16 episodes

Did you know that only 1% of startups that have achieved unicorn status are led by Latin American founders? Drift's co-founder and CTO, Elias Torres, is on a mission to change that. Every other Tuesday, he has honest, inspiring, and authentic conversations with underrepresented leaders in tech. Hear from people who have achieved their own version of the American Dream, as well as those who are creating a more equitable future for the next generation.

The American Dream with Elias Torres Drift

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    • 5.0 • 10 Ratings

Did you know that only 1% of startups that have achieved unicorn status are led by Latin American founders? Drift's co-founder and CTO, Elias Torres, is on a mission to change that. Every other Tuesday, he has honest, inspiring, and authentic conversations with underrepresented leaders in tech. Hear from people who have achieved their own version of the American Dream, as well as those who are creating a more equitable future for the next generation.

    Finding Your Life's Purpose with Eastern Bank's Bob Rivers

    Finding Your Life's Purpose with Eastern Bank's Bob Rivers

    As a straight, white, male, Bob Rivers is far from an underrepresented individual. But that doesn't mean he's not aware of his privilege. Taking on the role of CEO at Eastern Bank 15 years ago, Bob has made it his life's purpose to ensure that the next generation of corporate America looks nothing like him.

    In this episode of The American Dream, Elias highlights a represented individual making a difference. He and Bob talk through how Eastern Bank's board reached a 50% diversity metric, why that matters, and where Bob thinks the city of Boston still needs to improve in the race towards equality.

    If there's one thing to take away from this episode, it's that having diverse companies is not only the right thing to do but the smart thing to do.

    Be sure to hit the subscribe button to get new episodes when they drop every other Tuesday.
     
    In the meantime, be sure to leave a ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ review and share the pod with your friends. You can connect with Elias and Bob on Twitter at @eliast, @rfrivers64, and @DriftPodcasts.
     
    For more learnings from Elias, check out his quarterly newsletter, The American Dream. You can subscribe at https://www.drift.com/insider/learn/newsletters/american-dream/

    • 35 min
    Use These Three T's to Make a Difference (with IBA's Vanessa Calderón Rosado)

    Use These Three T's to Make a Difference (with IBA's Vanessa Calderón Rosado)

    You can find Vanessa Calderón Rosado's name on Boston Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in Boston list, but that's just one accolade of her many.

    For the past 18 years, Vanessa has served as CEO of Inquilianos Boricuas en Acción, a Boston-based nonprofit focused on empowering underrepresented individuals through high-quality affordable housing, education, and arts programs. As she built out programs with IBA, she's also become the first Latina to serve on the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education in Massachusetts, served on Boston’s housing task force, and founded the first dual-language innovation high school in Massachusetts.

    There's so much more to Vanessa's story, and Elias gets into it all on this episode.

    Be sure to hit the subscribe button to get new episodes when they drop every other Tuesday.
     
    In the meantime, be sure to leave a ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ review and share the pod with your friends. You can connect with Elias and Vanessa on Twitter at @eliast, @VanessaVcrosado, and @DriftPodcasts.
     
    For more learnings from Elias, check out his quarterly newsletter, The American Dream. You can subscribe at https://www.drift.com/insider/learn/newsletters/american-dream/

    • 29 min
    Empowering Youth to Overcome Imposter Syndrome with Hack.Diversity’s Jody Rose

    Empowering Youth to Overcome Imposter Syndrome with Hack.Diversity’s Jody Rose

    Jody Rose is the president of the New England Venture Capital Association, but her first day as executive director 6 years ago was one of the scariest days of her life.

    Jody’s bullish attitude led her to be able to overcome imposter syndrome and rise through the high ranks. Now, by co-founding Hack.Diversity, she’s determined to empower the next generation of underrepresented individuals and provide them access to opportunities in tech.

    In this episode you’ll hear how Jody and Elias conquer their own imposter syndrome and how organizations like Hack.Diversity are critical to giving underrepresented individuals a foot into the corporate door.

    To learn more about Hack.Diversity and how to get involved, click the link in the show notes.

    Be sure to hit the subscribe button to get new episodes when they drop every other Tuesday.
     
    In the meantime, be sure to leave a ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ review and share the pod with your friends. You can connect with Elias and Jody on Twitter at @eliast, @jodyarose, and @DriftPodcasts.
     
