Woman of Vision: Erica Rodriguez
“I think it is important for women to support each other in work and life. The Women of Vision ERG and other organizations like ours provide a space to not only educate and develop yourself, but to make those connections to people you wouldn’t normally connect with.” – Erica Rodriguez, Sr. Analyst, Business Data.
Check out the Q&A between Erica and the Women of Vision Employee Resource Group.
How long have you been with Luxottica?
Have you had a formal mentor that has helped you in your career? If yes, why did you find it important?
I never had a formal mentor, but I have learned a lot from many different people in my life. I try to take both the positive and negative encounters to become a better employee, coworker, friend, family member and version of myself. I find if you feel good about what you’re doing and how you’re doing it, then that will resonate into other aspects of your life and work environment.
October’s Women of Vision topic focus was “Domestic Violence Awareness.” You are active in many of Luxottica’s philanthropic and community outreach programs; why is helping others important to you? What continues to drive your giving spirit? How has giving to others helped you grow professionally and personally?
I remember when I was very young always wanting to help my mom or grandma cook, wanting to help my cousins with homework or even just lending an ear to a friend who needed someone to listen. I came to Luxottica with this giving nature and learned about OneSight and a whole new opportunity to give opened up for me.
I have worn glasses since I was 10 years old, so I knew how important it was for everyone in the world to be able to see. I started out slow, but when I went on my first clinic and had the opportunity to dispense a pair of glasses and see the joy on the little girls’ faces, I knew I wanted to continue to help those in need. While volunteering for OneSight and getting on-hands experience, I also became heavily involved in the United Way campaign and helping to raise money to help those in our community. The knowledge that my contribution—whether monetary or giving of my personal time—can put a smile on a stranger’s face, help give courage to another or even make a new friend is what continues to spark my drive in helping.
What is a fun fact about you?
I love to cook, especially experimenting with new spices and flavors. If I can share it with friends and family, that makes the experience even more enjoyable.