Advocacy is a Powerful Means for Change

I aim to combine legal leadership with community advocacy. I’m a partner in Fox Rothschild’s Labor & Employment Department, representing companies in high stakes wage and hour class actions, single-plaintiff employment lawsuits and business disputes. Within my practice, I also provide clients with daily employment law support by assisting with wage audits, developing policies; drafting executive employment agreements; counseling on day-to-day human resources issues and on the enforcement of restrictive covenants. And I lead training (in English or Spanish) on a variety of employment-law topics.

In the #MeToo era, I guide businesses to proactively address and eradicate workplace harassment. At my national, 800-attorney firm, I am modernizing diversity efforts as co-chair of its Diversity Committee and LGBTQ & Allies subcommittee. My efforts have encouraged the firm to update its parental leave and other policies to ensure equal benefits for LGBTQ attorneys and staff.

I am also devoted to advancing opportunities for Hispanic legal professionals. Between 2015 and 2017, I was one of only 20 Latina Commissioners throughout the country appointed by the Hispanic National Bar Association President to strengthen the pipeline of future Latina lawyers through community outreach. As the HNBA’s Regional President for Southern California, I helped raise more than $100,000 for scholarships, grew the association’s profile and chaired the organization’s Women’s Leadership Conference.

I am grateful for a number of honors and recognitions I have received for delivering success to my clients and leading in my legal, business and Latino communities. Hispanic Lifestyle Magazine named me among Latinas of Influence, Los Angeles Business Journal recognized me in their “Most Influential Minority Lawyers” and Latino Leaders included me in their list of 25 most influential Hispanic lawyers in the U.S.

I believe the integral element to my growth as a woman leader is empathy. Simply put, understanding fosters growth. My work with women, minority and LGBTQ advocacy groups has only strengthened my dedication to raising awareness about the barriers they face in workplaces and beyond. Advocacy is a powerful means for change. Whether it means adding women to the boardroom or creating affinity groups, we should always push to include, because diversity is a powerful catalyst for progress. It boosts business productivity, reduces workplace hostility and, above all, drives community advancement.