Features Hispanic Leaders

Juan Salgado – Northrop Grumman

Juan Salgado was eight years old when he moved with his mother from a village in the hills of El Salvador—a place with no running water and minimal electricity—to the town of Coatepeque, about 15 miles from the city of Santa Ana. For Salgado, the change was bittersweet. He missed the pristine beauty of the […]

Rob Anchondo – Honeywell

As he gazed out at the thousands of youthful faces staring back intently from the audience, Robert Anchondo couldn’t help but marvel at the gravity of it all. Thirty years ago, it might’ve been him out there, listening to an accomplished Hispanic engineer talk about their journey, about hurdles scaled and odds overcome. That’s when […]

Michael Guiracocha – Ford

He completed an internship with NASA the summer after his junior year of college. Within a month of graduating—the first in his family to do so—he landed as an engineer at Ford Motor Company. Three years later, at the age of 24, he was overseeing all exterior, interior and chassis warranty claims at the company’s […]

Ellen Ochoa – National Science Board

It’s the kind of question Ellen Ochoa has heard more times than she can count, from fans, press and peers alike: When you first flew into space, saw the earth looming like a huge swirling marble below, more removed from life than you’d ever been before, what did you think about? Those expecting some stirring […]

Sylvia Acevedo – Girl Scouts of the USA

Not long into her tenure as president and CEO of CommuniCard, Sylvia Acevedo received a phone call from a researcher at Stanford University, where she had received her master’s in engineering two decades earlier. As one of the first Latina students to earn a graduate engineering degree from the prestigious school, Acevedo was asked how, […]

Diana Ortega – General Motors

At the GM Lansing Delta plant in Delta Township, Michigan, more than 3,000 employees are working together to build thousands of Buick Enclaves and Chevrolet Traverses, move them off the line and to dealer lots throughout the country. These are massive undertakings, entailing millions in research and development—requiring a microscopic eye for detail from all […]

Ilenia Herrera – Accenture

Ilenia Herrera remembers getting a call from one of her many hires, a young Hispanic American man who had just earned a big promotion and wanted to thank Herrera for giving him his first post-college job. She remembers the young woman whose entire family cleaned houses on weekends, just to earn enough to send her […]

Elia Quintana – American Petroleum Institute

Growing up in Arvin, California, a modest town of 21,000 about 100 miles north of Los Angeles, Elia Quintana remembers driving past the hundreds of oil fields that dot the arid hills of nearby Bakersfield, their beams and heads bobbing like giraffes at a waterhole. To her, they were as much a part of the […]

Laura Marquez – Google Inc.

Government to Google has been her professional journey, and it’s one that Laura Marquez hopes will blaze a trail for other ambitious young people. Especially those who share her Hispanic heritage, which remains underrepresented across many industries and at many companies, including the one where Marquez has worked since 2016. Socially conscious Google Inc. is […]

Rodrigo Tomas Garcia – Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

Whenever Rodrigo Garcia attends an event hosted by the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), the organization he helped found nearly 50 years ago, he always finds himself fielding the same three-word question. Are you surprised? Between the throngs of young professionals packing the convention center halls and the well-known speakers and panelists, it’s abundantly […]

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