Professional growth and the true meaning of empowerment and belonging: Bilingual Senior Communications & Development Manager Ana Lopez shares her story
Hello everyone, my name is Ana Lucia Lopez, and it's a pleasure to share a little bit of my journey with you.
I'm originally from Colombia and have been living in the U.S. for 8 years. Back in my college days at Bunker Hill Community College, I was studying Visual Design, and eager to find an internship that would not only help me grow my skills but also contribute to my professional growth.
My journey with All In Energy began in 2020, at a time when I felt like I was riding a roller coaster. We were navigating through the challenges of a global pandemic, I was far away from my family, and in a political environment that created doubts about my immigration status.
So all of those things combined weighed me down, a sentiment very familiar to many immigrants. There's a constant struggle with feeling undervalued when English isn't your first language and you weren't born here.
But then, I came across All In Energy. From the very first interview, something felt different to me. It wasn't every day that I had the chance to talk and be interviewed by a co-founder, in that case, Rouwenna! During that 1st interview, all my anxieties started to dissipate. All In Energy saw potential in me, believed in me, and made me feel valued and seen. It was a contrast to my past experiences, where I felt like just another piece of the puzzle.
And a few weeks later, I got the job! As an intern, I quickly became a part of a team that recognized me not just as an asset but as a person with valuable contributions to offer. All In Energy gave me an environment where I felt empowered and trusted to excel in my role. For me, that was a revelation. I didn't know work could be this fulfilling.
As my journey continued, I transitioned from intern to coordinator, then manager, and eventually, senior manager. The organization not only offered opportunities for professional growth but also supported me during challenging times, like when my Optional Practical Training ended and I faced uncertainties about my work visa or when I got married and faced immigration challenges. All In Energy stood by me, offering reassurance and the chance to explore new possibilities, demonstrating their commitment to the human side of their staff - a value not all companies cultivate.
Today, I’m here, immensely proud to be a part of an organization that values diversity, respects individuals, and believes in the power of every team member. My journey at All In Energy has been transformative and has taught me the true meaning of empowerment and belonging.
So, thank you all for watching, and for your valuable support to organizations like All In Energy. Your support enables individuals like me to thrive and contribute to a workplace where everyone's potential is recognized and celebrated.
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