The journey to Co-Founding Inspirame, leaning into your uniqueness, and seizing every opportunity that comes your way with Maria Alejandrina Medrano

In this episode, Lola speaks with Maria Alejandrina Medrano, a trailblazing Latina jefa, who leads as Co-Founder and CEO of Inspirame, a SaaS startup championing education to break generational poverty. Simultaneously, she serves as VP, Global Head of Community, Diversity, and Inclusion at Equinix, driving impactful change. Her unique blend of business acumen and advocacy leaves an indelible mark at the intersection of technology and equitable outcomes. 


In this episode, we discuss:

  • Leaning into your uniqueness regardless of the room you are in
  • Marias' career journey and how the role of “caretaker” carried through as a core value in all her positions
  • Seizing the opportunity and saying yes to what comes your way 
  • The importance of working on yourself every day so you can jump at the next opportunity when it presents itself
  • How to not get stuck in what you study in college and instead position yourself on the goal you want to reach
  • Founding Inspirame and leading their mission of bridging the gap between students, schools, and the workforce
  • The importance of creating a more equitable world and what you can do to help
  • Deciding what you want to be known for and where you want to use your time as core pillars in your life


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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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