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Latina South podcast welcomes friendly conversations with Latina women who live, work and play throughout the American South. We'll learn about what Latinas are creating and how they are making good things happen for their families, businesses and communities. We'll enjoy some savory bits of wisdom while we share about what it takes to thrive in life while holding onto the best of what makes us Latinas in the South. Welcome!
 
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“I said: send me, let me go, I want to do this." - Ashley Garcia, COVID ICU Nurse Tejana and healthcare hero, Ashley Garcia, is a nurse who, early in career and at the height of the pandemic, volunteered to work in COVID Intensive Care Units of hospitals throughout the country. In addition to sharing stories from the ICU, Ashley talks about how bei…
 
"The only thing we have guaranteed in this world is that we are going to face change. That, to me, has always been an empowering thought...all my life, I have faced change with optimism." - Mariela Romero Mariela Romero is an award-winning journalist and Univision’s Regional Community Empowerment Director and host of the television magazine, Conexi…
 
Hopefully, like many of you, we are taking a break! We'll enjoy some summer vibes while working to bring you Series II of some of the most inspiring stories of amazing Latinas making things happen throughout the South. In the meantime, I invite you to listen to a REPLAY of Latina South Episode 14, featuring Latina Marcie Chapa where she talks about…
 
Hopefully like all of you, we're taking a break! We'll enjoy some summer vibes while working to bring you Series II of some of the most inspiring stories of amazing Latinas making things happen throughout the South. In the meantime, I invite you to listen mi amiga, my friend, Audra Agen of Women in the Arena podcast where she celebrates everyday wo…
 
Hopefully, like all of you, we're taking a break! We'll enjoy some summer vibes while working to bring you Series II of some of the most inspiring stories of amazing Latinas making things happen throughout the South. In the meantime, I invite you to listen to a REPLAY of Latina South Episode 5 featuring Laura Murvartian where she talks about making…
 
"We get one ride..." - Women in the Arena Podcast Guest Delilah Buitrón Arrebola Hopefully, like all of you, we're taking a break! We'll enjoy some summer vibes while working to bring you Series II of some of the most inspiring stories of amazing Latinas making things happen throughout the South. In the meantime, I invite you to listen mi amiga, my…
 
"What is being Simply Latina? It really doesn’t have to fit a narrative. It’s just YOU being whatever you feel like as being Latina....We each have our own perspective of what that looks like.”" - Nataly Suarez, Simply Latina Nataly, Blanca, & Samy Suarez are three sisters and founders of Simply Latina, a growing brand based out of Atlanta, Georgia…
 
"Your favorite version of you is who you can be every single day. And that is what my biggest lesson is from making the film, working on the next film and doing all the things I've done. My absolute favorite version of Denise is the one that I get to be and the one that I choose to be every single day. And it's actually where all of the success liv…
 
"One of the things that I would say was very important for me to run [for US Congress] was because...the reality is that no one else is going to come tell me what that experience is like. It's one of those things that you really have to do, to really understand what it takes [and] what's necessary. One of the things that I learned is what I still n…
 
"As young people, your job right now is to put in a lot of work. And for me, I see that as the investment. You have to invest in yourself first, by putting in the work and by doing the best job that you can. And when you're young...you don't have to sleep." - Brenda Lopez Romero ............. In the first of two parts of this Episode, we talk with …
 
"Just because I am an immigrant, just because I am a woman, just because I am half Afro-Latina or half-Malay, I can still do it. You have the same power that I do." - Ish Gayle Ish Gayle shares with us how she grew up in Panama City, Panama with a Malaysian father and an Afro-Latina mother and her experience moving to the US as a young adult. Ish a…
 
"Being from the South and being Latina, at least my experience and in my journey...I felt like they were working against each other. And back to that feeling of 'Ni de Aquí o Ni de Alla,' as I look back I see so much complexity in that story." - Elaine Utin Elaine talks about growing up in the South between a pecan and peach orchard. Born in Peru, …
 
“My words are specifically to the Latinas of the South: Your voice is so important, needed, of value, beautiful. You have a style and an energy that this world needs more of.” – Stefanie Diaz Stefanie talks about her personal and family journey to claiming her Latina identity, growing up in Georgia and feeling between two worlds. She describes goin…
 
“There’s nothing more [important] to life than just being happy and being your true self and who you are supposed to be and who you are supposed to be with. If other people are not allowing you to have that, shame on them. Only you are responsible for your happiness.” – Marcie Chapa Born and raised in Houston, Texas, world percussionist Marcie Chap…
 
