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Hector Avellaneda

Class of 2003, Houston
Internship: Reliant Energy and United Space Alliance
Current Job: Hewlett Packard

STUDENT STORIES

Hector vividly remembers the pivotal day in 2002 when Genesys Works founder Rafael Alvarez visited Southwest High School in Houston. Rafael talked to Hector and 30 other students about the unique internship program they could participate in throughout high school. For Hector, it was the first time anyone had quantified the difference between having a high school diploma and having a professional career. He was eager to explore an opportunity that could lead him to a life that his parents did not have the chance to live. His childhood memories are clouded with financial stress and anxiety. However, Hector took the first step toward breaking the cycle of poverty in his family by participating in summer training, along with nine other students.

These 10 students became the very first class of Genesys Works interns. During high school, Hector worked at Reliant Energy and United Space Alliance. “My perception of my place in the world changed,” Hector said. “I thought a professional job in a corporate setting wasn’t meant for a person like me.” After graduating, he attended Texas A&M University, and later interned at Hewlett-Packard.

“My perception of my place in the world changed,” Hector said. “Genesys Works changed the paradigm, not just for me, but the people around me.”

Eventually, HP hired Hector, and he has climbed the ranks ever since. His current role is Lead Business Planning Manager for HP’s Tools and Resources Team under the supply chain department. In his various roles, Hector has had the opportunity to travel to HP’s regional facilities in Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Taiwan, Singapore, Slovakia and Ireland to interface with partners and team members. Hector lives in Houston with his wife. He also understands the importance of giving back and now serves on the Board of Directors of Genesys Works – Houston and brings an important and insightful perspective that comes from being an alumnus of the program.

“Genesys Works radically changed my life,” Hector said. “The program changed the paradigm, not just for me, but the people around me.” In the future, he would like to start a software company and offer the same opportunities to others that GW afforded him.

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