Posts in Latinos
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. 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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Episode 51 - Lupe Murguia

My goal this month is to reduce the shame and secrecy associated with mental health and also encourage people to seek help if they are struggling. 

Joining me is Lupe Murguia, a licensed clinical social worker who works with individuals with severe mental illnesses. Lupe joins me to share about her educational journey and about her role at work.

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Episode 49 - PTSD with Anthony Ortega & Gwen Nunez

My goal this month is to reduce the shame and secrecy associated with mental health and also encourage people to seek help if they are struggling. In this episode, we will hear two different stories with individuals who have PTSD. 

Anthony Ortega is from Waukegan who now lives in San Antonio, Texas. He served ten years in the Air Force and was deployed 5 times in multiple combat missions. Anthony was diagnosed with PTSD, anxiety, and depression.  

Gwen Nunez, has three boys, has a full time job, and is pursuing her degree in health science. Gwen was diagnosed with PTSD and is here to share  her traumatic experience due to domestic violence. 

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Episode 48 - Wendy Guadarrama

My goal this month is to reduce the shame and secrecy associated with mental health and also encourage people to seek help if they are struggling. 

My guest today is Wendy Guadarrama. Wendy is a professional who has been traveling all over the country for work conferences. She joins me to share about her educational journey, her career, a few shake ups in her life, and how she manages life with an unwelcomed guest named anxiety. 

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Episode 47 - Jesus Gutierrez "El Chuyito"

My goal this month is to reduce the shame and secrecy associated with mental health and also encourage people seek help if they are struggling. 
Helping me kick off the series is Jesus Gutierrez, best known as "El Chuyito," an on-air personality from Chicago. Chuyito was an overnight online sensation over a viral post on his Facebook page. He used his platform to post controversial memes and create comedy-skit videos, gaining up to 50K followers. He joins me to talk about his fight with depression and hopes to encourage others to seek the help they need. 

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Episode 46 - Carolina Trejos

Joining me today is Carolina Trejos, a broadcast journalist and host of People VIP en Español. Carolina is from Colombia and came to this country at the age of 14.  We talked about starting a new life in a new country, changing careers, moving from Chicago to California to New York, life challenges, dreams and goals! Thank you Carolina for sharing your story with us. 

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Episode 45 - Daniela Castellanos

Daniela shares her educational journey that lead her to become a molecular biologist. We discuss her upbringing, the challenges she faced as a latina student, and her motivation behind her future career goals. A big thank you to Daniela Castellanos for sharing her story with us. 

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Episode 44 - Pedro Salazar

Joining me this week is Pedro Salazar, the artist behind Diskuuhvery Photography. Pedro shares a personal experience that completely changed his life. One mistake lead him to focus on his professional career as a full time photographer.  After finding out about the most recent earthquake in Mexico, Pedro booked a flight to Mexico to help and shares his experience with us. 

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Episode 40 - Hendel Leiva

Joining me today is Hendel Leiva, the producer of the documentary film 'From One Mistake.' In his film, Hendel shares his one mistake he made as a teenager of targeting day laborers, despite having immigrant parents, to his transformation from being an offender to an immigrant activist. 'From One Mistake' is a film about the journey to self-awareness, empowerment, and action, in today’s hostile political atmosphere. Hendel is also the host of 'Immigration MIC; Moving Immigration Conversations.' 

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Episode 39 - Sassy And Ambitious

Joining me today is Jacqui and Mariana, the bloggers behind Sassy And Ambitious: Two Best Friends Striving to Empower and Inspire, One Sassy Post at a Time. They are two sassy and ambitious women who created a space where people can feel inspired and supported. Mariana shares the challenges of being a first generation college student and Jacqui shares about her challenges in choosing the correct path and career in her life. 

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Episode 38 - Mauricio Ramirez

Joining me today is the one and only @mauriciopaints, the artist behind the 20ftx50ft "Anything for SALINAS" mural located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Born and raised in Chicago, Mauricio Ramirez is a visual artist creating contemporary murals and is here to share his story with us!

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Episode 37 - HAPPY ONE YEAR MY LOVES!

Yo! Solo episode this week!! 

A YEAR AGO TODAY, I RELEASED THE FIRST EPISODE---HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!

I invite you all to come celebrate Saturday, August 26th 5pm-9pm at Green Town Tavern, 110 S. Genesee St, Waukegan, IL 60085.

oh btw, I quit my 9-5 and work 24/7 now

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Episode 35 - Valeria Rodriguez

Joining me today is Valeria Rodriguez. I invited Valeria because I love knowing and hearing stories of people who step out of their comfort zone, take risks in pursuing their dreams, and are truly living a fulfilling life. Valeria is a down to earth entrepreneur who joins me to share more about the journey of owning her own business, V's Studio. 

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Episode 34 - Germain Castellanos

Joining me today is Germain Castellanos, the director of SHINE educational leadership program at Waukegan High School. Germain grew up in the south side of Waukegan and shares how he was able to break the cycle and develop a program to service his community. Through his story, we speak on persistence, hard work, not giving up, and servicing of others.

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Episode 33 - The Numbers Do Lie & Decoding Millennials Podcast

Joining me today is Jose A. Contreras, author of "The Numbers Do Lie," and host of "Decoding Millennials Podcast." Many of you may remember him from episode 17 where he shared his educational journey and how he overcame his depression. Since then, Jose has published his book and has his own podcast.  The goal of "Decoding Millennials Podcast" is to debunk the myth of Millennials, educate and empower Millennials, and bridge the gap with other generations to work together in the community.

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