Founder’s Outlook: Gratitude Rooted in Life Experience
Louis Hernandez Jr.
Louis Hernandez Jr.
I was fortunate to grow up with supportive parents who came from lower-income families with an appreciative and inspirational mentality. Hard work, family, education and our community were key pillars in the attributes for living that my parents emphasized.
The community that my family was a part of offered a unique view of how diversity can be an empowering tool for success. We were surrounded by families with various ethnic backgrounds, and I learned from them that we had more in common than we had differences. The shared experiences of my youth with this tapestry of diversity created a powerful vision for working with others to improve the communities we are a part of.
My mother and sisters had an especially strong influence on my upbringing. We spent a lot of time together, and we were close to a large extended family. We watched my mother sacrifice and work hard for a better life driven by her emphasis on education. My father emphasized the same attributes while pointing out the importance of enjoying the journey. Both of my parents became educators and shining examples of what is possible with a clear vision for a better tomorrow. I learned through my sisters that shared experiences and accomplishments make our achievements more powerful and more meaningful.
Together, our family experienced all the normal undulations of family life and childhood, and ultimately each of us found our own path to success. The American dream was a cherished beacon for my family that allowed each of us to seek our own dreams limited only by our imagination and willingness to sacrifice for the things that were important to us.
As a result of our own success, we started For A Bright Future foundation as a formal structure for the family to work cooperatively with each other in shaping the direction of our philanthropic interests.