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Career Talk With OG

170 EpisodesProduced by Oscar GarciaWebsite

In Career Talk With OG, I empower you, so opportunities come to you. You’ll get relevant, practical and actionable career tips and strategies. You’ll also hear from industry professionals sharing their career journey. Plus we'll have episodes en español too.I'm the Chief Empowerment Officer of Aspir… read more

170 Episodes | 2020 - 2023

#168 Keynote - Overcoming Imposter Syndrome & Navigating Your Career with Confidence

November 27th, 2023


Imposter Syndrome holds many of us back from realizing our full potential. In this transformative keynote, I provide my first-generation perspective …

#167 Could You Be Guilty of Implicit Bias Pruning with Your Students?

November 13th, 2023


Could you be guilty of implicit bias pruning? In this episode of Career Talk With OG, I talk about the concept that I refer to as "implicit bias …

#166 How to Push Through Career Challenges: A Latina Gen Z's Perspective

November 6th, 2023


In this episode of Career Talk With OG, Cultural Engagement Officer of Aspira Consulting, Angelica Garcia, shares her perspective on how to push …

#165 Liderazgo Auténtico y Marca Profesional

October 30th, 2023


This is a special Spanish episode of Career Talk With OG. Es un taller que dí para la Cámara Venezolano-Americana de Comercio e Industria …

#164 A First-Gen Immigrant's Journey to College President

October 23rd, 2023


The road to success is paved with obstacles, heartaches, and lots of faith. In today's episode of Career Talk With OG, Dr. John Hernandez shares his incredible story of a first-generation immigrant and a product of the …

#163 Building a Strong College: Board & President Relationship

October 16th, 2023


What does it take to create a strong college environment? In today's episode, Dr. Mike Muñoz, President, and Herlinda Chico, Board President, of Long …

#162 Unlocking Your Career Potential for Professionals in Academia

October 9th, 2023


In today's episode of Career Talk With OG, we embark on a professional development workshop for NCCHC designed for Latinx professionals in academia. We delve into the distinct challenges we face in our careers – from …

#161 Las Pruebas y Tribulaciones de ser Emprendedor

October 2nd, 2023


En este episodio de Career Talk With OG, el emprendedor en serie, Crístian Ocaña, comparte sus senderos y tribulaciones como emprendedor.

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#160 Leadership in Academia: Serving Students & Staff

September 25th, 2023


Institutions in higher education are experiencing declining enrollment, turnover, and political headwinds. In today's episode of Career Talk With OG, …

#159 40 Years of Activism: Building Bridges & Empowering Latinos

August 14th, 2023


In today's episode of Career Talk With OG, Alberto L. Esparza, the esteemed President & CEO of I Rise Foundation. Alberto takes us on a remarkable journey through his 40 years of dedicated social justice activism. …

#158 Job Search Tips & Market Trends

July 31st, 2023


Today's episode of Career Talk With OG, my guest is Rosy Corado-Biggs with JVS San Francisco. JVS provides free career and job search workshops, many online. Rosy shares some job market trends and also job search tips …

#157 LinkedIn Tips for Job Seekers

July 24th, 2023


In this episode of Career Talk With OG, we dive into how job seekers can best utilize LinkedIn. I cover topics like creating your personal brand, optimizing your LinkedIn profile, growing your connections and sharing …

#156 Brown Pride: Brown & Queer Leadership | Pride Month

June 26th, 2023


In today's episode of Career Talk With OG, my son and I delve into an important discussion about the influence of various aspects of our identity on …

#155 Be a Giver, Not a Taker

June 19th, 2023


Today's episode of Career Talk With OG is a past keynote from the San Francisco Chapter of the National Hispanic Organization of Real Estate Associates (NHORA). I focused my keynote on the leadership concept of being a …

#154 Got laid off? Do this first before applying for a job

June 12th, 2023


People are continuing to get laid-off. In this episode of Career Talk With OG, I give you tips on what to do before you start applying for jobs …

#153 Three Essential Career Skills to Master

May 30th, 2023


In today's episode of Career Talk With OG, we'll discuss three essential career skills: creating your professional brand, optimizing your LinkedIn profile, and networking for introverts. Throughout the episode, I …

#152 The Power of Faith, Hope, & Love

May 22nd, 2023


Today's episode of Career Talk With OG is a personal testimony from Eddie Garcia, author, leadership and life coach, and retired corporate executive. Eddie shares his incredible story of growing up in East San Jose, …

#151 What the Two Percent of Jobseekers do Differently to Get Ahead

May 15th, 2023


In today's episode of Career Talk With OG, I talk about what the two percent of jobseekers do differently to get ahead. Whether your education is …

#150 The ROI of Giving Unconditionally

May 8th, 2023


Today's episode of Career Talk With OG is a personal story about giving unconditionally. I often talk about helping others with zero expectations. It's not easy to do, yet there's a positive outcome.

