Season 2/Episode #11: Coming Home to your Purpose- Banking on the Americas & Latina entrepreneurs!


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On this episode, Jessica Bedoya, states her powerful case for the future of female led entrepreneurial economies of Latin America! This dynamic and determined, first woman Chief of Staff and Executive Advisor to the President of the Inter-American Development Bank, joins Ileana and Rob to share her story and help our audience understand the role and relevance of IDB ( ) and their IDB LAB venture arm ( ) in building the entrepreneurial economies of the Americas, in particular, Latin America and the Caribbean. Jessica is a trailblazing leader, breaking barriers not only through her work, but through her presence inside of the IDB. She is an experienced public policy maker, skilled political officer and diplomat! She has built her career as a Policy Analyst, and Political Officer in the US State Department, served as the Deputy Senior Director for the Western Hemisphere Affairs to the US White House and as Managing Director & Senior Advisor to the CEO of Western Hemisphere at the US International Development Finance Corporation.

In addition to the work she and her team do to finance and empower entrepreneurs throughout Latin America, Jessica's personal story is an inspiration to any Latina, whether American Latina, or localized Latinas throughout the region. She is a 1st generation American, daughter of a Colombian father and Ecuadorian mother, borne and raised in Rob's hometown, Chicago! A great love story and and many great lessons from her mom on grit, determination and self pride as a Latina.

Jessica passionately makes her case that right now, is "the moment" to invest in the entrepreneurial economies of the Americas, as well as the long overdue moment to amplify, invest in and support women leaders and entrepreneurs everywhere!

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We're so grateful to you, our growing audience of entrepreneurs, investors, builders, influencers and those interested in the entrepreneurial economies of Latin America and the marginalized/under-represented entrepreneurial communities in the USA! Ideally, Season Two will bridge you between these two deeply interdependent worlds. Plug in, relax and enjoy some Spanish, English and a fun dose of spanglish as always. Please subscribe, follow and review as it helps others find the show. Share with friends and repost to your social media so we can help more entrepreneurs grow and discover new opportunities. Also don't forget, to please click on the "listener voice message" link in show notes, to submit your own personal questions or comments about anything you’re thinking about or need help with, to be featured on future episodes. We're here to help inspire, educate and empower you, so that you can build the future! Salud y Gracias!

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