Month: August 2019

Ep. 3 – Oscar Collazos, Comedian and Founder of Hilarious Colombian Americans

Oscar Collazos

Today’s guest is Oscar Collazos, an amazing comedian who lives in New York. I asked him to join us on the podcast today because I loved hearing about his journey into comedy and making it in New York.

Episode 3 Summary

As some of you know I moved to NYC about a year ago and its had its ups and downs. It was definitely not as smooth as I thought it would have been but I have persevered and continue to roll with the punches. During this time, Oscar and I have met up a few times and probably unbeknownst to him he gave me the boost of motivation here and there to get through some of the difficulties. This is why I wanted to share his story with my listeners and spread the hope and laughs to make it in a new environment.

“Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth” – Mike Tyson

This podcast runs a little on the long end but it is packed with gems of valuable tips and advice for anyone; not just people interested in comedy. It shows how in life you may be put in uncomfortable or foreign situations but once you push through you only become stronger and wiser. Also there will be doubters along the way but use that as fuel to really challenge yourself to prove them wrong.

Lighting Round

We close up the podcast with the lighting round where Oscar answers two valuable questions:

  1. What are some tips for people who move to a new environment?
  2. What is Oscar’s mantra that he repeats to himself to stay motivated?

I hope you enjoy and I can type forever on how much I love this episode but I will let you listen first and please share with me in the comments (here or on social media) on what you think about the episode and your favorite takeaway. Lastly, please follow, subscribe, share and hopefully give five stars to the podcast to let Apple know we are cool….. Gracias

You can find Oscar and the Hilarious Colombian Americans at:

Colombia not Columbia
Please make sure you spell Colombia Correctly 🙂
latina; latinista; diversity

Ep. 2 – Yai Vargas, Latinx Diversity & Strategy Expert

This episode set a high watermark for my future episodes but that only motivates me to really keep up finding high quality guests and interviews.
I’ll be honest, I recorded this episode in February 2019 and it took me a while to face my fears to really kick off the podcast. Even though this was recorded months ago it offers timeless advice that both women and men can use to really propel their careers and life skills.

Yai who reigns from the Dominican Republic has focused her career on diversity and moreover the inclusion and success for women in the workplace. Seven years ago she created the Latinista which is an organization focused on the professional development that has satellite offices in Chicago, Miami, LA with their home base in New York. The Latinista was born when Yai noticed the need for professional development for Latinas. She’s a hands on trainer who gets right to work with all the women (and men) who come and participate in her workshops. I definitely recommend you check out and attend her next workshop.
We dive into issues of DNI, affinity groups, and navigating the corporate office to achieve your career aspirations.

Lastly we close with some great takeaways on:

  • What can women do to establish a fair playing field in business and life to close the gap in the gender inequality?
  • What can men do immediately to help support women empowerment?

My biggest takeaway learned from the episode:

Be bold, offer value, and unapologetic and strategic in working towards your goals!

You can follow and find Yai and The Latinista at the links below:

podcast, latino, episode 1, Empowerment

Ep. 1 – Introduction of the Platform Latino Podcast

Allow me to introduce the Platform Latino Podcast! This has been a work in progress and I am glad to have it finally launch. Listen to the first episode to find out who I am, what inspired me to start the podcast and my goals for the podcast.

I’m mixed with wonderful feelings from happiness, to share this with the world, to scared to see how it will be received. In the end I know sharing the stories of these amazing Latino/a’s will be a positive influence to all who listen.

Enjoy! Let me know what you liked most about the episode. If you know someone who would be a great guest please feel free to send me a message.

Thank You!