My guest today is Giovanni (Gio) Ruiz. He started at Riverside City College, continued on to receive his B.S. in Physics from Cal-Poly Pomona, and later his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Cal-Poly, San Luis Obispo. Gio is currently an independent software developer and co-founder of Voter Reach. Here is a little of his First Gen Journey . . .

In this episode, Dr. Hernandez interviews Fabiola Rangel, Director of Marketing for Latin America for Warner Bros., about her First Gen Journey. She discusses the sacrifices she made to pursue a career that matched her interests and strengths. Faby also reflects on how her intersecting identities influenced her career trajectory.

In this episode, Dr. Hernandez interviews Cynthia Gomez, Vice President of Customer Experience at Silversheet, about her First Gen Journey. She discusses the support she received from her high school and parents to pursue medical school before making the decision to deviate from that path. Cynthia also reflects on how personal difficulties helped her learn to ask for help and acknowledge a need for balance.

My guest today is Rondell Fletcher. Rondell grew up in the Los Angeles area to a single mother who was an entrepreneur and small business owner. Rondell left Cal-Baptist University after his first year and completed his A.A. and A.S. at East Los Angeles College (ELAC). Entrepreneurship pulled at him and Rondell dedicated himself to building success through business. Rondell is now a successful business owner with businesses in the beauty, television, construction, and produce industries. Although happy with the path he took, Rondell wonders how an academic mentor early in his life would have changed his professional life. Here is a little of his First Gen Journey. . . .