Veronica Bruno is a Senior Administrator in Cushman & Wakefield’s New York office.
Q: Do you celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15-October 15?
A: Yes, this year at a nightclub on Varick Street. At this event, there will be some traditional Puerto Rican rhythms with modern Afro-Caribbean influences. I love celebrating by listening to great music and being around fun people.
Q: What does Hispanic Heritage Month mean to you?
A: It’s a time for celebrating culture by eating traditional dishes, listening to music and having fun. Puerto Ricans love their pasteles (soft dough wrapped in a banana or plantain leaf, filled with pork and other ingredients and boiled), alcapurrias (stuffed mashed plantains filled with ground beef and fried), arroz con gandules (rice with special beans), lechon (roast pig) and bacalaitos (cod critters) and many more delicious foods. All enjoyed while listening to everyone drink and do lots of loud talking and just enjoying each other.
Q: What is a way you enjoy celebrating your culture at any time of the year?
A: Being around family, listening to music, eating and just relaxing and shooting the breeze!
Q: What aspects of your culture have served as a unique asset to you in your professional success?
A: Being fluent in Spanish has allowed me work for ABC Sports as a bilingual English/Spanish assistant, and it was pretty cool (years ago).
Q: Who is a notable Latino figure who has inspired you, and why?
A: Marc Anthony, an American singer, actor, record producer and television producer. He is best known for his Latin salsa numbers and ballads. He won a couple of awards from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI). He holds the Guinness world record for best-selling tropical/salsa artist and the most number one albums on the year-end charts. I love salsa music and he’s my idol!
Q: How have you seen diversity as a valuable asset in our business?
A: Yes, seeing men and women of many nationalities and backgrounds working together and sharing common objectives is rewarding.
Q: What are ways that all employees can be champions for diversity in the workplace?
A: Participate in professional and civic organizations, which can help promote diversity.
Q: What are ways in which you give or pay it forward in the Latino community?
A: Whenever there are church events, I help with the cooking. My neighbors love my food as well!
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