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LGBTQ + Christianity with Alfred Brown

Alfred is part of the LGBTQ community and a devoted Christian. He runs a ministry in Chicago and The Alfred Platform, a business dedicated to enriching the relationships that members in the LGBTQ community have with themselves, each other, and with God.

In this episode, we dig deeper into the complex layers of identity. We discuss the miseducation on both the LGBTQ and Christian communities.

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10 Years Sober with Manuel Leguizamo

Manny celebrates his tenth year of being sober this year. Manny grew up in California and was in and out of jail for most of his teenage and early adult life. He was deported to Mexico more than once and was heavily addicted to drugs. One night, after a few days of binging on drugs, he came across a 24 hour rehab home. He knocked the door at two in the morning and they allowed him in. He has been sober ever since. Today, Manny lives in Cancun, is self-employed, travels, and gives most of his time back to the rehab home that changed his life.

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Ep. 71 Trabajadoras - Carmen Marin-Quarles

Trabajadoras: Conversations With Career Driven Woman

For the next few weeks, I will be sharing stories from different woman in different careers.  

Joining me today is Veteran Carmen Marin-Quarles.

Carmen was born and raised in Waukegan by her single dad.

She was deployed twice to Iraq and is currently pursuing her masters in social work to help veterans.

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Ep. 70 Trabajadoras - Lissette Jacobson

Trabajadoras: Conversations With Career Driven Woman

For the next few weeks, I will be sharing stories from different woman in different careers.  

Joining me today is Lissette Jacobson.

Lissette is a principal at an elementary school. She was born in the southside of Chicago and moved to Waukegan at the age of 8. We discuss her educational journey as a first generation college student and first generation Mexican American.

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Ep. 69 Trabajadoras - Liliana Buenrostro

Trabajadoras: Conversations With Career Driven Woman

For the next few weeks, I will be sharing stories from different woman in different careers.  

Joining me today is Liliana Buenrostro.

Liliana is an artist and founder of DopeMatik, a customized fashion brand.

Liliana graduated from the University of Kentucky. We talk about the inspiration behind DopeMatik and her journey as an entrepreneur. We discuss mental health and the importance of self care.

Instagram @dopematikbrand

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Ep. 68 Trabajadoras - Deputy Maria Nava

Trabajadoras: Conversations With Career Driven Woman

For the next few weeks, I will be sharing stories from different woman in different careers.  

Joining me today is Deputy Maria Nava.

Deputy Nava was born in a small town in Zacatecas, Mexico. Her family brought her to Chicago at the age of four. Deputy Nava talks to us about her life, how and why she became a Sheriff’s Deputy, and the positive impact she is able to make for the community.

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Ep. 66 Trabajadoras - Irene Marquez

Trabajadoras: Conversations With Career Driven Woman

For the next few weeks, I will be sharing stories from different woman in different careers.  

Joining me today is Irene Marquez.

Irene is a recovery specialist for a pharmaceutical company and runs her business, “Sparkle by Irene Marquez,” as a freelance makeup artist. After our conversation, I would describe Irene using these three words:

Passionate. Persistent. Resilient.

Irene faced setbacks that can easily lead someone to self destruction. Instead, she used those challenges as stepping stones to turn her life around.

Today, she is a mother, a wife, and a successful entrepreneur.

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Ep. 65 Trabajadoras - Esmeralda Silva

Esmeralda has her bachelor's  in Criminology & Law Studies from Marquette University and went on to earn her master's degree in Criminology, Law, & Justice from the University of Illinois.  Esmeralda always knew she wanted to have a career serving others. She started as a Bilingual Intake Coordinator in Chicago, where she worked with abused children. Then after, she was a Crisis Counselor for domestic violence in Lake County. She currently is a Community Resource Specialist in anti-human trafficking.

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Ep. 64 Trabajadoras- Dr. Cynthia Perez

Trabajadoras: Conversations With Career Driven Woman 

For the next few weeks, I will be sharing stories from different woman in different careers.  

Joining me today is Dr. Cynthia Perez.

Dr. Perez, proud daughter of an immigrant, was born and raised in Waukegan, Illinois. Since a young age, she was determined to become a doctor. She graduated from Stanford University and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Perez currently is a Pediatric Resident Physician in New York. 

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