As a proud member of the Latino community, I always love this time of the year—Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15). It’s a time to reflect on and appreciate the contributions that Hispanic Americans have made and continue to make on society. And at Dell, the month gives us an opportunity to celebrate and give a glimpse to our heritage.
Born in Panama and raised in South America, I was exposed to different cultures and economic environments. Despite the differences, the warmth and welcoming attitude of Latinos on each country remained constant and this experiences truly shaped the person I’ve become. Because of this, I’m passionate about giving back to the community. Through Latino Connection, Dell’s employee resource group (ERG) supporting Dell’s Hispanic and Latino communities, I am able to inspire the next generation of professionals with organizations like Girls Who Code and Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA).
Over my years at Dell, I’ve learned I am not alone. I asked some of my fellow Latino team members, what their heritage means to them and how they are able to bring their authentic selves to work every day while also giving back to the community:
“September 20 was the anniversary of Hurricane Maria and the impact of the hurricane on Puerto Rico, where I’m from, was devastating. It’s taken over a year and we’re still going through the recovery. The Dell team really stepped up to coordinate and deliver donations from Dell site locations to the Puerto Rico community was beyond heartwarming to me and my family. — Mariely Franzetti, Vice President, Support Services IT
“I have had a number of opportunities during the 26 years I’ve been with Dell, but most recently I’ve had the opportunity to work with Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, where I’ve partnered with Dell’s government affairs team to help build initiatives for the next generation of Latino leaders on the Hill.” — Ed Loya, Senior VP, HR Business Partner
“I love working at Dell because of the people. Mexico is in my heart because of the family relationships that I have there. And here at Dell the interdependence among teams, the relationships that we forge, the values that we have here and the standards that we try to achieve, honestly makes Dell and these people feel like home and like family.” —Adrian Rodriguez, Head of Ethics and Compliance Fraud Investigations for LATAM
“My Hispanic heritage has equipped me with the right mix of attributes for success: a strong work ethic, a relentless desire to make a difference, and the ability to value the power of teamwork and community. Through Latino connection, I have found opportunities to lead key initiatives, establish great friendships, strengthen relationship and create opportunities for our Hispanic community inside and outside of Dell.” — Artemio San Martin, Senior Manager, Support & Deployment Services Operations
“I’m an advocate for inspiring the young Latina community to pursue their career dreams. As such, I helped establish the Day at Dell, an annual day when Latino Connection brings a group of girls to the Dell campus, learn about technology, have time with mentors and shadow some of our Latino Connection team members.”– Ana Villegas, Senior Marketing Director
It is evident that the Latino community at Dell values relationships, strong work ethic and the ability to give back to the community. At Dell, diversity is part of our company DNA and we truly feel empowered to bring our passions to work every day to make a difference. I’d encourage you all to join in Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations and share your stories about your Hispanic or Latino Heritage or learn more about this amazing community.