Highlight on Commerce: Gabriela Zelaya, International Schooling Workforce Chief

Gabriela Zelaya leads ITA’s International Schooling Workforce

This put up coincides with the Division of Commerce’s highlight on Nationwide Hispanic Heritage Month.

As chief of the Worldwide Commerce Administration’s (ITA) International Schooling Workforce, I work passionately to develop applications and techniques to advertise the USA because the premier research vacation spot for the world and develop academic service exports. I work alongside ITA commerce consultants and a bunch of companions – state governments, trade associations, universities, and others – to design and ship modern applications and sources to allow U.S. academic establishments and corporations to reach international markets.

As a Hispanic girl, and first-generation faculty graduate, I’ve come a great distance in my skilled profession. Whereas rising up in Southern California, I struggled with cultural stereotypes introduced on from being a Hispanic girl from a blue-collar, immigrant household. I knew schooling was the important thing to eliminating bias on this planet; as such, I devoted myself to studying and reaching at school. Schooling is the catalyst that has empowered me and opened doorways to quite a few alternatives.  

After graduating from two of probably the most ethnically various analysis universities within the nation, College of California, Riverside (a Hispanic-Serving Establishment), and the College of Miami in Florida, with a Political Science diploma and grasp’s in Worldwide Research, these experiences led me to an internship with ITA’s U.S. Industrial Service on the U.S. embassy in Madrid, Spain. Whereas there, I utilized my Spanish talking abilities to help U.S. corporations to debate partnership agreements with distributors.

After interning in Spain, I returned to California and landed my first job at ITA’s area workplace in Sacramento in 2004. Since then, I’ve continually been amazed and impressed by the ethnic range of colleagues round me and their dedication to collaboration, creativity, innovation, and fairness. Whether or not engaged on minority serving export applications, financial empowerment actions for ethnically various communities, these colleagues have constantly demonstrated the utmost professionalism and respect for the purchasers they serve.

From a younger age, my ardour for supporting the Hispanic neighborhood’s financial empowerment has stemmed largely from my very own expertise rising up and seeing the dearth of Hispanic women and men leaders in America. I do know that I’m making an influence by means of my work to help Hispanic-Serving Establishments and companies succeed globally. As we handle the COVID-19 pandemic’s social and financial repercussions – which disproportionately have an effect on minorities and Hispanic companies – we should always take into account the optimistic influence that international enterprise alternatives can have on restoration and resilience.

Worldwide markets symbolize untapped potential for Hispanic-owned companies. On common, companies that export earn greater revenues, pay greater wages and are much less prone to exit of enterprise.  Going international might help minority companies construct extra profitable, resilient companies whereas supporting themselves, their households, their staff, and their communities. ITA is working in earnest to help minority-owned enterprise and Minority Serving Establishments to export globally.  

For these within the Hispanic neighborhood eager about increasing your enterprise by means of worldwide gross sales, please make the most of ITA’s many low-cost companies for U.S. small- and medium-size exporters. Go to Commerce.gov and take a look at the rising variety of free market intelligence studies from nearly each main market worldwide the place the Industrial Service has workplaces. We even have sources for U.S. schooling organizations searching for education-specific applications, companies or analysis. I additionally encourage companies to discover your native U.S. workplace of the Industrial Service and provides our consultants there a name to discover your choices and brainstorm about greatest prospects.

Nationwide Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to honor our Hispanic forerunners, but it surely is also an event to take inventory of our present second and create a extra equitable future for Hispanics as people as financial actors. It’s my nice privilege to contribute to ITA’s mission and Hispanic financial empowerment efforts.

Gabriela Zelaya (middle) and her Worldwide Commerce Administration colleagues pose for a photograph on the 2018 NAFSA: Affiliation of Worldwide educators convention in Los Angeles, California.

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