Per the United Nations, we have more than 1.1 billion girls under the age of 18 who will become the largest generation of leaders and the source of power, energy, and creativity. Today, as a mother, and as a woman, I want to briefly share my story, and how much International Day of the Girl Child means to me.
I am from Brazil and based in São Paulo – the largest city in Latin America. In my opinion, a great leader needs to innovate, seek new paths and possibilities, ensure continuous improvement, understand and hear our customers’ needs and, above all, respect others – which is the basis of any relationship.
I am the son of Cuban immigrants. My parents traveled from Cuba’s Mariel Harbor to the United States in 1980. They left everything behind as Cuban exiles and began a new life in their mid-thirties with nothing although grateful to have freedom. The youngest of 4 kids, I was born in Miami, FL and grew up in humble beginnings.
Being Latin can mean so many different things! Being Latin encompasses many diverse countries and people. Our unique cultures come together through one common theme, una voz! The “Latino Experience” is unique to each individual. Everyone has a story… My name is Veronica Espinoza, and I am proud to be a Chicana!
My name is Juan R. Arbona, and I am the Chief Compliance Officer for Envista based in Brea, California. I was born and raised in Puerto Rico, thus represent a very proud but narrow slice of the greater Latino-X population. As Puerto Rican, I was born a U.S. citizen and did not experience the difficulties of immigration which many others of the Latin community must deal with.
I felt a surge of excitement when I received my offer to join Envista's summer MBA internship program, but my excitement was tinged with trepidation as my start date approached. I had no previous experience working in the dental industry; indeed, I had never worked for an American for-profit company before.
We are very proud of our interns and we are spending the summer checking in and learning from them. Boshi Wang started his internship in June as part of our immersive 3-month program of learning, working, and living the Envista life.
I am in my first rotation working as a global product manager at Ormco, a global leader across 140 countries and regions in the orthodontics medical devices industry. I graduated in May 2021 from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.