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The Difference Between the Terms Latino and Hispanic, and How They Overlap | The Oprah Magazine

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Believe it or not, there is a difference between the words  Latino and Hispanic, according to the Associate Pres (AP) Stylebook. Not only do the words have their own definition, but each word can be used in a different way. According to the AP’s distinction, when it comes to the Hispanic culture in particular, to debate Latino vs Hispanic is to barely skim the surface of the centuries that led up on how we have come to define these terms today.

David Bowles, a writer, translator, and professor at the University of Texas Río Grande Valley, tells us that the definitions are primarily concerned with geography/location. To be considered Latino/Latina/Latinx, you must have come from a Latin American country.

On the other hand, “Latinx is an ethnic and cultural category whereas Hispanic is a linguistic division,” according to Dr. Luisa Ortiz Pérez, Executive Director of Vita-Activa.org. People who live in or are descended from a Spanish-speaking culture can define themselves as Hispanic. For example, Spanish people (people from Spain) could be described as Hispanic, but not Latino/Latina/Latinx.

So, how do you identify? Latino or Hispanic? Both?    

Click Here: The Difference Between The Terms Latino and Hispanic, and How They Overlap by The Oprah Magazine



Vincenty, S. (2020, August 4). The Difference Between the Terms Latino and Hispanic, and How They Overlap. Retrieved from The Oprah Magazine: https://www.oprahmag.com/life/a33395013/latino-vs-hispanic-meaning/


How To Make Work Fun, Develop Creativity

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Work culture is an intangible ecosystem that makes some places wonderful or toxic to work. The essence of an organization is what constitutes its work culture. Entrepreneur informs us that it affects or defines the ability of the leadership and employees to relate to each other for the common good of the organization. It operates within a mutually agreed and acceptable boundary of cultural values and emotional interface. It is widely understood that a positive ambience can make or break your performance in the workplace. No matter how talented or smart your employees are, they can only work to the best of their capabilities and creative skills when they are surrounded by an encouraging environment that values its personnel. This is why work culture is so important in bringing out the best from your employees even in adverse circumstances. Negativity not only kills creativity and will to perform but also does not allow an employee to develop a sense of affection and ownership with the organization.

How can you encourage your staff to develop camaraderie, friendship, and team building? First, it’s important to understand that you can’t force it. This is a matter of building a culture, so it needs to happen organically. Your organization culture is built and developed by the people within the organization. It is initiated by leaders but formed and developed by all the employees of a business. LifeSpeak affirms that leaders can plant the seeds by demonstrating interactive behavior. Employees are more likely to embrace the chance to bond with their colleagues if they see that it’s accepted and encouraged by their leadership.

While most people, generally, would rather spend time with their friends and family than be at work, there’s no need for workdays to be miserable. Investing time and effort into making your workplace a more enjoyable place to be can have tangible positive benefits for employees, teams, and your wider organization.  Here are seven reasons, from CIPHR, why fun should be part of your HR strategy.

  • HAPPY EMPLOYEES ARE HEALTHIER – Content employees who have fun at work are more likely to avoid the negative effects of stress and anxiety that have even been shown to lower heart rate variability (the time interval between beats).
  • HAVING FUN IMPROVES COMMUNICATION AND COLLABORATION – Nearly two-thirds (65%) of knowledge workers collaborate multiple times a day with their colleagues, so encouraging an effective way to improve cohesion within your organization should be a priority.
  • FUN GENERATES CREATIVITY – Individuals’ ability to learn improves when the task at hand is enjoyable and they’re in a relaxed mood. Play can also stimulate imagination, helping people adapt and problem solve. Creative environments have a natural and green atmosphere and activity that is easily distinguishable. There’s a buzz in the air, colleagues are enthusiastic and energetic, and there are lots of conversations happening. Leaders, make the work environment fun and creative.
  • HAVING FUN ENCOURAGES ADVOCACY – Advocates act as a powerful force in shaping the public perception of an organization. Employees that have fun, enjoy what they do, and are engaged will naturally share stories and act as advocates for your brand – on and offline. If every one of your employees shared news and updates about your brand to their own social groups, then your audience will increase exponentially – and for free.
  • HAVING FUN MAKES EMPLOYEES MORE PRODUCTIVE – A 2015 study by the University of Warwick’s Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy found that happier employees are more productive by an average of 12% and, in some cases, up to 20% more than a control group.
  • PROMOTING FUN ATTRACTS AN AUDIENCE – The opportunity that having fun at work provides an organization is substantial. Sharing stories about enjoyable atmosphere in your workplace can be a crucial part of a compelling employer branding story and can help to garner attention on social media. Providing a window for people to find out about daily life at your organization increases familiarity and trust. Whether a potential customer or passive talent, if that individual feels that they ‘know’ your company and can see your ‘human’, fun side then they’ll be more likely to engage with you.

It is crucial to incorporate creativity, greenery, interaction, etc. into the workplace to make it exciting for employees and clients to desire to come to the workplace.

