Elevating La Cultura Podcast

Elevating La Cultura Podcast

A space where I talk with Latinas who are passionate about what they do and are willing to share that passion with others to change the narrative especially for the next generation. Each season is centered around different topics but all with the Latina perspective. Welcome to season 7. I’m so excited to share these stories and hope they will offer encouragement, wisdom, and be something that you can relate to.


May 23, 2023 56 mins


I have a great conversation in store for you today, one that I’ve looked forward to sharing since we recorded. 

Nataly is a speaker, meditation facilitator, and journaling guide. She is on a mission to help people stay grounded through all phases, emotions, and unexpected life experiences. She is the founder of Stay Grounded, a brand dedicated to creating intentional journaling experiences by providing spaces where people not ...

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Today I’m joined by Andoeni for an amazing conversation in femme & menstrual health. 

Andoeni is a passionate menstruator with a mission to educate people on the importance of menstrual health. Having experienced excruciating menstrual pain and being diagnosed with Endometriosis, inspired her to work towards normalizing period talk, especially in the Latino community. Through her ebook and social media, she aims to ignite ...

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Hola! Today I’m thankful to share a great conversation with my friend Jade. Jade, is a Mexican Latina who came "out of the fog" regarding the adoption industry a few years ago, and is a fierce advocate for other fellow Transracial Adoptees. 

She is actively working to spread awareness regarding the Adoption and Foster Care industry. Having lived experience in both worlds makes her the ideal candidate when speaking on issue...

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Hola hola! 

Today’s guest is filled with such joy, and inspiration and you’ll be able to tell how she pours that all into her business.

Maia created the brand  FOR TMRW to celebrate her family, elevate the perception of her Caribbean roots in the world, and bring clean beauty to the broader BIPOC community. She grew up spending weekends with her tías learning to paint nails, make face masks, and even pluck a few eyebrows. These momen...

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Hola! Today I’m talking fellow podcaster Monika from Our Latina Lens Podcast. 

Mónika Aldarondo-Lugo is the founder of Our Latina Lens and Laancla Creative and is based in the San Francisco  Bay Area. 

Through Our Latina Lens she connects, supports and elevates U.S.-based Latina/e photographers. Mónika is a creative shapeshifter and specializes in supporting people through the use of various media to tell stories, whether it's t...

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Hola! My next guest has filled me with so much joy through her personality, genuine conversation, and love of sharing her culture.  

Alyssa Reynoso-Morris is a queer Afro-Latine Dominican and Puerto Rican storyteller. Her ability to weave compelling stories has opened many doors for her as an author, speaker, and resume writer. She is also a mother and community organizer. During the day she works with community members, non-profit ...

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So happy to have Jessica a fellow podcaster on Elevating la Cultura today! 

Jessica Cuevas is the creator of Viva la Mami, a platform that was created after not finding stories of Latina women’s experiences about motherhood. There is a lack of representation in this space and felt there was a need for mamis to share their stories and to learn more about the nuances about motherhood as bicultural and bilingual mujeres. Viva la Mami i...

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Today we have an amazing duo, and I’m excited to elevate their work in sustainability.

Aidee and Mónica, are the co-founders of VOLVERde.

 VOLVERde is an online marketplace of carefully curated, beautiful, effective, low-waste products for your body and home sourced from a variety of responsible, diverse brands. They exist to make it easier to discover sustainable product swaps, shop responsibly, and minimize plastic waste.

They celeb...

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Hey hey, I have been looking forward to this episode since the first time I met Izzy. 

Izzy Gandarilla is the founder of the Neuro-Yoga Institute training program as a 500 level-licensed yoga instructor and over a decade of yoga practice. Her aim is to help individuals on their journey to achieve their best state of health through a connection of mind, body and breathe. 

Izzy teaches yoga internationally in Spanish, Italian, and Engl...

