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Author: Marisol Solarte-Erlacher

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The Resilience and Resistance podcast is about successful Black, Indigenous and Women of Color who are overcoming trauma and becoming resilient.

The vision for this podcast is to illuminate the dichotomy that many BIPOC female-identified individuals face in their daily lives; holding space for healing or managing past and present trauma, while maintaining a "professional" identity as they strive towards their work and other goals.

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Music: Inte-Gritty by Bianca Mikahn

Art: Maite Nazario | http://www.maitenazario.com

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Blanca Perez-Solarte

Blanca Perez-Solarte

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Marisol’s mom, Blanca, joins the podcast to talk family history, growing up in poverty along the US/Mexico border, teenage pregnancy, hard work, her love of Kool-Aid, and finding joy regardless of the circumstances. Blanca’s story includes being born and raised in Mission, TX in a three-room home without running water. Largely raised by her grandparents who were field workers, her parents met one another while also working in the cotton fields of the Rio Grande valley in Texas. Blanca’s mother gave birth to her at age 16 and became a single mother soon after as Blanca’s father José left the family when Blanca and her brother Joe (José) were still toddlers.   The neighborhood where Blanca was raised was a tight-knit community where outgrown shoes that no longer served one family were given to another family equally in need. It was also the location of a factory that previously manufactured toxic pesticides that are now illegal to use. The danger of the site was unknown to the surrounding community, and when the plant closed the neighborhood used the empty, contaminated structure to hold mercados. The neighborhood children regularly played in the toxic dirt and abandoned pesticide containers. As a result, many residents still struggle with cancers, birth defects, and other illnesses related to the toxic exposure. Blanca tells the story of finding and reuniting with her father at age 14. With the help of her tia, Blanca finds her father and grandmother living in nearby Progreso, TX. She continued to have a relationship with her father since that time and encouraged her brother Joe to have a relationships with him as well.Blanca’s mother Guadalupe left for Illinois for work when Blanca was eight, leaving her with her grandparents until she made the move to Illinois at 13. It was moving to a mostly white community that she first experienced prejudice. It was in Carpentersville that Blanca met Marisol’s ‘nerdy jock’ dad after he recently immigrated to the US from Colombia. Blanca became pregnant with Marisol at 15 and gave birth to her at 16. Marisol’s father was 17. Being a single mom, Blanca was forced to drop out of high school but earned her GED when she was 20.Marisol was four when her parents got married, and she was the flower girl—and ring thief! The family moved in together for the first time and saved for a house before they got pregnant with another child. To be able to have a home and be able to provide for her children, as opposed to her childhood, brought Blanca great joy. The loss of her grandfather, also named Guadalupe, who was a loving father figure throughout her life, is the most difficult experience Blanca has faced. Finally, Marisol and Blanca also reminisce about the old neighborhood. And, no, Blanca will never leave Carpentersville—which she affectionately (and correctly) calls the ‘hood. They also talk through how being a young mom has impacted their mother-daughter relationship. Watch this episode here - https://youtu.be/6hNgkMCod90Instagram: @Resilience_and_ResistanceLinks:Marisol’s website: https://www.marisolerlacher.com/LinkedIn: Marisol - www.linkedin.com/in/marisol-solarte-erlacherIf you are interested in Marisol Solarte-Erlacher supporting your business or organization by speaking or training on topics such as Work Trauma for BIPOC women, Racial Battle Fatigue, supporting mental health in traumatic times, and building resilience in employees and resilient leadership in BIPOC women. Contact her directly at marisol@marisolerlacher.com if you want to learn more.Powered by The Plug Podcast NetworkCheck out exclusive offers from from our sponsors--> Smart Suitcase <---Production CreditsArt: Maite Nazario | http://www.maitenazario.comMusic: Inte-Gritty by Bianca MikahnPodcast Editing and Production: https://www.theplug-agency.comDistribution by: The Plug Podcast Network - https://art19.com/nSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Join us for another interview of our Latina Entrepreneurship Series. Our guest is entrepreneur Kathy Maestes We'll continue to explore how Latinas are building, growing, and owning their spaces.Links:Marisol’s website: https://www.marisolerlacher.com/LinkedIn: Marisol - www.linkedin.com/in/marisol-solarte-erlacher Kathy Maestes - https://www.linkedin.com/in/kathy-maestas-75340135/Instagram: @Resilience_and_ResistanceWe have partnered with US Bank to support our communities like this one through responsive and humbled actions focused on addressing racial and economic inequities and creating lasting change through our Community Possible Grant Program,https://www.usbank.com/about-us-bank/community/community-possible-grant-program.htmlIf you are interested in Marisol Solarte-Erlacher supporting your business or organization by speaking or training on topics such as Work Trauma for BIPOC women, Racial Battle Fatigue, supporting mental health in traumatic times, and building resilience in employees and resilient leadership in BIPOC women. Contact her directly at marisol@marisolerlacher.com if you want to learn more.Check out exclusive offers from from our sponsorshttps://www.theplug-agency.com/sponsorsProduction CreditsArt: Maite Nazario | http://www.maitenazario.comMusic: Inte-Gritty by Bianca MikahnPodcast Editing and Production: https://www.theplug-agency.comDistribution by: The Plug Podcast Network - https://art19.com/networks/the-plugSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
