Partner Natasha Pongonis Meets Kamala Harris
To honor Hispanic Heritage Month, a momentous occasion occurred for Nativa Co-Owner, Natasha Pongonis, who immigrated from Argentina and is a proud U.S. citizen. She had the privilege to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at the United States Naval Observatory, the residence of none other than The Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris. As a co-owner of Nativa Multicultural Communications & OYE Business Intelligence, Natasha’s heart swelled with gratitude for the opportunities that led her to this extraordinary event. The local U.S. Small Business Administration’s support in promoting Ohio businesses, including hers, was a testament to the power of diversity and inclusion.
A Journey of Dreams and Determination
Natasha’s story is one of dreams, determination, and… even romance. It began when she left her home in Argentina for love after meeting her husband during an architecture exchange program at OSU. This encounter inspired her to immigrate to the United States. Once in the US, Natasha had clear plans and an unwavering hope to make a positive impact. She embarked on a path of hard work and resilience, finding strength in the support of fellow dreamers and mentors. Embracing change, she transformed challenges into opportunities. Today, Natasha stands as a co-owner of thriving businesses, serving as an inspiring example of what can be achieved through perseverance and dedication.
Hispanic Heritage Month: A Celebration of Culture and Achievements
The period from September 15th to October 15th marks Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States, a time dedicated to honoring the rich cultural heritage, history, and achievements of Hispanic and Latino communities. For Natasha, this celebration holds profound significance, allowing her and others with similar backgrounds to come together as a community. During this month, they showcase the beauty of their traditions and highlight the numerous contributions they’ve made to the fabric of American society. Natasha’s presence at The Vice President’s residence was a proud representation of the collective triumphs of Hispanic communities across the nation.
A Seat At The Table: Championing Diversity and Inclusion
Having a seat at the table alongside accomplished Hispanic entrepreneurs was a moment of empowerment for Natasha. It symbolized the progress made in advocating for diversity and inclusion in the business world. Natasha recognizes the instrumental role played by organizations like the U.S. Small Business Administration in supporting minority-owned businesses, providing them with opportunities to thrive and succeed. With this support, entrepreneurs like Natasha can break barriers, challenge stereotypes, and prove that diversity enriches the entrepreneurial landscape, leading to innovation and economic growth.
Embracing Diversity: The Heart of America’s Strength
The United States has long been celebrated as a melting pot of cultures, and Natasha has come to understand the true strength that lies in embracing diversity. Her journey from Argentina to the U.S. has taught her the value of appreciating and learning from the differences that exist among individuals. She believes that unity in diversity fosters creativity, empathy, and collaboration, which are essential elements in creating a more inclusive and harmonious society. For Natasha, embracing diversity is not merely a choice but an inherent part of building a brighter future for all.
As Natasha reflects on the unforgettable experience of celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month at The Vice President’s residence, she is filled with gratitude and hope. Her remarkable journey from Argentina to the United States stands as a testament to the power of dreams, determination, and the support of a welcoming community. By championing diversity and inclusion, we can create a world where everyone has a seat at the table, and where our collective achievements pave the way for a brighter, more united future.