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Anyelis - Platform Latino Podcast

Ep. 14 – Anyelis Cordero, Founder & Career Coach of Propel On Purpose

Anyelis Cordero

Badass Career Coach

On today’s episode we have Coach Cordero on to talk about her awe-inspiring journey from coming to the United States as a young girl from Cuba to becoming a badass career coach!

She shares with us how she has navigated her career starting off in Non-profit to reaching new levels of success in Corporate America as an Human Resources professional. I really enjoyed this conversation as we talk about being ambitious in Corporate America and the balancing act it takes to manage both a full time job and side gig.

Propel on Purpose

Fulfill your purpose!

Anyelis started Propel on Purpose to really help mid-level professionals find their perfect fit in their career. Whether they are stuck and unhappy or just want to do a career switch she is the person to call to really lay it out and make a plan for success. She combines her background in behavioral science, upbeat personality and corporate human resource experience to really offer you the full package in career coaching. She wants you to find happiness, conquer your fear and live your purpose.

Empowering Episode

Listen today because she offers so many more nuggets of information and tidbits of inspiration as we as Latinos work our way to new plateaus of success. Shout out to our amiga and past guest Lucy Pinto who introduced us!

Ep. 13 – Manny Minaya, Poet & Writer of Venus Gospels

Emmanuel Manny Minaya

Hands down this has been one of my favorite episodes to record, I love all the other guests I’ve had on the show but I truly enjoyed talking with him.

Manny Minaya is the writer of the “Venus Gospels” but he also is a spoken word artist and poet. On the episode we hear his story but we also dive deep into our story of finding ourselves. We speak about the importance of taking time to really taking a moment to pause and listen to our thoughts, catalog them, and find out the real reason why we react the way we do when those thoughts/actions come into play during our day to day life.

Manny also has a hearing disability which at first caused him some difficulty in normal life but as it was diagnosed and remedied he looked at it more as a superpower. The conversation leads to us discussing that everyone has a tool box or treasure chest of traits, strengths and weaknesses. As mentioned before when we access and know about ourselves we can see how we can use our personal tool box to really prosper in life and reach our goals.

Again there is so much more packed into this episode and this is one you have to listen to!

Venus Gospels

Lastly you can pre-order Venus Gospels now on Amazon with a launch date of Oct 1st. I am holding a raffle for my listeners that if you like us on Instagram and comment on this post with your favorite take-a-way from the episode you will be entered to win a free copy of the book. Shoot us a DM when you have to be entered.

Manny on Instagram

Ep. 12 – Melissa Ruiz, Public Speaking Coach and Founder of Show & Tell

Welcome Back!!! Today we have the wonderful Melissa Ruiz who is a public speaking coach, author, motivational speaker, and the list goes on…

On this episode Melissa tells us her story from growing up and how she went from beauty pageant runner up to student advisor to public speaking coach. She has a very hands on approach but allows you to grow and get out of your comfort zone to really develop and tell your story. This is one of the reasons she started her public speaking/ storytelling course called Show & Tell .

This episode was important to me because it marks my comeback to recording for the podcast and kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month. It’s important for the LatinX community to perfect their story to really communicate their message to achieve change, progress and justice.

Throughout the episode there are nuggets of helpful and useful information which can help all of us in our own personal journey. Between switching roles and finding our transferable skills to getting in front of an audience to tell your story, listening to this episode will not disappoint.

Share in the comments your favorite takeaway from the episode and check out the links below if you want to learn more or get in contact with Melissa.

NuevaYorkinos Djali Brown-Cepeda

Ep. 11 – Djali Brown-Cepeda, Founder & Curator of Nueva Yorkinos

Scrolling through Instagram you see hundreds of pictures showing everyday life; some fabricated for an illusion of real life and some just documenting that person’s time/travel/experience in history. This is how I stumbled upon an amazing page and was lucky to be able to interview the founder for the podcast.

Djali has taken the timeless family activity of thumbing through family photos and fused it with 21st century social media with the creation of Nueva Yorkinos. This page is a time-capsule of stories, family secrets, and forgotten histories of nuestra gente. Djali being a New Yorker to the core has focused on the storied history of the Latino community here in the gran manzana and portrayed it on a global platform to share our community’s contribution to everyday life that is commonly forgotten.

Nueva Yorkinos has grown to a massive scale reaching close to 20k followers and she receives countless pictures submitted with stories to post on the page. She doesnt take this lightly and beautifully curates which one she posts and when but also taking into consideration that people shared this special and close picture with her. (she promises to post as many of the pictures she receives as she can). It has gained immense attention, allowing her to be featured as a special exhibit at El Museo de Barrio, here in East Harlem, NY.

She was able to tell a personal side of her history as well as how the idea to start the page was conceived. Every ounce of her beautiful soul is filled with passion and she pours this out in her endeavors. We bonded on how we have been able to cope with the current quarantine we are facing during the coronavirus pandemic and she offers her advice on how to maintain sanity.

This is not an episode you should miss and there is no doubt you will love and enjoy it. Stay blessed and my prayers go out to everyone during this time and into the future!

Ep. 10 – Hendel Leiva, Host & Producer of ImmigrationMIC and Momentum Podcasts

Hendel Leiva

This was an amazing experience that I appreciate so much. I met Hendel at an event here in NY and we had an instant connection as we were both podcasters. Hendel has a great story of how he got into podcasting and just further strengthened my belief that experiences both bad/good can lead you to your purpose. He currently is the Host & Producer of two podcasts – ImmigrationMIC and Momentum. We talk a lot about his 99th episode which is a touching and motivating story where he lays it all out!

