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Friday, January 30, 2009

Dr. Charley on HPNG's January Networking Event

I am so pleased to have met you, Ali, and attend your HPNG networking events. I have meet the most wonderful people at your events and have even made business connections which will be skyrocketing me and my dreams to help education our community in the coming months.

Thank you so much, for making this forum possible. HPNG is not the typical networking forum where you have a few drinks then go home, it REALLY WORKS at connecting you with the right people that can help you launch your business to higher levels; plus inspires you with the amazing stories and insights from the guest speakers.

Dr. Charley Ferrer
Women's Sensual Empowerment Specialist
Clinical Sexologist & Author
Executive Director, Institute of Pleasure

Monday, January 26, 2009

Mariela Dabbah's new book, Latinos in College

Throughout the last couple of years, HPNG has been very fortunate that along with the many inspiring leaders we've met, many authors have been part of that experience.

Mariela Dabbah is one of those authors that has focused on building the pipeline of future Latino leaders.

I invite you to check out her new book, Latinos in College, a unique guide focused on helping Hispanic junior and senior high school students and college freshmen navigate the college system.



About Mariela Dabbah

Mariela Dabbah is the author of Latinos in College: Your guide to Success, Help your Children Succeed in High School and Go to College, Help your Children Succeed in School, How to Get a Job in the U.S. and the co-author of The Latino Advantage in the Workplace.

Mariela has been a frequent guest at “Wake up with Whoopi” (Syndicated Radio Show), “All things considered” (NPR), “Good Morning America” (ABC) “Today in New York” (NBC), “Despierta América” (Univision), “Cada Día” (Telemundo), “Directo desde Estados Unidos” (CNN en Español), “Temprano en la Mañana” (93.1 FM- AMOR), and many other TV programs and radio shows. She’s been interviewed by Business Week and Time magazine and she’s been featured and quoted in publications across the country including the New York Times, Latina magazine and Vanidades magazine.

Friday, January 23, 2009

It's The Network

The Wikipedia definition of a social network:

social network is a social structure made of nodes (which are generally individuals or organizations) that are tied by one or more specific types of interdependency, such as values, visions, ideas, financial exchange, friendship, kinship, dislike, conflict or trade.

Or...a place to hang out online. :-) What makes a difference however, is where you're hanging out and what you're looking to get out of it. Take mySpace. I sign in to check my friend Cathy's blog. That's it. She refuses to go back to Blogger (which I love) for whatever reason.

But unless I'm whisked there by a link from somewhere else, I don't go on my own accord. Does it suck? Nope. Is is for me? Nope.

LinkedIn is good, for those us who like to connect with professionals and see their profiles. I think recently they've really stepped it up as a networking tool because it was mostly a "profile viewer" and a "connections" aggregator. My apprehension to aggregating connections was that I'm not comfortable with recommending those I don't know anything about, other than their profile. Does that defeat the purpose of online networking, well, sort of. I think there should be some type of underlying commonality other than "we both signed up to LinkedIn."

But on the plus side, it's solid, well-respected, well-known, everyone you know is registered, but its not as fun as let's say...Facebook.

Ah Facebook...now there's the holy grail of funness. Downside: too much fun and very little business going on. My ideal social/business network would be something like...LinkedBook.

Yeah, I made it up. LinkedIn+Facebook. Do you love it? Can you build it?

I think iHispano may have...sort of. Well it's not called LinkedBook, but it has a lot of what we need and what we like in a social network.

And of course, HPNG has partnered with the online, once job-board only, newly-revamped social site. So there you have it, awesomeness, funness and business profiles, all in one place.

Hmmm....LinkedBook, I should trademark that.

Click to join the HPNG Online Networking Site

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Con Mucho Gusto

I'm not great at restaurant reviews because I'll pretty much eat anything, anywhere. I had passed by Gusto Grilled Organics on 6th (@ 14th) many times but never thought it would be the kind of place where I would find the pleasure of a full belly.

We were long overdue, so this week was time to catch up with my pals Carlos Vassallo of LatinoVision and Miguel Zabludovsky, of W. Village eco-friendly cleaners, Slate. At Carlos' suggestion, we met at Gusto.

After drinking a bottle of organic wine, scarfing down organic greens and uber-impressed with the free-range chicken, I'm a convert.

If you're in the area, check it out.

Gusto Grilled Organics
519 6th Ave @ 14th St.


Wednesday, January 07, 2009

January '09 HPNG Networking Event - Save the Date

HPNG January Networking Event

Save the Date - Thursday, January 29th

Kicking off the HPNG networking year with awesomeness, smartness and tons of hotness, our guest speaker this month is Ms. Liliana Gil, Director of Worldwide Marketing Services at Johnson & Johnson.

As usual, downtown haute spot Elmo will be our hosting location.

A couple of past speakers slated to make a guest appearance are Jeffrey "Sporty" Duque, Publisher of Fox Sports en Español magazine and el fashionista himself Rafael Jimenez of Republica Trading Co. (maybe bringing along a pair of those awesomely sweet sunglasses to give away??? I'm just sayin'...)

Now all we need is David Chitel to pop by and we'll really be rocking! (pun intended)

And before I forget, welcome back to NY Mr. Max Ramirez! The Max is back.

SAVE THE DATE - Jan. 29th

Monday, January 05, 2009

Of Mice and Men

The best laid plans of mice and men, often go awry.

So it's the New Year. Like most, I'm just glad I made it through. But most of all, I'm glad for the new friendships, self-discoveries and things I've learned about others.

Yes, I'll share them:

- We ALL have an agenda
- Our friends can't always be our business partners
- Our business partners can't always be our friends
- We can have friends that are business partners
- Don't call yourself a "marketer" or a "connector" if you just have an email list and send out media alerts to second-rate publications that your target audience doesn't read
- Everything takes longer than expected
- The smartest guy in the room isn't the one who wins, its the one who sticks it out till the end
- Reading my horoscope sets the tone for the rest of the day
- It's okay to be impressed with yourself, but it only matters if someone else is

Hmmm...not too bad.

Happy New Year.