Growing up with immigrant parents, integrating your culture into your career, and how to lead a team that is growing in Latin America with Melissa Toledo

In this episode, we talk to Melissa Toledo, a proud Mexican-American navigating the corporate world while also learning to balance work and life to enjoy more time with her family, especially with her two-year-old son.


As a first-generation college graduate and corporate leader, she continues to grow her career within the tech world while also ensuring her passion for LATAM is involved. Melissa also has her own podcast (Momma Meli the Manager) that she started this year as a goal to go outside her comfort zone.


In this episode, we cover:

  • How Melissa’s cultural background has shaped her career and current role in corporate America
  • The challenges she has faced integrating her background into her career and how it has affected her communication and leadership skills
  • Advice to diversity and inclusion leaders and how companies can maintain integrity 

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More about Thriving in Intersectionality Podcast:


Welcome to the “Thriving in Intersectionality” podcast. A podcast created to help you learn from professionals in the workplace who have multiple intersectional identities; from ethnic minorities, veterans transitioning into the workforce, individuals with disabilities, parents, and so many more. 


Hosted by Lola Adeyemo, who is the CEO of EQI Mindset and the founder of the nonprofit Immigrants in Corporate Inc, her mission is to work with organizations to build more inclusive workplaces.


This podcast was built to amplify the voices of leaders and immigrants in the corporate workplace and to give insights and guidance so people can move past their “barriers” and advance in their professional careers.


Through interviews and solo episodes, Lola will examine this global world of work. We hope that you can learn a thing or two from our guests, who have a range of experiences and stories to share. Join Lola as we meet new people who are successfully navigating the corporate space.


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