Welcome back to the First Gen Madrina Blog! This week, we welcome back a very special guest, Sara’s dear friend, mentor, and the podcast’s very first guest, Adam San Miguel. As we welcome him back, let’s delve into his remarkable journey.
Adam San Miguel
Adam’s roots trace back to Cuba, where his family decided to leave their homeland and lay the foundation for a brighter future in the United States. His parents’ hustle, having left Cuba with nothing, left an indelible mark on his upbringing. After his grandparents passed away, he committed himself to shaping a better future for Cuba, focusing on creating opportunities and progress for fellow first-gens like himself.
Equipped with a Bachelor’s degree in business, another in Spanish, and an MBA, Adam navigated his way into the tech industry, creating a successful career for himself and ultimately ending up at Google. He spent much of his time at Google volunteering to help companies digitize and incorporate technology and advocating for better mental health care for Veterans, drawing from his own experience in the military. How amazing is that!?
Of course we also have to talk about New Beginnings, First Gens! Despite a recent layoff from Google, Adam has embraced a new chapter in his career, contributing to the mission of Cortaditos Coffee. Beyond being a brand, Cortaditos embodies social impact and cultural fusion. Adam envisions expanding its footprint, with the hope of establishing locations in Miami and even Cuba, supporting immigrants through job opportunities.
Back in 2023, Adam found CAALE (Cuban American Alliance for Leadership and Education) and officially established it as a nonprofit in 2014. CAALE is a testament to Adam’s commitment to nurturing future leaders. The organization’s leadership development program prepares students for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. With a ten-year anniversary approaching, CAALE stands as a symbol of dedication and impact.
In our Social Work with Sara segment, we learn about what Adam does to keep up with his mental health considering all that he has on his plate. He emphasizes the importance of discipline in regular exercise and a commitment to meditation. Recognizing the correlation between physical and mental health, Adam advocates for a mindful approach to both.
In offering advice to first-generation students, Adam highlights the significance of reading, as it fosters growth, gratitude, and appreciation. Encouraging them to immerse themselves in their aspirations, he underscores the importance of doing prep work to create a roadmap to success.
In a world where leadership, innovation, and social impact intersect, Adam San Miguel stands as a guiding light—a testament to the power of perseverance, vision, and a commitment to creating positive change. As he embarks on new beginnings with Cortaditos and CAALE, the world eagerly awaits the impact of his continued journey. Find CAALE at caale.org and Cortaditos at https://cortaditoscoffee.com.
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