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Latina to Latina

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In this interview series, host Alicia Menendez talks to remarkable Latinas about making it, faking it, and everything in between. In often-hilarious and always-revealing episodes, Alicia and her guests take on the challenges of existing, and then thriving, as women of color.

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How Alisha Fernandez Miranda Became a 40 Year-Old Intern

February 6th, 2023


She had a life that was “objectively great” (big career, happy marriage, twins!) but still, she felt like she was “drowning.” So, Alisha devoted a year to chasing down the answer to her most burning question: What might …

Adrienne Bailon-Houghton Wouldn’t Change the Journey

January 30th, 2023


Faith, family and hard work powered this megastar from her church choir to pop stardom to the set of The Real. But along that way, her faith was tested. Adrienne opens up about the growing pains of fame, the fertility …

You did it! We reached 2 million downloads!!

January 27th, 2023


Creator and host Alicia Menendez and Executive Producer Juleyka Lantigua discuss what it has meant to reach this major milestone and remind our …

How Nina Terrero Groth Applies her Storytelling Skills to Reimagining the Future of Retail

January 23rd, 2023


This talented storyteller began her career in digital news at ABC, NBC and Entertainment Weekly, where her encyclopedic knowledge of entertainment and megawatt charm opened the door to on-air opportunities on platforms …

Why Lilia Luciano Prepares for Confidence, Not Perfection

January 16th, 2023


The journalist and podcast host reflects on her journey from Spanish-language television to the Today Show, to the local news job she almost turned …

How Melissa Fumero Learned That She Was Funny

January 9th, 2023


The star of Netflix’s Blockbuster and Brooklyn-99 once doubted that she was built for comedy. Melissa shares how she grew her confidence, the experience that taught her that ease can lead to success, and the tradeoffs …

How Ambassador Julissa Reynoso Learned to Talk Less and Listen More

January 2nd, 2023


She has a resume like none other: law firm partner, White House Chief of Staff to First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, US Ambassador (twice!). Ambassador Reynoso joins the podcast from her current post in Spain and shares how …

How Gabriela Garcia Took an Ax to Archetype

December 26th, 2022


The breakout author shares how growing up the daughter of a Cuban mother and Mexican father, in a matriarchal family, informed her understanding of the US immigration system, and shaped the characters in her New York …

How Mayra Guillen Learned to Be an Advocate

December 19th, 2022


The disappearance and murder of Vanessa Guillen sparked a movement, one that was fueled by her family's unrelenting demands for answers and …

Chef Claudia Sandoval Wants You to Ask "Why Not Me?"

December 12th, 2022


This solo mom won the sixth season of MasterChef and parlayed that success into a catering business, a culinary consultancy, and multiple TV gigs, …

Why Olga Merediz Is Ready to Let It All Hang Out

December 5th, 2022


She was a working actress for more than 20 years before her portrayal of Abuela Claudia in In the Heights on Broadway catapulted her to new levels of …

How Illustrator Andrea Campos Is Using Art to Spread Positivity

November 28th, 2022


After a decade in corporate, she made the leap from marketing to freelance artistry.  Then, the pandemic hit. With little work available, Andrea …

How Kate del Castillo Built (and Rebuilt) Her Life

November 21st, 2022


The actress, producer and Reina del Sur star opens up about early fame, proving herself (again) in Hollywood, leaving an abusive marriage, and the …

Why Ada Limón Refuses to Perform Identity

November 14th, 2022


The 24th U.S. Poet Laureate shares her journey from theater to marketing to poetry, the loss that inspired her to reimagine her life, and her refusal to allow others’ expectations to shape how she shows up in the world.

Mayan Lopez Knows That Art Imitates Life

November 7th, 2022


Comedy and entertainment is the family business (her dad is comedian George Lopez), but it was a TikTok video that caught the eye of a Hollywood …

Why Siete Food's Veronica Garza Doesn't Think Your Big Idea Always Needs a Business Plan

October 31st, 2022


The Founder and Chief Innovation Officer for Siete Foods went from making almond flour tortillas in her kitchen to helping lead the fastest growing Latin-focused brand in food and beverage at scale. Veronica shares her …

How Kali Fajardo-Anstine Fought to Tell Her Ancestors’ Stories

October 24th, 2022


The best-selling author of “Woman of Light” and “Sabrina & Corina: Stories” shares how she subverts expectations (in real life and on the page!), the necessity of complicating racial hierarchy, and her commitment to …

Why Doris Anahí Brings a 'Heart of Service' to Her Art

October 17th, 2022


She began her music career as a talent manager, before making the big pivot to working as an artist herself. Now her journey through the industry as a first generation daughter of immigrants from a mixed-status family …

How Estefanía Rebellón's Own Experience Seeking Asylum Informed Her Mission to Help Migrant Children

October 10th, 2022


Forced to flee her native Colombia as a child, Estefanía Rebellón knows the pain of being displaced. Now, she's helping migrant children at the …

ROUNDABOUT PRESENTS: Seventeen Going on Eighteen with Ashley Frangie and Lety Sahagún

October 4th, 2022


In 2007, Ashley and Lety flew from Mexico to Boston to embark on a trip that would define their relationship…in more ways than one. Join the hosts of …

Why Angie Cruz Believes That Now is Always a Good Time to Start

October 3rd, 2022


The acclaimed author of "Dominicana" is back with a new novel, "How Not to Drown in a Glass of Water," and reveals how she almost quit writing before either book was published. In this engaging conversation, Angie …

Introducing: It Was Said Season 2

September 28th, 2022


It Was Said, the 2021 Webby Award winner for Best Podcast Series, returns with a new season to look back on some of the most powerful, impactful, and …

Chef Ariel Fox is Expanding Our Understanding of 'Authentic' Cuisine

September 26th, 2022


The VP for Dos Caminos and Del Friscos pulls back the curtain on what it takes to launch a restaurant, talks about the difference between competing …

Introducing ¿Quién Are We?: The Filmmaker

September 20th, 2022


Welcome to ¿Quién Are We?, a show about Latino identity and the beautiful things that make us who we are. If you like what you hear, check out more …

How Living Icon Sandra Cisneros Became a Woman Without Shame

September 19th, 2022


In this intimate conversation, the iconic writer shares how she chose to treat her art as her life partner, the "wobbling and wavering" around her decision to not have children, and how she limits distractions in the …

How Monica Ramirez Embraced Solidarity to Build a Movement

September 12th, 2022


She spent her early career advocating on behalf of farmworker women. Then in 2017, as Hollywood reeled from revelations of sexual abuse and …

How Lisette Scott Launched Her Jewelry Business Inspired by her Family's Caribbean Roots

September 5th, 2022


She studied fashion and worked for big clothing brands like Vince Camuto and DKNY, but when it was time to step out on her own, she went back to her passion from childhood -- jewelry. Now, the founder of Jam + Rico

Why Jessica Castro Knows That Late is Better Than Never

August 29th, 2022


She was 18 years-old when she began dancing, but her talent and commitment was so undeniable that she quickly made her way from the Alvin Ailey Dance …

Daniela Pierre-Bravo Wants to Help You Navigate Being 'the Other' at Work

August 22nd, 2022


It’s an experience many of us share: working in industries and spaces where we are the first or the only. How do you harness the strength and power of your difference in the face of pressure to conform? That question is …

How Claudia Forestieri Made the Pivot from Journalism to Scripted Television

August 15th, 2022


The creator and executive producer of Gordita Chronicles started her career as a producer and on-air reporter at Telemundo before making a big pivot into scripted television. In this conversation, she details the steps …

How Lori Montenegro is Holding the Powerful Accountable

August 8th, 2022


Noticias Telemundo’s Washington D.C. bureau chief shares her unlikely path from correspondent to newsroom leader, and one of the most influential journalists in Spanish-language television.

