What I stand for

As a leader, I stand for integrity. Doing the right thing, even when no one else is watching. Instead of following the crowd, your morals and values guide your leadership. You always stand up for what’s right...leadership is not a popularity contest.

What I admire about Hispanic culture

Three words: family, faith and fellowship. At the heart of Latino culture is our family, and it’s built upon our faith. On the fellowship side, we have a passion for life and for lifting each other up as a community – putting personal agendas aside.

What my parents taught me about leading others

My dad is a pastor so I learned early on that leadership is about serving others. It’s about investing in others and providing opportunities. My parents also taught me that everyone matters – and everyone has something to teach you.

My advice to Hispanic professionals

Proudly share your identity and know that our differences are our strengths. Never forget your past and the journey that got you here; Own your development and invest in yourself; Bring others along with you and help make dreams come true.

My personal brand is

Seeing opportunities and seizing them – not only for myself but by investing in others. In mentoring others, you can learn from them as well. Just as I may see opportunities they don’t see, they help me see opportunities to grow and develop myself.

The mentor that influenced my leadership is

Outside of family, I had a mentor who saw my potential and invested in me even when I didn’t always believe in myself. Beyond sharing his experience, he was a role model of transparency and authenticity.

Finding Authenticity in My Leadership Journey

16/06/2016 10:56am

Coming from a small town in Crystal City, Texas, population 8000, I never saw myself getting to where I am today. I could envision what I wanted from an early age, but I can’t say I actually believed it would ever happen. And even if it did, at 14 years old, I couldn’t really know then what it would mean to find real fulfillment and authenticity in my leadership journey.

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About the Author

Mark Espinoza

Senior Director, Corporate Affairs at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Mark Espinoza is a Senior Director of Corporate Affairs for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. in Bentonville, Arkansas. Mark joined Walmart in January of 2008. In his position he actively works in helping to set strategy for the company’s outreach opportunities and social investments. He is a leader with a deep and broad range of experience with the public, private and NGO sectors in the United States. He has expertise in developing and operationalizing external engagement strategies with cross functional teams. Mark is currently coordinating external outreach efforts for Walmart’s US Manufacturing, Veterans and Financial Services efforts.

Prior to Walmart, Mark spent over fourteen years at State Farm Insurance Company in Bloomington, Illinois. He began his career with the company as an information technician and worked in various capacities, some of which included State Farm Bank. His last position with State Farm was Public Affairs Manager. He was responsible for overseeing State Farm’s national relationships in the Hispanic community as well as overseeing all efforts tied to the philanthropic focus of the company’s community and economic development. He also led State Farm’s Public Affairs Great Lakes division with oversight over media, legislative, community, communications and customer relations efforts.

Mark currently serves as a board member for the Hispanic Women’s Organization of Arkansas. He has served on a variety of national advisory committees, including Corporate Board of Advisors for the National Council of La Raza, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute – National Housing Initiative, NeighborWorks® Insurance Alliance, Financial Services Roundtable, Local Initiative Support Corporation, Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA).

Mark was born in El Paso, Texas. He earned his bachelor's degree from Missouri State University.