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Manny Talks

By Manny De La Cruz
I have enjoyed a career in Engineering and have been able to do recruiting along the way as well. I aim to help students navigate their college years, internships, and first job!
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018: Patrick Coldivar: Need Help with some HOMEWORK!!!

Manny Talks

018: Patrick Coldivar: Need Help with some HOMEWORK!!!

Manny Talks

0223 - Resilience
Have you dealt with 2020? Do you know your Resilience Narrative? Can you vocalize it? Can others? Thanks to all for another great season. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy New Year! Thanks for allowing me to be a resource for you. Looking forward to 2021! SHPE NILA Presentation: Linkedin:
December 4, 2020
0222- Diana Iracheta - We Can Be Both - Latina Engineer
Had the pleasure of talking with Diana Iracheta, founder of Latina Engineer. Diana is a recent Mechanical Engineering graduate from NIU. She is almost 2 years into her career with Methode Electronics where she works as a Manufacturing Engineer. Diana is a huge advocate for woma\en in engineering and started the Latina Engineer movement, which includes advocacy, merchandise, and overall great vibes.  She has been featured on various podcasts, blogs, and was recently recognized by her al mater for her achievements. Please welcome... Diana Iracheta.  Website: Instagram:
November 11, 2020
0221 HHM2020 Soy Tejano
HHM celebrates many aspects of Hispanic/Latino culture. There are many born in the united states that identify with a complex mix from the state they gre up in, the country of their parents, and the country of their birth. At 39 years young I finally, put some thought into what I identify with. Happy Hispanic Heritage Month.
September 21, 2020
0220- Mobil Studio Rises Again!
Just wanted to say hi from the mobile studio of Manny talks! I have not done this in a while. I wanted to share a few resources and things that I have been working on as I have been helping ship and learning about the black and Latino community social issues and just wanted to say hi. Candace Owens and Marc Lamont Hill. Candace Owens and Hawk Newsome SHPE LatinX Webinar: Auténtico: The Definitive Guide to Latino Career Success, by Dr. Robert Rodríguez and Andrés Tomas Tapia Conversation Roadblocks:
September 3, 2020
0219: - Tyler Heartfield - TEN
Do you ever feel like you will never finish your goals? Tyler Heartfield has a remarkable story, from fatherhood,  being a crane operator, and graduating as a Petroleum Engineer.  Tyler Heartfield:
August 9, 2020
0218 - Jaqui Cervantes - Leidos- Glasses, Puzzles, and Familia
Jaqui Cervantes: LinkedIN - –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Amelia by Amine Maxwell Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0 Free Download / Stream: Music promoted by Audio Library –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 🎵 Track Info:  Title: Amelia by Amine Maxwell Genre and Mood: Dance & Electronic + Calm
June 30, 2020
0217- Advice: Don't be Generic - Manny De La Cruz
Ask for generic advice and you may get generic advice... Or no reply at all ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––  Amelia by Amine Maxwell Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0 Free Download / Stream: Music promoted by Audio Library ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––   🎵 Track Info:  Title: Amelia by Amine Maxwell Genre and Mood: Dance & Electronic + Calm
June 15, 2020
0216- The Two Hundred - Daniel Botero - MC2C
Best selling author and founder of Mastering College to Career shares his insight from talking to over 200 students during COVID19 pandemic. NO surprise many students are challenged by the same few things. How to bridge the gap to get back on track.  MC2C: Daniel Botero LinkedIN: Manny and Daniel talk GPA:
June 8, 2020
0215 - RIP George Floyd - Manny De La Cruz
I do not offer solutions but like so many in my STEM community, I wanted to at least share where my head and heart were. All I offer is a moment of reflection and a desire to learn more about this topic.   I want to thank the following folks for having the conviction and courage to post and share where you are at. NSBE and SHPE Chapters across the country Fernando Ceballos and Brianne Martin Nena Lara  Joni Floyd  Melissa Pierce  Josue Ramirez Braulio Reyes  Clips in Podcast Episode Clip 1: Clip 2:
June 1, 2020
0214- What do you want? - Aileen Tapia - Accenture
Aileen is an Industrial Engineer working in Consulting Management with Accenture. She is a proud graduate of the University of Texas-El Paso and a strong advocate for minority advancement and woman empowerment. Thanks for joining us for this conversation.  Aileen Tapia LinkedIn: LatinX Factor SHPE:
May 25, 2020
0213- The SHPE Guy - William Gonzalez - Rockwell Automation
