Annette Prieto Llopis
Ms. Annette Prieto Llopis is the Executive Director of the Center for Hispanic Leadership (CHL). The Center for Hispanic Leadership was founded in 2008 in Southern California by Glenn Llopis, Cuban-American author, entrepreneur and thought-leader, to assist in the advancement and growth of Hispanics professionals.
Ms. Prieto is an accomplished business specialist with more than 15 years of professional experience in both the public and private sectors and brings that practice to CHL. Her responsibilities at CHL include developing culturally-tailored training to give Hispanic business leaders the tools they need to grow and thrive. As Ms. Prieto mentions, "our goal is to propel the advancements of Hispanic professionals in the workplace and its next generation leaders." A few of CHL's primary initiatives include: the Advancement of Hispanic Women, Coaching, Workshop and Training programs.
Ms. Prieto has been inspired to succeed in business, as in life, by her parents Antonio and Lucy Prieto who emigrated from Cuba in the 1960s to escape the oppressive communist regime. Her mother left Havana in 1961 at the age of 13, along with her sister, as one of 14,000 children of Operation Peter Pan (OperaciĆ³n Pedro Pan), an operation coordinated by the United States government, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Miami, and Cubans. The operation was designed to transport children - whose parents opposed the Communist government - from Cuba to the United States between 1960 and 1962.
It was her parents' fortitude that drove Ms. Prieto to excel in her studies and graduate Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English Education from Florida State University in 1993. She was a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society and made the Dean's List each semester during her studies at Florida State. She continued her education at Florida International University in Miami where she took graduate courses in Education.
Ms. Prieto has spent the last nine years working in the pharmaceutical and medical device sectors with industry giants Medicis (2005-2008), Allergan (2003-2005), GlaxoSmithKline (2002-2003), and First Horizon (2000-2002). Most recently, she worked as a Professional Sales Specialist for Medicis where she developed marketing strategies that increased revenue for 60 accounts and increased the territory's market share by 61% - within four quarters. She is a Certified Corporate Trainer (Society of Pharmaceutical and Biotech Trainers) and was called upon by her company to join the home office in Scottsdale, AZ and develop and lead a curriculum to train company-wide territory managers to help boost sales through creative negotiation-based selling techniques and messaging. Ms. Prieto has been a top performer consistently falling in the top tier of performers throughout her career. Some of her career highlights include: Regional Territory
Manager of the Year (2006, 2007); Circle of Excellence (2005); Leadership Council for Performance Excellence (2004); Excellence Award, Allergan Eye Care New Hire Training (2004); Above and Beyond Performance Award (2003); Outstanding Teamwork Award (April 2003, July 2003, September 2003); Gold Pyramid Club (2000).
Ms. Prieto began her career in the Miami-Dade County School District, the fourth largest in the country (behind New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago respectively).  From 1994 to 1999 she taught language arts at Miami Springs Middle School whose student population is 79% Hispanic and more than 70% qualify for the free or reduced price lunch program.  During her tenure, she implemented classroom instruction to fulfill Competency Based Curriculum Objectives and served as a Team Leader responsible for overseeing four core teachers and 150 students.   She supervised and trained student-teachers from various universities.
Born and raised in Miami, FL, she maintains homes in Miami and in Orange County, CA with her husband.
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