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Reach Mama Podcast
33 minutes | Jun 13, 2019
How A Ride On an Air Plane inspired Karina Montilla Edmonds into STEM
This week I talk to Dr. Karina Montilla Edmonds about her story into STEM. This mama of three works at Google Cloud AI & Machine Learning as the bridge between the Google Cloud AI team and leading university research labs in artificial Intelligence. Prior to this she worked at Caltech as the Executive Director of Corporate Partnerships. She has a PhD in Aeronautics from Caltech, and worked for many years at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
67 minutes | May 8, 2019
How Valerie Jarrett Found Her Voice
Valerie Jarrett, former senior advisor to President Barack Obama, sits down with Karina for a live taping of “Reach Mama Podcast" at the Wing SF. Valerie discusses her new book, Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward. She talks candidly about feeling miserable early in her career and how she found strength to pivot once she discovered her voice. Valerie shares gems to having a fulfilling career and personal life. For more info, go to ReachMama.com
51 minutes | Apr 15, 2019
Women of Comcast Share Their Story
I recently had the pleasure of partnering with Comcast California to celebrate and highlight moms of color during Women’s History Month. I moderated a lively panel with inspiring women who work at Comcast and who shared their insights on how to be successful at work and at home. The energy on stage was electric. The panel featured: Jenny Gendron, Director of External Affairs; Monica Quijada, Business Development Representative and Tamara Fortson, Retail Market Manager. We also had the opportunity to hear from Karen Fascenda, Vice President of Human Resources about the policies behind the family friendly culture at Comcast. Each woman gave great perspective to how they approach their work and how they manage motherhood. They shared some of the ups and downs of being a working mom. But it was clear to me that a major part of their success has to do with their employer being supportive. Read more here: https://california.comcast.com/2019/03/20/reach-mama-network-and-comcast-celebrate-moms-of-color-during-womens-history-month-2/
29 minutes | Dec 11, 2018
Selina Tobaccowala Founder of Gixo and Evite
Selina Tobaccowala co-founded Evite when she was in college, and, after selling it to IAC, took on senior roles at Ticketmaster. But then she met her mentor in Dave Goldberg, the CEO of SurveyMonkey, and she became that firm's president and CTO. His sudden death in May 2015 prompted her to get more active--and start a company to help others do the same. Thank you to Unboxed (Nitasha Syed!) for sponsoring this week's podcast episode. --
66 minutes | Nov 28, 2018
Lisha Bell and AJ Thomas Share Their Journey In Tech as A Mom and WOC
Karina Cabrera Bell hosts a live Podcast Event at Univision. She interviews Lisha Bell (Director of Product at Feedzai) and AJ Thomas (VP of People and Culture at Auction.com). These fantastic women share their experience as women of color in tech and how they navigate as moms. They are unapologetic about their authentic journey. Join us.
35 minutes | Oct 24, 2018
Media Boss Alicia Menendez
Alicia Menendez is a Contributing Editor at Bustle; a co-host of Amanpour & Co., PBS’s late night interview program; and the co-creator and host of the Latina to Latina podcast. Previously, as an anchor and correspondent at Fusion TV, she launched an award-winning primetime talk show; co-moderated a 2016 presidential forum; reported from El Salvador, Guatemala, Jordan and Rwanda; and contributed reporting to ABC’s "Nightline" and "World News Tonight" as well as ABC’s Emmy-nominated 2014 Election Night coverage. She has also shared her spirited take on current events on "Good Morning America," "The Daily Show," "The View" and "This Week". Named “Broadcast Journalism’s New Gladiator” by Elle, “Ms. Millennial” by The Washington Post, and a “Content Queen” by Marie Claire, Alicia has quickly become a force in American media.
31 minutes | Sep 28, 2018
Lesley Nettles: How This Incredible Women Navigated IVF and a career in Finance.
This week we talk to Lesley Nettles about her journey with IVF as a single woman in finance. Lesley is a Principal at Fairview Capital's investment team and a proud mom to a five year old son. Prior to joining Fairview in 2006, Ms. Nettles held business development positions within two of Bank of America’s asset management subsidiaries. Most recently, Ms. Nettles was a Director for Columbia Management Group - where she developed the firm’s national Public Fund business strategy. As a VP at Progress Investment Management Company, Lesley's primarily focused on the Western Region of the U.S. with a secondary focus on select plan sponsors across the nation. In both roles, she participated as a member of senior strategy and investment committee meetings.
32 minutes | Sep 12, 2018
Tallia Hart - This CEO is The Real Deal
This week, I have the pleasure of interviewing Tallia Hart, the President & CEO of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. Tallia has an amazing and inspiring story of grit and resilience. From being adopted to adopting her own daughter, Tallia is the real deal. Hope you enjoy her story.
24 minutes | Aug 22, 2018
This CEO is on a Mission to Help Working Moms
This week we chat with Ritu Narayan, CEO and Founder of Zūm. Ritu founded Zūm after working at Oracle, IBM, Yahoo! and eBay for over fifteen years, leading engineering and product development teams. Ritu’s vision for Zūm is to create a holistic and enduring solution to solve the challenges working families have faced around the world, and throughout generations. Zūm has built the nation’s largest, safest and most reliable child transportation and care platform. This mom of two is a Stanford Graduate School of Business alum, and also earned a computer science degree from the Delhi Institute of Technology. Ritu’s goal for Zūm is to empower families to achieve their personal and professional goals. Check out more on reachmama.com.
