, Raisal

The cohort also came together in a group exercise which encouraged networking, built regional teams and developed a campaign for the HITEC Foundation.   

A critical component to the success of HITEC’s Emerging Executive Program (EEP) are the mentors who volunteer their time as a way to give back to the organization by contributing to the executive and the professional development of its members.  The program is lead by Chairwoman Anne-Marie Azzi, IT Business Operations Manager, Cisco whose passion and leadership in supporting emerging executives is the cornerstone of EEP’s success.  In just over 4 short years, the program has grown from what started with 7 mentees to now a roster of 52. This exponential growth is a testament to the program’s strength and consistency throughout its tenure.  EEP Chair, Anne-Marie, has packed this nine-month program with monthly webinars featuring top executives in their respective fields, in-person sessions filled with inspirational speakers providing learning experiences and a pathway for professional growth.  
“On behalf of HITEC and the HITEC Board of Directors, we are so grateful for all of our executive mentors and for Anne-Marie’s passion and devotion to the organization and the EEP program, which has grown to be an invaluable program to the organization and its members. The EEP program has become pivotal in HITEC’s development as an organization and we are proud that Anne-Marie has paved the path for such an invaluable resource to our membership and community,” Alberto Yépez, Managing Director, Trident Capital Cybersecurity and Chairman of HITEC Board of Directors.
After last week’s in person session, EEP participants will proceed with regular one-on-one sessions with mentors, attend webinars, continue their work on HITEC Foundation Campaign Project, as well as a full day workshop at the HITEC Fall Leadership Summit. Graduation will take place November 8, 2018 at Cisco Headquarters in San Jose, California.

Click here to see a list of 2018 Mentors and Mentees:

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