My dream is now and has always been to take care of my family. As a teenager, I saw my parents work hard and I had the dream to one day be able to care and provide for them. As I got married and had children of my own, I wanted the best for them, too. It is this dream that drives my career each and every day. And today, I am fortunate enough that I can bring that dream into my career just as I do into my life.
This dream became my reality through my faith, determination and the support and dedication of others. My parents, while unable to provide the financial means for my education, offered their love, lots of prayers and support as I followed my dreams. I also had a teacher who saw my potential and inspired me to achieve more than I even thought I could. With her guidance, I found internships, jobs and even a company-paid education. Since then, others have come along who have made similar positive impacts in my life. Their generosity to make a difference in my life is what allows me to do the same today for others.
My dream to be the best for my family has also mirrored my professional track. Today as North America Vice President for Diversity & Engagement, I support and strive to inspire others across PepsiCo. I am able to create an impact that promotes the strength of PepsiCo’s diverse workforce through Performance with Purpose, PepsiCo’s vision to deliver sustainable long-term growth while leaving a positive imprint on society and the environment. We’re proud of our legacy of valuing diversity and engaging the communities in which we operate, and Performance with Purpose enables us to keep paying it forward.
Through the community outreach of the company, I have mentored youth and professionals. Within PepsiCo, I am able to coach others and help them develop as future leaders regardless of their backgrounds
My dream as a teenager is central to my values and my personal mission. Inspiring the community and my colleagues across PepsiCo is my opportunity to pay it forward. We all have the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life and show them what is possible. When we make conscious efforts to see in others more than they recognize for themselves, when we take the time to coach, mentor and inspire others, we help them live their dreams – and even change a generation. Those who contributed to my dream changed my family’s future for generations to come and for that I am grateful. As we all continue along our own paths, I ask you to consider: what is one way that you can help someone live his or her dream?