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CVS HEALTH Lou Mercado VP of Inventory Management CVS Health How My Heritage Values Fuel My Success: My parents, who are both of Dominican descent, have taught me that having a strong work ethic and treating people fairly are extremely important. Those values have allowed me to shape who I am in business, as well as in life. I have been able to be successful due to my own hard work and the great people I surround myself with. How My Company Supports Me…and How I Pay it Forward: CVS Health is a strong supporter of Hispanic professionals. Our company emphasizes the importance of hiring diverse colleagues and offering continuing development opportunities. Our Strategic Diversity Management team provides tremendous support

throughout the organization to ensure that we are executing on that strategy. I personally pay it forward through incorporating diversity across my team. We are committed to hiring qualified and successful leaders and, more important, making sure that they have a clear path to succeed in our company. The Best Career Advice I’ve Received and the Advice I Offer Others: The best advice I received from a mentor is to understand your company’s cultural strategy. Don’t be afraid to make decisions, and make sure that you build a team that can work well with others to achieve success. The best career advice I can offer is this: Develop a personal and professional plan. Make sure you are flexible and willing to change, since business

changes constantly. Mentor and develop future leaders—your success will always depend on the success of your team. Think in terms of global diversity, since we operate in a global economy. And always, always work hard. The rewards will be tremendous. PDJ

DISNEY ABC TELEVISION GROUP Marla Provencio Executive Vice President, Marketing and Chief Marketing Officer, ABC Entertainment Group Disney ABC Television Group How My Company Supports Me…and How I Pay it Forward: Mentorships are key in our company, and I have been lucky enough to be part of the executive mentorship program. My mentor, Anne Sweeney, has given me guidance and has included me in corporate meetings, conferences, and seminars that have spurred my development. Other programs have helped me improve my management skills and public speaking. I offer a mentorship program in my own department. I’m a board member of Promax/BDA and belong to its diversity council, which mentors entertainment marketing talent. I have participated in Cal State Fullerton’s

roundtable meetings, which focus on providing students with high-value internships and helping recent graduates find jobs. The Best Career Advice I’ve Received and the Advice I Offer Others: The best advice I was ever given about career advancement is this: Move out of your comfort zone and seek opportunities that will challenge you. That advice has stayed with me throughout my years at ABC. Additionally, my advice is to be proactive, not reactive. Challenge yourself to question, explore, and create change where it is needed to benefit you and others. PDJ Read more at WWW.DIVERSITYJOURNAL.COM

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Profile for Diversity Journal

Diversity Journal - Nov/Dec 2014  

2015 Diversity Leaders

Diversity Journal - Nov/Dec 2014  

2015 Diversity Leaders