Cultura Ambassador Leandro Margulis & The Title or the Impact: Which One Comes First?

 

The best moments of my career rarely had to do with the importance of the title I held at the time. Instead, they had everything to do with the impact I felt I was making. To this day, it’s been the most important lesson I’ve learnt in business. And today I want to share it with you.

Building a legacy

We all want the opportunity to make a lasting impact through our careers. We crave the chance to leave our mark on the industry and, long after our retirement, to take comfort in the knowledge that what we did will serve generations to come.

The question is not whether we should make an impact but rather how to best achieve this.

So which one is it? The prestige of a job title or the quiet force of the work itself?

Let’s take a look.

VP or Director? How much is your ego worth?

You are at a turning point in your career. You’re so close to getting a leadership position that you can almost taste it. And it tastes great.

But there’s so much variation in what they have to offer. How can you tell which will be the right one for you?

Some of the companies you are in contact with are large, others are small. Some offer impressive compensation packages, while others bet on inspiring you with their vision instead.

A 20-person startup might make you COO, while at a Fortune 500 company you might get to be the Operations Manager.

Would your CV shine as brightly if you were only the manager and not the COO?

It’s about the role, not the hierarchy

Regardless of the title, I suggest you focus on the role. Because at the end of the day, this is how you can make a difference.

Use these questions to decide for yourself:

·     Will you be an individual contributor or take on a management or leadership role?

·     What do you want your impact to look like? Do you want to be a specialist in your field (contributor) or influence growth through others (management/leadership)?

 Let your vision guide you

Depending on where you see yourself in three and 10 years, your decision might be different. The important thing to remember is not to let a good opportunity pass because of a less-than-exciting job title.

You make the job exciting, not the title.

Look for potential

So how do you make the job exciting?

It’s all about the impact and growth potential.

When deciding which role to go for, ask yourself these questions:

·     Which of the opportunities that are on the table give you more room to grow?

·     Where can I have more influence on business outcomes?

You want to make sure that, regardless of how important (or not) the title sounds, you can leave your mark and progress in your career.

Years from now, you’ll want to look back and love what that job did for you – be it the manager or the COO.

The best way is personal

In the end, I’d like to leave you with this thought. No single experience is the same, and the decision you will make is personal. What I hope this article taught you is to think of the value you will be able to create first and of the title you will have second.

Looking for your next career opportunity?

Let’s talk about how you can shape the future of mobility at TomTom #AchieveMore. Get in touch!

Ysabel Duron SVL Latino Leaders Fireside Chat

 

Recently we were privileged to host Ysabel Duron at our 4th installment of SVL Latino Leaders Fireside Chat at San Jose City College Milpitas Extension.

It was a heartfelt homage to a woman who has trail blazed her way from the anchor desk to the boardroom. All in attendance were riveted by her insights and stories of overcoming stigmas and obstacles.

The atmosphere was friendly and familiar as the intimate conversation with Silicon Valley Latino CEO Alex Ontiveros covered a career dedicated to leadership, advocacy and highlighting the positives in our community.

A high profile figure, known for her 40 plus years in the television news media, more than half of them at KRON-TV in the San Francisco bay area, Duron’s current endeavor, the Latino Cancer Institute (LCI) was conceived in 2016, with an exploratory grant from the California Health Care Foundation. The Latino Cancer Institute focuses on three main objectives. It connects Latino cancer serving non-profits nationwide to share best practices and develop capacity. LCI convenes events for stakeholders in the cancer landscape to collaborate with cancer researchers focused on Latino cancer challenges. As well as advocates nationally to raise awareness of Latino cancer issues, promote policy, and attract major funding opportunities for investment into key initiatives.

Duron’s experience spans 17 years in the Latino cancer space with the development of two other non-profit agencies including the award-winning Latinas Contra Cancer (LCC). She drove the development of programs to address gaps across the cancer continuum from community education and screening to psychosocial support groups, end of life and survivorship.

In 2010, Duron successfully piloted a lay community navigator program in the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC) public health care system cancer center in San Jose, CA dedicated to providing support for the low income, Spanish speaking patient. By October of 2017 when she stepped away from LCC, over 500 patients have been served. As a result, SCVMC administration is considering expanding the role of community navigator to its other clinics. Ten years ago, she successfully launched the biennial National Latino Cancer Summit under the auspices of UCSF, bringing the community together with researchers to network, learn from each other and find ways to collaborate.

