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Workshops: Area of Focus

Since she first arrived in the US in 1988, Mariela Dabbah has been involved with the Latino community developing programs to help adults understand the cultural differences that make it hard to navigate the American system successfully.

Working in both the career advancement front and the education system, Mariela’s focus has always been on providing practical tools and valuable insight to Latinos in order to help them overcome the difficulties caused by these cultural differences.

Based on her personal experience and extensive research, as well as on numerous conversations with experts in both the public and the private sectors, Mariela wrote her well regarded books. She has also developed several workshops and speaking topics to help companies and organizations address these issues. Although her programs are usually tailored to the needs of her clients, here is a sample of the basic programs she offers.




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Keynote Presentations

See details about Mariela as a keynote speaker under Other Work, Consulting & Speaking.

Recent speaking engagements include presentations at: American Express, Citigroup, HBO, McDonald’s Corporation, National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA), Junior Achievement, and National Society of Hispanic Journalists.

Workshops & Speech Topics

  • Professional development
    Taking into consideration traits often shared by people with a Latino background, Mariela has created a series of workshops that address key career development issues with a Latino sensitivity. Each of these modules can be presented as a two-hour program as a one hour Lunch & Learn, or as a webinar. As your company looks to further develop their Latino talent, it is critical to use a nuanced approach to leadership topics that addresses the needs of this diverse group of employees.
  • Building a powerful network in and out of your company
    - Contextualize Latinos ability to socialize
    - Review cultural discomfort to leverage social network for career development
    - Understand differences between mentor, sponsor and advocate
    - Evaluate your network to identify areas in need of development
    - Learn how to become a broker of relationships to attract others to your network
    - Learn about the best places to develop strong relationships
  • Branding yourself for optimum ROI
    - Understand why branding affects your professional growth
    - Identify your career goals
    - Learn to obtain (and listen to) feedback regarding your current personal brand from a group of trusted friends/colleagues
    - Align your career goals with your strengths taking into consideration feedback received
    - Learn to define your brand in simple words
  • How to get noticed in corporate America
    - Understand that great opportunities come to those who get noticed
    - Become aware of the impact of networking, having a strong brand and a board of advisors
    - Find ways to achieve relevant visibility at your company by aligning your passion, talents and skills and by stepping out of your comfort zone
  • Sharpening your presentation skills
    - Get over the fear of public speaking by starting with small presentations
    - Understand some key traits of a great presenter
    - Leverage your Latino communication style (passion, low-confrontation level, love of storytelling)
    - Develop a short presentation and role playing
  • The Latino Advantage in the Workplace
    - Use Who you Are to Get Where you Want to Be
    - Become aware of certain cultural traits many Latinos share
    - Understand how both the positive and challenging side of each trait impact your career
    - Learn to leverage these traits in your favor for career growth
  • Effective communication
    - Identify you communication style and recognize its impact on your ability to lead others
    - Learn basic elements to help you communicate more effectively (including: giving and accepting feedback; sentence structure; managing level of intensity/passion; formal use of presentation tools)
    - Role play specific situations
  • New everyday conversations
    - Identify the kind of conversations you have with co-workers, bosses, employees
    - Learn the difference between opinions and facts
    - Recognize that most conversations focus on being right or wrong rather than on obtaining productive results
    - Understand the creative power of language to achieve better results
  • Taking the mystery out of a great communication style
    - Identify you communication style and recognize its impact on your ability to lead others
    - Learn basic elements to help you communicate more effectively (including: giving and accepting feedback; sentence structure; managing level of intensity/passion; formal use of presentation tools)
    - Role play specific situations
  • New everyday conversations
    -Identify the kind of conversations you have with co-workers, bosses, employees
    -Learn the difference between opinions and facts
    -Recognize that most conversations focus on being right or wrong rather than on obtaining productive results
    -Understand the creative power of language to achieve better results
  • Women empowerment
    Although any of the topics listed under Professional development may be adapted for a women-only audience, the following are two workshops that Mariela has developed exclusively for them.
  • What every woman needs to know to succeed in her career
    -Become aware of some female traits that may get in the way of realizing your career potential
    -Recognize the influence of cultural traits
    -Master the ability to modulate your personality and cultural traits to your advantage
    -Learn to leverage your natural abilities to negotiate in your favor
  • Tools of ambition: a woman’s road to success
    -Become aware of your cultural upbringing and your relationship with ambition & competition
    -Understand key tools & skills needed to move to your next career level
    -Overcome obstacles presented by a conservative culture
    -Learn to stay true to yourself by balancing your beliefs with what’s required to succeed in corporate America
  • College students
    Given Mariela’s extensive work with young adults through her well regarded Latinos in College platform she has developed and implemented programs for this population including:

-How to land your first job
-Relevance of finding mentors, advocates and sponsors throughout your career
-Leveraging your Latino traits to your advantage
-Modulating your Gen Y traits to work in a multi generational environment
-Preparing a resume that stands out
-What do you bring to the table? Learning how to talk about yourself and your value added

In addition, any of the topics listed under Professional development are easily adaptable to the college audience.

 


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