Posts tagged enlighten
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 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 32 - Manon Lespinasse

Manon is a French traveler who studied in three different countries and earned her Masters in Business Analysis at Depaul University in Chicago by the age of 22. She joins me to share more about her upbringing and her educational journey.  Rock on Manon!!!

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Episode 30 - David Villalobos

David Villalobos is the 4th Ward Alderman in the City of Waukegan. David, is one of the youngest aldermans and one of the first aldermans of Mexican descent. He volunteers with Clean Power Lake County, Green Town Waukegan, and Waukegan Main Street, among other organizations. He joins me to share more about his childhood, growing up in Waukegan, and why he decided to stay and make a change in his community. 

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Episode 28 - Alfredo Isaac Zires

To kick off Pride Month, I invited Alfredo Isaac Zires (aka Freddy) for today's episode. Freddy is an open gay christian man who shares a little bit of his life with us. Freddy is an entertainer at heart; Lola Madison is his drag queen stage name and Isaac Zire is his singer stage name. We talk about his childhood, family, his artist journey, le gays, religion,  stereotypes and lots more.... you do not want to miss this episode!

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Episode 25 - Karen Herrera

We've all heard the quote "live each day like it's your last" at least once in our lifetime. Some of us might even believe we are living exactly that, but are we really? Joining me today is Karen Herrera, a medical assistant, who was in coma for two weeks after a car accident. Karen took a whole new meaning to the quote and joins me talk about it. We talk about the car accident that changed her life, the aftermath, depression and overcoming. Listen and ask yourself, are you living each day like it's your last?

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