EPISODE 1: ANDREA GUENDELMAN - START TREATING YOUR CULTURE AS YOUR ALMA MATER
In our kick-off episode of Creating Espacios, Andrea encourages us to rally around each other. Being Latina does not have to be a disadvantage, as she explains, it should actually be your biggest strength and the foundation for your support system.
Andrea is the Founder of BeVisible.soy, a website that helps Latina millennials network both in real life and online.
EPISODE 2: JANEL MARTINEZ - HOW TO GET PAID FOR BEING YOURSELF
Millennials are known for their side-hustles and Janel is a prime example of how diligently pursuing a side-hustle, while staying true to yourself, can pay off big time. In this CE episode, Janel walks us through the checklist you should keep in mind when conceptualizing a side-hustle. There are resources, advice on funding and a reminder that community is important.
EPISODE 3: NATHALIE HUERTA: HOW GUTS AND GOOGLE CAN MOVE YOU FORWARD
Being an entrepreneur isn't just a nice title, there's a lot of work and research that comes to launching something that is your own. Nathalie Huerta, the Founder of The Perfect Sidekick, walks us through all the research that went into launching the first LGBTQ gym in the nation and how Google and guts still play a major role in its success.
EPISODE 4: AURORA ANAYA-CERDA — THE BRAVERY IN QUITTING INTENTIONALLY
Quitting has such a negative connotation, but in this episode of Creating Espacios, Aurora shows that the strength and bravery in quitting should not be disregarded. Any and all entrepreneurs would benefit from learning from Aurora's story of success and mission driven work.
EPISODE 5: GABY NATALE - DON’T MAKE YOUR SIDE HUSTLES PAY THE BILLS JUST YET
Gaby Natale is an Emmy award winning producer + creator of the SuperLatina Show, and a Latina with the biggest heart in the world. As she walked us through her personal journey of working for others to working for herself, she personified what it means to lead with your heart. Our conversation with Gaby led to some of the most motivating advice for any Latina who is working towards making her own dreams a reality.
EPISODE 6: RAMONA ORTEGA — WHEN SURVIVAL IS ALL YOU’VE KNOWN, MANAGING FINANCES CAN BE SCARY
As Latinas we're raised to keep all talk of money behind closed doors and that borrowing money is one of the biggest missteps we could make. Ramona, founder of Mi Dinero, Mi Futuro, spent her entire episode helping us debunk financial myths in hopes that Millennial Latinas start owning their financial power.
EPISODE 7: TIFFANY VAZQUEZ — THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING A HOME TEAM WHO WILL SEND CONGRATULATORY GIFS
Tiffany Vazquez is the senior film editor at Giphy and the first female/POC TCM host ever — and if that's not impressive enough, she's also the best person to talk to about all things Hamilton. In our Creating Espacios episode, we learn from Tiffany how a grounded support system is the key to managing a 9-5 + side hustle filled schedule. There's talk of faith, growing up Latina and the power of a gif.
EPISODE 8: patty rodriguez —bad days lay foundation for big accomplishments
Patty Rodriguez is the ladyboss you want on your team. She's the Senior Producer at "On Air for Ryan Seacrest," the owner of two businesses and a mom of two, who keeps it all kinds of real on her Instagram. In this episode we talk to Patty about her Mexican-American upbringing and how her community has grounded her in the midst of chaos. Patty shares her wisdom on how in a world of stereotypes, defining yourself first is key and how bad days serve as strength training for the big accomplishments.
EPISODE 9: Dior Vargas — Taking the Cultural Stigma Out of Mental Illness
Dior Vargas is the Creator behind the People of Color & Mental Illness Photo Project, a social media campaign that took over Twitter and emphasized the importance of representation in the conversation around mental health. As a Latina who has successfully launched her career and embraced self-care, Dior sheds light on how prioritizing your mental health doesn’t have to go against having the career you want.
EPISODE 10: Catalina Girald — On Building A Brand You Can Be Proud Of
As CEO and co-founder of lingerie company Naja, Catalina Girald has worked tirelessly to keep empowerment for all women at the root of her company. Throughout her episode she shares tips on how to build an empowering brand, why mentors are important and how being socially responsible could go a long way. All things she’s learned by strategically monitoring that Naja’s growth is in line with her own core values.
EPISODE 11: Ana Flores — Deciding To Be Authentic Can Be The Launch Pad For Growth
Ana Flores is the mastermind behind #WeAllGrow Latina Network, formerly known as Latina Bloggers Connect. As the first brand and blogger network in the nation for Latina digital creatives, #WeAllGrow has gone from connecting influencers with brands to hosting events across the nation. On this episode, Ana highlights how authenticity played a pivotal role in setting the tone for the LBC community and how you can apply her lessons learned to your own entrepreneurial endeavors.
EPISODE 12: Pilar Pinel - Giving Back to the Communities The Raised Us
As the founder and CEO of ELLAS, Pilar Pinel has invested her life in mentorship. ELLAS creates clear pathways for young women, particularly high school students, to achieve their dreams. By pairing them with Latina role models, the girls learn that their goals hold value. In this episode we discuss the importance of understanding the cultural approach to mentorship and what it means to give back to the communities that raise us.
EPISODE 13: Jessica Mendoza — The Balance Between Relentless and Real
Jessica Mendoza is an ESPN analyst, who just so happens to be the first woman to take on the role. Her resume is packed with Olympic medal wins, noteworthy ‘firsts’ at various sports broadcasting jobs and most importantly, the common theme through all of her achievements, an ability to connect with others in an authentic, powerful and vulnerable way. During her Creating Espacios episode, Jessica told us stories of growing up in a family of athletes, how fear shouldn’t stop you from making magic happen and why talking about the real things is the best way to even the playing field.
EPISODE 14: Soledad O'Brien: You've Earned Your Right To Be Exactly Where You Are
As an award-winning journalist and CEO, Soledad O’Brien is a woman who knows the significance of a good story. With her company Starfish Media Group and philanthropy The Starfish Foundation, she has truly championed every opportunity to uplift voices that may not otherwise be heard. In this episode she talks the importance of carving a space for yourself at the table and why being the most prepared person in the room is the best way to avoid imposter syndrome.