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#149 Discovering Your Passion

May 1st, 2023


This episode of Career Talk With OG is a talk I delivered for Moreno Valley College for minority students, entrepreneurs, innovators, staff, and …

#148 How to Pitch Your Business Idea

April 24th, 2023


Today's episode of Career Talk With OG is a virtual workshop I gave to Korean and Japanese women entrepreneurs on how to pitch their business idea to investors. In the episode I talk about intersecting your personal and …

#147 Removing the Corporate Mask: 5 Tips to Be Your Authentic Self

April 17th, 2023


This episode is from a webinar I did on how to be your authentic self at work. The corporate environment plays a major role as well as other factors. …

#146 Internship Strategies: Transforming Your Story into a Career Narrative | Keynote

April 10th, 2023


This episode is a keynote I gave at Cypress College where I share strategies for obtaining internships and how to transform your story into a career …

#145 Business Networking Techniques

April 3rd, 2023


Are you a business owner or thinking of starting a business? In this episode, I give you several business networking techniques that have helped me …

#144 Heart-Centered Leadership | Throwback 2020

March 27th, 2023


Today's episode of Career Talk With OG is from a guest appearance with Leena Mendoza. We talk about my definition of leadership, why I choose the …

#143 Building the College-to-Career Pipeline for the Most Vulnerable Populations

March 20th, 2023


Today's episode of Career Talk With OG is with Co-founders of Inspirame, Mauricio Gonzalez and Maria Medrano. Together they launched Inspirame, a …

#142 First-Generation Struggles, First-Generation Victories

March 13th, 2023


In this episode, Victoria Banuelos, author of First-Gen, Next-Gen - A guide to Thriving as a First-Generation Latinx in the Next Generation of American Workforce, talks about her experience as a first-generation …

#141 Key Things You Need to Do on LinkedIn to Find a Job

March 6th, 2023


This episode is 17-minutes of key things you need to do on LinkedIn to help you find a job.  I talk fast and you'll want to listen to it several …

#140 Truth, Reconciliation, & Renewal: Creating Opportunities for All

February 27th, 2023


In today's episode author, William Watson, Ed.d, discusses his book, Twelve Steps for White America: for a United States of America.  Dr. Watson grew up in Mississippi during the civil rights era.  His parents were …

#139 The Power of Mentorship

February 21st, 2023


This episode is from a workshop I did for Cal State University East Bay for students and alumni on mentorship.  I redefine the mentor/mentee relationship and provide practical and actionable tips to create an …

#138 From Delivery Service Manager to CEO

February 13th, 2023


In this episode, Arnoldo De La Fuente, CEO of MavenNext, a technology service provider, talks about his journey from growing up in "Little Village" …

#137 The Art of Making Decisions

February 6th, 2023


In this episode, Professor Philip Tran and I talking about how to make decisions, the different types of decisions there are, and why we have …

#136 Go from Human Relations to Human Connections

January 30th, 2023


In this episode, Professor Philip Tran and I discuss how to build human relations and develop meaningful connections.  This episode is part one of a …

#135 When Students Matter, They Succeed

January 23rd, 2023


In this episode, Bill Davis, Lead Faculty at The University of Arizona Global Campus and Nancy DeVore PhD, MS, Associate Faculty and Consumer …

#134 Using Leadership Stories to Build Trust & Equity in Organizations

January 16th, 2023


Today's episode is on using leadership journey stories to help organizations create trust and equity. Carmen Perkins, Founder, and Sandy Wallenstein, Senior Partner, of Project Edquity, discuss how organizations create …

#133 Launching a Mentorship Programs Share Social Capital & Increase Student Retention & Job Placement | First-Gen Virtual Summit

January 10th, 2023


This is episode 10 of 10 from the First-Gen Virtual Summit.  Founder, CEO and first-gen, Kevin Hu, at Firstly, discuss best practices for colleges to …

#132 Employer Panel | First-Gen Virtual Summit

January 9th, 2023


This is episode 9 of 10 from the First-Gen Virtual Summit.  In this episode, the panelists share recruitment strategies to target and hire first-gen …

#131 Streamline Your Recruitment Efforts at Community Colleges | First-Gen Virtual Summit

January 8th, 2023


This is episode 8 of 10 from the First-Gen Summit.  In this episode, my friend, Jennifer Merchant, discuss best practices for career centers to serve …

#130 College & University Panel | First-Gen Virtual Summit

January 7th, 2023


This is episode 7 of 10 from the First-Gen Virtual Summit.  In this episode, our panelists are first-gen PhDs and work in academia.  They share not only their story and ideas on how to support first-gen stuents.

