Dyvergent Change Makers

Episode 15: Interview with Patricia Villegas, College Professor and a Latinx Career Coach.

June 18, 2021 Kerry D. Rosado Season 2 Episode 15
Dyvergent Change Makers
Episode 15: Interview with Patricia Villegas, College Professor and a Latinx Career Coach.
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Dyvergent Change Makers
Episode 15: Interview with Patricia Villegas, College Professor and a Latinx Career Coach.
Jun 18, 2021 Season 2 Episode 15
Kerry D. Rosado

In episode 15, I interview Patricia Villegas, College Professor and a Latinx Career Coach.

About Guest
Patricia Villegas is a College Professor and a Latinx Career Coach with a Bachelor's degree in Social Work from San Jose State and a Master's in Social Work from the University of Southern California. Through her academic and career experiences, she found her purpose and she has achieved career satisfaction and has helped hundreds of students do the same.  You can learn more about her and her services at www.patyvillegas.com

About the Host
Kerry Rosado, Founder & Principal DEI Consultant
Dyvergent Consulting Group, LLC - www.dyvergentcg.com 

Kerry is the Founder and Principal Diversity Consultant of Dyvergent Consulting Group, LLC. Named among the 146 Inspiring Women Leaders in 2021 by Diverse IN. She is an elected official serving as a school board trustee with 7 years of diversity and inclusion experience in tech, healthcare, and education. She is a proud mother of two boys with autism and a neurodiversity advocate.  She is a Latina in Tech that has worked at top tech companies such as Microsoft and Amazon to advocate for diversity and inclusion to empower women and minorities.​

She is a former board member for People Acting in Community Together (PACT), where she empowered the community to solve social issues related to housing, immigration, education, and social justice. She led community rallies to advocate for equitable education for all. Mentored youth through Google's CS First Program and Microsoft TEALS Program, and led and won hackathons at Women Who Code Silicon Valley.  She holds a Masters in Business Administration, a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science, and a DEI in the Workplace Certification.

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Show Notes Transcript

In episode 15, I interview Patricia Villegas, College Professor and a Latinx Career Coach.

About Guest
Patricia Villegas is a College Professor and a Latinx Career Coach with a Bachelor's degree in Social Work from San Jose State and a Master's in Social Work from the University of Southern California. Through her academic and career experiences, she found her purpose and she has achieved career satisfaction and has helped hundreds of students do the same.  You can learn more about her and her services at www.patyvillegas.com

About the Host
Kerry Rosado, Founder & Principal DEI Consultant
Dyvergent Consulting Group, LLC - www.dyvergentcg.com 

Kerry is the Founder and Principal Diversity Consultant of Dyvergent Consulting Group, LLC. Named among the 146 Inspiring Women Leaders in 2021 by Diverse IN. She is an elected official serving as a school board trustee with 7 years of diversity and inclusion experience in tech, healthcare, and education. She is a proud mother of two boys with autism and a neurodiversity advocate.  She is a Latina in Tech that has worked at top tech companies such as Microsoft and Amazon to advocate for diversity and inclusion to empower women and minorities.​

She is a former board member for People Acting in Community Together (PACT), where she empowered the community to solve social issues related to housing, immigration, education, and social justice. She led community rallies to advocate for equitable education for all. Mentored youth through Google's CS First Program and Microsoft TEALS Program, and led and won hackathons at Women Who Code Silicon Valley.  She holds a Masters in Business Administration, a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science, and a DEI in the Workplace Certification.

Learn more at www.dyvergentcg.com or schedule a call at calendly.com/dyvergentcg.

Podcast Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/podcastdyvergentchangemakers

Youtube Channel
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJmzVICfMuyp41W1_y8bi6A/featured

Podcast Guests  - Schedule a pre-interview at calendly.com/dyvergentcg

Gifts for Listeners:
Get a free $15 gift card from Amphy at https://www.amphy.com/gift/dyvergent.  Amphy is the largest marketplace for live classes, connecting and enriching humanity through knowledge.