If you are in Region 5 or Region 7, or heck! if you are in SHPE you know William Gonzalez. I was able to finally connect with William to discuss a few things. He certainly has a passion to help you accomplish your dreams. Linked In: Music By IKSON:
May 18, 2020
0212 Corona Time
First episode since Covid19 quarantine. Past guest Peter Reyes, Miguel Sanchez, Mike Cantu, and Gabe Cruz join me for a Virtual Happy Hour and discussion on Covid19, working from home, virtual internships, hiring in 2020-2021 and most importantly Tiger King.  King Kong Recipe 1/2 oz Banana Liquor  1/2 oz Bourbon Whiskey 1 1/2 oz Dark Rum 2 splashes of bitters.  On ice, stirred not shaken....  Peter Reyes: Mike Cantu: Miguel Sanchez: Gabe Cruz: Music by Ikson
May 11, 2020
0211 - Selfless Love - Yanet Borrego - Accenture
Join me for a thrilling story that reads like a Netflix original. From political asylum seeker to Industry and Enterprise Transformation Manager with Accenture. Join me for another great STEM success story and great example of how perseverance and continuous improvement prevails. Yanet Borrego: Instagram: @yanetborrego_coach
March 23, 2020
0210: The Royals Part 2 - Brianne Martin and Fernando Ceballos - The People Engineer & Pape Dawson Engineers
Join me for Part 2 of a two-part series with SHPE royalty! Fernando Ceballos and Brianne Martin! In this episode, we discuss why professionals do not come back to the orgs that helped them, being told you are not Latino enough, faith, love and kindness. I got a bit deep but such is life! Listeners' discretion is advised... Not really I just really got carried away writing these show notes. Fernando Ceballos: Brianne Martin: Dealing with life Stuff: The People Engineer Podcast: MUSIC Song: (Royalty Free Music) Utopia - Ikson Music promoted by Tyler Montgomery. Video Link:
March 9, 2020
0209: The Royals Part 1 - Fernando Ceballos & Brianne Martin - Pape-Dawson Engineers and SHPE National
Join me for Part 1 of a two-part series with SHPE royalty! Fernando Ceballos and Brianne Martin! Relationships take real work and dedication. In this first part, we explore beginnings and managing a dual-career partnership. Fernando is a civil engineer working at Pape-Dawson and Brianne Martin is a Mechanical Engineer currently working for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers.  This is a very open discussion of the highs and the lows in this couple's life so far. You do not want to miss out on the energy these two bring.  Listeners' discretion is advised... Not really I just really got carried away writing these show notes.  Fernando Ceballos: Brianne Martin: Dealing with life Stuff: The People Engineer Podcast: MUSIC Song: (Royalty Free Music) Utopia - Ikson Music promoted by Tyler Montgomery. Video Link: 
March 2, 2020
0208: Lights, Camera, Action: Juan Bahena - Raytheon
Juan Bahena is a Mechanical Engineer at Raytheon working on Space and Airborne Systems division. He is a graduate from ASU and has been a STEM ambassador for a long time. Juan currently serves as a VP on the SHPE south Bay Professional Chapter where he continues to support initiatives for the promotion of STEM while juggling a new career.  Learn what it has been like for Juan as he transitions from student life to a new professional. Find out why continues to stay involved.  LinkedIn: WHy SHPE Video produced by Juan on SHPE website: Raytheon Careers: MUSIC Song: (Royalty Free Music) Utopia - Ikson Music promoted by Tyler Montgomery. Video Link: 
February 24, 2020
0207: BAE PSA - Miguel and Natalie Sanchez - Chevron and PolyPetide Group
Juggling a relationship and a STEM degree in college can be a daunting task. If you succeed, then come to the hard decisions of managing duel careers. Join me as Miguel and Natalie Sanchez share their insights on how they managed to get through school and careers, at Chevron and PolyPeptide group respectively, in the mayhem of southern California.  Miguel is a Chemical Engineer and Natalie an Environmental Scientist by degree. They live in southern California where they also work. They attribute MAES for having a huge impact on their success as both students and now professionals  Miguel Sanchez: Chevron: Natalie Sanchez: PolyPeptide Group: MAES: MUSIC Song: (Royalty Free Music) Utopia - Ikson Music promoted by Tyler Montgomery. Video Link: 
February 17, 2020
0206: La Lonchera - Berton Vite - Canoo
Berton Vite is a holds a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, respectively, from Cal State Long Beach. A proud Californian with an inspirational story. Listen to how Berton made it from a gang-infested neighborhood to obtaining multiple degrees and working for multiple startups in the electric vehicle space.  Berton is now a Thermal Engineer at Canoo, a startup in Los Angeles California. Berton Vite: Canoo Website: Canoo FullyChargedSh ow Interview: Canoo Reveal Video: ExxonMobil Energy Outlook:
February 10, 2020
0205: ME!!!- Stemedia Instagram Live!
