Yup, you read that right. I've changed my last name! It's been a while since I've last written a public piece. Pandemic aside, I've been juggling quite a bit in my career and personal life. One of the most joyful experiences in the past couple of years was my international wedding day in Guatemala. Photos of us in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. Credit to Daniel Lopez Perez Photography. Despite all the fuss of preparing for the actual day, I had not given much thought to the option
Photo taken at Chicago HRHotSeat event, January 10, 2019 Anthropologists conduct field research to understand what influences human behaviors in their communities. Research helps define the social hierarchies, the key members of the community, and social rules to navigate within the group. A common relationship dynamic identified in research is the "student-teacher" relationship. In workplace settings, this dynamic can be referred to as a mentorship, the transfer of knowledge
The Seat At the start of every work week I highlight the important meetings in the upcoming days. Last Monday, there was a two-hour window blocked in the afternoon to join the company's 401k committee where we would discuss the Plan's performance and review any potential changes for the upcoming year. As I jotted down notes throughout the meeting I took a moment to reflect on the diversity of the group. There were nine members, fairly balanced between men and women, various l
Hispanic Heritage Month is here! A month long celebration that starts on September 15th by marking the independence of various countries in Latin America - Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua. The efforts for this month long celebration are meant to bring visibility to Latinx/a/o folks who embrace our heritage in various industries such as the media, the arts, even in cuisine. There is one discussion that will always grab my attention around this time
When I was 18 I decided to move out of Los Angeles and relocate to San Francisco. I had accepted a college admissions offer at San Francisco State University (SFSU) as an undeclared major. A college counselor encouraged me to enroll in classes that piqued my interest to find out what to major in, which is how I started attending Anthropology courses. I was intrigued by the idea that Anthropology, the study of past and present human cultures, could be viewed in various lenses.
Starting a professional career is scary, no matter what stage of life you're at. You have to build your treasure chest of knowledge, train your mind to think in a new lens, and build your confidence as a subject expert - phew! In today's age, you can type a question in a Google search and receive various answers in a matter of seconds, but that doesn't mean the answer you find will always apply to the challenge you face. People often worry about the facts instead of criticall