Women of Virtue is an award presented to ten outstanding women from South Florida every year by LATINBIZ. Among the 2008 honorees is Ms. Ruby Ortiz, Guatemalan. She has been serving the South Florida business community for more than 10 years in management development, business consulting and Coaching. More than 1,000 managers from Florida and Latin America have benefitted from her professional consulting and training.
Ruby Ortiz is a member of the advisory board and professor at Florida International University -MTI-, she is Director of the new Florida Institute of Management and she is also Senior Consultant of RO International Inc.
"The Latinbiz Women of Virtue Award honors outstanding professional women in our community who through their virtue and their work bring about social and economic change, support of other women, serve as outstanding role models, and demonstrate outstanding performance within their professions to further advance women in their fields. We accepted nominations for three months and selected ten winners from hundreds of nominations" said Monica Puig, President of LATINBIZ. The event will take place on September 18th, 2008.
Ruby Ortiz worked in Guatemala with development organization to improve the livelihood of Guatemalans: United Nations Development Program, US Agency for International Development, European Institute for Latin American Relations, Pan American Health Organization, GTZ German Agency for International Development, FADES Foundation, and others. Her work in Guatemala has been related to training and consulting to Small and Medium Enterprises, Competitiveness, Children at High Social Risk, Women's Development.
Ruby Ortiz was born in Guatemala and studied at University del Valle and University San Carlos de Guatemala.
We asked Ruby Ortiz what where her mayor impressions about her work in Guatemala and the Guatemalans. Ruby says: What impressed me most was the willingness to succeed and the ethics of some Guatemalan people, especially Mayan Women.
We asked Ruby what Guatemala needs to make progress and to succeed as a nation with many challenges. Ruby says: We have to understand as Guatemalans that we need to "take charge", not to wait for others to do it. We need to be leaders, motivators, to be continuously changing, be flexible, avoid hostile behavior, to embrace diversity, to be coaches for our young, to learn to plan and to be proactive. And most of all we need to believe in ourselves and participate.
We at The Guatemala Times are proud to present to our reader Guatemalans like Ruby Ortiz who make a diference, who have vision and fight for what they believe. And we are especially proud because she is a woman.
Her wise words: "we need to believe in ourselves and take charge" is a message that we want to share with all Guatemalans, no matter where they are and what challenges they face.
Congratulation Ruby Ortiz, you are an inspiration for all Guatemalans.
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