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“Leadership is the ability to motivate and lead individuals, teams, and organizations through discovery, discussion, and actions they would not have arrived upon on their own.”
It took a lifetime of work, research, experimentation, and refining before I arrived at my definition of leadership. To become a great leader, more importantly a visionary-leader requires a significant deal of work and conscious effort. I had to be very intentional in my search for understanding what a great leader does, why a great leader seeks this role, and ultimately understand how to become a visionary.
1st attribute of Leadership – Desire: I consciously committed myself to become a great leader. It takes time, effort and risk.
2nd attribute of Leadership – Be a Teacher: I have enough confidence in myself to be willing to share all my learning’s from my work, education, and experience.
3rd attribute of Leadership – Challenge: I have been willing to lean forward into risk throughout my career and being a provocative thinker: consistently asking the question “So What?” – not to be difficult but to encourage thoughtfulness and deep level 2nd and 3rd level thinking (i.e., critical thinking).
4th attribute of Leadership – Courage: Intelligently face challenges. It takes courage to lead into the fray day-after-day, defining accountability, holding people accountable, and putting the right people in the right seats.
5th attribute of Leadership – Team Builder: Respect for everyone is the foundation of building a team: Respect for themselves; their teammates, and, for the organization. Respect for the leader that sets the course and helps them understand how to get there.
6th attribute of Leadership – Collaborator: Very early in my career I found that all the good leaders pull all the appropriate resources/stakeholders together and help them achieve a common goal.
7th attribute of Leadership – Communicator: Without the appropriate level of communication the other characteristics of leadership are of no value. A good leader communicates, communicates, communicates!
Lastly, as these seven attributes build upon each other and become an innate skill, we achieve the pinnacle of leadership – Insightfulness – Visionary: Through my years of experience I feel I have moved from being a first line employee to becoming a Visionary – a state of “Enlightened Competence.” This is a state true leaders desire to achieve. It is the state where we see things no one else sees as well as gaps, solutions, opportunities, and improved methodologies that no one else sees. This is the highest state of Leadership we can achieve – become a Visionary, become a Great Leader!
President and CEO of the Northwest Mountain MSDC, Fernando Martinez, shares information regarding the impact of Covid-19 on Minority Business Enterprises and Corporate/Public Agency Members in 2020.
“White Privilege, You Know It When You See It.”
February 5, 2021
For those of you who have never known, never wanted to know, never wanted to acknowledge its existence, or do not understand what white privilege is, now you have seen it! The attack on our country’s capital by insurrectionists without fear of reprisals was an attack on the existence of our democracy by white people who believe themselves to be better than everyone else.
Justice Stewart Potter famously used the colloquial expression, “I know it when I see it” in his 1964 concurring opinion in Jacobellis v. Ohio, as he described obscenity. How fitting is it that the obscenity of insurrection and white privilege that marred our country on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, showed everyone in this country what white privilege truly is. It is the self‐aggrandizing belief and unfettered demonstration that, “I am white and can do what I want to do, wherever I want to do it,” without fear of repercussions. Conversely, had 30,000 people of color shown up and stormed the capital, there would have been significantly more injuries, arrests, and deaths among the demonstrators.
How do I know what white privilege is? I have seen it and experienced it. It is the look white principals and secretaries gave me when they stood in front of me, blocking the entrance into the school, staring at me in disbelief that I, as a Mexican American, had the audacity to want to attend the closest school to my home. Which by the way, was only for white people! That glaring wide‐eyed look has been etched in my mind since August 1959. It is that look I saw at the age of six that I will never forget. I saw the same look later in life in an institution of higher learning. It is the vile hatred with which white people came into my neighborhood, armed with bats, “ready to kill Mexicans.” It is the young, white kid that has been raised to disrespect anyone that does not look like him/her and gets in front of me while in line because they are taught at home that people of color are less than them. It is the spite with which white people look and speak to me, as they spit on me. It is the profiling and stops I consistently get from the Border Patrol and Police Officers because of the color or length of my hair. It is the warning to assimilate myself to the white culture because my hair and goatee do not fit the professional profile. It is the tone of voice with which I am spoken to and the disrespectful behaviors I experience in Corporate America. It is the promotions I am passed over in favor of other white, less experienced individuals in Corporate America. It is the privileged dealings that take place amongst white individuals removing all opportunities for people of color to succeed. It is the backlash I know I must tolerate when I promote and defend employees of color against disrespectful and prejudicial behaviors.
White privilege transcends all economic and educational strata. It rears its ugly head amongst the rich and poor, educated and not so educated. It knows no limitations other than, white means you are better than everyone else. This is what white privilege looks like, through my eyes.