Another thing I took from this interview is that we should never stop learning and always bring in new skills to our toolbox and go out and take risks. Reflection is a great tool that we all need to practice more and look back on our life experiences to learn and grow from them.

I hope you all enjoy the episode, we recorded in Hendel’s studio hence the high caliber sound. Its something Platform Latino can work towards but I know you will learn and have a lot of takeaways from listening!

Ep. 9 – Lucy Pinto, Program Manager, Grow with Google Digital Coaches

Lucy Pinto

Lucy was nothing less of an amazing guest where we learned how to push through even when the future isn’t clear cut as we would prefer.

The episode highlights her life in growing up in the states where her family came purely for the future success of their children. The story continues to go into one of the turning points in her life where she realized she needed to speak up and share her perspective to succeed and reach her goals.

One of my favorite parts of the episode was talking about the importance of our network and sharing our resources to others to spread our social wealth. Both of our mentors gave us valuable info and access to resources that launched our careers to where they are today and we make it our effort to pass the baton to the next generation.

Closed Mouths Don’t Get Fed – Lucy’s Mom

Listen to the episode today and do not miss out on all the other valuable tips we can learn from Lucy.

Some resources mentioned during the podcast:

The Salsa Project

Ep. 8 – Brandon Espinosa, Founder of the Salsa Project and GM of the Bronx Brewery

Brandon “The Salsa Pops” Espinosa

Brandon Espinosa is an amazing person who from a young age fell in love with Salsa Music and the rich history and origins. Calling himself a Bronxite he has fixated himself within the salsa community as the pioneer to bring the music and keep it alive for many future generations.

At a concert him and his infant were caught dancing and thats how The Salsa Project and The Salsa Pops were born. On this episode we can hear about that event and how it launched this movement! We learn about his upbringing, college years and how his undying persistence has allowed him to reach amazing goals.

I definitely recommend you going to one of The Salsa Project’s events and meeting Brandon. His energy is infectious and next thing you know you will be jamming to Salsa and moving those hips and feet to the music!

Connect with Brandon

Ep. 7 – Barbara Fernandez Valdes, Educator & My Amazing Mother

Barbara Fernandez Valdes

Today’s show is a special one because I interview an amazing woman who was in education for over 30 years, who fought for equal rights for her students and lastly and selfishly most important is my loving mother.

I recorded this show while taking the altMBA and I am so glad I did it because I got to see a side of my mom you don’t normally get to know and on top of that record. I learned a lot more about her childhood, her struggles, and the perseverance she portrayed early on in her life to accomplish her dreams.

Outside of me bragging about my mom, October is a special month for her because her favorite holiday is Halloween and she also celebrates her wedding anniversary with my dad on the 29th.

I have no doubt that listening to this episode will give you some behind the scenes information on my mom’s story as a Latina and growing up with my grandparents who came to the US to seek a better life. Enjoy and let me know your favorite part in the comments!

LinkedIn – Barbara Fernandez Valdes

Ep. 6 – Jorge Ayala – Owner of El Barrio’s La Fonda Boricua & Curious Soul

Jorge Ayala

Today’s episode brings on the show Jorge Ayala who currently owns La Fonda Boricua in El Barrio. I have to admit I knew little about Jorge before agreeing to meet with him but it was a refreshing conversation and I believe an important one.

He moved from Puerto Rico in the 80’s to obtain his masters degree and continue his education but one thing never changed. That one constant was his never-ending curiosity. He loved learning how people work and function and just the different dynamics of human interactions. This lust for learning led him to work on neighborhood social programs in East Harlem eventually allowing him to take over a restaurant, La Fonda Boricua, a staple in the neighborhood.

Several decades later he has used his community involvement coupled with his quest for learning to continue the history of La Fonda. He has learned how to run a restaurant and is overly humble to admit he knows more than the average man.

The podcast closes with some solid advice that no matter what your upbringing or schooling it should never impede your quest for wisdom and knowledge. Some of the smartest minds in the world didn’t have a formal education and that shouldn’t be a barometer on how you interact with people on a day to day basis.

Listen and hopefully learn a bit about Jorge and his life. After if you are in the NYC area, maybe swing by La Fonda and check out the amazing artwork and enjoy it’s tasty Puerto Rican cuisine.

Here is the link to his episode of “Throwdown with Bobby Flay”

Ep. 5 – Oscar Benitez, Director for Third Sector Capital & Color Commentator of Los Jets en Español

Oscar Benitez

Today’s episode brings us another Oscar but this one is very different. (of course in a good way) Raised in LA by his single mother, he and his mom knew how important education was in life being a ticket to success in the United States. Also a little football talk – JETS fans should be excited!

On the episode we talk about our own internal challenges with identity and our “Latino-ness”. We also how talk about relocating to colleges where we found out there are huge differences in not only our latino counterparts from other Latin American backgrounds but also with our international peers from Latin America.

It’s a great episode in learning that we always need to hustle and put our best work forward. Also, I think the biggest gem is looking at different career paths to find and learn the skills that will allow you to shine in your future career goals. You have to listen to find out what I mean by this and I hope you find the same motivation I did when hearing Oscar’s story.

Los Jets en Español

We close the episode with some football talk and how he became the commentator for Los Jets en Español. A side gig he has been jet-setting coast to coast doing for the past 10 seasons. Enjoy!

Learn more about Oscar