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#129 Keynote: Rethinking First-Gen Through a Me Power Lens | First-Gen Virtual Summit

January 6th, 2023


Today's episode is 6 of 10 from our First-Gen Virtual Summit.  The episode is a keynote delivered by Dr. Lanysha Adams.  She discusses the misconceptions of first-gen students and importance of combining knowledge of …

#128 My Imperfect Model Minority Story | First-Gen Virtual Summit

January 5th, 2023


This is episode 5 of 10 from our First-Gen Virtual Summit.  In this episode, speaker, Wendy Chan, shares her story of growing up low income and …

#127 First-Gen Professionals Panel | First-Gen Virtual Summit

January 4th, 2023


This is 4 of 10 episode from our First-Gen Virtual Summit.  In this episode, we have a panel of first-gen latinas share their trials and victories in …

#126 Helping First-Gen Students Uncover Their Superpowers | First-Gen Virtual Summit

January 3rd, 2023


This episode is the 3 of 10 episodes from our First-Gen Virtual Summit.  In this episode, I talk about how Career Counselors, Student Affairs, and …

#125 First-Gen Student Panel | First-Gen Virtual Summit

January 2nd, 2023


Today's episode is 2 of 10 from our First-Gen Virtual Summit.  The episode is a panel of first-gen college students sharing their diverse experiences …

#124 Keynote: Preparing and Recruiting First-Gen Students in the New Economy | First-Gen Virtual Summit

January 1st, 2023


Over the next 10 days, we'll share one episode from our First-Gen Virtual Summit 2022.  Today's episode is 1 of 10.  It's the opening keynote from Brian O'Bruba, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Engagement at UC …

#123 LinkedIn Profile Makeover

December 19th, 2022


Today's episode of Career Talk With OG is a live one-on-one review of people's LinkedIn profile.  Many of these people are active job seekers and I give them tips on how to showcase their profile to recruiters and …

#122 Job Search Tips

December 12th, 2022


In this episode, the panelists and I share lots of job search tips from ways to engage recruiters, resume, ghosting, interview tips, and many more tips.  It's 90 minute episode, but it's worth listening to and taking …

#121 "Am I a Trainer or an Entrepreneur?" Q&A Session

December 5th, 2022


This episode is an excellent Q&A session from my talk at Quaid-I-Azam University in Islamabad.  My talk focused on entrepreneurship, risk, …

#120 The Art of Building Your Professional Brand

November 28th, 2022


Today's episode of Career Talk With OG is a session I had at the National Incubation Center in Islamabad.  The audience was startups and entrepreneurs.  We talked about the four pillars of professional branding, content …

#119 Keynote: The Art of Taking Risks & Building Reslience

November 21st, 2022


This episode is a keynote I gave as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week at the National Incubation Center in Karachi, Pakistan to startups and entrepreneurs.  I talk about the fear, benefits, and strategies for taking …

#118 Getting Back to Work in Tech

November 14th, 2022


At the moment, many large Silicon Valley companies are laying off employees or freezing hiring.  In this episode, Ricardo Bonilla, Program Manager at JVS, and I talk about how his organization helps jobseekers prepare …

#117 Sharing My Journey on the Non-traditionalist Podcast

November 7th, 2022


In this episode, I was a guest on the Non-Traditionalist podcast.  We discuss my childhood experiences learning English, working in my parent's meat …

#116 Bringing Your Latinidad to the Workplace

October 24th, 2022


This episode is a panel discussion from the 2021 Latinidad Summit where Latinx professionals discuss what it means to bring your Latinidad to the workplace, obstacles, and strategies to being yourself.

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#115 Throwback Episode: Tips to Create Your LinkedIn Profile & Professional Brand

October 17th, 2022


This is a throwback episode from 2019 of a workshop I did for college students on how to create your LinkedIn profile and build your professional …

#114 Workshop: My Identity is My Superpower

October 10th, 2022


Today's episode is a workshop I did as part of Hispanic Heritage Month for students from Puente, veteran, and career services from the College of San …

#113 Helping Companies Find, Hire, & Retain Diverse Talent

October 3rd, 2022


How can a company find, hire, and retain diverse talent?  In this episode, Andrea Guendelman, Co-founder and CEO of Speak_, gives tips on how company's can hire diverse talent.  She also shares several career advice.

#112 A Day in the Life of a Foreign Service Officer

September 26th, 2022


Do you love to travel? Do you love to explore new cultures? Do you love to serve our country?  In this episode, my guests, Anand Krishna and John …

#111 How to Build Relationships with Prospects and Not Annoy Them

September 19th, 2022


If you're in sales, listen to this episode.  I give tips on how to build relationships with your prospects and not annoy them.

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#110 How to Pitch to Investors | Workshop with International Entrepreneurs

September 12th, 2022


Today's episode is a workshop I did for women entrepreneurs from South Korea and Japan on how to pitch to investors.  Before diving into how to pitch, I talk about the importance of creating our professional and …

#109 How We Talk About Ourselves

September 5th, 2022


In this episode, I share my thoughts on the importance of watching how we talk about ourselves and observing how others around us talk.  I believe in the power of the spoken word.  I also believe in the power of …

#108 How to Tap into Your Unique Genius

August 29th, 2022


In this episode, my friend, Nancy Marmolejo, Executive Coach, speaker, and trainer, talks about how we all have unique skills, but we also have …

#107 Are You Struggling to Own Your Voice?