    For more learnings from Elias, check out his quarterly newsletter, The American Dream. You can subscribe at https://www.drift.com/insider/learn/newsletters/american-dream/

    • 35 min
    Exploring the Root Cause of Social Inequity with Nielsen's Stacie de Armas

    Exploring the Root Cause of Social Inequity with Nielsen's Stacie de Armas

    Stacie de Armas knows what it feels like to be the other.

    Growing up a Cubana in California, Stacie embraced her Latinx community wherever she could find it, and she quickly noticed the inequalities between them and her white counterparts. Now working in media research at Nielsen, Stacie feels responsible to represent her community and raise awareness of social inequity, which is what she and Elias talk about in this episode.

    Be sure to hit the subscribe button to get new episodes when they drop every other Tuesday.
     
    In the meantime, be sure to leave a ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ review and share the pod with your friends. You can connect with Elias and Stacie on Twitter at  @eliast, @StaciedeArmas, and @DriftPodcasts.
     
    For more learnings from Elias, check out his quarterly newsletter, The American Dream. You can subscribe at https://www.drift.com/insider/learn/newsletters/american-dream/

    • 42 min
    BIPOC Business Spotlight: BlackBoston.com

    BIPOC Business Spotlight: BlackBoston.com

    "To me, it makes humanity better and safer to help people as much as you can."

    William Murrell, publisher of BlackBoston.com, found a void in Black cultural resources when visiting Boston with his family. To solve the problem, he built a website where residents and tourists could find all the information they need in one place.

    12 years later, BlackBoston.com has expanded to provide affordable housing resources and advertising opportunities for underrepresented communities.

    In this episode, William explains how his upbringing impacts his work today, and why community is essential to helping BIPOC businesses grow.

    Like this episode? Please leave a ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ review and share the pod with your friends. You can connect with Elias on Twitter @eliast and @DriftPodcasts, and William on LinkedIn or at www.blackboston.com

    For more learnings from Elias, check out his quarterly newsletter, The American Dream. You can subscribe at https://www.drift.com/insider/learn/newsletters/american-dream/

    • 24 min
    Playing the Long Game with Finix's Richie Serna

    Playing the Long Game with Finix's Richie Serna

    Richie Serna doesn't take no for an answer.

    After hearing that he shouldn't study computer science because he hadn't been studying it since he was 10, that he shouldn't go to a better high school because he wouldn't stand out, and that he didn't have the skill set to succeed in the tech world, Richie graduated from Harvard University, taught himself how to code, and started his own financial tech company in San Francisco.

    Now 6 years into his work with Finix, Richie reflects on the early days and shares his experiences playing the long game as an underrepresented individual in the tech world.

    Like this episode? Please leave a ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ review and share the pod with your friends. You can connect with Elias and Richie on Twitter @eliast, @RSerna2010, and @DriftPodcasts

    For more learnings from Elias, check out his quarterly newsletter, The American Dream. You can subscribe at https://www.drift.com/insider/learn/newsletters/american-dream/

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

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10 Ratings

10 Ratings

Marketingpro32 ,

Profoundly impactful and eye-opening

Elias Torres is one of those leaders that I admire deeply and profoundly because I am Latinx. However, I can see without a doubt that his impact on communities is transcendental, and for this reason, I was so excited to see that he launched the American Dream podcast. The first episode was nothing if not hard-hitting, impactful, and brilliant because it focused on the human element of rising above challenges and striving to create greater. In this first episode, Elias sets the stage by sharing honestly and vulnerably about his personal journey. Immediately, I was hooked because it felt as if I was right there listening and being an active participant in the conversation. The hallmark of an excellent podcast to me is one in which the lessons shared can be applied to your life and help make you not only a better human being, but a better professional by helping you unlock your potential. In this podcast, you will hear amazing stories covering the impact you can have when you lean into your life and aim to make a difference. I cannot wait for the second episode and have already listened to it a few times. Tune in because the first episode has already transformed my perspective through engaging and compelling insights. Can’t wait to see what’s next!

Tony Lopez-Morales ,

Actionable insights + great guests

A lot of these types of convos can end up being fluff and motivational speeches but the American Dream has spent a lot of time getting into the nitty gritty of being Latin in tech (and America). Found myself keenly listening to each episode back when it was a webcast and now especially that it’s a podcast. Definitely worth a listen.

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