Glass Breakers Café with Cindy (English)

Welcome to Glass Breakers Café with Cindy. the podcast where we meet with impactful leaders to get their wisdom and insight on the future, leadership and career development. Our goal is to inspire you and empower to live an unlimited and smart future by breaking free from limiting beliefs, firefighting and the invisible walls of our society. I'm your host, Cindy, future of work expert, diversity accelerator, executive coach and international speaker.

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Glass Breakers Café with Cindy featuring Amaka Amalu, Managing Director at WSP and Founder of Tech Girl Power

Tuesday Aug 10, 2021

Amaka Amalu is a STEM for Girls Advocate on a mission to ensure more girls, especially those experiencing a tech and digital divide in Miami, are included in this fast-growing field. Initially intending to be a teacher or child psychologist, she experienced the joys of Engineering in her last year at St. Thomas Aquinas high school and altered her career path. Fusing her love of Engineering and mentoring young girls, she founded Tech Girl Power in 2016. Amaka’s honors include being awarded the 2020 Emerging Philanthropist Award from Philanthropy Miami and The Miami Foundation, being recognized as one of Brickell Magazine’s Top 20 Under 40 Professionals in South Florida, and recognition by The Miami Herald for her philanthropic work In this week episode,  Amaka shares with us her wisdom and insights on: Leading as a proud invert Finding your voice in a male dominated industry Strategic career moves to access great opportunities Trends that will transform the engineering field Investing in the future of girls from low income families to build a more diverse pipeline in STEM The super power she wishes she could have and so much more  Enjoy!

Glass Breakers Café with Cindy featuring Tim Merriman Jr, Partner at NAI Miami

Tuesday Jul 27, 2021

Mr. Timothy Merriman Jr, partner at NAI Miami, a commercial real estate brokerage firm, focuses his career on representing commercial real estate sellers. Mr. Merriman brings over 18 years of real estate analytical experience to his clients. Mr. Merriman believes his clients benefit from the firm’s tenacity to be the best, together with his ability to achieve adequate sales prices that other brokerages simply could not deliver. He is currently a member of the global organization of land developers, the Urban Land Institute, is an active member of the South Florida / Caribbean division and is a member of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties.   In this week episode, Tim shares with us his wisdom and insights on:   His powerful story of tenacity from being on the verge of being broke to become a partner at commercial real estate brokerage firm The reasons why the commercial real state brokerage industry is not diverse Strategies to enter rooms where no one looks like you His sales secrets to become a top seller in his field How fear can hold you back The importance of self-awareness and accountability to smash your goals The power of dreaming Big The superpower he wishes he had and so much more   Enjoy!

Glass Breakers Café with Cindy featuring Karla Fraguada, Senior Director Global Finance, Bacardi

Tuesday Jul 13, 2021

Karla Fraguada has over 18 years of experience as a corporate executive at international organizations with focus on Program Management, Process Improvement and Strategy. Currently, she is Senior Director at Bacardi Global in Finance and zero-based budgeting projects.   Karla holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico. Before her current role, she served as Deputy Executive Director at Puerto Rico’s Central Office of Recovery and Reconstruction where she oversaw the island’s hurricane recovery efforts. She started her career at Kraft Foods in New York and spent 2 years in Mexico City with the company. Later, she held leadership positions at Pepperidge Farm and Unilever in the Tristate area. In 2012, she earned a Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma. Karla also holds a US patent. Before returning to Puerto Rico in 2018, she spent 5 years at Bacardi, in Miami, holding several positions including Strategy Director and Chief of Staff at the Office of the President of Bacardi North America.   Throughout her career, Karla has been an active advocate of women advancement, culture and childhood wellness and education. She currently serves as board member at Make-a-Wish Puerto Rico, and The Lynne Mitchell Foundation, an organization promoting higher education in rural Jamaica. For 12 years, Karla has been involved with Habitat for Humanity Global Village completing builds in Haiti, India, Guyana, and Nicaragua. She is an angel investor as well as a mentor for women.   In this week episode, Karla shares with us her wisdom and insights on: Her career experience navigating both the corporate and government worlds Responding to a tragedy like Hurricane Maria Strategies to future-proof your career in a fast-paced world The opportunities and barriers for women in becoming angel investors The 3 famous persons she would love to have lunch with and much more

Glass Breakers Café with Cindy Montgenie featuring Brigette Lumpkins, Director of Business Development at EisnerAmper

Tuesday Jun 29, 2021

Brigette Lumpkins is the director of business development at EisnerAmper. She has twenty years of experience in business development and relationship management. Prior joining EisnerAmper, Brigette has worked at Datum 9 Analytics, Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital, Hamilton Lane, Goldman Sachs. In addition to serving on the local steering committee for the Women’s Association of Venture and Equity she is a member of the executive committee for the Miami chapter of the CAIA Association. Brigette earned a BA from Spelman College, summa cum laude, an MA from the University of Michigan, and an MBA from The Wharton School. She is a political junkie, vocal advocate for racial equity, reality TV aficionado, pop culture expert, crossword nerd, Ashtangi, and dog lover.   In this week episode, Brigette shares with us her wisdom and insights on: Her nontraditional career path which started studying towards a PHD in psychology Her sales secrets to build a top-notch career in customer acquisition and revenue generating roles Strategies to either accelerate your career or getting unstuck in your career Her passion to reach racial equity in the financial industry The Obama and Hillary presidential campaigns and much more Enjoy!

Glass Breakers Café with Cindy featuring Marcus Cooper, Director Global DEI at Zendesk

Tuesday Jun 15, 2021

This week we sit down with Marcus Cooper who is a global diversity, equity and inclusion leader with a passion for social justice and service giving. Marcus is a graduate of the TLC Executive Leadership Fellowship Program (HBS, Fall '18), a White House fellow for LGBTQ professionals in tech (Spring '17), a NY on Tech Innovator and Disruptor (Fall '18) and an active mentor in the startup community.   Marcus shared with us his wisdom and insights on: His role and his team’s role in implementing an impacting DEI Strategy The challenges reason why progress can be slow in the DEI space The rewards of being an actor in the DEI space The importance of mentorship and sponsorship to catapult minorities’ career The corporate expectations of the new generation His dream guests for a great lunch..and much more

Trailer: Glass Breakers Café with Cindy

Thursday Jun 10, 2021

Welcome to Glass Breakers Café , the podcast where we meet with impactful leaders to get their wisdom and insight on the future, leadership and career development. Our goal is to inspire you and empower to live an unlimited and smart future by breaking free from limiting beliefs, firefighting and the invisible walls of our society. I'm your host, Cindy Montgenie, future of work expert, diversity accelerator, executive coach and international speaker.

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