We’ve all had those times when we feel crushed and exhausted by emotionally draining times. And in those times, we might seek professional help from a therapist. But have you ever wondered how therapists process their internal struggles? How do they help solve another person’s problems when they’re fighting their own battles simultaneously?Dr. Cynthia Chen, my guest for today’s episode, comes out openly about dealing with one of the most challenging times of her life: losing her elder brother to lung cancer and how she’s chosen to process the various emotions that came with it. She shares how she managed her work – sometimes, taking some time off work and sometimes, immersing herself in it to stop her mind from wandering – to let her mind feel and heal. A loss as significant as that could shake your whole world; Cynthia goes back in time to reveal how she privately processed her feelings.In this episode, Cynthia narrates her journey in life so far: the experience growing up in a Chinese household, pursuing a doctorate in psychology, her approach to the work she does, and dealing with the challenges that have come her way in life. Our discussion gets deep into being comfortable with your emotions – both positive and negative, emotional regulation, resilience, and revival. Listen in!Episode Lessons:Finding a balance between how much to reveal and not reveal about yourself to your clients: While giving away too much could feel like a risk, being extremely private could also be very draining.The processing of grief looks different for everyone. It all comes down to being comfortable around even your most negative emotions.Emotional regulation isn’t about regulating your emotions as much as it is about regulating your reaction to those emotions.ABOUT DR. CYNTHIA CHENDr. Chen's experience in education, pediatric hospitals, and mental health settings spans over 20 years. Her clinical training and work has focused on working with children and families impacted by trauma, as well as those experiencing acute and chronic medical conditions. She currently works part time in private practice providing individual and family counseling, maintains a clinical faculty position at a local children's hospital with their Solid Organ Transplant Team, and conducts social justice focused consultations to schools and organizations.CONNECT WITH DR. CYNTHIA CHENWebsite: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/cynthia-chen-denver-co/339979Links:Marisol’s website: https://www.marisolerlacher.com/LinkedIn: Marisol - www.linkedin.com/in/marisol-solarte-erlacherInstagram: @Resilience_and_ResistanceWe have partnered with US Bank to support our communities like this one through responsive and humbled actions focused on addressing racial and economic inequities and creating lasting change through our Community Possible Grant Program,https://www.usbank.com/about-us-bank/community/community-possible-grant-program.htmlIf you are interested in Marisol Solarte-Erlacher supporting your business or organization by speaking or training on topics such as Work Trauma for BIPOC women, Racial Battle Fatigue, supporting mental health in traumatic times, and building resilience in employees and resilient leadership in BIPOC women. Contact her directly at marisol@marisolerlacher.com if you want to learn more.Check out exclusive offers from from our sponsorshttps://www.theplug-agency.com/sponsorsProduction CreditsArt: Maite Nazario | http://www.maitenazario.comMusic: Inte-Gritty by Bianca MikahnPodcast Editing and Production: https://www.theplug-agency.comDistribution by: The Plug Podcast Network - https://art19.com/networks/the-plugSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
In this week’s episode, we are joined by Akasha Absher, the president of Syntrinsic Investment Counsel, a national investment consulting firm. Akasha and Marisol converse about:Akasha explains how she's not only the president of a firm but a Black woman, friend, boss, colleague, partner, finance professional, dreamer, human with capacity for greatness and with capacity to make monumental mistakes.We talk about how in order to be perceived as successful, you must leave certain “worlds” then decide whether you try to reintegrate back into those communities.We talked about the importance of networking with other POC to build knowledge and increase the likelihood of being successful.It is important to prove, advocate, and assert yourself in order to be taken seriously.Watch this episode here - https://youtu.be/16mj1wiGS4oAbout our guest: Akasha Absher (she/her/hers) is, among many things, the President of Syntrinsic Investment Counsel, a Colorado-based national firm that provides investment advice and strategic consulting to endowment foundations and private clients. The catalyst of her impressive career can be traced back to Clark Atlanta University where she obtained her BA in Finance. Later, after a stint in South America, she earned her MBA from the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business. She's been making moves ever since. Akasha has an extensive background in investment consulting and banking, fixed income trading, risk management, and nonprofit leadership. This unique amalgamation of expertise has ultimately led to her prowess and success as president of Syntrinsic and beyond. In 2020, Akasha was named one of the top 25 Most Powerful Women in Colorado by the Colorado Women's Chamber. To top it all off, Akasha is a dedicated community member. She serves on the Board of Pinnacol Assurance, the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Board, the