North Bay” for Beneficial State Bank. I was part of opening a brand-new branch
and introducing the new bank to the north bay.
I also teach financial literacy to my community. Not only do I work for
the bank but I am also the Marketing and Sales Coordinator for a
wonderful restaurant/community event center and kitchen called Tu Mola
Madre. I am honored to say that I was also part of their grand opening
I passionately contribute my time and energy to my community as
much as I do with my babies. I have them be a part of what I do as much
as I can.
As a young professional, I am fortunate to be part of the Hispanic
Chamber Young professionals of Sonoma County and help businesses build
bridges and link with other businesses.
I also sit on a couple of non-profit organization boards. Everything I do,
I do it from the heart. As a mother I know that whatever we do, whatever
seed we plant, our future will feel the impact of it. Parenting is one of the
hardest, most rewarding jobs god has blessed me with.
Alexandria with her daughter Layla and husband Daniel Terrazas.
Assistant Dean of Student Success
Moraine Valley Community College in
Palos Hills, IL
I became a mom at the age of 33 to a beautiful, smart, happy seven month
old little girl named Layla.
My life has changed in so many ways after having Layla., personally
and professionally. In my personal life, I find myself trying to catch up on life
via social media at 10:50 pm. For example, browsing LinkedIn and writing
this email before it hits midnight!
But also, realizing that things around the house will just have to wait
and just spending time with my husband and my little girl on the couch is
Being present for the both of them is worth more than having laundry
folded in one day or dishes washed or put away by the end of the night.
Time waits for no one and something that you can’t buy.
With that being said, I find myself working harder to achieve the next
level in my profession, thinking about going back to school for my doctoral
degree and all because my sweet Layla deserves to see a strong woman
achieve what she wants from her professional career and have a family all
at the same time. She deserves to reap the opportunities that come from
generational education achievement. I want her to fall in love with what
education can do for a woman of color and the power she has within
herself to not only change her life, but change it for the generations to come.
I don’t believe working hard in your career to succeed be viewed as a
“negligent mother” but the example of hard work to be used as a catalyst
to be the best in your profession. Not working hard and giving up on life just
because you have a child/children is a poor excuse. You can have a
successful career and be a great mom!
Some people think that a woman can’t have it all, but I disagree. I have
it all... I have love, happiness and peace that run through myself, family and
work. That’s my ALL by my definition and on my terms at 11:13pm!!
I became a single mother when I was two months pregnant but never
thought of it as a barrier. At the time, I had a Master's degree and was
working on my second Master's. Unfortunately, I did not have my career
set due to the recession. A few months before my son turned one, I officially
began my career and finished school. Now, my son is five. I am blessed to
work at a school where I have summers and holidays off. I am also a big
believer that work stays at work and home stays at home.
When I am with my son, he is my priority, and when I am at work, my
students are my focus. I think the key is to know that we are equipped to
do well in all and that our children may not fully understand but they observe
and they feel our love. I am also a firm believer that being a working mom
makes me a better parent because I feel fulfilled and successful.
Rocio with her son Emmanuel Gomez.
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