How Female Business Leaders Succeed

A conversation with Belén Garijo and Felicia Marie Knaul

By Alexandra Bassil
UM News


Belén Garijo, left, and Felicia Marie Knaul share a laugh at the inaugural Women’s Leadership Forum.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (March 23, 2017)—During Women’s History Month, the University of Miami Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas and the School of Business Administration’s Center for Health Sector Management and Policy and Women in Business Group presented real-world tips and advice at the institute’s inaugural Women’s Leadership Forum. The topics ranged from career success and work/life balance to other issues affecting women globally.

During his welcoming remarks to over 50 students, faculty, staff, and guests, School of Business Interim Dean Anuj Mehrotra highlighted the importance of the forum. UM President Julio Frenk said that women are at the heart of the University’s education and engagement efforts, and introduced Belén Garijo, CEO of healthcare and executive board member for Merck KGaA in Darmstadt, Germany. Frenk also mentioned Garijo’s leadership and her corporation’s support of “Healthy Women, Healthy Economies,” an initiative designed to promote good practices to enhance women’s economic participation by improving women’s health.

Institute Director Felicia Marie Knaul, also a professor at the Miller School of Medicine, started the Q&A session by asking Garijo to share advice after her long career as a physician-scientist in the chemical, pharmaceutical, and life sciences industry, and as CEO of Merck KGaA over the past six years. At Merck, Garijo is responsible for the health care business sector, comprising the biopharma, consumer health, allergopharma, and biosimilars businesses.

“From day one you are in charge of your career and must be willing to take the challenges and make them opportunities,” said Garijo. As an example, she said after earning her medical degree in Spain, a surplus of physicians made it difficult to begin a practice. With that realization, she decided to take an opportunity to start as a clinical researcher in the pharmaceutical industry. Garijo also advised the attendees not to let others influence their desire to achieve career success and to network as much as possible.

Knaul also brought up work/life balance, to which Garijo advised seeking employers that have flexible working models, telecommuting, and parental leave so having a family life is possible. In addition, they discussed Garijo’s commitment to increase gender diversity in management and emphasized that success is usually driven by a top-down approach.

Garijo also shared Merck’s role as the only private sector company to join the “Healthy Women, Healthy Economies” initiative. The socially responsible company chose the project to impact women’s lives in developing countries in an effort to address access to health care, gender-based violence, birth control and the safety of women.

Closing remarks and a recap were offered by the founder of the Women in Business Group, Ann M. Olazábal, vice dean of Undergraduate Business Education and professor of business law. In her remarks, Knaul mentioned that future Women’s Leadership Forum guests will include singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman Gloria Estefan, a UM alumna; Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo; and Kathleen Sebelius, former U.S. secretary of Health and Human Services.


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Ticket Distribution for Family Day with the Marlins Continues

Celebrate with co-workers and family members at our 12th annual event as the Miami Marlins take on the Pittsburgh Pirates 

marlins-ticket-distributionIn appreciation of the dedication and outstanding work of its employees, the University of Miami will host its 12th annual Family Day with the Miami Marlins on Saturday, April 29, at Marlins Park in Little Havana, when the Marlins take on the Pittsburgh Pirates at 7:10 p.m.

Each regular employee, as well as contract employees, can pick up one complimentary ticket and purchase up to two additional tickets for $1 each; extra tickets will be available for $10 apiece. Children under 3 do not require tickets. Each ticket comes with a food voucher for a hot dog, chips, and a fountain drink or bottle of water.

Tickets will be distributed to employees with a valid ‘Cane Card and cash only on the following dates, time, and locations:

  • Coral Gables campus: Monday, March 27; and Monday, April 3, on the Foote University Green, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Miller School campus: Thursday, March 30; and Thursday, April 6, at the Schoninger Research Quadrangle, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Rosenstiel School campus: Friday, March 31, on the Breezeway, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

You must have a valid ‘Cane Card (UM ID) to receive your tickets, and you must pick them up at a single ticket distribution session; you cannot go multiple times. You will not be permitted to bring anyone else’s ID to purchase tickets for them.

