BOLDY MOVING FORWARD, JUNTOS
Learn how their heritage, culture, and values are inspiring them to create an impact on their families, careers, and communities. They also share how their INROADS experience is helping them build a legacy that will positively impact future generations.
University of California, Berkeley
2021 INROADS Visiones Scholarship Recipient
“Through INROADS, I interned with PayPal in software engineering for two summers in a row. I also received the Visiones scholarship, which meant a lot. It let me know that there was someone out there that believed in me. This was important to me because I did not grow up around engineers, doctors, or lawyers, so I would often question if I was headed in the right direction. INROADS reassured me that I was. INROADS enabled me to see beyond what I initially thought I could achieve. They have opened doors to so many opportunities that I didn't think were possible for someone with my background. They allowed me to dream bigger."
2021 INROADS Visiones Scholarship Recipient
Director of Strategic Account Management and Business Development, INROADS
Heritage: Panama & Puerto Rico
2021 Privacy Officer, Sony Electronics Inc.
“I have a rich Chicano history with roots and ancestry in the Southwest for many generations. I am proud of my culture and heritage and what I've been able to accomplish because I know that I have privileges that many others of my same background do not have. I am grateful for the opportunities that were afforded to me, but these opportunities came as a result of hard work and guidance.
My INROADS internship started me on a long career in the financial services industry. Because I had such a diverse internship experience and worked during the school year with my company, I was able to graduate and land a job as an Internal Auditor for First Interstate Bank (Wells Fargo Bank). As an auditor for many years, I continued to grow and eventually landed a position in Sony, whom I've now been with for 16+ years.”
Senior Vice-President, Relationship Manager, BMO Bank
Program Manager, Spark Ventures
Pratt & Whitney- RTX, Principal Industrial Engineer
Heritage: Dominican Republic
“The Dominican culture is very family-oriented. We go through hardship and make sacrifices just to make sure our family is taken care of. When one member of the family is in a challenging situation, everyone bands together to help them however they can. Having witnessed this in my own family, I have a deep sense of responsibility for my loved ones. Achieving success means I am in a better position to help them overcome struggles. The theme of overcoming tough situations is what makes me proud of my Dominican heritage. Our history of independence from Spain and then Haiti, the previous two generations of my family making a huge transition from the rural Bani province to the urban jungle of NYC and Boston- these triumphs are what make me proud.
I want to build a community of innovators, scientists, and change agents who are fully supported by private and public resources to tackle the pressing issues facing humanity, free of special interests or politicking. Today, I support my vision by volunteering my time to promote the STEAM fields to young students and educating them on the paths to achieve those goals that the rest of the world tells them they cannot achieve because of who they are or where they come from.”
Founder, Speaker and Mentor, Change Maker LLC
“I had the opportunity at an early age to move to Ecuador and see where my parents and grandparents came from. I learned at an early age the importance of community but also the responsibility we have to serve it. Understanding where my parents came from gave me a different perspective of the world and my role in shaping it. One of the superpowers I learned about our heritage is that we are resilient, optimistic, and are open to reinventing ourselves when moving across worlds. In this era of constant change and disruption, we are uniquely positioned to tap into these superpowers to build a more human-centric future.
I believe we are in an era of exponential transformation with unlimited potential for our world. The 21st century will be shaped by individuals who see that humanity has more in common than different. Personally, my commitment is to mentor the leaders of today and tomorrow on what is possible in this human-centered digital future we are building. In the United States, Hispanics will have a tremendous opportunity to engage and lead in the coming decades. It is our responsibility to bring our entire community to the table.”
CEO and Founder of Cabrera Capital Markets
“My parents are both from Mexico, and I was born in Chicago on the Southwest side. I grew up in the Little Village area. Growing up I had never been exposed to finances and investments. My friends and I were all poor, and our families never really had any discretionary dollars.
One of my teachers strongly encouraged me to take his economics class. He taught us the stock market game, which lit a firecracker under me. I wanted to learn everything about the stock market. I decided to major in finance and attended Northern Illinois University. I got involved in INROADS my freshman year and ended up interning with CNA Insurance and Chubb Group.