Join me on a conversation that I had with Dr. Nehemiah Mabry and Stemedia. My past and recruiting!. Make sure and visit for some incredible resources.  Semedia: Dr. Nehemiah Mabry:
February 3, 2020
0204: Carolyn Ramirez - Rylene Diimides, Aromaticity, and Singlet Fission…You can Google it.
Hear the story of an impressive young woman in STEM. Carolyn Ramirez shares the ins and outs of her journey from an interested high school student in STEM to currently pursuing a PhD from Northwestern. Carolyn made the choice to pursue higher education while humbly passing on extremely lucrative offers from the industry after multiple successful internships. Discover her motivation!  Carolyn Ramirez: Anthony Fasano: Engineering Management Institute: Daniel Botero: Mastering College to Career: Episode 115: GPA on Mastering College to Career: 
January 27, 2020
0203 - Juggling -Adriana Pink - SHPE NYU President
Hear Adriana's student journey so far. From quiet freshman to now doing internships and co-ops with some very competitive companies. Avid SHPE supporter, academic achiever, experienced intern, Marvel movie lover, and more. Spoiler alert, this is not all-natural talent but developed over time with help. Join me in exploring the student life of Adriana Pink. 
January 20, 2020
0202: Cajun Relationships - Matt Fisher - Zoox
Landing a job at ExxonMobil was the easy part! Adjusting to a new culture and career, that was the hard part. Matt Fisher shares his early career experiences and what it took for him to eventually settle into his new role. He also shares how he chose to walk away for a different opportunity. Matt Fisher- Strategic Sourcing Manager Zoox LinkedIN:  
January 13, 2020
0201 - El Yin and Yang - Mike Cantu - Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Balancing the demands of school or work is one of the most difficult aspects of pursuing STEM. However through other activities and hobbies, balance can be found, Being STEM does not mean you are artless!  Michael Cantu LinkedIN:ú-1540a37a 
January 6, 2020
022: Damian and Jessica Alanis - Fly Away
Damian and Jessica Alanis share their experience of growing up in the Texas Valley and dealing with their family issues when it came to doing internships away from home. They both are now successful professionals at the ExxonMobil Corporation and are both part of the ExxonMobil SHPE recruiting team.
December 16, 2019
021 Peter Reyes - Caterpillar - R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Peter Reyes currently enjoys a career with Caterpillar Inc as a Marketing and Sales Operations Representative. He graduated from UTSA with a Mechanical Engineering degree and has been a dedicated supporter of MAES and SHPE. From a small town in Chicago to now supporting a Fortune 50 company. He is a great friend and someone I have known for a long time.  Peter Reyes:  @peterisselfaware 
December 9, 2019
020: Gabriel Cruz - Tenaris - Transitions
Gabe Cruz is a professional currently working in the Permian Basin. He is currently the Permian Basin Regional Manager for Tenaris. Hear his inspiring story of transitions that have made him the professional he is today. From figuring out college to finding his support in groups like MAES and SHPE; eventually becoming a husband and a father.   Tenaris: Gabe Cruz LinkedIn:
December 2, 2019
019: Building Relationships Beyond Your Identity Group
Identity groups are a great place to start but that’s not where you should end. I had the opportunity to hear a great presentation by Dr. Karl Reid during the STEM success summit in which he made a point about networking outside your identity group. Later on that week a co-worker asked me why I got involved in groups like SHPE and internal ERGs as well. Just a coincidence in events but enough to share what I shared. Watch replay of Dr. Reid’s presentation. Get STEMedia T-shirt
November 26, 2019
Stay Connected Directly
Many of you are getting updated by your school or organizations. If you have not subscribed to the podcast please do. Alternatively, you can connect with me directly and get the latest updates.  LinkedIn: Instagram: @Manny_Talks Twitter:@MannyTalks1
November 18, 2019
018: Patrick Coldivar: Need Help with some HOMEWORK!!!
