Taylor Tieman

Episode 34: From Student-Athlete to Lawyer, to Small Business Owner

Meet Taylor Tieman, an attorney and small business owner whose journey to become a lawyer helped her understand the decisions her family had to make to keep them safe.

Taylor grew up in California playing Softball with the goal of pursuing her bachelor’s degree at an Ivy League school. She achieved her goal by graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, followed by a Juris Doctor degree from Southwestern University School of Law.

We talked about what it actually means to be a student-athlete and the level of commitment it requires. We also discussed how Taylor’s journey to becoming a lawyer helped her understand why she didn’t grow up speaking Spanish, and the kind of privilege she benefited from as a white-presenting Latina. Taylor also shared her legal advice for small business owners based not only on her experience as a lawyer, but a small business owner herself.

Some of the opportunities mentioned in this episode:

  • L.E.A.P - Legal Education Access Pipeline, Inc.

  • Get legal information here:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/taylor-tieman-84763325/

Marissa Garcia

Episode 33: A Pathway to Become a NASA Engineer

Meet Marissa Garcia, a NASA engineer from El Paso, TX, who shares with us her story, and the tips & tricks that helped her land a job a NASA.

Marissa is a native of El Paso, TX, and pursued both her Bachelor’s and Master's degrees in Engineering at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). She tells us what it was like to study at a Hispanic Serving Institution, her experience as a young engineer, and the top 3 pieces of advice that helped her land a job at NASA.

Some of the opportunities mentioned in this episode:

The Center for Space Exploration and Technology Research (cSETR) at UTEP:


NASA Internships Opportunities:



LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marissa-garcia-7759a2166/

Eli Velasquez

Episode 28: Tips to Become an Investor and Support Entrepreneurs of Color

Meet Eli Velasquez, co-founder of the Investors of Color Network, an ecosystem of black and Latinx accredited investors working to close the racial funding gap in startup capital. Eli is a native of El Paso, TX, who shares the positive aspects of living in a border community, which are rarely mentioned in the media. Eli left El Paso to pursue higher education, initially becoming a mechanical engineer who transformed into a patent attorney after pursuing a Juris Doctor degree while working full time. After living in Boston and California for a number of years, he returned to El Paso to contribute to this vibrant community, but encountered obstacles that led him to become an entrepreneur. Since then, Eli has been involved in the startup ecosystem from the investment side. He shares his experience navigating a field dominated by white men, and encourages the Latinx community to step into an abundance mindset that can enable us to support each other, and share opportunities and resources with our Latinx network. Eli also offered tips we can implement to eventually become investors who can support entrepreneurs from our own Latinx community.

Some of the opportunities mentioned in this episode:

Investors of Color Network: https://www.investorsofcolor.com

Connect with Eli Velasquez: https://www.linkedin.com/in/eli-velasquez

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/eli-velasquez/

Dr. Teresa Ramírez

Episode 22: Building Resilience and Community Wherever You Go

Meet Dr. Teresa Ramirez, a Mexican-American scientist who is committed to giving back to her community. Dr. Ramirez grew up in Compton, CA, and tells us that despite the negative portrayal of this city in different media, she grew up surrounded by a supportive community that would take care of each other. She tells us about her passion for helping people, and how her dream to become a medical doctor was always founded in her love for science, and how she eventually made the decision to become a scientist. Dr. Ramirez also tells us about how SACNAS, a student organization that supports Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in the sciences, not only helped her find life-changing opportunities but also provided a space where she could see herself represented in other scientists.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-teresa-r-a02a5770/

Cynthia Orduña

Episode 18: Knowing Your Own Value

Meet Cynthia Orduña, a diversity, equity, and inclusion consultant (DEI), and career coach, who is passionate about helping people develop personally and professionally. Cynthia began looking into systems of inequalities when she started her career in the HR space, and realized the importance of her role, when she could not find other Latinx people like her in similar positions. She then transferred into the Tech space and was enthusiastic about helping companies become more diverse from within, but encountered resistance, so she began working as a DEI consultant to redesign those systems with companies that actually want to put in the work. Cynthia talks money...literally! She is a fierce advocate for salary transparency and shares practical advice, including:

How to respond to the question “What is your expected salary?”

When to talk about money during the interview process.

How to prepare for that negotiation.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cynthia-orduna/

Dr. Laura Minero

Episode 9 & 10: Overcoming Obstacles Posed by Intersecting Systems of Inequality

Dr. Laura Minero is a psychologist who, with grit and determination, has surpassed the vast obstacles posed by her undocumented status, and she is her to tell you... Si Se Puede my Friends, Si Se Puede! In this two-part episode we will learn about the tortuous path Dr. Laura had to endure to pursue her education, as well as the challenges she faced growing up in the Latinx community while identifying and recognizing her sexual and gender identity. Dr. Laura helped us debunk some myths about the undocumented community in the United States, and highlights the importance of diversity and inclusion in the scientific fields. In this second part, Dr. Laura and I talk about how the Deferred Action for Childhood arrivals program, better known as DACA, untied her hands so she could swim in the ocean of opportunities she was being offered because of her talents and skills, but which she could not take advantage of due to her immigration status. We discussed the threat the current administration poses to the DACA program, how the recent supreme court decision opened the door for the program to be re-challenged, and how those of you who have the privilege and the duty to vote in the upcoming election, have the power to significantly impact the lives of millions of people in the LatinX community, and the immigrant community at large.

Some of the opportunities mentioned during this episode:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/laurapminero/