I wouldn’t be where I am today, building a successful career with the world’s leading technology consulting company, if it weren’t for the foundation built by my family before me. And I wouldn’t feel so free to be my true, authentic self if I worked anywhere but Accenture, fueled by the company’s commitment to inclusion and diversity.
Paving the way
National Hispanic Heritage Month in the U.S. is about being thankful for the early sacrifices of the generations that came before us and honoring how they paved the way. With minimal resources and without speaking English, my parents and grandparents migrated from Puerto Rico to the mainland U.S. in the late 1940s, searching for a better life for their family.
They instilled in me the values of hard work, education, culture, faith and celebration (we had some great family parties!). They enabled me to become the first in my family to graduate from college, travel the world and grow my career.
Hispanic Heritage Month is also about celebrating and honoring the many professional and community-based nonprofits that support the U.S. Hispanic community. These organizations have played an important part in career development for many people across the country—including me.
Leading by example
I am honored to work at Accenture, where we are passionate about improving the way the world works and lives and enjoy our number one ranking on the Thomson Reuters Diversity & Inclusion Index, which recognizes the 100 most diverse and inclusive companies in the world.
Accenture is a great example of a corporation that leads by example and has provided resources to Hispanic organizations like the Hispanic IT Executive Council (HITEC), which I co-founded; the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE); the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI); the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR); the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA), the Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE) and countless other local and national organizations.
These organizations touch the lives of many across America and provide the networking, tools, and resources to help grow leaders while positively impacting our country in many ways. Additionally, Accenture has one of the top Hispanic Employee Resource Groups in the country (recognized by LatinaStyle Magazine) providing our employees a vehicle to strengthen our professional network, amplify our successes and celebrate our heritage.
So, as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and look to the future, we have lots to celebrate. A special thanks to Accenture and all those leading corporations across America that provide employees with the resources to grow and contribute to the future success of America.
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