Conscious Learning Club is really just a place for me, Jessica Salinas, to share my knowledge by working out loud and grow from hearing different perspectives. Opinions, words, thoughts, etc. are my own and not the views of my employer,
As the Global LMS Administrator at for a FORTUNE 500 company, I have led the company’s effort to successfully implement and launch a new LMS for 90k users in less than six months. Previously, I managed and led large intranets, administered employee engagement and leadership surveys, led an e-commerce team, served as an instructional design expert, led search engine optimization efforts, and designed marketing collateral.
I’m truly passionate about my work, primarily web, learning technologies and ecosystems, and always eager to connect with others around those topics. I’m a problem solver who truly loves to troubleshoot and working with business partners to provide a solution that supports the company’s strategic vision and daily operations.
I’m also a storyteller and I think it’s important to share stories from who we are to how we work. I am a big believer in Brene Brown’s work and so here’s me being all vulnerable. I’m also an introvert and social awkward so bear with me.
I’m first generation Mexican-American who grew up on the Texas-Mexico border. It took me less than ten minutes to get to the bridge where I could cross into Mexico. My parents dropped out in middle school. My dad did this so he could he bring in an income to support his mom. This led him to the United States to try to make a better life for himself and his mom. He always preferred Mexico and lived out the rest of his life there.
However, life wasn’t easy for my siblings and I. We grew up learning resilience, problem-solving, and perseverance in ways that I hope no child has to go through. There were very real struggles and we needed government assistance growing up, but my parents never wanted that for their kids. I’m a US citizen who’s a product of the “American dream” where in one generation my siblings and I broke their poverty cycle. Our kids don’t have to experience what we did and that makes me so happy. Although, if you have any ideas in how to build “grit” in toddlers I’m all for it 🙂
Not only do the kids not have go through what we did, but my sister reports to her Chief Operating Officer, my brother is a QA engineer, and then there’s me. My nieces and nephews can’t even comprehend or believe me when I tell them I didn’t speak English until I was 5, that sometimes utilities were disconnected, or even that we were in our late teens before we got on our first flight.
Now, I am learning how to build resilience without putting my kid through what I went through growing up. That’s a good problem to have and I’m not ashamed of it anymore. I don’t feel the need to say mom was a “nurse” not a “janitor” at the hospital or that my dad was a laborer. I’m okay with that, there’s no shame. I’m grateful for the people in my life who saw my potential and I hope I can be that person for someone as well.