Latinas Rising Up In HR: Highly Recommended If You Want To Be Inspired

by Alan Collins

Let’s face it.  As an HR pro, staying positive and on top of your game consistently can be challenging.

At the end of a busy day, during this pandemic, it’s easy to lose sleep at night replaying in your mind those tough clients conversations you may have had, wondering if you could have handled them differently.

Or, staring at your ceiling awake unable to let go of that employee termination meeting you led that didn’t go so well.

Or, frustrated because no matter what you’re doing, you don’t seem to be progressing in your career.

This is the dark side of being in HR that can take an emotional toll. 

However, if you ever find yourself in need of a jolt of inspiration and motivation as an HR pro, read some of the stories in Latinas Rising Up in HR: Inspirational Stories of Human Resources Professionals Leading, Thriving & Breaking Barriers.

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I bought this book because I’m always on the look out for sources of inspiration and HR people with experiences I can learn from.

I’m particularly intrigued by those who have overcome adversity and unbelievable barriers to achieve excellence in our profession.  And author, Priscilla Guasso has provided 20 of them in this book.

They include the following Latina HR professionals:

• Priscilla Guasso, Speaker, Author & Founder of Latinas Rising Up In HR
• Valerie Hope, Leadership Coach & Professional Speaker
• Stephanie Martinez, CEO & Founder, HRDesigned4U, LLC
• Janine Ting Jansen, People Partner Director
• Irma I. Reyes, Director of HR
• Katie Lopes, HR Anthropologist
• Naysa Aparicio-Hernandez, Vice President of HR
• Susana Mota, HR Business Partner
• Edith Pacheco, Benefits Manager
• Pamela Burga, Diversity & Inclusion Leader
• Myriam Del Angel, HR Manager
• Karina A. Jimenez, Regional HR Manager
• Griselda Rodriguez, Benefits Director
• Sonya Lamas, Colleague Experience Director
• Monica Tijerina, Corporate Social Responsibility Strategist
• Francisca Phillips, Engagement, Diversity & Inclusion Leader
• Mercedes E Jaime, Supplier Diversity Professional
• Isabel Montes, Human Resources & Learning Director
• Karina Pro, Sr. Director of Human Resources
• Luz Perez, manager, HR Business Partner

Some of their stories will make you cry and others will make you shout for joy!

But all are moving and enlightening. In many ways it’s like a “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book.

Guasso (pictured right) shares that during her 15-year career she was blessed to have had opportunities to move up the corporate ladder and reach successful heights. She credits her hard work but also the support she received from her family, friends, mentors, and sponsors.

However, as she moved her career forward, she realized not a whole lot of people looked like her at the top.

In this book, she’s gathered similar stories of other Latinas in HR who faced the same career challenges.

You’ll find revealing situations about getting rejected for promotion, overcoming sexism and racism, handling on-the-job alienation from colleagues, family issues, dealing with bad bosses and much more.

It was tough for me to pick a favorite story because all twenty are excellent!

However, I did find Valerie Hope’s detailed, blow-by-blow description of being denied a promotion both fascinating and enlightening because I had an identical experience early in my HR career…and wish I had handled it as creatively and as well as she did!

I’m sure you’ll find some stories that will resonate with you personally too.

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This is an easy read and I especially enjoyed each person’s comment at the end of their chapter emphasizing their personal career takeaways and key lessons learned.

This is a book for everyone in HR, not just for Latina HR professionals.

Share it with your team, your boss or your family — especially those frustrated or aspiring to climb their own career ladder. And, if you are consultant or HR networker of any kind, you’ll find Priscilla Guasso’s book to be an invaluable resource too.

Highly recommended and a worthy addition to any personal library.

Five stars!

Grab it!

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About the Author: Alan Collins is founder of Success in HR, Inc. and the author of a variety of best selling books for HR professionals. He was formerly Vice President – Human Resources at PepsiCo where he led HR teams and initiatives for their Quaker Oats, Gatorade and Tropicana businesses.

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