Nellie Moore is a contract and procurement supervisor at Sempra LNG. Continue reading below to learn more about how Nellie lives our values – shape the future, do the right thing, champion people – and why Hispanic Heritage Month is important to her.
Q: Tell us about yourself and your role at Sempra LNG
I’m in the Supply Management department, as a lead supervisor in Contracts and Procurement. My team and I work on various procurement agreements supporting Sempra LNG and our affiliates. I have worked at the Sempra family of companies for more than five years.
I was born in Orange, CA and grew up in Los Angeles County, so I am a big fan of the L.A. Lakers and especially the L.A. Dodgers. I have a bachelor’s in Psychology and Social Behavior and a Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego.
Q: What do you enjoy most about your role? What do you find most rewarding?
I enjoy most working with the Supply Management team and collaborating to support the various procurement projects within our organization. Also, we are in a great place as a company. Our organization is growing, and I believe we have an opportunity to shape our future, which is one of our values, by helping to mature our processes and procedures.
I’ve been lucky to have mentors and supporters who have guided me and helped me grow in my career, so what I find most rewarding about my job is supporting my team in their projects, assignments and their career goals. It is my way of paying it forward and living our value to champion people.
Q: Which one of our values, do the right thing, champion people and shape the future, do you relate to the most and why?
I relate to all three! I’ve already mentioned two values above, but I also love that as company, we are committed to do the right thing. I work in a department committed to process and procedures, where we work with many vendors. It is important to be fair, transparent and ethical.
Q: What does Hispanic Heritage Month mean to you?
I am very proud of National Hispanic Heritage Month.
I am from a Mexican-American, multi-generational, Californian family. My grandmother Nellie Hernandez, who I am named after, was born in Bellflower, CA in 1909. My grandfather, Lucio Correa, was born in Orange, CA on October 8, 1921. He fought in World War II in the Pacific. And, my parents, who grew up in the 60s and 70s in Los Angeles and Riverside counties and were active in the civil rights movements of the time.
Also, the family unit is the most important aspect of my culture, so I grew up very close to my grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins. They were all dedicated hard workers and collectively raised me to be an outstanding citizen. They encouraged education as a means to equality and having a seat at the table. I am grateful for the values my family instilled in me, but honestly, I didn’t see that reflected much in the mainstream culture. I remember how excited I was to read about Dr. Ellen Ochoa, a NASA astronaut and the first Hispanic in space.
We are not newcomers; we’ve been part of our history. Hispanic Heritage Month to me means that we are celebrating all the contributions of those who came before us. Plus, the inclusion of our heritage and people into the mainstream culture means that my children get to see themselves represented and know that they too can achieve their dreams.