Dr. Sandra L. Torres
Dr. Sandra L. Torres
A native New Yorker of Cuban and Puerto Rican descent, Sandra has embraced Miami and made it her town. Her love for cultural diversity has allowed her to expand on her passion of developing and coaching people to become strong leaders via her Leadership-Si! philosophy. Living in Miami gives her access to many people of many different cultures.
Sandra is an Assistant Professor at Miami Dade College, School of Business. There she teaches upper level courses for students in the Bachelor of Applied Science in Supervision & Management. She also serves on various committees, and was apppointed to be a member of the College Academic and Student Support Council.
Previously, Sandra held a position of Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for an insurance firm. While there, she expanded and developed the sales force by creating a plan for continual improvement using ongoing training and self-directed work teams. She also created many innovative marketing and branding concepts and made significant contributions creating, planning and managing that organization's annual reward, recognition, training and networking conference for credit unions. Sandra also earned international business experience by opening the Puerto Rico market for this company.
Due to her 20 plus years of experience in the credit union industry, she is regarded as a well respected and credible leader in her field.
After 7 years of leadership research, Sandra completed her doctoral dissertation: a comparison of leadership practices of Cuban women managers in Cuba and the US. She was awarded a Doctorate of Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University. She also holds a Master of International Business Administration degree from the same university. She is also a lifetime member of Sigma Beta Delta, International Honor Society in Business, Management and Administration.
Sandra serves as a Board Trustee for the Florida Chapter of ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) and is currently working on expanding patient services into the Miami market. When she is not traveling the world, she can think of no better place to be than home with her husband, grown children and grandchildren. Home, known as "Villa Torres", is also a small farm located in Miami's agricultural area. Here the Torres family grows lychees and many other tropical fruits. Sandra is also an avid doll collector, in fact her home actually has a "dol