August is Family Fun Month. While you spend time having fun with your family at home, remember the importance of developing your work family by creating a corporate culture that is exciting, engaging, and generating creativity!

The following sources were used to compile the information and hints to create this article on the importance of developing fun in a work culture:

Bhardwaj, R. (2016, February 03). Why it’s Important to Build a Good Work Culture. Retrieved from Entrepreneur: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/270338

Chignell, B. (2018, May 22nd). Six reasons why fun in the office is the future of work. Retrieved from CIPHR: https://www.ciphr.com/advice/fun-in-the-office/

LifeSpeak. (n.d.). The importance of having fun at work. Retrieved from LifeSpeak


What Innovation Looks Like for Black and Latin Female Founders | BRIT+CO

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Women of color are leading entrepreneurship and innovation. They are the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs in the United States. Although they are growing, they are still facing obstacles and difficulties in reaching their maximum potential due to a lack of capital. With this capital, a right combination of resources and community, can develop an innovative space created for a pioneer.

Women demonstrate, not only they have the potential to be leaders, yet that they are leaders. They are leaders all over our communities – in businesses, in schools, in politics, in hospitals, in homes, and so many other places where women are leading their arenas to excellence. Many have had to achieve these levels of success without the right combinations of support. Just imagine what could happen when women receive all the financial and staffing support they need to reach their visions.

Inclusion in entrepreneurship is a must because through diversity, inclusion, and equality, we can engage the world, Through incorporating an intercultural contextualized marketing strategy in entrepreneurship, we can properly engage our target markets and reach our maximum potential.

Click Here: What Innovation Looks Like for Black and Latinx Women by BRIT+CO


Maillian, L. (2020, July 27). What Innovation Looks Like for Black and Latinx Female Founders. Retrieved from BRIT+CO: https://www.brit.co/digitalundivided-innovation/


Lessons on Diversity From a Century Ago Still Resonate | CSUF NEWS SERVICE

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What is Patriotism?

Saturday is the celebration of our nation’s Independence. It is a day that for many means fireworks and BBQs. However, for others, it is a memory of the incredible fight, the lives that were taken, in order for all that would inhabit the land to live freely and no longer be owned by another; that we would have the freedom and liberty to rule ourselves. This article, written by CSUF News Service, details the long road individuals from diverse backgrounds have had since the birth of our nation.

This is historical diversity.

The article begins with a quote from Ralph Ellison in 1972, “I believe in diversity, and I think the real death of the United States will be when everyone is just alike.” Undoubtedly, a powerful statement. Real death of an entire nation could result from similarities and clones. What will keep the country moving forward, as it has, is the development and integration of our differences into creative strategies for continuous growth.

The reality is cultural diversity is vital today, just as much as it was a century ago. This overview of the work and platform of philosopher Horace Kallen details his stance on cultural pluralism during the 1900s. Besides being a time when “Americanism” and the demonizing of people of color erupted, this philosopher published articles and a book to demonstrate the power and beauty of diversity in America. Kallen, a Caucasian male born in Boston, knew the importance of diversity and how it would revolutionize our world. He became friends with fellow cultural diversity enthusiast, Alain Locke – an African American male. Together, they formed a friendship that would intensify and defy all stereotypical bonds. Despite the color of their skins and the origins of their ethnicity, their friendship empowered others to celebrate cultural differences and embrace pluralism as the highest form of patriotism.

How will you demonstrate your patriotism on Saturday, as you celebrate Independence Day?

Click the link below to read the article:

Lessons on Diversity From a Century Ago Still Resonate from CSUF News Center.


CSUF News Service. (2020, June 22). Lessons on Diversity From a Century Ago Still Resonate. Retrieved from CSUF News Center: http://news.fullerton.edu/2020sp/Diversity-Lessons-Philosopher-Kallen.aspx


Business Development Combo Training Scholarship Program


The main objective of the Business Development Combo Training Program  is to empower Senior Leadership Staff of Diverse Business Enterprises and Women Business Owned, with the knowledge and experience recommended for C Suit Level in the areas of
Leadership, Customer Service, Marketing and Sales, Cross Cultural Communications, and Diversity & Inclusion recommended in today’s market.

The training program lasts 6 months. Each month compromises of a 3 hour session that will discuss an area of business listed above. Those eligible for this scholarship are business owners or key business leaders that own or belong to a business that is currently certified as either a small or diverse business by a recognized national or state diversity certifying agency, including, but not limited to, the following diversity classifications:

  • Minority Business Enterprise (MBE)
  • Women Business Enterprise (WBE)
  • Disabled Person-Owned
  • US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAAC)
  • Veteran-Owned
  • LGBT-Owned
  • HUBZone (Historically Underutilized Business Zones

For more information, please select whether to send an email to our Global Connections Coordinator, Damaris Perez requesting more information, or, if you are ready to begin the application process, book a meeting with her.

