Pursuing a Better Tomorrow (Paperback)
Balboa Press, 9781982226343, 326pp.
Publication Date: June 17, 2019
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What would you give up today for a better tomorrow? Many individuals give up the only world they know in pursuit of a better tomorrow. Spanning more than one hundred years, Pursuing a Better Tomorrow, is not just a memoir that portrays the history of three generations, but rather an inspiring cross-generational journey from Spain to the US. Four interconnected stories focus on one of the main characters in a given era. Their personal stories illustrate the challenges and opportunities of immigration, acculturation, coming of age, and self-discovery through the characters' psychological and moral growth. The characters portray the strength of character required to achieve a better tomorrow given the twists, turns, and synchronistic events that shaped their lives. The novel transports the reader to a time long forgotten with a readable historical overview of the Ta no, the conquistadors, early settlers, the Spanish Empire, and the Dominican Republic, interspersed within the narrative through the perspective of the character of the era. De La Rosa candidly shares her coming-of-age story of self-discovery as she transitioned from New York City's projects to corporate America, detailing her personal and professional journey. From humble beginnings-and despite a myriad of challenges-unfolded a life of untold blessings and opportunities. "Pursuing a Better Tomorrow is entertaining as well as inspiring. The author's tone is motivating.... offers a balanced view of immigration and all that it entails." -OnlineBookClub.org Blanca De La Rosa was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New York City's public housing, attended public high school, and graduated from Pace University. She retired from ExxonMobil after thirty-four years of service.
About the Author
Blanca De La Rosa was born in the Dominican Republic. She grew up in the projects of the upper west side of Manhattan in New York, during the time before the Hispanic population developed the supportive Latino community that exists today. Although she struggled without support in her cultural and linguistic transition, De La Rosa was able to graduate from Pace University with a bachelor's degree in international business management and to establish a successful thirty-four-year career rising through the ranks of Mobil Oil then ExxonMobil Oil Corporation. During her career, she held numerous positions, both domestic and international, in nature with increasing responsibility. These assignments took her around the United States, Europe, Central and South America, and Nigeria. De La Rosa retired from ExxonMobil after thirty-four years of service. As a business development manager and president of the company's employee resource group, she represented her company as lead presenter at the Regional and National Scholarship Awards hosted by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. Also, she represented her company as host, keynote speaker, and panelist of various events with organizations supported by the company's charity foundation. After thirty-four years in the industry, she says her most rewarding role was serving as a mentor to the young employees in her company-guiding them through the corporate maze. De La Rosa is the author of Empower Yourself for an Amazing Career, published by Balboa Press, a Division of Hay House, in which she shares career advice, drawing heavily from her successes. She offers a fresh approach and insight on climbing the corporate ladder, combining practical, common-sense advice with inner wisdom and spirituality, providing strategies to increase the chances of success in the workplace.