As a bicultural professional, Hesy Landesbaum has dedicated over 20 years to the financial services industry, not only in leadership positions as a sales manager and advisor, but as an advocate for women. Leading by example, she has consistently been a top performer in her field and has always worked to exceed expectations. As a partner at New York Life Insurance and Investments Company, Hesy’s philosophy is to always do what is right and to build lasting professional relationships. Hesy earned a degree in international relations with an emphasis in international business from the National Self-Governing University of Mexico (UNAM). She also obtained a state life insurance license, a state health insurance license, and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) licenses Series 6 and 63.
Founded in 1845, New York Life has been providing life insurance, wealth management, estate and retirement planning, and investment services for over 175 years. Today, they are the largest mutual life insurance company in the United States. They employ over 12,000 agents, who serve customers worldwide. As a partner at New York Life, Hesy leads a team of financial advisors. She trains, coaches, and develops them to provide the best financial advice possible for their clients, since many communities do not have access to financial planning for lack of information or time. Hesy’s mission is to increase the presence of Latino talent in the financial industry in order to help families and business owners gain an understanding of how it works, so they have a plan. She and her team of advisors can then guide community members in growing their wealth, preserving it, and transferring it to the next generations.
Since the beginning of her career, Hesy has always had an impeccable work ethic, which she credits to her family. As she was growing up, she saw how hard her family members worked and how committed they were to their professions. They never missed a day of work and they always remained humble. Therefore, when Hesy went on to become a sales representative with Merck Sharp & Dhome Pharmaceuticals, a financial advisor with ING Group, a personal banker for Citibank, and a bank manager with JPMorgan Chase, she remembered the values that had been instilled by her family. Hesy worked hard, remained humble, and treated everyone with respect. She writes a column about financial education for the newspaper, Queenslatino.com because she is determined to inform and financially empower her community.
Hesy holds numerous positions within several associations such as board director for LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens), with the NY Council for Educations and Science. She is also the finance director of ArteLatAm, an organization that supports Latin-American visual artists worldwide, a continuing mentor for TREPCAMP, an advanced entrepreneurial training program, a member of the Financial Planning Association (NY chapter), and an advisory board member for the US-MEX Chamber of Commerce (North East chapter). Additionally, Hesy serves as a board member of the NY Hispanic Cosmetology Chamber of Commerce, as vice president of the Global Network of Qualified Mexicans (abroad chapter NY), as a member of A.M.A. (American Mexican Association), and as president of MECENAS Association, which promotes the preservation of the Mexican culture. She is also the president of the women’s affairs commission of Fuerza Migrante, a binational movement to empower Mexican immigrants that highlights their great contributions on both sides of the border, promoting economic and political empowerment through education.
In fact, being a role model for other women, making a difference in her community, and promoting mentorships among professionals are all important to Hesy as a female professional in a predominantly male industry. In 2017, her desire to empower women led Hesy to create a bilingual initiative called, Women Talking USA (Hablando Entre Mujeres USA), where women share their knowledge and become mentors for other women in order to help them at the personal and a professional level. “As a working mother, growth can be challenging, but having the right mentor and the right people around you can change your life,” says Hesy. Due to her diligence and inspiring attitude, Hesy has been the recipient of numerous awards including LULAC’s 2019 Female Leadership in the Financial Industry Award, Mexican Music Award’s 2019 Female Entrepreneur of the Year, Orgullo Latino Achievement Award, for supporting the Latino community, El Dario de Mexico’s Mexican Pride Award, Premios Fama Award, Mexico Latino Magazine’s award for supporting the great Mexican heritage in the US, and the Americactivate TV Award, for supporting Latin American traditions and folklore, so the new generations continue celebrating their heritage. Hesy was also selected by the General Mexican Consul of New York as a woman who has made significant contributions to her community, and to be honored by the The Society of Foreign Consuls in NY (SOFC) in 2020.
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