Advisory Board of the CLIMBER Loan Fund, and the REI Advisory Committee for Confluence Philanthropy. The latter is a diversity, equity, and inclusion initiative managed exclusively by women and POC. They seek to expand the control of capital beyond "white male gatekeepers" and to provide resources to continue moving the discussion forward. Originally from New York, Akasha and her husband moved from NYC to indulge in Colorado's scenery. When she isn't hustling, Akasha can be found enjoying time with family, hiking, reading, traveling, and practicing yoga.Links:Marisol’s website: https://www.marisolerlacher.com/LinkedIn: Marisol - www.linkedin.com/in/marisol-solarte-erlacher Akasha Absher - https://www.linkedin.com/in/akashaabsher/Instagram: @Resilience_and_ResistanceWe have partnered with US Bank to support our communities like this one through responsive and humbled actions focused on addressing racial and economic inequities and creating lasting change through our Community Possible Grant Program,https://www.usbank.com/about-us-bank/community/community-possible-grant-program.htmlIf you are interested in Marisol Solarte-Erlacher supporting your business or organization by speaking or training on topics such as Work Trauma for BIPOC women, Racial Battle Fatigue, supporting mental health in traumatic times, and building resilience in employees and resilient leadership in BIPOC women. Contact her directly at marisol@marisolerlacher.com if you want to learn more.Get Something Dope! - LifeIsDope.comCheck out exclusive offers from from our sponsorshttps://www.theplug-agency.com/sponsorsProduction CreditsArt: Maite Nazario | http://www.maitenazario.comMusic: Inte-Gritty by Bianca MikahnPodcast Editing and Production: https://www.theplug-agency.comDistribution by: The Plug Podcast Network - https://art19.com/networks/the-plugSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
In this episode, we speak to Beth Robinson, an Employment Attorney in Denver, Colorado. We discussed:Bias and salary discrepancies for Women of Color in the workplace. The power of negotiation for women’s salary and how women often feel as though they cannot. In her research she has found that women often don’t negotiate their compensation packages, due to the fear of losing the job offer or being seen as confrontational, men on the other hand are more likely to negotiate their packages, even if they have less experience. She recommends negotiating the WHOLE package, e.g. Salary, hiring bonus, stock options, vacation, healthcare packages, and bonuses. The way a company responds to a negotiation is very important because it helps you understand their values and work culture. How your pay depends on your experience, and when it's most appropriate to negotiate one’s salary. Regardless, you should always be fairly compensated. The importance of how one views and values money, any way you view money is correct “so long as it's healthy”. Centering yourself and your values is important for fairly negotiating your compensation.Watch this episode here - https://www.theplug-agency.com/theplugnetworkAbout our Guest:Beth Robinson (she/her/hers) is an employment attorney in Denver, Colorado. Beth grew up in Dayton, Ohio, in an inner-city community known as Residence Park. She decided she wanted to be a lawyer when she was in high school, after deciding that being an astronaut was too much math. She graduated from Harvard Law School and began her career at a large firm in St. Louis, Missouri. Beth has enjoyed doing lots of different things as an employment attorney, including the perks of working at large law firm advising large companies, working for the Missouri Attorney General’s Office defending workers compensation claims and representing state agencies in state court, and currently working as an in-house employment attorney for the Colorado Judicial Department. Beth’s experience as an employment attorney has given her a unique view into employer cultures and pay practices. Beth has seen employers at every stage and has some insight into what makes a good employer (and signs of a bad employer). She has also been able to confirm through employer data that the problems that we hear about in the news related to bias exist in every industry all over the world. Beth has, thankfully, also had the opportunity to see employers get things right. She believes a good employer supports employees and allows them to be their best professional self at work, and she believes any employer can be a good employer with the right leadership and culture. Beth encourages her clients to intentionally create a workplace environment where every employee feels valued and supported in doing their best work.Links:Marisol’s website: https://www.marisolerlacher.com/Connect on LinkedIn or Instagram: Marisol - www.linkedin.com/in/marisol-solarte-erlacherFollow the Resilience & Resistance PodcastInstagram @Resilience_and_ResistanceWe have partnered with US Bank to support our communities like this one through responsive and humbled actions focused on addressing racial and economic inequities and creating lasting change through our Community Possible Grant Program,https://www.usbank.com/about-us-bank/community/community-possible-grant-program.htmlIf you are interested in Marisol Solarte-Erlacher supporting your business or organization by speaking or training on topics such as Work Trauma for BIPOC women, Racial Battle Fatigue, supporting mental health in traumatic times, and building resilience in employees and resilient leadership in BIPOC women. Contact her directly at marisol@marisolerlacher.com if you want to learn more.Check out exclusive offers from our sponsors and partners - https://www.theplug-agency.com/sponsorsProduction CreditsArt: Maite Nazario | http://www.maitenazario.comMusic: "Inte-Gritty" by Bianca MikahnPodcast Editing and Production: https://www.theplug-agency.comPowered by The Plug Podcast Network - https://art19.com/networks/the-plugSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
