In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, I speak with Isabel González Whitaker, founder of the Sara J. González Memorial Park in Atlanta—the first park named for a Latinx individual in the state of Georgia. Isabel’s mother, Sara, was a Cuban refugee who became a leading immigrant and minority rights advocate in Georgia.
What began as a passion project for Isabel—memorializing her mom with the founding of a park—eventually led her to a career switch from celebrity journalist to social entrepreneur. In this episode, Isabel shares how she used her journalism skills to raise funds for the park, and how her hard work caught the attention of a large children’s healthcare charity, where she is now a principal advisor. She is also a senior fellow for Encore.org, the leading think tank on intergenerationalism.
Learn more and support the Sara J. González Memorial Park at www.sarajgonzalezpark.org
92nd Street Y’s Women inPower Fellowship: womeninpower.org
Presidential Leadership Scholars Program: www.presidentialleadershipscholars.org
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