Who Made You Great?

Lala Jackson

We talk to people who are great at what they do about who got them there, because none of us does this alone.

Episode 9 - Amanda Villarreal, Human Centered Design + Business Developer
Dec 9 2020
Episode 9 - Amanda Villarreal, Human Centered Design + Business Developer
Today we're talking to Amanda Villarreal, a Texicana, business-minded powerhouse who works in human-centered design. Amanda grew up in a Mexican-American family surrounded by brothers and worked across social work, politics, academia, tech, and business before landing at frog, the legendary 50+ year-old strategy and design consultancy that worked with Steve Jobs in the 1980’s to design the first Apple products.As I mention a few times during the show, it's fun to watch how fast Amanda's mind moves. This episode is for you if you've been wondering how to connect the dots and find the superpowers in what feels like your own patchwork career - as Amanda shows, those varied backgrounds give us strength and the ability to approach challenges in creative, multi-disciplinary-informed ways.For Amanda - this ability to connect seemingly disparate things came from two places: 1) growing up as an artistic kid and 2) the superpower of an ADHD mind when given the tools to thrive and let go of the judgement of a non-linear path.In the second half of the show, you'll hear about Amanda's amazing dad Jesus, who grew up a mile from the Mexico - US border, ended up at Boston University as an engineering student, then got his Masters from MIT, where he founded the first Latino Students Organization. Amanda credits not only his academic intelligence, but his immense emotional intelligence and empathy for all he's been able to accomplish, and all he's been able to do for their family.Learn more about Amanda and her work at amandanvillarreal.com - check out this post about entering the design field as a non-designer.Thank you to Lionel T. Djaowe for our music. Find us on Instagram at @WhoMadeYouGreat. Enjoy the show!
Episode 5 - Eritrea Mussa Khan, Diabetes Advocate + Content Creator, IT App Dev Trainer
Nov 11 2020
Episode 5 - Eritrea Mussa Khan, Diabetes Advocate + Content Creator, IT App Dev Trainer
We're back! We have a new President-elect and a new WMYG? episode 🎉This week, we're talking to Eritrea Mussa Khan, an absolute gem of a human from whom you're going to love hearing the stories of who made her great.Eritrea has a quick-moving mind currently being put to work in tech, while also playing a major role in the diabetes community through her work at Diabetics Doing Things. Fair warning, you're going to hear some continuous glucose monitor alarms in this episode SO YOU KNOW IT'S REAL #diabeteslife In this episode, we chat about how Eritrea's work in education tech makes her feel like she's helping family members and how she works to uplift the many vitally important voices in the diabetes online community. We talked about how hard it was to be a mixed kid growing up in Texas but how that informed her empathy and ability to pay attention to so many important things happening across the globe. Right before the 14 minute mark we start talking about who made Eritrea great. I was honored to hear their story again, as Eritrea's parents go far beyond special and resilient. Her father, who was an Eritrean war refugee, and her mother, who was born and raised in Mexico in an intensely hard-working family, fell for each other without speaking the same language, and have raised their children to be true citizens of the planet. Thank you to Lionel T. Djaowe for our music. Find us on Instagram at @WhoMadeYouGreat.