Latinas Achieve! [LA]: What is your current professional role?
Valentina Gómez [VG]: CEO, Brand Strategist & Creative Director at Bunker +58 Branding & Design Studio and TexasEnEspanol.com
LA: Tell us about your Educational Background.
VG: I hold an MBA with a minor in Strategic Marketing from the University of Palermo, a Bachelor's in mass media communications from the Andrés Bello Catholic University, and an Associate's in Visual Communications from Lone Star College. In addition, I earned an Art Direction Certificate from Brother Creative School, as well as Web Design, Graphic Design and Digital Photography Certificates from Lone Star College.
LA: What has been the most rewarding part of your experience as a Latinas Achieve! mentor so far?
VG: My most rewarding experience so far has been to be able to work with the students through a Social Media Internship with my agency Bunker +58 Branding & Design Studio.
LA: What professional accomplishment(s) are you most proud of?
VG: Restarting and growing my business in a new country after packing my life in 3 suitcases in search for a better life outside of my home country almost 7 years ago. This also allowed me to grow my career and expand as an entrepreneur beyond what I ever thought I would.
Also, I was recognized with the 2020 Mosaic Champion Award. The Mosaic Champion Award recognizes a professional that has been continuously supportive of diversity and inclusion within the industry, demonstrating an unwavering belief in this cause through mentorship; leadership and support of D&I program initiatives and by implementing cutting edge strategies and approaches for addressing diversity issues, among other acts. It is such an honor.
LA: What was the most significant challenge you have faced in your career so far and how did you overcome it?
VG: Bunker+58 was founded back in Caracas, Venezuela and bringing my agency to Houston, establishing it and growing it here was a challenge. Being a multicultural and bilingual agency, part of the challenges included being able to appeal to the right customer and diversifying in a new market. I kept my entire team of 6 people active through the transition, and I felt the pressure of helping them continue to earn an income and work through the immigration process of the different countries we all migrated to, while keeping the team together and growing it to add new local team members. We did a lot of learning that included, how to do business in this culture, how to network, the dynamic of business relationships, all the legal stipulations, etc. And all of this without losing any team members, being able to stay together and to bring in new local talent that will make us even better and stronger. I'm so proud of my team and everything we've overcome and created together.
LA: What role do you see the next generation of Latinas playing in your profession?
VG: I see Latinas taking on any role they want. We are more powerful, resourceful and prepared than ever before. There are no limits to what the next generation of Latinas will do, and I can't wait to see what the future will look like.