Noé Alonzo Erazo
- Founder of Olé Noé
How did the idea for your job/ business come about?
My grandfather José was the reason I started Olé Noé. He suffered a stroke and lost his ability to communicate. I realized then that speech language pathologists needed research-based Spanish language materials to provide outstanding service to the Spanish speaking community.
What is your backstory (how did you get to where you are today)?
Today I am a business owner and the first in my family to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree. I owe all of my success to God, my mother and father, and my grandparents. They nurtured and pushed me to dream big in the face of adversity.
What motivates you?
The idea that I can help speech patients through language materials and also having the opportunity to empower SLPs and caregivers with materials that use evidence-based practices.
What is your superpower?
Omnilingualism, the power to instantly speak and understand any language fluently ;-)
How do you protect (and give back to) your community?
As an ESL teacher, I empower my college students to question the world and speak up. From hearing impaired students to computer illiteracy, I show them how to access information to further themselves.
Who is your supporting cast of characters that help you to be so darn crush worthy?
Hairdressers, interpreters, entrepreneurs, SLPs, and Dora the Explorer.
What do you consider to be your theme or "pump-up" song?
“Stronger (Movin’ Remix)” by Mandisa.
What is the most difficult part about being an entrepreneur?
Knowing that you have chosen a non-conformist path that may or may not lead to victory.
Who do you have a crush on?
Nyle DiMarco, model and Deaf spokesperson.