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World Economic Forum | Coronavirus: Why diverse leadership matters more than ever

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During this pandemic, many leaders are coming to a mind-block as to how to sustain their companies and what should be part of their decision-making model. 

This article produced by the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and republished by Lloyd Howell on the World Economic Forum titled Coronavirus: Why Diverse Leadership Matters More Than ever explains the need for leaders to understand the diverse range of impacts the coronavirus is having on their employees and clients/customers.

The article states, “During crises, the presence of diversity and the practice of inclusion is essential to challenge us to look at problems differently and consider a wider range of financial issues and impacts that we might not otherwise.” It is essential that leaders understand the need to reach out to sources of various cultural and diverse backgrounds for guidance, in order to maintain a sustainable company.

Lloyd points out that the positive impact of diversity is powerful as we come together as a team to consider all issues, small and large, that directly impact our businesses’ performances. He further states that, “Our employees, the communities we serve, and our shareholders expect us to use every possible tool to address them [crises], most importantly the full scope of diversity of the very people in decision-making seats.”.

When making these difficult decisions, ensure that you seek the guidance of wise counsel; a counsel of people from various diverse backgrounds that can provide a full scope of understanding to you.

Coronavirus: Why Diverse Leadership Matters More than Ever from The World Economic Forum.


Lloyd W. Howell, J. (2020, March 31). Coronavirus: Why diverse leadership matters more than ever. Retrieved from World Economic Forum: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/03/why-leadership-diversity-matters-in-handling-crises-like-covid-19

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Serving the Global Supplier Diversity Community …. Virtually


            In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, many business owners are coming to a struggling decision whether to close or stay open. Even those who are considered essential businesses, according to the Orange County, Florida Emergency Executive Order No. 2020-04 regarding COVID-19, still struggle whether to keep their doors open for business or close for what could be, forever.

            We want to encourage all our community’s small business owners to keep forward. You can do this. We can all get through this pandemic together; as one community. This is the true test of small businesses. Are you built to stand firm in the midst of tragedy; in the midst of the storm?


            In A&P International, Inc., we believe that through the guidance and protection of our Creator we can continue forward and push through the storm. We have been blessed to find many tools to support us as a small business within the Central Florida community, and we are more than happy to coach you through them.


            As a business coach, we will prepare you to fight against this pandemic and find the markets you never thought you could reach and the tools that are available to you. Let us help you persevere and come out winning in the end. Do not let this virus crush the business you have building for the past year, 5 years, or maybe even 15 plus years. Do not stop now. Keep going, and remember, A&P International is here to support you.

Call us to hear more about how we can prepare you with:

  • Gaining Interest-Free Access to Capital
  • Market Guidance
  • Digital Growth

And, a community of partners in prayer and the readiness to help each other succeed.

Call us for more information at (407) 299-1199. We are here to enable you to grow, virtually!

Samuel Lowry | Marketing & Communications Manager

Empowered Women

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”  – Harriet Tubman

When you picture a strong businesswoman, what do you think of or whom do you think of? What qualities form a strong women in the business world? Do these qualities describe a woman leader, or are those qualities characteristics of a leader?

We fixated on the division and the separation of women and men leaders. There is this culture within business that women do not have the same traits to be a leader than men. This simply is not true. However, in recognizing this, it is important that as we empower women, we do not demean the ability of men. Empowering women is not looking down on men, but learning how to work together to build each other up to reach our goals.

The Creator created us all with the same potential to become leaders. Those that develop their passions, strengths, and have some patience, are those that will become leaders of their business, community, and life.

We empower women to develop their traits and channel their inner strengths and passions into a business or role that they love, and use that love to increase their development as a leader. By having a little patience and the endurance in working hard and reaching goals, there is nothing that can stop women from reaching the stars and changing the world for the better.

We are proud to see so many women already focusing their strengths on their passions, and we congratulate our women-business owned clients who have done this. The following have followed their passions and have excelled in their careers: First Female Four-Star General, Retired Commander of U.S. Army Ann E. Dunwoody; Anthea Pennant – District Director, Supplier Relations and Diversity Business Services at the Broward College; the  Nicole Wickens –  CEO of Validus Construction Services awarded as fastest growing Construction company in Central Florida by Orlando Business Journal; Marcela Restrepo, President of Sky Builders USA well known in the Central Florida community and recognized at the Don Quijote Award by The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando; Dr. Felicia Young from ACY Contractors awarded with the Eagle Award by the  African American Chamber of Commerce; Jeanette Mora, Attorney at Law recognized as Member of the Board of the Bar Association and Yomaira  Muñoz recognized as Empresa Renovada in 2019.

