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WOY Elite 20 Spotlight: Bonus Quotes

March 31, 2008

Martha Béjar
Corporate vice president of communications for Microsoft

"It is critical to have a family support structure that is on board and understands that personal sacrifices are part of the game."

Diana Bonta
Vice-President of Public Affairs for Kaiser Permanente

"Many times I stepped out of my comfort zone into new challenges because it was important that a Latina would trail-blaze in this area."

Arisa Batista Cunningham

Vice-President of Global Diversity for Medical Devices & Diagnostics Group for Johnson & Johnson

Gretchen Colón

Senior Vice-President of Advertising Sales and Business for Turner Broadcasting

In recognition of her far-ranging endeavors, Johnson & Johnson has honored Ms. Batista Cunningham with its Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Award.

"There is nothing more important you can do for your career than to build solid relationships with key mentors and peers. You never know when you might need these relationships – and by then, it's too late to start from zero."
Eileen Farinacci
Vice President and General Manager, Latin America for Bausch & Lomb

Cecilia Gonzalez
Partner at the law firm of Howrey LLP

"You must prove to yourself and
others that you have the ability to make sense of a situation, identify opportunities, plan appropriate strategies, and execute them."

"Hold on to your sense of humor and speak clearly with conviction (and) don't let the fact that you are the only woman affect how you act or what you say."
Jennifer Hernandez
Partner at the law firm of Holland & Knight

Sandra Hernandez
CEO at the San Francisco Foundation

"If you can become a good teacher, you can become an effective advocate."

"You get tested by people with biases and preconceptions, and it reflects poorly on them. It's always been clear to me that you have to be a little better and work a little harder."
Linda Martinez Lang
CEO, Jack in the Box

Dr. Elsa Murano
President of Texas A&M University

After 18 years of working with Jack in the Box in marketing, finance, and operations positions, Ms. Lang become CEO and chairwoman of the board in 2005.

"Expose yourself to as many different experiences as you can. You might be uncomfortable while you're doing it, but my gosh you will be so rewarded in the end."

Hispanic Business magazine's Elite 20 Bonus Quotes, continued after the jump!

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