I am from Puerto Rico, a beautiful island in the Caribbean. Grew up with my siblings and a single mother in a public housing in PR. Started playing basketball since the age of 8 as part of the Boys and Girls Club of Puerto Rico, that help me obtain a scholarship to play basketball at the University of Puerto Rico. Not only played basketball, but I also played softball and track & field. At the age of 19, I started playing Team Handball for the Puerto Rican National Team that allowed me to participate in Pan-American and Central American games. I graduated as a physical education teacher and finished a master’s degree in Science.
I have been working for Caterpillar for more than 21 years. I started working in Cat as a warehouse employee, learning all the operational processes from the floor to the leadership level. During my career I worked in operations, planning, Human Resources, 6 Sigma and Marketing.
I am a leader, change agent and recognized spokesperson for the Lambda Network throughout all of Caterpillar’s operations in Mexico. Helping to create an inclusive environment for the company’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer employees and their allies, the Lambda Network works to educate others on the perspective and value of the LGBTQ+ community. In this role, I foster a sense of community for employees while advocating cultural diversity and inclusion.
By listening to the voices of the next generation and adapting my approach accordingly, I embrace a leadership model that has had a profound impact on the company—particularly among younger employees. My approach has resulted in improved productivity, a reduction in errors and improvements in safety.
In addition, I have made significant contributions within the Nuevo Laredo, MX and Mexico community. I established the sponsorship of a crucial job fair to introduce members of the community to logistics and manufacturing, led the establishment of an onsite adult continuing education program enabling Caterpillar’s hourly employees to achieve their high school general equivalency degree, and worked with her team to adopt a local elementary grade school to provide them with much needed educational supplies.
On a personal level, I have two dogs Paquito and Chiluka and my partner Miriam for 15 years. In 2018, during the 50th anniversary celebration of Boys and Girls Club of PR, I was recognized one of the 50 program alumni honoree.
I’m grateful for the job I have because it has allowed to be creative, learn new ways, visit many countries, make a living and meet wonderful people. Manufacturing has taught me that a dream without a plan and a process is only a dream.
I enjoy traveling, listening to music, talking to friends and playing video games. Life can be awesome if you enjoy one second at a time.