Darius is a founder at Tesoro AI and a podcast host at the Darius Gant Show. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and a MBA in Finance. Darius inspires people through his journey from a pro athlete to Columbia MBA to private equity investor to tech leader and founder.
In this episode we talked more about Darius' journey leaving a top venture capital firm to focus on entrepreneurship in artificial intelligence, and also why and how AI is changing the world.
Additional Reading Mentioned in the Interview: https://bit.ly/3qzgxxp
We talked with Pamela Burga, a Senior D&I, Diversity & Inclusion, Partner at Tesla and leads D&I talent development strategy. Fun fact: Pamela is also a classical trained lyrical soprano.
In this episode we talked more about transitioning careers and industries since Pamela has driven individual and organizational performance in a variety of industries. We also talked more about her work as Diversity & Inclusion leader.
Additional Reading Mentioned in the Interview: https://bit.ly/3IP0KCL
We talked with Angel Aviles (sher/her) who boldly decided to pursue her dream of becoming an actress. A Bronx native, moved from New York City to Hollywood and landed roles in projects with up-and-coming directors like Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, and many others. Following her acting career, Angel became an entrepreneur. Today, she's a transformational life coach, a motivational speaker, and an advocate for social justice.
In this episode we discussed mental health. In 2009, Angel suffered from depression, anxiety, and panic attacks, which was when she began her own journey of mental, physical, and spiritual wellness.
Additional Reading Mentioned in the Interview: https://bit.ly/3ow0pgJ
Carolina Acosta (she/her), is a Latina entrepreneur from Queens NY with a background in graphic design. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design. Carolina launched a game dedicated to Latinos and she’s making history in the process since the gaming industry is white, cisgender, male-dominated, and often overlooks people of color and women.
In this episode we talked more about entrepreneurship. This year we have been enjoying learning from other Latinx entrepreneurs. We hope this conversation can inspire other folks that are also thinking about entrepreneurship and don’t know how to start.
Additional Reading Mentioned in the Interview: http://bit.ly/38NiayI
We talked with Majo Molfino (she/her), a Latinx author, designer, and women’s leadership expert. She is the author of Break the Good Girl Myth and host of the HEROINE podcast featuring top female leaders, creatives, and visionaries. She has a master’s in learning, design, and technology from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in cultural studies from McGill University.
In this episode we discussed more about Majo’s book, Break the Good Girl Myth, where she explores the five myths we tend to follow which are Rules, Harmony, Logic, Perfection, and Sacrifice.
Additional Reading Mentioned in the Interview: https://bit.ly/3ylTKI0
We talked with Leandro Senna (he/his), a former Designer Lead at Apple where he worked for 7 years, Senna also has a huge experience in graphic design working for agencies. In the beginning of his career, Senna worked at Volkswagen assembling cars when he was based in São Bernardo, Brazil.
In this episode, we’re talking about sabbatical. This is a theme we wanted to bring to this podcast for a while. We feel our community doesn’t talk about it much. Most of the time this is a subject so far away from our reality and also we’re excited to discuss that with Senna.
Additional Reading Mentioned in the Interview: https://bit.ly/3hMhrDo
We talked with Adi Mendiola Barreto (they/them), a second generation Mexican and Puerto Rican, non-binary and trans. Adi is also a speaker, consultant, and activist. They received their BA in Public Relations with a minor in LGBTQ studies.
In this episode we’ll be talking more about Adi’s journey, and the core of their work which is helping people align their intentions with their impact in the world.
Additional Reading Mentioned in the Interview: https://bit.ly/3yw0aUo
We talked with Juliana Lisboa (she, her), the Global Strategy and Operations of a Google project called #IamRemarkable, that empowers underrepresented groups to celebrate their achievements in the workplace and beyond. Juliana is a curious Brazilian woman that took an unusual path by working in technology across multiple countries and cultures in the Asia Pacific.
In this episode, we talked to Juliana about this amazing project, the impact of unconscious biases in perceived competence and how we can learn to self promote and advocate for others to drive inclusion.
Additional Reading Mentioned in the Interview: https://bit.ly/2Tb2pNs
Participate in the workshop: https://bit.ly/3fMoACs (slots are limited)
Conversation about belonging in tech and finding your voice as a Latinx. This chat is part of She’s Tech conference.
She’s Tech is a movement that aims to strengthen the female presence in the technology sector through 3 pillars: inspire, engage, enable women to seek knowledge and undertake careers and technology-based businesses.
Gretchen Rodriguez, a Senior Product Manager at Santander Digital in Palo Alto born in Cuba. Alma Lopes is a Product Owner at Roche who came from Mexico.
Additional Reading Mentioned in the Interview: https://bit.ly/3z0dd1q
BONUS: Decolonizing Design from a Latinx and African perspective with Guidione Machava 🇿🇦🇲🇿 and Jane Vita 🇧🇷
How can we create more inclusive environments? Why do we have only 3% of Latinxs working in tech in the United States? How do we know some solutions might be experienced differently by marginalized groups or groups outside your own? Diversity has the goal to bring more people to the table, and decolonizing is more about proposing an exercise to influence the way we think.
Guidione Machava - Entrepreneur, Designer and Author; Jane Vita - Designer Lead at VTT; and Thaisa Fernandes - Podcast Host & Producer and Program Manager, will explore colonialism's effect on design standards in regards to the influence of ideas perception and also representation in different industries, especially tech.
You will learn how solutions might be experienced in someone else’s shoes in a different way, and also how we all should be an active agent of change and help to foster a more inclusive environment.
Additional Reading Mentioned in the Interview: https://bit.ly/3hXdbRN
Luis Curiel currently sits on the People Team managing strategy and operations at Twitter, and also serves as the global co-chair for Twitter Alas, our Latinx business resource group.
Luis, a first-generation American, traces his Latinx roots to Honduras. Born and raised in California, he studied biopsychology and worked in agricultural research before making the transition to tech.
In this episode we talked more about how previous skills and experiences can be transferred to tech, the impact Latinxs are making in tech which makes the scenario totally different from 5 years ago but at the same time how we still have a lot of work to do. Luis shared with us his perspective as our @recruiterfriend to those who made it and now have the opportunity to make an impact for others.
Additional Reading Mentioned in the Interview: https://bit.ly/3xNNCrS
We talked with Cynthia Orduña, a career coach and talent development advisor with a background in recruiting, career development, diversity, equity, and inclusion. She has helped over 50 startup companies in LA, SF, NY, and Chicago recruit and retain talent and has coached over 300 people in all stages of their career from entry to senior levels.
She specializes in helping people enter the technology industry, build their business, and create their brand. Her life mission is to amplify as many voices, cultures, and backgrounds as possible by helping people develop themselves personally and professionally.
In this episode we talked more about the perspective of someone with the background in recruiting, career development, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Additional Reading Mentioned in the Interview: https://bit.ly/3vp3ZcE
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