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Dr. Chavez is the Director of Mental Health at Caminar, Inc. and an expert in Substance Use Disorders. According to a report from the American Addiction Center, 11% of tech workers have admitted to using illegal drugs. About 60% have used marijuana and 20% of the workers that they surveyed have used painkillers. Dr. Chavez talks about treatment opt…
 
In our founder series, we talk about Miguel’s extensive experience in brand development, marketing and customer experience for Fortune 500 companies and purpose-led ventures. He shares how he works with startups, companies and individuals in identifying and focusing on the intersection between culture, community & purpose. https://colabworks.co/ ht…
 
Erika Zarco is a licensed marriage and family therapist, certified clinical tele-mental health provider with a certification in grief therapy. In this episode Erika talks about different therapy resources to heal or learn from the stages of grief. Dealing with grief after a person passes away or a relationship comes to an end can be painful and com…
 
Erika Zarco is a Director of Counseling for Women United and Active (Mujeres Unidas y Activas). She offers a more humanistic therapeutic approach for patients: Narrative Therapy, a clinical orientation with a postmodern perspective. Narrative therapy helps employers to face the new emotional challenges Covid brought. It provides the patient with kn…
 
Erika is a bilingual and bicultural Mental Health Specialist (LCSW) with 10 years of outpatient experience working with diverse individuals and families in terms of race/ethnicity, age, socioeconomic status, and mental/dual diagnoses. Learn how she works with Lstinx in Silicon Valley through her work at Stanford Health Care. https://www.linkedin.co…
 
Dr. Palacios joins us again to talk about how she works with entrepreneurs who are exhibiting tremendous amounts of stress and anxiety. She discusses strategies in her Stress Management Program and how entrepreneurs benefit from identifying stressors which are sometimes induced by cultural expectations in our community. You can connect with Dr. Pal…
 
AJ DeLeon is the founder of Innovare through which he is leading a scaling social enterprise which drives continuous improvement and social innovation within the education ecosystem. We talk about his journey as a founder and how he and his co-founders are leveraging their diverse skill sets to launch a successful app that helps leaders in educatio…
 
Monica Black is the founder of Function, an investor syndicate connecting South Florida's private wealth community with early stage technology, investment opportunities across the world. We talk about her journey into VC and why she decided to relocate to Miami before other VCs made the move there. She talks about how and why she decided to create …
 
Lynda Ruiz grew up in a small farming community in California’s Central Valley. As the daughter of educators, she learned from her dad about the importance of learning to code and pursued the STEM path. We talk about her growth as a software engineer and how she has overcome some challenges as a Latina by joining communities such as Techqueria and …
 
Claudia is a LatinX entrepreneur, community advocate and an alumna of Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative Education-Scaling Program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She is the Founder and CEO of Calibueno, a licensed cannabis company in Oakland, CA. Claudia uses her passion for cannabis along with her life experience in a workin…
 
Dr. Palacios’ mission is to empower others through her work and experiences as a clinical psychologist, business consultant, and public speaker. She talks about her journey, her personal experience with trauma, approaches to treat anxiety and depression and how this moved her into a new direction.By Adriana Flores-Ragade
 
Brad has been an early-stage investor and entrepreneur since 1987. He is also a best selling author, an advocate and an active venture capitalist. We talk about learning, growing, the importance of diversity and becoming part of entrepreneurial ecosystems. We center the conversation on his latest book, The Startup Community Way, which he co-authore…
 
Javier Llerena is an Executive Coach elevating and empowering Latinx leaders. Javier started his corporate career at Oracle as a Direct Marketing Executive and ended it as a Managing Director of Magpie Technologies. After realizing that his passion lies in helping others propel their careers forward and enhance their personal lives, he transitioned…
 
Dr. Roman is a clinical psychologist licensed in California and Mexico with 28 years of experience. She offers a combination of both cultures and both worlds of psychology. She specializes in trauma, sexual abuse, and immigration issues. We talk about trauma and how it manifests itself in the workplace and at home - especially for Latinx in tech. W…
 
Arthur Garcia is the Co-founder & COO of SOMOS, the first dynamic platform impacting +650 million Latin@s for future tailored health and drug discovery. Arthur is also Co-founder of the Contabi Alliance, an international association of independent accounting firms. We talk about his journey from keeping the books for his parents' Taco truck and pal…
 
Cheryl is passionate about the intersection of finance, technology, and social impact. She is the Head of Venture Growth and Partnerships at Republic, a one-stop-shop for founders to raise capital from both accredited and non-accredited investors. She is focused on introducing underrepresented founders to both traditional and alternative funding so…
 
