The PayDestiny Podcast

A podcast that unlocks insights from Latina/ Latino/ Latinx employees and decision-makers at top companies to successfully negotiate a job offer, get promoted, get a pay raise, and overcome challenges to reach career goals.

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Season 1

Elizabeth Santamaria

Episode 1: Beat Self Sabotaging Thoughts (to Get a Pay Raise and Get Promoted) with Elizabeth Santamaria 🇩🇴

Ever pass on a career opportunity because you saw yourself as “not ready”?

GEICO employee, Elizabeth Santamaria, shares how her perception of her weight kept her from pursuing leadership positions. Despite her track record of success at work it took Elizabeth time to see the value in herself that others saw. Learn the strategies she used to overcome a negative self image, to get promoted at work, and advocate for, and receive, merit based pay.

(Duration: 1 hour 03:46 Minutes)


  • Building self confidence
  • Overcoming self sabotage
  • Recognizing your value
Dalia Palsson

Episode 2: Passed Over for a Promotion (Your Next Steps) with Dalia Palsson 🇲🇽🇺🇸

Have your work accomplishments gone unnoticed leaving you stagnant in your career?

Port of Long Beach employee, Dalia Palsson JD, shares how her humble upbringing being raised by an immigrant mother contributed to an expectation that her successes would naturally be recognized at work. This expectation paired with a male dominated workplace kept her career stagnant. Learn how Dalia overcame being overlooked and took steps to get onto a promotion track.

(Duration: 50:32 Minutes)


  • Influences culture can have on a career
  • Working in a male dominated industry as a underrepresented woman
  • How to get promoted at work
Amelia Martinez

Episode 3: Salary Negotiation Strategies (to Overcome Being Underpaid) with Amelia Martinez Holt 🇩🇴

Ever have to “tighten the belt” because what you earn doesn’t cover your basic expenses?

Master negotiator, former Mastercard Executive, and immigrant, Amelia Martinez JD, shares how she went from being so grossly underpaid that she couldn’t afford basic food to negotiating tuition reimbursement for law school, to holding C-Suite roles at Fortune 500 companies (in her late twenties), to negotiating over $80 billion in corporate transactions. Learn what she did to keep a positive mindset in her poorest days and the strategies she used to go from working hard and broke to working hard earning six figures at the top of the corporate ladder.

(Duration: 56:58 Minutes)


  • Overcoming the wage gap
  • How to maintain a positive mindset when underpaid
  • Tips to successfully negotiate salary
Sara Ines Calderon

Episode 4: Overcome Bro Tech Culture (to Increase Your Pay and Happiness) with Sara Inés Calderón 🇲🇽🇺🇸

Do you ever find yourself at work thinking “This is not what I signed up for”?

Entrepreneur and engineer, Sara Inés Calderón, shares lessons learned to smoothly change careers and enter the world of software. Sara shares the spectrum of “leaders” she encountered after her transition to tech and how negative experiences led her to trust herself to create her own React Native app development firm, Tercera. Learn her dos and don’ts to overcome bro tech culture, successfully transition into tech, and grow a career as an underrepresented professional.

(Duration: 1 Hour Minutes)


  • Career change into the software industry
  • Navigating a toxic work environment
  • The benefits of not settling and taking career risks
Sheila Gibson

Episode 5: Toxic Workplace (Overcoming Work Challenges) with Sheila Gibson 🇲🇽🇺🇸

Have you ever found yourself feeling stuck in a toxic workplace?

Entrepreneur and intellectual property lawyer, Sheila Gibson, shares her experience being labelled “unmotivated” by partners at the law firm she worked at because she, as a mother, preferred working remotely. Despite her excellent track record Sheila found herself being harassed, discriminated against, and overlooked for opportunities. After years of sticking it out she left the firm, sued for discrimination, and won! Learn how Sheila maintained an excellent track record of success while working in a toxic work environment and how as an “unmotivated mother” she went on to found her own thriving intellectual property law firm.

(Duration: 60 Minutes)


  • Succeeding within a toxic work environment
  • Dealing with discrimination
  • Overcoming work challenges to “fail up”
Jesus Chavez

Episode 6: Career Development Strategy (Take Calculated Work Risks) with Jesús Chávez 🇲🇽🇺🇸

Ever hold back on taking a risk at work for fear of failing or losing your job?

Digital media entrepreneur, Managing Partner of Black//Brown, and former Univision executive, Jesús Chávez, MBA, shares how taking calculated career risks can pay off. Throughout his career, Jesús volunteered to do the tasks no one else wanted to do. Where others saw risk Jesús saw opportunity. Learn how he consistently identified opportunities to “risk his job” to leapfrog his career from consultant to C-suite roles to successful entrepreneur.

(Duration: 1 Hour 9 Minutes)


  • Betting on yourself
  • Take calculated work risks
  • Strategies to get promoted
Santiago Bercerra

Episode 7: Software Engineer Career Growth Strategies with Santiago Becerra 🇨🇴

Ever wonder “How do I grow my career as a software engineer”?

Entrepreneur, Chief Technology Officer, and SAP employee, Santiago Becerra, shares how he started his career as a programmer, became an entrepreneur, co-founded two companies, Romabi and Xcelsius, and sold them both to SAP. Learn his dual sided employee and employer perspective on how to get promoted and grow a successful career as a software engineer.

(Duration: 52:09 Minutes)


  • Advocate for yourself
  • Competitive compensation
  • Entrepreneurship
Liliana Monge

Episode 8: Compensation Discussion (Employer Tips to Increase Pay) with Liliana Monge 🇲🇽🇨🇴

Ever wonder “How are they deciding what they are going to pay me?

Entrepreneur, Co-founder, and CEO of Sabio, Liliana Monge, shares how she makes hiring and compensation decisions. Learn the importance of researching what the market is paying for a position, the value of communicating your passion for a company’s mission, and the need to understand salary compensation terminology to ensure you are competitively paid.

(Duration: )


  • How employers think about hiring and compensation
  • How to prepare for compensation conversations
  • Entrepreneurship
Adriana Herrera (PayDestiny)

About Adriana Herrera, Host

To learn more about, and connect with The PayDestiny Podcast Host, Adriana Herrera, click here.

About The PayDestiny Podcast

The PayDestiny Podcast is dedicated to ensuring Latinas, women, and underrepresented professionals are: 1.) competitively paid, and 2.) represented in leadership positions.

Each episode interviews a Latina/Latino/Latinx employee, decision maker, or business owner who shares insights on how they overcame challenges to increase their pay, get promoted, and reach career goals, and/or how they make compensation and promotion decisions.

Each guest participates in a game of situational instinct where they are provided a series of workplace scenarios and have to share how they would handle each situation to ensure their career growth and goals are not hindered before a timer runs out.

Through the lived experiences of Latinas, Latinos, and Latinx professionals listeners can learn how to navigate and overcome challenges to career and pay growth.




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