Latina to Latina

LWC Studios

In this interview series, host Alicia Menendez talks to remarkable Latinas about making it, faking it, and everything in between. In often-hilarious and always-revealing episodes, Alicia and her guests take on the challenges of existing, and then thriving, as women of color.

  • 26 minutes 9 seconds
    Remix: How Karla Vasquez Reclaimed Salvadoran Food

    We are celebrating almost 300 episodes of Latina to Latina! For the first Monday of every month, we are counting down our top 25 episodes of all time. In between, we'll curate special playlists of some of our favorite episodes. For the next three weeks, we bring you some of our favorite conversations about food. When Karla Vasquez learned that there were virtually no Salvadoran cookbooks in print in the United States, this food writer and cooking instructor made it her mission to capture the food and the spirits of the women of El Salvador.

    Follow Karla on Instagram @karla_tv and find her book here. If you loved this episode, listen to Why Pioneering Journalist Maria Hinojosa Put Herself in the Story and How Documentarian Cristina Costantini Fed Her Soul While Making Mucho Mucho Amor

    13 May 2024, 4:00 am
  • 24 minutes 12 seconds
    Top 25 Countdown: #25 What Media Mogul Nely Galán Can Teach Us About the Art of Reinvention

    To celebrate almost 300 episodes of Latina to Latina, for the first Monday of every month, we are counting down our top 25 episodes of all time. In between, we'll curate special playlists of some of our favorite episodes. Coming in at #25: This television executive turned entrepreneur took a major detour—mid career—to go back to school. Nely shares how that decision changed her life, as well as her insights on how to find your true purpose.

    Follow Nely on instagram @nelygalan. If you loved this episode, listen to Fashion Entrepreneur Lilliana Vazquez: “Build Something for Yourself” and How Carolyn Rodz Is Connecting Entrepreneurs with Opportunities

    6 May 2024, 4:00 am
  • 18 minutes 54 seconds
    How Elizabeth Camarillo Gutierrez is Complicating the Immigrant Narrative

    When her parents’ tourists visas expired, and they were no longer allowed entry into the United States, Elizabeth, an American citizen, persuaded her parents to allow her to stay in Arizona solo.  She was only 15 years-old. Even as she contended with housing and food insecurity, Elizabeth managed to graduate valedictorian of her high school class, before going on to graduate from the University of Pennsylvania. In this episode, we talk about the values tension in wanting to change the world and needing to pay rent, why the responsibilities she carried never allowed her to “let loose” like her peers, and her decision to share her story in her new memoir, “My Side of the River.”

    Follow Elizabeth on instagram @lizzycancu and find her book My Side of the River here.  

    If you liked this episode, listen to How Travel Empowered Nikki Vargas to Bring Her Life Into Alignment and What Jennifer De Leon Had to Confront to Become the First Writer In Her Family.

    29 April 2024, 4:00 am
  • 19 minutes 18 seconds
    How Cecilia Marquez is Retelling the History of the American South

    In her new book, Making the Latino South, the Hunt Family Assistant Professor in History at Duke University chronicles the dramatic racial evolution of non-Black Latinos living in the American South from the 1940s to the early 2000s.

    Follow Cecilia on X (formerly Twitter) @ProfCeciliaM , and learn more about her research here, and find her book here.

    If you liked this episode, listen to How Natasha Alford’s Lived Experience Informs Her Political Analysis and Storytelling and For Sociologist Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve Getting Latinos to Care about Justice Reform Is Personal.

    22 April 2024, 4:00 am
  • 21 minutes 11 seconds
    Raquel Reichard Wants You to Know that Self-Care Isn’t One Size Fits All

    She wrote her book, Self-Care for Latinas: 100+ Ways to Prioritize & Rejuvenate Your Mind, Body, & Spirit, deep in her own grief, a year after suddenly losing her best friend. Raquel shares what that experience taught her about self-care and community care, living with life-changing loss, and how she is building a career in media from her beloved Orlando, Florida.

    Follow Raquel Reichard on Instagram @raquelreichard. Find her new book here. If you liked this episode, listen to How Robyn Moreno Gets Rooted and How Chef Grace Ramirez Found Her Place Outside of the Kitchen .