Leaders and Leaders-to-be, you have what you need, now go and get it!

Samuel Lowry | Marketing & Communications Manager

CM Engineering Services

CM Engineering Services has over 24 years of experience as a General Contractor with an engineering background. CMS has developed a lot of self-trade performance in its services. CMS offers its clients quality services at very competitive prices, under promised schedule, and  maintaining management of its performance in all project phases. They are well recognized in Central Florida by government agencies and private corporations. 

Johan Erazo, President of CM Engineering Services, is a native from San Juan, Puerto Rico. She graduated from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, and then decided to further her education at Georgia Tech. She brings her expertise as a Civil  Engineer, Certified Construction Manager, and a licensed General Contractor to CMS. Together, with her business partner Roberto Bobonis, they have built a company respected by buyers for their reliability, professional performance and competitive prices.

Johan is a leader in her industry, known by her integrity, her modeling leadership style and her holistic approach to life. She inspires, not only the members of her staff, yet her clients and anyone who benefits from her wisdom, knowledge and solid convictions. She is a woman to follow, and an amazing example of what it means to have found success in life.

Click the link below to visit CM Engineering Services’ website and how they serve their community in building for the present and the  future.

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Forbe’s Black in Business | Celebrating The Legacy of Black Entrepreneurship

This month is about recognizing the accomplishments of the African American community. Forbe’s writers, Ruth Umoh and Brianne Garrett, detail how the African American community has played an essential role in the development of the U.S. economy. Many inventions and processes that we all use in our everyday activities were brought to reality by African American leaders. 

This article brings to light the amazing accomplishments of African American leaders that many are unaware of. these accomplsihments have greatly impacted our world in various ways.

Ruth Umoh states, “If history is any indiciation, black entrepreneurship will continue to grow and thrive in the coming years – an economic boon for Americans of all colors.”.

Black in Business | Celebrating The Legacy of Black Entrepreneurship by Forbes.


Umoh, R., & Garrett, B. (2020, February 03). Black in Business: Celebrating the Legacy of Black Entrepreneurship. Retrieved from Forbes: https://www.forbes.com/sites/ruthumoh/2020/02/03/celebrating-black-history-month-2020/#14dbefd32b45


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Loving Diversity

“Diversity is about all of us, and about us having to figure out how to walk through this world together.”

                                                                                                                                                                  – Jacqueline Woodson

Diversity has passed through various phases, sometimes of hurt, segregation, and oppression, and other times of admiration, excellence, and respect. In the past years, diversity has been a highlighted focus in areas of business, politics, and personal interactions. There is a growing desire for small diverse businesses to be a part of the global efforts of large corporations and government agencies to build communities. However, these efforts do not seem to be highlighted as much as the negativity and degradation placed on those of diverse backgrounds.

It is time to place differences and hatred aside and focus on the positive engagement and love towards one another as human beings – all working on bettering ourselves to build a greater world.

Do not shape your views of diversity based on the racial, ethnic, or religious backgrounds of people, but recognize that through differences we can complement who we are for a greater community. When we partner with those whose strengths are our weaknesses, we complement each other into a better being.

We must remember that everyone is a minority somewhere in the world. Once you leave your native country and enter another, you become part of the minority. We are all created by the same Creator, and were all made with diverse traits.

I challenge you to reach out to your friends and family with a background, different than your own, and tell them, “We are all on a journey of life; so, let us figure it out together.”.

In the spirit of love, I encourage you to realize the potential our world has to walk this path of life together; no matter the diverse background.



By: Samuel Lowry, Marketing & Communications Manager

Supplier Diversity News Update

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We are so excited that our first blog post, titled Loving Diversity, will be posted tomorrow, February 13th, 2020.

We will be posting to our blog every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month; sharing information and tips on diversity inclusion and engagement.

Join us in serving the global supplier diversity community. Want to know how, call us at 407-299-1199.


– Department of Creativity & Administration

Supplier Diversity News Coming Soon!

We are so excited to launch our Supplier Diversity News blog in the upcoming year. We hope this blog will give you the tips you need to start a successful track towards managing and interacting with people of different cultures, ethnicities and backgrounds. 

Stay tuned for more information on our launch date.


– Department of Creativity & Administration, A&P International

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