Our mission to add value to the people and businesses who call Chicagoland home begins with a new approach to community. Through our platform and podcasts we're able to feature professionals who truly represent our city's best in their business and/or personal lives.
Connect with them as they share their stories of successes, failure, hardships and triumphs. It's real, it's vulnerable and it's the dialogue needed to build meaningful relationships and communities.
episode 0023 | Celi Velazquez
Celi Velazquez grew up in Franklin Park, IL. With a rough upbringing and a mostly absent father during her young adulthood, Celi could have gone down many different paths in her life. Finding bodybuilding in her late teens, she has transformed her love for fitness and wellness into a platform.
Using social media, she gives back to her followers by providing them with content and information for them to grow spiritually, mentally, and physically. She became a full-time entrepreneur at 18-years-old and is now the CEO of her personal brand, a sponsored athlete and Influencer.
Not only is Celi focused on building her own brand, she helps other businesses grow as well through marketing and support through her platform. She wants people to know where she comes, her struggles, and that if she can do it, so can they.
episode 0022 | Katrina Roddy
Moving to Chicago at 18, Katrina Roddy has always been a hustler with the mindset of an entrepreneur. She has spent over 30 years in the insurance industry educating and advising individuals on their personal insurance.
One of her favorite parts about this has been getting to work with Seniors. Katrina genuinely enjoys talking to Seniors in her community and hearing them regale her with stories from their own lives. While educating them on the healthcare system has been her main priority, she’s found that what truly helps them most is being a good listener.
After working in the corporate world for such a long time, Katrina realized she was ready to leave it all behind to start something of her own. Connecting the various parts of her past with her passion for helping and connecting with others she now focuses on coaching other entrepreneurs who have left the corporate world and are now left navigating their new lives.
A new author, you can find her book Steal your Skills from Corporate on Amazon. As an Accountability Coach, Katrina doesn’t only teach her clients how to use their corporate-taught skills in their own entrepreneurship but she’s also there for them to help them through the huge changes in their lives. Always on the grind, she lives by the same lesson she has taught her son, London: learning never stops.
episode 0021 | Raleigh Wilkins
A United States Marine Veteran and Virginia native, Raleigh Wilkins made Chicago his home a number of years ago. In and out of foster care as a youth with little direction, Raleigh found a home in the Marine Corps and along his way, discovered his inner warrior. Now he works with at-risk youth and transitioning military to navigate through life successfully by embracing their own inner warrior.
In addition to his countless hours of mentorship, Raleigh runs a successful business, Sales Platoon, through which he teaches people the art and science of sales and makes the complex world of business development accessible to a wide audience. Through everything he does, both professionally and personally, Raleigh teaches that there is an untapped potential within us all and that transformational change is possible for anyone.
episode 0020 | Maria Puche
By way of Colombia and Louisville, Kentucky, Maria Puche planted her roots in Chicago three years ago. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from the University of Louisville, Maria began her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers as a senior consultant working on major IPOs.
A desire to empower the black and brown communities of our diverse city coupled with Maria’s passion for financial literacy and independence led her to begin teaching individuals how to save, grow, and protect their money. She provides free literacy seminars and workshops to help enable these historically disenfranchised communities to advance their lives and financial freedom.
Her personal mission is to empower 1 million families with financial literacy and as Co-Host of Escuela de Finanzas, a weekly Facebook Live event, she is well on her way.
episode 0019 | Brandon Burrell
Brandon Burrell, a South Side (Chicago) native, found his passion consulting with aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners.
episode 0018 | Stephanie Pineda
Stephanie Pineda lights up any room she walks into. One might say she embodies the Los Angeles sunshine from where she was born and raised and has brought that glow with her to Chicago.
Having worked in the hospitality industry for over six years, Stephanie found a new family in the staff at Hampton Social. They’ve helped her settle into the Windy City and grow her new life. When she’s not spending time there or with her son, AJ, Stephanie hits the books at Cosmetology School at John Amico School of hair design.
An open book and beautiful soul, Stephanie is inspired to help others through various tough situations by spreading messages of positivity, hope, and encouragement through her social media platforms. Most importantly, she shares her own stories of hardships, abuse, and the many painful moments she has experienced in the hopes that by sharing her story, she can help others cope and learn how to overcome their own hardships. She strives to teach others to never give up and never stop pursuing their dreams. Life is tough, but we have to find ways to continue to learn and grow.
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