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Alejandro “Alej” Balderas


Fierce supporter

Age: 32

Organization: Stericycle

Title: Manager, Sales Compensation

City: Chicago

State: Illinois


Alejandro “Alej” Balderas believes it is important for organizations like HACE to recognize the next generation of leaders because of the impact of representation on future generations. We are moved by the stories of others and find inspiration in their experiences to inform our paths in our careers and lives.

HACE serves to create the opportunity for future generations to connect with the stories and experiences of “non-standard” leaders who often face challenges.

As someone who identifies as LGBTQ+, he said growing up in an environment that is hostile to their identity, connecting with the story of a leader who has faced a similar experience as them could provide hope for a better future.

HACE’s work to recognize the next generation of leaders is important because these leaders and their varying stories will contribute to a more diverse and inclusive culture for the next generation.

While a sales compensation manager at Stericycle, he was a founder of the company’s LGBTQ+ employee resource group, called FIERCE (Freedom of Individual Expression, Respecting, Colleagues and Equality).

Originally from Northwest Indiana, he received his Bachelor of Science in math and is pursuing his MBA at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.

When not in school or working he is training for the 2022 Chicago Marathon and is fundraising for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

He brands himself as someone who moves and motivates people whether through words or the work he does. He enjoys how people can be moved to accomplish something.

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