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Building a Career You Love While Owning Your Identities with Julissa Arrington

Ep. 653

On this episode of the As Told by Nomads podcast, Tayo is joined by Julissa Arrington, a fashion designer born in Oakland, California, and raised in Houston, Texas. She has a fine arts degree from San Francisco Art Institute, and her designs are inspired by architecture, structural lines, unconventional materials, and fabrics. Julia is not only a dynamic designer but is also Afro-Colombian and an Afro-Latina in tech.

Julissa discusses the possibility of working a 9 to 5 job while pursuing your dreams. She starts by explaining why she considers herself Afro-Latina, what attracted her to the fashion and technology industries, and how her career has developed. She also discusses the importance of inclusion, equity, and diversity in the tech sector. According to Julissa, if you put your all into what you have and truly take pleasure in it, it will take you to places you never would have thought possible. If you have ever experienced work-related dissatisfaction, you will be inspired by Julissa's wisdom.

The Finer Details of This Episode:

  • Why Julissa identifies as an Afro-Latina in tech
  • What drew Julissa to the fashion and tech industries
  • What the tech industry can be to be more inclusive
  • Words of wisdom to those who are unfulfilled at work
  • Julissa's career journey
  • Mental health and coping mechanisms
  • How women can embrace their individuality today
  • How Julissa uses her difference to make a difference


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