Q&A with Rey Llena

Rey Llena 2015-2016 Currently works at: Gay Men’s Health Crisis


What one piece of advice would you offer to current fellows?

Even if you do not know what you want to do as a career right now, be open to opportunities. You won’t know what you enjoy, but you can certainly identify what you don’t.

What do you find to be the most fulfilling aspect of your current job?

Currently I am an executive assistant to the CEO of Gay Men’s Heath Crisis, which among a multitude of duties involves being a gatekeeper to external stakeholders, and managing their calendar. By having a hand in which meetings are set, and steering the way internal and external stakeholders are handled with care gives me the sense of being an extension of the CEO. Often times I am asked for my opinion on large decisions being made, and so being able to have a seat at the table is far better than being on the plate.

If you were given a one-minute ad slot during the Super Bowl that you couldn’t sell, what would you fill it with?

 If I could use the one-minute slot for any advertisement without any repercussions I would issue an urgency to use your voice in whatever capacity that means to you. Given our current political climate it is important to use your voice to affect positive change.

What is something you recently realized that you can’t believe you had not realized earlier/sooner?

Be your own advocate. Some people in the work place have the mentality to work diligently, and hope that their supervisor will notice and reward them. False. If you want a promotion or a raise you have to track your work, build a case, and ask. Do not take no for an answer, but rather ask what you have to do to get the title/raise that you want.