WILMERHALE Ken Salazar Partner WilmerHale How My Heritage Values Fuel My Success: The importance of family and a good education were values that my parents instilled in all eight of their children. Growing up on the family ranch in the San Luis Valley in Colorado, we did not have electricity until the early 1980s. My father always told us that an education was the most important thing we could obtain. How My Company Supports Me…and How I Pay it Forward: Throughout my career, I have had the privilege of working with more experienced attorneys, who have
offered me advice and encouragement; I strive to be that person for up-andcoming professionals. The Best Career Advice I’ve Received and the Advice I Offer Others: The best advice I have offered to young professionals is to work harder than the average person in order to be successful; and that it is important to offer those who come after you good advice and mentoring. PDJ
BALTIMORE GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANY Alexander G. Núñez Vice President, Governmental and External Affairs Baltimore Gas and Electric Company, an Exelon Company How My Company Supports Me…and How I Pay it Forward: My company invested in developing my leadership skills and exposed me to new ways of looking at the world. As a result, I have led complex initiatives and projects, as well as teams, and shared my learnings with those I lead and coach. I serve on the boards of Leadership Maryland, the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education, and the Maryland–DC Audubon Society. At BGE, I’m a charter member our Diversity and Inclusion Council, as well as the executive sponsor of the Organization of Latinos at Exelon (Maryland Chapter), where I bring leadership development and community engagement to Hispanic professionals and others interested in our Hispanic communities.
The Best Career Advice I’ve Received and the Advice I Offer Others: The best advice I received regarding career advancement was to focus on performing today’s work with excellence, but to have a vision and plan to reach future goals. Also, I would advise others to: • Build a network of support by supporting others. If you have genuinely served the needs of coworkers and others, they will help you when you need them. • Listen to the customers and community you want to serve, so you can better align your strategy to their needs. • Measure the impact of your work, so you can track success and failure, and demonstrate your value to others. PDJ Read more at WWW.DIVERSITYJOURNAL.COM
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