Paid Vocation with Lupe Prado

Lupe Prado

Career and Life coach Lupe Prado dives into diverse, unconventional career stories from entrepreneurs and professionals who are doing work that makes them happy. Paid Vocation redefines career success by looking for joy throughout the journey, not just the arrival. Lupe shares stories of pivots, challenges, and victories to inspire you to pursue your own version of career success.

The Powerful Impact of Supporting Women | Patricia Rodriguez-Christian
1w ago
The Powerful Impact of Supporting Women | Patricia Rodriguez-Christian
Episode #69. This week on the podcast I am thrilled to be joined by Patricia Rodriguez-Christian. Patricia is an entrepreneurial executive with 20+ years of C-level experience at privately held CRC Group Inc., a group of family-owned companies.  As CEO, Patricia has provided leadership and direction at B2B/B2C companies in retail, restaurant, business processing outsourcing, real estate, and construction, from start-up through maturity.   Patricia currently serves on corporate and non-profit Boards and is passionate about making diversity and inclusion a priority in all endeavors. She has been recognized for her leadership in the public, private and non-profit sectors. She has been inducted into the Women’s Business Enterprise Hall of Fame by the American Institute for Diversity and Commerce. She has a Master of Public Administration from University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, she holds a Corporate Director Certification from Harvard. She makes Dallas her home with her husband and son.  I am so excited to share this episode with you. I met Patricia as I looked for ways to give back to the Latino community. This conversation inspired me to keep looking for ways to give back and looking for ways to support women. I loved how Patricia explained the impact that supporting women can have on those around her and her community. I can't wait for you to listen. Connect with Patricia: LinkedIn Connect with Lupe: WebsiteInstagram
What 92 Jobs Taught Me | Chef Charles Webb
Jul 28 2022
What 92 Jobs Taught Me | Chef Charles Webb
Episode #68. This week on the podcast, I am thrilled to be joined by Chef Charles Webb, owner of Avanti Gourmet Catering and creator and host of the docuseries #ChefonTour.  Charles is a Chicago native who grew up in both San Antonio, Texas, and Guanajuato, Mexico. He began his career in Wall Street after finishing his studies at The European School of Economics in Rome. Feeling unsatisfied in his career, he returned to the familiar realm of food and beverage doing the work that put him through college. It wasn't until witnessing 9/11 at the nearby SoHo street corner, Prince and Wooster that he decided to pursue what he loved.  He spent many years on a worldwide adventure living out his mission to follow his passion. He worked at establishments such as The Mercer Kitchen in NYC, Casas Brancas & Spa in Brazil, Noma in Copenhagen, and on mega-yachts in the Côte d’Azur. However, it was not until 92 jobs later and his return to Chicago, that he decided to become an entrepreneur. Charles launched Avanti Gourmet Catering in Chicago. Charles has built an award-winning catering business. His mission is to curate unforgettable, incredible moments for each guest at his table. He donates his time to One Goal Foundation and Lurie’s Children Hospital. He is also the host and creator of #ChefonTour, an engaging, digital series built around culture, community, food, and art wrapped into travel. It captures the essence of 40 cities as seen by locals and at each destination, Charles brings together major influencers, food experts, and tastemakers to a special curated dinner.  In our conversation today, Charles shares how being resourceful and open to possibilities has allowed him to do work he loves. He talks about what working 92 jobs taught him and how that eventually led him to become an entrepreneur. Charles has such a positive energy and an incredible story.  Connect with Charles: WebsiteInstagram Connect with Lupe: WebsiteInstagram
How to Stay Patient in Pursuit of Our Dreams | Chef Olivia Lopez
Jun 30 2022
How to Stay Patient in Pursuit of Our Dreams | Chef Olivia Lopez