August 22nd, 2022


Today's episode is a podcast interview I did for "Elevink Connect".  We discuss why and how to own your voice.
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#106 How to Help Minority Students Tell their Career Story & Get Hired | MWACE Keynote

August 15th, 2022


Today's episode is from an hour long keynote I gave at the 2022 Midwest Association of Colleges and Employers Annual Conference.  Despite being …

#105 A First-Gen's Career & Entrepreneurial Journey

August 8th, 2022


This is throwback episode where Carolina interviewed me for her show ¡Hablemos!  We talked cultural bullying, imposter syndrome, and the trials and …

#104 How to Create & Promote Your Career Portfolio Like a Chingona

August 1st, 2022


You've worked hard to achieve your career goals. But why is your career growth difficult or elusive?  In this episode, Angelica and I teach you:

Key …

#103 Bootstrapping for Startups

July 25th, 2022


The Bootstrapping for Startups episode is a keynote I gave to entrepreneurs at Kazakhstan's Go Viral festival.  I provide specific and practical recommendations for startups on how to scale their businesses without …

#102 Overcoming Imposter Syndrome & Command Executive Presence

July 18th, 2022


Surprisingly, many high achieving professionals experience some form of imposter syndrome.  In this episode, I talk about ways to overcome imposter …

#101 What I Learned from Speaking in Kazakhstan's Go Viral Festival

July 11th, 2022


In this episode, I share my recent experience of being invited by the U.S. Embassy in Kazakhstan to speak in Central Asia's Go Viral Festival.  I was asked to deliver remarks on branding, entrepreneurship, identifying …

#100 Keynote: Turning Adversity Into Positive Career Traits

July 5th, 2022


This episode is my keynote for the University of Arizona Global Campus - Forbes School of Business & Technology, Center for Women's Leadership …

#99 Resume Building: What Employers are Looking For

June 20th, 2022


During this episode, you’ll learn from career experts, including myself, and PR professionals on what to do to stand out in today’s crowded market and tips for building an eye-catching resume. You’ll also hear from a …

#98 Elevating Your Career Success - Networking

June 13th, 2022


This episode is from the Circle of Change-Career bootcamp in which I was a panelist.  The topic is on NETWORKING - as an introvert this topic is dear to my heart.  Jayne Mattson, the other panelist, and I share lots of …

#97 Tasting Opportunities Charla

June 6th, 2022


Today's episode is a short personal talk about not settling and tasting opportunities.  Whether we're young or young at heart we have legitimate reasons for why don't pursuing our dreams.  Many of us end up settling. …

#96 Finding Your Passion

May 31st, 2022


Why are some people happy at work and others miserable? How is it that some people find a career or a business endeavor they love early in life? How do you find your passion? In this episode, Gene Rice, Co-Founder of …

#95 How to Network Like a Comadre on LinkedIn

May 23rd, 2022


Minority professionals don't lack social capital. We build relationships differently. Networking in mainstream society is transactional. In Latino …

#94 Creando Tu Marca para Propietarios de Negocios

May 16th, 2022


This is a Spanish episode for business owners on how to create your professional brand.  Este es un episodio donde capacito a propietarios de negocio …

#93 Networking for Leaders | UC Chicanx/Latinx Leadership Summit 2020

May 9th, 2022


Today's episode is from a 2020 talk at the UC Chicanx/Latinx Leadership Summit.  I shared with the University of California wide Latinx leadership the importance of building and nourishing relationships and how to …

#92 Returning to the Office: The Benefits

April 25th, 2022


The Great Resignation. The Great Return. Companies and workers are in a giant tug of war to continue working remote or return to the office. In this episdoe, Peter Rabey, CEO & Co-Founder of X4 Group makes the case …

#91 How to Do a Successful Informational Interview

April 18th, 2022


Informational interviews are effective in opening doors, learning about new job opportunities, the company culture, and many other benefits.  But …

#90 Working from Home Tips

April 11th, 2022


Many of us have been working from home since the pandemic, and in some cases will continue to work from home.  Dolores Neira, Founder & CEO of …

#89 Career Transition: From Military to Private Sector

April 4th, 2022


If you're a military professional needing help transitioning careers into the private sector, then listen to this episode.  Marisol Maloney is a U.S. …

#88 5 Tips to Be Chingona on LinkedIn

March 28th, 2022


This episode is from a professional development training I did to help Latinas use LinkedIn to showcase their chingona power.  You'll learn how to tell your unique story.  How to maximize your time on the platform.  How …

#87 Helping First-Gen Students Achieve Career Success

March 20th, 2022


This episode is for any college staff working with with first-generation students. Our extraordinary panel of college professionals share best …

#86 The Leadership Journey

March 15th, 2022


I was a guest on the show Silicon Valley Influence where we talked about my business journey, leadership tips, and embracing new opportunities.  

