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Dr. Marisol Capellan

Episode 58: Afrolatinidad and Inclusion: What Leaders Need to Know 

Meet Dr. Marisol Capellan, an Afro-Latina, mother, and immigrant who is passionate about empowering women and minorities to overcome barriers in their career paths. 

Dr. Capellan is a Dominican leader, educator, coach, and author who is on a mission to empower women and minorities to achieve their full potential. We talked about her inspiring journey from growing up in poverty in the Dominican Republic to becoming an internationally recognized and award-winning professional. 

She shared with us the stories of resilience and perseverance that shaped her mindset and her passion for education. She also opened up about the challenges and barriers that communities of color face in higher education and in the corporate world, and how that forces us to work twice as hard to achieve our goals. 

We also discussed the differences between Latinidad and Afro-latinidad, and the colorism that exists within the Latinx community. She challenged us to question our assumptions and biases, and to aspire to a more inclusive and authentic leadership style that celebrates our diversity and identity. 

This episode is full of wisdom, insights, and inspiration for anyone who wants to learn more about leadership, diversity, equity and inclusion, and Afro-latinidad. 

Don’t miss the launch of Dr. Capellan’s book on Saturday June 4th, 2023, find more information here:

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Pabel Martinez

Episode 40: An Afro-latino’s experience in Tech 

Meet Pabel Martinez, a former Tech executive whose mission is to redefine professionalism by scaling the representation he wished he had earlier in his career. Pabel was born in NYC to Dominican parents and grew up in the projects on the Upper West Side. He was raised by his Abuela who helped him develop a sense of belonging with the Dominican community by teaching him Spanish since he was born. 

He graduated with a degree in Economics from Northeastern University and upon graduation entered the Tech field. Not only that, but he worked in tech for ca. 10 years at companies such as Facebook and TikTok, and most recently, he became an entrepreneur and the owner of Plurawl.

We covered a range of topics in this conversation, including how affirmative action helped him get to College, the difference between inclusion vs. assimilation, and how he aims to be the generation that eliminates code-switching by redefining what a “Professional” looks like.  

Pabel has accessed a level of courage and vulnerability that we have not seen before, and he is using his experiences to empower the Latinx community to advocate for themselves while being their authentic selves.

Check out Pabel’s podcast ¿Quién Tú Eres? here: 


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