33 minutes | Jul 25, 2018
Renee La Londe Talks About Passion and Grit
This week's guest is Renée La Londe, CEO & founder of iTalent Digital, an innovative global digital consulting and software engineering company headquartered in San Jose, California. This mama of one is also the founder of GLAM which is leadership academy for young girls. During our chat we discuss what it takes to start your own business, the importance of having gender equity in the workplace and being an introvert. Hope you enjoy her story.
37 minutes | Jul 19, 2018
Cultivating Gratitude with Vicky Nguyen
Our guest this week is Vicky Nguyen, a TV anchor and an award-winning senior investigative journalist at NBC Bay Area News. This mama of three talks with me about why she cultivates gratitude, her job and admits she needs to step it up when it comes to self care.
42 minutes | Jul 11, 2018
Letting go of fear and judgment
Today’s guest is Rochelle Briscoe a fierce tech mama of two. She found her passion after staying at home with the kids for a short period of time. After years of working in a law firm, she realized she was passionate about helping find the right people to build great teams! She currently works at YouTube where she brings the best talent from every background to Silicon Valley. From her days as an attorney specializing in labor and employment relations to her White House career as an executive-level placement and retention professional, Rochelle has always been struck by the central role strong relationships play in the success of businesses and teams. In 2016, Rochelle joined Google's Leadership Staffing Team, and from 2013 to 2016 Rochelle led the selection and recruitment of senior presidential appointments for the United States Government while serving as special assistant to President Obama in the Office of Presidential Personnel. Rochelle is a graduate of UC Davis School of Law and Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service.
33 minutes | Jun 27, 2018
The American Dream
On today’s episode, our guest is Alejandra Y. Castillo, who has over two decades of experiences working on behalf of communities of color and women in particular. This bold New Yorker is the (CEO) of the YWCA USA, which is one of the "oldest and largest multicultural organizations promoting solutions to enhance the lives of women, girls and families. Alejandra Y. Castillo has an impressive background. She has worked for two US presidents, five presidential campaigns and has received numerous awards and recognition including being named one of the “Top 100 Influential Latinos in the U.S.” During our conversation, we talk about her unconventional journey into motherhood, her commitment to empowering our communities and her love of flamingo dancing. For more information about Alejandra, go to reachmama.com.
25 minutes | May 31, 2018
#Whereareourchildren policy discussion
This is a special episode. KHADIJA GURNAH and XOCHITL OSEGUERA from Momsrising discuss the current family separation policy and ways we can help bring families together.
50 minutes | May 30, 2018
A Social Entreprenuer On A Mission To Advance Women
Our guest today is Dr. Angelica Perez-Litwin. This proud mom of four is a social entrepreneur and psychologist devoted to advancing the careers and influence of Latinas in the US. She is the founder and CEO of Latinas Think Big, an award-winning network and career platform. Angelica has been recognized by numerous org including NBC Latino for her innovative work in leveraging technology and social networks to connect Latinas to mentoring, career opportunities, resources, and influential networks. Angelica is an advocate for the personal well-being and economic prosperity of Latinas. To find out more about Angelica, pls go to our website Reach Mama.com
18 minutes | May 16, 2018
How Do We Empower Working Moms of Color?
On this episode, Karina Cabrera Bell is a guest on the WashingTech Policy Podcast with Joe Miller. She shares her thoughts on what needs to happen in the workplace so working moms of color can thrive. Take a listen.
33 minutes | May 10, 2018
The Power of Telling Our Own Stories
Kierna Mayor has been Senior Vice President of Content and Brands at Interactive One, Inc. since June 27, 2016. She is currently on sabbatical working on a screenplay and memoir. This mom of two served as an Editor in Chief of Ebony magazine. Ms. Mayo joined Johnson Publishing from Bankable Enterprises, where she served as Editorial Director of Tyra.com, Tyra Banks' young women's magazine. For over 20 years, she has written for magazines including Essence, Marie Claire, Glamour, Seventeen, Vibe, and Uptown.
90 minutes | Apr 25, 2018
Latina Moms in Tech
This is a live podcast episode. The Reach Mama Podcast and UTEC, The Univision Technology Center hosted a panel discussion with Latina Moms in Tech. We had a great conversation with four incredible moms about managing work and family. Panelist: Lucy Mangas (Microsoft), Sylvia Vaquer (SocioFabrica), Deldelp Medina (Medina & Associates) and Francesca de Quesada Covey (Facebook).
48 minutes | Apr 11, 2018
Finding Your Happy
Today on the show we have Robyn Moreno Lifestyle Expert, Emmy-nominated TV Host, and Author and Former Co-President of Latina Magazine Her work has appeared in Elle, InStyle, Glamour, USA TODAY and The New York Daily News, just to name a few. This Tejana, mom of two is pretty inspiring. In our conversation, she talks about fearlessness, the impact the death of father had on her life and finding your happy. If you'd like more information head over to REACHMAMA.com
38 minutes | Apr 4, 2018
I Do My Best Work When I Bring My Wholeself
This week, we have the dynamo, Maria Cristina Gonzalez Noguera "MC". MC is the Senior Vice President of Global Public Affairs at The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. In our conversation, MC shares the secrets of how she continues to move her career forward, we talk about her love of Puerto Rico, and what it was like to work for Michelle Obama as her Director of Communications. For more information on MC, please go to our website: reachmama.com
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