On Monday, April 11, Cari M Dominguez will present a talk at Union College titled after her book, Leading With Your Heart: Diversity and Ganas for Inspired Inclusion.
Life experience has taught Dominguez much about inclusion. As a Cuban immigrant with a father forced to wait tables because of his limited ability to speak English and a mother who saw her own trainees continually promoted as she was passed over, Dominguez noticed from an early age that something was wrong with “the system.”
Dominguez, a self-proclaimed child of the civil and women’s rights movements, has spent her life in management and human resources in the public and private sector working for inclusion and equal rights. She started as a compliance officer for the U.S. Department of Labor and then rose through the ranks at Bank of America to become a senior human resource manager before joining then Secretary of Labor Elizabeth Dole as director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, and eventually Assistant Secretary of Labor. During her time at the Department of Labor, Dominguez initiated the Glass Ceiling Initiative, still in use today to improve opportunities for women and minority professionals to gain better access to senior management positions.
Dominguez rejoined the private sector as a management and executive search consultant until 2001, when President George W. Bush appointed her chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)—the agency charged with enforcing federal laws making it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or employee because of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability or genetic information.
Now owner of Dominguez and Associates, a management consulting firm, Dominguez coauthored Leading With Your Heart: Diversity and Ganas for Inspired Inclusion, a guide to management focused on building a foundation of fairness, openness, accountability and legal rights. She contends that avoiding discriminatory practices creates a better workplace and builds productivity.
Dominguez will discuss the meaning of the Spanish word ganas and the principles found in her book at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, April 11 in Woods Auditorium on the campus of Union College. The talk is free and open to the public and a book signing will follow. For more information, email news [at] ucollege [dot] edu or call 402.486.2973.
Directions: From 48th Street, turn east on Bancroft Street. One block down, turn right into the Union College parking lot. Woods auditorium is located at the north end of the Don Love building just to the east of the parking lot.