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Episode #71. I am thrilled to be joined by Alicia Menendez. Alicia anchors MSNBC’s “American Voices with Alicia Menendez” Saturday and Sunday nights. She is also the author of “The Likeability Trap” and host of the “Latina to Latina” podcast.

Alicia joined MSNBC in October 2019. Prior to joining the network, Menendez served as a correspondent on “Amanpour & Company” on PBS and formerly hosted a nightly news and pop culture show on Fusion called “Alicia Menendez Tonight” Her reporting and interviews have appeared on ABC News, Bustle, FusionTV, PBS and Vice News. 

Born and raised in New Jersey, Alicia has been called “Ms. Millenial” by “The Washington Post”, “journalism’s new gladiator” by Elle, and a “content queen” by Marie Claire. 

This conversation is one of my favorites. Alicia is so open about her experience finding the work that she does today, she shares her struggle in making the decision to pivot away from her original plans of law school and public service and following a different path. 

We also discuss her book and why if we had to choose between success and likability, we should choose success because likability is never guaranteed. She shares her own experience on wanting to be liked and what she found out during the research for her book. As someone who has always wanted to be liked, this conversation really resonated with me.

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