Sandra Calles, PhD

Dr. Sandra Calles is a psychologist, educator, life coach, mentor and activist. Her passion is to advocate for causes she believes in, teach about mental health topics, and guide others, so they may achieve success in their personal and career endeavors.

She has over 11 years of experience as a mental health professional having worked at various mental health facilities. Most recently she was a therapist at Los Angeles Harbor College at the Life Skills Center. While at Harbor College, she helped many students overcome emotional obstacles so they could transfer to universities and meet their career goals. She devotes her personal and professional life to political causes, and activities that promote mental health, women’s issues, the empowerment of Latinas through education, business ownership, financial literacy and political engagement. Dr. Sandra is a graduate of California State University, Dominguez Hills, earning both a BA in Human Services and an MA in Clinical Psychology. She earned her doctorate from Saybrook University in Psychology, where she developed a treatment modality from her research on survivors of sudden cardiac death. The treatment plan known as PROSPER, is an acronym detailing a healing plan that can be applied to survivors of various traumas and is the underpinning for the work she does with her clients..... Continue Reading


The Growing Economic power of Latino-Americans-by the numbers

While much of the rhetoric regarding Latinos this election cycle has focused on the divisive issue of immigration, a bipartisan group is out to change the narrative. The Latino Donor Collaborative aims to emphasize the growing economic power of Latino-Americans, and the potent political force they can become. John Yang talks to co-founders Henry Cisneros and Sal Trujillo for more…
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Why is There No Room for Hispanics On Corporate Boards?

For the seventh consecutive year, the percent of directors of Hispanic origin elected to Fortune 500 boards was sharply lower than the overall representation of Hispanics in the U.S. population, according to the Heidrick & Struggles 2016 board monitor.
Of 399 new directors appointed by Fortune 500 companies in 2015, only 16 were Hispanic — a measly four percent. Over the past seven years, an average of 4.7 percent of new directors have been Hispanic. That dire statistic reveals there has been no discernible upward trend. Nothing. As the Hispanic share of the U.S. population has grown during those years, the gap of under-representation in the boardroom has therefore widened…
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By 2020, America will see more spending growth from Hispanics than young adults

Hispanics will experience faster spending growth than young adults by 2020, according to new projections from investment bank Morgan Stanley.
“The aging of the population and the rise of Millennials will continue to impact the consumer landscape over the next 5 years,” analysts said in a note. “However, the share of the consumer wallet controlled by the Hispanic population will experience the fastest pace of growth, driven by the addition of 8.2 (million) people—or 52% of total U.S. population growth—and above-average per-capita income growth…
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Organization Advocates for More Latinos On Corporate Boards

WASHINGTON, DC — It is an absolute business imperative to have Latinos and Latinas in leadership positions in the business world, particularly on the boards of the country’s top companies, where the numbers remain dismally low. That was the focus of a recent gathering here of many of the nation’s business leaders to commemorate three decades of the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR), an organization that advocates for a greater number of Hispanics in corporate America.
Just over 7 percent of Latinos hold board seats among Fortune 500 companies, and just 4 percent of all executive positions…
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Mexican Business Culture in Trade Books

CM Coria-Sánchez – Mexican Business Culture: Essays on Tradition, Ethics, …, 2016
… Although this study is quite biased by making generalizations such as “It is because Mex- icans
and Mexican Americans tend to be poor and not well educated that they are fatal- istic,” the
analysis shows that “when social class is controlled, Mexicans are not more fatalistic than …
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Wealth Disparity By Race: After 2008 Financial Crisis, Black And Hispanic Families Have Dwindling 401(k) Balances

