S4 Ep41: Maricella Herrera Avila CEO of Ellevate Network, A Global Professional Network for Women+
Latinas: From The Block To The Boardroom
by Theresa E. Gonzales
2M ago
Let's talk about the power of networks within our global communities. Maricella Herrera Avila, CEO of the Ellevate Network is creating new leadership in a global community of professional women+. Maricella is the first Latina to be the CEO of this global organization and she brings with her the financial tenacity and leadership to build strength in numbers for a new diverse community. We open with her journey from El Salvador to Mexico, where she worked in corporate real estate banking, and worked on providing credit funding for low income housing development projects in the north of Mexico. A ..read more
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S4 Ep40: Nicole Lopez for Congress Starts A New Generation of California Latinas Running For Office
Latinas: From The Block To The Boardroom
by Theresa E. Gonzales
3M ago
This episode was recorded in the late summer of 2022, before the release of the recorded racist comments and frustrations on redistricting certain Latino communities in Los Angeles from  City Council President, Nury Martinez and her council colleagues, Kevin de Leon and Gil Cedillo. Our guest, Nicole López was running for a district-42  in the past June primaries, and the youngest Latina on the ballot to run in her District 42. She only lost by a few hundred votes. But that is not stopping her from running in 2024.  She discusses how a larger Latino community in East LA and Sout ..read more
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S3 Ep38: CiCi Rojas 1st Latina National Board Chair of the YMCA in 177 Years.
Latinas: From The Block To The Boardroom
by Theresa E. Gonzales
5M ago
Today, we are going to hear from CiCi Rojas, the 1st Latina in the 177 year history of YMCA as 1st US National Board Chair! Congratulations! CiCi shares her DYI experience as a mother of 4 children, and college graduate, that by leveraging her Spanish, gave her the confidence to build alliances to work within Kanas City as a car salesman, to becoming the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President in Dallas, Texas! The work into the boardroom she says,  " was building my confidence to saying yes, put me in this role, I can do it!"  which opened up more opportunities and also sponsors ..read more
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S3 Ep37: Letting Go of Our Past To Pursue Our Dreams with Denise Soler Cox of Project Eñye.
Latinas: From The Block To The Boardroom
by Theresa E. Gonzales
6M ago
In this episode, we discuss the power of healing the belief systems that we have grown up with as Latinas to help us pursue our dreams without guilt. Denise Soler Cox, a first generation talking to a third generation, Theresa E. Gonzales, who both grew up in the United States, discuss the guilt and shame that is often tied to our cultural norms if we don't speak fluent Spanish or we want bigger career opportunities to leave our home and cities. Our identities to our Latinidad culture is everything to us, but to our families and to our culture, being selfish in wanting more is sometimes seen as ..read more
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S3 Ep36: Noelle Silver, AI Executive and Founder of AI Leadership Institute Shares Her Vision For Design Justice And Ethical AI
Latinas: From The Block To The Boardroom
by Theresa E. Gonzales
8M ago
Noelle Silver has been in the tech ecosystem for over 20 years and an AI executive at IBM. We discuss how technology companies are reaching new AI based product designs but still not being inclusive of communities that make up a third of the population that uses all technology products. How do you build for the future when the door is not open wide enough for community members to be on the product teams or when the C-Suite layers of leadership are not diverse to be considered inclusionary on product design.  It's time for accountability and to be inclusionary in product design and the cre ..read more
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S3 Ep35: Gael Aitor, Host of Teenager Therapy Podcast, helps Gen Z feel connected through the time of Covid.
Latinas: From The Block To The Boardroom
by Theresa E. Gonzales
8M ago
Gael and I connected at Podcast Movement Evolutions in Los Angeles, March 2022,  and talked about how podcasting has been making an impact into our communities.  I wanted to learn more about his podcast, Teenager Therapy and the collaboration began. In this podcast, we discuss his journey and what his experience during Covid-19 was like since he was still in High School at the time. Covid-19 has impacted teenagers the hardest, as that is the time of their life trying to feel connected to friends, wanting to understand their feelings of not being alone and share the things that teenag ..read more
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S3 Ep34: 25 years as a Latino Owned IT Services Family Business, Principal Michelle Londoño shares how "Supporting the small business community is an extension of our family values."
Latinas: From The Block To The Boardroom
by Theresa E. Gonzales
9M ago
Latinas From The Block To The Boardroom podcast is very excited to share this Small Business Week 2022 collaboration podcast, with Proactive Network Consulting. As a Latina from New York City, Michelle Londoño, wife, mother of 3 children and principal of Proactive Network Consulting services of San Francisco, shares with us how her entrepreneurial journey started by her grandmother immigrating from Columbia. She tell us the unexpected journey of transferring her nursing skills that she acquired through USF, here in the Bay Area, into a skill set to help her husband, Lawrence Flores, start and ..read more
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S3 Ep33: Founder and Social Justice Attorney, Monica Ramirez of Justice for Migrant Women, Alianza Nacional de Campesinos, Poderistas and The Latinx House is amplifying the Latinx community to the next level.
Latinas: From The Block To The Boardroom
by Theresa E. Gonzales
9M ago
Monica Ramirez, Activist Organizer, Found and Co-Founder of Justice For Migrant Women, Poderistas, The Latinx House and Alianza Nacional de Campesinos, talks to us through her journey that inspired her to ask questions at a very young age to her migrant farm working parents, “why are farm workers not celebrated when it's time to work in the fields, but fisherman in our town are welcomed back with celebration?” She pursued that question to become  “ The Voice of The People” in her hometown newspaper at the age of 14 when someone gave her that shot to write a column that would give visibili ..read more
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S3 Ep32: Liliana Aide Monge CEO of Sabio.la is skilling up communities for the "new collar" tech jobs.
Latinas: From The Block To The Boardroom
by Theresa E. Gonzales
10M ago
We are moving into more tech job opportunities for 2022 as the online experience of purchasing goods and services has exploded during Covid-19. Liliana Aide Monge, CEO and Co-Founder of Sabio.la says, "We can't go back to how we were engaging online before the pandemic." It's true, we are now using more technology to manage our lives, our education, delivery systems and how we want to stream content. Many companies today need more tech workers to support their internal systems due to the increased usage of online services and products. There is a New Collar labor force that is emerging and the ..read more
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S3 Ep31: Lucy Pérez, Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company, dropping knowledge on “The economic state of Latinos in America: The American Dream Deferred.”
Latinas: From The Block To The Boardroom
by Theresa E. Gonzales
1y ago
Latinas From The Block To The Boardroom is not holding back in 2022! There was a lot of chatter late last year about the great resignation, and what that mean for people quitting their jobs in record numbers! Why were brown and black folks mostly impacted by economic fall out from Covid? What will be the impact for future generations and why are we not talking about wealth creation for our communities moving forward?Latinas and Black women have had the most financial set back during Covid, and it's time we ask for higher wages and level up our skill set. Let's get into BeastMode!  Latinas ..read more
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