If you loved this episode, …

How Amanda Fernandez's Own Educational Challenges Inspired Latinos for Education

August 1st, 2022


The non-profit leader shares how her corporate experience prepared her to found and run her own organization, her insights on the occasional necessity of mission creep, and how advocating for her own son reshaped her …

How Flores Is Reclaiming the Borderlands Narrative

July 25th, 2022


The R&B singer’s new EP, The Lives They Left, is an homage to her indigenous roots, her childhood on the U.S.-Mexico border and the strength of women. Flores talks about the message behind the music, the importance …

Why Carmen Rita Wong Isn’t Afraid to Tell All

July 18th, 2022


Questions about the identity of her biological father led the author on a deeper quest for answers about who she is and what motivated her mothers’ …

Erika Sánchez is Finding Meaning in the Hurt

July 11th, 2022


The New York Times best-selling author’s new memoir, Crying in the Bathroom, dives deep into mental illness, desire, “life and death” decisions and …

How Attorney Melissa Gomez Nelson Stayed the Course

July 4th, 2022


Growing up in the Rio Grande Valley, the daughter of migrant farmworkers, she knew she wanted to acquire skills to protect her family. That motivated …

Why Healthy Hood Chicago's Tanya Lozano Believes Wellness Requires Community

June 27th, 2022


She grew up in a family of activists and led her first walk out as a high school student. Then she worked in city government and saw up close the …

How NewSchools’ Frances Messano Became a Provider of Dream Capital

June 20th, 2022


As a kid growing up in Coney Island, luck played a big role in setting her life path. Now, as the president and incoming CEO of a nonprofit venture …

How Photojournalist Sarahbeth Maney Captured History

June 13th, 2022


She made one of the most iconic photographs of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's Supreme Court confirmation hearings. But it almost didn't happen. Sarahbeth shares how she jockeyed to get into the room, the payoff on her …

Why Comedian Anjelah Johnson-Reyes is Questioning (Almost) Everything

June 6th, 2022


What is it like to have incredible success at something other than your big dream? What happens when you stop trying to prove yourself to others? Or …

Why Investigative Journalist Jean Guerrero is Leaning into the Power of Her Personal Experience

May 30th, 2022


The two time author has investigated everything from her father’s mental health to white nationalists in the White House. Now in her new role as an …

200th Episode! Eva Longoria Always Knew She'd Succeed

May 23rd, 2022


The multi-hyphenate power house opens up about motherhood, divorce and finding her purpose.

Follow Eva on Instagram @evalongoria. And listen to her …

Encanto's Adassa is Guided By Her Why

May 16th, 2022


The reggaeton star reached new levels of global fame playing Dolores Madrigal in Encanto. Adassa shares the health ordeal that threatened her life …

Social Impact Strategist Elsa Collins Wants You to Understand the Power of Your Influence

May 9th, 2022


The serial co-founder (This is About Humanity, Poderistas, I Am a Voter) knows how to harness the power of celebrities for everything from political …

Karla Monterroso is Interrogating the Language of Power

May 2nd, 2022


A personal leadership crisis shaped her understanding of how power is built and distributed. Now the leadership coach, strategist, and racial equity advocate shares how others can navigate the unique demands of leaders …

Mountaineer Silvia Vasquez-Lavado Knows the Highest Mountain is the One Within

April 25th, 2022


The adventurer, activist, and first openly gay woman to complete the Seven Summits shares the childhood trauma and self-destructive behavior that …

Why Cuyana’s Karla Gallardo Believes in Fewer, Better Things

April 18th, 2022


The CEO and co-founder of the global e-commerce company shares how her upbringing in Ecuador shaped her approach to consumption, the skills she …

Why Kat Armas Believes Your Abuela Has the Answers

April 11th, 2022


As a seminary student, she began to question why she hadn’t been trained to recognize the importance of women in the Bible. Now her book, Abuelita Faith: What Women on the Margins Teach Us About Wisdom, examines how our …

What Bianca Kea Learned by Listening to Her Yo Soy Afro Latina Community

April 4th, 2022


Growing up in Detroit, she wondered why her peers recognized her as Black, but not Mexican. Now, the Yo Soy Afro Latina founder is building the …

Daisy Auger-Dominguez Knows What it Takes to Build an Inclusive Workplace

March 28th, 2022


The Chief People Officer for VICE Media has spent her career building better workplaces. She’s perfected a model: reflect, visualize, act, and persist. Now she's put everything she's learned into her new book, Inclusion …

Julissa Natzely Arce Raya Wants You to Reclaim Your Identity

March 21st, 2022


As a kid growing up in Texas, she thought that fitting in would keep her safe. Then, as she rose through the Wall Street ranks while harboring a big …

Art Advisor Maria Brito Wants to Help You Harness Your Creativity

March 14th, 2022


She's helped celebrities curate their personal art collections, and worked to make art more accessible to all. Now, the author of How Creativity …

Why Novelist Xochitl Gonzalez Isn't Done Being Ambitious

March 7th, 2022


"Could you just be done being ambitious?" That was the question the Brooklyn native asked herself before she "blew up" her comfortable New York life …

Artist and Organizer Favianna Rodriguez Knows that Pleasure is Political

February 28th, 2022


She started organizing at 15, dropped out of college to become an entrepreneur, and has been blazing her own path ever since. Favianna shares how she …

How Judge Esther Salas is Honoring Her Son’s Legacy

February 21st, 2022


She made history as the first Latina to serve as a U.S. Magistrate Judge and a Federal District Judge for the District of New Jersey. Then, in 2020, …

How Author Alexis Daria is Complicating Our Notions of Romance

February 14th, 2022


The Bronx-native was juggling multiple jobs when she decided, at 30, that it was time to stop playing small. It paid off: her first romance novel was …

How Meg Medina Summoned the Courage to Write

February 7th, 2022


"Who is she? What does she want? Why can't she have it?" Those are the questions the Newbery Medal-winning children's author asks about each of her young Latina protagonists. What Meg Medina wanted was to write …

Illustrator Michelle Rial Wants You to Feel Better

January 31st, 2022


The acclaimed designer took her experiences with chronic pain, an auto-immune disease, and the loss of her father, and poured them into her new hilarious and moving book, Maybe This Will Help: How to Feel Better When …

Ana Villafañe is Still a Supernova

January 24th, 2022


She got her big break playing Gloria Estefan in the musical hit On Your Feet. She cherished the role, but it also forced her to “erase Ana to sustain …

Monica Muñoz Martinez is Confronting Our Past to Change the Future

January 17th, 2022


The MacArthur "Genius" Grant winner is a public historian who interrogates some of the darkest parts of American history, and argues that grappling …

How Peloton's Robin Arzón Found Her True Power

January 10th, 2022


The litigator turned ultra-marathoner and fitness instructor shares the personal trauma that helped redirect her from law into fitness, her …

Julissa Calderon Is Helping Hollywood to Reimagine Latina Characters

January 3rd, 2022


Her hilarious BuzzFeed portrayals of Latina moms hooked us, and now, her magnetic energy keeps us glued to Netflix's Gentefied. Julissa reveals what …

How Lauren Jauregui Learned to Listen to Her Own Voice

December 27th, 2021


It took her years to get back to herself, but now the singer-songwriter who exploded onto the world stage as part of Fifth Harmony has her first solo …

