Both sides of the fence...

Actually more like all sides of the fence...
I'm a first generation Mexican-American who came from a migrant working family, who had a entrepreneurial great-grand parents, who also had cousins with Master's and PhD degrees...

So when I read this article: it hit home for me on multiple levels...

Our future is the uncommon American story.... with new results...
/http://latinoacademyforbusiness.com/analyzing-the-weakest-link-in-latinos-future/

"Their motivation and tenacity cannot override the lack of business knowledge. But this barrier does not keep Latinos from seeking to excel in this country of opportunity. And they will succeed, through proper training and information. Despite their deficit in higher education they pursue and they succeed."


but I loved this,

"Although I am a huge advocate for higher education Latino business ownership is leading the change for Latinos. They are starting businesses at an unprecedented rate and they are taking  control of their financial future."

It's true, Latinos start businesses on the dime... and we have our own economy, our own buzz and our own mix.... 
It hard for the mainstream to understand how we stay afloat, but we do... 
and it starts with understanding the cornerstones of our culture...
Many organizations, people ask me daily,

Araceli I want to outreach to the Latino community, can you help me? Or Araceli how do we include the Latino voice?


I graciously, help and in that journey I find my community also needs help. 
This is the thing: Latinos want to be involved, but how does the involvement tie in with the things that are most important.... Children, family, health and traditions?


Connections and relationships take time to build and the outcomes , sometimes cannot be measured. Nor should awareness end at a numerical value... 

Awareness and dedication to social diversity and equity is a life long skill.



Final thoughts....

As a leader I offer awareness and motivation on your own journey to a connection to my community, but what connection will your community offer mine?