Kerry D Rosado:

Hello everyone, my name is Kerry D Rosado. I'm the host of divergent Changemakers podcast, which is available on Apple podcast, Spotify, Google and Amazon as well. I'm also the founder and principal of Teaneck consultant of Dyvergent Consulting Group, LLC. Today, I wanted to share something special for our listeners a free gift car for $15 from envy. Amphy is the largest marketplace for live classes connecting and enriching humanity through knowledge. So thank you for the gift card envy, be sure to check out the link, you will find it within the description of this podcast. In addition, I encourage you to check out our Facebook group for the podcast. It's a great place where you can provide feedback. Definitely subscribe to our YouTube channel as well, where you'll find recordings of the podcast and also recordings of our summit. Especially if you're a visual learner. And if you're interested in being a podcast guest yourself, definitely check out the link within the notes of this week's podcast. Thank you for listening. Enjoy the intro music. We appreciate the support and enjoy this week's episode. Welcome everyone. My name is Kerry D Rosado. I am the host of the podcast divergent changemakers, which is available on Spotify, Amazon, and other popular podcasts. I'm also the founder and principal DNI consultant of their rich and Consulting Group LLC. Today, our guest is like Lisa Vegas. She is a Latin x career coach. Welcome, Patti, can you share with us a little bit more about your background and how you got involved into this line of work?

Guest - Party Villegas:

Of course. Well, thank you so much for having me, Kerry, it is a pleasure to be here with you today and to talk a little bit more about my experience. So I am the founder of PV consulting, and I am a ladder next career coach. So my job is to provide educational and consulting services to school, sixth grade, sixth grade all the way to talk weight in colleges and institutions on personal and professional development. And so the reason why I chose to start a organization that will allow me to help people with professional development and explore their natural skills and talents was because growing up, I lacked a little bit of that guidance and support. So it definitely became a mission of mine to create an organization that will allow me to support individuals on their career endeavors. And so they could find their purpose while they're working.

Kerry D Rosado:

Oh, that's amazing. I can definitely relate to that even though I am a college graduate and all. I know that even when I finish my bachelor's degree, for example, in computer science, there were still like certain areas that I lacked knowledge in, like how to interview properly, and how to negotiate like a salary or things of that nature that you're typically not taught in college is not something that's covered. And so yeah, definitely appreciate you providing that, especially for the Latinx community. That's amazing. That's great.

Guest - Party Villegas:

Yeah. So can you tell me more about why you do what you do? What is your Why? What inspired you to pursue this? Of course, so I believe that everybody's y is connected to a past experience that they have went through. And so when you choose your why is because you know, there is a necessity, you know, there's a passion there you know, is going to help the people that you love and the people that you care about, and I care a lot about my community. So my why is because my family, my Why is is the example of so much strength and so much hard work ethic that my family has, but yet there's a lack of knowledge and how to obtain that position that they want or the skills that they need in order to land their dream job. Also the lack of confidence that is inherited into our culture. From a very young age, we are taught to be employees, not leaders, right or we are taught to be someone in the workplace, but we are not created or given the opportunity to be entrepreneurs or creators to our own life. And so my Y is deeply rooted and helping people like my family and helping my family grow into the best versions of themselves. And really dig deeper than just, I want a job I my goal is to help people understand, you bring value to the workplace, you have strengths and abilities and talents that can be transferred to any industry, and Kemper bring value. So let's create career confidence. And really help you find your purpose.

Kerry D Rosado:

Oh, that's amazing, I can definitely relate to that. I know that, for example, the Latin x culture does have the tendency to be have more of a humble attitude. And you're right, they don't necessarily aspire to higher positions, were their leaders, meds, great that you're inspiring individuals to pursue that and just become better. Clean. Yeah, that's amazing work. Thank you for that. And your career, throughout the course of your career, what have been like the best resources that have kind of helped you

Guest - Party Villegas:

The best resources would have to be along the way to get to where you are,

Kerry D Rosado:

Yes is definitely important. And aligning myself with organizations that have similar values that I do. And really, really nurture those professional relationships that I create within the entrepreneurship, networking with the key people, for sure is organizations. So a big piece of anybody's career would have to be the mentorship and coaching and the guidance that you receive from other professionals or just people that you meet along the way in college or in the choice of field that you're looking into. And so what has really made the complete shift was being open to learning from others, and really seeking essential to be able to stay within that career and grow your intentional relationships that will can then create opportunities later on, or even just a clear pathway. So that definitely has been a life changing skill set that I have, in me that I use all the time relationship building is huge. organization. So that's amazing. Thank you for sharing that.Are there any lessons that you wish to learn before you started into this industry that you'd like to share?

