“With that course I found that it’s kind of a psychological position that you have to have to talk with people, to understand their struggles, to give feedback,” said Sandra, whose friends call her “Sun.”
“A good leader has to be able to understand people, what is happening to a person on a personal level about what they bring to work, understanding people’s personalities, and how to identify talent,” she said. “That course helped me to see what my tools are to be a good leader.”
Now she has the opportunity to put those skills to use and doubled her income.
As a Senior Stylist for Target Corporation since spring 2022, she builds styling guidelines that can be used for photography and mannequin settings for kids and toddler apparel. She also works on Heritage projects like Pride, Black History Month and Latino Heritage Month.
“I partner with the designers to bring their items to life, building a cohesive visual story that will represent the brand,” Sandra explains. “I’m very passionate about my work. It’s personal. This is me, showing who I am.”
Sandra has come a long way since first arriving at the Institute five years ago, speaking minimal English. Now, she stays connected to the Institute as a financial coaching client, learning about saving for retirement, how to avoid debt, and how to “be smart about finances” — especially as a new homeowner.
As the type of woman who moves through life with plans, goals and initiative, Sandra was always destined for success. Yet, she names the Institute’s educational opportunities and guidance for immigrants among the list of things she’s grateful for.
“Everyone has been very supportive at the Institute,” Sandra said. “If I didn’t have the Institute, I wouldn’t be where I am.”