Photo: Elaine Melko.

Photo: Elaine Melko.

Literary Writer Frances de Pontes Peebles

The Brazilian-American author says she never had to claim her Latina identity because “it embraced me” as she grew up bilingual, bicultural, and multinational. On tour for her latest novel, The Air You Breathe, de Pontes Peebles tells Alicia about wrestling with the tension between needing time and space to create while meeting the demands of being a dedicated mother. She also recounts difficult scenes from her postpartum depression and how the act of telling someone saved her. Writing continues to save her, and she guards her gift ritualistically, including her tradition to “let the wall be empty for a while.”

 
 

 
 
 Photo: Maria Christina Gonzalez Noguera.

Photo: Maria Christina Gonzalez Noguera.

Master Communicator Maria Cristina Gonzalez Noguera

Maria Cristina Gonzalez Noguera was an executive at Estée Lauder when she became First Lady Michelle Obama’s communications director. The devoted mother of a one year-old, her mother, and her husband, headed to DC where Maria Cristina committed herself to a “once in a lifetime opportunity.” She talks with Alicia about the people who inspire her, turning down a future in finance, and juggling life in the East Wing during one of the most popular presidencies in recent history.

 
 

 
 
 Photo: Carmen Rita Wong

Photo: Carmen Rita Wong

Money Guru Carmen Rita Wong

Let’s talk about money. The average Latina earns 54 cents for every dollar earned by white, non-Hispanic men. To earn what he earned one year, we have to work an extra 10 months into the next year--until November 1st. That’s recognized nationally as Latina Equal Pay Day. To mark this important date, Alicia wanted to have a bigger conversation with personal finance expert, author and podcast host Carmen Rita Wong about what drives the wage gap, the attitudes about money and self-worth that hold Latinas back, and what it takes to make real money moves. We’re proud to bring you this episode as a special collaboration with our friends at Phenomenal Woman.

 
 

 
 
 Photo: Blair Raughley/Invision for Netflix/AP Images

Photo: Blair Raughley/Invision for Netflix/AP Images

Hollywood Showrunner Gloria Calderón Kellett

Gloria Calderón Kellett runs the show. Literally. She’s the co-showrunner and executive producer of Netflix’s One Day at a Time, and with each season, she’s adding more credits to that list: writer, director and actor. She talks with Alicia about her rise through Hollywood’s writers’ rooms (How I Met Your Mother, Devious Maids, and Drunk History), and argues for letting good things be good. And reveals her plans to take her storytelling to the next level.

 
 

 
 
 Photo credit: Amara La Negra

Photo credit: Amara La Negra

 

Singular Sensation Amara La Negra

Singer and television personality Amara La Negra knew she was destined to be a star at five years old. And she started putting in the work then. From her first big break on Univision’s Sabado Gigante, to her scene-stealing role on VH1’s Love & Hip Hop: Miami, Amara’s larger-than-life personality catapulted her into the spotlight. She tells Alicia about how racism and colorism sometimes limit her career, why she can’t shake her “poor girl mentality” and reveals the real price of pursuing her dreams.

 
 

 
 
 Photo Credit: Maria Elena Salinas

Photo Credit: Maria Elena Salinas

Legendary Journalist Maria Elena Salinas

After decades of beaming into our homes from her perch on the anchor desk, Maria Elena Salinas is enjoying finally speaking for herself and pursuing her own ideas and work. She jokes that she didn’t want her legacy to be that “I worked at Univision and then I died,” but Alicia also gets her to open up about that lingering doubt we all feel, the hard choices of being a working mom, and the freedom that comes with stepping boldly into your destiny.

 

 
 
 Photo Credit: Christy Haubegger.

Photo Credit: Christy Haubegger.

Media Mastermind Christy Haubegger

As a child, Christy Haubegger knew what she wanted to be when she grew up: a boss. As the founder of the iconic Latina Magazine, a film producer, and now an agent at one of the most powerful talent agencies in Hollywood, Christy is more than a boss; she's a force to be reckoned with. Born to a Mexican-American mother, and then adopted and raised by non-Latino parents, Christy talks about her unique take on the shared struggle of existing between cultures. the merits of a white sense of entitlement, and why impact is more important than money or titles.

 

 Photo Credit: Paola Mendoza

Photo Credit: Paola Mendoza

Artist and Activist Paola Mendoza

Artist and activist Paola Mendoza embodies today's political resistance. As Creative Director of the Women's March, her visionary work helped galvanize millions around the world, and continues with the "I Am a Child" campaign and efforts to stop the latest Supreme Court nominee. Paola was raised by a single mother, and, as a rebellious teen, found salvation in the arts. She talks with Alicia about gaining strength from her mother's difficult choices and why for her joy is an act of resistance.    


 Photo Credit: Heather Hazzan for Teen Vogue

Photo Credit: Heather Hazzan for Teen Vogue

Orange Is the New Black's Diane Guerrero

A rising star in Orange is the New Black, Jane the Virgin, and Superior Donuts, Diane Guerrero embodies quintessential Latina powers. She's grounded in her strong family roots but still shaped by the trauma that ripped them apart when she was a teenager. Somehow she harnessed the loss and pain into unmatched self-determination and drive. She opens up in this intimate convo with Alicia.


 Photo Credit: US Senator Catherine Cortez Masto

Photo Credit: US Senator Catherine Cortez Masto

Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto

US Senator. Mentor. Deal-maker.  How Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto drives Washington D.C. into the next era of politics


 Photo Credit: Daisy Auger-Dominguez

Photo Credit: Daisy Auger-Dominguez

Viacom VP Daisy Auger-Dominguez

Strategist. Connector. Talent magnet. How Daisy Auger-Dominguez creates a space in corporate America for the rest of us.


 Photo Credit: Mandy Gonzalez

Photo Credit: Mandy Gonzalez

Hamilton’s Mandy Gonzalez

Singer. Broadway star. Revolutionary. How Mandy Gonzalez commands — and captivates — on stage and in person.



 Photo Credit: Natalia Oberti-Noguera

Photo Credit: Natalia Oberti-Noguera

Pipeline Angels' Natalia Oberti Noguera

CEO. Coach. Boundary breaker. How Natalia Oberti Noguera disrupts the world of angel investing.


 Photo Credit: Cristela Alonzo

Photo Credit: Cristela Alonzo

Comedian Cristela Alonzo

Writer. Actor. Trailblazer. How Cristela Alonzo makes room for stories like hers in every medium.


 Photo Credit: ABC/Heidi Gutman

Photo Credit: ABC/Heidi Gutman

The View’s Sunny Hostin

The View host. Former federal prosecutor. Future politician. How Sunny Hostin takes on today’s most controversial topics — on live TV.


 Photo Credit: Lelund Thompson

Photo Credit: Lelund Thompson

Orange Is The New Black’s Jackie Cruz

Actor. Musician. Activist. How Jackie Cruz creates her own path (in and out of the spotlight).