Guest - Party Villegas:

Personally, I have, I have had my own consulting business for the last year and entrepreneurship and consulting services. What I wish I would have known reform is that nothing will be perfect. And you just have to try. You just have to try new things. Because oftentimes, I felt I don't have this, I don't know this, I don't know this, I don't have this yet. This this is I didn't have a lot of things started in a business. And one thing I realize is that you don't need a lot, you just need to think of a game plan, test out the walk, test it out in the water and see if it sinks or Oris lens. And then if you see it, okay, maybe you got to make if you see it kind of like CG, then you might might want to make some tweaks on what you can do to allow it to swim the idea to swim. And so I just wish I could have stopped being so hard on myself and taking a long time to launch. And just just go with the flow and go what I initially knew and then build from there versus trying to have everything perfect, is definitely letting go that perfectionism is important. Because Yeah, you're right. You're gonna you're bound to make mistakes. We're all human. And you know, you just learned from those mistakes. And yeah, you can't hold back a product or service until it's perfect, because it's never going to end up being perfect. And then you're missing out on putting it out there for the client or the customer.

Kerry D Rosado:

Yes, I highly agree with that. It's very true. What have been the biggest challenges you face currently, in your career and what you learned from them? How did you overcome them?

Guest - Party Villegas:

The bit the biggest challenges in my career, if perhaps knowing how to create client conversion and ongoing and creating these systems in my business that will allow me to naturally have a flow of clients. I feel like these things are not taught in school, especially if you didn't take business class, right? So I'm a social work major. So my entire six years of college I've learned about people how to work with people how to help people how to communicate with individuals, but in business, it's like you different train of thought process, different processes, different systems. And so one of the biggest challenges, not knowing what your business is like and, and really understanding there's so many key components to a successful business. So one thing that I've been doing to shrink down my skill set in this area is really developing and investing in professional development programs. People underestimate the value of self not seeking self knowledge. And being a lifelong learner, that will transparent into your work. Because if I continue to learn, and being open to learning from others who have experience, then one day, I'm going to be able to help other individuals going through the same journey. But if I stopped learning, I don't seek that knowledge and investing in myself, then I'm going to be at the same place. And that's not the goal. The goal is to advance and to help make my business grow.

Kerry D Rosado:

What would you say have been your biggest successes so far? I know, you mentioned that you work with students as young as sixth grade? Correct? Correct. Okay, so what have been your greatest successes in your line of work?

Guest - Party Villegas:

I think my greatest successes is, you know, I'll be honest with you, I was just talking to somebody about this yesterday. And about a year ago, I wrote a list of things that I wanted to do in life. And, and it was an activity and exercise that I saw on YouTube by a coach who said, you should do this, write a list of things that you really want. But don't let your mindset set you back from writing what you truly want to desire. And I found myself writing these things that I wanted. But I found myself saying to myself, Oh, that's too big of a dream, you should pay lower the price on that home, or you should probably not go that route. Because that's national is a big word, right? So I was like, No, she said, to practice and write down what I really want, versus what I think I deserve, or what I think I can have. And so when I wrote this list of things, I wrote down maybe 50 things. And out of those 50 things I, within one year, I accomplished 10 of them. And and it doesn't mean that now I'm a millionaire. No, it means that things that I wanted, I envisioned myself doing in that list. I'm doing it today, I launched a consulting business, I did a national conference, I became a school trainer. And so it just became real. When I wrote it down, it became real. And so my greatest accomplishment is really just going after what I really want, going after it unapologetically. And really seeking the life that I wish to live in to prosper. And if you go, and you live your life in that matter, everything that you do will be fulfilling to you because you're not doing it for no one after doing it for you.

Kerry D Rosado:

So it's very true. And I highly agree with the importance of setting goals. I know like, in the past, you know, coaches and other friends have encouraged me to design, like a visual board a vision board, where you can, you know, set up your goals, and you're more likely to actually accomplish them. Once you put them down on something on paper. It's like it makes it more real. So definitely, I highly agree with that. That's amazing that you accomplish 10 out of those 50. That's great. Thank you. And what advice would you give someone who's looking to pursue a similar career?

Guest - Party Villegas:

