I‘ve worked at Google for the past eight years, across three countries and two different continents, since leaving my home country, Mexico, 12 years ago. Living and being immersed in other cultures helped me appreciate the many traits that are unique to my own culture. Now living in the United States, Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to celebrate Latino cultures, regardless of who you are or how you identify.
At Google, in addition to my core role as a program manager for the Google Ads content strategy team, I’m proud to be a part of HOLA, our global employee resource group. HOLA is made up of more than 5,500 Googlers across 35 offices dedicated to making an impact regardless of how they identify — whether it’s Hispanic, Latinx, Mexican, Puerto Rican, Black, Brazilian, Latino or an ally. And this year I had the privilege to lead HOLA’s global Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations and efforts.
Every year, HOLA chooses a theme to guide global celebrations and community efforts. This year’s theme is “Intersectionality is Beautiful,” an intentional nod to the beauty and diversity of our growing global community inside our walls and beyond. We hosted inspirational talent like John Leguiziamo and Bomba Estereo to share their experiences. We volunteered and supported the 2020 Hispanic Student Leadership Summit, which was held virtually for the first time ever. Most important of all, we worked with Googlers across the company to lead workshops for Latino-owned small and medium businesses through Grow with Google’s “Paso a Paso” campaign.
This year’s celebrations reminded me of the richness of my Mexican culture and how every bit of it belongs at Google. We asked a few of our HOLA members to share a bit about how they celebrated this year. Here’s what they said: