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Latinos in the United States are missing a platform to talk about their lives and careers so they can inspire and educate others. I'm Nicholas Aguirre and I interview trailblazing Latinos who are successful in their careers, field of studies, and hobbies.

TrailBlazing Latinos's Podcast Nicholas Aguirre

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Latinos in the United States are missing a platform to talk about their lives and careers so they can inspire and educate others. I'm Nicholas Aguirre and I interview trailblazing Latinos who are successful in their careers, field of studies, and hobbies.

    Sofie Eckrich: Just Take The First Step

    Sofie Eckrich: Just Take The First Step

    Sofie Eckrich’s stories and experiences are what you need to look at entrepreneurship from a holistic point of view. In order to start an international business, she didn’t need an undergraduate business degree, nor an MBA, nor any rich investors to believe in her. She decided to became a business woman through her interests and life experiences.
    Her bi-cultural upbringing and her travels to Latin America had a major influence on her. Being exposed constantly to her Mexican roots and her travels expanded her mind and her world view. She saw opportunities where others didn’t or where there was a lack of means to take those opportunities to the next level. Most importantly, she witnessed the arts and crafts scene. Sofie’s natural passion and love for the arts and crafts made her have an appreciation for it that average tourist visitor didn’t have. All of this was stored into Sofie’s consciousness and unconsciousness until it was the perfect time to blossom.
    After college, Sofie knew she wanted to go work in Latin America—her ties to the region kept pulling her back to that side of the world. Unable to find anything that she was specifically looking for, her impatience persuaded her to create her own path. She started to put together her interests: her love for arts and crafts; having an impact; providing opportunities for people; and of course, her love for the region of Latin America. After reflecting, the answer was obvious: to create an ethical fashion brand that works with artisans in Latin America to bring modern and traditional designs to customers worldwide. Teysha was the name of her new international business and her new home for the next 7 years would be Pastores, Guatemala.
    Sofie honestly admits she had “No training, zero finance experience, and zero business classes.” This statement and her creation of Teysha doesn’t downplay that starting a business is easy. What it does convey is that entrepreneurship is a journey we can all take if we dare.  All we have to do is just take the first step.
     
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    • 53 min
    Alexandra Zatarain: The Future of Sleep is Latina-Influenced

    Alexandra Zatarain: The Future of Sleep is Latina-Influenced

    Alexandra Zatarain is here to change to world, and it can confidently be said that you will be using one of her products in the future.
    So, what is this incredible product? To put it simply, it’s a smart bed that tracks sleep, body metrics, and body recovery with technology in real-time, to create the perfect environment for sleep through temperature regulation. As Alexandra will explain, temperature regulation during sleep is integral for us to get the best sleep possible.
    I want you to reflect for a second: how seriously do you take your sleep? No, really, is it even in the top 3 of your priorities? Is it even top 5? Top 10?
    You make time to work out; you make time to go to Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods; you buy products to make you look and feel young… yet all that doesn’t matter if you don’t consistently get your 8 hours of sleep.
    Alexandra is creating the world’s first sleep fitness company to help you maximize your sleep and overall health.
    How does an entrepreneur like her take on this monumental task of changing the world? Besides the usual standard answers like: “word hard,” “never give up,” “you can do it,” let’s take a quick trip to Tijuana, Mexico where she grew up.
    Alexandra says that growing up in Tijuana fostered in her the attitude that anything is possible. The rampant corruption of her city made her see on a daily basis how resilient people are in the face of consistent blows and challenges. From a young age, she absorbed the attitude of making the best out of every situation, trying to figure things out, and to always find another way.
    What is the future for Eight Sleep? I hope Alexandra is ok with me making a prediction. I see sports teams across the world buying Eight Sleep products so their million-dollar players perform at their peak. I see Eight Sleep being the official mattress at Olympic Village during the Olympics. And I see Sleep Eight creating the official sleeping bag for NASA for our astronauts.
    No pressure, Alexandra… no pressure at all.
     
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    • 39 min
    Minnie Ferguson: A Trailblazing Mexican Educator for The Los Angeles Community

    Minnie Ferguson: A Trailblazing Mexican Educator for The Los Angeles Community

    I've always known about Minnie Ferguson's accomplishments: she came from Mexico at a young age and dominated the English language; she helped lead the way to create a Chicana/o department at UCLA; and she opened a charter school that serves the East Los Angeles community. It wasn't until I thought about it more deeply that she is living every educator's dream- and she's thriving in it. In this episode, I explore details about her life and career so anyone interested or that is already in education can be inspired and learn from this powerful educator.
     
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    • 1 hr 57 min
    Dr. Elena Esparza: The Official Medicine Woman of East Los Angeles

    Dr. Elena Esparza: The Official Medicine Woman of East Los Angeles

    For this episode, I speak with Dr. Elena Esparza. She is the founder of Just Breathe Healing, where is she an alternative medicine practitioner.
    She uses plants, chiropractic, and applied kinesiology, among other practices, to heal her patients.
    I ask her questions about each of her methods to heal people.
    I also ask her what made her open her business in the first and what her advice is to all current and future business owners.
    We end the interview by talking about her recent trip to Baja California  and she leaves the audience with two special pieces of advice.
     
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    • 50 min
    Corissa Hernandez: Humbly Building An Empire

    Corissa Hernandez: Humbly Building An Empire

    Corissa Hernandez is the leader and entrepreneur that the whole LA community and Latinos want, and that we are blessed to have.
    Corissa first went into teaching because she wanted to make a difference with the youth, and the best way to do that was to teach them for 8 hours a day.
    Although she left the profession of teaching for a career in entrepreneurship, the spirit of teaching, educating, and inspiring others hasn't left her. In fact, her classroom has only gotten bigger. She is now teaching, educating, and inspiring a whole community who looks up to her, whether directly or from the sidelines.
    I am her student, you are her student, her former students are still her students, the community is her student, and up and coming trailblazing Latinos are her students.
    Her classrooms are her four businesses, where if the walls of those four businesses could talk, they would emphasis the importance of self-teaching, sacrifice, and teamwork.
    Corissa is now standing in front of a bigger audience that affords her the same opportunities that she imagined she would be doing in front of her students as a teacher. Her goal was to make a difference for the youth. Not only has she accomplished that, but she is now making a difference for our society.
     
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    • 55 min
    Diego Benitez- The Epitome of Entrepreneurship

    Diego Benitez- The Epitome of Entrepreneurship

    Today I interview Diego Benitez, who is the co-founder and co-owner of Progress Brewing in South El Monte.
    Diego is currently at the top of his entrepreneurship career. His brewery is thriving, he's finishing his MBA at UCLA, he's opening a bar in El Monte, and he's on the cusps of making wine and liquor.
    One of the things that makes Diego an exemplified entrepreneur is that he understands how to navigate through the natural blockades of opening a business and creating value for the customer. Those two traits can't be stressed enough for current and aspirational business owners.
    As interesting, challenging, and fun as his current life is, his journey to getting here equals the same in weight.
    He got a PHD at Cal Tech without a Bachelor's Degree, he was under the guidance of two scientists who went on to win the Nobel Prize in chemistry, and the way he prepared to be a brewer is a game plan that anyone can use in any aspect of life.
    Diego left me, and hopefully he leaves you, too, the encouragement and inspiration that you could always be doing more to better yourself.
     
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    • 1 hr 34 min

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Great interview with Dr Q!

Nice to get to know this great doctor.

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