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NextGen to Watch: Lyanne Alfaro

NextGen to Watch: Lyanne Alfaro

Lyanne Alfaro is the founder and host of Moneda Moves. She is also the supervising producer and social media content director at Nasdaq.

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NextGen Collective recently spotlighted Lyanne Alfaro of the podcast Moneda Moves as a Latinx to Watch. Keep reading to find out more about her career goals, the causes she’s passionate about, and more.

Where are you from?

I was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, and am based out of New York City but am currently nomadic. My parents are from Jalisco, Mexico. 

What do you do today?

I am the founder and host of Moneda Moves, a platform that encompasses a newsletter, podcast, and social channels and that centers on a journalist-first approach to Latinx and money topics. By day, I am also the supervising producer and social media content director at Nasdaq.

What are you working on today that you’re really excited about?

Recently, I did a Moneda Moves podcast episode with a fintech founder helping immigrants build credit, especially those who came to the United States as students and have professional direction but limited options to build and advance financially. Our interview with the founder of TomoCredit, Kristy Kim, was one I especially liked.

I am also tracking events in-person in the coming year, in addition to partnerships, which I’m looking forward to.

What are your career goals and how are you working towards them?

I see my day job and running my own media and communications platform, Moneda Moves, as very complementary. At my job, my goal is to make an impact as a Latinx in the financial services and tech space and represent my community in a holistic light. For instance, this last year I organized and led Nasdaq’s conference on Access To Capital In the Latinx Community.

By night, I want to drive impact by using my communications skills to tell stories about Latinx leaders and other people of color who have found success in the money world.

Which causes are you passionate about?

I am passionate about volunteering with journalists and helping them advance their work in pursuit of informing the masses. I’ve worked and sat on boards for several journalistic organizations including the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the Chicago Journalists Association and have done additional work with Investigative Reporters and Editors.

Journalism was my first career, and I’m very thankful for that: it’s allowed me to view the world from different perspectives while remaining analytical. It also taught me that when it comes to being a professional, how you do something sometimes matters a whole lot more than what you’re doing.

What is your favorite form of self-care?

Since the pandemic, my favorite form of self-care has been getting out into nature to go hiking. It’s a great way to decompress, clear my mind, and even get a new perspective on any projects I’m working on.

What was the best trip you ever took, and why was it so great?

My favorite trip thus far was to Oaxaca, Mexico, in 2019. There was something so beautiful about exploring my parents’ country of origin as a tourist. My parents immigrated to the United States out of economic necessity and in search of career opportunities, and I’ve learned to appreciate their towns and places of origin when I’ve visited family. But I’ve gained a new appreciation for my roots, history, and the people that came before me by learning about other regions, their customs, and contribution to Mexican culture.

What are you into these days (podcasts, books, TV shows, etc.)?

I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts these days. My news consumption is largely audible, so I really do like Up First, The Daily, Robinhood Snacks, and The Journal.

For fun, I also listen to Ramit Sethi’s I Will Teach You How To Be Rich and love the LOUD podcast and Latino USA.

What is the best career advice you ever received?

Do it scared. The more complex the challenges we are trying to solve for, the more likely it is we might run into new barriers, lonelier paths (because fewer people have crossed them), and the likelier it is that we might face imposter syndrome. Trust yourself so you can move in your career with conviction and even if you’re scared, do it anyway. That’s how we advance.

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