‘I Love My Job’: ‘I Get to Make a Difference’: From My Daily Role to Leading a Latinx Community

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Welcome to I Love My Job, the series where we hear from women who really love their jobs. In this edition, we sat down with Elisa Tavarez, an executive assistant lead at Alight Solutions, a company she’s been at for over 16 years!

Looking back, Tavarez recalls beginning her journey at the company as an experienced administrative assistant. “From there, I was promoted to a senior administrative assistant and then to an administrative operations manager,” she tells us. “Today, I'm considered an executive assistant lead, and I've been leading our administrative team for over six years.”

And this isn’t the end of Tavarez’s impact either! She also leads Alight’s Familia Latinx Colleague-Led Community (CLC). CLCs (which also include the Women's Professional Network, Young Professionals Network, and many more) enable employees to find mentorship and sponsorship, as well as to receive support from talented professionals in other areas of the business who they might not normally collaborate with.

“As a Latina, I've been able to take advantage of career development that is geared toward growing Latinos in the management space,” notes Tavarez. “This has afforded me so many opportunities and has helped me grow my own career and journey here at Alight.”

In the video below, Tavarez shares more about why she loves working at Alight. We also provide lightly edited highlights from the video discussion in the following article.

In case you have trouble watching this video, please click here to watch it on YouTube.

What do you find most exciting about your work?

Every day I get to make a difference, and not every day looks the same for me.  Whether I'm partnering with my leadership team, collaborating with my peers, growing future talent, interacting with clients, or being my authentic self within our CLCs, I know that every interaction will lead to continuous transformation for me and others. I like having a huge impact on our colleagues.

How would you describe the culture at Alight Solutions?

The culture at Alight is centered around our core values. We champion people, we grow with purpose, and we know to be Alight. It's a place where everyone belongs. We are brave and constantly find ways to create meaningful connections.

The core team who I interact with daily are incredible and truly believe in this. In my time here, we've had so much transformation, but the center of our values is our people, and we have amazing talented professionals here at Alight. The team that I support and those that I interact with are really what make Alight so unique and such a great place to work. 

What is your favorite thing about Alight Solutions?

We interact with people globally — from hire to retire — without them realizing it. The pride I feel when I explain what we do to make a difference in everyone's day-to-day life is so rewarding.

We have a great team of colleagues who help drive these results, and I take pride in the work we do each and every day.

How does Alight Solutions support you?

Alight is focused on caring for the whole person. Wellbeing at Alight is offered through resources that are focused on a healthy mind, a healthy body, a healthy wallet, and a healthy life. This has provided me with the work-life balance I need to care for my family, for my colleagues, and for my own personal wellbeing.

As a mom, this is especially important as I navigate balancing my career and being a parent. I have a great leader who supports and encourages me to take advantage of all the resources available at Alight.

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