In this episode, we speak to Rosalind Page, Founder of Black Femicide US, an organization that tracks violence and murders of black women and girls across America. Rosalind is a nurse, researcher, advocate for the human rights of Black women and girls. We discussed: Every 6 hours a Black woman is killed. Rosalind elaborates on the term “Femicide” and how the resistance to categorize women's death as such is a form of deep rooted misogyny.How femicides in the Black community have increased over the past few years-from a femicide occurring every 19 hours in 2015 to 6 hours in 2022.Domestic violence incidents are constantly being ignored and brushed off by law enforcement, and not taken seriously. The rates of femicides in the US are catching up to rates in South Africa where they occur every 4 hours. Her goal is to bring awareness to the number of Femicides in the Black community and enact change. Alicia Cardenas Alyssa Gunn-Maldonado killed December of last year Listen on: Podopolo| Spotify | Apple Podcasts| Amazon Music| iHeartRadio | Google PodcastsWatch this episode here - https://youtu.be/GjX4BKsNQWgAbout our guest: Around 2015, Ms. Page became active after noticing an increase in violence against black women and girls. This increase is supported by crime statistics and has been rising since 2015. Ms. Page is focused on increased awareness of the issue and she tracks and posts incidents of black femicide, including a photo of the victim on her facebook, instagram and twitter accounts. Behind the scenes she is working with MIT, CDC and the FBI to increase specific and thorough data collection and to better understand the causes of this violence.She is using that data to push legislation to recognize and address black femicide similar to the legislation proposed regarding the murders and disappearances of indigenous women and girls. To bring more focus and attention to a largely ignored and normalized issue, she is organizing a march on Washington DC for September 2022.Links:Marisol’s website: https://www.marisolerlacher.com/Black Femicide US Twitter: https://twitter.com/blackfemicideus?lang=enBlack Femicide US Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/blackfemicideUSConnect with Marisol on LinkedIn www.linkedin.com/in/marisol-solarte-erlacherWe have partnered with US Bank to support our communities like this one through responsive and humbled actions focused on addressing racial and economic inequities and creating lasting change through our Community Possible Grant Program,https://www.usbank.com/about-us-bank/community/community-possible-grant-program.htmlIf you are interested in Marisol Solarte-Erlacher supporting your business or organization by speaking or training on topics such as Work Trauma for BIPOC women, Racial Battle Fatigue, supporting mental health in traumatic times, and building resilience in employees and resilient leadership in BIPOC women. Contact her directly at marisol@marisolerlacher.com if you want to learn more.Check out exclusive offers from our sponsors and partners - https://www.theplug-agency.com/sponsorsProduction CreditsArt: Maite Nazario | http://www.maitenazario.comMusic: Inte-Gritty by Bianca MikahnPodcast Editing: https://www.theplug-agency.comDistribution by: The Plug Podcast Network - https://art19.com/networks/the-plugSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
In this episode, we speak to Athena Baca-Chieza, Associate Professor, Clinical Director, and Training Coordinator at the University of Colorado Denver, about tran-racial identity, including: Speaking to her experiences as an adoptee and the struggles she faced being different from her family members. How understanding her trans-racial identity helped her more deeply understand herself and how her identity has shaped her experiences.  How the Latinx culture can be anti-Black and how her Afro-Latina Identity impacted her relationships.  Listen on: Podopolo| Spotify | Apple Podcasts| Amazon Music| iHeartRadio | Google PodcastsAbout our guest: Dr. Athena Y. Baca-Chieza is a clinical health psychologist in Denver, Colorado. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2006. Dr. Baca-Chieza is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado, Denver, where she is the Coordinator of Clinical Training and Director of a community mental health clinic in the CU Denver Clinical Health Psychology PhD program. In addition to her current position at CU, Dr. Baca-Chieza also works as a consulting psychologist in the Hem/Onc and Bone Marrow Transplant program at University of Colorado Hospital, where she supports patients who are navigating the complex biopsychosocial intersections of living with blood cancers, and she also conducts pretransplant evaluations. Previously, Dr. Baca-Chieza worked for 10 years at the Colorado Blood Cancer Institute as a BMT psychologist and Training Director, as well as an integrated primary care provider at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System in San Antonio, Texas.Dr. Baca-Chieza is actively involved in leadership and advocacy for her profession and has served on the board of the Colorado Psychological Association (CPA) since 2015, when she was elected as the state’s Diversity Representative. In 2018 she was elected to serve as President of CPA, a 3-year position, which afforded her opportunities to write laws that impact mental health outcomes for Coloradans, and especially marginalized populations such as LGBTQIA communities who were vulnerable to archaic and harmful practices. Dr. Baca-Chieza is interested in consultation psychology, including leadership selection and development in the healthcare arena and enjoys any opportunity to present on topics related to leadership, advocacy, and professional development. Dr. Baca-Chieza proudly hails from the beautiful Bordertown