DHG Heroes are making an impact at the firm and in our greater communities. To celebrate the end of Hispanic Heritage month, we are highlighting extraordinary members of our Latin American Inclusion Network (LAN).
DHG Hero Diana Parra-Gonzalez, Executive Assistant in the Charlotte, NC office, is an integral part of inclusion and diveristy at DHG.
Describe your career journey with DHG.
Before DHG, I worked within the sports industry in Charlotte, which I absolutely loved as I’d been employed in the same industry when I lived in NYC 10 years prior. Unfortunately, the position itself was not the right fit for me and there wasn’t a lot of wiggle room to move horizontally. I came across DHG’s career page and decided to apply to an Executive Assistant role. That was 3 years ago, and I’ve never looked back!
Coming to DHG has certainly been one of the best work experiences. I have encountered a warmth and sincerity that is not always abundant in the corporate world. I’m lucky enough to assist an amazing group of leaders from whom I continue to learn from day after day – Tricia Wilson, Jeff Outten, Mary Frazier and Kevin Price.
What has been your involvement with LAN? Why should others join this Inclusion Network?
I was one of the co-founders of the Latin American Network along with my colleague, Luis Guevara, back in the summer of 2019.
The Latin-American Network has allowed me to connect with colleagues throughout our organization that I otherwise would not have had the opportunity to meet. It helps to give our people a strong sense of community which in turn fosters belonging and promotes engagement. It has also afforded me the opportunity to help with projects of a bigger scope within our Inclusion & Diversity efforts.
I encourage folks to join the Latin American Network or other Inclusion Networks for these reasons. Your participation will inspire you to work on your professional development as well as help to raise awareness on relevant issues that may very well affect all of us across the firm.
Why do you think DHG and others should acknowledge and celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month?
It is important to acknowledge and celebrate cultural heritage. Recognizing our heritage is making that effort to examine how the Latino culture or others are viewed within American discourse. And, in the workplace, hopefully paving the way for better business decisions and improved employee retention and productivity.
Why do you love Hispanic Heritage?
I love my Hispanic Heritage because of the simple, yet vitally important traits that have been handed down through my familial generations – number one being the importance placed on the family unit. Our faith in God, and others such as love for our food, cooking, music and dance. Personally, I find us to be a joyful and passionate culture that fully appreciates and embraces our unique “Latinidad.”
Who is your Hero and why?
I never have to think hard when posed with this question – the answer is always, my parents. I think they are two of the most courageous people I know. They made incredible sacrifices – when in their early twenties, they decided to take a leap of faith and travel to the United States to build a new life in a country they knew nothing about, with a language they did not speak and only knowing just one other person here.
That definitely takes some guts, in my eyes. They encountered a lot of obstacles - but they persevered, they worked hard, learned the language, became American citizens, and along the way they raised two daughters. My dad retired after 35 years in corporate America and now they’re enjoying their “Golden Years.” I am always in awe of what they achieved especially with what little they had when they came here. Their journey taught me to be strong, to never lose faith in myself and, most importantly, to never forget where I came from.
In Diana’s free time, she enjoys planting flowers and gardening. Just as flowers symbolize happiness and pride, Diana is an epitome of this at DHG. As one of the founding members of the Latin American Inclusion Network, Diana is a champion for Latinos at DHG. We appreciate all you have done and are proud to call you a DHG Hero!