If you plan to sit with other UM employees, you must pick up your tickets together, at the same time, and at the same distribution site. Cash only will be accepted for all ticket purchases. Family Day tickets will be available for sale at all ticket distribution sites on all days while quantities last.

Pregame and Postgame Activities

The event will feature pregame activities for the entire family. Family activities and entertainment will be located on the West Plaza beginning at 5 p.m. Pregame on-field ceremonies will highlight the University of Miami.

Watch a video from the Marlins and look for more information about UM Family Day in e-Veritas.

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Celebrate National Student Employment Week April 10-14

The University of Miami will celebrate National Student Employment Week in conjunction with universities nationwide during the week of April 10. Please join the Office of Student Financial Assistance and Employment in celebrating and recognizing the valuable contributions student-employees make with their labor, knowledge, and energy.

On Monday, April 10, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., an Energy Break will take place at the UC Breezeway. Please encourage student-employees to stop by the table to enjoy prizes and snacks (while supplies last).

On Thursday, April 13, the Office of Student Financial Assistance and Employment will announce the 2017 Student Employee of the Year, Supervisor of the Year, and Miami Commitment award recipients during the annual Student Employment Award Celebration, which begins at 2 p.m. at the Shalala Student Center. An invitation will be extended to all nominees, nominators, and their departments.

U Works! banners will decorate the Coral Gables campus throughout the week. These are great photo spots to remember your student-employees.

Most importantly, we encourage YOU to celebrate and recognize your student-employees during the week. Below are some ideas to help your department in organizing a National Student Employment Week celebration. Remember, you don’t need a big budget to let your student-employees know what a great job they are doing:

·         Decorate an office bulletin board or the office door in recognition of your student-employees.
·         Have a pizza party. Designate a day when the whole staff can get together and order pizza.
·         Have a chip & dip party.
·         Build your own ice cream sundae party. Bring in a couple of different flavors and toppings.
·         Bring in a sheet cake, cupcakes, or brownies and other goodies for a dessert party.
·         Organize a potluck luncheon in the office.
·         Make a care package for your students.
·         Have the staff sign a thank you card for the students.
·         Present each student with a certificate of appreciation.

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Three Faculty to Present ’Cane Talks on Cuba

UM News

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (March 16, 2017) – A Grammy Award-winning Afro-Cuban jazz pianist and composer; a religious studies scholar whose interests include Latino/Latina, Latin American, and feminist theologies; and the director for a repository of materials and scholarship on the history Cuban theater will illuminate Cuba’s rich cultural heritage and what it means for the world during the next series of ’Cane Talks on Thursday, April 13 at 6 p.m. in the UM Fieldhouse at the Watsco Center.

Gonzalo Rubalcaba, a lecturer of studio music and jazz in the Frost School of Music who was born in Havana to a musical family, will combine performance and reflection to trace some of the influences that have shaped his work, beginning in Cuba and spanning the globe, when he presents “La Musica en Mi” as one of the talks in this latest series, titled “Improvisation, Beauty, and Resilience: Three Talks on the Culture of Cuba.”

In her talk, “Masking the Virgin Mary,” Michelle Gonzalez Maldonado, a professor of religious studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, will discuss how La Caridad del Cobre, the patron saint of Cuba, is a symbol of that country’s identity, and the complexity and resilience of its religious traditions.

And in “Theater and Reconciliation: The Power of the Digital Diaspora,” Lillian Manzor, associate professor and chair of modern languages and literatures and director of UM’s Cuban Digital Theater Archive, will talk about the roles that theater and digital culture play in building community across the fraught borders of time, space, and nations.

A Q & A moderated by School of Communication Dean Gregory Shepherd will follow the talks, prior to which a faculty reception will be held at 5 p.m. in the Hurricane 100 Room at the Watsco Center.

