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Creating New Opportunities

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By Ligia Labrada

CREW-Miami’s Women at the Top panel – always a highly anticipated event as it spotlights Miami’s female business leaders – shared great anecdotes, taught us all lessons and prompted a few laughs.

We were fortunate to line up a stellar panel of women: Vanessa Grout, President of Douglas Elliman Florida; Myriam Marquez, Editorial Page Editor at the Miami Herald; and Michelle Villalobos, Founder & Lead Trainer of Mivista Consulting Inc. The panel was moderated by Raquel Matas, Associate Dean at University of Miami School of Law.

As the business world rapidly evolves, it’s important to have a direction in your career, shared Vanessa, whose legal background led her to land her first job in commercial real estate with Douglas Elliman.

For panelist Michelle, reinvention came early in her career as she left her position in the magazine Ocean Drive Español. Looking for a new direction, she realized she needed to create her own brand to market her services a as a business consultant in order to get noticed and draw new clients.

“Women’s natural skill sets are valuable as we step into a new era of business,” Michelle told the audience of CREW-Miami members and guests at the annual event held April 18 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Brickell.

Myriam Marquez took a different route. After building a solid career as a journalist, she raised her kids before taking on a management role. As the Editorial Page Editor at the Miami Herald, she is now developing a new facet of her career.

The panelists shared three great pieces of advice: to make decisions that are aligned with your values, to look for career opportunities in organizations that fit your career plans and, most importantly, to remember that you create your own opportunities.

Check out more photos of the Women at the Top luncheon