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Remember who you are

Sara Cázares

Customer Engagement Executive

At the age of 51, Sara Cázares prefers not to define herself in any way, but if she had to, she would describe herself as a woman of extravagant personality. She preserves the right to be constantly changing and to do whatever pleases her. Her hair was pink once, but it is platinum now. The tattoo on her skin, a Mickey Mouse on a motorcycle, represents her two passions: Disneyland and speed. The next one will be Simba, the main character in The Lion King, along with the message he hears from the ghost of his father, Mufasa, “Remember who you are.”

Staying honest to who she is while displaying her authenticity in a customer-facing role is something she admires about herself.

I can say that I am empowered at SAP to be authentic and that is a very strong message in a corporate environment. Unfortunately, I know for a fact that in some other companies, people can’t be themselves.

Sara likes to sing and dance, but admits to not being particularly good at either. She watches sports, loves cars, dresses with skulls, but above all, she is always straightforward and feels safe to be honest. She doesn’t feel the need to hold back as long as she is still respectful. What matters to her is to be true to herself in everything she does.

Her expansive personality was also extended to her professional life. She began to work at the age of 15, due to her wish for independence. She first wanted to study communication sciences, but life took her on a different path: she worked with sales, human resources, and systems implementation, until she reached the area of business decision-making, where she currently works. In the meantime, she got married at 23 and had two children: a daughter, Paulina, and a son, Miguel. Professional life was on the fast track – it has always been like this for Sara, with lots of things happening at the same time. She moved towns a few times, traveled a lot, and faced many challenges.

After spending 17 years in Monterrey, where she had moved for a job opportunity, she returned to Mexico City, her place of birth. The change of scenery was followed by another important change – the end of her marriage. The arguments became more and more intense. After years of trying to save her relationship – she refused to admit it was over because she mistakenly thought of that as a failure – she decided to break free. Thinking about the male-dominated culture that she experienced which expected her to accept and serve men in their needs, Sara said, “I promised myself that I would never suffer this much for anyone else again”. Despite always being independent, the weight on her shoulders was a lot to bear.

Thinking about the male-dominated culture that she experienced which expected her to accept and serve men in their needs, Sara said, “I promised myself that I would never suffer this much for anyone else again”. Despite always being independent, the weight on her shoulders was a lot to bear.

She left the relationship with empty hands and only her children under her arm.

The most valuable lesson I learned was: if you can change something, change it. If you can’t, change yourself.

She also understood that the strength she needed would come from her family and friends, so she devoted herself to them, which she continues to do. In Mexico City, she ran into a former flame – an ex-boyfriend who came back to her life and never left again – and now they've been together for two years. Based on the painful learnings of her previous relationship, she did things differently this time. She decided it was best for them to live in separate houses and for each of them to keep their individuality.

So far, life has been full of twists and turns, but now Sara is only seeking calmness. When it’s time to retire from the job market and her children are ready to be on their own, she will retreat and move close to the beach, teach religious education, and teach people how to read – something that will be new to her. “I want to go somewhere quiet, but I won’t be quiet. I know myself,” she laughs. A popular phrase by the Mexican singer Vicente Fernandez is an inspiration that leads her life:

As long as you don’t stop clapping, I won’t stop singing.

"As long as you don’t stop clapping, I won’t stop singing." Popular phrase by the Mexican singer Vicente Fernandez

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