How Emeraude Toubia Uses Love as a Life Force

December 20th, 2021


The star of Amazon's With Love, and Lifetime's Holiday in Santa Fe, opens up about how she sets a supportive tone on set, the experience of building …

En La Sala Con Evaluna Montaner

December 14th, 2021


En este episodio, Evaluna invita a su querido esposo Camilo a su sala para conversar del amor, cómo piensan crear a “baby Indigo,” comparten anécdotas curiosas, se conocen un poco más, y hasta ofrecen sus 5 tips para …

How Filmmaker Cristina Ibarra Cultivated a Junk Aesthetic

December 13th, 2021


Growing up near the U.S.-Mexico border, she became obsessed with questions of belonging. Now, the newly-minted MacArthur Genius is using film to explore those same themes and shine light on stories that too often go …

Bonus Episode: An Inside Look at a New Report on Latinos from Nielsen

December 9th, 2021


Stacie de Armas, Nielsen's Senior VP of Diverse Intelligence and Initiatives shares fascinating insights from Nielsen's new report, "Inclusion, Information and Intersection: The Truth about Connecting with U.S. …

America Ferrera Knows What Real Power Looks Like

December 6th, 2021


The Hollywood A-lister reveals how she advocates for herself, maneuvers through complex power dynamics, and deflects the “Brown Discount.” She also …

How Queens' Star Nadine Velazquez is Making the Most of a Second Chance

November 29th, 2021


By 30, the actress had reached most of her goals but still felt like she was living a life someone else had chosen for her. Nadine reveals what it …

Why Beauty Entrepreneur Aisha Ceballos-Crump Stepped Out on Faith

November 22nd, 2021


The Founder and CEO of Honey Baby Naturals and Botanika Beauty paired engineering and marketing to pave her own path into beauty. Aisha gets candid about the reality TV experience that clarified her vision, and the …

Vanessa Birnbaum Rosler’s Yoga Philosophy Ignited a Booming Business

November 15th, 2021


The founder of All You Can Yoga reveals how she harnessed her love of the practice, marketing, and entrepreneurship to simplify the business of yoga, …

How Aida Rodriguez Wove Heartbreak Into Comedy Gold

November 8th, 2021


The comedian had her breakout moment on "Last Comic Standing,” and since, has used comedy to explore everything from politics to familial trauma. …

What Sonia Manzano Knows Kids Need

November 1st, 2021


As Sesame Street's iconic "Maria," the actress and Emmy-award winning writer harnessed the power of make-believe and imagination to connect with …

Introducing: Smoke Screen: The Sellout

October 26th, 2021


From Neon Hum Media and LA Taco, this is Smoke Screen: The Sellout, a podcast about a politician dogged by allegations of corruption, harassment and …

How Mildred Otero Learned to Negotiate

October 25th, 2021


From Capitol Hill to the State Department to Leadership for Educational Equity, this education policy advocate offers wisdom on the art of compromise …

How Grace Bastidas Built a Media Brand for Modern Families

October 18th, 2021


The founding editor-in-chief of Parents Latina and Ser Padres shares how she launched and built a media brand that infuses multicultural roots and …

Why Dr. Mariel Buqué Believes Healing Leads to Liberation

October 11th, 2021


The Ivy League educated holistic psychologist is revolutionizing her field with Indigenous healing, curanderos, sound baths, and Reiki therapy. Dr. …

Why Kayla Rodriguez Graff is Bringing Honey to Wound Care

October 4th, 2021


As co-founder and CEO of SweetBio, she’s harnessing the power of Manuka honey to heal advanced wounds and reimagine health outcomes. But early on, the biotech company nearly crumbled. Kayla describes the pivot that put …

Who Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodríguez Is Writing For

September 27th, 2021


The Latina Rebels founder and author of For Brown Girls with Sharp Edges and Tender Hearts: A Love Letter to Women of Color, opens up about imposter …

Why Zaena Zamora is Fighting for Our Reproductive Freedom

September 20th, 2021


The executive director of pro-choice Frontera Fund discusses the ramifications of the loss of abortion rights in Texas, and the challenges that lay ahead for the state and the the country. Zaena also gives Alicia …

How Curator E. Carmen Ramos is Representing Us in the Art World

September 13th, 2021


As a teenager, she spent weekends in New York City museums. Today she’s big-time in her field. E. Carmen Ramos talks candidly about feeling unwelcome in her first museum job to challenging the art establishment to …

Why Designer Jen Zeano Is Building a Queer Lifestyle Brand in South Texas

September 6th, 2021


Jen, who is behind empowering T-shirt collections like the pink and red “Latina Power” line, started out hand-drawing on coffee mugs while working at …

UNSTUCK: Breathwork Coach Ana Lilia Teaches Us How to Center Ourselves

August 30th, 2021


Ana Lilia fell in love with breathing practices and affirmations as part of her own healing journey. Then she shared those gifts with others. Now she …

UNSTUCK: What Media Mogul Nely Galán Can Teach Us About the Art of Reinvention

August 23rd, 2021


The television executive turned entrepreneur took a major detour—mid career—to go back to school. She shares how that decision changed her life, as …

UNSTUCK: How PR Pro Lissette M. Rios Connects the Dots

August 16th, 2021


The founder of Chic Influence, a public relations firm, shares her tips for telling an individual or brand’s story so that others want to listen. …

UNSTUCK: Why Irene Quevedo Wants You to Take a Chance on Yourself

August 9th, 2021


To kick off this four part series, this non-profit CEO and professional coach shares the biggest obstacle her clients face when it comes to asserting what they really want, as well as the radical decision that …

Why Radical Health CEO Ivelyse Andino Wants to Reimagine Health Care

August 2nd, 2021


Ivelyse's personal experience of navigating the health care system inspired her to build a business that harnesses technology and intimate …

What Activist Tania Rosario Méndez is Doing to Combat Femicide in Puerto Rico

July 26th, 2021


The Executive Director of Taller Salud, a feminist organization in Puerto Rico, breaks down how the island's struggling economy and social systems fail survivors, what needs to change, and what we can each do to combat …

How Carolyn Rodz Is Connecting Entrepreneurs with Opportunities

July 19th, 2021


Her own leap from investment banking to entrepreneurship inspired Hello Alice, a free platform that helps businesses learn and grow. Carolyn shares …

How TikTok Star Tefi Pessoa Gets Paid to Be Herself

July 12th, 2021


She was a quirky kid who was obsessed with pop culture and learned the art of chisme from her abuela. It all prepared her to take our social media …

How Maude CEO Éva Goicochea Plans to Revolutionize Sexual Wellness

July 5th, 2021


Growing up in New Mexico, she read books like Our Bodies, Ourselves, and understood the importance of destigmatizing sexuality. Now the entrepreneur shares how her modern sexual wellness company is reimagining an …

How Mysticism Fuels Natalia Lafourcade's Musical Process

June 28th, 2021


The iconic Mexican folk singer didn’t know if she would keep working in music, so she lost herself in Canada and started paying attention to signs …

THANK YOU for One Million Downloads!

