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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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!
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.
Today’s episode brings Stephanie Flor on the podcast to talk all things beauty. Stephanie knew from an early age what she wanted to do for a living and hasn’t let anything get in her way.
Find out how Stephanie by-passed the usual career track and pathways to achieve her dreams from jet-setting as a celebrity makeup artist to leading worldwide beauty tours, this is not an episode to miss. We find out from her how she manifests her goals and her current and future dreams. Also there are a few tips out there for the men who think this is just an episode aimed towards women!
If you are interested in joining one of Stephanie’s upcoming trips to Japan or Morocco or just want to follow her journey please checkout the links below.
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:
We are in a moment in American Cinema. A historic moment where we
are seeing improved representation for people of color in filmmaking as well as
recognition for those films. For example, Crazy Rich Asians has
been heralded by many as a signal of this moment. Its tremendous success in
the Box Office suggested to
many that an all-Asian and more importantly, an all non-white cast can succeed
in filling U.S. theaters. And then (and even more importantly for some) it’s
been praised as an important moment for many Asian Americans who have long felt
underrepresented in Hollywood.
And rightfully so. Tons of works have documented how people of
color have been grossly under-represented in film and television. Asian
Americans, like many other(ed) racial/ethnic minorities have been mistreated by
mainstream media (See F. Wu’s book for how this impacts
the prevalent stereotypes about Asian Americans).
Many have also linked Crazy Rich Asians to
the tremendous success experienced by Black Panther, which
shattered records in the Box Office. Also signaling
to many that a predominantly black cast with a black superhero protagonist can
achieve wide American viewership. This means a lot to those who have noticed
the recycled storylines that marginalize and stereotype Black Americans (for
more on this, check out Vera & Gordon’s workon how American Film
centers and protects Whiteness).
“Roma has symbolized the representation that Mexican
Americans have been calling for in popular culture.”
In talking with family and friends (basically all Latinas/os), you
would think that Roma is our Black
Panther, our Crazy Rich Asians. Roma has also been
lauded for its focus on social issues in Mexico. To many, this has marked a new
moment in U.S. cinematic history since its director, Alfonso Cuarón, a Latino,
took home an Oscar, and its lead was nominated for best actress. The film has
symbolized a moment of representation that Latinxs, Mexican Americans in
particular, have been calling for in popular culture and media. There’s no
doubt that we’ve needed representation.
And yes, the cinematography is a revelation in Roma.
The acting is remarkable. The production quality was impeccable. Look, I tell
my gente, the craft overall is impressive. So you can imagine how so many have
questioned my sanity when I said I didn’t love the film. Later, after the
Oscars, I didn’t care that it didn’t take home so many of its nominations. So
why am I crazy?
[SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t already watch it, go watch it, then
come back and read the rest of this.] The film takes place in 1960’s Mexico
City, in the wealthy neighborhood of Roma. The story follows Cleo, an
indigenous domestic worker as she works for a wealthy doctor’s family. The
drama unravels as Cleo experiences a number of hardships and to add to an
already difficult life. The film depicts the exploitative relationship she has
with her employer family. The work is hard. She undergoes one humiliation after
another. The family takes her for granted. They treat her like help while
telling her (and in a few instances showing her) that she is part of the
family. And ultimately in a gut-wrenching moment, toward the end of the story,
she experiences a painful stillbirth. The film highlights the conflict-ridden
domestic worker-family relationship. It also doesn’t turn away from the point
that Cleo, a worker of clearly indigenous origins serves a Euro-looking wealthy
family, showcasing a history of colonization, oppression, and exploitation that
continues today in Mexico. But it’s
more than just about Roma and Cleo’s story. At the end of the film, the camera
pulls away from a rooftop shot where Cleo washes the family’s clothes to show
that there are many more stories in Roma yet to be told, more stories like
Cleo’s. It is powerful imagery with the performance and storytelling to match.
Again, I think everyone should watch it. But before you break out into wild
applause, hear me out.
I also think we need to have high expectations of what we consider
to represent us. We (Latinxs and people of color, generally) have such few
points where we can claim a rounded depiction of ourselves in popular media.
Equally important, we, now referring all critical viewers, need to hold a high
standard to filmmakers so that they do more than just “show” us a social
inequality. Filmmakers should interrogate the source and beneficiaries of these
stark inequalities, not just “show and tell” us about them.
“We need to move beyond a simple ‘show and tell’ -style of
My main issue was with how Cleo’s story ended. I
was uneasy throughout watching the film as it showed some hard-hitting moments
about Cleo’s life, and waited for a moment where I could exclaim, “Yes! Thank
you for making that statement about her oppression/oppressors!” but we never
reached that point. Perhaps my main problem was really what lead up to the
ending. After Cleo experienced a stillbirth, she saved the lives of the
children she works for (probably an intentional irony). Then, she cries about
her miscarriage while being embraced by her employers. Was this heartfelt? Was
this problematic? It likely depends on which viewer you ask.
We have to remember, that in the colonizer-colonized relationship
isn’t solely a top-down oppression dynamic. In fact, as scholars have pointed out,
when a person becomes a colonizer, their whole worldview is, to use a technical
term, fucked. Their social position becomes justified and
rationalized by their perspective on life and the world. They are incapable of
viewing the colonized as a full human being, thus their own personal humanity
becomes fractured. So, I can easily imagine someone from a wealthy white family
watching the same film and thinking, “Yeah, that’s true, Cleo truly was a
part of the family. And, while they all faced adversity they
did it together… All’s well, ends well.” They may feel no
culpability in their personal role in maintaining an oppressive system. They
might even go home and hug their Latinx domestic worker or nanny and feel okay
after. In this case, the traditional cinema-as-a-mirrormodel is
We need to move beyond a simple “show and tell” -style of cinema.
A wide viewership, blinded by the fact that we desperately needed both quality
and quantity representation in the media, has praised Roma. For what it is,
it’s a great film. But we should not settle for finally being
on camera. We shouldn’t not settle for simply being acknowledged for doing good
work behind the camera. We deserve better than that.
I think I’ll wait for a film that truly represents my background,
including my perspective and my values. I will wait for a film that doesn’t
allow white elites to continue their colonial relationships and behaviors
without a second (or maybe third?) thought. A film that I can genuinely laud
without hesitation. In the meantime, I will rely on other well-crafted,
real-life narratives about experiences that speak truths. For example,
sociologist M. Romero’s works are based on a combination of auto-biographic
stories and in-depth data that tell rich detailed narratives about domestic workers in the U.S. You can’t walk away
from those books without being pissed off about the social inequalities that
prevail today. She’s doing more than showing society a mirror, she’s clearly
pointing out what we should focus on in the reflection.
I don’t know how long it will be before they make a movie that
represents my story better. When they do, what would it be titled? Maybe,
“CRAZY POOR LATINOS ?”