#85 Why Career & Leadership Development for Minorities Needs Disruption

March 7th, 2022


As a minority professional, navigating our career journey and developing our leadership skills goes beyond traditional training programs. Our experiences and challenges are different; we are first-generation, …

#84 I Love My Job

February 28th, 2022


Is it possible to love your job?  Listen to this episode as Shaun Tai, Co-Founder and Executive Director of BRIDGEGOOD, Arree Chung, Founder and Storyteller of Academy and Creativity Schoo, and myself talk about our …

#83 Culturally Relevant Career Tips to Empower You

February 20th, 2022


This episode is from a LinkedIn Live interview with my friend, Rosie Yeung, in which I was her guest.  We talked about what it means to provide …

#82 It's Ok to Be a Follower, and Not a Leader

February 14th, 2022


Social media is full of posts about how to be a great leader.  No one talks about being a follower.  In this episode, I talk about why it is ok to be …

#81 Lean In to LinkedIn como una Latina Chingona

January 31st, 2022


This episode is a training I did for a Lean In Latina chapter in the San Francisco Bay Area. I talk about the power of vulnerability, strategies for …

#80 New Year Career Mentorship Session

January 24th, 2022


January is traditionally when professionals and companies ramp up hiring. This episode is from last week's Career Mentorship session where I dive deep into your career questions.

#79 El Poder del Networking

January 17th, 2022


En este episodio, mi querida amiga, Wally Pretelt-Kieswetter, me invitó a hablar en su clase de masterclass sobre formas de establecer contactos. Comparto varios consejos y tengo una sesión de preguntas.

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#78 Career Fireside Chat With College Students

January 10th, 2022


This episode is from a recent career fireside chat I did with students from Menlo College.  I specific on topics like applying for internships, jobs, …

#77 How to Go from Introvert to Public Speaker

January 3rd, 2022


Happy New Year podcast listeners!  We're kicking off the second season of Career Talk With OG, and I want to thank you for helping us achieve some major growth.  We're now in 20 countries, added new subscribers, …

#75 Latinidad Posadas: Mental Health is a Priority

December 20th, 2021


This episode is from the Latinidad Posadas: Mental Health is Priority LinkedIn Live event. It's an insightful and heartfelt discussion with mental …

#74 Networking During the Holidays

December 13th, 2021


Are you thinking of putting aside networking during the holidays?  Don't!  The holidays is a great time to reach out to friends, recruiters, hiring …

#73 Turning the Tide: Gen Z Workers are Reshaping the Job Landscape

December 6th, 2021


In this episode, Angelica Garcia talks about how Gen Zs are reshaping the workforce. They're the first generation in the industrial era to graduate …

#72 When You are the Child AND Parent: First-Generation Experiences

November 29th, 2021


Happy Thanksgiving!  In this episode, I share a personal story about the dual role that we, first-generation children, sometimes play - the child and …

#71 Connecting Artists and Designers from Mexico

November 22nd, 2021


In this episode, Gabriela Tutalo, Founder of Solano Exp, shares her entrepreneurial journey of starting an import/export business of Mexican arts and …

#70 How Does an Introvert Start a Business or Find a Job?

November 15th, 2021


I had a hilarious and energetic conversation with Randy and Teddy on their weekly show "Lunch Conversations with Randy & Teddy".  We touched on topics like how does an introvert start a business or find a job?  What …

#69 Tips for Speaking Online

November 8th, 2021


Public speaking is terrifying, and speaking online also has it's challenges and limitations.  Minue Yoshida, Co-Founder of Yoshida Academy, shares her tips and strategies for speaking online.  She is a public speaking …

#68 Leadership in a New World

November 1st, 2021


Marcel Daane is an executive coach and leadership trainer.  He is 2020 Executive Coach Of The Year (Singapore), author of HeadStrong Performance, and most recently of Five Energies of Horrible Bosses.  In this episode, …

#67 Meet Four Unlikely Authors of Hispanic Stars Rising Vol. II

October 25th, 2021


A story is a mosaic of smiles, tears, laughter, hardships, and victories.  In this episode, you'll hear from four contributing authors, Humberto …

#66 First In-Person Career Q&A Session for College Students

October 18th, 2021


This is my first in person session since the pandemic started. It's a career Q&A session with college students. Lots of great questions and tips.

#65 How to Recruit & Retain Latinx Talent

October 11th, 2021


How do companies recruit and retain latinx talent?  In this episode, Lizette Ibarra, CEO & Founder of Latina Chief, talk about recruiting strategies.  Lizette is native from Mexico.  She has over 20 years of …

#64 The Power of Allyship in Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

October 4th, 2021


In this Michael Gribov, CEO of Impact-21, and I talk about the power of allies in diversity, equity, and inclusion.  Michael is a first-generation professional.  As a Russian Jew, Michael and his family, suffered much …

#63 Being Unique Like a Unicorn

September 27th, 2021


Speaker, songwriter, and author of the award-winning series Unicorn Jazz, Lisa Caprelli talks about her entrepreneurial journey and becoming an author.  Lisa is Latina entrepreneur and has been featured in Forbes …

#62 Career Tips: Professional Brand, LinkedIn, & Networking

September 20th, 2021


In this episode I dive deeper into the three key areas to help you with your career success:  Professional Brand, LinkedIn and Networking.  You'll want to pause this episode, take notes, and come back to it several …

#61 Q&A Session with UC Berkeley Engineering Program

September 13th, 2021


This episode, Jason Lam, a senior at UC Berkeley in the College Natural Resources, moderates the conversation.  We talk about professional branding, …

#60 Bonus: Preview of Latinidad 2021 Summit-Bringing Your Latinidad to the Workplace

September 9th, 2021


This episode is a preview of Latinidad 2021 Summit panel: Brining Your Latinidad to the Workplace.  Our panelists Carlos Quezada and Ozzie Gromada Meza share give their thoughts on how to bring your authentic self to …

#59 Overcoming Imposter Syndrome for College Students

September 6th, 2021


This is a conversation about overcoming imposter syndrome that I had with the team from the UC Berkeley Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership.  

