The Huffington Post features Maile Aguila, queen of Brickell City Centre, also known as SVP of Residential Sales for Swire Properties.

In this Q&A Maile shares how she lost everything — her friends, her school, the nanny she adored and her pony —in one day when her parents were forced to leave Cuba when Castro took power. Maile told HP that the exile experience taught her two things: “1.) The power of education—because no one can take what’s inside your mind; and 2.) the value of hard work because, through that, anything is possible.”

Read more on Maile’s thoughts on leadership, Miami, work/life balance and women in the workplace: