Like many Hispanic and Latino families, mine had a big European influence. My grandparents left Germany in late 1938 and were among the few fortunate Jewish families welcomed in Argentina, a country that like many other South American countries, was a refuge for Jewish families fleeing World War II.
I was born, raised, and educated in Buenos Aires, learning since childhood how to live through and overcome the challenges of belonging to a minority. I can remember not being excused for being absent at school due to Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year celebration, while my friends were excused for their important Catholic celebrations.
More than 20 years ago, I started my professional career in human resources (HR). My passions for having an impact in the business world, helping businesses and people grow, and learning about different cultures led me to work in multinational companies such as Clorox, DHL, and HP, where I have been for the past nine years.
For more than 15 years, I spent my time working in Latin America, helping leaders to grow their businesses, and developing and exporting amazing talent. During my professional life, I had the opportunity to live and work in Argentina and Brazil, and I visited almost 20 countries and territories in Latin America.
It allowed me to appreciate our history, our culture, our talents, and our differences. Other than Brazil and many territories in the Caribbean, we have Spanish as our common language—that helps us connect. However, learning English has always been a mandate for many of us in Latin America due to the proximity to the US and the opportunities it offers our community.
Around the time of HP’s separation, I was invited to create and lead the America’s HR team. I’m one of three Latinos on the HR leadership team. I always felt very privileged for the opportunities that I had at HP, and at the same time, I held myself accountable to represent all minorities.
As I travel to HP sites, I look for ways to engage our MultiCultural Business Impact Networks (BINs), which actively promote awareness of our varied cultures and ethnicities. BINs also encourage everyone to embrace HP’s belong, innovate, and grow (BIG) diversity and inclusion strategy.
During one of my site visits, someone approached me and said, “Martin, you have no idea what it means to the Latino community to see one of us at the top. You give us hope that it is possible to grow at HP.”
Recently, a group of us at HP Palo Alto felt it was time to take our contribution to a different level. We decided to launch a new Hispanic and Latino BIN at our office with the intent of positioning HP, both internally and externally, as a great place for talented Hispanic and Latino people to grow their careers. It is time to show that this community, like many other minority groups, can significantly contribute to HP’s success.
When the Reinvent Mindsets campaign debuted #LatinoJobs, it was difficult to be reminded that many people perceive Latinos as janitors and construction workers. But along with many of my Hispanic and Latino colleagues, I was proud when the video showed that like any other community, we have all kinds of careers.
The Hispanic and Latino communities make massive contributions to society and the global economy. A recent report conducted by the University of California, Los Angeles confirmed that the economic power of Latinos equates to more than US$2 trillion dollars, and it would rank as the seventh largest GDP in the world if Latinos represented one country.
And their contributions to HP are invaluable.
Let’s continue to celebrate the US National Hispanic Heritage Month and engage with local Hispanic and Latino or MultiCultural events!
Technology and innovation take a huge part in how I experience my work on a daily basis. Working in a global team at HP I get to connect every day with people that are miles away from me, thanks to the tools that engineers built in the past and continue to improve every day.
For the past few months, I’ve been lucky enough to connect with Engineers at HP who are building the newest, most amazing pieces of technology and applying it to make the most out of our human experiences and needs.
And the most exciting part of my job is being able to tell their stories, while learning how they create products that improve life for everyone, everywhere.
We’ve told you before some of these stories, like Ann’s journey of becoming the rock star behind our Careers Vlog, but I bet the following testimonials will leave you even more excited about HP’s future. And if you think you’ll just be reading about printers and laps, get ready to be wowed:
The Project Jetty is the most memorable project for me so far because it was the very first project that I’ve worked on after joining HP. The project explores how to help dispersed family members feel connected without being connected.
I, as a person living away from my family in South Korea, felt related to the topic, and it brought more passion for the project. We built prototypes looking like a snow globe where people can see their family member’s miniature house and weather around it. The house also lights up when the person is at home. In a user study, people responded to the idea very positively, so the project is remembered as a successful and joyful experience.
Growing up, I loved printing out pictures and posters for plastering all over the walls in my room. Print lets you take what you love and create an image you can hold in your hands, decorate with a frame, and enjoy every day.
I’m proud of the engineering work I do at HP because it allows these experiences to continue and improve for everyone.