Networking is an amazing thing. Grad student Patrick Coldivar reached on LinkedIn seeking help on a class assignment. Why not record it I said! He agreed and here it is.  Patrick has been involved in so many things since he was in high school from civil service, construction and lately mental health awareness at a youth level. 
November 18, 2019
017 Motivations... Evolve overtime.
Motivations evolve over time. Introspective thinking and pivoting when necessary is a huge part of developing both professionally and personally. How far back can you trace your motivations?
November 12, 2019
016: Maximizing the Post Convention Honeymoon
Immediately after the convention, there is a high participants feel. They are coming off of one of the most exciting and inspiring times in their lives. Maximizing the Honeymoon time immediately after the convention is as important as planning for participation in the first place. Take action now before the high fades away.  
November 6, 2019
015: Embrace it! It’s your past after all...
Our past is a huge part of who we are. There are many examples of famous and successful people that have both embraced and ran away from their past. I recommend you embrace it.
October 28, 2019
014: It’s Here... Almost #SHPE2019
Last minute advice on what to consider going into the SHPE national Conference 2019. See everyone there!
October 24, 2019
013: I Interviewed... Now what?
The time after you interview can be an anxious time. In this episode I discuss some things to establish before you end your interview to make the time less anxious.
October 20, 2019
012: The Recruiting Table
Making an impression on a recruiter at a career fair requires planning and simplicity. Freshman you are not excluded from this exercise.
October 14, 2019
011: Having an Internship... Is not enough
Internship experiences and research experiences are nothing if you can not effectively communicate what you did and demonstrate an appreciation for the bigger picture. A little planning goes a long way to formulate a dense narrative.
October 8, 2019
010: It’s not all about the career fair
Conference readiness goes far beyond the career fair. Don’t make the mistake of being under prepared
October 2, 2019
009: Serving in your Student Organization
Going from free pizza eater to giving back as a professional is a journey that can be and should be planned. Let’s discuss how you can fully benefit and support your student Org!
September 21, 2019
Joining a Student Org
You are seeing all the info tables, seeing ads for GBMs. All this talk about conferences! Why should you join? 
September 16, 2019
GPA - Yes it’s important
This can be a difficult conversation but it needs to be had. Make adjustments early on.
September 11, 2019
I have only worked! What should I do!
If you have worked in something other than a technical field, you will need to be able to explain those jobs in terms of skills you developed. Your goal is to make the job relatable to the interviewer. Find a mentor to help you!
September 4, 2019
Categorize the Questions!
As you prepare for your interview don’t just practice a bunch of questions and answers. Have an idea of how to categorize the questions in relation to the skill they are trying to evaluate.
August 29, 2019
Be the STAR!
Let’s break down the STAR method of answering questions! Get ready for the upcoming recruiting season.
August 26, 2019
Resume with a Twist
Learn about writing an intentional resume vs a data dump resume! The most memorable resume of the thousands I’ve reviewed as a recruiter, are those that are easy to read and where the intent of messages is crystal clear!
August 23, 2019
Post Intership Actions
So you just completed your internship! Congratulations! Now don’t forget to take a few key actions to continue to reap the benefits of all the great work you have done. You did the work now leverage the credit.
August 21, 2019
Tell me about yourself...
My thoughts on elevator speeches and resumes. What’s your plan? Do you know your brand?
August 13, 2019