In 2016 the Summit spotlighted Precision Medicine to address concerns that the cutting-edge science would exacerbate disparities. In 2017, Duron won the Precision Medicine Challenge Award from Massachusetts General Hospital, the NHIT Collaborative for the Underserved, and the Consortia for Improving Medicine with Innovation and Technology (CIMIT) for her proposal to develop educational tools that inform the most vulnerable and underserved community on genetics and testing, and disseminate them online for the greatest impact. To that end, the Institute under Duron’s leadership is currently working on two related hereditary breast cancer projects with UCSF and Stanford researchers.

Duron, a cancer survivor, has earned a national reputation as a key opinion leader about Latino cancer issues including disparities that impact access, quality care and improved health outcomes. This year she has spoken at Duke University, at a UCLA hearing of the Governor’s Advisory Council, and at the Precision Medicine Leader’s Summit in New Jersey.

Duron currently serves on the Independent Review Board (IRB) for the All of Us Research Program of the National Institutes of Health (formerly President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative); the Community Engagement on Genomics Working Group for the National Human Genome Research Institute; and the Kaiser Permanente National Precision Medicine Advisory Work Group.

A 43-year, award-winning journalist, Duron stepped away from a long TV career in San Francisco in 2013 and dedicated herself fulltime to focusing on the Latino cancer burden. Duron has received numerous journalism awards and community recognition, both local and national, including the Purpose Prize from Encore.org; the W.E.B. Dubois Award from the San Jose NAACP, the Juliette Gordon Lowe Award from the Girl Scouts, and the Latino Spirit Award from the California Latino Legislative Caucus.

We are truly grateful and honored to have had this Latina Legend join us for this memorable afternoon at the San Jose City College Milpitas Extension to share such an illustrious career and help us share the power of #CreoEnTi.

Cultura Ambassador Leandro Margulis & The Partnership Mindset

It’s been almost a month since I joined the TomTom Enterprise team as the VP of Business Development and Product Marketing. A time for new discoveries, I’m looking forward to what the future at TomTom will bring.

In this article, I want to share what makes this opportunity so exciting for me – and hopefully for you too.

A new chapter

Anyone who meets me knows that my two passions are connecting people and accelerating business growth. In my new role at TomTom I get to do both.

Combining Industrial & Systems Engineering with Strategy & Business Development (shout out to fellow Yale MBAs!), I see myself sitting at the intersection between Product and Business. I look at Business with the “product hat”, figuring out the proper end use case and then aligning all the pieces of the puzzle (internal to the company and external via creatively structured partnerships) to match the custom needs of our clients.

Leading the Business Development and Product Marketing team gives me the opportunity to implement this way of doing business, leveraging TomTom’s technology and data assets to fulfill a partner’s use case.

Casting the light

With 25 years in the making, TomTom has highly advanced Enterprise mapping capabilities and API products. My role is to make sure that these come to life in our partner’s products and services. In doing so, your success will be our success.

I truly look forward to bring TomTom into the spotlight and let everyone know that, when partnering with us, the sky is the limit.

Why TomTom

It’s easy to find companies that excel at the services they’re providing. But it’s very difficult to find one that does so putting you, the client, first.

TomTom does both.

We have best in class solutions for location-aware technologies. From cloud to mobility, analytics and smart cities, TomTom Enterprise is on a mission to harness location data to empower businesses around the world.

If you are looking for a global partner with global coverage, search no more. Whether the size of Uber or just beginning your start-up growth journey, you will find a trusted partner in us.

I am proud of the benefits we offer to all of our partners, which I personally enforce:

·     Fair pricing with pay-as-you-grow or personalized plans with no lock-ins or limits.

·     Personalized support no matter your plan and location.

·     Guaranteed ad-free online services and a privacy policy which puts you in control of your data – always.

·     Full-feature location services no matter your company’s size.

·     Modular, flexible and platform-agnostic APIs and SDKs which allow full customization.

My promise to you

To current and future business partners alike, my promise to you is a relationship based on respect and understanding.

Be ready to find an advocate in me. I’ll walk in your shoes until they become my shoes. I’ll be your voice inside TomTom so that our solutions fit you like a glove.

Just like they do for Microsoft, Uber and Pitney Bowes.

What next?

Ready for the next step or want to learn more? Let’s connect!

Cultura Ambassador, Jorge Escobar, named President of SJCC!

