Andrea Cortes-Beltran has been recently promoted to lead her team of core industrial engineers of Lab Test Value Stream, and is currently serving as President for the local chapter of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers.
Opportunities have always been knocking at the door. My mom has always told me not to let opportunities go because they may never come back again and I may regret.
I used to think that by doing a great job my efforts would be noticed by others or higher levels hence I would be asked to be part of leadership teams or take leadership positions. This was valid in my culture. However, thanks to EDI, I learned how to use my cultural skills on my favor to be a successful leader.
My advice for others is to avoid blaming others for being unable to accomplish your goals. Trust yourself and think positively. Most importantly, do not compare yourself to other people. You are and will always be unique for just being yourself.