My name is Clara Del Villar and this is my story.
As a first generation Dominican American, I feel that my story reflects that of many. Both of my parents are from the Dominican Republic, though my mother’s family is originally from Spain. Both my mother and my father struggled living on the Island under the Trujillo regime as he controlled many facets of life from travel and transportation, to free speech and public safety.
With the completion of his medical degree, my father was recruited to move to the United States, first to work for a practice in New York City, and eventually moving to Pennsylvania where he started his own psychiatry practice. As a first generation American, I felt that I was held to a different standard than my classmates. Visiting the Dominican Republic frequently as a child I noticed the extreme poverty and poor conditions of the people… my people. I knew that I needed to work hard to make a better life for myself here in America, telling myself I had no chance but to overcome.
In 1980, I started working on Wall Street, there I realized that technology had the potential to change the way things worked in the world. I became interested in energy enhancement around this time, which provided me the platform to network, learn, and meet with industry leaders. About three years ago I founded The Hispanic Post, which aims to be the online Inc. Magazine for the Hispanic/Latino entrepreneurial, small business community. I work everyday to raise awareness within not only the Latino community, but within the larger working community as well. We have recently began working on Family With Fire, a telenovela web series that shows the trials and tribulations of living in New York City as an immigrant family.