 

Appointment Approved by San Jose-Evergreen Community College Board of Trustees

During its meeting on June 12, the San Jose Evergreen Community College District (SJECCD) Board of Trustees appointed San Jose City College (SJCC) Vice President of Administrative Services Jorge Escobar as acting president of the College.
Escobar will serve as acting president while SJCC President Dr. Byron D. Clift Breland serves as SJECCD’s interim chancellor replacing Chancellor Dr. Deborah Budd, who is retiring.
“As I transition into the interim chancellor role for SJECCD, Jorge will continue to provide leadership and direction for SJCC. Over the past four years, Jorge has shown an unwavering commitment to the College as well as to our values of social justice, equity, and student success,” Breland said. “I’ve known Jorge as a strategic thought leader, who can easily apply principles, deliver value, and solve complex problems. He has consistently been instrumental in technical implementations, planning, and execution of improvements and continuous operational growth and innovation.”
Escobar is a forward-looking administrator with a proven record of progressive experience in the development and oversight of programs and initiatives across diverse industries including his work at Merrill Lynch, Princeton University, Laureate International Universities and the National Hispanic University.
“I feel blessed and grateful for yet another opportunity to serve the community with my on-going commitment to influence social change and social justice. As a Latino educator, I continue to bring my bi-cultural experiences and my bilingualism as additional assets in my toolkit,” Escobar said.
Over the past 25 years, Escobar has had extraordinary opportunities to build his knowledge in online education, strategic planning, fiscal management, business development, technology implementation, and oversight of new construction and renovation projects. His extensive history in developing and administering multimillion-dollar budgets within highly matrixed shared services organizations and managing large CAPEX budgets have shown to be unique assets to SJCC.
The campus is perhaps in the best shape in decades, and his leadership in construction and improvements are recognized by students, staff, faculty, and community members.
Escobar’s educational background includes a Master of Science in Education, from Walden University, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration-Finance from Rider University, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Management from Thomas Edison State College, an Associate degree of Applied Science in Business Administration & Accounting from County College of Morris. In addition to his education in Business Administration from the Army’s Polytechnic School of Business in Quito, Ecuador, Escobar has also earned Six Sigma Black Belt Certification from the Six Sigma Academy in Scottsdale, AZ.

Fireside Chat with Dr Lopez & Bob Nuñez

 

On May 12th, San Jose City College – Milpitas Extension and Silicon Valley Latino were honored to host another intimate and insightful Fireside Chat, this time it was conducted in an Iconoclast style. The featured guests were Dr. David Lopez and City of Milpitas Councilmember, Bob Nuñez.  Both shared various aspects of their life’s journeys in a very open and even vulnerable manner that was truly inspiring for those in attendance.

Jorge Escobar Vice President of San Jose City College welcomed the audience. He also spoke very passionately about both featured guests as he transitioned to introducing the theme of the event and the tone was set. From that point on, the Iconoclast style, Fireside Chat was underway and the dual interview began as casual conversation centered on their journeys. Both shared stories about their humble beginnings, early childhood memories that shaped their view of the world, trials and tribulations, key moments and lessons learned. Both men also shared in a very vulnerable manner how specific interactions with key people propelled them on the paths they took without necessarily knowing what lied ahead of them. Throughout the conversation, a clear theme related to the value of mentors and finding key people that believe in you prevailed.

Dr. Lopez specifically cited an instance when he wanted to move to San Francisco to live with his older sister to attend a community college as he was about to graduate from high school but how his mother interfered and strategically arranged a meeting with a family friend and attorney who was a key influence in having him be admitted to the University of New Mexico. That turned out to be a pivotal moment in his life that led him on a path toward earning his doctorate in Education and ultimately leading a career in higher education. Throughout his time in higher education, he has been passionate about helping, guiding and mentoring Latino students and paying it forward.

Council member Nuñez also shared about how he had a significant meeting early on in his career where he was asked: “what do you do here?”  That somewhat innocent question turned a pivotal moment where he learned about the power of his position, his influence and how it would impact people’s lives in a positive or negative manner. He took that lesson to heart and from that point on he was on a mission to empower the students he was responsible for as a key administrator to various school districts. He has now taken that approach to city government and looking out for his constituents.

By the end of the interview, it was very clear that both men have had and continue to have a very positive influence in our community and at an age where most people spend their time traveling, playing golf or engaged in other retiree activities, both of these gentlemen show no signs of slowing down.

We thank you both for all that you have done for our communities and continue to do. Thank you for believing in, us, our potential and the possibilities of an educated and empowered community.

