HACR's Cid Wilson Shares His Journey and Insights

Cid Wilson HACR





Work-life balance

Work-life balance is vital.

My work-life balance was very community focused. I have a strong passion to volunteer my time for causes that empower the Latino and underrepresented communities. I adopted a believe that “When you succeed, you give back. But when you give back, you succeed!”

Also, I am an early riser on the weekdays. I wake up at 4:30 a.m. and use the first two hours of the early morning to do what is most important to me.

Whether it’s reading, exercising, praying, meditating, planning, giving thanks, and other things that are personal to me and complement my work-life balance.

Best rewards

I have received numerous local, regional, and national awards for my community and professional work.

As an Associate at Smith Barney, my research team was a runner-up in the Institutional Investor All-America Research Team (1997-2000), and in 2006 I was ranked #1. At HACR, I have received many recognitions for my work promoting Hispanic inclusion in Corporate America.

But the best reward of all is the reward of seeing the fruits of our work in how it positively impacts Hispanic corporate social responsibility and how that resonates throughout the community for the benefit of all Latinos.

Advice for Latinos who might want to start a business

I follow a time-honored personal belief that “When you plan to achieve, but dare to exceed, then great results, you will see!” In other words, don’t be shy and bashful in your business ambitions. And start your day early. I wake up at 4:30 a.m. every weekday to start the day.

That is a habit of executives.

Don’t waste your morning by starting your day late. Wake up early, use that as your momentum time and leverage that to make every day a great day!

My life today was once a dream when I was a college students. Every day is a blessing.

Favorite quote: 

 “Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.” – Dr. Stephen Covey


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About the author

Pam Sclafani

Accomplished Marketing, Communications and Business Development professional helping businesses and organizations translate their goals and ideas to operational reality. Team building leader cultivating strategic B2B and B2C partnerships and alliances that have played key roles in generating millions of dollars in revenue. Successfully drives message creation, event planning, campaign and program execution across digital, print and eMarketing channels. Currently Pam is Director of Development & Community Engagement, Strategic Partnerships, Corporate Partnerships at IAHD. Her prior position was Strategic Channel Marketing Manager, Strategic Partnerships, Corporate Partnerships at IBM.