We had the good fortune of connecting with Brenda Hernández Jaimes and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brenda, let’s talk legacy – what do you want yours to be?
The legacy I want to leave when I’m gone is for the next generation of Latinxs to see themselves reflected in the diverse and empowering voices, faces, journeys, and stories of Latinas that I was able to amplify and uplift through Ellas. Growing up in the United States, I never really saw inspiring Latinx figures in traditional media. The ones that were presented were all stereotypical and never reflected my upbringing, culture, or identity. The work I do currently through my podcast, Ellas is to provide a space where Latinxs can listen and discover empowering women from our community who are creating an impact in their lives and career. I want them to feel inspired by their success stories, to feel pride that our community is paving the path forward, and opening doors for them and the generation that is coming. I hope people remember that I was always passionate about celebrating and amplifying our community.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I produce and host Ellas, a podcast that shares and amplifies inspiring conversations with empowering Latinas who are making an impact in their careers and paving the path for our current and future Latinx generations. What sets Ellas apart is that we always uplift the diverse journeys and stories that each guest has experienced. We focus on the voice and story of the Latina women. Latinas don’t fit into one box and there is diversity in our culture, language, experiences, appearance, and upbringing. In Ellas, we highlight all of this with the goal for our listeners to hear diverse and similar journeys in these conversations and feel motivated to create an impact in their life, careers, and community. Amplifying our diverse stories through Ellas provides us to discover and learn from the many women who are living different lives from their own. Before starting Ellas, I was unemployed and I was still unemployed when I started recording episodes. I had been so intent on the path I had been on, that I wasn’t paying attention to what life wanted me to do, which is to amplify our diverse voices to motivate and empower my community. Then, I no longer had a job and that’s when I decided to listen to what my heart needed. Talking with inspiring Latinas helped me discover a new path and my life purpose. I’m glad to say that due to producing Ellas, I’m now a professional podcast producer.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My best friend, Paty and I love to eat, visit museums, watch movies, and read books. So, I would take her to Nimbus Coffee which serves delicious food and coffee, and caters to our love for Harry Potter, and of course to Universal Studios because that’s our go to place to live out our witch fantasy. We would have a full day at The Getty, have a picnic, and her favorite painter is Van Gogh, so I know she would love to see his Irises piece while we’re there. We would end the day by watching a movie at the ArcLight Cinema and hopefully see a panel.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Many people have been pivotal in the success of my story. First and foremost my parents have always been supportive of my dreams, plans, and decisions. They’ve always encouraged me to be creative, never give up, and find a new path that would lead me to my goals. They’re also the reason for the love and pride that I have of my Mexican culture, roots, and heritage, and always advocating for my community. Mi mami Tere, who is my grandmother, always motivated me to give my best in everything I do. The dedication I have for Ellas and my work is thanks to her. I know she’s smiling down at me with pride from all the success I’ve had. I always talk with her and tell her how grateful I am for her love and guidance. And the success that Ellas has is of course due to the empowering Latinas who trust me to share their inspiring stories. They’ve been so gracious in sharing their time with me, to be so open when we converse about their amazing journey. They’ve positively impacted me to not quit and they’ve motivated me to continue paving my path towards amplifying our diverse voices.
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