Reach Mama Podcast show

Reach Mama Podcast

Summary: REACH Mama is a podcast about the stories of successful moms of color. Hosted by Karina Cabrera Bell, each episode will bring you the REAL journeys to success - the good, the bad and the messy. You will gain insight from career-driven moms who skillfully manage careers and kids. Guests will include CEOs, Entrepreneurs, Authors, and leaders from different industries.

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 How A Ride On an Air Plane inspired Karina Montilla Edmonds into STEM | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 32:54

This week I talk to Dr. Karina Montilla Edmonds about her story into STEM. This mama of three works at Google Cloud AI & Machine Learning as the bridge between the Google Cloud AI team and leading university research labs in artificial Intelligence. Prior to this she worked at Caltech as the Executive Director of Corporate Partnerships. She has a PhD in Aeronautics from Caltech, and worked for many years at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. To learn more, go on

 How Valerie Jarrett Found Her Voice | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:07:00

Valerie Jarrett, former senior advisor to President Barack Obama, sits down with Karina for a live taping of “Reach Mama Podcast" at the Wing SF. She discusses her new book, Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward. She talks candidly about feeling miserable early in her career and how she found strength to pivot once she discovered her voice. Valerie shares gems to having a fulfilling career and personal life. For more info, go to

 Women of Comcast Share Their Story | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:41

I recently had the pleasure of partnering with Comcast California to celebrate and highlight moms of color during Women’s History Month. I moderated a lively panel with inspiring women who work at Comcast and who shared their insights on how to be successful at work and at home.

 Selina Tobaccowala Founder of Gixo and Evite | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 29:15

Selina Tobaccowala co-founded Evite when she was in college, and, after selling it to IAC, took on senior roles at Ticketmaster. But then she met her mentor in Dave Goldberg, the CEO of Survey­Monkey, and she became that firm's president and CTO. His sudden death in May 2015 prompted her to get more active--and start a company to help others do the same.  Thank you to Unboxed (Nitasha Syed!) for sponsoring this week's podcast episode. 

 Lisha Bell and AJ Thomas Share Their Journey In Tech as A Mom and WOC | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:05:39

Karina Cabrera Bell hosts a live Podcast Event at Univision. She interviews Lisha Bell (Director of Product at Feedzai) and AJ Thomas (VP of People and Culture at These fantastic women share their experience as women of color in tech and how they navigate as moms. They are unapologetic about their authentic journey. Join us. 

 Media Boss Alicia Menendez | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 35:19

Alicia Menendez is a Contributing Editor at Bustle; a co-host of Amanpour & Co., PBS’s late night interview program; and the co-creator and host of the Latina to Latina podcast. Previously, as an anchor and correspondent at Fusion TV, she launched an award-winning primetime talk show; co-moderated a 2016 presidential forum.

 Lesley Nettles: How This Incredible Women Navigated IVF and a career in Finance. | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 30:56

This week we talk to Lesley Nettles about her journey with IVF as a single woman in finance.  Lesley is a Principal at Fairview Capital's investment team and a proud mom to a five year old son.

 Tallia Hart - This CEO is The Real Deal | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 31:42

This week, I have the pleasure of interviewing Tallia Hart, the President & CEO of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. Tallia has an amazing and inspiring story of grit and resilience. From being adopted to adopting her own daughter, Tallia is the real deal. Hope you enjoy her story. 

 This CEO is on a Mission to Help Working Moms | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 24:20

This week we chat with Ritu Narayan, CEO and Founder of Zūm. Ritu’s vision for Zūm is to create a holistic and enduring solution to solve the challenges working families have faced around the world, and throughout generations. Zūm has built the nation’s largest, safest and most reliable child transportation and care platform.   Ritu’s goal for Zūm is to empower families to achieve their personal and professional goals.  Check out more on reach 

 Renee La Londe Talks About Passion and Grit | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 33:13

This week's guest is Renée La Londe, CEO & founder of iTalent Digital, an innovative global digital consulting and software engineering company headquartered in San Jose, California.  This mama of one is also the founder of GLAM which is leadership academy for young girls.  During our chat we discuss what it takes to start your own business, the importance of having gender equity in the workplace and being an introvert.  Hope you enjoy her story. 

 Cultivating Gratitude with Vicky Nguyen | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 36:46

Our guest this week is Vicky Nguyen, a TV anchor and an award-winning senior investigative journalist at NBC Bay Area News.  This mama of three talks with me about why she cultivates gratitude, her job and admits she needs to step it up when it comes to self care. 

 Letting go of fear and judgment | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 42:10

Today’s guest is Rochelle Briscoe a fierce tech mama of two. She found her passion after staying at home with the kids for a short period of time. After years of working in a law firm, she realized she was passionate about helping find the right people to build great teams! She currently works at YouTube where she brings the best talent from every background to Silicon Valley. `

 The American Dream | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 35:22

On today’s episode, we have Alejandra Y. Castillo who is the (CEO) of the YWCA USA. During our conversation, we talk about her unconventional journey into motherhood, her commitment to empowering our communities and her love of flamingo dancing.  For more information about Alejandra, go to   

 #Whereareourchildren policy discussion | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 24:38

This is a special episode. KHADIJA GURNAH and XOCHITL OSEGUERA from Momsrising discuss the current family separation policy and ways we can help bring families together.

 A Social Entreprenuer On A Mission To Advance Women | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:02

Our guest today is Dr. Angelica Perez-Litwin. This proud mom of four is a social entrepreneur and psychologist devoted to advancing the careers and influence of Latinas in the US. She is the founder and CEO of Latinas Think Big, an award-winning network and career platform.  To find out more about Angelica, pls go to our website


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