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Sarah Marquez Berestecky - Season 2 Episode 7
In this episode, we talked to Tejana, Sarah Marquez Berestecky a third-generation Mexican-American/Chicana who grew up navigating the borderlands of living as a light-skinned Latina in the United States. Her engagement with Be the Bridge to Racial Unity inspired her to develop Anti-Racism and Cultural Competency Training (ARCC) after relocating to Chattanooga. Her anti-racist work is closely tied to her efforts as a nationally trained community organizer. As a self-declared introvert, you can find Sarah taking a break from people watching Netflix, reading a provocative book, or blasting Mariachi music in her house.
Luis and Gisela Contreras - Season 2 Episode 6
In this episode, we talk to husband and wife entrepreneur duo Gisela and Luis Contreras, owners of The Local Juicery and Kitchen, Local Paletas, and Squeaky Clean, on how taking a leap in their relationship set the course on taking leaps in their businesses.
They share their roadmap to their success and future business goals, and the source of inspiration that they find in each other, their family, and their community in Chattanooga.
Dominique Brandt - Season 2 Episode 5
In this episode, our conversation is more relaxed and personal as we talk to Dominique Brandt, originally from Miami, FL, and relocated to Chattanooga in 2013 to work in community engagement and development.
She talks about her previous life, as she calls it, as a real estate paralegal, event planner and how she never stops looking for the next professional venture and life adventure thanks to her Dominican mom who played a huge influence in her life and taught her how to adjust to new circumstances.
Jimmy Obleda - Season 2 Episode 4
This is our first episode where we interview a Latino and not a Latina. We wanted to include the men in our lives and in our community who not only support Latinas but who were influenced by them. In this episode, we talk to the head coach of the Chattanooga Red Wolves of the USL League One Division, Jimmy Obleda, a New Yorker Uruguayan who later moved to California to pursue his soccer career and play professionally for 8 years in South America, Europe, and the United States.
Jimmy’s success speaks for itself as he also holds degrees in child development, cross-cultural development, and Kinesiology. This extensive educational background creates a unique perspective on his coaching philosophy and style.
Silvia Ramos - Season 2 Episode 3
This episode gets real quick as we talk to Silvia Ramos an Afro-Indigenous Peruana about how we can figure out what type of changemaker we "want to be when they realize that many of us have inherited systems of inequities and in order to dismantle those systems, we have to be intentional and examine ourselves."
She utilizes her background as a transformative equity strategist professional to partner with higher education, non-profit organizations, and corporations to assist them in achieving systemic equity and inclusive excellence. Her passion quickly grew into a lifelong commitment to dismantling barriers within education that prevent underrepresented students, schools, and their communities from experiencing the full benefits of education.
Jully-Alma Taveras - Season 2 Episode 2
Jully-Alma Taveras is the founder of Investing Latina, an online community for financially powerful women. She is an award-winning money expert, writer, and YouTuber that covers topics around personal finance, investing, and entrepreneurship. She's a speaker and facilitator that has led workshops at Nasdaq, Google, other Fortune 500 companies, and startups. Her money philosophies have inspired thousands of women to live minimally & spend intentionally so that they can invest more.
We talked to Jully about her financial career journey and all things investing. Learn more about her program The Investing Workshop, where she teaches foundational investing principles and strategies to her audience. You can also text her where she invites you to "Ask Me Money Things™".
Jeannette Ceja - Season 2 Episode 1
Jeannette Ceja from Jet Set with Jeannette, is an award-winning seasoned bilingual Travel Journalist, TV Host, Travel Advisor, and Global Public Speaker. Her work and experience have taken her to over 60 countries to date. She also has interviewed countless celebrities, politicians, athletes, and travel experts on the red carpet. Jeannette's work has appeared on ABC7 Los Angeles, FOX 11 Los Angeles, Mexico Travel Channel, and countless media outlets around the world.
We talked to Jeannette about her career journey and how she continues to shed light on the lack of diversity in the Travel industry.