24 October 2019
Meet Judy (and her two super cute daughters) who is in the media team in our Houston office and a member of our Petroleum Culture Team.
"When I was a little girl, I struggled to feel comfortable in my own skin. My family immigrated from Mexico City to the US when I was three and our new community in Texas was not very diverse. Adding to that, we were a minority being Jewish and I felt uncommon compared to my “normal” peers. Throughout elementary school, I was excluded from social and after school activities, the majority of which were exclusively faith based. And on multiple occasions I experienced anti-Semitic behavior by both students and teachers, which added to my insecurity. I started accepting this as normal life and learned to swallow the hurt and embarrassment. It wasn’t until ninth grade that I had a turning point. A classmate yelled at me to “go back to Auschwitz.” I felt humiliated and the words stung, especially as my Grandmother is a Holocaust Survivor – and was at Auschwitz. At that moment, I had a choice to either walk away or to do something about it and I chose to speak up. That student was suspended and eventually expelled after others spoke up about similar bullying experiences. This was the first time I truly felt empowered…and proud to be in my own skin.
Today, as a Mom, I want my young daughters to be comfortable in their skin and I encourage them to speak up for themselves. Feeling safe to speak up is important and it’s one of the things I appreciate most about our culture here at BHP, which goes hand in hand with an inclusive environment.
I joined BHP in 2016 as Media Principal on the Communications team. Since then I’ve witnessed our culture evolve into a much more inclusive one. Seeing first-hand how much our culture has changed in a positive way inspired me to join the PCT and I’m really excited about the work ahead of us."