September 12, 2017

Be an Inspiration

When I sit back and reflect on my family ancestry and those that have influenced my leadership style, it becomes clear to me that it’s often the women in my family lineage who have contributed to the beliefs and values of who I have become.

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May 16, 2017

A Letter to Me

I often find myself deep in thought, contemplating “what-if” scenarios. What if I won the lottery? What if my parents never emigrated from Mexico? What if I became a teacher and not an accountant? These hypothetical scenarios allow me to think outside the box and not limit my options or ideas to my current circumstances.

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April 11, 2017

Developing the Leaders of Tomorrow

On a recent Saturday morning, I stood with my niece at the crossroads of a busy intersection to help her sell highly-sought after Girl Scout cookies. It would have been easier to just buy the amount of cookies she needed to sell and call it quits. However, I found myself intrigued by her enthusiasm and eagerness to do her part.

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March 07, 2017

The Road Less Traveled

Looking back at “my story,” I realize that I began taking the road less traveled early in life. I found great happiness doing things that were not traditional for a growing Mexican woman, from the electives I took in high school to the career path I would eventually choose. 

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September 20, 2016

Sometimes the Grass Really Is Greener on the Other Side

After completing 26 years of State service, I decided to pack my boxes and cross over to the other side. The “other side” for me was HORNE. Make no mistake, this wasn’t an easy decision. I prayed and talked to the ones it will affect the most—my family. My mother gave me the “grass isn’t always greener on the other side” conversation.

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August 09, 2016

The Softer Competitive Edge

Like many companies vying for business, I’m often asked what it is exactly that makes us different. What gives us that competitive edge? What sets us apart from our counterparts?

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July 27, 2016

That “Diversity” Buzzword

Odds are, you and I are different. We look different. We may worship differently. We probably like different food, different music, dress differently, live in different places, have different backgrounds and think differently. This is a simple fact of life.

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July 12, 2016

Flexibility is Vital

I’m a millennial. And a working mom. I started my journey through parenthood early and completely unprepared. (Although, I’m not really sure what a truly prepared new parent looks like. If you know one, I’d be interested in meeting them.)

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June 21, 2016

Using Fraud Prevention Skills for Hiring

Not only is making a bad hire extremely expensive to your firm or organization, but a tremendous amount of your success rides on making the right hires. Interviewing is more of an art than a science. All too often, candidates who look good on paper and ace the interview process can choke on the job. How do we stay away from making these bad hires? Is it possible to weed them out in the interview process by using fraud prevention techniques?

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May 31, 2016

The Importance of Mentorship

Recently, over dinner with one of our partners, I was reflecting on how I made the transition from being a shy, awkward college student with no real direction into an early career in policy at the Texas legislature. Those years at the legislature were fundamental to my professional development, and helped me learn skills in policy and program development, facilitation and conflict resolution, research and writing, and networking and relationship building.  All of these skills have contributed to my success at HORNE and enabled me to provide better service to my clients.

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May 17, 2016

Creating a Culture that Values Diversity

Recently, I started the conversation on HORNE’s Culture Matters blog about our commitment to improve our culture, which focused on defining my own career/life integration while maintaining my client service expectations. We spend a lot of time and money at HORNE on improving our culture. It’s an investment that focuses on improving career/life integration, personal flexibility, workplace diversity, and continuous feedback. We believe these investments are necessary to win the war for talent in the changing business environment. Today,let’s focus on the impact of diversity.

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May 03, 2016

The Ebb and Flow of Work and Life


I am a career-life integration superstar.  Or so I thought. While my husband was a full-time stay-at-home dad for our two children, I could sneak out of the house at 6 or 7 am to get to the office early while everyone was still soundly asleep. No mismatched little socks to fumble through, lunches to be made, or clothing and coaxing of groggy children to get me out the door, just the silence of choosing my own wardrobe, grabbing my laptop, and setting the course for my day.  

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April 12, 2016

Is it Possible to Balance Family & Career?

Two years ago, I threw some things into a bag and jumped on a last-minute evening flight from Austin to New York. Those “things” included a few suits, a laptop, and a breast-pump (never mind the bottles, because I already knew, being my second child and 1,700 miles and all, that there would be no mini-coolers toted through security this time around).

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