Latina women represent only about 1.6% of C-Suite executives in Fortune 500 companies - and none of these companies held a Latina CEO. While this inequity is rooted in factors like the lack of career mentors, it’s also about navigating cultural norms.
As a first-generation corporate Latina, Monica Marquez discusses the unique opportunity for seasoned leaders - who navigated and broke through barriers - to transfer the unspoken rules of success and raise the next generation of Latinos/x. She also shares the pearls of wisdom from the most senior-level Latina women in the community, her own experiences, and the research behind what it takes to get ahead in the C-Suite.
[00:19] Statistics about Latinos in the workplace
[03:34] Unequal experience in the workplace
[04:32] Percentage of Latina women in the C-Suite
[05:44] The number one barrier for success for Latinas
[06:49] Lack of access to networks
[09:08] Dead-end promotions
[11:57] Having clarity on where you want to go in your career
[12:42] The gender wage gap
[14:46] Breaking the cultural curse of “just working hard”
[17:53] Getting out of our own way
[20:27] Having courageous conversations
“We have to understand and have clarity on where we want to go in our careers.” - Monica Marquez
“If you don’t ask, you don’t get.” - Monica Marquez
“We have to break the cultural curse of keeping our heads down, working really hard, and being more reserved with self-promotion.” - Monica Marquez
“Acculturate to what success looks like in your organization.” - Monica Marquez
About Nikki Barua:
Nikki Barua is a digital innovator, serial entrepreneur, author & speaker. Learn more atnikkibarua.com.