Tag: New York

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

Stephanie Flor, Beauty Expert

Ep. 4 – Stephanie Flor, Founder of ATW Beauty and Celebrity Makeup Artist

Stephanie Flor

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.

Let me know your favorite part of the episode and your takeaways!!! As always thanks for your support and always listening! Make sure you subscribe on iTunes & Spotify!!!

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:

The First Latino

The First US Latino: A mix of African, Spanish, and the epicenter of Latinos in America

On a lazy rainy day, I was scrolling through Amazon Prime looking for some inspiration via a documentary. As I scrolled through a bunch of documentaries, I saw one about the history of New York. I figured since it was my two-month anniversary of moving to the Big Apple; let me learn a bit more about the greatest city on earth.

History of New York

As they introduced all of New York’s greatness they started with the original story of Henry Hudson sailing into this new world and his vision of this land being a sprawling harbor and center of commerce. We all know New York as being a melting pot; home to the financial markets, sprawls of people and where world leaders meet to discuss worldly issues at the United Nations.

After the Dutch landed in New York, at the time known as New Amsterdam, there is one footnote that has been debated and is much overlooked. A man named Juan Rodriguez, translated to Dutch Jon Rodrigues.

Who was Juan Rodriguez?

Juan Rodriguez was born in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic by a Spanish Father and an African Mother. Little is known, other than he was able to learn and speak many languages, which allowed him to be hired as a translator for explorers coming to the “New World”. One was a Dutch merchant ship making a voyage from the DR to Manhattan. He arrived in what is now New York in 1613 and soon after met and learned the Algonquin language of the Native Americans that lived in the New York Region. He eventually married into the community and after the Dutch ship left he established a small trading post.

He is known as being the first Latino to settle in Manhattan. Not only was he the first Latino but he was also the first of African heritage, first of European heritage and the first merchant.

Personal Commentary

This is interesting in these times with major issues in the news about immigration that one of the first settlers in New York was a mixed Latino. Its also ironic that as a nation built on immigration that we still have issues with racism and prejudices. Our European ancestors came to explore and settle here they hired and worked with a man who had a Spanish/Portuguese Father and an African Mother and thru historical documents described as a visibly dark man and had no issue with it. Shows we have lost touch with a lot of our true deep down American Values that made this country what it was and what it could be. A nation for the free to grow, prosper and lay a foundation for their families.

One other thing that comes to mind is the repeated story of people coming to this country from other parts of the world to make a life of their own. His story isn’t too far off from the beginnings of Alexander Hamilton who as a parent-less teenager came to New York to make a name for himself. It just shows that if you have the determination and the drive you can make it and live to your fullest potential. No matter what the situation, your families’ history or your upbringing there is no excuse that you cannot improve your life by staying focused and motivated in achieving your goals.  I wish we knew more about Juan Rodriguez and the personal less publicized stories of the early Latino or Spanish settlers that laid the foundation or should I say platform for Latinos today.