Business Wed, May 23, 2012 12:31 PM
Palo Alto, CA – Surrounded by several highly-accomplished entrepreneurs who were once his students, Dr. Jerry Porras, Professor Emeritus of Organizational Behavior and Change at Stanford University’s School of Business, received the Summit’s first Award for Lifetime Achievement on Saturday at the Stanford Faculty Club.
Dr. Porras has been a Silicon Valley icon for over four decades, as professor, mentor, consultant and author. Among his many publications is the bestselling book he co-authored with Jim Collins, Built to Last, Successful Habits of Visionary Companies. He arrived at Stanford in 1972, the first Latino professor to join the faculty ranks at Stanford University’s School of Business.
The School’s Hispanic Business Student Association annually honors an alumnus with the Jerry I. Porras Award for community involvement coupled with business achievement. Dr. Porras was introduced by one such winner, Frank Ramirez, CEO of Colorado-based Ice Energy, whose childhood-to-entrepreneurship story is detailed in the award-winning book launched at last year’s Latino Leadership Summit titled Latinnovating.
Mr. Ramirez celebrated Dr. Porras’ uniquely memorable leadership style with a story. He told the 250 Summit attendees about a young lady, one of Dr. Porras’ business students, who had landed a job interview with Goldman Sachs her senior year. Not having the $340 needed to fly to New York for the interview, she approached Dr. Porras, sharing her opportunity and her problem. He reached into his pocket and wrote her a personal check, launching her highly-successful business career that includes building and selling a Hispanic media company. That kindness, that desire to take the time to positively impact the lives of students, is something he practices intentionally; he calls it “practicing RAK (random acts of kindness).”
Frank Carbajal, Founder of Es Tiempo LLC, its annual Silicon Valley Latino Leadership Summit and author of Building the Latino Future, says, “We selected Dr. Jerry Porras for this first SVLLS Award for Lifetime Achievement because he is truly a selfless person. Not only has he built Latino and Latina millionaires through his courses of study by preparing them to work in high-end positions as executives, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, but also his students have inherited his sense of integrity. They give back with leadership and by doing what’s right for our business community.”
The Silicon Valley Latino Leadership Summit is a unique collaboration between Carbajal’s Es Tiempo LLC leadership development firm, Hispanic-Net, an entrepreneurial ecosystem where Hispanic entrepreneurs, executives, innovators and investors come together to create market leading companies, and Gracefully Global Group LLC , premiere publisher and marketer of Latino innovation and entrepreneurship case studies and content. The Summit’s purpose is to gather Latino leaders from many sectors of American society to network and collaborate, to introduce high school students and college students to new mentors, and to multiply and accelerate the number of Latinos in leadership position across America.
This year’s event included a panel on financial leadership and a panel entire focused on the sharing of best practices in Latina leadership. The former panel was facilitated by Moises V. “Moe” Vela Jr., Partner at Washington D.C. law firm Holland & Knight. The panelists included wealth management advisor Angel V. Chavez, Certified Investment Management Analyst at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Arturo Lewin, President and CEO of Southern California-based Executive Clothiers Art Lewin & Co, Alex Mendez, Founding Managing Director of venture capital firm Storm Ventures, Ebetuel (Beto) Pallares Ph.D., Co-founder of El Paso-based venture capital firm Cottonwood Capital Partners, Tony Quintero, Chairman of National Financial Services Consortium LLC and Jorge Luis Titinger, President, Chief Executive Officer of technical computing company Silicon Graphics International.
The panel of extraordinary Latina leaders proved a highlight for many attendees. This included the high school and college students who eagerly asked questions about the panelists’ experiences as corporate professionals, entrepreneurs and small business owners. Edgar Quiroz, Director of National Workforce Diversity at Kaiser Permanente, was the facilitator. The panel included Ysabel Duron, Senior News Anchor at KRON Channel 4 and cancer non-profit leader/activist, Yasmin Davidds, Ph.D., organizational psychologist, international negotiation consultant and author, Alicia Morga, J.D., Founder and CEO, Refleta and New York’s Angélica Pérez-Litwin, Ph.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Publisher/CEO of New Latina Magazine.
This year’s Platinum Sponsors were Verizon and Kaiser Permanente. Verizon sponsored the attendance of several high-achieving local college students. Silver sponsors included Genetech, Applied Materials, Hispanic Development Corporation -Portraits of Success, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Wells Fargo and Visa.
Those interested in sponsoring or attending the 2013 Summit at Stanford should contact Frank Carbajal directly via his company site at www.estiempo.com.
Director of Communications for SVLLS
Gracefully Global Group LLC