We had the good fortune of connecting with Karina Luna and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Karina, what do you want your legacy to be?
As it pertains to my professional career, I would like to leave behind a wave of empowered individuals whom will further positively advance the culture and impact the world. I know, it sounds ambitious, right? But I do know it is possible.
Everyone has the power to influence those in their proximity. I hope through my mentorships, internships and other personal efforts (such as sponsored workshops that will help edify my community through life, financial and mental wellness education) that I will greatly impact lives to change the trajectory towards greater success than otherwise thought possible.
On a personal level, I would like to be remembered as someone who was a voice to the voiceless; an ally to those whom needed the solidarity and safe space. I would like to be remembered as a revolutionary.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a proud first-generation, Mexican-American woman. My parents came to this country, not knowing the language, not having any financial or familial support, with no education past jr. high, let alone high school, and worked – hard! My father, a humble self-taught mechanic, and my mother, intially a seamstress, possessing a strong will and making hard sacrifices, within 15 years, were not only able to became citizens but they also succeeded in creating 5 businesses that employed several hundreds of American families. My parents are the waking proof of the “American Dream.” Therefore, I have no “excuse” to not be successful!
My story is not unique in this country, many multi-cultural elders migrated to this country for “better opportunities” and sacrificed so that their children may advance; and, thanks to them, I have. I am the first of my family to have attained a college degree (B.A.) and feel indebted to my parents for their perseverance. My personal and professional goals, therefore, are passionately tethered, as I would love nothing more than to empower other people of color in our communities, through mentorships and additional external personal-growth opportunities (ie, workshops financial/credit, legal, mental health workshops, etc) that I would sponsor, so that they may also advance their generational legacy. I am motivated daily to bring my parents honor and great pride knowing that I, a piece of them, is responsible for empowering soo many others and perhaps that, alone, might be more than maybe their own wildest dreams!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’d have them ALL over LA! My favorite place is the beach, so I would take them to Hermosa Beach and grab a bite at Dia de Campo then grab some delicious drinks at Palmilla Cocina Y Tequila. At some point we’d FOR SURE have to hit up In-n-Out AND Roscoe’s, cuz ya know – “LA Staples!” And then, we’d do the boogie Beverly Hill dinner just for the experience; perhaps Mastro’s for some BOMB butter cake!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My parents – my heros.