A living and breathing resource for teachers from a Mom who cares

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As a D&I consultant and practitioner, I have had countless conversations over the years helping people think about how to talk to adults about combating racism and how to operationalize a commitment to DEI at an institutional level.

As a mom to two young kiddos who are now of preschool and ‘big kid school’ age, these last couple of years have been my first foray into helping people think about how to talk to my kids (and their classmates) about these complex topics. More and more, teachers are telling me they don’t know where to start.

After several conversations and…


I took 3 days off from work this week. It was the first time off I have taken in 2020 and the first break I’ve had since the pandemic hit. My job is normally pretty intense but these past few weeks have felt especially heavy and stressful. As a leader in a national organization, managing a crisis, thinking through emergency policies for an entire staff, creating financial contingency plans, redesigning sustainability and succession plans that took over a year to create, and making space to support everyone on staff who is experiencing anxiety, stress, and depression (myself included) all started…


As the Chief of Staff of a national organization that was already 73% remote before this pandemic, I have had to come up with ways to make remote teams feel connected for a long time. Now more than ever, however, I have found myself pulling out every idea and every trick up my sleeve to make sure our staff feels cared for and united. It has been tricky for us so I can only imagine how difficult it must be if you’ve never had to do this kind of strategizing before.

Here are some tips for any organizational leaders who…


Spoiler Alert: The VMA’s

During my entrepreneurship journey, many people asked about how I decided to quit my full-time job after getting two degrees, racking up some sizeable student loans, and landing a secure job with awesome benefits and perks. I’ve gotten all kinds of questions; Why did you do it? When did you know it was time? Do you regret it?

I decided to quit my job in August of 2011. I had thought about it for a while after deciding to starting an event planning business the previous year. I knew that if I was really serious about being an entrepreneur, at…


Growing up everyone called me a now cringe-worthy term, tomboy. I played with G.I. Joes, hated dolls and dresses, loved sports, and never really wore much makeup. In grade school I spent many a lunch hour playing off-the-wall and milk crate (basket)ball with the guys. Like most people, my circle of friends consisted of kids who shared similar interests and opinions. My friends and I would often joke around about how annoying, sensitive and catty women were. From adolescence into the beginning of adulthood, I prided myself on being a “guy’s girl.” I loved sports, hung out with a lot…


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Many people talk to me about being an entrepreneur. Some confess a childhood dream they have kept tucked away in a box of what-ifs and maybe-one-days. Other people ask me for advice, convinced that they’d never be able to ‘pull it off’. Then there is the batch of folks who explain all of the reasons why entrepreneurship could never work for them. I am beginning to see that most people do not realize that most entrepreneurs are not very different from them.

Dedication: This is dedicated to every aspiring and secretly-aspiring entrepreneur. I spoke to fellow travelers on the entrepreneurship…


The amazing Eddie Palmieri at the Hispanic Choice Awards

I have planned a LOT of events. Nothing was as hard as planning an award show. When I planned the Hispanic Choice Awards, I learned the most valuable lessons I would carry with me throughout my entire career. With over 1200 guests, dozens of VIPs, an outdoor red carpet, and a huge after party, it was a truly spectacular, albeit complicated, event.

For the project managers and event planners among you, I have narrowed down 4 takeaways for taking on a large event or logistics-packed project that will guarantee success:

  1. Three Cheers for Volunteers! Volunteers can be Godsends if utilized…

I read an article about how a woman’s physiology changes in preparation for motherhood. The brain composition literally transforms so that she is able to be more hyper-vigilant of her baby and more attuned to his needs. While I can’t say that I am surprised to learn of this miraculous metamorphosis Mother Nature enables, going through the process was not always magical.

I grew up in a low-income household that included many adults who were either chronically depressed and disassociated, or escaped reality through drugs or alcohol. Several family members had prison records and few graduated high school. This reality…


I’ve never been as doubted, questioned, and judged as I was on the journey through job-searching, business-closing and motherhood.

Honestly, it shook me- made me lose confidence, faith and vision. The year and a half was particularly hard… and sad tbh. It felt like very few people believed in me- and rejection after rejection after rejection, I started to believe them. I’ve always been a go-getter and people have usually cheered me on. This time I got raised eyebrows, questions and “be reasonable” talks. Lots of ‘em.

After failing at convincing many people that I can still have it all…


I’ve been working from home for 10 years now and I’ve never had so much company. Welcome, friends!

Working from home is the kind of thing that, if you’ve never done it before, might sound amazing. Chances are you know at least one person who does their business from their boudoir and more likely than not, you have secretly begrudged them once or twice. While there are definitely perks to this remote way of life, it isn’t all fun and games and quite frankly, it’s really freakin’ hard… at first.

If the coronavirus has plunged you into this world of…

Cecilia Ramirez

— Writer | Speaker | Activist | Mom — My life has been a rollercoaster ride. I write about what I’ve seen and learned in hopes of helping others.

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