Annually, as the eve of Hispanic Heritage Month dawns, I field around 10 requests to speak on a variety of Latino cultural topics, to groups representing government, business, public policy and education. As I was reviewing this year's requests, one in particular stood out.
Recently I received an email from an audience member asking me to consider the importance of having "only Spanish dancers" as part of Ballet Hispanico, the dance company I direct. For me, being Latino is a complex and personal experience that cannot be neatly branded.
Hispanic Heritage Month just wrapped up, and as always, showcased the history and accomplishments of Hispanics and Latinos in the United States.
Ethnicity neither limits nor defines our work to ensure every child has access to an excellent education. It does, however, inform my perspective. I enter this fight thinking about childhood friends who didn't graduate.
Rosita the monster, Ovejita the lamb, and Mando, Sesame Street's newest human cast member, ensure that Hispanic culture remains an important part of the iconic show's curriculum. We're always celebrating Hispanic heritage on Sesame Street, but we're especially excited to celebrate it during Hispanic Heritage Month.
If you truly want a thriving business you must surround yourself with people who are good at what they do, passionate about what they do and passionate about your vision.
With all my successes, I have never forgotten the company's beginnings 15 years ago. Every day, when I see my fleet of trucks, I never forget about the first two and the dreams I set out to accomplish.
It's ironic that Columbus Day falls during Hispanic Heritage Month. Let's just say that it's not the Day Columbus discovered the Americas. It's the day that Columbus invented corporate America.
Vulnerability at it finest is being able to reveal yourself with someone you can identify with, trust, and respect because you know they have the same values as you .
My own journey with Tarragó began several years ago on a hot afternoon in Madrid when, taking refuge from the midday sun in a dusty music shop, I stumbled across some out-of-print folios.
Latino Americans are the ones who live in Latin América; the ones who stayed there who are very different from the ones who left. The ones who leave are looking for different truths and for economic as well as intellectual pursuits.
Throughout National Hispanic Heritage Month this year (Sept. 15-Oct. 15), communities across the country are honoring the many contributions Hispanic and Latino Americans have made both to our nation and to their own cities and towns.