Conversations with Latinx leaders and changemakers about career topics, business, familia, education, adversities, happy moments, and everything in between. We come together because we know that "Together We Are Stronger". Juntas somos fuertes. Let's learn from each other.

Amiga Circle is an interview series with podcast host & LPC founder Jocelyn Loza as she chats with remarkable Latinas about their accomplishments, education, familia, and everything in between. 

Amiga Circle seventh episode with Arielle Garcia Hayes

Arielle Garcia Hayes started as an inner-city schoolteacher and today leads one of the best turnaround schools in the Chattanooga area. Arielle opens up about her path to being a principal and recognizing the strength of her experiences as she tackles educational inequity. Arielle also talks about how the cultural challenges of being a Latina who doesn’t speak Spanish really means and how, together, we can battle these outdated stereotypes.

 

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Amiga Circle seventh episode with Carolina Calderon

Carolina Calderón is a Latina who 10 years ago left her native Costa Rica to come and live in the U.S. with her family.  She, like many other fellow immigrant women, had to learn how to adapt to a new country, a new language, and a new culture.

 

She has adapted to her new home in Chattanooga and has been involved in several community projects. She recently joined the Board of A Step Ahead Chattanooga and the American Red Cross, and can’t wait for the next challenge where she can continue helping and supporting her community at the same time sharing the love for her Latino culture.

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Amiga Circle sixth episode with Valentina Escobar-Gonzalez

Valentina Escobar-Gonzalez founded Beyond Engagement, a Social Media Solutions company in the Johnson City area in January 2012 a year after relocating from Miami, FL and she has not slowed down since. She has a passion for assisting small businesses in growing their engagement online using social media marketing strategies.

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Beyond Engagement on Facebook

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Amiga Circle fifth episode with Jessica Oliva-Calderin

Jessica Oliva-Calderin is doing amazing work locally and nationally as an attorney and a role model. She has represented numerous individuals in visa matters, adjustment of status, naturalization, and litigated disputes involving removal matters all over the country. She also became the first Latina to be named president of the Chattanooga International Business Council in 2018.

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Calderin & Oliva P.A, on Facebook

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Amiga Circle fourth episode with Vivian Barrera

A native of Guatemala she launched her financial services business with her sister in Chattanooga. Calling Chattanooga home for 25 years, you could say Vivian is a pioneer for the Latino community.

Raised by an immigrant family with deep entrepreneurial roots, where money was always dinner conversation, Vivian provides a plethora of information for small business owners who are looking for local and government grants. 

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Mayan Professional Services on Facebook

Amiga Circle third episode with Jaime Dixon Kerns

Let's talk about education, traveling, and the Spanish language. Jocelyn talks to Jaime who isn't only an ESL teacher, she also founded Charlanooga, a group where adults gather and talk in Spanish only. And she is quick to provide a plethora of resources for parents with school-aged children.

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Follow Jaime on Instagram.

Charlanooga on Facebook and Website

Amiga Circle second episode with Josselyn Aguilera Nielsen

Josselyn knows how to agitate for change. Her journey would make an awesome movie. From humble beginnings in Honduras to serving the United States Navy to traveling the world. She never stopped innovating. Today she is at Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce and will be starting her own clothing line with a purpose.

"...when you walk into the room you want your smarts to be the focus of their attention."

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Follow Josselyn on Instagram.

Amiga Circle first episode with Francia Portacio

In this interview series, host and founder of Latina Professionals chat with remarkable Latinas about their accomplishments, how they are coping with staying at home due to COVID-19, what projects they are working on, and everything in between. Francia Portacio tells Jocelyn about her experience moving from Colombia to the United States. We spoke to Francia Portacio on Monday, April 20th, and our first conversation on our Amiga Circle.

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