From Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 we celebrate National Hispanic and Latin American Heritage Month. This month celebrates the culture, history and accomplishments of people and their ancestors with heritage in Mexico, Spain, the Caribbean and South and Central America.
To celebrate National Hispanic and Latin American Heritage Month we sat down with Burton Cole, a passionate member of our Inclusion and Diversity Executive Council and member of the Hispanic and Latin American community.
Burton is our Director of Finance – in charge of accounting for USNG based in Houston, Texas. He is a husband, father and soccer coach to his two young kids, as well as a dog dad to his Jack Russell Terrier, Frankie, who is particularly enjoying having Burton work from home.
Burton’s journey at TC started two years ago, after building his career in public accounting and at Spectra Energy. He is also a member of our Inclusion and Diversity Executive Council – acting as a champion for inclusion in his team and across our business. A driver behind Burton’s passion for inclusion is his own Hispanic heritage. Burton is a proud member of the Hispanic community — and whether it’s the history, the culture and or the amazing food – he believes there is so much to celebrate.
Director of Finance
Growing up Burton experienced questions about his culture and background. With a Hispanic mother and Caucasian father, he was often left with questions of his own identity.
“When I was young and in school, celebrating diversity was less common and naturally my classmates would ask - ‘what are you?’ Even today, I am still asked the same question by inquiring minds.”
This led Burton to embrace the entirety of his identity and ultimately shape his passion for creating safe and inclusive environments.
Burton Cole and Family
Burton loves to celebrate his Hispanic roots. This year for Hispanic and Latin American Heritage Month, he plans to celebrate by gathering with his family and enjoying some traditional Hispanic dishes — his mom is famous in the family for her enchiladas.
As a leader at TC, Burton is committed to paying it forward and championing diversity both at work and in his community.
He volunteers as the Vice-President of Finance for The Women’s Resource of Greater Houston, a non-profit that focuses on helping women and girls make choices toward becoming independent, productive and financially stable.
Burton teaches classes educating women who have left unfortunate situations on the importance of saving money and how to gain resources – like opening a bank account and getting a credit card.
“It’s a fantastic organization,” shares Burton, “It’s amazing to see the impacts on diverse communities across Houston, including the empowerment of women in Hispanic communities, which may have not had an opportunity otherwise to learn these things.”
Here’s how you can get involved:
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