It’s Latinx & Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept 15-Oct 15), so we are so proud to feature one of the most influential Latinas in our network for this week’s #WomenCrushingWednesday features!
Meet Marcia Romero, a CWCC Top 25 Most Powerful Women Awardee, dancer, mother, and mentor to many.
She is also VP, Community Affairs Manager at U.S. Bank.
How do your cultural background and heritage inform your life and career?
I feel that being a Latina is my superpower! I’m so proud of our history and the contributions we have made. Latino history is American history. There’s so much color and stories about heritage and all that it stands for. I think about the legacy in my own family of the strong women who came before me and how that has shaped who I am today. I am a product of my parents and New Mexican grandparents. I want the roots I come from to help lead the way for the next generation.
What is your “why?” and how does that make you passionate about your work and/or community contributions?
I am a champion of Latinas and education. My “why” comes from my personal journey as a motherless daughter. I lost my mother to cancer as a teenager. College was always a dream of hers and I wanted to fulfill this dream. Additionally, the community that gave me roots and wings is the very community I currently support and give back to. I want to continue to pay it forward to the next generation of Latinos.
What is one of the biggest challenges that you have overcome, and how did you overcome it?
I’d say that the death of my mother was the most transformational chapter of my life. But, I’ve used it as a tool to propel my “why”. She is the wind beneath my wings.
What is your personal motto or favorite quotation?
You never know who’s in your audience.
Advice for others in business based on what you have learned on your journey?
Just keep going! Success is on the other side of fear.
What are you most proud of?
I have a longtime professional dance background and I’ve been so blessed to balance a professional career and a dance career for 25+ years.
I’m so blessed that I’m STILL dancing and performing in the Colorado community today. And, motherhood!
Thank you, Metropolitan State University for sponsoring the #WCW series and elevating the voices of women in our community!
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