As part of National Hispanic American Heritage Month, we asked our Latin American employees to share how Oracle’s diverse and inclusive work environment allows them to be themselves, and thus bring their unique points of view to the company’s challenging projects. On this occasion, we have Sam at the helm!
Sam is a Connected Services Senior Manager for the Americas in the Oracle Global Customer Support organization. As the Oracle Latinos Alliance (OLA) infrastructure lead, he has overseen or proposed a number of successful projects, including the organization’s rebranding and renaming, online presence, online communication strategy, and recruiting, all of which have been very successful.
Sam is originally from Mexico City, Mexico, where he spent the first three decades of his life. “I think that my background allows me to be more empathetic, and gives me the ability to connect better with people,” he says. “There is a strong sense of teamwork and camaraderie in Mexico. Office hours are very long down there, which means you spend a lot of time with your coworkers—you get to know them and your customers very well.” This has also helped him start his networking journey, which has been critical to his success.
About Hispanic culture, Sam adds, “We tend to always go above and beyond. Mexicans and, in general, Latin Americans are very creative (maybe because we didn’t grow up having the same resources, thus you need to improvise and come up with inventive solutions). That has allowed me to take approaches that others might not see right away. When you tackle an issue from many different perspectives, you’re definitely going to find the best route to success. I don’t think I could work for a company that doesn’t believe in diversity, inclusion, and equity like Oracle.”
Celebrating National Hispanic American Heritage Month means a lot to Sam, particularly because it actually starts on Mexican Independence Day. “I’m proud to be Mexican and now American. The recognition allows us to celebrate our cultures, realize that we have more in common with each other than we think, and show the rest of society all the great things we offer: los latinos somos diversión, fiesta, hermandad, comida deliciosa, mucho corazón, and we also have many other skills that are usually not showcased out there.”
To his fellow Hispanic and Latino communities, Sam advises, “to bring their whole selves to work. We have many desirable cultural skills that are very important in the workplace: hard work, creativity, caring for others, socializing, our strong family ties, speaking a second language, and loyalty. All those skills, in the right doses, will make a difference in our careers.”
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