If you're fortunate enough to sit in on one of Sonia Aranza's motivational sessions, you'll hear her tell her audience repeatedly, "Create your own luck." It's a philosophy to which Aranza, an award-winning global diversity and inclusion strategist, is totally committed, having learnt of her Filipino father's experience as a boy.
"My father was orphaned at a very early age and he asked a very wealthy family to take him in to work as a houseboy in return for sending him to school," Aranza told All Woman. "So by the time I was born my father was an educated man, but he was not always that way. In other words, he created his own luck."
Aranza kept emphasising the luck-creation ideology during ATL Industrial Group's Managers' Retreat at Terra Nova All Suite Hotel in St Andrew on June 17. The retreat had as its theme 'Leadership Evolution: Times are changing and so must we'. That was a perfect fit for Aranza, who has been travelling the world for the past 20 years addressing corporate executives on global leadership.
Chevron, Coca-Cola, IBM, McDonald's, NASA, Toyota, the US Army, US Social Security Administration, and Walmart are among the companies and agencies whose staff have benefited from her expertise.
Her work has won her the Outstanding Asian American Woman of the Year Award in 2002 from the National Association of Professional Asian Women. She has also been voted among the top 100 influential Filipino Americans by Filipina Women's Network.