Watch our video below of our 2020 Program Graduates! Then, see what our graduates have to say about this program.


A&P International provides training that typically benefits Fortune 500 companies, and to have the opportunity to experience this training has been wonderful. As a small business, we do not have the resources to afford this type of training and A&P really does a great job throughout the entire set of classes they offer to expose and explain many great business topics that will benefit Albu & Associates for years to come.





I am grateful to everyone at A&P International for all their effort and work they put into the curriculum for this program. It was relevant, personal and will benefit our business for years to come!




The A&P team delivered a powerful training class entitled, Business Development Training Combo. This self-development business course analyzed me as a person and a leader. It helped me understand where my management team stood and how to have better interactions and attain a higher production from them. Knowing the difference between Customer Satisfaction and Customer Loyalty enabled me to have the proper technique to sell and brand. The material covered a lot of ground, however, Ana Maria, Renee, and the rest of the A&P team made it very impactful in there deliverance. It was very interactive and personal. They aligned each of our businesses to the material being taught. All of the training will be put to good use. Great job, A&P team!




I have really enjoyed this program, it is not just a refresher or course, but it challenges the participants to look deep into themselves and recognize areas of opportunity to improve. The fact that Ana Maria and Renee are brutally honest with you when going over your own self assessments and characteristics, truly motivates you to be better, embrace changes and be honest with yourself. I recommend this course to anybody who wants to take a hard look in the mirror, is willing to take the mirror’s feedback and apply it to your life and business. Thanks!




Unconditional Love – Kisses | LatinaStyle Magazine

We are so excited to have featured our beloved, Stress Relief Manager, Kisses, spotlighted by LatinaStyle Magazine. She was highlighted regarding her career journey from show dog to diversity advocate and emotional support for those working hard to Serve the Global Supplier Diversity Community.

Please, join us in congratulating her for her great accomplishments and continual contributions to our company!

What a great way to have fun at work, and realize the benefits of bringing our furry friends to the workplace – developing higher productivity and cultivating a work environment of joy and excitement. Click the link below to read the entire article on Kisses.

Unconditional Love from LatinaStyle Magazine.


We Stand for Our Community – Justice – Diversity – Inclusion – Equality



We are praying for our brothers and sisters, those in and out of the marketplace, who have been treated with injustice. It hurts us to see these sad and unjust moments we have and continue to experience. We believe that all lives matter – in every color, culture, and stage of development. We were all created equally.

Amid this injustice towards the lives of the African American community, we want to inspire a movement of encouragement. We challenge you to look at those who are fighting for justice. We do not see this community alone, but those of every corner of the world standing for justice, equality, inclusion, and the development of diversity. People from every culture are standing with the acknowledgement that “Enough is Enough”. We all stand, through peaceful protest, for the equality of all life. No more should our minds dictate the behavior or traits of another based on the simple color of someone’s skin. That behavior is unjust, and we have reached the moment in our history where we will mark the time when the entire country, no, the entire world demands equality and inclusion for all people of color. Our differences were given by our Creator, in His One image, with different flavors, so that we could celebrate our differences for a united people. Diversity is a gift of life – the gift that gives us excitement and change. Let’s embrace our differences and collaborate for equality for all lives because, “Lives Matter”.



The Daily Signal | Problematic Women: Lessons of Hope From a Woman Who Has Spent Decades as a Quadriplegic

Despite the health and economic crisis affecting the world during most of 2020, this unexpected pandemic has also shown a positive side: people who are willing to go beyond their limits to help the world.

This interview, produced by The Daily Signal, reveals the extraordinary testimony of a great example of resilience, empowerment and caring for others, from a woman whose mission in life is to help others during these difficult times.

After spending more than 50 years in a wheelchair as a quadriplegic, Joni Eareckson Tada is still sharing a message of life and hope with the world. When she learned that she would never walk again, she most likely would not have believed that she would become a renowned artist, author and founder of a powerful ministry to the disabled called Joni & Friends.

In this must-read interview, Joni shares her powerful story, explains her works on The Heritage Foundation’s National Coronavirus Recovery Commission, and offers us all some much-needed hope. “I think gratitude with the mouth stirs up gratitude in the heart, and so that’s good advice, whether you’re a Christian, a Muslim, a Jew, whoever. Good advice for anybody who’s feeling discouraged, or has lost their job, or perhaps lost a loved one during this terrible pandemic”, says Joni.

More than Ever Lessons of Hope From a Woman Who Has Spent Decades as a Quadriplegic from The Daily Signal.


Evans, L., & Allen, V. (2020). Problematic Women: Lessons of Hope From a Woman Who Has Spent Decades as a Quadriplegic. The Daily Signal. https://www.dailysignal.com/2020/04/30/problematic-women-lessons-of-hope-from-a-woman-who-has-spent-decades-as-a-quadriplegic/

Juan Pablo Benítez | Translation Services Coordinator


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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Samuel Lowry | Marketing & Communications Manager


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

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