of El Paso, TX, is fluently bi-lingual in Spanish and English and identifies as Afrolatina (Mexican and Black). She lives in the Park Hill neighborhood of Denver with her spouse, Chido, who works as a nurse, and their two daughters, Raphaelle and Juno, who attend Stedman Elementary school, where Athena is an active PTA member and advocate for black and brown families in the Denver Public School system. They also have a 5-pound Chihuahua named Fiona.Links:Marisol’s website: https://www.marisolerlacher.com/LinkedIn: Marisol - www.linkedin.com/in/marisol-solarte-erlacher & Athena - https://www.linkedin.com/in/athena-y-baca-chieza-6564823/Instagram: @Resilience_and_ResistanceWe have partnered with US Bank to support our communities like this one through responsive and humbled actions focused on addressing racial and economic inequities and creating lasting change through our Community Possible Grant Program,https://www.usbank.com/about-us-bank/community/community-possible-grant-program.htmlIf you are interested in Marisol Solarte-Erlacher supporting your business or organization by speaking or training on topics such as Work Trauma for BIPOC women, Racial Battle Fatigue, supporting mental health in traumatic times, and building resilience in employees and resilient leadership in BIPOC women. Contact her directly at marisol@marisolerlacher.com if you want to learn more.Check out exclusive offers from our sponsors and partners - https://www.theplug-agency.com/sponsorsProduction CreditsArt: Maite Nazario | http://www.maitenazario.comMusic: Inte-Gritty by Bianca MikahnPodcast Editing and Production: https://www.theplug-agency.comDistribution by: The Plug Podcast Network - https://art19.com/networks/the-plugSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
In this episode, we speak to Zaneta Kelsey, Founder at Delightsum, LLC, about her passion for elevating BIPOC voices in the tech field. We also discussed: Her work at IBM and many other tech companies in Seattle, Dallas and Denver. Zaneta shares her experiences being one of few, Black women in tech, and her struggles in battling the status quo of a White dominated industry.   She shares the courage that she had to exhibit to continually who up and excel in spaces that were not created for her. Her upbringing prepared her to work in an industry with very little representation due to her father’s example.  The trauma that she experienced in childhood was mitigated by the love and stability she in her family. Watch this episode here - https://youtu.be/76fBHtX9kGoAbout our guest: Zaneta Kelsey has over 20 years of digital transformation experience. She began her career designing and consulting clients at the start of the e-commerce era before 2000. With deep industry insight and a passion for customer empathy and acquisition, she founded Delightsum. She consults clients in multiple industries from large B2B tech firms, tech start-ups, nonprofits and local small businesses. Her corporate consulting and executive background enables her to compassionately understand the annual goals that her clients are working towards and partner with them to collectively achieve. Zaneta’s goal is to bring delight to her clients as they bring delight to the customers they serve. Zaneta is very active in the Colorado professional community. She has served as a State of Colorado Commissioner on the Business Experiential Learning Commission which led to her leading the Equity in Scholarship Taskforce as a board member of the Colorado Community College System Foundation Board. She is currently leveraging her expertise to build a model that supports and scales Colorado’s tech companies owned by founders of color.Links:Marisol’s website: https://www.marisolerlacher.com/Zaneta Kelsey’s website: https://www.the-delightsum.com/Connect on LinkedIn or Instagram: Marisol - www.linkedin.com/in/marisol-solarte-erlacherZaneta- https://www.linkedin.com/in/zaneta-kelsey/Follow the Resilience & Resistance PodcastInstagram @Resilience_and_ResistanceWe have partnered with US Bank to support our communities like this one through responsive and humbled actions focused on addressing racial and economic inequities and creating lasting change through our Community Possible Grant Program,https://www.usbank.com/about-us-bank/community/community-possible-grant-program.htmlIf you are interested in Marisol Solarte-Erlacher supporting your business or organization by speaking or training on topics such as Work Trauma for BIPOC women, Racial Battle Fatigue, supporting mental health in traumatic times, and building resilience in employees and resilient leadership in BIPOC women. Contact her directly at marisol@marisolerlacher.com if you want to learn more. Check out exclusive offers from our sponsors and partners - https://www.theplug-agency.com/sponsorsProduction CreditsArt: Maite Nazario | http://www.maitenazario.comMusic: Inte-Gritty by Bianca MikahnPodcast Editing and Production: https://www.theplug-agency.comPowered by The Plug Podcast Network - https://art19.com/networks/the-plugSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Dr. Shaayestah Merchant (she/her/hers) is a practicing clinical psychologist and founder of Essential Dialogues LLC in Denver, Colorado. She has been a clinician for over 15 years and has a wealth of experience working with those in marginalized communities including immigrants, people of color, and those in the LGBTQ+ communities. Dr. Merchant has worked as a consultant and trainer with organizations such as the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA), the Denver District Attorney’s office, and the Colorado Organization for Victims’ Assistance (COVA) among others. She has also taught at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Merchant believes that each one of us has the capacity and resources within us to thrive and live our lives in accordance with what we value most. She has learned from