Get your tickets to Latinidad 2021 Summit September 14

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#58 Bonus: Preview of Latinidad 2021 Summit: Women's Panel

September 3rd, 2021


This episode is a preview discussion to the women's panel of Latinidad 2021 Summit on the topic:  Latina Sisterhood - Amigas o Enemigas.  Our panelists Adriana Dawson, Andrea Guendelman, & Minué Yoshida give their …

#57 New Country, Culture, & Customs: The Effects of Migratory Grief on Latinx

August 30th, 2021


Migratory Grief: The physical and emotional loss experienced when leaving your native country for a new one. In today's episode, Marcela Bruner, speaks about her journey, as a professional, coming to the USA, and her …

#56 Desarrollo Profesional con LinkedIn

August 23rd, 2021


This is Spanish episode is 1 of 3 training sessions I did for the US Embassy in Mexico.  In the session Desarrollo Profesional con LinkedIn, I teach …

#55 Why Career Succes Requires Going All In vs Leaning In

August 16th, 2021


Career success - we want it. We pursue it. We sacrifice for it. Yet, it seems elusive for many of us. Outrageous career success requires going all …

#54 Advancing Women's Equality Through STEAM

August 9th, 2021


In this episode, Charlie Ruth shares why she strongly advocates for advancing women's equality through STEAM.  Charlie is Alumni Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. She …

#53 Bringing Your Authentic Self to Work

August 2nd, 2021


In today's episode, Gustavo Lira, Executive Coach of My Auténtico Self Coaching & Consulting, discuss his career journey as a latino and how we …

#52 How to Network Like an Introvert

July 26th, 2021


Networking is the BEST way to get hired! But most people are doing it wrong. They're not getting results and they're frustrated. I'm an introvert who …

#51 Biases & Social Responsibility in the Workplace

July 19th, 2021


Last summer, in the midst the pandemic, social unrest, shootings, and fires, Keen Alignment invited me to be a panelist on their webinar about getting real about social responsibility in the workplace.  This episode is …

#50 Overcoming Social Media Anxiety for 55+ Year Olds

July 12th, 2021


Social media expert, Joyce Feustel, is the Founder of Boomers' Social Media Tutor.  In this episode she talks about how professionals 50+ and older …

#49 From PhD Candidate to Freddie Mercury: Finding Your Purpose in Unexpected Places

July 5th, 2021


In this episode, Roy Gomez Cruz shares how running into a major roadblock while pursuing his PhD lead to paying tribute to the legendary singer, …

#48 How to Attract High Net Worth Individuals Using LinkedIn

June 28th, 2021


This episode is a training I did for the startup, Idea-to-IPO, and over 500+ entrepreneurs from around the world.  I provide a step-by-step strategy to use LinkedIn to attract high net worth individuals and investors. …

#47 Building Your Professional Brand

June 21st, 2021


This episode is a webinar I did for Job Hackers where I teach software developers and other technical people how to build their professional brand. …

#46 From Marginalized to Celebrated: Humanizing & Valuing Musicians of Color

June 14th, 2021


You know the feeling of being left out while the "cool kids" have fun? In today's episode, David Garcia (my son), talks about his personal journey of …

#45 Harnessing Your Power to Get Unstuck

June 7th, 2021


Are you wishing you could change jobs or careers? Have you hit a dead-end road in your career growth? In this episode, Ruby Garcia, talks about her …

#44 Silicon Valley to Puerto Vallarta: Multinational Living & Working

May 31st, 2021


Why do we relocate? Quality of life. Homeownership. Pay increase. Career mobility. These are some of the reasons we relocate. Sometimes we commute long distances between work and home, and sacrifice a lot in pursuit …

#43 Breaking Down the Myth of Work-Life Balance

May 24th, 2021


In today's episode, my friend, Adriana Dawson, talks about the difficulty and myths of achieving work-life balance.  Adriana is the Director of …

#42 Cafecito con HACE

May 17th, 2021


In this episode, I did a virtual sit-down with Patricia Mota, Executive Director of HACE to give job search tips for their upcoming job fair.

