Honoring Hispanic heritage, meet Beam Suntorys Laura Segress

Honoring Hispanic heritage, meet Beam Suntory's Laura Segress

 October 19, 2022

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Beam Suntory's people are passionate, driven and diverse, and they love what they do. The company believes that by fostering a culture of inclusivity and leveraging the power of diversity of thought, experience and culture in its employees, it can unlock insights and capabilities that drive individual and business growth.

Beam Suntory celebrated Hispanic Heritage Monthhighlighting members of the Hispanic community within the company, sharing their heritage, cultural traditions, and how their culture is reflected in their work style.

Meet Beam Suntory Procurement Analyst Laura Segress.

Here she shares her Costa Rican heritage and discusses the ways she brings her Hispanic culture and traditions to her career with Beam Suntory.

What does your heritage mean to you?

"I'm proud of being Costa Rican - no matter what challenges you might face in life, you will never be alone," says Laura.

"It's a country full of beautiful flora and fauna, clean energy and happy people always willing to help."

What's one way you bring your culture to your work style?

"I always try to bring the 'Pura Vida' of Costa Rica by helping anyone in needed and always having a smile on my face," Laura comments.

What's one cultural tradition that's important to you?

"One cultural tradition that is important to me is the warmth of my people - always hugging, willing to connect with in order to learn a little more about the human being behind a face or role," explains Laura.

Marking Hispanic Heritage Month

Beam Suntory knows that its people grow together in diverse and inclusive environments, reflective of its employees experiences, heritages and cultures.

Beam Suntory believes that embracing differences, while leveraging the company's unique East-meets-West competitive advantage, is essential to fostering innovation and collaboration, empowering its people to succeed, driving business growth, and creating greater value for customers, consumers and society.

Hispanic Heritage Month recognizes and celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988 and Hispanic Heritage Month's 30-day period starts on September 15 and ends on October 15. September 15 is significant as it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile that celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18. Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, falls on October 12.

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