The advice that I would give them before pursuing this career specifically, is really seek what you love, and who you are and what you really see yourself doing instead of just jumping into a career thing you want to do cuz I thought I wanted to be this and I thought I want it to be that and in the enables. I didn't do that self worth that inner work. What is it that Patti truly is passionate about? What is Patty? glow? How does Patty glow and what environment do I glow, and I glow in a give me 300 people or 10 students doesn't matter I will glow because I'm teaching and I'm and I'm loving to teach and help others. If you put me in a nine to five, I'm not going to glow. I'm going to be like, I'm going to be my all my talents are going to be in four walls and I don't want that I want to be able to be out there. And so really explore what is most important to you. And and really dig deeper into the career that you think you want. Because it could be a different route. I'm gonna give you a perfect example. Kerry, when I first started my business, I knew a lot of knowledge came my way by mentors that you could do this, you could do that you could do this, and why should I focus on my consulting business for the long. This time, I was thinking, I want to do diversity and inclusion because I was knowledgeable about it, right? I got my master's in social work where we are learned and it's embedded culture, that diversity is embedded into our our degree. And so I am passionate about social justice and treating people treating people equally. And so then I found out the possibilities of the income that I can make within this field. So I became like, really intrigued. I'm like, Okay, I'm going to do a diversity and inclusion, consulting business and become a trainer for these corporations. But then my heart kept going back to career consulting, career consulting, but I was looking at, I think I was chasing the money versus the passion, or the purpose. And I struggled with understanding that no, there's opportunities in the area that I loved. But I was I wasn't aware of them yet. So I kept trying to just focus on this, this picture. And me doing that carry, set me back on my goals, because I wasn't working on them daily, because diversity inclusion, although I liked it, I enjoyed it. And those, I have skills in this industry. Yeah, I didn't have my purpose connected to it. I didn't have my, my values connected to this. It was mainly career coaching, because I knew that went back to my story, I knew the need, I was so familiar with the skills that I taught out of college. So I just loved every component of that, but I wasn't neglecting what I truly wanted to do. So if anybody is hearing this podcast and is analyzing, like, Hey, I'm, I'm in a space right now where I thought I wanted this. But I am being called in different areas, and listen to how many times you see yourself going back to the same passion. If you're in a restaurant, and yet you are working so much time in the DJ booth producing music, then you might want to be more into the into that didn't just rewrite, because that's what you're naturally being called to do. So listen to what you truly feel that makes you you, and then run with that idea. And don't chase the money chase the purpose.

Kerry D Rosado:

I love that saying that's great. I highly agree, it's definitely important to have your purpose aligned with what you do. Otherwise, you'll lack the passion, and you're not likely to stick with it. So that's definitely thank you for sharing your story, as well, would you say? Is there a common myth that people might have about your profession or field that you would like to like debunk or clarify?

Guest - Party Villegas:

Definitely. Well, in my career, career coaching, there's a myth that you have to have specific or just in general, any career, you have to have specific credentials specific job experience, certain amount of years in that field in order to be successful. And that's not entirely true. Yes, there are employers that will need you to have 10 years of experience for specific position, they're very, very clean, clear cut on what they need or what they want. However, you don't need a college degree to have a business, you don't need a college degree to have a consulting business. So what you truly need to work on is articulating your value, and then How have your life experiences has transferred into what you're doing today. So the common biggest myth is people believing that they're not prepared enough to do certain things because of what people state but that it takes that long to do all you need 25 years of experience to become a consultant. All you need to have this done. And there's no it's like, no, it's not true. That is not true. You have skills, and I've seen so many people step back on their goals, because they're afraid that they don't have the potential yet. And it's like, when do you really have the potential right? You You're gonna go grow as you go. So definitely keep that in mind. It's a myth, you, you definitely have a lot of self worth in you and a lot of skill sets that people can already that you can already provide value to others, and it's just about you explain what that is. Thank you for debunking that. And that's true, yes. You don't need to know a million years of experience to dive into something, just be passionate about it and pursue it.

Kerry D Rosado:

What would you say is something that you maybe have listened to or read recently there really inspired you.

Guest - Party Villegas:

What really inspired me I actually read, I heard a live from Latina money, She is the founder of Latina money. And what this founder said, she said a quote that said, don't take advice from people who are not living the life that you want to live and move in every direction with an intention. And I felt very, very close to that statement. Because a lot of times we're seeking advice and support from individuals that do not understand our journey. And don't know what it takes or what it is. And when we are seeking their advice is like, asking the blind to lead the blind, right? And so definitely keep in mind of who you are surrounding yourself with, and really move in that direction where well, why am I asking this person for advice when they're not even in the same boat as I am like, it's okay to be in different places. But keep in mind, like someone's opinion is not a reflection of what you're capable of doing. It's really a reflection of what they think is capable. And moving that way where don't listen to others people's opinion or perspective. Unless you truly believe that it aligns with who you are. If you just start taking anybody's advice and opinions, you're going to sit back on your own goals, because you're going to start believing what they think about you very well said yes, definitely.