her clients and through her experiences over the years as a clinician, Muslim, woman of color, and an immigrant that there is no one way to understand and deal with life’s tough issues. Her two- and five-year-old children never hesitate to remind her of this! When she is not working or parenting….wait, that’s not a thing. Dr. Merchant tries to have a healthy sense of humor when it is possible.If you are interested in Marisol Solarte-Erlacher supporting your business or organization by speaking or training on topics such as Work Trauma for BIPOC women, Racial Battle Fatigue, supporting mental health in traumatic times, and building resilience in employees and resilient leadership in BIPOC women. Contact her directly at marisol@marisolerlacher.com if you want to learn more.Follow the PodcastInstagram @Resilience_and_ResistanceArt: Maite Nazario | http://www.maitenazario.comMusic: Inte-Gritty by Bianca MikahnPodcast Production: https://www.theplug-agency.comCheck out exclusive offers from from our sponsorsSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Rosita “Rosie” Myers lives in Los Angeles, CA with her husband and mini-Pitbull named Chance. She has always had a love for style, fashion, and helping others find clothing that makes them feel strong and powerful. She has had the opportunity to work as a personal shopper and wardrobe stylist on the sets of tv shows and commercial photoshoots.  After the uprisings due to racial injustice, and as a Black woman with a deep understanding of oppression racial trauma, she began to ask herself the following: What is most important? What matters most? How does fashion and style intersect with my thoughts? It was from these questions that Resistance Fashion was born. Her desire was to create a brand that celebrated style, fashion, black culture and resilience. Rosie wants people who wear her clothing brand to feel more powerful and celebrated than they have before. With bold statements and colors, her brand is an expression of resisting against the idea that our lives don’t matter.If you are interested in Marisol Solarte-Erlacher supporting your business or organization by speaking or training on topics such as Work Trauma for BIPOC women, Racial Battle Fatigue, supporting mental health in traumatic times, and building resilience in employees and resilient leadership in BIPOC women. Contact her directly at marisol@marisolerlacher.com if you want to learn more.Rosie's Meyers' Social Links:Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/resistancefashion_/Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/ResistanceFashionWebsite - https://resistancefashion.co/Follow the Podcast Instagram @Resilience_and_ResistanceArt: Maite Nazario | http://www.maitenazario.comMusic: Inte-Gritty by Bianca MikahnPodcast Production: https://www.theplug-agency.comCheck out exclusive offers from from our sponsors See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Sueyeun Juliette Lee works as the Program Director at Chinook Fund, a social justice funder dedicated to supporting community led change across Colorado, where she directs a community leadership program in social justice philanthropy called The Giving Project. A writer, scholar, and video artist, she is a former Pew Fellow in the Arts and her fifth book of poems is forthcoming with Nightboat books in 2021. Juliette was a keynote speaker for the Smithsonian Institute's inaugural Asian American Literature Festival, and has held international residencies in video art and poetry. She has exhibited installation, performance, and video work locally at Artworks Center for Contemporary Art, the Denver Art Museum, Leon Gallery, and Georgia Gallery. Her scholarship specializes in contemporary poetics, the avant-garde, and Asian American writing. She grew up outside of metro DC; her parents are survivors of the Korean war, orphans, and immigrants. If you are interested in Marisol Solarte-Erlacher supporting your business or organization by speaking or training on topics such as Work Trauma for BIPOC women, Racial Battle Fatigue, supporting mental health in traumatic times, and building resilience in employees and resilient leadership in BIPOC women. Contact her directly at marisol@marisolerlacher.com if you want to learn more.Juliette LeeWebsite: https://silentbroadcast.com/ Order No Comet, That Serpent in the Sky Means Noise (Kore)Order Solar Maximum (Futurepoem)Juliette's Poetry Foundation profileJuliette's Pew artist profileFollow the podcast on Instagram @Resilience_and_ResistanceArt: Maite Nazario | http://www.maitenazario.comMusic: Inte-Gritty by Bianca MikahnPodcast Production: https://www.theplug-agency.comClick THIS LINK for an exclusive offer from The Plug - https://www.theplug-agency.com/theplug-xclusive-offersSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
As a trauma specialist, Quandra Chaffers helps teenagers and adults overcome intimate partner violence and sexual abuse. Quandra is also a kink & poly knowledgeable sex therapist. She specialize in areas of sexless marriages, painful sex, and problematic sexual behaviors. For over 10 years, she has honed her skill set in cutting edge therapies such as Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) in order to mitigate the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other mental health issues that result from exposure to trauma. Quandra is a powerhouse sexpert because she attacks the issues of sexual violence as a trifecta—community educator, therapist consultant, and psychotherapist. Before transitioning into private practice, Quandra worked for 3 semesters at Washington University in St. Louis as an Adjunct Professor. She taught graduate students a better understanding of developmental psychology as it applies to sexuality across the life course. For 4 and half years, Quandra treated on average 90 survivors per year as a Case Manager-Therapist at the YWCA St Louis Regional Sexual