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Celebrating ESL Employees During Hispanic Heritage Month: Julisa Quinones

September 2023

In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, we would like to introduce you to ESL employees who took the time to share some of their background and thoughts about their career journey at ESL. We are proud of their accomplishments and their commitment to help our community thrive and prosper.

Meet Julisa Quinones, ESL Talent Acquisition Coordinator

“I was born and raised in Rochester, New York. My mother was also born in Rochester, but spent her early ages in Cayey, Puerto Rico. My grandmother is from Cayey, Puerto Rico and my grandfather is from Comerio, Puerto Rico!” - Julisa Quinones

What was it like growing up in Rochester?

Growing up in the city of Rochester I have always felt connected to my culture. There has always been a sense of a strong Hispanic community, especially in the area I grew up in. Where I grew up there were many Puerto Rican owned businesses, churches, and even a Puerto Rican bakery. Every Sunday my family will go to the bakery around the corner and buy fresh bread and Quesitos (Puerto Rican cream cheese pastries). Rochester has also always recognized the Puerto Rican culture with the Puerto Rican Festival and Parade each year. During this time many of us come together and celebrate our Puerto Rican heritage!

What are some of the best memories you have as they relate to your culture?

The best memories I have are during the holidays, specifically Christmas. Christmas in my family was never about the gifts, it was about coming together and celebrating the true significance of Christmas. It was always a tradition for my family to attend a Christmas Eve service at our church and after we would visit other family at their homes to celebrate all night with food and music. The best memories were enjoying all the different kinds of Puerto Rican food and sweets such as pasteles (meat wrapped in banana leaves and boiled), pernil (pork) with yellow rice, and deserts like flan (custard). I have made the best memories with my family during the holiday season celebrating and eating amazing Puerto Rican food.

Tell us about your career journey at ESL.

I joined ESL in May of 2021 as a student teller, while studying business at SUNY Oswego. Once finishing my bachelors, I was given the opportunity to continue my career with ESL and received a full-time position as a teller in a branch. During my time in the branch, I completed IVisits which allowed me to visit other departments and network with many different employees across the company. Shortly after a few months I was blessed to join the talent management team as the talent acquisition coordinator!

I would say throughout my career journey at ESL I have always had amazing managers and coworkers who encouraged me to keep moving forward. The managers here at ESL truly do care about you and will guide you as you learn more about opportunities to grow within the organization. At first, I did not know exactly where I wanted to take my next step after college. ESL has helped me shape a unique path and discover more about myself as a young professional. I give a huge thanks to the talent management team because I would not be where I am if it was not for their guidance and managers who have helped me grow and discover more of my own unique career path.

What are some of your favorite things about ESL?

My favorite thing about ESL is the benefit of work-life balance. I feel like I can always be successful and productive at work while still making time for my family and friends. Also, having the ESL fitness center at headquarters is another favorite. It is great to know that I can go for a run, whether it is before work or during lunch, because ESL provides that opportunity and cares about the employees’ wellness!

Why do you think it’s important to recognize Hispanic Heritage Month?

It’s important to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month because it allows us to recognize culture and learn more about the history and roots of our ancestors. It is also a time to recognize the achievements and how far along we have come as a Hispanic community.

What are some of your favorite hobbies?

My favorite hobbies are learning how to cook new dishes in my free time. Also, volunteering to play piano at Light of the World Church!

Is there anything else you would like to share that you think is important for people to know?

I really think it is important to learn about each other and other cultures. ESL truly is a company that live out its purpose of helping the community thrive and prosper. I am blessed to work for a company that gives back to my community and truly cares about who I am as an employee.