June 22nd, 2021


We did it: we surpassed one million downloads. Thank you for supporting this Latina-owned podcast. To celebrate you, we’re hosting 12 days of giveaways from some of our favorite Latina-owned brands and Latina authors. …

Introducing Yeah No, I’m Not OK with Diane Guerrero

June 22nd, 2021


Karla Cornejo Villavicencio shot to fame when she wrote an essay about being an undocumented student at Harvard. But instead of book deals, she looked for more meaning in writing and exploring her identity. Along the …

How Netflix’s Carolina Garcia Picks Binge-Worthy Hits

June 21st, 2021


She learned on the job as an assistant to one of the most powerful women in Hollywood, and spent nine years at Twentieth Century Fox before making …

How NASA Engineer Diana Trujillo's Pursuit of a New Life Led Her to Space

June 14th, 2021


She grew tired of seeing the women in her family sacrifice their ambition for their men, so she vowed to build a life that wouldn't force her to …

What In the Heights’ Melissa Barrera Learned by Playing an Iconic Character

June 7th, 2021


Roller coaster auditions left no room for self-doubt, and filming was magical. But the release was pushed back a year amid the pandemic. The whole …

Why Nathalie Huerta Founded the First Queer Gym in the Country

May 31st, 2021


An athlete who loves the gym, she began presenting as more masculine and locker-room interactions became so stressful she stopped going. Then she …

For Sociologist Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve Getting Latinos to Care about Justice Reform Is Personal

May 24th, 2021


Her cousin's incarceration punctuated the ten years she spent studying the largest criminal court in the country. So she decided it was time to act, …

How Showrunner Dailyn Rodriguez Stays in High Demand

May 17th, 2021


Her life story is the stuff of movies. She was a goth kid in private school while her dad ran an underground gambling syndicate. A teacher suggested …

Why Loira Limbal Spotlights Invisible People in Her New Film

May 10th, 2021


When she read about a 24-hour daycare center, the producer and director knew it would become the heart of her next verité film. Filmed over two …

Why Lilliana Vazquez Is on a Mission to End the Stigma of Infertility

May 3rd, 2021


The E! Host and style expert struggled with infertility for six years before becoming pregnant. Now, she's sharing her journey in the hopes of helping others feel less alone. Here, she reflects on the unique challenges …

What Medium Tatianna Morales Sees in Her Own Future

April 26th, 2021


Intuition is one thing. The ability to connect with the spirit world to help others is entirely another. And for Tatianna Morales a lifelong pursuit …

Why Tech Visionary Irma Olguin Jr. Went Back to Her Farming Roots

April 19th, 2021


Growing up, Irma Olguin expected to join the next generation of farmworkers in her family. But the CEO of Bitwise Industries, which has turned California’s Central Valley into a thriving tech hub, says she experienced …

How Health Coach Massy Arias Found Her Real Strength

April 12th, 2021


A decade ago, she began sharing her fitness trials and triumphs online after experiencing the dark side of the industry. Since then, she has motivated millions to find their motivation, strengthening techniques, and …

Book Editor Michelle Herrera on Finding Your Voice By Not Fitting In

April 5th, 2021


Growing up, she was so close to her family, it was unimaginable she’d ever even go away for college. But a curious mind and an adventurous heart …

How Neurosurgeon Dr. Analiz Rodriguez Made Her Own Way

March 29th, 2021


Set on being a brain surgeon since childhood, and armed with “unwavering self-confidence” instilled in her by her mother, Analiz powered through …

How Karla Vasquez Reclaimed Salvadoran Food

March 22nd, 2021


When she learned that there were virtually no Salvadoran cookbooks in print in the United States, this food writer and cooking instructor made it her mission to capture the food and the spirits of the women of El …

Why Our Friend Dessa Likes Picking Brains Apart

March 15th, 2021


She's a rapper, a performer, a complete science geek, and now a podcast creator and host. And Deeply Human, her new show from the BBC, doesn't stray far from her ambitious curiosity and insatiable creative appetite. In …

How Virgie Tovar Is Leading a Fat Revolution

March 8th, 2021


She was researching fatness and wound up “onboarded” into fat activism. That set Virgie on her professional path, and radically changed the trajectory of her personal life. She breaks down the difference between “fat …

Why Living Icon Isabel Allende Has Never Kept Secrets

March 1st, 2021


She believes the secrets you keep make you vulnerable. And she is sharing plenty of them in her new book, The Soul of a Woman. Isabel joins Alicia …

How Writer Leslé Honoré Knows Poetry Changes Lives

February 22nd, 2021


Her poems have gone viral and reached millions. Now the writer behind "Brown Girl, Brown Girl" opens up about finding her way out of an abusive marriage, the decade where her kids became her poems, and the power of …

How Jenny Lorenzo Became the Internet’s Favorite Cuban Abuela

February 15th, 2021


A co-founder of BuzzFeed’s Pero Like, and an alum of MiTu, Jenny spent the early part of her career creating viral sketch videos for big media companies. Frustrated, she decided to break out on her own. In this …

Mend's Founder, Elle Huerta, Wants to Help You Beat Burnout

February 8th, 2021


When the digital entrepreneur launched the self-care app, Mend, she was focused on helping users recover from the fallout of romantic breakups. Now she and her team are taking on a new challenge: professional burnout. …


February 2nd, 2021


Chicano Squad is a new show hosted by Cristela Alonzo, who you've heard on past episodes of Latina to Latina. The show tells the story of Houston's …

Why Rum Master Distiller Sylvia Santiago Will Never Quit

February 1st, 2021


The chief distiller at Puerto Rico's Destilería Serrallés, maker of Don Q, is as committed to her craft as ever, but honest about the sacrifices she made along the way to mastering this male-dominated art form.

If you …

How Bomba Curls' Lulu Cordero Unfurled Her Natural Hair and Ambition

January 25th, 2021


The entrepreneur, whose hair care line has already made it to Nordstrom shelves, traces her enterprising spirit to a childhood backpack candy …

LEVEL UP: How to Approach Your Health Holistically

January 18th, 2021


Fitness coach Yami Mufdi wants you to shift your mindset from on how your body looks to how it feels. She breaks down all the components—nutrition, …

LEVEL UP: How to Secure Your Financial Future Starting Today

January 11th, 2021


Personal finance expert Ramona Ortega of My Money, My Future gives us some real talk about how to take control of your finances today so you can own …

LEVEL UP: Your Relationships Could Use a Refresh

January 4th, 2021


Psychotherapist Genesis Games gets real about why it’s important to assess your relationships truthfully, so you can set healthy expectations and …

LEVEL UP: This Life Coach Says Now's the Time to Level Up

December 28th, 2020


To launch this special series, Alicia talks to experts about how each of us can step into our fullest potential in the new year. Life and business …

How O Magazine’s Arianna Davis Made It, on Her Own Terms

December 21st, 2020


The digital director of Oprah Magazine talks to Alicia about the maverick moves that landed her jobs in journalism. And she discusses her new book,

How Fashion Entrepreneur Camila Coelho Went from Working Retail to Building a Beauty Brand

December 14th, 2020


The blogger and founder of Elaluz and the Camila Coelho Collection shares how a promise to her mother pushed her to work hard in a very competitive …

Why Reina Rebelde's Founder, Regina Merson, Chose Herself Over Everything Else

December 7th, 2020


The successful owner of makeup brand Reina Rebelde talks about how she chose to leave a high-profile law career to find her way back to herself. And …

Powerhouse Marketer Ana Valdéz on Using Media to Create Change

November 30th, 2020


The marketing and business consultant on realizing and harnessing the power that marketing and media have to influence people’s behavior. And how she …

What the Election Taught Us About the Latina Vote

November 23rd, 2020


Journalists Jennifer Medina and Patricia Mazzei of the New York Times break down how we voted this election, and what the mainstream media so often …

How Olympic Gymnast Laurie Hernandez Regained Her Strength After Emotional Abuse

November 16th, 2020


The gold medal athlete opens up about how she dealt with emotional and verbal abuse at the hands of coaches, the key role her mother played in …

