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Allison Coston, a Senior Manager for Product Innovations, joined Cadent in March of this year. Growing up in Massachusetts, Allison attended Fitchburg State University and later earned her MBA in Information Systems at Fordham University. Prior to working at Cadent, Allison worked at AdTheorent as a product manager. Allison also served in the US Navy, specializing in ships’ radar, navigation, and communications equipment. To learn more about Allison, check out our Q&A below.
Hispanic Heritage Month is from September 15th to October 15th and serves as a month to celebrate the history and diversity of Hispanic cultures. It invites us to remember all the contributions Hispanic, Latina/o/e/x, and Afro-Latina/o/e/x people made in the past and will continue to make in the future. This year’s theme, “Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation,” encourages us to ensure that all voices are represented and welcomed to help build stronger communities and a stronger nation.
This month at Cadent, we spoke with some of our Hispanic, Latinx, and Afro-Latinx colleagues to learn more about who they are, their experiences in and out of the workplace, and what Hispanic Heritage Month means to them.
Tell us about your role at Cadent.
In my current role, I get to work across many teams such as with Sales, Marketing, and Product. Getting to collaborate with colleagues during the Product development Lifecycle keeps me excited and engaged at work. Working on go-to-market plans, client onboarding, and analysis of product usage are some of the highlights that keep my days interesting.
What does Hispanic Heritage Month mean to you?
I appreciate Hispanic Heritage Month because it dedicates time to celebrating, sharing, and learning more about different Hispanic cultures and traditions. There are more than 20 Latin American countries that have rich and diverse histories to explore.
Where can we find you when you’re not at work?
I love getting outside and being active! In the summer you can find me kayaking, biking, or hanging at the beach. In the winter, I’ll be in the mountains as often as time allows. I’m also a foodie who loves trying new restaurants and sharing a good meal with friends and family.
Are there any mentors or experiences that have shaped you – either professionally or personally?
Over the years, I have greatly benefited from formal and informal mentorship. I am always inspired by people who are authentic and true to their words. Honest leaders with a strong vision and willingness to support their teams are qualities I value in my mentors. A good sense of humor also goes a long way.
What do you feel helps to foster a culture of inclusion? How have you seen those behaviors and practices successfully put into action?
Being in a workplace that values and celebrates the contributions of its employees is important. Additionally, I think it’s crucial for organizations to create space for their members to have opportunities to be open, curious, and learn from peers who have different backgrounds and perspectives than their own. Cadent’s ERGs are a great place to see these values implemented.
Do you have any favorite movies, books, music, or other cultural inspirations from Hispanic creators?
There are so many talented Hispanic creators, that it’s hard to choose! Some of my favorite artists are Victoria Villasana (@villanaart) and José Parlá (@joseparla). I also love listening to Bachata and dancing to Salsa music — it’s nearly impossible to not have a great time!
What advice would you give to a younger colleague or a younger version of yourself?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions when you need help or support, be open to receiving constructive feedback, and seek mentorship from people who inspire you.
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