Tickets to the talks at the UM Fieldhouse at the Watsco Center are free but seating is limited.

Unveiled in late January 2016 during the week of inauguration-related activities for UM President Julio Frenk, ’Cane Talks are lively 10-minute presentations by leading thinkers in the UM community illuminating big questions we face in the next century.

The inaugural 10 ’Cane Talks are available for viewing at canetalks.miami.edu.


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Finding a Solution Against Violence

UM professor wins ACLS grant to continue his studies on violence and the human condition.

By Betty Chinea
Special to UM News

Louis Herns Marcelin

Louis Herns Marcelin

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (March 17, 2017)—Dr. Louis Herns Marcelin, associate professor of anthropology at the University Miami College of Arts and Sciences, has focused most of his research on understanding violence as essential to social life.

As he notes, most scholars see forms of violence in society as discrete phenomena with clear determinants, while others shed light on their (im)morality and their destructive power. “While these approaches are important in helping us make sense of identifiable acts of violence, their randomness, and epidemiology,” Marcelin says, his work “takes a holistic perspective on the topic, a view that goes beyond thinking of violence as belonging to the realm of the absurd.”

Violence, he says, is not an anonomy or outside of what make us humans.

“Instead, violence is foundational of social life and quintessential to power relations among humans. Violence is constitutive of the human condition.”

Starting this summer, Marcelin will take a full academic year of research leave to further explore this theme as a recipient of an American Council of Learned Studies (ACLS) fellowship for his proposal, Democratization Process, Violence, and Peacebuilding in Contemporary Haiti.

As an ACLS fellow, he will work on a book that focuses on violence and human insecurity in post-dictatorship and post-disaster Haiti. The book builds on a series of transdisciplinary, multistage, ethnographic, and sociological studies he has conducted in Haiti, where he was born, over the course of 25 years.

His research interrogates the standard categorization and analysis of and community responses to violence. It highlights the unique value of ethnography as a distinctive means to investigate the principles at work in the production and reproduction of violence in sociocultural contexts like Haiti.

Marcelin is aware that this award was not simply for his own work, but the result of thought-provoking collaborations and reflections with UM colleagues and students, as well as other scholars from other parts of the world, including Haiti, South Africa, Brazil, France, and Canada.

“When I found out about this, I was humbled by it,” he said. “What it means is that it pays off to think in collaborative terms. It’s a product of what other people have helped me become. I am saying this because there is more reward in academia when we work collaboratively.”

For this fellowship, Marcelin will work through the Interuniversity Institute for Research and Development (INURED), a Haiti-based institute he co-founded to better integrate various disciplinary tools and perspectives in an effort to assist the people of Haiti.

Marcelin has continued to conduct research in Haiti over the past three decades, more recently expanding the scope of his work to explore how natural disasters, such as the 2010 earthquake and Hurricane Matthew in 2016, affect communities, as these are prolonged moments of crises, when violence in all forms is most prevalent.

Despite his focus on the darkest dimensions of the human condition, Marcelin remains an optimist. He says he is able to stomach years of research on violence because of his obligation to understand it and communicate his findings to others through his research.

“Sometimes you cannot sanitize it, ” he said. “It is the ugliness of abject human suffering that I cannot stomach; however, it forces me to look at what people living in these circumstances have in terms of resources and how these resources can be channeled in order to reverse their condition.”

Marcelin’s research goes beyond focusing on victims and/or offenders by exploring unjust structures that enable violence to erupt in the first place.

In addition to his ACLS fellowship, Marcelin also has been awarded the Residency Program at Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS) in South Africa, a four-month program in South Africa, where he will write several chapters of his book based on a comparative account of the nexus between violence and democracy in two shantytowns, one in Haiti and the other in South Africa.

These two fellowships will allow Marcelin the opportunity to examine sociocultural variations between democratization processes and violence.

“Everything humans do, humans can undo,” he said. “That’s where the philosophy of hope comes into play, the possibility of you overcoming the ugliest phases and conditions in life.”




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