Moving to America at 16, finding community at every point in your journey, and becoming a business owner running a virtual team with Yanique DaCosta

In this episode, we talk to Yanique DaCosta, the founder of YKMD and is a creative with an obsession for producing amazing brand visuals that transform ordinary spaces into extraordinary experiences.

Yanique currently sits on the Executive Board of the Graphic Artists Guild, where she was elected National Treasurer by the organization’s membership. She is also the International Council of Design delegate, representing the Guild and teaching graphic artists at varying international conferences and meetups. She is an acknowledged contributor in the 15th and 16th editions of the Graphic Artists Guild’s Handbook: Pricing and Ethical Guidelines, a national reference book for professional graphic artists and agencies."


In this episode, we cover:

  • Moving to America at 16 years old and earning a high school diploma from two countries
  • The pros and cons of working in corporate America and what you can learn
  • Tips for immigrants that are in corporate America and want to grow their career
  • Identifying what you want to do in life and figuring out the ways to make it happen


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Welcome to the “Immigrants in Corporate” podcast. A podcast about Immigrants and the journey to belonging and thriving in the corporate workplace. Drawing on her experience as an immigrant with years of experience in corporate America, and her current role as a certified diversity professional who is working with global corporations to build a more inclusive workplace for underrepresented employees, Lola Adeyemo is amplifying the voices of immigrants across different geographical locations and within the corporate workplace. This podcast is focused on highlighting the different barriers immigrants face in the corporate workplace and sharing insights for overcoming and thriving at work by leveraging individual uniqueness and cultural background. The discussion will be based on the different categories from the book “Thriving in Intersectionality”.

As an Immigrant in the corporate workplace or an International student looking forward to getting into the corporate workplace in a new country listen in for insights and visit for more information on social media communities and upcoming live events and resources.


Join Lola Adeyemo, each week as she connects you with immigrants who work across different industries and in different parts of the world. Hear their stories and learn how they are working towards belonging and thriving every single day.