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On Change

There are many advantages to having talent commit long-term. As a leader you are not constantly preoccupied that you might lose your key executives to other companies.  There’s a more common middle ground where both owners and executives can talk about their vision for the next ten or twenty years accompanied by the strong likelihood […]

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On Change

There are many advantages to having talent commit long-term. As a leader you are not constantly preoccupied that you might lose your key executives to other companies.  There’s a more common middle ground where both owners and executives can talk about their vision for the next ten or twenty years accompanied by the strong likelihood […]

When Tradition Becomes Radical

For this edition of my blog I have asked my husband, British author Nicholas Griffin, to be my guest writer.  The topic is Radical Geometry, a show currently at the Royal Academy of Arts in London of our family’s collection of modernist Latin American art. Alfredo Hlito’s Chromatic Rhythms II, 1947. Courtesy of Sonia Henríquez […]

Bringing Space Down to Earth

On a recent trip to Boston, I had the pleasure of spending the afternoon with Prof. Paulo Lozano who teaches aeronautics and astronautics, (“the Space Program”) at MIT.  He has been working on creating miniature satellites for about a decade, and is very close to finally launching the first set into orbit.  What was meant to be […]

Finding the Right Balance: The Global Impact of Business

There are leaders we look up to, causes we care about, foundations we support.  In those formative years  when we  start making choices that impact who we will become as adults many of us feel a calling for doing good, others  for making money,  some want to change the world, others just want  to have […]

The Venezuelan Woman: A historic example

International Women’s day was established in the nineteenth century as a way of recognizing the role of women during the peak of the global industrialization era. It has also been characterized by a diverse range of ideologies. Today, in a strengthened Latin America with a historic growth of the middle class (more than 50% over […]

The first 100 days as CEO

I never thought 100 days would go by so fast. I feel like I hit the ground running and haven’t quite slowed down. Looking back at what we have been able to accomplish, the challenges we have faced and the opportunities that we have identified it’s no wonder I feel like I have been on […]

CES: New Year, New Trends!

Every couple of years I make it over to Las Vegas to CES for a two day technology boot camp. CES is the largest consumer electronics fair in the world and it’s the prime event where best in class technologies are presented. I “walk the floor” learning about the new solutions that are available to make our content […]

On Promises of The Commons in Caracas (and its Traffic)

I invited Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy as a guest blogger to contribute a report on the third edition of the Seminario Fundación Cisneros, held last month in Caracas, Venezuela. Sofia is the curator of contemporary art at the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros. Originally from Mexico and living in New York City, she travels extensively […]

One plus one equals three

A few years ago, I was approached by IESA, Venezuela’s leading business school asking to write a case on the Miss Venezuela Organization, a franchise we have owned for over 30 years. Today the Miss Venezuela beauty pageant is considered to be the most important televised event in the country and is recognized worldwide as […]

On becoming CEO

The hardest part of my job will be to grow the company at the rate that my father did. His success is due in part to his extraordinary ability to project the outcome of a deal extremely early, and in part due to his 30 year partnership with Steven Bandel, our company’s current CEO.  For […]