Raul Hernandez Ochoa is an author, business coach and consultant. We talk about his journey and how he helps startups and executives grow. We also discuss his book Productive Profits: The Founder’s Guide to Scaling Your Impact and his podcast Do Good Work. https://dogoodwork.io/work-with-raulBy Adriana Flores-Ragade
 
Sarah Irene Mendoza is a Bay Area Producer at Pandora. She talks about breaking into tech and how she has grown from starting as a receptionist to becoming a producer. She was podcasting when podcasting was new and she has been able to combine her passion for music, production skills and experience to tackle new career challenges, beat any mental b…
 
Susana is the Chief Operating Officer of Pandia Health. We talk about her journey into tech and how she became a serial founder. She talks about how she transitioned into becoming a COO and why she is focused on women health and her keen interest in the Latinx community. https://www.pandiahealth.com/…
 
Wil-Dog Abers is the owner at Culture Management Group and Ozomatli. We talk about his journey as an entrepreneur and as a musician launching Ozomatli and el Gavachillo. We talk about how he recruited talent and built the band from the ground up mixing different Latin sounds. He is now creating access by leading a management group which manages ban…
 
This is part of a special series done in collaboration with VMware. Michael Bender is the sponsor of the Latinx Pod at VMware. We talk about his commitment to diversity and why he decided to sponsor this ERG. We also discuss some of the initiatives with local universities and how they could change the landscape of diversity in tech. To learn more a…
 
Luis Alejandro Liang is an advocate, a DREAMer, and an ERG leader. He talks about the challenges he has faced as an unDACAmented person and why he chose to work for a tech company focusing on social impact. We talk about how he has overcome imposter syndrome. Connect with Luis at https://www.linkedin.com/in/luisalejandroliang/…
 
Hector Ouilhet talks about how he has contributed to evolving the culture of Human-Centric Design at Google to foster innovation. His journey has taken him to different parts of the world and his curiosity has helped him grow into a leader at Google and in his field while maintaining a balance in life and work. Some resources mentioned: https://des…
 
Sergio C. Munoz is the founder at Intelatin. We talk about his career and why he decided to focus on providing access to capital for BIPOC entrepreneurs. Here are some resources mentioned during the interview: LA Startup Resource Guide from Founder Institute Beatriz Acevedo and her new startup SUMA Wealth Tayde Aburto and the United States Business…
 
Jacob Martinez is the founder and executive director of DigitalNest and he talks about his journey as a founder and his passion for moving the Latinx community forward. This nonprofit is training and helping place a diverse workforce in tech. Having trained over 2000 students in web development, project management and digital arts, DigitalNest is e…
 
Alex is an award-winning community leader and social impact entrepreneur. Through community engagement and content and event production he has built Silicon Valley Latino LLC. SVL focuses on empowering and engaging the Latino community and works closely with Tech companies in the area. You can learn more about Alex and his work and connect with him…
 
Kelly is Director of Employee Experience and Diversity at KeepTruckin. We talk about her commitment focused on engaging and developing employees and creating inclusive places where people can own their identity. We also talk about her transition from SolarCity to Tesla, what KeepTruckin is all about and why they are actively recruiting diverse tale…
 
This is an episode powered by VMware’s Latinx Pod. Christina Ulate is a Manager of Information Security Governance based in San Jose, Costa Rica. She talks about how she transitioned from education into tech. We also talk about her professional growth at VMware and the opportunities she has had to thrive in this global company. If you would like to…
 
In this episode we talk with Nicholas Hinrichsen, co-founder of Clutch, about his journey as a co-founder and his experience at Y combinator. We talk about validating an idea, the importance of knowing your customers, changing direction, securing funding and scaling. Nicky also talks about his angel investments in Latin America. You can connect wit…
 
In this episode, Claudia Martinez and Juan Garcia-Rovetta share their respective journeys into tech and how they became involved in corporate efforts to build community through the Latinx Pod. They talk about how developing strong internal networks have helped them advance in their careers as well as develop a sense of belonging at VMware. This is …
 
Marcos Gonzales is fighting the good fight and elevating and advising diverse entrepreneurs. He is the Founder and Managing Partner of Vamos Ventures - an impact VC fund for early-stage tech companies led by Hispanic and diverse founders in the US. If you want to collaborate or learn more about Vamos Ventures, link is below: https://www.vamosventur…
 
This episode is part of a series sponsored by VMware’s Latinx Pod. Bask Iyer, a leader at VMware, has been a champion of the Latinx Pod. We talk about leadership, how other companies can drive inclusion and benefit from diverse talent and how his personal and professional experiences have led him to become a champion for diverse thoughts and people…
 
