Finding a career to ‘invest in for the long haul’

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In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, SVP/chief information security officer, Sara Flores, shares her experience with the Hispanic/Latino resource group for associates. Sara is a member of this group, referred to as “SOMOS.” Somos is translated to mean “we are,” conveying the unity UMB business resource groups aim to create.

In the following Q&A, Sara discusses her career with UMB, involvement in SOMOS and her favorite cultural tradition.

How long have you been with UMB?

I joined UMB in 2010. My dad worked for the same cement company for more than 40 years, and I always wanted to find a place I could invest in for the long haul like he did. UMB has a great reputation in the community. Once I saw how many associates had been here 20, 30 and even 40 years, I knew this would be a great next step in my career.

How do you spend your time outside of work?UMB associate, Sara Flores, with her son

I’m a certified soccer mom. My son plays competitive soccer year-round, so I spend most of my free time organizing our soccer calendar, traveling to games, washing uniforms or helping track down the occasional missing shin guard.

What interested you in joining SOMOS BRG?

Business Resource Groups (BRGs) were just an idea at UMB when I started. I’d seen how successful these types of groups had been at other companies and I was excited to join the discussion about a Hispanic resource group at UMB. Almost eight years later, SOMOS is more than I think any of us in those initial discussions would ever have imagined! SOMOS, and all the BRGs, are so much more than the networking groups of years past and are now great resources for not only associates, but our customers and the community.

What is one cultural tradition that is important to you?

Making tortillas. I have the fondest memories of my mom making piles of homemade tortillas using an old iron disk my grandpa found in the rail yard. They were always perfect and never lasted long! My grandma passed away very young, and she made sure to teach my mom how to make tortillas, tamales, mole—all my dad’s favorite foods—before she died, so that my dad would still have all the tastes of home.

My mom passed these recipes on to me and my sister, and each time we make them, it brings back fond memories of the kitchen and being around the table. It also makes us feel close to all the members of our family who did the same in the past.

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