Elizabeth Escobar has taken the journey and challenges she and her mother faced when moving to the United States and turned them into a beautiful way for businesses to connect with the Hispanic community. Like so many of the women we are featuring here at See Her Soar, she is lifting up the Hispanic community and helping them take flight. Welcome, Elizabeth!
1. Tell us in a few sentences what you do. And why you do it.
I connect businesses with the Hispanic community for promoting services, resources or helping them find Hispanic talent. I also offer Spanish translation services.
I do it because I believe this is my purpose in life. When I moved from Colombia (South America) to the United States, I did not speak English and I struggled to find a job and thrive in a new country, culture and language. Despite the many challenges, I managed to learn English, find a job and complete my undergraduate education in Computer Engineering. I had to navigate all these processes and challenges on my own and my strong faith in God enabled me to keep going when I would consider giving up.
After my mother moved to the U.S. a couple of years ago, I started helping her to find a job. My mother was a teacher in Colombia who does not speak English. Despite her great work ethic, all the jobs that we found online were in English and for English speakers. We found a very few job ads on Facebook and Hispanic newspapers, but those jobs did not provide enough information about the employer to validate the reputability of the job and employer. After searching for a reputable and legitimate source of jobs in the area for Spanish speakers, I realized that there was not one. After interviewing Hispanic friends, business owners and people at church, I learned that Hispanics primarily learn about jobs and employers are referred to as good candidates through word of mouth. This creates a significant disadvantage for Hispanic immigrants that are new to a city and country and therefore, have small social networks. Also, it is a disadvantage for employers that don’t find the best Hispanic talent available due to the lack of connectivity.
After researching extensively on this subject, I learned that language and cultural barriers were separating Hispanics from job opportunities and resources available to them, and I made my mission to start Hay Trabajo and become a bridge between Hispanics, businesses, and the community around them.
2. What is your contact info (that you want shared) please include any active social handles, websites etc.
Website: Hay Trabajo
Facebook public group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/279596229378208
2019 Red Ventures + Charlotte Agenda Social Impact Award
2019 Charlotte Inno on Fire on the Social Impact Category
News articles about Hay Trabajo:
Featured on Spectrum News
Featured on Que Pasa Mi Gente Newspaper
3. When I wake up in the morning the first thing I do is?
Check my phone to know at what time is my first meeting of the day, audience and purpose. Then, I close my eyes to pray, then, read the bible and get ready to start my work day.
4. My best business advice is….
Never give up. Being an entrepreneur is similar to being on an infinite rollercoaster. Never a dull day. Some days we plant the seeds for a new business relationship, promising business ideas and partnerships, but those seeds can take hours, days, months or years to grow. Too many entrepreneurs give up when the seed is about bloom.
5. My professional goal for 2021 is…
To scale Hay Trabajo across the U.S. to provide opportunities for unemployed Americans due to the pandemic and work on the big dreams of Esperanza (HOPE) land.
6. Supporting women in business is now more critical than ever. How can our community best support you?
Sadly, women in professional and STEM fields are still suffering from old antiquated stereotypes. Fundraising has been extremely hard so far. The majority of investors expect a white male to run a tech company and not a Hispanic woman. Also, not many investors share my background and identify with my mission. Only through empathy and putting aside the stereotypes, can we be able to build a fair and strong community.
Connecting women with resources and trusting them by giving them great job and business opportunities and putting together the stereotypes is a great way to support women in business.
7. Your Astrological sign:
8. Favorite donut:
Glazed dark chocolate donut
9. Favorite podcast:
How I built this by Guy Raz
10. Favorite book:
by Malcom Gladwell
11. Favorite pandemic binge watch:
12. When I practice self-care I…
take time away to relax when I feel overwhelmed, go on a walk or watch a favorite show or movie. I have made my goal to sleep 8 hours at day.
13. The place I am happiest is…
…at the ocean hearing the waves crash on a sunny day.
14. People are surprised to learn I…
…I am a crypto currency enthusiast, certified ethical hacker and hyperledger blockchain developer.
Elizabeth advised us that too many entrepreneurs give up when the seed is about bloom. We are so grateful that she has planted and nurtured the beautiful flower that is Hay Trabajo, and we look forward to watching it continue to blossom.