How Girls Night In Founder Alisha Ramos Started a Stay-at-Home Movement

November 9th, 2020


Her weekly newsletter champions self-care and mental health, while being the heart of a thriving tech company. Alisha talks about how investing $20,000 in herself led to building a massive online community that brings …

Why Dr. Julie Ramos Insists You Take Care of Your Heart

November 2nd, 2020


She tells Alicia her Latina identity plays into every aspect of her medical career, from the big hoop earrings in her professional headshot, to her …

Let's Talk Latina Power in This Election

October 26th, 2020


She Se Puede founders Jess Morales Rocketto and Stephanie Valencia get real about what’s at stake this election, including Covid recovery, the …

Code for America’s Amanda Renteria Lost Some Battles, but Is Winning the Political War

October 19th, 2020


The former political aide says growing up in agricultural California deeply shaped her identity, especially as a Latina in powerful roles, including …

How Aimee Garcia Took Charge of Her Hollywood Career

October 12th, 2020


The actor best known for playing a nerdy Latina on TV is becoming a power player behind the scenes, thanks in large part to starting a production …

How Doula Adriana Lozada Guides Parents to Their Own Ideal Birth

October 5th, 2020


After giving birth to her daughter changed her life, she left a thriving media career to support parents on their pre- and postnatal odysseys. …

How Majo Molfino Helps You Break the Good-Girl Myth

September 28th, 2020


The writer and life designer warns about five self-sabotaging tendencies that prevent us from connecting to our purpose and true strength. In this …

How Beauty Insider Tina Hedges Created LOLI, an Environmentally Sound Brand

September 21st, 2020


A crisis in health and consciousness pushed her to rethink her life choices and her work in the beauty industry. And she has an epiphany that would …

Why Pioneering Journalist Maria Hinojosa Put Herself in the Story

September 14th, 2020


She worked for decades to make sure her voice and ideas were valued as much as those of non-Latinos in the newsroom. Then she founded her own media company to make sure. Now she has written a memoir, Once I Was You, …

Why Gianna Nino-Tapias Embodies Labor Rights, and Why Her Tweet from a Blueberry Field Hit a Nerve

September 7th, 2020


The Stanford medical student has worked in fields alongside her mother since she was 14. And has become increasingly worried about working conditions for seasonal workers who pick our food, especially after COVID hit. …

TRAILER: Driving The Green Book!

September 3rd, 2020


We produced something beautiful for Macmillan Podcasts!! Introducing Driving the Green Book, a ten-part documentary series premiering September 15. …

How Philanthropic CEO Carmen Rojas Learned to Lead as Her Full Self

August 31st, 2020


Raised by Nicaraguan and Venezuelan parents who immigrated to the U.S. in the middle of the Civil Rights and labor movements, she grew up determined …

How Therapist and Healer Christine Gutierrez Came Back Home to Herself, and Wrote I Am Diosa

August 24th, 2020


After a difficult breakup, Christine sought out deep healing from childhood abuse wounds and toxic people. Then, she became a therapist, trained in …

Why The Tax Collector’s Cinthya Carmona Defied Religion to Pursue Acting and Find Herself

August 17th, 2020


Her independent spirit, strong will, and artistic ambition made her a rebel in a deeply religious family. But a supportive madrina found ways for her …

Why Corporate America Couldn’t Change Carla Vernón at Her Core

August 10th, 2020


Carla Vernón describes herself as “a very malleable piece of clay” with a sense of pride and self-awareness. She has used that singular strength to …

How Coco Illustrator Ana Ramírez González Extends Herself with Her Art

August 3rd, 2020


It’s hard to believe she didn’t begin drawing until she was 17. You’ve seen her work on Pixar’s Coco, her gorgeous Google Doodles, and her children’s book illustrations, most recently in Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea. Ana …

How Buscabulla’s Raquel Berrios Wrote Her Way Back Home In Regresa

July 27th, 2020


Raquel Berrios left Puerto Rico for New York City to find herself as an artist. There, she met her musical and life partner Luis Alfredo Del Valle, and they formed their experimental Latin pop duo. As their music …

How Sasha Merci and Dee Nasty Found Their Comedic Calling

July 20th, 2020


They're funny and they know it. But they're also observant and really quick witted, which makes their brand of comedy a little bit underhanded and conspiratorial in a really appealing way. After honing their standup …

To Honor Vanessa Guillén, These Two Latina Veterans Are Telling Women Not To Enlist

July 13th, 2020


Latina Veterans Lucy del Gaudio and Pam Campos-Palma are spearheading a campaign demanding justice after the disappearance and killing of Army Spc. Vanessa Guillén. Their service experience includes misogyny, …

How Documentarian Cristina Costantini Fed Her Soul While Making Mucho Mucho Amor

July 6th, 2020


For years Cristina covered detention centers and drug cartels as an investigative journalist. Without any film school training, she decided to take …

Why Actress Selenis Leyva and Her Sister, Trans Activist Marizol Leyva, Are Closer Than Ever

June 29th, 2020


Marizol's transition not only tested her determination to live life on her own terms, it also tested her lifelong bond to her sister Selenis.  A …

Happy 100th Episode Beloved Listeners!!

June 22nd, 2020


We did it!!!!! Together, dear listeners, you and our team reached 100 episodes today. Our hearts are overflowing with gratitude and love. Thank you for showing up every week, for sharing the show, and for letting us …

Why TV Showrunner Ilana Peña Craves Complicated Girl Characters

June 15th, 2020


Growing up, television writer Ilana Peña was a student of books, where, she says, "girls could be complicated." Now, as creator of Diary of a Future …

Two Latina Activists on Latinos' Place in Anti-Blackness

June 8th, 2020


This week we pause to reckon with the national call for justice that followed the deaths of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and countless Black …

Why Actress Lisa Vidal Believes "I'm here because this was supposed to happen."

June 1st, 2020


We've all been there. "Oh my God, can I do this?" And in those moments of intense doubt and fear, Lisa Vidal, the star of ABC's The Baker and the Beauty, says "That's when you have to really embrace your talent, and …

How Rolling Stone’s Suzy Exposito Made History with Her Bad Bunny Cover Story

May 25th, 2020


First, she planted the seed of the idea in his publicist’s mind. Then she began a relentless insider campaign to convince magazine editors that the megastar was cover worthy. Then she and the art director recruited the …

How Writer Karla Cornejo Villavicencio Maintains Control of Her Narrative

May 18th, 2020


As if setting out to write a book about the undocumented immigrant experience across the country wasn’t hard enough, Karla Cornejo Villavivencio set a much higher bar for The Undocumented Americans. “I promised everyone …

A Mother's Day Tribute to You, Your Mom, and All the Mamís

May 10th, 2020


Alicia selects some of the beautiful moments when our brilliant guests recall a special moment with their moms, open up about the struggle to become …

PROMO: Meet the Mask Makers

May 7th, 2020


Why are so many people trying their hands at sewing homemade masks? Making a mask not only helps the wearers feel safe, it helps the maker feel …

How Joanna Vargas Built a Beauty Empire with Her Hands

May 4th, 2020


Echoing a sentiment shared by many successful children of immigrants, Joanna Vargas tells Alicia, “My parents did not send me to school so that I …

TRAILER: How to Talk to Mamí & Papí About Anything

April 29th, 2020


From the executive producer of Latina to Latina, welcome to How to Talk to Mamí and Papí About Anything! Juleyka Lantigua-Williams made the show …

Elisa Villanueva Beard’s Aha Moment as Teach for America's CEO

April 27th, 2020


She started in a Teach for America classroom and today leads the organization as it sends a small army of new teachers into schools that need them …

