Clolita learned early as a child that life was meant to be lived with excitement and drive and that her success or failure was in her own hands and not in the hands of others.
After receiving a degree in Theater and Dance, Clolita performed and taught dance for a period of time. After returning to college to get a degree in business administration, she began a journey into the world of business. Her career began as a buyer at the University of Maryland at Baltimore campus advancing through a series of promotions to become the Director of Procurement at the University of Maryland Baltimore County campus. She was later promoted to the Assistant Vice President for Administration Services with responsibility for several departments including procurement, audit, telecommunications, campus police and the university bookstore. She developed reputation as a nationally recognized expert in contracting and public procurement which lead to traveling the country conducting workshops and giving presentations to professional organizations and university professionals as well as influencing the procurement rules and regulations for the state of Maryland.
Always the student, at the age of 39 Clolita returned to school to obtain a law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law. Upon graduating, in addition to her previous responsibilities, she assumed the role of University Counsel for the Division of Administration & Finance working with the President’s Office of Legal Affairs and the Office of the Attorney General representing the University in legal contractual matters.
Hungry for more responsibility and the lure of the corporate world, Clolita retired from the University in 2008 and became Senior Counsel for Constellation Energy Corporation which later merged with Exelon Corporation, a Fortune 50 corporation, where she became Assistant General Counsel specializing in contracts and intellectual property. She traveled between Exelon’s headquarters in Chicago and locations in Philadelphia and Baltimore to work with her utility clients ComED, PECO and Baltimore Gas & Electric Company. After a very successful corporate career, she retired at the end of 2014.
For Clolita retirement is an opportunity to pursue activities about which she is passionate giving back to her community and women everywhere. She is a volunteer mentor for Girls, Inc. of Sarasota and elementary school girls at Alta Vista Elementary School in Sarasota. True to her love of dance, she is a board member and friend to the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School. She also acts as a mentor at the Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota.
Clolita is also President and CEO of her own recently founded company Powering Journeys. Under this umbrella, as a successful woman who rose up from cancer, discrimination, poverty, sexual and physical abuse, Clolita wants uplift and inspire other women and girls by sharing her experiences, struggles and successes through her blog “60ish Love the Journey.” She is also a speaker, model, actress and continuing her love of reading, travel and just relaxing with her husband enjoying retirement in Florida.