Episode #67. This week on the podcast I am joined by Olivia Lopez. Olivia is the owner of Molino Olōyō. Originally from Colima, Mexico, in her childhood, she would join her grandmother Margarita on trips to the local market, where her grandmother taught her how to choose vegetables, fruit, and meat, and eventually taught her how to cook.  Once her grandmother passed away, Olivia had a mission: to become a chef, and pass along everything she learned from her grandmother.  Olivia moved to Dallas in late 2009 to attend the culinary program at the Art Institute of Dallas. After graduation, she worked in some of Dallas' most successful kitchens, including Craft at the W hotel; Charlie Palmer and CBD Provisions.  Olivia’s first sous chef job was at Americano at the Joule (a luxury hotel here in Dallas); she then served as sous chef at Mirador Restaurant. In 2019 she joined Billy Can Can Restaurant, becoming chef de cuisine the following year. However, it was after this role that she realized that what she really wanted was to showcase the beauty of  Mexican cuisine through heirloom corn (maíz), and highlighting the essential role maíz plays in Mexican culture. That is how OIivia came to create her company Molino Olōyō. You are going to be so inspired by Olivia and her love for food, Mexico and her dedication to pursuing her dream. Connect with Olivia: Instagram Connect with Lupe: WebsiteInstagram
Healing Through Horses | Equus Coach Leigh Wright
May 12 2022
Healing Through Horses | Equus Coach Leigh Wright
Episode #66. This week on the podcast, I am thrilled to be joined by Leigh Wright. Leigh is a Certified Equus Coach from the Koelle Institute of Equus Coaching. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas and has over 35 years of experience practicing as a Registered Nurse specializing in Neonatal ICU.  In addition, she has continued her education to include Trauma Informed Equine-assisted learning from The Natural Lifemanship Institute having completed the Fundamental and Intensive course sequences.  Leigh utilizes equine-assisted learning with a mindful approach to guide her clients to their inner knowing and promote self-awareness of life’s recurring patterns. Her coaching is rooted in offering a meaningful experience centered on building a relationship with the horse as a partner, then allowing and supporting the thoughts or emotions that arise in the space of that relationship and exchange. Holding the belief that all relationships are sacred and it is in the support of relationships that we can explore our true essence.  Leigh is also a trained astrologer and regularly integrates this education with her equine coaching.  I met Leigh at the Miraval Wellness and Spa Resort in Austin, Texas in February of this year. My best friend Marisol and I wanted to take some time to focus on wellness and to spend some time connecting.  In today’s episode, she talks about her journey to her work today and how we can heal through our relationship with others including horses. Connect with Leigh: Website Connect with Lupe: WebsiteInstagram
A Passion for Art, Culture and Baking | Alicia Becerra
Jan 26 2022
A Passion for Art, Culture and Baking | Alicia Becerra
Episode #60. This week on the podcast I am thrilled to have Alicia Becerra. Alicia is the owner of AliciasDelicias, she is a mother/wife, painter, and baker. She started baking cakes with her mother at the age of eight years old. Her mother was an artist and a stay-at-home mom.  She saw the passion Alicia had for art and quickly enrolled her in art classes where she learned painting and sculpting. Alicia applied that skill in her cake making and through those years she honed her skills in the cake world by creating birthday and wedding cakes for friends and family. Competitions soon followed and she became an award-winning cake designer. Cakes were where she was most comfortable and what she originally set out to do. However; after establishing herself in San Diego, getting married, and having her first child, cake art soon evolved into cookie art and AliciasDelicias was born. She has been thoroughly enjoying building her cookie business for the last seven years.  Cookie art has given her the canvas she has always wanted - the ability to showcase her painting skills, culture, and most importantly, her passion for art. Alicia’s cookies are so beautiful and true works of art. Her love for her culture shines so brightly. In this conversation, Alicia shares how she got started with her business, her life as a mom and a business owner, and her love for her art. You are going to be so inspired by her story.  I can't wait for you to listen!  Connect with Alicia: WebsiteInstagram Connect with Lupe: WebsiteInstagram
How to Take Action on Your Dreams | Elie Bou-Issa
Jan 21 2022
How to Take Action on Your Dreams | Elie Bou-Issa