Eight years out, a new study shows that the 2008 economic meltdown has had lasting impacts on the savings accounts of primarily black and Hispanic households in the U.S. In the near-decade since Lehman Brothers collapsed, signaling the start of a downward economic spiral, the balances of minority 401(k) accounts have dropped while white future retirees have seen little change in theirs.
Since 2007, the balance for 401(k) and similar types of plans held by African-American working households has dropped by at least $14,700 — from $31,100 to $16,400 in 2013 — according to a recent Government Accountability Office report. That’s compared to white working households, whose balances showed no significant changes, and they were roughly three times larger than those of blacks and Hispanics at the end of 2013…
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8 Latino business founders breaking down barriers

Making their million-dollar mark
Latino-founded businesses are booming, yet less than 2 percent of Latino entrepreneurs ever make it past the $1 million revenue mark, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Of the 1.4 million Latino-owned companies in the United States, the average has $156,000 in annual sales, revealed a study from the Latin Business Action Network (LBAN)…
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Why so few Latino-owned businesses get venture capital funding

In the world of venture capital, Latino-owned businesses are rarer than billion dollar unicorns.
Only about 1% of all Latino-owned businesses created between 2007 and 2012 in the U.S. received venture capital or angel investments, according to a report by the Stanford Graduate School of Business that surveyed roughly 1,800 businesses.
One big reason: Very few Latino-owned firms are even walking through the doors of venture capital firms to begin with…
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Stanford Latino Entrepreneur Leaders Program Recruits Second Cohort For Online Education and Empowerment

PALO ALTO, Calif., April 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/– The Latino Business Action Network (LBAN) has opened applications for the second cohort of its Stanford Latino Entrepreneur Leaders Program (SLELP). SLELP is an investment in helping Latino entrepreneurs to scale — i.e., to grow — their businesses through an immersive six-week program that provides owners the valuable education, enhanced networks, personal mentorship and better understanding of capital resources necessary to grow their businesses, create jobs, and build a stronger economy.
“Latinos are quickly becoming the new face of entrepreneurship in the USA,” said Remy Arteaga, the Executive Director of LBAN. “Several studies, including one by the Kauffman Foundation, support the fact that Latinos are creating more new businesses than any other group in America. We want to empower these entrepreneurs to grow large businesses.”…
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At the Core and in the Margins: incorporation of Mexican immigrants in two rural Midwestern communities

J Albarracín – 2016 –
Beardstown and Monmouth, Illinois, two rural Midwestern towns, have been transformed by
immigration in the last three decades. This book examines how Mexican immigrants who
have made these towns their homes have integrated legally, culturally, and institutionally. …
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“…And would it have been worth it, after all,
Would it have been worth while,
After the sunsets and the dooryards and the sprinkled streets,
After the novels, after the teacups, after the skirts that trail along the floor—
And this, and so much more?—
It is impossible to say just what I mean!
But as if a magic lantern threw the nerves in patterns on a screen:
Would it have been worth while…”

T.S. Eliot
The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

Press Release

2015 Annual Report on Mexican American Professionals Now Available

The 2015 Annual Report on Mexican American Professionals is now available on

News from the 2015 American Community Service shows good increases in the numbers of Mexican Americans attending college, achieving educational attainment, and holding jobs in industries including science, management, and business.

• Mexican American college enrollment increased from 18.7% to 18.9% between 2014 and 2015
• Graduate or professional degree attainment among Mexican Americans rose from 2.9% to 3.0%
• The number of Mexican Americans achieving bachelor’s degrees rose from 7.6% to 7.8% in 2015

Despite these numbers, Mexican Americans are still near the bottom of college enrollment and educational attainment by race and ethnicity.

The University of California is proactive in pushing for a greater number of underrepresented minorities. The number Chicano/Latino students attending UOC increased by 2.7% since 2014; this group now makes up 32.3% of admitted university freshmen.

In terms of occupations, the number of Mexican Americans making up part of the management, business, science, and art occupations continues to rise, from 16.6% to 17.5% from 2012 to 2015. Mexican Americans have also seen consistent numbers in the professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services occupations, keeping steady at 10.2% of all jobs in these fields held by Mexican Americans.

These numbers represent continuing gains in higher education and professional jobs for Mexican Americans. For more, visit