Aspira …

#41 Cinco LinkedIn Tips for Millennials

May 10th, 2021


Staying with the Cinco de Mayo theme, Angelica Garcia, Cultural Engagement Officer of Aspira Consulting, shares LinkedIn tips for millennials.  She …

#40 The Man Who Drew the Apple Logo

May 3rd, 2021


Ever wonder who drew the infamous Apple logo?  Today's episode, Carlos Pérez, is the artist who drew the Apple logo.  He is a chicano artist, community activist recognized for his visual art creations that are found in …

#39 Overcoming the Career Excuse Mentality

April 26th, 2021


In this episode, Angelica and I randomly select and answer common career excuses we hear.  We have fun providing insightful tips to help you overcome …

#38 Tips to Spice Up Your Social Media

April 24th, 2021


In this episode, Chief Creative Muscle, Isaiah Hwang, shares tips on how to spice up our social media content.  He is a one-man independent design studio.  He works with education, high tech, non-profit, and independent …

#37 Mashup of Career, Networking & Entrepreneur Tips

April 19th, 2021


Listen to this mashup of career, networking and entrepreneur tips between Professor Philip Tran and I.  We talk about networking for introverts, career choices, what if you don't know what you want to do after …

#36 The Future of Events Post Pandemic

April 12th, 2021


In this episode, Briana Weatherspon, CEO of The Eventgers, talks about the future of events post pandemic.  She also gives tips on how she launched …

#35 Speaking from the Heart, A Motivational Speakers Journey

April 5th, 2021


In this episode, Raul Lopez Jr., motivational speaker, author and executive coach, and I talk about his transformative life experience that led him …

#34 How to Tell Your First-Gen Story to Get Hired

March 29th, 2021


Today's episode is a training I did to help first-generation professionals tell their career story.  Why?  Because your story is powerful! We all go …

#33 How to Be an Entrepreneurial Mom & Work Remotely

March 22nd, 2021


In this episode Krista Mollion, a seasoned Silicon Valley marketer, entrepreneur and business coach, talks about being an entrepreneurial mother and …

#32 Awakening the Sleeping Giant of Latinx Fundraising & Philanthropy

March 15th, 2021


In this episode Armando and I discuss the history and power of latino philanthropy.

#31 Growing Your Business During the Pandemic

March 8th, 2021


Panama has been hit hard with the pandemic. In this episode, Boris Wainberg, the Founder of Panama Startups, talks about how his company is weathering the economic downturn. Episode in spanglish.

#30 Using Our Voice Against Racism

March 1st, 2021


In this episode, my friend, Loc H. Nguyen, and I, talk about the rise of violence and racism against Asian Americans and what we can all do to stop …

#29 LinkedIn Tips for Busy Professionals

February 22nd, 2021


In this episode I share valuable and practical LinkedIn tips for busy professionals.  LinkedIn is no longer just an online job board, it's essential to have a strong presence, without the need to spend a lot of time on …

#28 From First-Gen Professional to Entrepreneur

February 15th, 2021


In this episode, Dr. Eve Hudson share's her incredible first-generation career story.  She is the oldest of three and was reared by a single mother …

#27 Finding Purpose Through Our Personal Story

February 8th, 2021


I speak with Anthony Pineda, Founding Director, of Creatrix Institute about his personal and career journey.  Anthony combines education, mental health and hip-hop to help you tell their personal story.

Anthony …

#26 Got Degree, Got No Money, Now What?

February 1st, 2021


In this episode, Student Success Strategist, Linnita Hosten, shares her career journey, and gives tips to young professionals graduating during these challenging times.  Linnita is an author and national speaker.  She's …

#25 How to Find Your Remote Dream Job and Silicon Valley's TEXIT

January 25th, 2021


In this episode we talk about how Tesla, Oracle, and HP's massive Silicon Valley "tech exit" to Texas (TEXIT) has job seekers wondering whether remote work is here to stay. Why be tethered to the office when you can …

#24 The Rise of Hybrid Professionals in the Workforce

January 18th, 2021


In this episode, Sarabeth Berk explains what is a hybrid professional.  Sarabeth underwent her own professional identity crisis, and  learned she was …

#23 How to Network Virtually with Faith McKinney

January 11th, 2021


In this episode Faith McKinney gives tips on how network virtually.  She is the Founder of Schmingling.  Faith is an introverted janitor turned author, television producer, and CNN Contributor. Her struggles with …

#22 How to Network Over the Holidays

January 4th, 2021


The holidays are the BEST time to network. People are open to "catching up". You can have deeper conversations. There are less day-to-day …

#21 Mega Career & Entrepreneur Q&A

December 28th, 2020


This is a special mega year-end Career Q&A episode.  Professor and entrepreneur, Philip Tran, and I go deep answering career and entrepreneur questions.  Lots of raw answers, spoken from experience, that will help …

#20 Biggest Business Lessons Learned From the Pandemic

December 21st, 2020


The pandemic severely impacted businesses.  In this episode, Adam Helweh, CEO of Secret Sushi, Philip Tran, professor and entrepreneur, Angelica …

#19 The Journey of a Serial Entrepreneur

December 14th, 2020


In this episode, Ramon Nuñez talks about his journey from picking strawberries to a serial entrepreneur in Silicon Valley.  Ramon and I met when he hired me to work at my last startup, MetaLINCS, an e-discovery software …

#18 Letting Go of Cultural Baggage

December 7th, 2020


In this episode Sandra Noemi Torres and I talk about letting go of cultural baggage in order to move ahead in our careers, and be happy.  How often …