Kerry D Rosado:

Yeah, I think it's important for anyone to pursue their passions and not let anything stand in their way. So definitely agree with what you're saying in regards to not falling into the trap of listening to others advice. Because, yeah, it could definitely hinder your progress. That's very, very true. Thank you for sharing that. So in your life, who have been up to three people that have influenced you the most who would those individuals be and why?

Guest - Party Villegas:

The people, three people that have influenced me the most, I will probably say, for sure. Top three people will be my mom and my dad, I'll start off with my mom, my mom is very independent, since I was young, she mentioned you have to be able to find your own identity and, and find and find career success and economic growth for your family, because you don't ever depend on no one else to bring that to you, and work on your knowledge and get educated. And, you know, she supported me throughout my entire college experience. I mean, and maybe not much financially, but, you know, she definitely always had a roof over my head. And she never stressed me in different components where I thought other college college students had to encounter at home. And so definitely, she inspired me to become a much more independent woman and, and really seek that type of growth for myself, because it was important not to depend on anybody. Throughout my lifespan, the second person is my father. This man is the most time individual in this world that you will ever meet this man is the perfect example of what humanity should look like. He opens the doors to everyone, he's so giving and loving. And he really digs deep into being the same character with any person that he meets. And you know, sometimes we forget that just because one person had a different time that they knew or they're younger, or they're just a student, or they're learning that, you know, we have to act a little different or not provide so much information. But technically, no, everybody should be treated equally should treat everybody with respect the same person you treat the CEO, the person you treat, who's a janitor, and my father will portray that in his actions. He's just so loving and caring, and there's not he won't harm a fly. And in my entire life, he's been nothing but caring and supportive. So he definitely has that has transpired into the work that I do now. I definitely. I'm so kind to everyone that I meet and so friendly and giving. And just because I feel like I watched nothing less than my home. That's how my dad is and he hasn't inspired me to be the servant leader that I am today. The third person that has influenced me, I would have to say, Lena Mendoza has influenced me. I do believe that the work that she does and how she does it with with so much grace, and an integrity, I love the work. So Leena Mendoza, those of you all who are not familiar, she had a leadership business coach. And she became my leadership business coach. Last summer, when I started working with her, she was just so influential, like everything she like she shared with me, it really hit home. And I don't, I don't really feel that if I never came across that relationship, I wouldn't be here today. Because her her words, were so powerful. And they were so contagious. Like, I just wanted to learn more from this woman. And she dedicates her her life to helping people of color specifically. And that's definitely something that I inspire myself to be doing. And that what I'm doing now, and so, definitely, my coach has influenced a lot of directions in the last year or so. And I feel like she's always gonna continue to inspire me, because she's just a phenomenal woman.

Kerry D Rosado:

That's amazing. That's great that your parents have placed such a great influence and impact on your life and inspired you to be who you are now, that's amazing. Is there any advice that you'd like to share with the audience, especially in regards to your line of work and how you support early career?

Guest - Party Villegas:

Yes, so I do provide, and I just have a program that I recently launched. And that's career with purpose Academy. And the goal is for me to have a coaching group session with a group of people who are eager to learn more about their strengths, values, talents, and skill sets. And then how does that transpire into the workplace. And so definitely, keep in consideration that this program is for you. If you're ready for a career transition, your first generation, you are looking to find work with intention and meaning behind the work that you do. And so if you are seeking any career guidance, please feel free to reach out this coaching program does not fit your needs. I have other services like resume building, cover letter preparation for interviews, and it could be one to one. But I'm always open to have a clarity calm and just hear your insight and your story and see how I could provide value to what is it that you mean in career consulting. So definitely, you can reach me at you can look on my website at www dot pettie va s calm and then if you want me to write a write me an email, it is Patti viega dot [email protected] You can find me on Instagram as Latinx career coach. And you could also find me on Twitter and all the other social media platforms like LinkedIn Facebook, tik tok be Patti Vegas. So definitely please feel free to reach out I'm always open to just provide support and guidance, especially those who are ready to find career fulfillment, and ready to seek more work with purpose.

Kerry D Rosado:

Well, thank you so much for sharing your journey and your mission and how you're supporting and making impact, especially with the Latin x community. So I appreciate that as a Latina myself, that's great that you're helping our people. For our audience, just reminder, to definitely subscribe to our YouTube channel. That's where we host our recordings. If you're more of a visual person and wish to see the recording, in add tion, share it with your netwo k as well. We're on Spotify a d Apple podcasts. So defin tely check that out. We're al o now on I Heart Radio as wel . So thank you so much for li tening. And that's a wrap.