How long have you lived in Cleveland?  

I am originally from Mexico.  Cleveland has been my home for the last 23 years.  

The pioneers and supporters of International Women’s Day believe that “from challenges come change.” What has been the largest challenge in your journey toward personal success? 

The largest challenges when arriving in a different country are mainly language barriers and learning about a new culture and customs.  I am the only member of my family who lives away from Mexico. I am the youngest of a family of 11 children sdefinitely being by myself in a new country was a big challenge. Even though my family is in Mexico, I have always felt their support throughout all these years. But mainly my husband Todd, who has been my rock and has always been there every step of the way supporting me in every new adventure or project. 

You have been nominated for this recognition by another amazing person, proving that we are so much stronger when we support one another. What is one piece of advice you have for women in your community and all over the world?  

My advice for women in the community and all over the world will be to see themselves where they would like to be. I would tell them to be curious, to look for opportunities, to educate themselves and always be proud of who they are. 

How can the greater Cleveland community encourage, support, and amplify the success of international women?  

When I came to Cleveland 23 years ago there were very few people who spoke Spanish. It was rare to hear Spanish in any suburb of Cleveland. I have seen the Spanish population grow and with that the need for more opportunities.  Greater Cleveland should focus on the success of International women with different backgrounds and experiences.  This project from Global Cleveland is an example of a platform to highlight the hard work of many women in the community. Support Groups for International Women would also be beneficial as iwould create a community where professionals like many of us could mentor younger generations in their personal journey.  I know I would not be here without the support of so many. My journey had holes and bumps, but there was always a helping hand or word along the way.  

I am grateful and humbled about this opportunity. It is an honor to be able to be part of this event.