The closer we are as a community, the bigger our impact

 |   Esteban Lora

I knew I was passionate about science ever since I was a little kid in Mexico City. My curiosity for knowing how things worked would often get the best of me. I would open things up simply to discover what was on the inside, and, somehow, was always able to put them back together.

That same curiosity led me to pursue a degree in engineering. After graduating, I followed my passion for technology and videogames and joined the industry.

But I wanted to go even further. That’s why, in my late 20s, I decided to move to the United States and discover the world beyond my boundaries. The big move was not easy. I left behind everything I knew—my home, my friends and family.

However, I was ready to face new challenges and experiences. I was eager to learn more about business, finance and marketing. I wanted to expand my horizons and find ways to connect with talents and companies around the world.

When I accepted my position at Microsoft as partner manager, I was excited to have found a job that allowed me to combine my passion for technology and my appreciation for different cultures. Managing strategic relationships for Xbox worldwide has given me the opportunity to explore new countries and develop friendships.

Now, I consider myself a global citizen, and learning about so many cultures has made me value even more the uniqueness of being Latino. My goal is to empower the Latinx community to fulfill their dreams. As part of the HOLA leadership, I have the opportunity to invite everyone to honor our impact, fully embracing the company’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

This is one of the reasons why I created the “Celebrating Latinx in Gaming” event, now going to its fourth edition. My objective is to provide a space for this vibrant community to come together, network, hear from their peers and recognize our accomplishments.

We must continue to celebrate our culture, learn from and help each other along the way. We are all global citizens. It doesn’t matter what country you live in or where you were born. The closer we are as a community, the more we will get to make an impact.

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