Business Women Circle Círculo De La Empresaria

Lunch n-Learn Series

Lunch, Autographed Book, Networking, and Empowerment! 


Hilda Gurdian, Guest Speaker (In Spanish) 

Hilda H. Gurdian can be described as a Success Coach, Successful Author, Successful Business Owner, Happy Mom and Wife. She is Publisher and CEO of La Noticia, Inc., a multi-million dollar company based in Charlotte, North Carolina. She has more than thirty years of experience in the publishing and communication industries.She has received many awards for her leadership role in the community, including being named “One of the 50 Most Powerful People in Charlotte” by Charlotte magazine. She is also a Certified Living Your Strength Coach. One of her strongest talents in The Clifton StrengthsFinder is “Developer.” She loves to help others become the best they can be, and she sees the potential in people that sometimes they, themselves, do not see. Hilda cherishes the opportunity to help them discover their talents and find their own path to success.Hilda immigrated to the United States in 1992 from Caracas, Venezuela with dreams of achieving success. She realized her dreams and now would like to share her story. She believes that if she could become successful after overcoming language and cultural barriers, anyone can conquer their own challenges and reach success.Hilda learned the fundamentals of the publishing industry by working with her brother, who owns daily newspapers in Venezuela. She studied English, business, and communications in college in England, where she lived for five years.She and her family are faithful members of Saint Gabriel Catholic Church. She loves Charlotte and tells her friends and neighbors that moving here was the best decision she and her family ever made. “We came to the right place at the right time,” she says.Hilda attributes her success to being blessed with the best mentors, who supported her with sound advice and opened doors of opportunity. Her sheer determination and perseverance, excellent work ethic, strong faith, and the love and support of her husband and sons, have all been instrumental in her success.

Her principles and practices are detailed in her book Discover Your Path to Success: 12 Principles That Will Take You Wherever You Want to Go in Business and in Life.


Carolynn Brooks, Guest Speaker


Carolynn Brooks is passionate about empowering others to push through their perceived limitations and unlock their potential.

Ms. Brooks has established herself as a champion for diversity and inclusion and has a lifelong commitment to empowering others. She served as vice president, chief diversity officer for OfficeMax and president of the OfficeMax Charitable Foundation. In these roles, she was responsible for the strategic direction of all initiatives designed to create a diverse workforce and served as an advocate and global spokesperson for community engagement. She has received numerous awards recognizing her leadership and influence in diversity and inclusion and her commitment to community service. Ms. Brooks was named by the National Diversity Council as one of Illinois’ Most Powerful and Influential Women. As well as being recognized by Black Enterprise Magazine as a top executive in Diversity.

In 2014, following a successful corporate career, during which she became an unintentional trailblazer, Ms. Brooks began her own company, KEYS4Empowerment, where is the CEO – Chief Empowerment Officer. She is a Certified Life Coach, who has dedicated the rest of her life to empowering others to PUSH through their perceived limitations to create a legacy that empowers change. PUSH – Persevere Until Something Happens is her mantra.

She is a sought-after keynote speaker on topics of Empowerment, Perseverance, Creating a Legacy for Change and The Power of PUSH.

In 2016, Ms. Brooks published her first book entitled, “You Will Know My Name: A Memoir,” a powerful and raw story of her own bold determination to PUSH.

Ivette Mayo, Guest Speaker


Ivette Mayo has been branded as the “POWER Coach” by her clients. This award winning entrepreneur, women’s POWER advocate, personal growth and leadership expert, and business strategist believes in inspiring and encouraging her clients to be fearless and unyielding in their pursuit of their personal success, goals, and dreams.


Ivette is the owner of Yo Soy I AM, LLC, training and consulting firm established in 2006. Ivette’s high energy style makes her a sought-out speaker at events on a variety of topics such as leadership, entrepreneurship, cultural awareness and empowerment.


In March 2017, Ivette released her 1st book, “A 30 Day Guide To Your POWER” – Powerful Outcomes through Powerful Words which empowers and inspires readers to discontinue deferring their POWER to others, to increase their self-worth, and to continue moving towards their purpose. Most importantly, to speak their POWER every day!


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