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I’m happy to introduce my next guest: Jessica Strang is a jewelry designer for coco + peach jewelry, an online only brand she launched in 2019. She designs pieces meant to be worn from day to night and donates $1 of each sale to the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Her jewelry has been featured in Vogue Japan, Harper’s Bazaar Vietnam, Marie Claire Argentina, LA Fashion Week 2022 and Times Square billboard during NY Fashion W...

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I’m excited about today’s episode because From the moment my next guest and I connected, I knew I wanted to share her story on the podcast. 

Salena is a Clinical Behavior Scientist with a Master's in Applied Behavior Analysis and Counseling. She also holds a graduate-level behavior analysis (BCBA) certification and is finishing the Project Management certification program. Salena has been in the field of Behavioral Ana...

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Today I’m chatting with Adriana Galvan. We met last year through our monthly networking events, and I’m so happy we did because she is just an inspiration!

Adriana is a Latina Business owner with her own financial literacy education and money coaching business. She is the owner and founder of Adriana Talks Dinero, LLC. She wants to inspire and empower the minority and disadvantaged with the skills and knowledge to gain a conscious p...

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February 28, 2023 9 mins

Hola & welcome to a NEW SEASON! 

This is Season 7, featuring Latina’s who are using their expertise to shift the norm, and truly elevate their culture in their businesses. 

I get so excited to talk to, and then support amazing women who are passionate and willing to pass on their education to others so they can have the same understanding and success in their own life. 

It's going to be an amazin...

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We’re wrapping up another amazing season of the Elevating la Cultura podcast. And we have made it past 3300 downloads! Thank you so much for all my listeners and for your continued support through each season. I’m especially grateful to each guest that takes time out of their day to share their story and offer education to our listeners.

What an incredibly amazing season. As I talked with each guest I could hear the excite...

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Hola! Today we are in for something special. I have two guests today, from a company I’ve admired since I learned about them. I’m chatting with co-founder and COO of Big Mich, a beverage company that specializes in fresh michelada mix. We have an amazing conversation so please enjoy.

Website: bigmich.com

Instagram: @officialbigmich

TikTok: @officialbigmich

YouTube: @bigmich_micheladas

Facebook: @OfficialBigMich

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Hola! Today I’m talking with Dalina, a registered dietitian and positive health advocate. She works with people to help them reclaim the joy and pleasure of diet free living. She talks about how Most of us have spent our lives being fed stories that our bodies, our culture, our way of being is wrong. So she helps people remember how fun and free life can be when they drop the weight...of body shame and chronic dieting. 

Website: you...

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Hola, today I’m chatting with Valeria a life and heath coach. She helps women of color ditch diet culture and eat more plants so they can fuel their life. And She is talking with us today all about what it means to have a vegan lifestyle. So please enjoy!

Website: msha.ke/vegivale

Instagram: @vegivale

Facebook: Vegi Vale

TikTok: @vegivale

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Today on the podcast is Norma from Normitas Conchas. She is a baker who brought her passion to life after graduating, and launched her business in 2020 and is now thriving….which means everyone who purchases her pan dulce is thriving too. Enjoy our conversation.

CashDrop: Normitas Conchas

Instagram: @normitasconchas

Facebook: Normitas Conchas

Etsy Headband: Magical Bowtique Co.

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I had a great time talking with Jessica from Soul Boricua, a company with a mission of bringing quality food and service that uplifts the community. Not only do they offer amazing food, but they provide classes, as well as products like adobo, sazón, and sofrito that can be found in local grocery stores and online. Enjoy our conversation.

Website: Soul Boricua

Instagram: @soulboricua

Facebook: Soul Boricua

Isn’t Jessica so inspiring. I...

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Today I’m so excited to talk to Vanessa. She took over a taqueria in the Belmont Cragin area, and is continuing her family’s traditions and legacy so please enjoy our conversation.

Website: Su Taqueria Thalys

Instagram: @sutaqueriathalys

Facebook: Su Taqueria Thalys

TikTok: @sutaqueriathalys

Locations: 3156 N. Austin Ave, Chicago, IL 60634

Talking with Vanessa brought up so many memories and feelings of when I helped my father open up hi...

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