In 1988, President Ronald Reagan established Hispanic Heritage Month to honor the U.S. Hispanic community.

The Latino community demonstrates the importance of real work, producing things of real value, developing communities of shared values that enrich America and keep us strong and free. U.S Hispanics work long and hard to own homes, farms and business enterprises- building up America.

This month, we honor Hispanics working to achieve their American Dream. Here are three stories exemplifying those who have worked hard to own their “piece of America.” 

Alberto Gonzales

As the second of eight children born to a Mexican migrant construction worker and his wife, Gonzales made quite a name for himself despite humble beginnings.

Growing up, Gonzales and his family of 10 lived in a small, two-bedroom home with no telephone and no hot running water. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and graduated from Harvard Law School almost 10 years later.

Gonzales practiced law privately before serving as general counsel to Gov. George W. Bush. He became Secretary of State in Texas and was named to the Texas Supreme Court in 1999. When Bush won the White House, he made Gonzales the nation’s first Hispanic Attorney General.

Geisha Williams

On March 1, 2017, Williams became the first Latina to lead a Fortune 500 company. She wasn’t born into success, though. Williams fled Cuba with her parents in 1967 at the age of five.

Now, as the president and CEO of the Pacific Gas and Electric Company, she helps provide safe and affordable energy to millions of people in California.

Gustavo Santaolalla

Growing up in Argentina, Santaolalla discovered his love of rock ‘n’ roll and Latin culture and decided to become a musician.

Santaolalla went on to help pioneer “rock in Español”—a fusion of conventional rock and traditional Latin music. In 2003, he sold more records than any other Spanish-language album that year and earned five Latin Grammy Awards. 

What’s Your Dream?

Do you dream of being a lawyer? Business owner? Musician? The American Dream is the ideal that every US citizen should have an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination and initiative. 

 

To get started on achieving yours, check out our blog on how to build a stellar resume