Category: <span>Podcasts</span>

Ep. 18 – Vanessa Fondeur-Adams, Founder of Latino World Travelers & Travel Expert

Vanessa Fondeur

Today’s guest is Vanessa Fondeur who left her job as a teacher to fully evolve the group she founded called Latino World Travelers. She knew it was her life’s passion and she shared so many memories taking her school-kids on memorable trips she wanted to expand her reach.

More so, she wants to see more Latinos traveling the world and be represented in travel media. We make up such a big percentage of the American Population its a shame that we are not included in the ads we see for travel.

Feeling the travel Bug but the pandemic is holding you back?

Vanessa through YouTube has been holding virtual travel parties which are a great way to meet new people, explore the traveling’s of Latinos abroad, and learn about new places all around the world. These are amazing and showcase Latinos everywhere from Ghana to Japan.

Vanessa’s Mission

This is Vanessa’s mission, to bring travel into our lives to see the benefits and enjoyment each person can receive when they explore a new place. After years of building up LWT, she is realizing a dream of having a world conference to bring travelers and members of the travel industry together for a several day summit. Due to the pandemic the inaugural year will be held online but that should deter you from signing up and joining. She has an amazing lineup of guest panelists, workshops, and partnerships with companies in the travel industry. Make sure you sign up and attend.

Sign up for her newsletter to keep up to date when tickets go on sale and you’ll receive a free guide when you sign up!

Listen to the episode to hear how you can receive free tickets to this event.

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Ep. 17 – Cristal Rojas, Storytelling & Photography Expert

Cristal Rojas

Listen today to learn how you can level up your brand, story and photographs online to promote and reach your goals. We have the amazing Cristal Rojas, owner of Creative C Agency, on the podcast to give us some tips and strategies in how she tells stories through pictures.

She tells her story on how a simple job gave her a perspective to find her passion and grow it into a business. Its an amazing story of how little habits you start doing daily can grow into a profitable career. Learn how she paints, plans and stages her photography and branding consulting. Her pictures hit on all five senses and you can hear her artist mindset on the podcast when she talks about photography.

Every branding effort needs a strong foundation to build on and she stresses to find your story and own it!

Listen today and let us know your favorite part via Instagram, Facebook, or by leaving us a review.

If you want to learn more about Cristal check out the links below:

Ep. 16 – Soledad Fernandez Paulino – Founder of Wealth Para Todos

Today’s guest is someone everyone needs in their life. We sit with Soledad Fernandez Paulino and talk money and personal finance.

Latinos & The Economy

As Latinos we hold such a large % of the economy and buying power but such a minimal percent of the wealth. (Great article and stats to that point) Soledad is on a mission to change this and increase our footprint and increase our wealth. Learning more and becoming more comfortable talking about money is the path to increasing our wealth and prosperity.

Starting Wealth Para Todos

She started Wealth Para Todos after experiencing a medical issue which left her on bedrest and unable to work. Many of us currently are in similar dilemmas with the pandemic and massive unemployment. Learn from today’s episode how you can make positive changes in your finances to protect you from the unexpected and live a fruitful life without the drama of worrying if you can afford it or not.

Don’t miss out on this awesome episode

Enjoy’s todays episode and make sure to like, comment and follow both @PlatformLatino and of course learn more from Soledad at @WealthParaTodos.

Ep. 15 – Jeannette Ceja – Travel Expert & Founder of JetSet with Jeannette

Jeannette Ceja

Check out my conversation with Jeannette Ceja who started JetSet with Jeannette to highlight and help diversify the travel industry. She has won countless awards and been recognized internationally for her contributions to travel journalism.

I wanted to talk with Jeannette because as I am sure a lot of us are going through the travel blues. 2020 has been a rollercoaster and for travel-lovers like myself has been a bummer. On the episode we hear Jeannette’s story on how she became an icon in the travel industry, her red-carpet stories and how she navigates the gate-keepers in achieving her goals.

Listen Today

Listen today to hear how she was able to interview the late Anthony Bourdain and her dream tv show she is working on creating. She also recently started a podcast featuring people in the travel industry and how they are pivoting during the global pandemic.

Learn more about Jeannette here:

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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.

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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.

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