Posts tagged leadership
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. 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 52 (Part II) -Isaneida Alvarado & Charlene Medina-Parada

PART II- I invited two school psychologists to give us an insight into their profession.  Charlene currently works at an elementary school and Isaneida works at a high school. In part one, we dive into the role of a school psychologist. In part two, we discuss mental health and signs that parents could lookout for with their children.

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Episode 52 (Part I) - Isaneida Alvarado & Charlene Medina-Parada

I invited two school psychologists to give us an insight into their profession.  Charlene currently works at an elementary school and Isaneida works at a high school. In part one, we dive into the role of a school psychologist. In part two, we discuss mental health and signs that parents could lookout for with their children. 

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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 50 - Karen Arzate

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 Karen Arzate, the founder of Fortaleciendo A La Mujer. Fortaleciendo A La Mujer is a spanish speaking women support group. Karen's goal is to empower and educate women on mental health. She shares her personal story with depression and why she started Fortaleciendo A La Mujer. 

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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 36- Adam Carson

Joining me today is Adam Carson, Director of Strategic Initiatives in the health department. Adam is from Mississippi and a new community member of Lake County.  I invited him to come share about his upbringing, knowledge, and career in the health department. Our discussion took an interesting turn and we ended up asking important questions about our educational system, the importance of starting a dialogue, and community building.

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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 31 - Goals, Goals, Goals I Do Adore

Joining me today is....me, myself and I. We look back to the beginning of the year, reflect back to all the guests we've met so far, and have exciting news about our first year anniversary coming soon.  I go over the process of creating goals and accomplishing them, analyze '30 Minutes With Neddy' and share how I connected more dots in my life through my recent trip to Mexico. 

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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 29 - Jose Pagalan

Jose Pagalan was born in the Philippines, raised in California, and now lives in Vegas. JP's life goal is to have the financial freedom to be able to spend more time with his family.  He recently joined the trading stock market world and I asked him to come share more about it with us. Discipline is a major key to accomplish any goal and JP shares how his discipline for golf prepared him for the trading world. We talk about his childhood in Delano, California, his desire for wanting more out of life, and how he is attacking his goal of becoming financially free. 

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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 23 - Maribel Fuentes

Maribel Fuentes graduated from UIC with her degree in finance and currently works in commercial real estate investment. Maribel and I dive into a series of interpersonal topics; relationship dynamics, self awareness, self improvement, overcoming and choosing to break the cycle. It's a discussion about life--prepare your choice of drink, sit back, and listen to Maribel's story!

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Episode 22 - Raising Noé

To continue celebrating International Women's Month, I would like to bring light and introduce you to Stephanie Gómez. Stephanie is a writer, a program manager, the founder of the organization Latinas In Power, and the mother of Noé.  She joins me to share how she is resisting society's heteronormative and male standards. We talk about gender binaries, over-sexualizing a child, breaking heteronormative ideas and the fears and joys of raising Noé. 

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Episode 18 - Social Media

First group discussion of the year, the topic: Social Media! Thank you to  Ene, Elisa, and Betty for joining me in an open discussion about social media. Let me paint a picture of how this went down: we got together on a Saturday, prepared some micheladas (except for Betty) and went in on the the pros and cons of social media and how it affects us individually. 

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