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Episode 260: How To Handle A Layoff | Orlenda Cortez | Pero I Can Do It Too


Episode 260 talks about how to handle a layoff, featuring Orlenda Cortez of Pero I Can Do It Too! Listen now!

Episode 260: How To Handle A Layoff | Orlenda Cortez | Pero I Can Do It Too

Orlenda Cortez is the founder of Pero I Can Do It Too, a platform helping women of color build a life they have never seen their family experience. She’s a Money Coach who believes that you can reach your money goals by prioritizing fun.

Born in Guatemala, Orlenda started her money journey with ZERO knowledge and deep in debt. The phrase that kept her going was, “Pero, I Can Do It, Too.” She’s here to tell you that if an undocumented Guatemalan can get out of debt, travel to beautiful places around the world, start investing for retirement, and prioritize mental health, YOU CAN DO IT, TOO!

On her online platforms and through her business, you’ll find money tips to help you get out of survival mode and create the space to unapologetically heal and live the life you envision for yourself. This is what she challenges you with because she knows you are a badass that makes sh*t happen!

Learn more about Orlenda and how to work with her by visiting here. Follow her on Instagram, TikTok and LinkedIn.

Orlenda shares her journey of being laid off and transitioning to full-time entrepreneurship. She discusses her background as an undocumented immigrant, her struggles with debt, and her journey to paying it off. Orlando emphasizes the importance of having a support system and overcoming self-doubt. She also highlights the personal growth and mindset shifts that come with entrepreneurship. Overall, her story serves as an inspiration for others to embrace their own financial journeys and pursue their dreams.

Episode 260 Takeaways:

  • Being laid off can be a blessing in disguise and an opportunity for personal and professional growth.
  • Having a support system and seeking help from mentors and coaches can be crucial in navigating the challenges of entrepreneurship.
  • Overcoming self-doubt and embracing a mindset of abundance and possibility are key to achieving financial goals.
  • Personal development and self-care are integral parts of the entrepreneurial journey.


  • 00:00 – Introduction and Background
  • 02:51 -Undocumented Experience and College Education
  • 05:47 – Accumulating Debt and Financial Struggles
  • 09:10 – Paying Off Debt and Setting Financial Goals
  • 15:04 – Being Laid Off and Transitioning to Full-Time Entrepreneurship
  • 34:49 – Embracing Entrepreneurship and Personal Growth
  • 39:11 – Conclusion and How to Connect with Orlenda

We want to say on behalf of the community, thank you so much to Orlenda for giving us permission to make decisions that other people might not understand and for allowing us to imagine these crazy life transitions that happen to us.

Whether that’s a layoff, a breakup or whatever million other things can happen in life. These situations don’t have to be the thing that derails you. It can actually be what propels you closer to the life that you want and that gives you permission to stop playing so damn small!

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Until next time, stay empowered, stay inspired & #staypoderosa ✨💎

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