Women Who Move the City 2016
Meet some of the business, civic and educational leaders who work to bring about positive change and enhance the quality of life in our community.
In what ways do you feel you or your business have brought positive change to our community? One of the best things about my job is that every day in the office is an opportunity to bring about positive change in someone’s life, to reunite families, and to contribute to the richness of the cultural melting pot that makes America great. I have had the honor of working with thousands of immigrants, representing dozens of different countries and I know that every single victory at our office is a win for our community. My clients become our local business owners, educators, and medical professionals, and I take tremendous pride in seeing them succeed. Immigrant entrepreneurship has been among the driving forces of the Florida economy in recent years and I hope that trend will continue in years to come.
Do you think there are still barriers to female leadership? I think opportunities for women are improving every day, but when women make up more than half of the population but remain underrepresented in positions of power in the economic and political arena, the existence of certain barriers is undeniable. One of the tasks I take very seriously is mentoring and empowering other women in my field. Professional women, especially those in male-dominated professions, may feel pressure to prove themselves as intelligent and competent, whereas, I think, often those qualities are just assumed of men in similar positions. I am committed to creating opportunities for other women and to ensuring that their voices are heard and their meritorious contributions are assigned due value. Together, we are stronger.
What’s the best decision you’ve ever made? One decision that I have never regretted was the decision to go to law school. I had dreamed of becoming a lawyer since age 11, when my dad’s well-loved copy of John Grisham’s A Time to Kill made it into my hands as summer reading material. As cliché as it sounds, after reading that book, I realized that nothing inspired me more than the fight for justice. Years later, Berkeley Law, due to its commitment to social justice and the fight for racial equality, turned out to be an excellent fit for my philanthropic and professional goals.