Marcos Orozco: My 3 Lessons Learned from Sheryl Sandberg
I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but there’s an Entrepreneur Movement happening right now.
This past month I attended fellow Gentepreneur Nely Galan’s Adelante Movement ™ at the NCLR Convention at the Los Angeles Convention Center. An enthusiastic crowd of mostly female Latina entrepreneur with standing room only, closely listened to Nely Galan interview Facebook billionaire Sheryl Sandberg. I was taking copious notes and the crowd was fully engaged with the conversation.
As the only boy in my family, my mother and father taught me to respect and appreciate women. Needless to say, what I learned from Sheryl was eye opening and inspiring.
Three Things I learned from Facebook Billionaire Sheryl Sandberg
1. Women are the fastest growing segment of Entrepreneurs in the country and leading that charge are Latina Entrepreneurs.
Over the last 10 years, there has been a 200% growth in Latina-based businesses, compared to 55% made by their non-Hispanic counterpart. Studies show the Latina entrepreneurs have a start-up rate of six times the national average. Firms owned by Latinas are estimated to be 944,000 as of 2013, and employ over 400,000 employees, and are responsible for generating over $65 billion dollars in revenue. Yet, there’s still a lot to improve upon according to Sheryl, who founded LeanIn.org.
2. Only 7% of women negotiate their first salary out of college, compared to 57% of men who negotiated for better terms of employment.
In my opinion, nothing is more powerful than a confident woman who dares to negotiate, and know what she’s worth to a company or client. According to recent studies, that is one of the main reason women in the workforce only make 78% on average of what a man makes for the same job.
3. “If half of the Countries and half of all companies were run by women, this world would be a better place.”
I have to admit, the way she said this…gave me the chills. I always said to my mom, “if women ran the world, we would live in a much more peaceful place, because women leaders, especially mothers, would think twice before sending their children to kill another human being in a senseless war. They would think from a more reasonable perspective and come up with better solutions.”
Some of you men reading are probably thinking that I’m a “Yes, Ma’am” type of guy, and I would highly disagree. I’m just speaking without ego and from observation of our historical track record of men rulers…the world has probably never seen global peace because of governance of the male species.
“I want every little girl who is told she is bossy to be told she has leadership skills.”
Sheryl mentioned that she won’t be around to see a major shift of equality that she’s fighting for, but she’s planting seeds for her daughter and grandchildren to see progress.
Entrepreneur, Speaker and Author, Marcos Orozco is the Founder of Gentepreneur.com and the Gentepreneur Podcast. Born in the post-revolution oppression of Nicaragua, he fled with his family from one war zone to another, ending up in Gardena, California, where local gangs fought for drug turf which resulted in mass casualties of young Black and Latino teenagers. Marcos has evolved into a successful entrepreneur who dedicates time to his son, and enjoys giving back to his community.