How One Day at a Time's Isabella Gomez Found Her Strength

April 20th, 2020


"And if I'm going to play a Latinx woman, she better be strong as hell," Isabella tells Alicia in this powerful conversation about being fully …

When Gentefied Co-Creator Linda Yvette Chávez Realized She Couldn’t Quit

April 13th, 2020


"If you find yourself in an industry doing all the jobs around the job you really want to do, check in on that," Linda tells Alicia. "There's some sort of fear around you not doing the thing you really want to do." She …

Political Power Player Cecilia Muñoz Reminds Us That We Are ‘More Than Ready’

April 6th, 2020


She jokingly calls herself “a professional Latina,” but the reality is that Cecilia Muñoz has spent decades advocating on our behalf—from providing immigration services in Chicago to leading the National Council of La …

Why Author Valeria Luiselli’s Art Reflects Real Life

March 30th, 2020


“I think it's really important to be transparent about the place from which you write and the way that place determines your relationship to that which you write about,” award-winning author of Lost Children Archive …

How Ad Exec Nancy Reyes Became Undeniable

March 23rd, 2020


After Alicia’s conversation with advertising superstar Nancy Reyes, she wanted to make t-shirts that read, "I am undeniable." That’s how inspiring this trailblazer’s story is. From learning that “everything feels better …

REPLAY: Univision’s Ilia Calderón is Grounded by the People She Covers

March 16th, 2020


Last night, the final two viable Democratic presidential hopefuls faced off in the eleventh primary debate, and faced questions from one of America's …

How Artist Scherezade Garcia Came to Work and Exist on Her Own Terms

March 9th, 2020


Listening to Scherezade Garcia talk about her art and her creative process is watching someone relive the many ways she has made herself free— from other’s scrutiny, from expectations, from the need to justify her very …

Why iLe’s New Album, Almadura, Is Both Departure and Evolution from Calle 13

March 2nd, 2020


iLe’s natural and inherited musical talents were nurtured between  classic piano training and the hyper-political songs of Calle 13, Puerto Rico’s …

Why DACA Trailblazer Cristina Jiménez Is Stepping Away

February 24th, 2020


Cristina Jiménez knows how to agitate for change. The co-founder and Executive Director of United We Dream convinced President Obama to act on DACA. Now, as she prepares to step away from an organization she helped …

Storyteller Extraordinaire Martina Castro Has Her Own Exceptional Story

February 17th, 2020


Her professional journey would make an awesome movie. From humble beginnings as an NPR intern to co-founding and producing Radio Ambulante—a …

How Canticos Creator Susie Jaramillo Built an Inclusive Kids' Brand

February 10th, 2020


Susie Jaramillo created several lines of award-winning children’s books, animated series, and merchandise. And she made the first board book prototype by hand while easing her child into daycare. It’s no wonder when …

Julissa Prado, the Million-Dollar Curl Whisperer

February 3rd, 2020


She had us at hello. Then we got to know her and walked away inspired. Founder Julissa Prado mixed her grandma’s herbal medicine legacy, a lot of …

How Nelini Stamp Sets Injustice Aflame

January 27th, 2020


She calls herself a “fire-starter,” and has a long list of rabble-rousing moments to prove it. Before turning 18, she registered people to vote by pleading “Please register and vote for me! I can’t vote.” Later, she …

How Ana Flores Is Helping Latinas Grow

January 20th, 2020


One of the original innovators in the personal blogging space, Ana Flores is not only an early adaptor but also a born innovator. She saw an …

Why Dessa Is So Much More Than an Indie Rapper

January 13th, 2020


She says her music is driven by “connection, communion and lost.” But listening, really listening, to one of Dessa’s albums and then drilling down to …

Our EP, Juleyka, Demystifies How to Start a Podcast

January 6th, 2020


Listeners often ask us about starting a podcast. In this episode, executive producer Juleyka Lantigua-Williams, gives a masterclass in the art and …

REPLAY: Michelle Poler Inspires Fearlessly

December 30th, 2019


We're replaying this one to help you rev up for the new year!! Michelle Poler says being raised in Venezuela during turbulent times made her afraid …

REPLAY: Gina Torres Brings All Her Fierceness to Pearson, and We Are Here for It

December 23rd, 2019


Gina Torres is everything we’ve ever wanted to be: brilliant, strong, stylish, and funny. In this episode, she opens up about the real and very personal reason she left Suits, how she spearheaded the creation of …

What Singer Aymée Nuviola Left Behind for Her Art

December 15th, 2019


She's a recording artist. She played Celia Cruz on television. She toured around the world. She has had a career many can only dream of. But Aymée also sacrificed so much along the way. She left behind her home and …

Author Carmen Maria Machado on the Myth of a Queer Love Utopia

December 9th, 2019


Her genre-bending new memoir, "In the Dream House," recounts an abusive lesbian relationship and implodes safe notions of intimacy. Carmen talks with Alicia about revisiting trauma, mourning for her former self, and the …

How Annie Elainey Is Making the Future Accessible

December 2nd, 2019


This popular YouTuber is a bit of a provocateur. “How To Spot a Fake Disability” is among her most viewed and most subversive videos. Annie Elainey, …

Living Icon Dolores Huerta Is Still Fighting the Good Fight

November 25th, 2019


The founding mother of the farmers' rights movement, Dolores Huerta is still traversing the country protesting, marching, and sometimes getting …

REPLAY: Birchbox Co-Founder and CEO Katia Beauchamp

November 18th, 2019


Knowing that “beauty is hard to sell on the internet,” this subscription box CEO still pursued a breakthrough company model that would eventually …

Yvonne and Yvette Rodriguez Are Shaking Up the Cigar Industry

November 11th, 2019


When a santera declared that it was time for Yvonne and Yvette Rodriguez to work together, the twin sisters didn’t flinch. Today, they’re shaking up the cigar industry with their Miami-based brand, Tres Lindas Cubanas. …

Alicia Tells Us about Her Book, The Likeability Trap

November 4th, 2019


At work, strong women are thought of as unlikeable. Warm women are rarely seen as leaders. Alicia takes a deep dive into these frustrating realities in her new book, “The Likeability Trap: How to Break Free and Succeed …

What Happened After Zulema Arroyo Farley Stopped Denying Her Own Truth

October 28th, 2019


After decades of keeping her psychic abilities hidden from her family and friends, Zulema Arroyo Farley found herself unable to deny that she could …

How Jennifer Mercedes Made Herself an MVP in Sports Journalism

October 21st, 2019


Fresh out of college, Jennifer Mercedes was offered the opportunity to produce and host her own baseball video series. She snatched it, and La Chica …

Feeling My Flo Podcast S2 Trailer

October 18th, 2019


On October 24, Feeling My Flo — the reported podcast where menstruation is an event that happens to all types of bodies — is back with a brand new season all about periods and the people who experience them.

