Young and Thriving

How Priscilla Chavez Learned to Succeed. **Dynamic.** ***Engaging.*** **Business focused.** Those are some of the words that describe Priscilla Chavez, the 33-year-old thriving Diversity and Inclusion manager for the eighth largest contractor in the nation. Her ascent to the top took an insatiable commitment to excellence and great mentors. At PCL Construction, Chavez oversees and ...

Young and Thriving

How Priscilla Chavez Learned to Succeed.

**Dynamic.**

***Engaging.***

**Business focused.**

Those are some of the words that describe Priscilla Chavez, the 33-year-old thriving Diversity and Inclusion manager for the eighth largest contractor in the nation. Her ascent to the top took an insatiable commitment to excellence and great mentors.

At PCL Construction, Chavez oversees and manages diversity and inclusion initiatives and activities, government relations, union relations, community outreach, certified subcontractor relationships and local hiring requirements to meet the company’s strategic goals in Southern California, none of which, even separately make for small work. A little more than a decade ago, however, this Herculean workload and the construction industry were not on the horizon for Chavez.

As the oldest of four in a Latino family, it was a cultural tradition that Chavez be given additional responsibilities. However, at seven years old, these responsibilities far exceeded what anyone, including Chavez, could have expected. They could have overwhelmed her; instead, they proved developmental in her career.

About Us

Diversity Professional (DP) is an interactive national publication complemented with strategic offline engagements that focus on business, career and lifestyle. We deliver essential information for entrepreneurs and professionals related to business strategies, career development, education, economics and social trends.This is a test DP is the magazine for achievers, the voice of modern executives and the ...

Diversity Professional

About Us

Diversity Professional (DP) is an interactive national publication complemented with strategic offline engagements that focus on business, career and lifestyle. We deliver essential information for entrepreneurs and professionals related to business strategies, career development, education, economics and social trends.This is a test

DP is the magazine for achievers, the voice of modern executives and the playbook for business owners, millennials and seasoned professionals. Serving as an ongoing resource throughout one’s professional career, DP understands the value of long-term relationships and what it takes to guide our readers to success. We connect people, possibilities and partners that build businesses and drive the economy.  DP is dedicated to creating positive change in diversity and inclusion initiatives. By raising awareness and sharing expertise across multiple industries.


Mission Statement

Diversity Professional mission is to advance economic inclusion for underrepresented groups by focusing on issues that impact employment, entrepreneurship and business.  We engage, inspire, celebrate, educate and connect diverse professionals and entrepreneurs to opportunities that elevate their careers and businesses.

Disrupt or be Discarded: Rethinking your Business Strategy

Imagine being the CEO of a highly competitive and successful $9 million business, with contracts with a number of corporations. One of your customers decides to restructure its vendor program by eliminating all vendor contacts with a high-risk profile—a company with over 25 percent of its overall business invested with another business. Because your company …

By Madison Gunter III

Disrupt or be Discarded: Rethinking your Business Strategy

Imagine being the CEO of a highly competitive and successful $9 million business, with contracts with a number of corporations. One of your customers decides to restructure its vendor program by eliminating all vendor contacts with a high-risk profile—a company with over 25 percent of its overall business invested with another business. Because your company has 50 percent of its business with this particular corporation, this could put you out of business within six months.

You are probably thinking, “Oh, no! We’re screwed! What do we do?” But, after a few tantrums, your thinking turns into active, problem-solving mode. You say to your leadership team, “We need something that truly differentiates us from our competitors, fills in the gap of this business loss, and positions us to be successful in the future. Our strategy needs to be a disruptive transition.”

What Is Disruptive Transition?

Disruptive transition is a disturbance that interrupts and changes from one state or condition to another, creates a new market and value network for businesses and encourages change.

Sexual Harassment: Is there a Solution?

The media and workplace have been flooded with allegations of sexual harassment. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) states that sexual harassment can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical acts of intimidation or coercion. However, it doesn’t have to be of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment can also …

By LaSonya Berry

Sexual Harassment: Is there a Solution?

The media and workplace have been flooded with allegations of sexual harassment. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) states that sexual harassment can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical acts of intimidation or coercion. However, it doesn’t have to be of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment can also include offensive remarks about a person’s gender. The harassment claims have not been initiated only by women, as men also experience unwarranted sexual advances. Often, many argue about which party is responsible.

Are the women dressing inappropriately? Is it okay for a company leader or manager to have consensual sex with a subordinate? Who’s at fault when sexual advances are made at a work party in a hotel suite? Is it the host’s?

