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Let's Talk Construction with Anna Sauceda

Season 1, Ep. 31

It’s undeniable, women have always had to fight more than men to prove and establish themselves, to show they can bring that same (and sometimes even better) value to society as their male counterparts. In the past decades, women broke numerous glass ceilings and showed the world their righteous place in the workforce. However, even today, there are still a lot of areas that are dominated by men. Women keep feeling discouraged to pursue certain kinds of careers and to express and show their real expertise. If you recognize yourself in this statement, then you’ve found this episode for a reason.


Today’s guest Anna Sauceda, a businesswoman with a career spanning over three decades in very different roles, will tell us how she was able to stay true to herself and at the same time break a lot of glass ceilings and establish herself as a woman in the workplace. Anna lived her life following her desire to serve people and their communities, a value and principle that guided her throughout all her life. 


Anna Sauceda taught for six years preschool, kindergarten, and first grade. She was then sought out by the East LA YMCA to develop child care programs, which led her to be selected as the first Latina in California to become an executive of a YMCA. After 10 years of service at the YMCA, she was then recruited by Telacu to become vice president of the Telacu foundation. Her expertise in fundraising and program management propelled the foundation to new heights for the next five years. In 2005. Anna and her husband Darrell made the decision to open their own construction company ACS group, better known as the Associated Construction Services group. 


Tune in to Episode 31 to learn how Anna broke a lot of glass ceilings, how she showed her true value to men staying true to herself, and how faith guided her throughout her career.


Some Questions I Ask:

  • Where did you grow up? (4.44)
  • How did you continue to level to new positions at the YMCA? (12.14)
  • How is it like to work in a field dominated mostly by men? (32.13)


In This Episode You Will Learn :

  • How Anna became the second woman in the country to be an executive director of the East Los Angeles YMCA. (12.20)
  • Why Anna and her husband Darrell decided to open a construction company together. (18.29)
  • What it is like for Anna to work in a field dominated by men. (32.23)


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