    15 April 2024, 4:00 am
  • 29 minutes 5 seconds
    LTL x Poderistas Live at The William Vale: Featuring Xochitl Gonzalez!

    Check out our live recording of Latina to Latina x Poderistas in conversation with Xochitl Gonzalez, author of the new novel, Anita de Monte Laughs Last - taped before a live audience at The William Vale on March 27th, 2024!

    Follow Xochitl on instagram @xochitltheg and find her book, Anita de Monte Laughs Last, here. Learn more about Poderistas and their work and follow them on Instagram @poderistas

    Thank you to our lead sponsors, Fund for the City of New York and Telemundo's Mujeres Imparables, whose generous funding allowed us to bring you this recording of the event, and to the Latina-owned brands who showed up and showed out for our gift bag: 

    Agua Bonita


    Bonita Fierce

    Brazi Bites

    Cindy Castro New York





    Reina Rebelde

    Rizos curls

    Siete Foods


    8 April 2024, 4:00 am
  • 18 minutes 31 seconds
    How Malia Lazu Moved from Intention to Impact

    She started her career as a political organizer, launching Mass VOTE, a state-wide voter engagement campaign, then parlayed those skills into economic development. As the EVP and Regional President at Berkshire Bank, Malia evolved the bank’s strategic focus to prioritize community impact. Malia shares how her theory of change evolved, how she identifies gaps between organizations’ intentions and their impact, and the very personal question she is constantly circling back to in therapy.

    Follow Malia and her work on Instagram @theurbanlabz, and find her book From Intention to Impact here. If you loved this episode listen to Why Cristina Tzintún Ramirez Wants Latinas to Be Less Humble and More Demanding and  Code for America’s Amanda Renteria Lost Some Battles, but Is Winning the Political War.

    1 April 2024, 4:00 am
  • 49 seconds
    See You Tonight!
    It's Wednesday, March 27th! Alicia and Juleyka cannot wait to see you at The William Vale for our live recording with Xochitl Gonzalez. Tonight's event is a great way to support a Latina-owned business and a Latina-run organization. There are still tickets and swag bags available, so get yours while they last. Bring a friend! Tickets available for purchase here:
    27 March 2024, 5:00 am
  • 49 seconds
    Counting Down to Our Live Recording with Xochtil Gonzalez!
    Tomorrow, Wednesday, March 27th , is our first Latina to Latina x Poderistas live event! If you haven't purchased your tickets, there is still time. If you can't be there in person, but want to support us, join other listeners who have purchased tickets to give away to others. If you're interested in participating, just drop us a line on Instagram: @latinatolatina. Tickets available for purchase here:
    26 March 2024, 7:33 pm
  • 20 minutes 32 seconds
    Why Giovanna “Gigi” Gonzalez Wants You to Have a Wealth “Why”

    The entrepreneur, TikTok star and author of the personal finance book “Cultura and Cash: Lessons from the First Gen Mentor for Managing Finances and Cultural Expectations” shares her tips for setting money boundaries with those you love most, and the importance of defining the driving values and “why” of your money plan.

    Follow Giovanna on instagram @gigthegirstgenmentor and find her book, Cultura and Cash here. If you liked this episode listen to How Alejandra Campoverdi Traced Her Family’s Invisible Inheritances and LEVEL UP: How to Secure Your Financial Future Starting Today.

    25 March 2024, 4:00 am
  • 1 minute 17 seconds
    Special Announcement: Latina to Latina x Poderistas Swag Bags!

    Just a few days left to purchase tickets for our Latina to Latina + Poderistas Live event with NYT Best selling author Xochitl Gonzalez!

    The first 150 tickets sold come with a bag from Hija de tu Madre, stuffed with goodies from Latine brands including: Agua Bonita, Bloomi, Loisa, Nopalera, Ocoa, Oeste, Reina Rebelde, Rizos curls, Siete Foods, plus a reusable beverage bottle from the City Fund of New York - one of the event’s lead sponsors. We also have some special discount codes from Brazi snacks, Cindy Castro New York and Bonita Fierce candles!

    There are only a few dozen of these tickets left, so grab yours today:

    22 March 2024, 4:48 pm
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