I must also say that not all white people are as such. I personally cannot paint every white person with the same brush. If it were not for a friend and his family who was white, my life and career would not be what it is today. My Corporate America mentors were primarily white and Mexican American. I grew professionally because of them. My family has benefited from the resources and teachings I received from them. The privilege they brought with them, the purity of their intentions, the purity of their willingness to share knowledge with someone that does not look like them but has a value system that mirrored their own was for the betterment of everyone around them. As I think of these individuals, I think of people who respect others without parameters, behave and act with character and integrity, and try to improve the lives of other people because they believe in equity, equality, fairness, and justice for everyone. These individuals live and think beyond their ethnocentric selves. They leverage their platform to benefit others.
I have seen this privilege from white people at its worst, with my very own eyes. It has been difficult to observe and tolerate. I have also seen it at its best, where color had nothing to do with building friendships or collegial relationships. Respect sat at the core of their intentions. So, as difficult as it has been for me to see white privilege from every aspect of my life, it would be wrong of me to say all white people behave in a privileged manner.
What we and the rest of the world saw on January 6, 2021 was white privilege at its worst. These 30,000 white privileged individuals attacked the sovereignty of the majority vote and the 2020 presidential election. They intentionally broke the law, injured people, killed five individuals, traumatized others, placed people in fear of their lives and tried to destroy our democratic institution. It was clear to me that these 30,000 white privileged men and women had the same spite and hate I have seen all my life. Their self‐aggrandizing behaviors and actions, which I have seen all my life, just got bolder. More importantly and most concerning of all is that these men and women were sent to our country’s capital representing millions of other white privileged individuals.
As a person of color I have experienced many things throughout my life and continue to experience those things today. In each instance I chose to move through all hateful behaviors simply based on the color of my skin. As I have processed what occurred on January 6, 2021, I realize the only good thing coming out of this insurrection is that the federal government now has to be transparent. The outcomes, arrests, and convictions will tell us if our democratic institution is truly founded on equality, fairness, and justice or if our democratic institution actively and consciously suppresses growth and advancement of our people and communities of color.
Click on the link below for an article written by Fernando Martinez.
The Paycheck Protection Program is available through U.S. Bank, a Preferred SBA Lender. Click on the link below to learn more.
The COVID-19 relief bill that passed in December included additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). PPP provides loans to help businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis and includes:
- First Draw PPP Loans for first time program participants
- Second Draw PPP Loans beginning January 13, 2021 for certain businesses who have previously received a PPP loan
CPA’s: Need to talk to a CPA? We have access to CPA’s who are willing to jump on a call with you to assist you with your PPP questions. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be connected with a CPA.
Processing new applications for PPP loans for existing customers:
- Alaska USA Federal Credit Union
- Banner Bank
- Columbia Bank
- Homestreet Bank
- PNC Bank
- Seattle Credit Union
- The Commerce Bank of Washington (Division of Zion’s Bancorp)
- Washington Business Bank
- Umpqua Bank
- US Bank
Processing PPP loans for businesses without a pre-existing customer relationship:
- Alaska USA Federal Credit Union
- Seattle Credit Union (limited capacity)
- The Commerce Bank of Washington (Division of Zion’s Bancorp)
- Umpqua Bank
- US Bank
Will be processing PPP loans for businesses that come on as new customers:
- BECU: As a credit union, they are regulated by memberships. You must have a business membership in order to have a business loan. They encourage those who are not current business members to visit their business membership page to review their membership application and requirements.
- KeyBank: Will process PPP loans for prospects that wish to transition their primary operating deposit account to the bank prior to applying.
President and CEO of the Northwest Mountain MSDC, Fernando Martinez, helps Corporate Members strategize Supplier Diversity efforts for the future. Below is a sample deck including some of the Council’s approaches towards equity in Diversity and Inclusion practices in supply chains.
A guide to supplier diversity, Fernando Martinez, President & CEO, shares some insight as to what it is and what it is not.
Click here: NWMMSDC Presentation to Alaska Airlines
A second round of the Paycheck Protection Program reopened with revamped rules and guidelines. Below are key contacts to help you apply for the first or second time:
Bank of America
Small Business Regional Executive
Sr. Business Banking Relationship Manager
Seattle Credit Union
Angelica Partida Doty
Small Business Development Manager
Sound Community Bank
EVP | Chief Banking Officer
The Council hosted part 3 of the Business Conference series on December 10th, virtually. President and CEO, Fernando Martinez reported on the Council’s 2020 results and shared our goals for 2021.