Today’s installment of our 2022 Spotlights introduces Emerging Leader Dianna Delgado. Dianna is currently the Finance Manager at our Volkswagen of Marion location. Let’s learn a little more about her, shall we?
Direct from Dianna
Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico
Where do you call home now?
Tell us a little about your family:
My husband’s name is Leo and we met in middle school in Des Moines. We married three and a half years ago and moved to Cedar Rapids last August. We do not have kids at the moment, but last November we adopted our Furry baby, Benni. He is a Maltipoo and is now 1 year old 🙂
What was your first job, and did you enjoy it?
Qdoba Mexican Eats when I was 16 – I loved it! I was sad to leave, but there were better opportunities for me. I learned basically everything I know from that job and it taught me to work hard and to not give up on my goals.
What has your career been like so far?
There have been many changes. There were moments where my position changed very quickly from a starting one to General Manager. Then, I switched to a different job where I had to start over and within a few months, I was able to get into that higher position again! It has been very exciting and challenging because it shows that I can reach all the goals I set for myself, but it also takes a lot of work and determination.
What’s an accomplishment you’re proud of?
Personally, moving out of Des Moines to Cedar Rapids with my husband. It was very challenging, but we made it happen!
What’s a passion that gets you fired up for the day?
Meeting new people and making friends. I also enjoy a good challenge.
Who’s someone you admire and why?
There are a couple but the one I admire most is my mentor, Irving. His way of thinking always surprises me. He is very quick to find solutions and thinks outside the box. He always enjoyed being challenged and knows exactly what to do to get the results he needs. He’s very knowledgeable and when we worked together, he always made sure to teach me everything he knew so that when he took the next step I would be there to take his spot and grow too.
What are some of your hobbies and interests?
I enjoy running and Tae Kwon Do. I also really enjoy spending time with my pup–I like taking him on long walks!
Tell us something on your bucket list:
I would love to live out of the country for at least 6 months. My dream place is Japan.
Treat others the way you would want to be treated.
What’s something you’re good at that might surprise people?
I would say I’m pretty good at baking!
What’s your definition of happiness?
To me, happiness is being around my family and friends.
What’s a piece of advice someone gave you that you apply everyday?
Always try to have fun! It’s all about the mindset and you should never let one bad moment ruin the rest of your day. Just always try to see the positive side to everything.
And last, what do you hope to achieve here at McGrath?
I would like to be with this company for a long time and be able to have a higher position at some point. McGrath is without a doubt the best company I’ve worked for.
I wanted to be an Emerging Leader…
…because I would really like to be able to understand more about my job and become a true leader. I want to grow in this company and I know that this program will give me the tools I need to be ready when the time comes.Dianna Delgado
Want to learn more about team members like our Emerging Leader Dianna Delgado? You can read all about our most recent group of graduates right here: Emerging Leaders 2021 Graduation