The Real Leader – Judith Haddad

nova-university-school-judith-haddadWhile attending Nova Southeastern University, I was able to meet and make lifelong friends with many men and women who were also attending the program to get their Masters of Business Administration degrees. We all entered the program at the same time, so we spent a lot of time together in study groups and even just hanging out after class and blowing off some steam. While getting to know these other students, the one I was most impressed with was Judith Haddad, one of the top students in our class who was not only a great student but an amazing example and teacher for the rest of us. I am so grateful for my opportunity I had to work with her and spend so much time learning from her.

To this day, I have kept in close contact with Judith because she became a close friend in her caring nature and leadership. I’ve seen her example as she has continued to pursue leadership positions and taught those around her with the patience and understanding she had even back when we were both pursuing our MBAs. I believe she has made a huge difference in the lives of many people, but I know for sure she has made a difference for me.

Inspiration from Judith Haddad

judith-haddad-friendsI met Judith Haddad when we were at college together at Clark University. We have remained friends over the years and get together every once in a while. I’ve seen how much she has accomplished not only for herself but for other women as she has shattered the glass ceiling as a well-known and successful company executive. I’ve seen her take many positions, but currently, she is the President and CIO of Patriot Technology Solutions. In that position, she has really had a lot of success in providing extraordinary technology solutions in the insurance industry.

An advocate for women

Women have this problem where we constantly compare ourselves to one another. It means that no matter how successful we are in our chosen career paths, we still worry that we aren’t as good as our friend or neighbor even if they are doing completely different things than us. One of the things I love most about Judith Haddad is her ability to recognize a woman’s worth despite what she thinks of herself. Even though I’ve chosen to spend a lot of my life at home with children, she never once made me feel like that wasn’t as hard as her job or that it wasn’t as important as what she was doing. And when I was ready to get back into working, she helped me get caught back up and start my career. She is a firm believer that women can do whatever they want and are valuable no matter what choices they make.

Judith Haddad – Woman of Influence

Judith-Haddad-profileIt’s that time of year when the South Florida Business Journal honors its 2016 class of Influential Business Women. And we couldn’t be prouder of this year’s 25 honorees, who exemplify the region’s growing number of women business leaders excelling in their industries while also contributing to their
local communities.

The honorees are a diverse group of women with a track record of success in their respective fields. Women such as veteran banker Teresa P. Foxx, director and general manager of Barclays; Barbara W. Goldberg, CEO/founder of O’Connell & Goldberg Public Relations; Judith Haddad, president/CIO of
Patriot Technology Solutions; and Lourdes M. Pineda-Garcia, VP of financial services/CFO of FirstService Residential.

All were celebrated at a May 20 awards luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six in Fort Lauderdale.
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Special thanks to corporate sponsors Florida International University College of Business, GCI Worldwide Corp., Durée & Co., FPL Fibernet and HSBC.

Congratulations again to this year’s honorees!

Judith L. Haddad is a change agent. Throughout her career, she has created, managed and achieved successful outcomes by helping her organizations transform themselves by focusing on such matters as organizational effectiveness, improvement and development.

“To become influential in business, you must be able to help bring change for the greater good of the organization by creating a vision, believing in your people and delivering successful outcomes,” she says.

She believes integrity, insightfulness and natural leadership are key traits of any influencer. Deliver on your word, create a shared vision, and seek to lead from within. In fact, she learned years ago that leadership is not taught in a classroom.

“It made me realize that leadership is something you do naturally,” she says. “It is something that you have to be passionate about, especially knowing that it is perhaps one of the toughest roles.”