Jessica Mendoza is an ESPN analyst, who just so happens to be the first woman to take on the role. Her resume is packed with Olympic medal wins, noteworthy ‘firsts’ at various sports broadcasting jobs and most importantly, the common theme through all of her achievements, an ability to connect with others in an authentic, powerful and vulnerable way. During her Creating Espacios episode, Jessica told us stories of growing up in a family of athletes, how fear shouldn’t stop you from making magic happen and why talking about the real things is the best way to even the playing field.
As the founder and CEO of ELLAS, Pilar Pinel has invested her life in mentorship. ELLAS creates clear pathways for young women, particularly high school students, to achieve their dreams. By pairing them with Latina role models, the girls learn that their goals hold value. In this episode we discuss the importance of understanding the cultural approach to mentorship and what it means to give back to the communities that raise us.