Understanding Differences in Cultural Norms

When Edgar Sanchez completed the four-day Avanzar executive education program at the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University for top Hispanic corporate talent, he had developed a new appreciation of cultural differences and perceptions in the workplace.

“The program taught me about the types of things that Hispanic leaders should be aware of as they climb up the management ranks and that there may be cultural norms at play that I was previously not aware of before enrolling in this program,” says Edgar.

Edgar, an engineer in Product Support, was grateful for the opportunity to learn about sales and finance, areas that he feels he needs to become more familiar with to rise to Toyota’s executive ranks.

Edgar also leveraged networking opportunities, forming and maintaining professional relationships with a few of his classmates, which included four other Toyota team members and two dozen high potential Hispanics from Walmart, American Airlines and Deloitte.

Despite being the fastest growing talent pool in the U.S., Latinos are underrepresented in managerial positions and face slow upward mobility. Edgar says Toyota’s efforts to reverse that trend and invest in his development as a leader “reinforced my career possibilities and opened up new networks.”

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