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She started out as an intern and worked her way up to become the president of entertainment and chief marketing officer of Univision. But before all that, she was a girl growing up in the Bronx — the eldest daughter of two Spanish-speaking immigrants, which gave her a foot in two worlds. As a kid, she had to translate for her parents — especially after her father died suddenly when she was just 15. She says those responsibilities coming at such an early age are common — and where others simply see hurdles, she also sees the start of her trajectory as a business leader.

Now, Jessica Rodriguez is one of the most powerful Latinas in media. And she wants to help make the c-suite more diverse — which means, in part, making people see their own strengths.

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