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Welcome back, First Gens! As we continue with this month’s theme of Celebrating Women’s History Month on The First Gen Madrina podcast, we welcome back a very special guest: Choua Vang. Choua joined us previously on episode 11, so if you want to hear more of her story, make sure you check that one out first. It is our most listened to episode to date!

Choua Vang

In this week’s episode, Sara and Choua dig deep and get real about the hustle and strength it takes to be a first-gen entrepreneur. Choua shares with us her journey as a partner in her business Cali & Dana, while dropping some wisdom on balancing work, education, and personal well-being. And let’s not forget her role as a brand manager!

Throughout our conversation with Choua, we discuss the importance of setting boundaries and practicing self-care. Choua shares her experience of recognizing the signs of burnout and making the difficult decision to step away from ACE, an AAPI Creatives and Entrepreneur pop-up, to focus on her well-being and professional growth. Sara also highlights how important it is to know your limits and prioritize your mental health, especially with all of the pressure to constantly hustle.

Choua’s journey reflects the reality of many first-gens who strive to succeed in everything we do while struggling with the expectations placed upon them by their family and society. She stresses the importance of time management and routine in maintaining balance, telling us about how she set up her days to accommodate work, classes, and her personal life.

Cali & Dana

Choua The First Gen Madrina

Choua also shares with us the incredible journey and trip she took with her family to Laos. Laos is where her parents were born and raised. She tells the journey of how they immigrated to the United States as well as the amazing journey of them returning home. Choua reminds us of the importance of connecting to our homeland and our ancestors. We got goosebumps listening to her story!

Overall, Choua’s story shows us the importance of resilience and the strength of first-gens in the face of adversity. By sharing her experiences and insights, Choua offers valuable lessons for fellow first-gen entrepreneurs and anyone striving to achieve their dreams while prioritizing their well-being. For more information on Cali & Dana, visit

The First Gen Madrina

The First Gen Madrina


If you are a University, College, Company or Organization, The First Gen Madrina offers workshops on a variety of topics (such as imposter syndrome, time management, managing burnout, building a self-care plan, etc..), custom built mentorship programs as well as customized services tailored to the needs of the client.

Join Sara, The First Gen Madrina, for individual coaching and/or group coaching. The journey can often feel lonely but that does not mean that you are alone! Check out the Our Services tab on our website for more information!

In order to follow along, remember to rate, review, and subscribe to The First Gen Madrina Podcast to stay connected. Also, follow on instagram and LinkedIn @thefirstgenmadrina and Sara Diaz, LCSW. Sara acknowledges that the term first gen can be fluid, so The First Gen Madrina is committed to supporting all first gens! This isn’t just about breaking barriers—it’s about providing unwavering support that propels individuals to embrace life’s challenges and triumphs.

In conclusion, stay tuned to meet amazing first generation guests for the podcast, endless topics related to the first-gen experience and transformational coaching! Sara is your go to Madrina for all things first gen!

¡Hasta pronto!

Sara, The First Gen Madrina