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Episode #85: "I Have SOMETHING To Say" with special guest, Le'Kiesha French-Merritt

I have SOMETHING to say!

Release Date: 02/18/2021

Episode #91: Episode #91: "I Have SOMETHING To Say" with special guest, Jesus Flores

I have SOMETHING to say!

In this episode of I HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY, I talk to Jesús Flores, President of Latino Business Foundation of Silicon Valley and fierce advocate for the interests of the small business community of Santa Clara County. Jesús truly understands the pain points of the immigrant and undocumented small businesses he represents. With a group of committed partners, Jesús is determined to ensure these small businesses that employ over 68,000 people not only survive but THRIVE.

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Episode #90: Episode #90: "I Have SOMETHING To Say" with special guest, Blanca Catalina Garcia

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Blanca Catalina García went from being an interpreter and educator helping Spanish speakers navigate information and spaces that could help them succeed, to launching her own business teaching entrepreneurs of color how to access opportunities, resources, mentorship, and capital to scale their businesses. Blanca works mostly with entrepreneurs who identify as women of color because they struggle the most to find the right support to grow their businesses, and are becoming entrepreneurs at the highest rates

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Episode #89: Episode #89: "I Have SOMETHING To Say" with special guest, Thali Sugisawa

I have SOMETHING to say!

If you live in Orlando join the Asian Pacific American Coalition and the Social Justice and Advocacy Dept. TODAY, TUESDAY, MARCH 23 at 6:30 PM at the UCF Reflecting Pond as they host a vigil in honor of the 8 Atlanta victims, and all victims of anti-Asian hate crimes. The event will be in accordance with COVID-19 protocol but will allow participants to take part in spoken word and lantern ceremonies, following University and community speakers. Event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/816104985647740

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Episode #88: Episode #88: "I Have SOMETHING To Say" with special guests, Joshua & Emily Walker

I have SOMETHING to say!

In this episode, we hear from Emily & Joshua Walker, two tech pros who are advocates for creating equitable pathways for Black and Brown people to work in STEM-based jobs. Emily, a Digital Marketing expert, is helping to spearhead change in the organizational culture of the company she works for. Joshua, an Honorable Army Vet turned techie, shares why he wrote his book “Venti Fried Chicken” to inspire real (and diverse) people to get into technology, after becoming a self-taught technician. himself.

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Episode #87: Episode #87: "I Have SOMETHING To Say" with special guest, Claudia Rivas

I have SOMETHING to say!

Claudia Rivas was recently promoted to Senior Vice President at the Merrill Lynch Wealth Management firm in the Bay area. She self-identifies as an immigrant and person of color who is proud of her Latino heritage, and this accomplishment is epic because her career started with a simple dream to provide a better life for her family. She shares how she defied all expectations society imposed on her as a teenage mom, and how finding mentors that looked like her helped her stay true to her passion – economic

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Episode #86: Episode #86: "I Have SOMETHING To Say" with special guest, Evelyn M. Lebron

I have SOMETHING to say!

Evelyn Lebrón, Founder & Chief Procurement Officer of MBE Connection, is yet another Black & Brown business owner that is influencing how business gets done in the U.S., navigating the current system and aligning with processes, requirements, and criteria the government and corporate sectors have outlined as ‘must-haves’ to qualify as suppliers or vendors. Evelyn shares practical advice for businesses who want to experience positive outcomes, while we continue to work on changing the system.

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Episode #85: Episode #85: "I Have SOMETHING To Say" with special guest, Le'Kiesha French-Merritt

I have SOMETHING to say!

I met Le’Kiesha French-Merritt, CEO of PRENEURology Global after a long-distance friendship was sparked by an intentional impromptu introduction over the phone. Thanks to our dear sister Dr. Kelly Burton for ensuring our explosive encounter (the good kind) took place, and we share a play-by-play on how we wound up working on a major pilot program focused on creating equitable pathways for entrepreneurs of color to connect to the resources they need to scale and build generational wealth for their families

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Episode #84: Episode #84: "I Have SOMETHING To Say" with special guests, Ketzi Hernandez & Mariden Lord

I have SOMETHING to say!

It’s no surprise that women are the leading force behind the emergence of new businesses. Oftentimes, we simply see a need within our own family experiences and create the solution. In this episode of I HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY, Ketzi Hernandez and Mariden Lord, two friends and the founders of MyFloretz.com, share how they decided to respond to the needs of tweens of diverse backgrounds in the intimate apparel category, after a frustrating search for the right bra for Ketzi’s tween daughter.

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Episode #83: Episode #83: "I Have SOMETHING To Say" with special guest, Tristeza Ordex-Ramirez

I have SOMETHING to say!

Proud daughter of immigrants. U.S. Marine Corps Veteran. Community organizer. Activist. Wherever she goes, she moves swiftly and effectively like the skilled warrior she is. After serving her country for a decade, Tristeza Ordex-Ramírez began the journey of investing her time, energy, talents, and resources towards social justice and youth empowerment. She’s now working with a local High School in a mainly Black and Hispanic neighborhood on an internship program.

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Episode #82: Episode #82: "I Have SOMETHING To Say" with special guest, Mark Holman

I have SOMETHING to say!

In this episode of I HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY, I chat with Mark Holman, VP of Corporate Social Responsibility of the Resilience-Building Leader Program (RBLP), who totally gets the challenges faced by social impact organizations aka nonprofits and CBOs. We explore the “hot topic” of resiliency – a space he’s been working in for decades. Preparing leaders to be ready to build resilient teams that can overcome a challenging environment is Mark’s expertise.

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“It was love at first sight”, says Le’Kiesha French-Merritt, CEO of PRENEURology Global to describe the first time we met in person after a long-distance friendship was sparked by an intentional impromptu introduction over the phone. In this episode of I HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY we publicly thank our dear sister Dr. Kelly Burton for ensuring our explosive encounter (the good kind) took place, and we share a behind-the-scenes play-by-play on how we wound up working on a major pilot program focused on creating equitable pathways for entrepreneurs of color to connect to the resources they need to scale and build generational wealth for their families. We both believe that entrepreneurship, collaboration, and activism are essential to attaining social justice. Led by the Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute, the Business Growth Hub is a two-year collaboration between the Atlanta MBDA Centers, Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC), Morehouse Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center (MIEC), and PRENEURology Global. It will impact BIPOC entrepreneurs across eight states in the Southeast region of the U.S., and URBANDER is delighted to be part of Le’Keisha’s team.