Assault Center. As a volunteer of Rape and Violence Ends Now (RAVEN), She co-facilitated batter’s intervention programming for 6 years, working to rehabilitate men who have been abusive.IG: @sasstherapyTwitter: @sasstherapywww.sasstherapy.comIf you are interested in Marisol Solarte-Erlacher supporting your business or organization by speaking or training on topics such as Work Trauma for BIPOC women, Racial Battle Fatigue, supporting mental health in traumatic times, and building resilience in employees and resilient leadership in BIPOC women. Contact her directly at marisol@marisolerlacher.com if you want to learn more.Follow the podcast on Instagram @Resilience_and_ResistanceArt: Maite Nazario | http://www.maitenazario.comMusic: Inte-Gritty by Bianca MikahnPodcast Production: https://www.theplug-agency.comCheck out exclusive offers from from our sponsorsSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Marcia Romero is the Community Affairs Manager at U.S. Bank based in Denver overseeing a multi-million-dollar community investment and social impact portfolio supporting the Colorado and Utah markets. Her professional experience spans more than 20 years with an extensive background in corporate social responsibility, financial services, marketing and communications in the private, public and nonprofit sectors. She is actively engaged in many of U.S. Bank’s Business Resource Groups and serves as a mentor through the Bank’s MentorConnect program.Her professional growth is fueled by a personal commitment to serving the community as both mentor and leader. A Colorado native, Marcia passionately volunteers for many organizations and serves on the boards of Latin American Educational Foundation (LAEF), Latinas First Foundation, the Newman Center for the Performing Arts at theUniversity of Denver and Fiesta Colorado Dance Company. She is an alumna of the prestigious Latino Leadership Institute at the University of Denver and the Colorado Hispanic Chamber Foundation’s Leadership Program. She has an impressive performing arts background as a trained dancer that has taken her from the stages in the Southwest U.S. to Sydney, Australia.Marcia is staunch advocate for education as a first-generation college graduate with a degree from the University of Denver in International Business and a minor in Spanish. She resides in Denver with her greatest pride and joy – her identical twin sons. FB: https://www.facebook.com/romeromarcidLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marciadromero/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marciadromero/Twitter: https://twitter.com/marciarsandovalIf you are interested in Marisol Solarte-Erlacher supporting your business or organization by speaking or training on topics such as Work Trauma for BIPOC women, Racial Battle Fatigue, supporting mental health in traumatic times, and building resilience in employees and resilient leadership in BIPOC women. Contact her directly at marisol@marisolerlacher.com if you want to learn more.Follow the podcast on Instagram @Resilience_and_ResistanceArt: Maite Nazario | http://www.maitenazario.comMusic: Inte-Gritty by Bianca MikahnPodcast Production: https://www.theplug-agency.comSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
The Rev. Nicole M. Garcia, MA LPC, is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and has been called to be the Pastor for Mission Development at Westview Church in Boulder CO. Pastor Nicole has a Master of Divinity from Luther Seminary in St. Paul MN and a Master of Arts in Counseling from CU Denver. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Colorado and continues to work quarter-time as a therapist and clinical supervisor with the Umbrella Collective in Boulder.Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Nicoleg152 Twitter: @nicoleg152Church: https://www.westviewboulder.org/ Counseling practice: http://www.umbrellacollective.orgFollow the podcast on Instagram @Resilience_and_ResistanceArt: Maite Nazario | http://www.maitenazario.comPodcast Production: https://www.theplug-agency.comSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Jennifer is the co-owner and managing director of Bodies By Perseverance, a health and fitness club located in Denver, CO. She’s been involved in sports, fitness and health her entire life and loves helping her clients achieve their health and fitness goals. In 2020, Jennifer was invited to serve as an adjunct professor in the Entrepreneurship program at the University of Colorado, Denver campus. In this teaching role, she mentors, coaches and leads her students in ways that mirror her role in personal training. Prior to taking an entrepreneurial leap to follow her passion in teaching and fitness, Jennifer excelled as a marketing consultant that helped small businesses create lean marketing plans in a digital landscape. Her background spans 30 years of corporate work in marketing, project management, and business operations. Follow the podcast on Instagram @Resilience_and_ResistanceArt: Maite Nazario | http://www.maitenazario.comPodcast Production: https://www.theplug-agency.comJennifer Samuel (Pronouns: She/Her)Owner and Celebrity Trainer Bodies by Perseverance 2860 Welton St. Denver, CO 80205Twitter: @jsamfitness Website: www.mybbp.comLinkedIn - Jennifer Samuel Instructor of Entrepreneurship Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship | CU Denver Business SchoolJS Consulting Digital Marketing StrategistSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Dr. Mariel Buquè is a Columbia University-trained Psychologist, disruptor, and sound bath meditation healer. Her work focuses on the advancement of culturally responsive therapeutic practices that affirm the lived experiences of Black & Indigenous People of Color (BIPOCs). Her clinical work centers on healing wounds of intergenerational trauma, holistic mental wellness, and centering indigenous healing practices. She started the Soul Healing Collective in order to create a community space for people to heal together, as she believes in the liberation of both our minds and of oppressive systems as necessary qualities of our collective wellness. You may find her work at and follow her on Instagram at @dr.marielbuque. Social Media for Dr. Mariel Buquè IG: @dr.marielbuqueTikTok: @dr.marielbuqueYouTube: https://rb.gy/fdkneoTwitter: @drmarielbuqueWebsite: www.drmarielbuque.comIf you are interested in Marisol Solarte-Erlacher supporting your business or organization by speaking or training on topics such as Work Trauma for BIPOC women, Racial Battle Fatigue, supporting mental health in traumatic times, and building resilience in employees and resilient leadership in BIPOC women.  