Lourdes’ passion to teach Spanish to her children as their first language inspired her to create Kids' Candor. Now she is an advocate for Bilingual and Multilanguage households and she is dedicated to find, improve, create and innovate tools and resources to empower families to teach their children their language of preference. A mother of two (a three-year-old girl and a one-year-old boy), Lourdes has an MBA from New York University and a Chemical Engineering degree from Penn State. Her diverse experience includes roles in Management, Marketing, Supply Chain and Research and Development in top US corporations. Her career spans the industries of Consumer Package Goods, Luxury, and Media and Entertainment. Lourdes’ versions of her title include: mother, wife, bilingual advocate, entrepreneur, CEO and founder, manager, brand, product and process developer, consultant, DIY expert, engineer, WAHM, creative, work in progress, and more. But her four-year-old daughter provided her favorite title: Super Mamá.
Jorge is Co-Founder and Vice-President of Kids’ Candor. He firmly believes in the social premise of Kids’ Candor and how it gives meaning to its existence. Jorge has strong Sales, Finance and Operations qualifications with more than 20 years of hands-on experience in general management, new venture strategy and execution, business development and deal making. The last 8 years he has devoted to originating and structuring financial transactions for a Fortune 100 company in the US. Jorge has an MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business and a Bachelor in Communications from Purdue University. Jorge is fluent in English, Spanish and German. In addition to his main responsibilities, Jorge now composes and produces children songs for Kids’ Candor. That is when he is not looking for his personal effects inside the toy bin of his two-year-old son.
During the day, Jessica enjoys reading, singing, dancing, playing, exploring, and learning with her two sons (two years old and 6 months old) between, and sometimes during, diaper changes and snacks. She also provides care for infants and toddlers.Jessica is a Teach for America alumna who has served over 11 years in education as an elementary school teacher and with reading intervention programs. In the classroom, she worked with International Baccalaureate, several school reform models, English Language Learners, gifted and talented, and those receiving special education services. Her background includes teaching English as a Second or Other Language to children and adults, curriculum development and training, management, program design, innovation and development, editing, and consulting. She has a B.S. in BioBehavioral Health from the Pennsylvania State University, post-baccalaureate in Early Childhood Education from Agnes Scott College, and an MBA from Regent University.
Lauren is a PhD student at Penn State University in Spanish and Language Science. She received her Master of Arts in Spanish linguistics in 2014 and three Bachelor of Arts degrees in Spanish, Italian, and Global and International Studies in 2012. Lauren has taught second language Spanish classes, worked with child language acquisition and psycholinguistic labs, and conducted fieldwork internationally. Her research investigates how bilinguals process two distinct languages in one mind. By taking an interdisciplinary approach to language science, Lauren’s linguistic experience spans a range of topics. She is excited to use her linguistic knowledge to help Kids’ Candor kids grow!As a linguist, Lauren believes in providing bilingual input and experiences to children and adults. She aims to strengthen the linguistic information children receive to enhance future language processing as well as sentence structure and vocabulary development.
James is a professional musician and recent father for the first time. A successful music composer, performer and teacher, James lends both his children music expertise and original compositions to the Kids’ Candor initiative. Among his accomplishments stand the original albums “The Munchkin Music Club” for children and “Diamond Jim’s Nevada Club” (for grown ups).
James holds a BA from McGill University in Music Performance, West European History and Religious Studies. He is a talented piano and guitar player, also fluent in English and French.