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Meet Patricia Garcia – Latinos 40 Under 40 Class of 2018

Negocios Now is proud to present Latinos 40 Under 40’s Class of 2018. We’d like to showcase the 40 between now and March 7th, that’ll be the day of the event to celebrate and recognize these forty individuals, some of Chicago’s finest Latino professionals.


#13 – Patricia Garcia

Diversity, inclusion and equity

Age: 29

Title: Diversity Partnership & Strategic Recruiting Lead

Name of Organization: Abbvie

Patricia Garcia is a Human Resources professional with a focus in diversity, inclusion, and equality within the workplace. She is currently the Diversity Partnership & Strategic Recruiting Lead at AbbVie, a biopharmaceutical company. At AbbVie, she serves on the Steering Committee of AHORA, AbbVie’s Latino Employee Resource Group (ERG). Her passion for advancing women, Veterans, and diverse professionals has motivated her career choices.

Patricia received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she is currently pursuing her MBA. She is a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR). She serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) Chicago Chapter as the Membership Committee Chair focusing on the recruitment, engagement, and retention of ALPFA members.

Patricia looks forward to continuing her career in Diversity & Inclusion while also contributing to her community. She enjoys volunteering with Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep, Bernie’s Book Bank and other local organizations helping underserved youth.


Words of Wisdom:

“It is important, now more than ever, for Latinos to support and lift each other up. Be a resource and provide guidance to others following in your path.”

Abbvie donates $55 million to nonprofits supporting underserved youth in Chicago & across America

Donations include $30 million to Communities In Schools, $10 million to City Year and $15 million to University of Chicago Education Lab.

NORTH CHICAGO, Ill. – AbbVie, a research-based global biopharmaceutical company announced a $55 million total donation to three leading nonprofits working to address the achievement gap for children in underserved areas: Communities In Schools, City Year and the University of Chicago Education Lab.

The donations will grow and strengthen programs focused on improving graduation rates, reducing dropout rates and increasing college and career readiness for children in kindergarten through grade 12 – with an emphasis on children growing up in high-poverty neighborhoods.

The contributions will significantly expand and strengthen programs to provide vulnerable children across the country with academic, social and emotional support to help them achieve their full potential.

“In America, nearly 13 million children under the age of 18 live in poverty and face significant barriers to education. Often forced to contend with hunger, homelessness, emotional trauma, lack of access to basic medical care or other barriers, these students can have higher dropout rates, lower grade promotion rates and lower on-time graduation rates, said the company in a press release.

“ AbbVie’s donation will help support these children, by investing in effective educational programs that connect underserved students with the resources they need to stay in school and fulfill their potential”.

“A solid foundation in education can be life-changing for all children and allows them to gain the confidence and tools they need to recognize that their potential is limitless and their futures are bright, irrespective of where they grow up,” said Laura Schumacher, executive vice president, external affairs, general counsel and corporate secretary, AbbVie.

“We are stepping up for children in our backyard of Chicago and across the nation by elevating the missions of our three new partners who have all demonstrated that their programs make a deep impact for students.”

Communities In Schools, the nation’s largest organization dedicated to empowering at-risk students, is committed to mitigating the consequences of poverty and ensuring every student is offered an equitable opportunity to excel in the classroom and beyond. AbbVie’s donation of $30 million will allow Communities In Schools to provide essential support services to nearly 70,000 underserved children, including for children in 16 high-need Chicago public schools. This investment represents the largest single corporate donation Communities In Schools has received in its 40-year history.

“There are millions of at-risk students who could have a brighter future if they were connected to caring adults and community resources,” said Dale Erquiaga, president and CEO of Communities In Schools. “AbbVie’s generous investment is an important step in helping us serve more of these kids.”

City Year helps students and schools succeed by recruiting diverse, talented and trained AmeriCorps members to serve full-time as tutors, mentors and role models, preparing students with the skills and mindsets to succeed. AbbVie’s $10 million commitment will help City Year to place teams of “near-peer” corps members in schools to help students acquire critical strengths and skills.

