Legacy and community are guides for Patricia González, BCD’s 2022 Woman of Distinction

Finance Director Patricia González was attending a regular weekly meeting when BCD Travel President and CEO John Snyder popped into the call with news: Patricia is the 2022 BCD Travel Women of Distinction award winner. The timing couldn’t be better as González recently celebrated a milestone 20 years with BCD.

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Shortly after her 2001 graduation from one of Mexico´s most recognized universities, Instituto Politécnico Nacional, González started her career at BCD as an accounting intern. By 2016, she’d advanced to her current role as finance director. Over two decades, she’s seen BCD maintain its commitment to culture and career progression for its people, even as the company evolves.  

González leads a 38-person finance team, responsible for financial planning and analytics for clients served by BCD’s Mexico operations. She’s a skilled and respected manager who leads by example in encouraging her team to develop into their best selves. She obtained her Master of Business Administration (MBA) while working full-time and raising a family. She views her achievement as a legacy of the Mexican and Latin women in her personal and professional circles.

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“I appreciate this award and accept it on behalf of all Mexican and Latin women. I’m close to so many women who also deserve this award. They are my inspiration. In our culture, women are the head of the family. They lead the current and next generation and shape their communities with their actions,” said González.

Community is a concept dear to González. She and her sister serve their local community as volunteers for INEA, Mexico’s National Institute for Adult Education. The institute works to help adult learners complete basic education outside classroom. “We share what we know,” said González. “It’s a culture of support where we all make things happen.” She creates content that helps INEA students learn to run and administrate small businesses. “My hope is that it gives them access to a better life the same as those who can pay for education.” She also contributes to Reintegra, an anti-trafficking organization that, in part, provides support to children whose mothers are incarcerated.

González joins previous Women of Distinction honorees Kathy Jackson, executive vice president of Global Client Management and Advito; Operations Manager Mari Afonso and BCD Travel Vice President Claire Stephens.

Incepted in 2019, the Women of Distinction Award honoree is named in March to coincide with International Women’s Day, a global observance of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Women at all levels of BCD are eligible. Honorees are chosen by a BCD committee, including Snyder; Christian Dahl, senior vice president, People & Culture; Kelly Flynn, vice president of Strategic Communications; and Kathy Jackson, vice president and executive chair, Sustainability, and the inaugural Women of Distinction honoree.


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