What professional accomplishment are you most proud of?
I had the privilege of leading the Frito-Lay Adelante chapter, our Employee Resource Group (ERG) that helps unleash the potential of PepsiCo’s multicultural Hispanic community by providing associates leadership opportunities to impact our culture, communities and people. That wouldn’t have happened without the passion and hard work of our members and colleagues.
Can you talk about the importance of representation?
We all have a story. Oftentimes, our stories aren’t reflected back at us in the real world and in the workplace. When you see leaders who look like you or reflect your culture, their very presence can fuel our own ambition. Seeing yourself reflected back at you creates hope and an understanding that you can rise above the fray and find a path to leadership.
How does PepsiCo build a better, more diverse and inclusive workplace?
We’re doing a great job of that. We’ll continue with a 360-degree approach, including community outreach, diversity recruiting, diversity training and talent development programs, mentoring programs, and leadership placements. It’s also exciting to see our Racial Equality Journey in action. These efforts make me proud to be at PepsiCo.
PepsiCo is known for building communities of leaders at all levels. What does leadership mean to you?
Leadership inspires others. That’s wildly important. When we inspire others, they can reach new heights — and even go places they didn’t know they could. PepsiCo fosters leadership by providing so many opportunities. These can be found in daily tasks that add up to long careers. Opportunities are everywhere at PepsiCo.
What about PepsiCo makes you smile?
Besides sipping Mountain Dew? I am a stronger and better person because of the diverse culture, opportunities and experiences provided to me throughout my tenure at PepsiCo. I am truly appreciative!