We had the good fortune of connecting with Lillian Agosto-Maldonado and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lillian, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I have been learning about the “what if” philosophy and how the possibilities help you understand the way you can act and take decisions. My way to think about risk is exploring it as a possibility, contemplating the opportunities, and starting the process of understanding the different scenarios.
The “worst” thing that can happen is that you will receive a “no” as an answer. What does that mean? That means it will be just a restart to learn from your process and pivot or try again harder with more experience. You will risk and maybe fail, but you will not regret trying it.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I have been in love with Journalism since seventh grade when on a school trip to a newspaper I realize what is the role of reporting, the relevance of history, and the impact of the media. After that, I started looking for more information about how is to be a journalist and understand that the girl from seventh grade that visit a newsroom, started a journey there. Years later, that place was the first step in my professional career as a journalist.
My passion for being a journalist also guided me to explore education in Communications. That is why I started teaching and diffusing the message of the responsibility of working as a reporter or in a media network.
Later, with the combination of Academia and the industry, I solidify my professionalism with the launch of my freelance journalist career and my entrepreneurial venture Mundos Paralelos. Both are an important fusion of resources, techniques, and skills that helped me be the woman that I am now.
Not, it has not been easy, but consistency and discipline have been my allies (and I want them there forever). It has been a journey full of sacrifices, early mornings, and hard work, but nothing more rewarding than looking back and seeing all the experiences that have been part of my path. Nothing is more rewarding than speaking with that seventh-grade adolescent about her dreams and letting her know that everything she has been dreaming is possible.
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.
I’m from the lovely town of Gurabo, Puerto Rico. That is going to be the first stop of our journey to share my origins with others.
Then, I would love to suggest some amazing places to visit in a touristic way:
Viejo San Juan (San Juan)
Playa Flamenco (Culebra)
El Yunque National Forest (Río Grande)
Playa Buyé (Cabo Rojo)
Finally, I would love to let the people know about meaningful projects around Puerto Rico and their efforts. For example:
Casa Pueblo – Adjuntas (https://casapueblo.org/)
Bacoa – Juncos (https://bacoapr.com/)
Casa Afro – Loíza (https://casaafro.org/)
Cambio en Clave – Coliseo de Puerto Rico (http://www.cambioenclave.com/)
Chocobar Cortés and Fundación Cortés – Old San Juan (https://en.fundacioncortes.org/)
There is a lot more to do in Puerto Rico. This is just the beginning of good experiences that can transform the way this Archipelago is seen!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My family has been the base of my soul and my North in every single step of my life. They are my cheerleaders and I am so happy and proud to be part of them.
My fiancé Gilberto Pérez has been my #1 fan since 2014 helping me with my most recent projects and ideas. He also encourages me to do more and explore new scenarios.
Also, I am proud to recognize the Entrepreneurial Journalism Creators Program at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism, the International Center for Journalists, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, and SembraMedia as part of my professional growth with my project.
Other: Mundos Paralelos is an online magazine that explores Puerto Rican identity in any place. I founded this magazine a year ago and these are the links you can use to follow and support this venture: https://mundosparalelospr.com/ https://www.instagram.com/mundosparalelospr/ https://www.facebook.com/mundosparalelospr https://twitter.com/mundoparalelopr
Vanessa Serra Gilberto Pérez Hernández Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo