Member Spotlight August 2018
IT Manager, Costco Wholesale Spain & France
Can you tell us a bit about your background and your role?
My career at Costco Wholesale started 11 years ago. I spent many years in finance before transitioning to IT. I am currently responsible for managing IT for Spain and France. Utilising my degree in International Business and Spanish has always been a focus in my career path.
Additionally, I am responsible for Costco’s internal women’s advancement program (‘Journeys’) in Spain. We are dedicated to providing the company’s women with opportunities to grow both professionally and personally while being a catalyst for business improvement. In each country we do business we have an active Journeys chapter: U.S, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Australia, Spain, France, UK, and Iceland.
Why are you passionate about the mission of LEAD network?
The LEAD Network brings a high caliber of talented professionals together to create a necessary change in the retail and CPG industry. I am a strong advocate for gender diversity and equal opportunity. This network has allowed me to channel beliefs into action while providing excellent networking and learning opportunities. I believe these issues are finally getting deserved attention in the business sector and it’s our responsibility to keep pushing for equal opportunities.
What is your history, perspective and experience at LEAD Network?
I have been the Vice-Chair of the LEAD Network Spain Chapter for a little over two years. I have not only seen the Spain Chapter but also the LEAD Network make big strides in this short amount of time. During this time, we have established a subcommittee of influential professionals from multiple companies covering different regions of Spain. Also, LEAD continues to grow its network in Europe; recently opening chapters in the Netherlands and Switzerland.
What would you tell your younger self to ease her heart?
Be brave. Make your intentions known and don’t be afraid to ask for what you want. Maybe the answer is “no”, maybe it is “not now”, maybe it is “yes” but at least you have important information you didn’t have before. Also, being uncomfortable is a good sign. It means you are pushing yourself outside your comfort zone and will grow because of it.