Unspoken: Conversations with Candace

Unspoken: Conversations with Candace

Welcome to Unspoken: Conversations with Candace Where we talk openly about “taboo” topics in order to spark difficult and uncomfortable conversations. Where we allow a safe place for anyone who has had trauma to be heard. Unspoken Conversations with Candace is about speaking your truth by using your voice because you matter. Each episode will feature a guest who will talk candidly about their personal journey that will give you the feeling of HOPE that no matter what you are going through, no matter how difficult it can be to talk about, you are not alone and there are plenty of resources to help. We are all about healing, encouragement, and support. Trust that there is power in speaking your truth and sharing your experiences with others because you can have an impact or even save someone’s life. Hosted by yours truly, Candace Sanchez, by day I am a Healthcare IT Professional, I am the Author of my personal story Unspoken -- because I wasn’t supposed to tell. I am also a Life Coach and Motivational Speaker. You can connect with me at www.candacesanchez.com and through my social media platforms on Facebook and Instagram to stay on the loop on all things related to Unspoken Conversations with Candace, the links are in the show notes. You can also support the show by purchasing a copy of my book titled Unspoken available on Amazon. I hope you’ll join me on this path to healing. Now be prepared to spark your own conversations, be encouraged to share your story and envision how your voice can be an impact to many!!

Episodes

July 19, 2022 40 min

In this episode Candace interviews John, who shares his story of trauma and addiction. As a child, John faced some difficult challenges that left him feeling lost and alone. However, he eventually found his way out of the darkness and into sobriety. 
 
Today, John is grateful for his past experiences, as they have made him the strong and resilient person he is today. Listen with compassion as John opens up about his journey, and prov...

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Matthew James Gutierrez is the author of a bilingual poetry book entitled Notes I Wrote Along The Way. He obtained a Bachelor’s in Science and a Master’s in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). As an undergraduate, he studied creative writing, focusing on fiction and poetry, and took courses on screenplay and television writing at UCLA.

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08:11 – If plan a doesn’t work the way we always th...

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Decision Permission with Kristy Jean

Kristy is a mom, educational leader, speaker, and author. She is a self-proclaimed optimist/ realist ball of energy whose mission is to help us all live our best, most authentic lives. She holds a Master of Science in Educational Administration as well as Principal and Director of Instruction licensures. She values blending the expertise of education, business, and wellness professionals for a mo...

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Kat Klawes is an educator, advocate and an activist. She serves on the state of Wisconsin Recovery Implementation Task Force as Sexual Assault Victim Advocate and runs a small advocacy organization named The College Campus Oversight Advocates. In this episode, Kat shares her story and finds the power in it to overcome the stigma of sexual assault. Listen to Candace and Kat as they discuss the process of healing and forgiveness from...

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Shanon’s middle name is resilience. From high school dropout to 6 figure earner and national achiever, she grew up through family dysfunction including multiple divorces. Alienation from her biological father, poverty, molestation, and teen pregnancy. A high school dropout faced with unwanted pregnancy her hard knocks weren’t over yet. She then went on to another decade of poor decisions, unhealthy relationships with people and mon...

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Luis Vazquez was born and raised in Wisconsin. He moved to Indiana in 2010 and has a rare disorder called CVS. He has overcome mental barriers and is an aspiring CEO, author, speaker, and a mentor. He has big dreams, he’s young, he’s got fire inside of him and he’s going to accomplish his dreams. He’s 22 and he’s a rising star. In this episode, Luis joins us to share his journey growing up with and overcoming Cyclic Vomiting Syndro...

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Marie Ruiz was born and raised in Racine, Wisconsin. She is a mother of seven children with a beautiful blended family. She attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where she received her Bachelor’s Degree of Early Childhood Education and Special Education. She is now working at Planned Parenthood. In this episode, Marie joins us to talk about the journey she faced when her daughter was assaulted by someone close to the fami...

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Krista Hull is the Founder and Executive Director for the Redeem and Restore Center. Its mission is coming alongside women escaping sex trafficking and helps them build a foundation of healing. Krista is inspired by the courage and resiliency of women survivors and believes that with God’s help, we can restore women to a life of freedom filled with compassion. She is a Crisis Intervention Specialist and alumni of the FBI Citizens A...

