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Using coffee to build business relationships

Coffee Lovers Education Entrepreneurship Non-profit

Using coffee to build business relationships

 By: Desiree Mieses, Managing Partner at Lumiere Bay   Being born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and since I can remember, coffee has been a part of my mornings. I studied my bachelor’s and Master’s in Business Administration at Bentley University in Massachusetts and worked over 29 years in the financial industry.  Working in this industry allowed me to understand the importance of building relationships. As Puerto Ricans we are known to meet for “Cafecito” and when you work in finance, it becomes a necessary activity. When I was first introduced to Café Amapola in December of 2019, I was...

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Leadership in education, it is everyone's Business

Covid-19 Education Linkedin Non-profit

Leadership in education, it is everyone's Business

By Juan Manuel Garcia | #CafeAma As we prepare to return to classes this fall, post COVID-19, I reflect on the changes that will have to take place in Education to make sure we educate ALL and serve ALL, meeting them where they are while providing equal opportunities for success. When I emigrated to the U.S. from Peru more than 30 years ago, I spoke no English at all. My first job was as a dishwasher in Iowa. I was making minimum wage, but it was the only job I could get. So, as I share my story with the many...

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