This is the first episode of a six episode series done in collaboration with VMware’s Latinx Pod. We highlight stories of VMware talent and leadership. This episode highlights Ingrid Morales who leads the leads the LatinX Pillar for the CTO based out of Palo Alto. She works on the program management team for the strategic program office. She is tal…
 
We interviewed Richie Serna in 2018 when Finix was still in its early stages with 4 employees. Two years later, Richie and Sean Donovan have led Finix through a series of successful venture funding rounds and have scaled their impact. We talk with Richie about his journey in raising capital and scaling, advice for underestimated founders and VCs, l…
 
Miriam Rivera is a co-Founder and Managing Director at Ulu Ventures. Miriam talks about her personal story and journey in business, law, technology, and venture capital from the perspective of a startup founder and a VC. Connect with her via LinkedIn and learn more about her work at: https://uluventures.com/…
 
As part of Latinx Heritage month (which for us is all year long), we are highlighting baMa -Business Angel Minority Association. It is a national initiative to create a more inclusive startup ecosystem through early stage investments in Minority-led startups. Learn about Maria’s journey and how you can join this organization: https://businessangelm…
 
Lili Gangas continues to advocate, mobilize and guide founders and investors in the tech ecosystem. In season 1, we learned about her personal and professional journey. This episode the work that she is doing to close the digital divide, mobilize voters across the nation, and strategically leverage and forge partnerships to advance our community. L…
 
Lolita Taub shares her journey, breaking into VC, the importance of community and her vision to become a billionaire. We also talk about the Community Fund which she and Jesse Middleton recently launched to invest in early stage community-driven companies. https://www.lolitataub.co/By Adriana Flores-Ragade
 
Common Sense Latino is a Common Sense Program which has grown in people and impact. We discuss the program components, how and why it has expanded thus contributing to the growth and retention of LatinX employees inside of Common Sense. https://www.commonsensemedia.org/latino https://www.commonsensemedia.org/…
 
As part of Latinx Heritage Month, LatinxAmerica is highlighting organizations having a positive impact on our community through the use of digital assets and content. LatinxAmerica highlights the work and people of Common Sense Media. Rocio Lopez talks about what she and her team are doing to offer Latino families information and resources to navig…
 
Ilse Calderon is a Senior Associate at OVO Fund. She talks about her journey into Venture Capital and also provides advice for underrepresented founders. We also discuss why she is advocating for startups to target Hypercultural Latinx when developing products and services. https://www.linkedin.com/in/ilsecalderon/…
 
Joy Carrera is the founder of Carreradigital.io and the host of Basic Brown Nerds. She is a Digital Operations & Business Intelligence Strategist specializing in SaaS, MCNs, and Impact Driven Initiatives. Learn about how she decided to launch her business and what led her to use tech to empower others. https://buildwithjoy.co/ https://www.basicbrow…
 
Beatris A. Mendez Gandica talks about her journey into tech, how she landed her job at Microsoft and why she launched Nuevo Foundation. We talk about her commitment to increasing diversity in tech by preparing the next generation of Latinx in STEM. https://nuevofoundation.org/ https://www.pluralsight.com/ https://www.linkedin.com/learning/ https://…
 
Samantha Santana is the founder of Santana Sports Management. She launched her own company to help the athletes with public relations challenges, brand management and to connect them with communities in order to give back. In a field dominated by men, she is making inroad and representing diverse clients and connecting them with brands and communit…
 
Greg Monterrosa, a co-founder of MyLLC.com, and a startup weekend mentor and facilitator shares how he is supporting and advancing entrepreneurship, innovation, and economic development. He talks about being a founder and the work that he wants to do to build his legacy and empower the Latinx community. https://www.myllc.com/ http://greg-monterrosa…
 
Ricardo is the founder & CEO of VOIQ. His company raised $5 Million from YCombinator and other top Silicon Valley investors. His company is leading transformation from humans to conversational AI VoiceBots for the Enterprise. We also talk about why he founded the group of the Top Latinx Tech Leaders in the US and what he is doing to support other L…
 
Mario talks about how his early childhood experiences shaped his life and allowed him to see things differently in life. He uses this lens when mentoring or working with founders and peers. Mario also talks about a $530 million commitment by PayPal to help support black and other underrepresented communities. Learn about his journey, his priorities…
 
As we think about wealth differently, we need to begin conversations about risk taking, investing and starting businesses so we can close the wealth gap. Be inspired by Samara’s journey as a founder of Chingona Ventures, a pre-seed and seed stage venture fund focusing on industries that are massively changing and founders that are not always well u…
 
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