“Not only seek mentors, but also seek sponsors. A sponsor is somebody that is a decision maker that will raise a hand...while you are not at the table, who will fight for a raise for you, who will fight for a change in job title for you.” – Adriana Varela, Global Immigration Attorney In this episode, global immigration attorney Adriana Varela descr…
 
“Don’t assume people are always against something...but also don’t assume that people are going to be supportive. You have to have logical arguments, you have to do your homework, you have to have the statistics and the research as to why you want to implement a change. I think it’s really important that you are prepared.” - Hon. Deborah Gonzalez, …
 
“I still hold myself accountable for sitting at the table and having a voice at the table when others don’t. For me that’s a huge responsibility but it’s also a huge honor to be able to be a voice for people who perhaps feel unheard or unseen.” – Nury Castillo Crawford In 2016, Nury Castillo Crawford was driven to write her own book based upon her …
 
“I don’t necessarily believe in the idea we were fed that everybody is in competition with each other. I truly believe that with collaboration you can actually accomplish a lot more, and what better way to be able to grow in so many different markets if you’re able to work with us instead of against us.” – Rita Bautista Rita shares her vision for t…
 
"It's important to me to be unapologetic about the stories that I'm representing through my work and even being unapologetic about the way that I represent myself in the spaces that I get to be in." - Yehimi Cambrón Host Adela Yelton asks Yehimi, “How did Art find you?” Yehimi explains how the art classroom became a space for her to express herself…
 
You can find original Show Notes for this and other Latina South episodes on the show's website https://www.latinasouth.com/shownotes/rochelle-bradford-on-latina-identity-career-and-feeling-in-between-ep-1. While you're there, please leave a message and let us know what you think: hola@latinasouth.com. Thank you for your support in 2020 and looking…
 
“Even in this past year… I’ve had the opportunity to just breathe for a minute. As a Latina, family has always been everything to me and it just made me realize again that I needed to focus on my family and I wanted to spend more time with them. And it was okay...it was okay.” – Jennifer Salazar Hutcheson Jennifer talks about her Latina identity an…
 
“As a Latina woman, my person in any given place is tied to so many other things. My identity as a mother, as a leader in my social and family network, all of those things are deeply connected and an important part of anything else that I am doing.” – Blanca Catalina Garcia Blanca describes her work supporting women founders of color and tells us w…
 
“My Latina identity is grounded in everything that I do. My parents always infused in me…you’ve got to really know your roots, you’ve got to know where you came from and that’s something that you can never forget” – Janine Cabrera-Velde Janine talks about her Latina background with roots from both El Salvador and Bolivia and being the daughter of i…
 
“Once you feel that calling to do something, don’t shove it aside. Follow it, and don’t have regrets that you didn’t pursue that.” – Laura Murvartian Adela asks, “What goes into making memories?” Laura talks about being intentional about having amazing experiences together, even if it means waking up her family while traveling to watch a meteor sho…
 
“If it’s something that you want, then you just go and do it. Don’t let anybody or anything stop you or talk you out of it…even if that’s YOU.” - Audra Agen, inspired by her grandmother. (1:35) Audra shares her vision for Women in the Arena podcast, to create a platform for women get the recognition they deserve and appreciate their value (3:25) Ad…
 
About our Guest: Evelyn ‘Mimi’ Woodson is a pioneer in local politics as the longest-serving Latino elected official in the state of Georgia. She talks about her 15 years of military service, her strong sense of faith, and how being known as the community candy lady led to her 25-years on the Columbus City Council. Mimi tells us she is okay with be…
 
About our Guest: Mayte Peck - Mayte is an entrepreneur and owner of Mark of the Potter, a North Georgia pottery business. She previously owned local Atlanta favorite Peruvian restaurant, Sweet Devil Moon Cafe. A passionate advocate of women and minority-owned businesses, service is a part of her life as Board Chair for the nonprofit Latino Communit…
 
About our Guest: Dr. Rochelle Bradford - Rochelle is an accomplished scientist, inventor and project management professional with a PhD in Organic Chemistry from Georgia Tech. Originally from the Boston area, Rochelle enjoys both a diverse social life in the South and being a Mom to teenaged twins. Ep. 1: Show Notes Adela asks: Are you Latina? Roch…
 
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