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The Cultural Corner series highlights diverse perspectives on career and life featuring members of our SOLV Energy team. This series is an initiative of SOLV Energy's employee-led DEI council, Resolve. Through these features, our goal is to build awareness and encourage appreciation for our variant cultural backgrounds in our organization and the solar industry.

To kick off Women's History Month, get to know Sabrina Gonzales, a Senior Project Controls Coordinator for SOLV Energy Services.

Tell us about yourself. Who are you? Where did you grow up? How do you identify?

My name is Sabrina. I am a mother of two beautiful puppies. In my free time I enjoy running, roller skating, reading and mentoring the youth in my community. I was born and raised in San Diego, CA. My mom was born in Mexico but raised in San Diego and my dad was born and raised in San Diego. I identify as Mexican and Puerto Rican American.

What do you value most?

I value family and quality time most. Growing up I learned that most families have their own problems. But this made me realize that, no matter our differences, family always shows up for each other. We don’t have much time on earth and tomorrow is never promised so I do my best to make sure that the family and friends I have close to me feel loved and appreciated. This looks like me going out of my way to spend time with them, check in on them and reminding them how much I love and appreciate them.

What were you told as a child that you still believe today?

“Anything you want, you can have” As I got older, I realized with hard work, determination, and consistency, this statement can be true. There isn’t a thing in the world that’s too big or too small for anyone to have. Life is exactly what you make it. If you truly want something, go after it.

How does your cultural heritage influence who you are?

My cultural heritage has influenced me to push hard and excel in everything I do in life. Latinas are one of the least represented women in corporate spaces and the often looked over for promotions. This motivates me to take pride in who I am, not settle, continue learning and work towards bettering myself in all areas in my life.

What family traditions or superstitions do you have?

We have many traditions, but I think my favorite tradition is how we spend New Years Eve. My whole family comes together at my mom's house to bring in the new year together. We play games, eat pozole, and enjoy one another's company. In my opinion this is soooo much better than spending NYE anywhere else or with anyone else!

What cultural similarities and differences do you have with your closest co-workers?

I've learned that a lot of my coworkers also value family - big or small.

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