*This is part of our “Leaders We Love” series. Learn more about it.
Throughout your life, there are many people who at one time or another have a distinct influence on you. Their stories and experiences inspire you. Even though you might never meet them, their story resonates with you and serves to guide and mentor you as you strive to emulate them.
Sonia Sotomayor has inspired me and has been a great example for me in my personal and professional life.
I first heard about Sonia Sotomayor when she was nominated to the United States Supreme Court by President Obama. I discovered that we had much in common.
We are both Puerto Rican-American women who grew up in a large metropolitan city with very traditional, Puerto Rico born parents. As I read her book, My Beloved World, I couldn’t help but smile, as all of her experiences growing up were familiar to me.
She spoke of large gatherings on the weekends with family and friends, listening to salsa music, dancing and playing dominos. The gatherings were full of traditional dishes and meals from the homeland, and of course, the latest gossip. I sure remember those get-togethers and the strong sense of community that was present.
Her parents instilled in her the best of both the Latin and American culture and values, just as my parents did to me. They also embedded a deep and unwavering commitment to do what’s right, to pay it forward, and make our communities better places for everyone to live. It is only through hard work and a commitment to do what is right, for everyone involved, that we can all fully achieve success.
Although she grew up in the projects in poverty, through the support and love of her family and friends, she was able to overcome the adversity and succeed, reaching the pinnacle of success as a Supreme Court Justice.
At The Container Store, we come from all walks of life and from different cultures. We blend together to form our own family that strives to make the next day better than the last and is dedicated to making our community a better place to live and work.
Ana C., General Manager, Miami