LatinasAchieve Mentor Spotlight
LatinasAchieve! [LA]: What is your Professional Title/Position?
Abigail González [CG]:Economic Development Specialist & Public Information Officer, U.S. Small Business Administration
LA: Tell us about your Educational Background:
AG: I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from UHD in 2015 and a Master of Business Administration from Texas Woman’s University in 2020.
LA: What do you love most about your current position? Why?
AG: I love that I am able to connect with people and help them get closer to achieving their goal of business ownership or business growth. I am inspired every day by the entrepreneurs in our community. They are dedicated and persistent, and don’t give up on their dreams. If I have even the tiniest impact on their dream, I will have done a good job in my role.
LA: How have you sought to help your community through your work?
AG: I try to be intentional in everything I do in my professional capacity. Hispanic-owned businesses are vital to the economy—not just for Houston, but for the entire country. It is essential for a government agency to have individuals who can speak to business owners in their preferred language and be knowledgeable of the traditions and beliefs that make Latinos such hardworking, passionate entrepreneurs. By communicating important information in both English and Spanish, I am increasing access to programs that are essential to the survival of small businesses. Through current and past roles, I have remained dedicated to empowering Hispanic and minority-owned businesses in Houston.
LA: What advice would you give to a college student interested in pursuing a career in your field?
AG: Take advantage of the opportunities that are available to you through UHD. Meet people, make relationships, join groups and organizations. The people you meet now could have a large impact on future opportunities. If you can, get a trusted mentor who can help guide you as you join the professional workforce. Don’t be overly concerned about the major you choose, and when seeking opportunities—don’t second guess your level of experience—jump on the opportunity!