31 episodes

Hi, we are Juan Fernandez and Cecile Muñoz. We are fascinated by the intersection of business and relationships and how to thrive in your life. We explore issues affecting the workplace and how it impacts culture, interpersonal relationships, and how to grow as a human being. What makes us qualified? Juan Fernandez has covered some of the biggest stories in the Southland Los Angeles as part of the CBS News. His favorites include Presidential visits and the arrival of the Space Shuttle Endeavour and its final journey through the streets of Los Angeles to the California Science Center. Cecile Munoz is the president and founder of U.S. Executive Search & Consulting, a leading nationally recognized financial services recruiting and consulting firm. She’s one of a very small group of executive search firms owned and run by minority women working Wall Street investment firms.

Ends with Z Juan Fernandez, Cecile Munoz, Shawn Meaux

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 14 Ratings

Hi, we are Juan Fernandez and Cecile Muñoz. We are fascinated by the intersection of business and relationships and how to thrive in your life. We explore issues affecting the workplace and how it impacts culture, interpersonal relationships, and how to grow as a human being. What makes us qualified? Juan Fernandez has covered some of the biggest stories in the Southland Los Angeles as part of the CBS News. His favorites include Presidential visits and the arrival of the Space Shuttle Endeavour and its final journey through the streets of Los Angeles to the California Science Center. Cecile Munoz is the president and founder of U.S. Executive Search & Consulting, a leading nationally recognized financial services recruiting and consulting firm. She’s one of a very small group of executive search firms owned and run by minority women working Wall Street investment firms.

    Age Inappropriate

    Age Inappropriate

    We’re age inappropriate and loving it! Thanks to JLO, modern medicine and Botox, people say 50 is the new 30 and turning 40 no longer means doom and gloom. But why is that a good thing? Why are we all chasing youth; don’t you remember the acne, bad decisions and hangovers of your 20s? Because we, at Ends with Z, sure do! Maybe there’s a sweet spot? In this week’s episode, find out why 30 should actually be the new 50 (and why that’s a great thing), what Robert DeNiro and Anne Hathaway have in common, and how ageism is “so outdated.”

    • 44 min
    A Tale of Two Teachers: Back to School 2021

    A Tale of Two Teachers: Back to School 2021

    Back to school is always a mixed bag of excitement, nerves, fears and change. Things are a somewhat better – we have vaccines and boosters too – but the tension and confusion, on top of a year and a half of living in a pandemic, has been a steep price for all of us to pay. We wanted to give voice to the human side of the hot-button issue of bringing kids back to school. Ends With Z revisits (from podcasts #13 and #14) two Title 1 School teachers -- Shannon Dunn from Lexington, KY, and Gennevie Deloney from Tucson, AZ-- to hear their experiences, thoughts, and perspectives on bringing children back to school for in-person learning as the Delta variant, mask mandates, the vaccinated and the unvaccinated, and vaccination mandates become the focus of and threaten school re-openings nationwide.

    • 52 min
    Power Shift: Employees in Control

    Power Shift: Employees in Control

    With the promise of higher vaccination rates, the U.S. economy continues to reopen. But as unemployment numbers drop, companies are having a hard time figuring out exactly how to get employees back to the office. Doing it safely because we are still in a pandemic is only one factor. While many company leaders prefer a return to the office, many employees want more flexibility in their work schedule, having experienced working in a remote capacity due to pandemic restrictions. A shift happened, and it’s increasing in strength, with employees holding more influence and power. The work itself, how we work, where we work/where we live, and why we go to the office has changed and will continue to evolve. Make no mistake, these changes were already happening and have only been accelerated by the pandemic. Companies, leaders/managers of every company will need to address them on an individual basis and must think differently to imagine a productive, sustainable hybrid/flexible work model that is effective for their company and their employees. There is no one-size-fits-all solution.

    • 42 min
    The Therapist Is In: John Tsilimparis, MFT

    The Therapist Is In: John Tsilimparis, MFT

    We continue the discussion on how we adjust and readjust as we emerge from our homes and re-enter society. LA-based Psychotherapist, John Tsilimparis, MFT, joins the conversation to help us navigate the post-pandemic path to a new reality with less restrictions, masks, and mandates in a safer way that nurtures and supports our mental health and well-being.

    • 47 min
    Do We Hug? Masks Down, Awkward Up

    Do We Hug? Masks Down, Awkward Up

    In this podcast, we’re diving into how many of us are moving forward in the wake of COVID-19 and redefining the new normal. Do we hug again? How about just an elbow bump? We explore what our worlds are looking like now that we’re emerging from COVID-19 and discuss why it’s okay if you’re not okay in part one of this two-part podcast!

    • 23 min
    Is The Juice Worth The Squeeze?

    Is The Juice Worth The Squeeze?

    In a follow up to our last episode, we continue the discussion on the effects the pandemic has had on personal and professional relationships from a millennial mindset as special guest, Ashley Hall, joins the conversation. Are the societal changes we are seeing permanent or just temporary? How are these changes experienced differently by each generation? Ashely shares her views as we unpack some of what she and her peers are experiencing and get their perspectives on personal relating, digital dating, hook up culture, “adulting”, and work/life balance/imbalance in this time of COVID, and what life might look like when we emerge from this forced hibernation and reset our lives on the other side.

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

YuLamEddy ,

A candid conversation with wise people.

Cecil and Juan fills my empty living room with lush conversation in how to cope with stress. The philosophy of the three “D’s,” the thought of letting go of a balloon, and the tragic loss of a niece from COVID-19, Cecile and Juan reminds us that while we cannot control life events, what we can control is our reaction to it. I am looking forward to more personal stories in your next season.

ArabTaco ,

Great topics

I like that their topics are relavent and current. Great advice!

Tdixon508 ,

Great podcast!

Juan and Cecile are such a pleasure to listen to. I highly recommend making this podcast a part of your routine 👍🏾

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