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Leaders of the Month

06/02/2015 09:49PM

Hector Chavez

Hector M. Chavez is the Manager, Employee & Labor Relations at City of Hope. City of Hope, an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, is an innovative biomedical research, treatment and educational institution dedicated to the prevention and cure of cancer and other life-threatening illness. As Manager, Employee & Labor Relations at City of Hope, Hector’s main function is the interpretation and application of Human Resources policies, procedures, practices, and in the negotiation and administration of collective bargaining agreements. 

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Mark Espinoza

Mark Espinoza is a Senior Director of Corporate Affairs for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. in Bentonville, Arkansas. Mark joined Walmart in January of 2008. In his position he actively works in helping to set strategy for the company’s outreach opportunities and social investments. He is a leader with a deep and broad range of experience with the public, private and NGO sectors in the United States. He has expertise in developing and operationalizing external engagement strategies with cross functional teams. Mark is currently coordinating external outreach efforts for Walmart’s US Manufacturing, Veterans and Financial Services efforts.

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Laura Gonzalez

Laura Gonzalez is currently a Solutions Manager at Verizon Wireless’s Destination store in Houston, Texas. The Verizon Houston Destination Store, one of only six in the country, is a 12,000 Sq. Ft. location with two Floors and six Lifestyle Zones specifically designed to cater to the lifestyle of all customers. It is truly a destination for Verizon’s innovative technology. There, Laura is responsible for leading a team of 10 specialists to excel in guest satisfaction while exceeding business metrics and key performance indicators. During its launch in November 2014, Laura was chosen to represent Houston Destination in the media at local morning show Great Day Houston and at a series of technology segments for the Spanish media. Laura also remains active in the community by attending events, such as Hispanic Chamber events. She leads an initiative to create and award a technology badge for the local girl scouts troops based on their completion of a technology workshop facilitated by her team at the Destination store.

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Daniel Rivera

Daniel is currently the Senior Director of product flow and supply chain for CVSHealth. Daniel has full responsibility for Collaborative Planning, Forecasting and Replenishment which accounts for over 50% of the annual inventory spend. Daniel is also responsible for Reverse Logistics, Seasonal and New Item allocations and Business Systems support which include Master Data Management and EDI to name a few. Daniel is also responsible for Speed to Market launches and is member of the Omni Channel committee developing Omni Channel and flexible fulfillment strategies. Daniel was recognized with the CVS Breakthrough award for innovative solutions around the CVS speed to Market Strategy within his first 6 Months with organization.

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The cultural demographic shift™ in the United States is about the workplace and marketplace telling us that it is becoming less about the business defining the individual and more about the individual defining the business. This is exactly why Hispanics – both entering the workplace in search of the right employer who will allow them to be their authentic selves as well as those professionals who have been battling the gulf between assimilation and authenticity – are now ready to advance as 21st century leaders by activating their immigrant perspective; that is, the influence their cultural values have on the natural ways they think, act and are motivated to perform at work.