#17 Practical, Sensible, and Non-Boring Financial Talk

November 30th, 2020


In this episode, I have a no nonsense conversation about finances with Wealth Advisor, Tash Salas, of Artha Consulting Family Office Service.  We …

#16 From Condemned to Career Advocate

November 23rd, 2020


In this episode, Paul Bocanegra, shares his story of being sentenced to life with out parole +4 years at the age of 17.  He served 25 years in …

#15 How to Serve Before Selling

November 16th, 2020


In this episode, Brigette Iarrusso and I talk about serving before selling.  Brigette is the CEO and Master Coach of Embrace Change, a sales and social impact coaching business.  Brigette gets raw in this episode and …

#14 Career Tips Q&A Session

November 9th, 2020


In this episode, Angelica and I have a career Q&A session.  I start by giving you my 2 cents about the current job market under COVID-19.  Then I answer many career questions around job searching, transitioning …

#13 10 Tips Para Buscar Empleo Durante La Pandemia

November 2nd, 2020


Si estás buscando trabajo durante la pandemia, las cosas pueden parecer desesperadas. Este episodio te brindará estrategias útiles para identificar oportunidades y ajustar tu enfoque de búsqueda de empleo.

Aspira …

#12 Celebration of Aspira Consulting's 5 Year Anniversary

October 29th, 2020


Join us for a virtual celebration of Aspira Consulting's 5 year anniversary.  In October of 2015, I left the security of my executive role at the …

#11 Networking in the Digital Era

October 26th, 2020


This episode is an online training I did for the venture capital company, Stat Zero.  The topic is how startups and entrepreneurs can network virtually and connect with investors.  Lots of practical and actionable tips. …

#10 Transitioning Careers: How to Make the Leap

October 20th, 2020


In this episode I discuss how to make the "big leap" into your next career!  Where do you start?  How do you make the right choices? How do you transition your work experience to a new job?  I share tips on how to take …

#9 Authentic Leadership Keynote: Hispanic Heritage Month 2019

October 12th, 2020


This episode is a keynote I did for NetApp at their 2019 Hispanic Heritage Month celebration.  I was asked to speak on Authentic Leadership: Honor the past.  Disrupt the present.  Embrace the future.  I share some …

Bonus: Screw the Less Fortunate

October 7th, 2020


Screw the Less Fortunate is an article that I wrote on LinkedIn in June 2014.  We were emerging from the Great Recession of 2008.  It's a story of how our environment influences our values and we become selfish.

Aspira …

#8 5 Tips Para Potenciar Tu Marca Profesional

October 5th, 2020


Tu marca profesional es fundamental para el crecimiento de tu carrera. Tu marca es lo que los demás piensan de ti cuando no estás. Incluso si no estás administrando activamente tu marca, AÚN TIENES una marca. Este …

Bonus: I Am A Minority

September 30th, 2020


I Am A Minority is the first article that I wrote on LinkedIn.  I was scared to share my immigrant story because LinkedIn is a professional platform and I didn't think it was the right place.  This is a story about …

#7 LinkedIn Live Talk: Career Strategies During COVID-19

September 28th, 2020


My Linked Live events inspired me to launch Career Talk With OG.  I started doing LinkedIn Live events about four months ago as a way to provide professionals with career tips.  Today's episode is a special treat …

#6 Cómo Hacer Networking Virtualmente

September 21st, 2020


La pandemia ha cambiado la forma en que trabajamos, buscamos empleo y hacemos networking.  El episodio ¿Cómo Hacer Networking Virtualmente? les brindará 5 consejos poderosos para construir y fomentar relaciones …

#5 The Backstory of the Podcast Career Talk With OG

September 14th, 2020


A couple of months I was hosting a LinkedIn Live event.  I casually mentioned to my guest that I had been thinking of launching my podcast, but I didn't know how, nor did I have the time to do it myself.  Shortly, after …

#4 Introduction Episode Why I Launched Career Talk With OG

September 7th, 2020


I'm an introvert turned international speaker. A first-gen professional. My parents were from Jerez, Zacatecas, Mexico. In this episode I share my personal and career journey. I also talk about why I started Career Talk …

#3 10 Ways to Overcome Imposter Syndrome

September 4th, 2020


Have you ever worked hard for a promotion, and then told that you probably received the promotion because you're a minority? Have you achieved great …

#2 10 Job Search Tips During Coronavirus audio

September 4th, 2020


Unemployment claims are at a record number. Recruiters and hiring managers aren't returning calls. Many parts of the country are shelter-in-place. If you're job searching during the COVID-19 pandemic, things can seem …

#1 5 Ways to Get Noticed by Recruiters

September 3rd, 2020


Your LinkedIn profile is at the "All-Star" level. But recruiters aren't contacting you. What else do you need to do? In this episode:  5 Ways to Get Noticed by Recruiters on LinkedIn you'll easy and effective tips to …

Welcome to Career Talk With OG

September 2nd, 2020


In Career Talk With OG, I empower you, so opportunities come to you. You’ll get relevant, practical and actionable career tips and strategies. And you’ll also hear from industry professionals share their career journey.

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