At Sempra Infrastructure, our demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion is at the core of our culture. We are proud to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and empower our employees to bring their authentic selves to work.
Karen Campos Bonilla is a senior document controller at Sempra Infrastructure. Get to know Karen as she shares how she lives our values and why Hispanic Heritage month is important to her.
Q: Tell us about yourself and your role at Sempra Infrastructure.
I was born in San Salvador, El Salvador and moved to Houston, Texas when I was five years old. I am a mother of two wonderful sons and a 100-lb. puppy. I love traveling, cooking, dancing, movies, going to the beach and making people laugh. When possible, I also enjoy being a foster dog mom.
I have been a part of the Sempra Infrastructure team as a document controller for over three years. I am currently the senior document controller for the Energia Costa Azul (ECA) LNG project north of Ensenada in Baja California, Mexico.
I have also had the opportunity to be a part of multiple projects assisting in all document control requirements related to managing project records and information systems.
My team also works with project contractors, subcontractors and more. In addition, we manage, track and validate all project documentation and conduct document control process trainings.
What do you enjoy most about your role? What do you find most rewarding?
What I enjoy most about document control is being able to collaborate with and support the various project teams within our organization.
I enjoy the process and structure and knowing that reliable information eliminates financial risk, preserves company reputation, and ensures personal safety by enabling the project to progress with certainty.
Which one of our values, do the right thing, champion people and shape the future, do you relate to the most and why?
All three! Our values of doing the right thing, championing people, and shaping the future are values that I relate to in my everyday life and in my role.
I live our value of doing the right thing by ensuring that we commit to producing high-quality, reliable outcomes that conform to our quality standards and document management requirements.
My team and I also actively champion people by motivating, empowering, and leveraging the experience of team members to create an environment of inclusion and proactively working together to achieve a common objective. We also help shape the future through our focus on innovation and continuously improving our systems and workflows.
What does Hispanic Heritage Month mean to you?
I am very proud of my Hispanic heritage.
In the early 1980s, my parents made the decision to move our family from San Salvador to Houston, Texas, because of the Civil War that was taking place in El Salvador. I appreciate the sacrifices they made to uproot their lives and move our family to the United States to ensure that my sisters and I would have access to better opportunities.
Our stories make us who we are: diverse, driven and enthusiastic people with a strong sense of community. To me, honoring Hispanic Heritage month means celebrating and recognizing our contributions and achievements as one community. No matter where we come from or what we’ve gone through, our Hispanic heritage is what binds us together as a community.
I treasure the culture and values inherited from my parents and take pride in being able to pass them on to my children so that they know where we came from and never forget their heritage.