Contact her directly at marisol@marisolerlacher.com if you want to learn moreSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Rosemary Rodriguez was the State Director for Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado. She also served as a commissioner on the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, and chaired the commission in 2008. Prior to that, Rodriguez served on the Denver City Council for three and a half years, and was council president from 2005 to 2006. She also chaired the 2001 Colorado Reapportionment Commission, a constitutional body that was responsible for redrawing legislative districts after the 2000 Census. Rosemary is a Colorado native and attended Metropolitan State College (now Metropolitan State University), where she studied Political Science.If you are interested in Marisol Solarte-Erlacher supporting your business or organization by speaking or training on topics such as Work Trauma for BIPOC women, Racial Battle Fatigue, supporting mental health in traumatic times, and building resilience in employees and resilient leadership in BIPOC women.  Contact her directly at marisol@marisolerlacher.com if you want to learn moreFollow the podcast on Instagram @Resilience_and_ResistanceMusic: Inte-Gritty by Bianca MikahnArt: Maite Nazario | http://www.maitenazario.comPodcast Production: https://www.theplug-agency.comSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Michelle Jackson is mission driven to help her readers and listeners empower themselves financially. Whether it is by improving their personal finances or learning how to sell what they already know-she loves having those conversations. Michelle runs the website and podcast "Michelle is Money Hungry" and is the founder of the Money on the Mountain retreat focused on empowering financially single women one conversation at a time. When she's not geeking out about personal finance you can find her hiking in the mountains of Colorado."If you are interested in Marisol Solarte-Erlacher supporting your business or organization by speaking or training on topics such as Work Trauma for BIPOC women, Racial Battle Fatigue, supporting mental health in traumatic times, and building resilience in employees and resilient leadership in BIPOC women.  Contact her directly at marisol@marisolerlacher.com if you want to learn moreInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/michelleismoneyhungry/Twitter: https://twitter.com/MichLovesMoneyWebsite: https://michelleismoneyhungry.com/TikTok: michelleismoneyhungryFollow the podcast on Instagram @Resilience_and_ResistanceMusic: Inte-Gritty by Bianca MikahnArt: Maite Nazario | http://www.maitenazario.comPodcast Production: https://www.theplug-agency.comSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Catherine Smith joined the faculty at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 2004. She teaches torts, children and the law, and sexuality, gender and the law. She has published in legal journals, including Wisconsin Law Review, Washington University Law Review, and U.C. Davis Law Review. Smith’s research seeks to develop and expand children’s equal protection rights. Her co-authored amicus brief on children’s rights was cited and relied upon in the same-sex marriage decision, Obergefell v. Hodges. She recently completed a chapter (“concurring opinion”) for the forthcoming book, What Obergefell v. Hodges Should Have Said: The Nation’s Top Legal Experts Rewrite America’s Same-Sex Marriage Opinion (Jack M. Balkin, ed., Yale University Press, 2020). Smith is currently serving as an expert in Juliana v. United States, the landmark climate case brought by twenty-one young people suing the federal government for its role in the climate crisis.  If you are interested in Marisol Solarte-Erlacher supporting your business or organization by speaking or training on topics such as Work Trauma for BIPOC women, Racial Battle Fatigue, supporting mental health in traumatic times, and building resilience in employees and resilient leadership in BIPOC women.  Contact her directly at marisol@marisolerlacher.com if you want to learn moreConnect with Catherine via Twitter @catherineesmithFollow the podcast on Instagram @Resilience_and_ResistanceMusic: Inte-Gritty by Bianca MikahnArt: Maite Nazario | http://www.maitenazario.comPodcast Production: https://www.theplug-agency.com See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
Ali Duncan is a complete Life Coach, Clairvoyant, tantrika, energy healer, Spiritual Guide and Teacher. For over 16 years she has combined the world of quantum mechanics, frequencies, emotions and body wisdom to move her clients from their past, into the present and support them in creating a healthy, vibrant future.Urban Sanctuary | https://usdenver.comFollow the podcast on Instagram @Resilience_and_ResistanceLearn more about Marisol & EMDR Therapy | Start Your Treatment Today via TeleheathMusic: Inte-Gritty by Bianca MikahnArt: Maite Nazario | http://www.maitenazario.comPodcast Production: https://www.theplug-agency.comSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
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