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Meet one of our top women in business in 2013: Ellie Nieves
With a background in law, high-stakes politics, and corporate lobbying, Ellie Nieves has a valuable perspective on the challenges — plus the rewards — that women face in the business world.
Nieves grew up in the South Bronx and developed a taste for both politics and communication early in life. Her mom was a community activist; her dad was a newscaster at a Spanish-language radio station.
Nieves went to Fordham University and majored in communications, then opted for law school at Pace University in White Plains. She set her sights on becoming a legislator, and realized law school was the ideal choice. “I wanted to understand the workings of the legal field if I was going to someday make laws,” she says. Read more...
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Nieves is second vice president & counsel, government relations for The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America where she represents the company before legislators, executive branch officials, and administrative agencies at both the federal and state level.
My new found interest in business led to a short stint in the entertainment industry working as chief of staff to rapper, record producer, fashion designer, and business mogul, Sean “Diddy” Combs. My work for Mr. Combs exposed me to a broad range of businesses, including recording, music publishing, artist management, television and film production, recording studios, apparel, fragrances, and restaurants. I served as a liaison between the company’s various business entities and internal departments. Read more....