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Unspoken: Conversations with Candace

Season 2: Episode 1: Confessions for Transformation with Stephanie 

Stephanie was born and raised in Racine, Wisconsin, and then moved to Rockford, Illinois to live with her mom. In August 2020 she made another decision to relocate. She felt that her home was really in Las Vegas. Stephanie currently works in healthcare as a financial navigator, and recently has started her own business. Her compan...

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Erik comes from a Puerto Rican family. He lives in Milwaukee with his wife and their son. He is an entrepreneur and owner of Erik Zapata Fitness. Coaching, mentoring, hiring people to help you is key if you want to be successful in your personal and/or professional life. Erik is not merely a fitness coach; he is a change agent, and he has impacted many people’s lives. But first he had to go through his transformation, and a transfo...

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Lupe is a first-generation Mexican American woman and a part of LGBTQ community. She is a graduate student and a sister of Gamma Alpha Omega Sorority Inc. Lupe is an entrepreneur. She owns and operates a food pop-up with her family, La Taquiza Guadalajara, which specializes in her families’ recipes from their region in Mexico.

Focus of this episode is mentorship, coaching, life coaching, aligning yourself with someone that can bring...

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Dawn was born and raised in Milwaukee. She graduated from The University of Wisconsin Milwaukee with a Masters degree in Sociology. She currently works for the United Way of Grater Milwaukee and Waukesha County as the Director of Research and Evaluation, where she also serves as the Sexual Violence facilitator for the Teen Pregnancy initiative. She serves on the board for the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual assault (WCASA). She ...

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In this episode Candace welcomes Heather Kenney. Heather grew up in Cornish, Maine. She got married after high school and had her daughter Jasmine at the age of 21. She moved to Wisconsin with her parents, got divorced soon, and got her degree in Dental Hygiene. She remarried to her husband Neil, and they have two daughters. 

Heather shares about how sexual abuse has affected her family and close friends, along with that what it’s l...

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In this episode, Candace introduces her close friend and a great inspiration, Herica Silva. Herica was born and raised in Milwaukee. She’s been married for 20 years and has two beautiful daughters. She has 25 years of tenure at Rockwell Automation and is working as a Demand Planner. 

Herica has a powerful testimony. She has been on a healing journey and is very passionate about sharing her story, and also about supporting survivors ...

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Jeremy gained confidence to succeed in law. Now he’s finding courage to speak about the vulnerabilities that led him here in this episode of Unspoken: Conversations with Candace

Jeremy Chavez was born and raised in Racine. He graduated from Washington Park High School, got his BA at Marquette, and went to pursue his Law degree in Chicago. After law school he worked in the prosecutor’s office, had his private practice, and is now wor...

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In this episode Candace welcomes her friend Kelly. They both worked together at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare. Kelly was born and grew up in West Allis. She is currently working as a trade compliance for import/export. Kelly has changed many careers and has had positions such as: executive assistant, event planner, system application trainer, compliance in Healthcare and Finance. Kelly has no children and she loves to travel. 

Kelly...

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June 10, 2021 40 min

Lydia thought she was helping a friend. She soon realized she was on the way to self-discovery of her own truth in this episode of Unspoken: Conversations with Candace.

Lydia was born and raised in Racine, she has two children, and has been in the banking industry all of her life. Although they’ve known each other since grade school, they became friends when they were 19, and they have been each other’s support since. 

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In this episode Candace welcomes a special guest, her friend Luz Ortiz-Carby. Luz is a Milwaukee Native, born to Puerto Rican parents. She is married and is a mother of three. She has over 19 years of progressive leadership and administrative experience, including some various positions that she’s held at the United Community Center, with Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, where she worked for 12 years. After healthcare she became a Re...

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In this episode Candace welcomes Norma Cortese and they discuss the importance of higher education and education of the taboo topics. They both are advocates for higher education, they have strong passion for the Latino community, and they were both involved in the Por La Gente Association in Racine. 

Norma was born in San Antonio TX, and she moved to Racine at the age of four. She is a proud product of the Racine Unified School Dis...

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In this episode of Unspoken Conversations with Candace, your host Candace welcomes her daughter Victoria Slomski.  Victoria was born and raised in Racine. She works at Froedtert Hospital as an MRI Imaging Specialist and is married to John. Victoria shares her personal story as a daughter of a survivor through her lens as a child, and then in retrospect, after reading the book, as an adult and seeing things from her mom’s lens. They...

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