Logra Tu Dream: Helping Latinos Achieve Their American Dream

Gianpaolo Pietri is an architect, journalist, entrepreneur, coder, producer and writer. Translation? He is a communicator. That’s how he sees his body of work. Beyond artistry or creativity is the need to communicate the true nature of basic human emotions. Essentially, Gianpaolo uses a range of media to communicate , to share his ideas about the World and how it is evolving. There is a common thread visible throughout all of his projects. He seeks to answer the question: How shall we live?

In 2010, Gianpaolo developed a digital news site, Yastá, for the growing yet underserved spanish-speaking community in the US. He currently serves as the media company’s Creative Director. He sees his work on this project as a clear extension, and evolution, of his architecture work.

Gianpaolo is now producing and directing a feature documentary “el voto Hispano “about the power and influence of Latino voters in US elections. The project is being produced by Eva Longoria and recently became the most funded Latino led project on Kickstarter.  

What you'll learn

  • Gianpaolo's American dream and his journey to pursue it
  • Why he started the "El Voto Latino" documentary
  • Why Latinos aren't exerting the level of influence that matches their numbers
  • Only 49% of eligible Latinos voters actually vote
  • How did Gianpaolo get Eva Longoria to sign up to produce the " El Voto Latino" documentary
  • How did  " El Voto Latino" documentary raised $168K on Kickstarter becoming the most funded Latino led project on Kickstarter
  • Why there are very few Latinos in office
  • What can we do to increase the Latino voting % and our influence on American politics
  • Why the Latino community needs transformational leaders
  • The importance of hustle to accomplish our dreams
  • Why we need to embrace the mentality of abundance witin the Latino community and help each other to achieve higher levels of success 

Resources & Links

Direct download: votolatino.mp3
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Jacqueline (Jackie) Camacho is a Latina entrepreneur, author, speaker, philanthropist, cancer survivor. Born in Mexico City, Jacqueline Camacho-Ruiz moved to the United States at age 14 where she learned English in just one year.  Hungry for knowledge, Jacqueline earned her college degree and became trilingual (German).  From a very early age Jackie devoured amazing literature.  Authors like Dale Carnegie, Zig Ziglar, Napoleon Hill and other business icons influenced the launch of her award-winning JJR Marketing, Inc. agency in 2006. Jacqueline speaks to hundreds of audiences nationwide and is described as having a “fire about business success and about life that leaps off the stage.”
Jackie earned the Emerging Leader award by the Chicago Assoc. of Direct Marketing, the Entrepreneurial Excellence and Influential Women in Business awards by Daily Herald The Business Ledger and was a finalist for Latina Entrepreneur of the Year by the Chicago Latino Network, Highest Human Relations Award by Dale Carnegie, among others. She serves on the board of Junior Achievement- Western Region, Community Contacts and the Publicity Club of Chicago. She is the author of The Little Book of Business Secrets that work!, The Fig Factor, contributing author of Overcoming Mediocrity and upcoming books 200 Consejos Poderos para alcanzar el Exito en los Negocios and superhero character on motivational comic book The Crusaders. She is a regular guest on tv and radio including CBS World News, CBS Chicago, WGN-TV, ABC7 News, WGN Radio 720.
As a two-time cancer survivor, Jackie possesses wisdom about life well beyond her years.  She lives in the Midwest with her husband and business partner, Juan Pablo, and her two children Leonardo and Giulianna.
Direct download: jcamacho.mp3
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Michael O'Neal is the host of the Solopreneur Hour Podcast, one of the best and the most popular business podcasts in the land.  He started his podcast in August 2013 and since then has done over 110 episodes, with over 500k downloads and has made over six figures in just 7 months. He  is not only a super successful podcaster he is also a social media ninja, drummer, networking marketing expert, web designer, avid racer , comedy enthusiast, huge Steelers fan and all around great guy.

Direct download: michaeloneal.mp3
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Mike Kawula helps business owners Master being a Self Employed King and shows businesses winning systems for double digit sales growth. Mike grew both his local service franchise and his online office supply company to several million dollars ranking the 144th fastest growing company in the U.S. in 2012 and doing over $10 Million in sales! After having success both online and offline in several businesses, Mike now helps other businesses develop Winning Systems for rapid growth!  Mike is an avid Entrepreneur and most importantly a loving Husband to his wife Laurie and a father to 3 amazing future Entrepreneurs!

Subscribe to the Path to the Dream email series here to learn how successful Latinos achieve their American Dream.

Direct download: michaelkawula.mp3
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Fernando Labastida is a prominent Latino business blogger and the founder of Latin IT Marketing, a blog and consultancy providing marketing services for Latin American software development firms wanting to enter the U.S. market. He speaks and teaches marketing in both Spanish and English at places such as the Economic Business Growth Business Incubator in Austin, TX, the SXSW Latinos in Tech program in Austin, TX, the Congreso Internacional Emprendor in El Salvador, Product Camp and the Rise Multicultural Series, among others. He was a moderator on a panel about Startups in Mexico at South by Southwest Interactive, and he gave a virtual presentation about Content Marketing for the Lander Academy.