Specifically, AbbVie’s support will help expand the organization’s reach to serve more than 18,000 students in 36 schools in Chicago over the next five years, bringing engaging afterschool STEAM programming to underserved students in San Jose, California and strengthening City Year’s National Math and Literacy Academic Services to 385 schools and 258,000 students by 2022.

“City Year is dedicated to ensuring that students receive the support they need to help them persevere through challenges, build on their strengths and thrive,” said Michael Brown, chief executive officer & co-founder of City Year. “Through AbbVie’s tremendous investment, more students will have access to positive relationships and holistic support provided by our AmeriCorps members, helping us reach our goal of significantly increasing the number of students who are on track to graduate from high school in the communities we serve. We are deeply grateful to AbbVie for its generous support.”

The University of Chicago Education Lab partners with Chicago Public Schools, local nonprofits and city government to identify and test innovative ways to improve outcomes for Chicago’s most vulnerable youth.

The Education Lab works with partners to co-produce rigorous evidence about the most effective ways to improve academic achievement, to provide youth with the social-emotional supports they need and to re-engage students who are at greatest risk of school failure, violence victimization or incarceration. This work aims to inform policy and practice in Chicago and generate evidence that cities across the country can draw on in their efforts to better serve youth.

AbbVie’s $15 million donations will expand the Lab’s partnership with Chicago Public Schools, supporting work to implement promising services for Chicago’s students, and evaluate and scale these solutions in similar settings around the country.

“We are proud to continue our work with the Chicago Public Schools on innovative approaches to better serve Chicago’s students,” said Roseanna Ander, founding executive director, Education Lab at the University of Chicago. “AbbVie’s support will help generate evidence about the most effective ways to ensure that all students have the support they need to achieve their potential, not only in Chicago but in cities across the country.”

The work of these three leading organizations complements the school curriculum and ensures a whole-child and whole-school approach to learning, providing students with social and emotional support as well as academic support. AbbVie’s contribution will allow the organizations to significantly expand their capacity to reach more students and will elevate work to generate evidence about the most effective strategies for supporting children.

A Facebook Live panel discussion entitled “Narrowing the Education Gap: A live discussion with 3 nonprofits using a Whole-Child/Whole-School approach to help kids succeed” is planned for November 16, 2018, at 10:15 AM CT on www.facebook.com/abbvieglobal. The panel will be moderated by Tracie Haas, VP, Corporate Responsibility, Brand and Communications, AbbVie, and include Arne Duncan, Managing Partner, Emerson Collective, and Communities In Schools Board Member; Roseanna Ander, Founding Exec. Director, Education Lab; Jim Balfanz, President, City Year; and Janice Jackson, CEO, Chicago Public Schools.

The donations to Communities In Schools, City Year and the University of Chicago Education Lab are part of a series of donations AbbVie is making to nonprofit partners in 2018, totaling $350 million. AbbVie has selected these partners based on their ability to deliver long-term impact in key areas of K-12 education, disaster relief and supporting sick children and their families. As part of these donations, AbbVie has given $100 million to Ronald McDonald House Charities and $5 million to Family Reach to help families thrive and $50 million each to Habitat for Humanity and Direct Relief for rebuilding efforts following hurricanes in Puerto Rico.

AbbVie is a global, research and development-based biopharmaceutical company committed to developing innovative advanced therapies for some of the world’s most complex and critical conditions. The company’s mission is to use its expertise, dedicated people and unique approach to innovation to markedly improve treatments across four primary therapeutic areas: immunology, oncology, virology and neuroscience. In more than 75 countries, AbbVie employees are working every day to advance health solutions for people around the world. For more information about AbbVie, please visit us at www.abbvie.com. Follow @abbvie on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or Instagram.

Communities In Schools (CIS) is the nation’s largest organization dedicated to empowering at-risk students to stay in school and on a path to a brighter future. Working directly inside more than 2,300 schools across the country, we connect kids to caring adults and community resources designed to help them succeed. We do whatever it takes to ensure that all kids—regardless of the challenges they may face—have what they need to realize their potential.

