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Welcome to the Humble Rising Podcast!  Each week, host Arivee Vargas has conversations with inspirational women of color sharing their own stories and actionable strategies on how to have fulfilling careers and lives. The journey to get there isn’t linear or easy.  As an executive and high performance coach, Arivee also shares strategies and stories on how to take care of ourselves, how to pursue meaning, fulfillment, and alignment in our lives. Get clear on the life and career you really want and deserve now, and take the action you need to overcome the challenges and roadblocks that are getting in your way. Arivee also shares her own coaching strategies and tips. From fear, disappointment, and self-doubt, to purpose, resilience, career clarity and transitions, we tackle it all.  Be inspired, get motivated, gain clarity on your the next right thing, take action, and get ready to rise.

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Mar 3, 2023

If you’ve ever wondered whether you belong at the table, if you’ve played it small and shrunk yourself even a bit to fit in, if you’ve struggled with finding and owning your voice and your worth, and if you ever asked yourself how you can lean into unique superpower, this episode is for you. This conversation with guest and powerhouse Illianna Acosta is going to help you see you are not alone in what you’ve been through, give language to things you are feeling and, help you navigate those feelings and roadblocks.

Illianna Acosta is all about helping people and organizations amplify their connection to community, leadership and belonging. She draws inspiration from humble beginnings that taught her a great deal about choosing a future outside of what she saw in front of her.

With 20 years of experience in AdTech, partnerships, and sales, Illianna is a Senior Manager at LinkedIn, managing Global AdTech Partnerships. Her work focuses on accelerating innovation, revenue, and customer growth. It was imperative to find her way, voice, and the support that would lead her to feel empowered enough to show up as herself. 

Illianna is the Global Co-Chair of LinkedIn’s Hispanic ERG.  She’s a member of the Chief network, she serves on the National Board of the 100 Hispanic Women Organization, and she is the Co-President of the Cornell Johnson School NY Alumni Organization.  She is also the author of Lost In Translation, a newsletter focused on highlighting challenges and limitations for historically excluded groups, with experiences that have shaped who they are and how they show up in their personal and professional lives.


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