At the conclusion of the program, San Jose City College and Silicon Valley Latino had the pleasure of presenting them both with the Creo En Ti Champion Award.

 

#CreoEnTi #CulturaAmbassador

 

 

Laura Fernández – SVL Collegiate Cultura Ambassador

 

Laura Fernández is currently completing her third year at San Francisco State with a major in Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts and a minor in Criminal Justice. She was born and raised in El Salvador until she was 10 years old. Her experience as a first-generation immigrant and all the recent events occurring in the country led her to choose a career in media that allows her to help the Latino community stay informed about the events that are affecting them, events that benefit them and to provide a way in which they can share their stories with the world. Her ultimate goal is to help them take action and stay engaged in conversations and decisions that affect their communities through documentaries, stories, and other media content.
Laura has volunteered as a photographer for the Resist documentary premier, a story about two undocumented students at SF State, and with Silicon Valley Latino as a media sponsor to BeVisible’s “BeWokeSF” event. She was inspired by Cultura Ambassador, Andrea Guendelman’s vision, signature event and how she created a platform inviting key leaders to dialogue and share insights to under-represented groups about diversity, inclusion, and career success.
She is eager to expand her knowledge and expertise in media, thus she is currently looking for job or internship opportunities for this summer and her last year at SF State. In the future, she looks forward to continuing to learn and serve her Latino community by providing a service in which they can share their stories.
Laura keep up the great work!  We look forward to keeping an eye on you and collaborating with you more in the future!  #CreoEnTi

Fireside Chat with Cisco CIO Guillermo Diaz Jr.

 

On February 24th, Silicon Valley Latino through a strategic partnership with San Jose City College, Milpitas Extension was honored to host an intimate and insightful interview with Cisco Chief Information Officer, Guillermo Diaz Jr. This was the second Latino Leaders Fireside Chat in its series.

Guillermo Diaz, Jr., is the Chief Information Officer responsible for Cisco’s global Information Technology organization, along with its strategy and services. His focus is on driving the business outcomes critical to the secure digital transformation of Cisco, and its customers and partners. Together with his team, Guillermo is responsible for strengthening Cisco’s foundational business capabilities, enabling new business models, and building the digital skills and talent that the organization will need in the future IT.

Since joining the company in 2000, Guillermo has been a major driver in the development of Cisco’s world-class IT organization. He has led initiatives that transformed significant business foundations, from the Cisco IT Networked infrastructure to primary business IT application areas. These application areas include Cisco’s $45B+ electronic commerce, technical services, professional services, service sales and marketing, customer service, Cisco Capital, and cloud/SaaS platforms.

Among other endeavors, Diaz is the executive sponsor of Conexión, Cisco’s Hispanic/Latino employee resource network, and a key leader on Cisco’s Diversity Council. His relationship building talent is what led him down the path of success, a path he was thrilled to share with our community.

Attendees were riveted by Guillermo’s story. Raised in the gritty east side of Pueblo Colorado, the Diaz family faced challenges early on with the death of Guillermo’s father at the age of 1 ½.  Diaz sites his mother as his hero in a town known as the “City of Heroes” due to the unusually large rate of Military icons born and raised in Pueblo. The hard work and determination of his mother coupled with the vision and encouragement of his grandmother guided “G” to excel in Martial Arts where he became a national champion in his division at the age of 14.  That same Diaz determination inspired Guillermo to enlist in the Navy with plans to leverage the GI Bill towards a college education. Through his mother’s guidance Diaz signed-up for the the Navy’s telecommunication networking job and just as he excelled with his black belt in Tae Kwon Do, he excelled in his new job.

Guillermo Diaz is a focused and determined man who never really sees obstacles, so much as assignments on a checklist of life’s “to do”.  As Diaz discussed his career moves, one thing was clear and not lost on his audience. Guillermo Diaz wakes up every morning determined to do his best, always steadfast in the resolve to make a difference. That is what makes him a great leader of people. At an early age, teachers pointed out how he possessed something clearly exceptional and it was then that he started his path towards being an effective leader.

So how does one go from setting up communication systems on an aircraft carrier of 5000 service men and woman to leading over 10,000 employees worldwide at CISCO?  Through effectively establishing and managing successful relationships.  Diaz possesses that humble confidence that makes each individual feel unique and empowered. He makes his team better. He makes those around him better. He’s making our community better.