INROADS opened my mind to a whole new world in corporate America and the investment space. One key thing I took away was: “Don't limit yourself – there are endless opportunities out there.”
Senior Vice President,
Communications for Corporate Practice, Hispanic-focused accounts, MSL
Heritage: Dominican Mexico
“I love that my work is fueled by professional experience as well as personal insights as a Latina. Often, my job is to give our most important clients strategic counsel on the necessity of marketing to Hispanics with an authentic voice. I want marketers to understand marketing to Hispanics is more than a "necessity." It’s a business imperative, given the size, age, and behavior of our segment. This isn't about hitting quotas; this is about recognizing that if you fail to plan to win this dynamic, complex audience - you are planning to fail.”
Senior UX Researcher, Publix Super Markets
Heritage: Cuban Korean
“As a Latina and a first-generation high school and college graduate, my cross-cultural identity and bilingualism allow me to smoothly code switch when I communicate in English with corporate peers and interact with Publix store associates in Spanish.”
Regional Director, Southeast & Southcentral, INROADS
Villanova UniversityVisiones Scholarship Recipient
Brown UniversityINROADS Intern, Summer 2023
Heritage: Mexico & Puerto Rico
College Links Program Manager, INROADS
Engineer Supervisor, Colorado Springs Utilities
“INROADS allowed me to have hands-on experience in a field I was still exploring, which helped me determine that I really did want to become an engineer. It also provided the training I needed to understand how to navigate the professional world. Being a first-generation student, I really benefitted from the training that covered material I had little to no experience in, such as resume writing, interviewing, table etiquette, and beyond. My heritage and culture are full of strong examples of hard-working individuals who set a great example to follow. I am proud of the culture teaching me to value dedication, family ties, and celebrations! There is so much to be grateful for and celebrate!”
Owner / Brand Innovator, Marine Gear Sailing Gloves
Heritage: Mexico and Panama
Project Manager, FSI, INROADS
INROADS Intern, Summer 2023
“I feel proud of the growing number of programs within different companies aimed at increasing Hispanic and Latino representation. These represent an increased understanding of the power that diversity has. Personally, I want to advance Hispanic representation within the financial sector of the U.S. economy.”
2022 Visiones Scholarship Recipient
Senior Programs Manager, INROADS
Heritage: Spain, Mexico, Pomo Indians & Picuris Pueblo Indians
National Director, Strategic Alliances, INROADS
Heritage: Puerto Rico & The Caribbean
“The generations before me worked tirelessly to get to America so that my generation could be afforded endless opportunities. I feel it is my duty to make them proud and achieve the success they dreamt of, as well as leave a legacy. For the last decade, I have co-led the Visiones Annual Benefit event, which celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month, brings awareness to the impact we make in the community, and provides scholarship funding to deserving Latino students.”
“My heritage and culture inspire me. My community isn’t represented in spaces like healthcare, and I want to be that representation. I want the younger generation to see that someone just like them has accomplished great things, and they can, too. I feel proud of my culture because we are all here because our parents worked hard and overcame so many obstacles, like language, to make it in this country and give us the opportunities they never had. I want to serve as a voice for Latinos. I went into Public Health because many people don’t know about all the available resources, and language is a big reason. I want Latinos to know they have a voice, and they have someone fighting for them.”
Director of iPROS & Industry Initiatives, INROADS
Global DEI Program Manager, HP, Inc
Heritage: Puerto Rico
“I'm proud to be an Afro-Latina, Caribbean woman. Being my authentic self is my superpower, and I bring my true self into every space I enter. Because of my background, I have been very successful in the DEI space. I'm an advocate for Black, Latin, Caribbean, and first-generation professionals in the workplace. I'm honored to be able to teach dance lessons at my company's Hispanic Heritage Month celebration and share my culture.
Representation truly matters. I want other men and women of Hispanic heritage to be inspired by me and take action. As an Afro-Latina, I make sure to educate others on the subjects of colorism, Latinidad, culture, and hair discrimination. I want the world to accept us, embrace our culture and our diversity of thought.”