He organized the first Latin American track for the South by Southwest Interactive Conference, co-organized the debut of the Americas IT Forum in Austin, and he’s the founder of the Austin Content Marketing Meetup. He was a guest columnist for Nearshore Americas, the Austin chapter of the American Marketing Association, and currently writes at Emprende.us. In this episode you'll learn how to use content marketing to grow your business.

Direct download: fernandolabastida2.mp3
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Jesse Martinez is a Co-founder, Tech Entrepreneur, Philanthropist. He is the cofounder of his third startup - Relevance and as the country director for Brasil. He also spends the rest of his time as Cofounder/Co-chair on his personal passion, Latino Startup Alliance , a non-profit supporting global Latino Tech Entrepreneurs and startup ecosystems. In this episode you'll learn how Jesse is helping create Latino Startup succcess stories and role models.

Direct download: jessemartinez.mp3
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Haydee Caldero is a Latina and the co-founder of Dignitas, LLC. She is responsible for designing the firm’s real estate and private asset investment models. She also advises business owners and entrepreneurs on capital structuring of their privately held companies, company equity raises, partnership structures and legal entity formation. Haydee actively coaches business executives of fast growth companies regarding strategic planning, corporate finance and partnership opportunities. Throughout her career she has served as an advisor to executives of closely held enterprises ranging from start-ups to companies with over $100 million in revenues. In this episode you will learn how to save, invest and build wealth for your family.

Direct download: haydeecaldero.mp3
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Toby Salgado is a Latino serial entrepreneur who has built and operated 6 companies, in the service, technology, finance and real estate industries. He started a service (environmental) company in 2001.and grew to to 58 employees and over $4 Million in annual revenue.He became a millionaire at 33 and a multi-millionaire at 35.  In this episode you will learn how it is possible to become a multi-millionaire by finding opportunities other don't see,

Direct download: tobysalgado.mp3
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Felix Ortiz III is a Brooklyn native and the son of the New York State Assemblyman. He served in the U.S. Army 18th Airborne Corps and JAG Corps, before attending St. John’s University. While in college, he founded Visionary Trade & Export, a company presently located in the Bronx that provided humanitarian aid and supplies while increasing cultural relations with Cuba, which he sold in 2007. Felix later founded Viridis Learning, an education technology company that combines workforce education and human capital solutions for the middle-skill workforce and still serves as its Chairman & CEO. He was featured by Poder360° as one of 20 innovative Latino Entrepreneurs blowing the hinges off the old boys club doors. In this episode you'll learn how Felix has built Viridis a company that helps Latinos prosper in the workforce through technology by never taking no for an answer and by surrounding himself with great people.

Direct download: FelixOrtiz.mp3
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Mahrinah Von Schlegel has had a tremendous and inspiring career  that she has crafted for herself. She is an Entrepreneur, Anthropologist, and Ecosystem Builder who has been in the digital startup space since 2001, developed nearly $1B in real estate, and founded an incubator in the City of Chicago. She received her BA/MS from the University of Pennsylvania and MBA from the Wharton School of Business. She is currently Managing Partner at I365, where she consults with early to mid-stage startups, and Executive Director of Embassy2.0. In this episode you will learn how to craft an entrepreneurial career in tech startups.

Direct download: mahrinahfinal.mp3
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Austin Netzley is one of the first of what I call Latin inspired entrepreneurs that I will interview. By Latin inspired I mean non-Latinos that have tremendous value to offer to our community.


He is an engineer, entrepreneur and avid investor. He is the founder of ONE Pursuit Investments, as well as the host of a top-rated business podcast, YoPro Wealth.  At 27 years old, he left the corporate world where he was working for a Fortune 3 company to take his investing and coaching businesses to the next level. Now, he  travels around the world and builds up his businesses, while he lives the exact life that he wants to. 

In this episode you will learn how to create financial freedom and retire young like Austin. 

Direct download: austinnetzleyedited.mp3
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Jose Huitron is a champion of entrepreneurship and the Co-Founder of Crowdismo, a rewards-based crowd-funding platform fueling innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship within the Latino community. He is the organizer of Startup Weekend events and the Central Coast Chapter Director of the Latino Startup Alliance developed to encourage the inspiration and cultivation of U.S. Latino led technology startup ventures by providing a strong support network of fellow entrepreneurs, investors, innovators, & mentors. In this episode you'll learn why you need to embrace the power of positive thinking and the urgency of now to make your entrepreneurial success dreams a reality.

Direct download: josehuitronfinal.mp3
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Mauricio es el co-fundador y CEO de Milagros de Mexico una cadena de tiendas de productos de salud y bienestar para la comunidad Hispana. En este episodio Mauricio nos platica de su trayectoria, de Milagros de Mexico y hablamos de como emprendedores Latinos pueden lograr el exito en EU.

Direct download: mauriciosimbeckfinal.mp3
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