Diaz shared a series of quotes and visual messages that spoke volumes about the keys to his success. One that resonated with most was a quote from North Carolina Basketball Coach Roy Williams, “It’s amazing what can be accomplished when no one cares who takes the credit”. A stark contrast to the “look at me” climate we seem to be so bombarded with on social media today. It’s so refreshing to hear one of the most powerful individuals in the IT world speak of truly connecting one on one with people and the beauty of each individual relationship. The audience was able to learn firsthand how empowering others empowers all.  And it’s for this reason that at the conclusion of the program, Diaz was presented Silicon Valley Latino’s inaugural “Creo En Ti” Champion Award.

As the audience gathered for Q and A, Diaz eloquently and patiently answered all questions and posed for photographs with attendees, a further testament to the selfless leadership that is Guillermo Diaz. We thank all those who took the time out of there busy lives on a Saturday morning to attend this heartfelt presentation. I know we are better for taking the time, that little extra time to learn from greatness. And as Diaz explained as he did during our inaugural Inspire Higher Tour, he was once in our shoes. He’s faced hardships and rose to prominence by never wavering, never giving up. We could not have said it any better. Creo En Ti!

Welcome Daniela Alcaraz!

 

We want to welcome Daniela Alcaraz to our team as our new intern.  If you get a chance to meet her giver her a warm welcome.

Daniela Alcaraz was born in Lazaro Cardenas, Mexico, but has lived in Fremont California for most of her life. She is a recent graduate of Fremont’s Washington High School and is currently studying at Ohlone College. Her goal is to transfer to UC Berkeley where she wants to major in Psychology.

Daniela is the middle child of three siblings and one of the first in her family to pursue higher education. She enjoys life and where she is and what she is doing, she especially enjoys the vibrancy about her culture and being a 21st Century Latina.

Daniela is passionate about helping others and making a difference in people’s lives. She’s also excited about her new role as a Silicon Valley Latino Intern and is ready to roll-up her sleeves and contribute to the work the Silicon Valley Latino team leads.

Jorge Escobar recognized at HITEC 100 Awards Ceremony

 

Silicon Valley Latino is delighted to announce, SVL Cultura Ambassador and education champion Jorge Escobar, Vice President for San Jose City College, was recently recognized as one of the HITEC 100 Corporate Award Honorees.

For many years now, Silicon Valley Latino has enjoyed covering this special annual awards presentation where many of our Cultura Ambassadors are regularly recognized. Current and past recipients include Guillermo Diaz Jr. -CIO at Cisco, Jorge Titinger – Founder & CEO of Titinger Consulting, Diana Albarran-Chicas – GEO Product Line Manager at Spac Systems Loral to name a few.

Jorge Escobar currently serves as Vice President of Administrative Services at San Jose City College (SJCC). As a member of the Presidential cabinet, his portfolio includes the following strategic areas: bond program for facilities development and operations; campus buildings and grounds management; financial services; business services; technology; campus police and safety; and operational performance of the 55-acre campus.

Before SJCC, he served as Vice President of Campus Operations and as Executive Director of Operations at Laureate International Universities (LIU), at the National Hispanic University (NHU) in San Jose, CA, and St. Augustine Universities, respectively.   At different times during his trajectory, he was responsible for multiple teams at the campus and functional expert in areas of Bursar, Financial Aid, Operations, AP, Facilities, Real Estate, Risk Management, and Information Technology. As a Sr. Leader in the organization, he supported the attainment of University goals and objectives in accordance with the institutional mission and strategic vision.

Prior to joining LIU, Jorge worked for Princeton University, where he served as senior associate director of planning and operations for the Office of Development creating a resource request to launch the Aspire capital campaign. The $1.75 billion campaign required the development of strategies relating to the allocation of resources in support of strategic plans (short and long-term).

Throughout his career, Escobar, a certified Six Sigma Black Belt, has applied his broad expertise in operations and technology at large institutions worldwide. For almost 10 years at Merrill Lynch, he performed global business reviews in Toronto, Tokyo, and London and became Vice President of Global Business Strategies and Solutions managing initiatives in data strategy, systems integration, performance metrics, and cost savings.

Escobar is an advisor to the International Commission of Science and Technology in the Dominican Republic and works with SENACYT (Secretaría Nacional de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación) evaluating research and development projects funded by the Panama government and the Inter-American Development Bank.

Escobar has led the National Hispanic Employee Network at Merrill Lynch and volunteered for AARP, Habitat for Humanity, and other community-focused organizations. In addition, he is a board member for HISPA (Hispanics Inspiring Student’s Performance Achievement) a non-profit organization providing role models to students in middle school. Finally, Jorge spearheaded Latino Princetonians, an employee resource group at Princeton University.