Episode #59: This week I am so excited to be joined by Elie Bou-Issa. Elie has more than 17 years of experience in the IT consulting field. He has delivered projects in private and public sectors to large customers in over 20 countries including countries in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Canada and USA. He has been working with Microsoft for the past 12 years and is currently based in Texas. In 2020, Elie took his passion for wine to a higher level. He completed a 6-weeks program with University of Adelaide on “World of Wine: From Grape To Glass”.  And following the Beirut Port explosion in August 2020, Elie registered “Ana Beirut” (meaning “I am Beirut”) wine trademark under the U.S. trademarks and started his professional journey in wine. A wine tasting in May 2021 in Texas enabled Elie to select six wine blends to be part of the Ana Beirut collection and they reaped an array of rewards, including three silver medals at the 2021 Lone Star International Wine Competition.  In addition, Ana Beirut Rosé wine was awarded 90 points by Wine & Spirits and listed as a Best Buy, while Ana Beirut Assyrtiko won the bronze medal at the 2021 Lone Star International Wine Competition. The first shipment of wine made its way to Texas in December 2021 and launched this month. Elie is so inspiring and gives so many great tips for anyone wanting to pursue a passion project. I can't wait for you to listen. Connect with Elie: WebsiteInstagram Connect with Lupe: WebsiteInstagram
Why Mindset Matters | Amy Norman
Dec 9 2021
Why Mindset Matters | Amy Norman
Episode #56: This week on the podcast I am thrilled to have Amy Norman. Amy is the founder and CEO of Little Passports, a series of award-winning and one-of-a-kind activity kits designed to awaken kids’ curiosity about geography, culture, science, and art. Founded in 2009, Little Passports now has five subscription kits and a line of complementary standalone toys, games, and activity kits. Amy’s sense of adventure began at an early age as she frequently moved between the US and England with her family, and was exposed to various cultures and traditions.  In addition to studying Spanish and International Studies at The Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, Amy’s countless travel experiences throughout her life further ignited her passion for learning about the world and sharing that excitement of knowledge with young children.  Drawing on this background, Amy designed Little Passports to give children the opportunity to see the world in a new way, via hands-on activities, exciting games, and stories that draw from science, nature, and global experiences. Amy is a well-versed leader with over 25 years of experience in general management, strategy, and finance from leadership roles at McKinsey and eBay. She is a member of the Small and Medium Business Council at Facebook, was recognized as an Ernst and Young Winning Woman, was a finalist for Entrepreneur Of The Year in 2019, and is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization.  I loved this conversation so much. Amy shares some of the personal struggles that she was going through in her life as she launched little passports. She also shares how mindset impacts what we accomplish in our lives. I was so inspired by listening to Amy’s story. I can’t wait for you to listen. Connect with Amy: WebsiteInstagram Connect with Lupe: WebsiteInstagram
How to Embrace the Value of Connection | Emily Landers
Nov 16 2021
How to Embrace the Value of Connection | Emily Landers
Episode #53: This week on the podcast I am so excited to be joined by Emily Landers.  Emily Landers is a speaker, author, and host of the popular, ‘How’d She Do That?’ Podcast.  A born and raised Texan, now living in Los Angeles with her husband and golden doodle, Maui, Emily is passionate about helping other women realize and pursue their passions.  After graduating from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication, Emily moved to New York City where she began her career as an intern at Foot Locker Corporate.  During her time in New York, Emily worked in Marketing, Tech PR, and Social Media for both Fortune 500 companies as well as boutique agencies.  At age 23, Emily became the CEO of a tech startup and has since worked with businesses and brands across the country assisting them in her given areas of expertise.  As a natural connector of people, and more time on her hands during 2020, Emily decided to launch her podcast ‘How’d She Do That?’ to highlight the stories of other female entrepreneurs and businesswomen.  How’d She Do That is one of my favorite podcasts. I love listening in on the conversations with her guests and Emily has one of the most beautiful voices I’ve ever heard.  In this conversation, we talk about what prompted her to launch her podcast, how gratitude can help us silence our inner critic, and how we can think about networking to help us connect with more people.  I can’t wait for you to listen! Connect with Emily: WebsitePersonal Instagram'How’d She Do That' Instagram Connect with Lupe: WebsiteInstagram