When I first joined HP, I could count the number of women in the 3D program on my hands. Now, almost half of the employees in this division are women. Most importantly, we have women leaders in the middle and upper management who not only leveraged their experiences to improve the work environment and business direction but also became role models for younger women who aspire to be in their positions one day.
Although there are still improvements to be made for the inclusion of other minority groups, HP has made considerable strides. HP did not just talk about change, they turned change into reality.
I enjoy working on technology that impacts the future of our Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing solution. Currently, I am working with chemists on enabling new agents for voxel control applications like the earrings I am wearing and the covert quick response codes that can only be seen when exposed to an ultraviolet light source.
Started as an intern in HP’s LaserJet business at Boise, I worked on an innovation project to bring new imaging capabilities to HP’s multi-functional printers. This experience inspired my interest in 3D imaging and ended up as a chapter of my Ph.D. Dissertation.
After graduation, my career continued at HP Labs and evolved by working with world-class researchers, going deep in my research with computer vision, and, in the meantime, expanding my knowledge breadth through multi-disciplinary team collaboration.
One thing I enjoy the most working at HP Labs is the space to explore the latest research and industry trends and come back to tackle real challenges. Read more about Yang’s work at The Garage
As you read, at the HP Labs, the future is being reinvented by the most amazing team of visionaries and problem-solvers who aren’t afraid to tackle technology’s biggest questions and collaborate to seek out the most innovative answers. If this resonates with you and what you want to achieve in your career, join the team and #InventWhatsNext! Check out career opportunities at HP Labs here.
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Thabiso Padi is a Big Data Analyst for the Africa Enterprise Solutions team in Johannesburg, who joined HP as a Start2Grow Graduate in 2017. He shared with us a few insights on the program, life at HP and the lessons learned so far:
I still consider myself beyond privileged to have been selected amongst thousands of other applicants. You will consistently experience this in HP: they not only believe in people, but they also know how to make you feel valued.
Armed with barely more than my googly-eyes, enthusiastic smile, and a mission to make a difference in my little world back home, my journey at HP has been marked by many rises and falls, but most importantly, it has not been short of lessons.
There have been tremendously awesome moments, nights you wished would never end, and days you wished would be over as soon as they began.
Sometimes everything feels harder than pulling teeth, and there are, of course, one or two times when it felt like the fight scene with the bear from the Revenant. For a Graduate Business Analyst, the bear’s name is “Quota Deployment”! 😉
On the bright side, being able to bring your whole self to work is what makes HP a great place to work.
For instance, where else would you be challenged to a twerking contest by the CEMA* Leadership Team during your onboarding?
An invaluable element of Start2Grow is the entire community of graduates just like you. You learn to grow together, to lean on each other for support, and even cover for each other sometimes.
In every step of the way, there is a hand waiting for you to reach out and hold onto when you need help and it all feels too much.
Eventually, you appreciate and enjoy all the ups and downs.
You soon realize your challenges, failures, fears, and mistakes are the breadcrumbs that lead you to your mission which you find along the way.
Such experiences help you better understand your WHY and get a clearer picture of the next steps you should take in your journey to becoming your own “big hero”.
You uncover the importance of learning, and the importance of learning the right way. You understand that you can do anything you set yourself to achieve.
And most importantly, you learn not to measure your growth to someone else’s. “Comparison is and will always be the thief of joy”, said Benjamin Franklin.
Personally, there have been times that took me way back home, to those nights where we gathered with my siblings and mother, hungry and cold, in the dilapidated single bedroom we called our house, being careful not to gather underneath the several roof leaks when it rained.
This became my reason to reach beyond myself, my WHY. What I mean by this is that I come from a place where “it takes a village to raise a child”, and “what one learns is for the benefit of all”. These are deeply held virtues in my community so I was astonished to find parallel values when I joined HP.
I was amazed when I saw the principles of harmonious co-existence and collaboration, of Ubuntu – i.e I A
m Because You Are – begin to emerge in the values HP espouses.
I didn’t read all this in a brochure or the About Us webpage – I experienced it! And when I did, I knew this is this is tribe I belong to.
I can’t say if your experience will be awesome or not, but I promise it can be any experience you fashion for yourself. The best advice I can offer is Bring Yourself.
My mother likes saying, “Why play it safe when you can play powerful?”
So, have the confidence to stand for something, and raise your voice! Even if it’s just a whisper – own your whisper until it gets stronger!
If Thabiso’s story amazed you, apply to Start2Grow now and build your story with us today!