City Year helps students and schools succeed. Fueled by national service, City Year partners with public schools in 29 urban, high-need communities across the U.S. and through international affiliates in the U.K. and South Africa. Diverse teams of City Year AmeriCorps members provide research-based student, classroom and school-wide supports to help students stay in school and on track to graduate from high school, ready for college and career success. A 2015 study shows that schools that partner with City Year were up to two-to-three times more likely to improve on math and English assessments. A proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network, City Year is supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service, local school districts and private philanthropy from corporations, foundations and individuals.

The University of Chicago’s Urban Labs, housed at the Harris School of Public Policy, work to address challenges across five key dimensions of urban life: crime, education, health, poverty, and energy & environment. The Education Lab partners with civic and community leaders to identify, rigorously evaluate, and learn how to scale programs and policies that improve education in America’s most distressed urban neighborhoods. (PRNewsWire).

AbbVie dona $100 millones a Puerto Rico

La donación es para reforzar el acceso a la atención médica y a la vivienda en la Isla, devastada por  huracanes, asegura.

Chicago.-  AbbVie, una compañía biofarmacéutica global basada en la investigación, anunció una donación de 100 millones de dólares a Puerto Rico, que se utilizarán en proyectos específicos a través de dos organizaciones sin fines de lucro, Direct Relief y Habitat for Humanity International.

El donativo será para reforzar el acceso a la atención médica y a la vivienda en la Isla. Ambas organizaciones recibirán cada una 50 millones de dólares.

Esta donación se une a los más de 4 millones de dólares que AbbVie aportó después de los desastres naturales sin precedentes de 2017 a las ciudades más afectadas en los Estados Unidos.

“AbbVie tiene un compromiso sólido con la gente de Puerto Rico, pues mantiene operaciones en la isla desde hace cerca de 50 años. Los dos huracanes acaecidos en 2017, especialmente el huracán Marie, fue devastador, pero estamos orgullosos de que, gracias a la visión, determinación y a la continuidad de nuestras operaciones llevada a cabo por nuestros equipos en Puerto Rico, el funcionamiento de la empresa no se vio afectado y los pacientes que dependen de nuestros tratamientos pudieron continuar recibiendolos,” afirmó Richard A. González, presidente y director ejecutivo de AbbVie.

“Valoramos enormemente el trabajo dedicado y comprometido de nuestros empleados de las operaciones comerciales y de manufactura, así como el de todas las personas en Puerto Rico, y esperamos que este anuncio reafirme y fortalezca nuestra larga relación y compromiso con la Isla, dijo Rodríguez.

 Agregó que junto con Direct Relief y Habitat for Humanity, AbbVie construirá una infraestructura de servicios de salud más fuerte y contribuimos significativamente a reconstruir  hogares de familias puertorriqueñas que fueron severamente afectadas, en algunos de los municipios donde el huracán Maria causó grandes daños y devastación.”

Por su parte, el gobernador de Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rosselló Nevares, dijo que “con esta importante aportación que hizo  la empresa con ayudas que van directamente a la salud y la vivienda; dos prioridades dentro de nuestra Administración, la empresa da ejemplo de lo que debe ser un sector privado comprometido con la comunidad.”  Estos centros atienden a un total de 352.000 residentes en Puerto Rico.

Para evitar interrupciones en los servicios que se prestan regularmente,  Direct Relief proporcionará a los centros de salud fuentes de energía confiables, entre ellas energía solar, baterías que mantienen la energía y generadores de electricidad, lo que les dará la oportunidad de generar su propio abastecimiento de agua potable. Direct Relief también financiará unidades de salud móviles, formará y apoyará una fuerza laboral médica ampliada, aumentará el acceso al suministro confiable de medicamentos e introducirá programas de telemedicina en hospitales y centros de atención médica seleccionados.