The majority of corporations and organizations offer their employee’s compliance training that includes sexual harassment education. This is now required as a result of two Supreme Court cases. It was determined that for a company to avoid liability in a sexual harassment case, it had to prove that it had trained employees on its anti-harassment policies. Often, training is provided, largely, to check a box for EEOC purposes. It can be argued that the training is not effective, as some individuals are only required to sit or click-through a video or complete online training. Is the training inadequate? Or is training really the issue?

Overcoming Financial Fear and Anxiety

Money is the currency of exchange and symbol of success in today’s world and society. So much stress, thoughts and discussions revolve around money. I assure you that it might not bring happiness, but it definitely secures a peace of mind—well, to some extent. But how much is enough? Student loan payoffs seem to begin …

By Sylvana Coche

Overcoming Financial Fear and Anxiety

Money is the currency of exchange and symbol of success in today’s world and society. So much stress, thoughts and discussions revolve around money. I assure you that it might not bring happiness, but it definitely secures a peace of mind—well, to some extent. But how much is enough?

Student loan payoffs seem to begin the first day of work. All of a sudden it’s important to save to buy a house, pay for daycare, save for healthcare, in case of emergencies, save for your kids’ college fund, as well as start building up retirement funds. When does it stop? It doesn’t. No matter how much money you make, there will always be the fear of not having enough. And, for those who make enough to live comfortably, there is a fear of losing it.

Fear and anxiety about the future eats you up from inside. In either case, fear of not having enough or fear of losing it all, the issue is centered around our inability to control the unplanned events that trigger how much money will be needed on any given day. So, instead of asking ourselves, “How much do I need?” the real question is what tools do we have to manage a situation where more money is required?

Leadership and Diversity: It starts in the classroom

Leadership in business starts in the classroom, long before it is exercised in the boardroom. But when it comes to diversity, our nation’s higher education faces a leadership gap, similar to that in the boardroom, and both must be closed. The college classroom is where tomorrow’s leaders—today’s students—are inspired, motivated, educated and prepared for careers. …

By Bernard J. Milano

Leadership and Diversity: It starts in the classroom

Leadership in business starts in the classroom, long before it is exercised in the boardroom. But when it comes to diversity, our nation’s higher education faces a leadership gap, similar to that in the boardroom, and both must be closed. The college classroom is where tomorrow’s leaders—today’s students—are inspired, motivated, educated and prepared for careers.

Hiring managers at most major companies will tell you, unfortunately, that the young talent pool coming out of colleges, today, is not as diverse as they would like it to be. Across all business disciplines, and in academia, there is a collective agreement: our country needs more African-Americans, Latinos and Native-Americans to study business and similar professions. With today’s global marketplace, and our increasingly multicultural domestic footprint, there are lucrative career opportunities awaiting business graduates. Companies know that a diverse workforce produces a diversity of ideas and a level of innovation that will outpace its competitors.

Wassel Lewis Champions Diversity at Aflac and Beyond

Wassel Lewis believes that since we live in a country that is extremely diverse, it makes sense to have a workforce and supplier base that reflects that diversity. As director of Strategic Sourcing and Procurement at Aflac, his vision is to instill that notion and make it part of the company’s overall business plan and …

By Tai Wright

Wassel Lewis Champions Diversity at Aflac and Beyond

Wassel Lewis believes that since we live in a country that is extremely diverse, it makes sense to have a workforce and supplier base that reflects that diversity. As director of Strategic Sourcing and Procurement at Aflac, his vision is to instill that notion and make it part of the company’s overall business plan and culture going forward.

“Supplier diversity is extremely important to Aflac because we believe it’s the right thing to do for the communities in which we serve. However, it is also a business consideration. Today’s marketplace is as diverse as it has ever been, and we want to reflect that in our workforce and through the suppliers that represent our brand. It is a key pillar of our overall growth strategy,” Lewis said.

Want to fire your boss?

Something about 2018 has stirred up much momentum for new and seasoned entrepreneurs, alike. Those that have been operating and growing a part-time business while working their full-time jobs are taking the leap. They have mustered up enormous amounts of courage and decided that this New Year is ripe enough to write corporate America that …

By Aurorah Dey

Want to fire your boss?

Something about 2018 has stirred up much momentum for new and seasoned entrepreneurs, alike. Those that have been operating and growing a part-time business while working their full-time jobs are taking the leap. They have mustered up enormous amounts of courage and decided that this New Year is ripe enough to write corporate America that infamous “Dear John” letter.

Imagine leaving a little note on your boss’s desk that reads, “YOU’RE FIRED!” Well, that seems to be the run-on theme as more and more entrepreneurs are discovering their purposes and paths to a more lucrative and fulfilling life. For many, the excitement of this transition is causing them to overlook three vital must-haves that need to be set in place before firing their bosses in 2018.

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