Educationally, Jorge has achieved a Master of Education with a concentration in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment from Walden University; Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, Thomas Edison State College; Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Rider University, New Jersey.

Additionally, Escobar is bilingual in Spanish-English, he is highly trained and proficient in multiple technology applications and has completed relevant professional seminars and conferences including the Looking Glass Experience, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Enterprise Architecture Modeling, Financial Reporting, Conflict Resolution, Advancement Services, Leadership Through People Skills, Results-Oriented Communication, and Market Data Management.

Jorge has also received numerous awards and commendations including a Special Recognition Award from Princeton University (2011), the Donald Griffin ’23 Management Award, Princeton University (2010), and the Special Achievement Award, Merrill Lynch (1997).

We would like to congratulate Jorge once again for being recognized as one of the HITEC 100.

 

 

Latino Leaders Fireside Chat Series Launch with Tony Quintero

 

Silicon Valley Latino and San Jose City College had the distinct pleasure of bringing together the community to become part of our inaugural Latino Leaders Fireside Chat Series featuring Tony Quintero at the new Milpitas Extension campus.

We were challenged with the task of condensing this man’s amazing accomplishments and adventures in the two hour talk. We could have gone all afternoon. Certainly those in attendance wanted more.

Tony awed and inspired the participants with his unique life story. Starting out as a humble transfer student at San Jose State University to leading The La Raza National Law Students Association, to teaching at different universities statewide.  He also became a commercial real estate all-star, the first Latino to own a chain of regional malls to now becoming a Latino industry champion. All with a focus to support and inspire Latinas/Latinos, never losing site of the rage burning inside of him. As a child, Tony witnessed first hand how our community was treated back in the 1960’s. Refusing to come to grips with the question haunting him from an early childhood experience. “Why does God let us be second class citizens?”

What attendees learned was that Tony was able to harness that independent spirit and align himself with those values early on. Tony has always worked as an independent agent.

When posed the question of why he never sought to run for office Tony, answers, “because he did not want to participate in the money in politics bureaucracy or red tape.” This has allowed him to make the kind of changes and have the impact he has had in his career.

A child of a WWII veteran and a warm, nurturing mother, growing up in Redwood City, Tony experienced poverty at a young age as his father struggled to find work in the post WWII bay area. After serving and becoming citizens after the war, many families struggled and often questioned what they were fighting for. Tony’s experience was a lot like many Latinos in that era, trying to find identity, while facing racial injustice and lack of opportunities in school and in the workplace. Even to the point, as Tony recalls, of Mexican children segregated in schools and forced to share classrooms in horse stables. Until in 1947 the case of Mendez v. Westminster in which the Federal Court ruled this type of segregation as unconstitutional. Tony knew early on that college was his path. He found refuge in books, became a book worm. Bullied more for this, Tony focused even more, and fueled by the discrimination and misunderstandings around him, fought to make a difference.

Those battles percolate in every turn of Tony’s career. Fighting for justice through earning a law degree from Cal Berkeley, starting the first EOP Program at San Jose State University and being Elected First National President of La Raza Law Students Association in 1970.

Tony’s ascent was rapid and clear. He wanted to give Latinos a voice. He wanted to organize and lead. Being the maverick that he is, Tony did not seek to align with red tape, he aligned with action.

The next chapter in Tony’s career lead to an interest in Commercial Real Estate. Seeking to breathe life into a downtown San Jose area that had become run down and stagnant. He saw the future of this high tech mecca. He’s quoted in the early 90’s as predicting a major corporation would call San Jose home within 5 years. His foresight was dead on, to say the least. He moved on to the buying and developing of shopping malls, and was instrumental in allowing small, minority owned businesses to share the stage with major retail players.

Tony’s latest endeavor is developing and producing films which portray Latinos in a more positive light. Latinos represent over 25% of box office ticket sales, yet are grossly under represented on film. With well under 4% of roles going to Latinos. Not only that, but often cultural biographies representing Latino figures are often cast to Anglos. Tony points out numerous examples. The audience nods in recognition.

Those who were fortunate enough to sit down with Tony at our fireside chat were allowed a glimpse of a compassionate and determined individual, who so eloquently reminded us that revolution, comes from within.

We are certainly grateful for allowing Tony to share his story and inspire so many.