WHO’S THE BOSS?

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Armed with so­cial con­science and pro­fes­sional savvy, these six Philadel­phia women are re­defin­ing suc­cess by tak­ing oth­ers along for the ride.

First job: “As a high-school stu­dent, I worked sam­pling prod­ucts in su­per­mar­kets.” Great­est ac­com­plish­ment: “I am in­cred­i­bly proud of the work I did as ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Mayor’s Of­fice of Im­mi­grant and Mul­ti­cul­tural Af­fairs un­der Mayor Michael Nutter. I see to­day how the poli­cies, reg­u­la­tions, and pro­grams which we im­ple­mented have pre­pared Philly to man­age the un­cer­tainty and fear sur­round­ing new im­mi­gra­tion laws un­der the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion.” Words to live by: “In God we trust; all oth­ers must show proof!” Role mod­els: “I am in­spired by Supreme Court Jus­tice So­nia So­tomayor. Her story is one I can re­late to: From a work­ing-class fam­ily, finds her­self in elite in­sti­tu­tions, sur­rounded by highly ac­com­plished in­di­vid­u­als of a cer­tain class and pedi­gree. She could have suc­cumbed to self-doubt but did not.” Hid­den tal­ent: “I can make my own clothes. As a young girl liv­ing in Puerto Rico, we did not have much money. I even sewed my prom dress!” Day in the life: “The Cham­ber fo­cuses on de­mo­graph­ics and en­trepreneur­ship for Lati­nos. This is the fastest-grow­ing group in the na­tion, and we are two times more likely to start a busi­ness than the na­tional av­er­age. There are 8,000 Latino-owned busi­nesses in Philly and 18,000 in the re­gion. That’s pow­er­ful.” Over­com­ing chal­lenges: “What I find is that Lati­nos are in many ways still a mys­tery, and largely un­known or mis­un­der­stood. My goal is to help de­bunk as­sump­tions and mis­con­cep­tions about our di­verse com­mu­nity, be­cause it is in­deed very di­verse.” Me in three words: “WYSIWYG. De­ter­mined. In­ter­ested.” Get so­cial: @GPHCC

18k white- gold with black rhodium drop, feather, with agate, sap­phires, and 3.06 carat di­a­mond ear­rings, Su­tra Jew­els ($10,650). Bernie Rob­bins Jewel­ers, 775 E. Lan­caster Ave., Vil­lanova, 610-971-2446; bernier­ob­bins.com. Large root cuff, Jen­nifer Fisher

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