Pivoting Diversity: Gloria Greene speaks on the importance of heritage and diversity
As many know, Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month. Your League City Regional Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to diversity year round. Hispanic Heritage Month may be over but diversity never ends!
Your chamber spoke with Gloria Greene of Living Magazine on the importance of months like Hispanic Heritage month and the importance of recognizing diversity.
In your opinion, why is it important to recognize and acknowledge your Hispanic Heritage and Hispanic Heritage Month?
My mother is from Chihuahua, Mexico (yes, there really is a town named Chihuahua), and my father is from El Paso, TX. His dad is from Spain. I was born in El Paso and moved when I was 5-years old. I am proud to be a Mexican American (Hispanic) and my maiden name is Sanchez.
I come from a large family, which is full of numerous entrepreneurs! Many are self-employed hardworking, successful men and women. They are employed in various industries such as real estate agents, broker commercial real estate, landowners, apartment complex owners, construction and home builders. Others work in the medical field, one is a physician, transportation, education and government. Still others currently defend our nation in different branches of the armed services, Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Space Force and Coast Guard.
In fact, my dad, Art Sanchez, signed up for the United States Army at the age of 17 years old. He was a Special Forces Green Beret, demolitions expert and paratrooper. My dad's uncle, Tio Jose Luis Gonzalez, was an Engineer at the NASA Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, FL., during the 1970. He was also a part of the shuttle program!
As you can imagine, I am very proud of my family and heritage. In high school, I remember my Spanish teacher had asked my classmates what a bicicleta was in English. I immediately raised my hand and said, "bicycle!" Of course, a guy I had a crush on stated out loud, "How did she know that?!!" Haha!! I said, "Because I am Hispanic!!" In addition, I do understand more Spanish than I speak. Thus, I can't say that I am fluent but I did purchase Rosetta Stone Español!
Why would you say it is important to have diversity in the workplace and in life?
Our League City, Bay Area, Houston, Texas and Harris and Galveston County Region is a melting pot similar to even New York City. In fact, there aren't a lot of true Houstonians! It seems like more people are coming into Houston from all over the United States. They get here as soon as they can!! Having diversity in the workplace makes life more interesting! Learning about other cultures open our minds and hearts to another world in a good way. I truly believe and live my life with what the Lord said in His Word, The Bible - God made us all in His image and love thy neighbor!