Why Cristela Alonzo's Drive to Make It Is Deeply Personal, Part 2

October 14th, 2019


Cristela Alonzo knows about starting at square one — and then doing it again and again. In the second part of our interview, she talks to Alicia about facing her make-or-break moment, how she “had to go live a life to …

Why Cristela Alonzo's Drive to Make It Is Deeply Personal, Part 1

October 7th, 2019


As a latchkey kid growing up in San Juan, Texas, comedian Cristela Alonzo dreamed of leaving her border town and seeing the world. In this emotional two-part episode, she tells Alicia how her childhood aspirations made …

Why Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Leads from the Heart

September 29th, 2019


Fresh off a major legislative win with the passing of California’s AB-5, forcing gig-economy giants like Uber and Lyft to classify drivers as employees, Gonzalez tells Alicia, “I was so blessed by not knowing my own …

Nicole Mejia Wants You to Love Yourself—All of You

September 23rd, 2019


She launched herself as an Instagram model. And then Nicole Mejia built an entire fitness brand, Fit and Thick, to empower women to embrace their …

What Photographer Ramona Rosales Really Sees from Behind the Lens

September 16th, 2019


She’s a go-to celebrity photographer, known for her innovative use of color and light. From Janelle Monáe to Cardi B, America Ferrera to Bad Bunny, …

Why DaniLeigh is Destined to Be a Music Mogul

September 9th, 2019


People may call her “the next Rihanna,” but she’s only interested in being the first DaniLeigh. After starting out as background dancer for the likes …

REPLAY: Diane Guerrero on the Power of Owning Your Story

September 2nd, 2019


A rising star in Netflix’s Orange is the New Black as Maritza Ramos, Lina in Jane the Virgin, and Sofia in Superior Donuts, Diane Guerrero embodies quintessential Latina powers. She's grounded in her strong family roots …

How Linda Briceño Won Her Artistic Freedom

August 26th, 2019


Linda Briceño’s career as a trumpeter, vocalist, and producer has allowed her to rub shoulders with the likes of Wynton Marsalis and Arturo Sandoval. …

REPLAY: How Jess Morales Rocketto Became a Political Ninja

August 19th, 2019


"What I'm trying to do is motivate people into their purpose." Easy, right? It is if you're Jess Morales Rocketto, a digital political organizer …

How Gina Brillón Became a Comedy Junkie

August 12th, 2019


“I was a comedy junkie at 14,” she admits. And now Gina Brillón is a rising comedy star, headlining tours with the likes of Gabriel Iglesias, premiering an HBO Latino special, “Easily Offended,” and hosting a comedy …

San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz Is Not Done Fighting

August 5th, 2019


In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz emerged as one of the most recognizable critics of the Trump administration’s …

REPLAY: How Orange Is The New Black’s Jackie Cruz Gets it Done

July 29th, 2019


Jackie Cruz, a star on Netflix’s Orange is the New Black, is so much more than people sometimes expect. “Instead of me just being in a box, like ‘Oh. She’s Latina. That’s all she is.’ No, no, no.” For seven seasons, …

Why Jessica González-Rojas Champions Reproductive Justice

July 22nd, 2019


The executive director of the Latina Institute for Reproductive Health talks about how legislative restrictions on abortion impact our health and our communities. Jessica recalls how a trip to a clinic to get birth …

BONUS TRACK: New Show from LTL'S EP! "Feeling My Flo"

July 18th, 2019


The executive producer of Latina to Latina just launched Feeling My Flo, a reported podcast where menstruation is an event that happens to all types of bodies across the gender spectrum. Aimed at the 12-16 years in your …

REPLAY: Trust Us, Cristela Alonzo Gets the Last Laugh

July 15th, 2019


Cristela was one of the very first guests on the show. And still one of our faves. With a new book, Music to My Years, due in October and already out for pre-order, we wanted you to hear about her rise to comedic …

Gina Torres Brings All Her Fierceness to Pearson, and We Are Here for It

July 8th, 2019


Gina Torres is everything we’ve ever wanted to be: brilliant, strong, stylish, and funny. And now, with Pearson, we get to watch her stride into her greatness. In this episode, she opens up about the real and very …

REPLAY: Why ODAAT's Gloria Calderón Kellett Deserves the Spotlight

July 1st, 2019


After weeks in television limbo, One Day at a Time has been picked up by Pop, a CBS-owned cable network. And millions of us breathed a little easier. Gloria Calderón Kellett, the co-showrunner and executive producer, …

Daniela Pierre Bravo Teaches Us How to 'Earn It'

June 24th, 2019


Daniela Pierre Bravo has never met an obstacle more formidable than her will. Disqualified from college scholarships due to her legal status, she …

REPLAY: Gina Rodriguez Is Making Boss Moves

June 17th, 2019


Gina Rodriguez will always be associated with her star-making and award-winning portrayal of the titular character on Jane the Virgin. And she's so …

MSNBC’s Mariana Atencio Reveals How to Be ‘Perfectly You’

June 10th, 2019


After experiencing violence and media censorship in her native Venezuela, Mariana Atencio embarked on her journalist career in the United States. An …

What Vida’s Mishel Prada Has Learned about Identity

June 3rd, 2019


On Starz’s megahit Vida she plays a determined, smart and sensual woman. And Mishel Prada readily admits her character reflects part of who she is. She talks to Alicia about making it in showbiz as a Latina, growing up …

UN General Assembly President María Espinosa Garcés Is Making Room for Women

May 27th, 2019


Fun fact: This was the first time we had to check protocol before interviewing someone. And Alicia had to call the current head of the United …

How Pinnacle Founder & CEO Nina Vaca Became a Corporate Titan

May 20th, 2019


This captain of industry comes from a family of self-starters that has always banded together--from her father’s travel agency to her billion-dollar …

Gia Morón Wants More of Us in the Weed Business

May 13th, 2019


Legal weed is among the fastest growing industries right now. And thanks to women like Gia Morón, from Women Grow, more people will have a chance to enter the business. For her, opening doors to legal weed is about …

For Chillhouse’s Cyndi Ramirez-Fulton Putting Yourself First Is Essential

May 6th, 2019


By the time she was 26, Cyndi Ramirez-Fulton had worked her way from cocktail waitress to being a partner in a bar. She’s now applying her experience …

How Alexandra Rojas Wants to Rewrite Politics

April 29th, 2019


There’s no denying Latinas are making serious moves across the political map. But the real power players are not always in the spotlight. Alexandra …

Univision’s Ilia Calderón Is Grounded by the People She Covers

April 22nd, 2019


She came to Miami on vacation from her television job in Colombia and, while visiting Telemundo with a friend, walked herself into an opportunity of …

Life in Pieces’ Angelique Cabral First Sees It, Then Goes After It

April 15th, 2019


Some of us daydream about what we want in our lives. Some of us pray about it. Actress Angelique Cabral writes it down as literally as she can and puts it where she can see it every day. Then she goes to work making it …

Dr. Laura Scott Is Building a Self-Care Brand One Post at a Time

April 8th, 2019


Becoming a doctor is a huge accomplishment unto itself, requiring years of study, sacrifice and discipline. But if you’re a smart, driven, black …

How Birchbox CEO Katia Beauchamp Upended the Beauty Industry for Good

April 1st, 2019


Knowing that “beauty is hard to sell on the internet,” this subscription box CEO still pursued a breakthrough company model that would eventually …

Fitness Entrepreneur Melissa Alcantara is Always in Beast Mode

March 25th, 2019


Before you follow her on social media or try out her tailored fitness routine, there’s one thing you need to know about fitness coach and …

Novelist Lilliam Rivera Builds Worlds for All of Us

March 18th, 2019


As a young reader, she didn’t realize people who looked and lived like her were missing from some of her favorite books. “It felt to me like I was reading science fiction in a lot of ways because it was so outside of my …

How HeyFranHey’s Francheska Medina Healed Herself

March 11th, 2019


Her body was really sick and giving up on her--fast. Indifferent doctors recommended unthinkable treatments. But her natural instincts were pushing her in a different direction. In a way, by taking charge of her health, …

How Jess Morales Rocketto Became a Political Ninja

March 4th, 2019


"What I'm trying to do is motivate people into their purpose." Easy, right? It is if you're Jess Morales Rocketto, a digital political organizer …

