University leaders discuss COVID-19 and work-life balance

University leaders discuss COVID-19 and work-life balance

By Jennifer Sanchez

University leaders discuss COVID-19 and work-life balance

By Jennifer Sanchez
“Visionary Women: COVID-19 and Work-Life Integration” will address problems created by the pandemic and some of the solutions that were applied.

On Friday, March 26, the University community is invited to attend a virtual panel discussion featuring female leaders from across the University of Miami. Hosted by the Human Resources’ Office of Workplace Equity and Inclusion, and in honor of Women’s History Month, “Visionary Women: COVID-19 and Work-Life Integration” will address challenges and share insights regarding the many ways women have navigated work-life integration throughout COVID-19. Register for the event, which will feature the following moderator and panelists.  

Jacqueline R. Menendez, vice president for University Communications

Menendez oversees media relations, marketing, and communications for the University of Miami. Under her leadership, the division is responsible for advancing the communication of the University's mission as well as its reputation and identity as a leading academic and research institution. As a former news reporter, Miami-Dade County spokeswoman, and senior administrator in managing community crisis communications for local government agencies, Menendez has been honored by Vanidades magazine as one of the 40 Most Influential Hispanic Women in the United States.

She joined the University of Miami in 2007 and holds a broadcast journalism degree from the University’s School of Communication.

Erin Kobetz, vice provost for research and scholarship, professor public health sciences

Kobetz serves in various leadership roles on both the Coral Gables and Medical campuses, including as associate director of population science and cancer disparities for the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center (SCCC), and as the chief of population health and cancer disparities for UHealth Oncology. She joined the University in 2004 and established Patnè en Aksyon (Partners in Action), SCCC’s first-ever campus community partnership in Little Haiti. 

Recently, through a collaboration with Miami-Dade County, she led SPARK-C, a multidisciplinary contract tracing initiative aimed to better understand the community transmission of COVID-19. Kobetz holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Gillings School of Public Health. 

Marisol Capellan, lecturer and associate director of the Master of Science in Leadership Program for the Miami Herbert Business School

As a certified executive coach and educator, Capellan is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in higher education and leadership, with a research focus on women’s career advancement and leadership trajectory. Under the University of Miami’s Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, she previously managed the SEEDS program for the Office of Faculty Affairs and worked to expand faculty development and leadership programs to enhance research and grant opportunities for women and minorities. 

As a professional speaker, Capellan delivers seminars in Spanish and English on topics related to mindset, emotional intelligence, mindfulness, confidence-building, and modern well-being in the workplace. She has delivered training sessions for organizations such as American Tower Corporation, NBC Universal, Year Up, and the National Black MBA Association. As a certified executive coach, she has worked with business leaders from Salesforce, Google, WarnerMedia, Blackrock, The Lending Club Corporation, Anheuser-Busch InBev and more. Capellen holds a master’s degree in leadership from the Miami Herbert Business School. 

Jessica Brumley, vice president of Facilities Operations and Planning 

Brumley joined the University of Miami in 2018 and is responsible for developing and maximizing the value of University-owned and operated real estate, while providing strategic vision, leadership, coordination, and administrative oversight to services that enhance the academic experience of faculty, students, staff, and the local community. As part of her role, she oversees a number of University departments, including campus planning, design and construction, environmental health and safety, facilities and operations, parking and transportation, emergency management, real estate, and space management. 

In 2015 Brumley was honored for her leadership and commitment to the community by South Florida Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 award. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in architecture from the University of Pittsburgh.

Berthi Hotham, assistant vice president of enterprise business solutions

In her current role, Hotham provides strategic and operational support in the creation and implementation of the Workday Human Capital Management and Finance Roadmap. She has more than 15 years experience in diversified areas, including information systems, process analysis and improvement, analytics and reporting, strategic planning, project management, change management, statistical analysis, and compliance controls. Prior to joining the University of Miami, she was the Global Manager of Human Resources (HR) Business Solutions at Royal Caribbean Cruises. Through her HR implementation work, she launched the first 24/7 operation supporting HR onboard. In addition to her professional career, Hothman is a mother of 3-year-old twins. 

For questions related to the event, contact the Human Resources’ Office of Workplace Equity and Inclusion at