Why Climate Scientist Nicole Hernández Hammer Takes the Fight to the Streets

February 25th, 2019


There's a direct connection between climate scientist Nicole Hernandez Hammer's childhood in rural Guatemala and her tireless work to teach the rest …

Master Chef Lorena Garcia Says It Takes More Than Sharp Knives

February 18th, 2019


She handed her law degree to her mother to thank her, and quit an elite Miami law firm on her first day. Then she headed to culinary school—in …

How Mend App Founder Elle Huerta Comforts Broken Hearts

February 11th, 2019


After getting her heart broken, and finding zero advice that was actually useful, Elle Huerta decided to build her own “personal trainer for …

"In the Heights" Playwright Quiara Alegria Hudes Writes So People Remember Us

February 4th, 2019


She has written about Latinos in Washington Heights, about her close cousins and extended family, about what it means to be Latina. And now she’s writing about herself in her first memoir. Quiara is the author of the …

Gina Rodriguez Is Making Boss Moves

January 28th, 2019


Gina Rodriguez will always be associated with her star-making and award-winning portrayal of the titular character on The CW’s Jane the Virgin. And …

Michelle Poler Inspires Fearlessly

January 21st, 2019


Growing up the descendant of Holocaust survivors, keynote speaker and influencer Michelle Poler says fear is practically in her DNA. And that being …

Cover Girl and Disability Activist Jillian Mercado Takes on Her Dreams

January 13th, 2019


As a teen, Jillian Mercado hoarded fashion magazines. She idolized designers and always looked stylish at school. Never did she imagine she’d one day …

Why Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Stephanie Beatriz Bends the Rules

January 7th, 2019


Here’s the thing about Stephanie Beatriz: she doesn’t fall for traditional messages. Growing up in Texas, blond contest queens reigned, but she …

That Time Superstar Beauty Vlogger Iris Beilin Saved Her Own Life

December 31st, 2018


With faith and hard work, Iris Beilin has gone from the MAC counter at the mall to makeup maven with a million YouTube subscribers. But her life hasn’t always been glamorous. Iris opens up about immigrating from Panama …

How Artist Latashá Is Mindshifting Music

December 24th, 2018


Latasha tells Alicia, “I’m in the most found place I’ve ever been.” And her sense of self, her deep connection to her work, and her artistic genius seem to radiate in waves around her. “I’m practical magic,” she says at …

Actress Aimee Carrero Embraces Her Weird, and We Love Her for It

December 17th, 2018


She says growing up Latina in Miami gave her the cojones to face life in Hollywood. Her career so far, including roles in Disney Channel’s Elena of …

Vida’s Melissa Barrera Embraces All Her Identities

December 10th, 2018


The Mexican actress’ crossover has been years in the making. Raised in Monterrey, Melissa attended NYU, then found fame back home as a telenovela star. But even as she built a career in Mexico, Melissa knew that her …

Investor Nathalie Molina Niño Boldly Speaks Truth to Powerful Men

December 3rd, 2018


She launched her first startup at 20, and made lots of mistakes. Today, she runs Brava Investments, which only funds companies that have the potential to put money in the pockets of millions of women. Raised by an …

Fashion Entrepreneur Lilliana Vazquez: “Build Something for Yourself”

November 26th, 2018


On The Today Show and while covering red carpet fashion for Access Hollywood, Lilliana Vazquez has become one of the most sought-after style experts. …

Ain’t I Latina Founder Janel Martinez on Creating Space as a Black Latinx

November 19th, 2018


This episode gets real quickly. Alicia talks to journalist Janel Martinez, founder of Ain’t I Latina, about how forming her Afro-Latinx identity was an intentional act—often in defiance of the “resistance to black …

How Author Frances de Pontes Peebles Finds Power in Writing

November 12th, 2018


The Brazilian-American novelist says she never had to claim her Latina identity because “it embraced me” as she grew up bilingual, bicultural, and …

Why Estée Lauder’s María Cristina González Noguera Isn’t Afraid to Leap

November 5th, 2018


Maria Cristina Gonzalez Noguera was an executive at Estée Lauder when she became First Lady Michelle Obama’s communications director. The devoted …

Financial Expert Carmen Rita Wong: “Be Preoccupied about Our Money”

October 29th, 2018


Let’s talk about money. The average Latina earns 54 cents for every dollar earned by white, non-Hispanic men. To earn what he earned one year, we …

ODAAT’s Gloria Calderón Kellett Is a Boss in Any Room

October 22nd, 2018


Gloria Calderón Kellett runs the show. Literally. She’s the co-showrunner and executive producer of Netflix’s One Day at a Time, and with each season, she’s adding more credits to that list: writer, director and actor. …

Amara La Negra Outshines Any Spotlight

October 14th, 2018


Amara La Negra knew she was destined to be a star at five years old. And she started putting in the work then. From her first big break on …

This Is Why María Elena Salinas Is a Legend

October 8th, 2018


After decades of beaming into our homes from her perch on the Univision anchor desk, Maria Elena Salinas is enjoying finally speaking for herself and pursuing her own ideas and work. She jokes that she didn’t want her …

How Christy Haubegger Became a Media Mastermind

September 30th, 2018


As a child, Christy Haubegger knew what she wanted to be when she grew up: a boss. As the founder of the iconic Latina magazine, a film producer, and …

Paola Mendoza Teaches Us That Joy Is an Act of Resistance

September 24th, 2018


Film director and activist Paola Mendoza embodies today's political resistance. As Creative Director of the Women's March, her visionary work helped …

Orange is the New Black's Diane Guerrero Is Fearless and She Knows It

September 17th, 2018


A rising star in Netflix’s Orange is the New Black as Maritza Ramos, Lina in Jane the Virgin, and Sofia in Superior Donuts, Diane Guerrero embodies quintessential Latina powers. She's grounded in her strong family roots …

Latina to Latina Season 2 Trailer

September 13th, 2018


We're baaaack!!! And we're now a Latina-owned podcast. For months, we've been talking to incredible women who inspire us, and have been itching to get these fresh episodes to you. So, settle in for your weekly dose of …

How Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto Made Room for Herself in Politics

May 22nd, 2018


US Senator. Mentor. Deal-maker.  How Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto drives Washington D.C. into the next era of politics.

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Daisy Auger-Dominguez on Making It in Corporate America

May 15th, 2018


Strategist. Connector. Talent magnet. How Daisy Auger-Dominguez creates a space in corporate America for the rest of us.

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Hamilton’s Mandy Gonzalez Is Intentional about Personal Growth

May 8th, 2018


Singer. Broadway star. Revolutionary. How Mandy Gonzalez commands — and captivates — on stage and in person.

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Pipeline Angels’ Natalia Oberti Noguera Wants Investors to Show Us the Money

May 1st, 2018


CEO. Coach. Boundary breaker. How Natalia Oberti Noguera disrupts the world of angel investing.

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Why Comedian Cristela Alonzo Sometimes Laughs at Herself

April 24th, 2018


Writer. Actor. Trailblazer. How Cristela Alonzo makes room for stories like hers in every medium.

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The View’s Sunny Hostin Likes Taking a Stand

April 17th, 2018


The View host. Former federal prosecutor. Future politician. How Sunny Hostin takes on today’s most controversial topics — on live TV.

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How Orange is the New Black’s Jackie Cruz Gets It Done

April 10th, 2018


Actor. Musician. Activist. How Jackie Cruz creates her own path (in and out of the spotlight).

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Welcome to Latina to Latina!

April 3rd, 2018


In this new interview series, host Alicia Menendez talks to remarkable Latinas about making it, faking it, and everything in between. In often-hilarious and always-revealing episodes, Alicia and her guests take on the …

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