15 Influential Latinas From The #WeAllGrow Summit You Need To Follow On Instagram For International Women’s Day

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Every year on March 8, countries from around the globe celebrate International Women’s Day an official holiday that commemorates the movement for women’s rights. As part of our celebration of the day, we’re talking about 15 fierce Latina influencers who are shaping up the world and harnessing the energy of sisterhood to propel the careers and livelihoods of other Latinas. To create our list, we tallied up Latinas featured at a national conference that occurred this past weekend called #WeAllGrow. In its fourth year, the national summit brought Latinas from across the globe, some whom you’ve seen on screen and others you’ve seen on political stages, in an effort to push for our community.

Here are 15 of the fiercest Latinas from the summit to celebrate, follow and learn from on International Women’s Day.

1. Liz Hernandez

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Liz Hernandez is a Mexican American Emmy-nominated television host and journalist currently working to connect people with project WORDAFUL. Her weekly videos feature the Latina as she breaks down the meaning and power behind words. In 2014, Hernandez joined NBC’s Access Hollywood and became one of the entertainment news program’s first Latina correspondents. The summit finished its final day with Liz as their closing keynote speaker.

Follow her on Instagram here.

2. Heather Conneely

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Heather Conneely is a bilingual, bicultural digital marketing professional whose career in multicultural advertising sales spans a 16 year period. She started her career as a  member of Univision Communications network TV sales department. In 2014, she was hired by Facebook to lead the company’s first New York Multicultural Team. As the head of her department, she worked to educated clients and agencies on the power of multicultural audiences. Today, Heather is a Client Partner for Facebook’s Team Beauty and she follows digital transformation journeys for some of the country’s biggest beauty brands.

Follow her on Instagram here.

3. Millana Snow

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Millana Snow has been part of the entertainment industry as an actress and model for over 12 years. She is also a practitioner of Reiki healing, a meditation teacher and the founder of Serene Social. During the summit, she led a talk regarding the importance of incorporating synchronicity and flow in our lives.

Follow her on Instagram here.

4. Candy Calderon

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Candy Calderon is a certified holistic health and wellness coach and promoter of healthy lifestyle living tips for today’s modern, busy woman-entrepreneur. Her blog candycalderon.com addresses taboo subjects. Her side hustle, creating signature detoxing and healthy living programs, has been harnessed by people across the globe. During the #WeAllGrow keynote, she spoke on the importance of preventing and reversing illnesses through wellness.

Follow her on Instagram here.

5. Yarel Ramos

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Yarel Ramos is a journalist and anchor of the Univision Los Angeles mid-day digital show “Edición Digital California.” Her eight-year career in television has seen her take on the role of host, emcee, and anchor. She is a co-founder of Repartiendo Amor Y Oportunidades (RAYO) a non-profit organization in Los Angeles that works to provide Latino students with the right resources and tools to obtain higher education. She is also co-host of the Wait Hold Up Podcast and was at the summit to discuss how to give tips on how to produce a podcast.

Follow her on Instagram here.

6. Mariela Rosario

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Mariela Rosario is the Afro-Latina editor-in-chief behind Hip Latina. As a writer, editor, and digital content strategist she has racked up a total of ten years in the Latinx space. She led CafeMedia’s first site for Latina moms and went on to develop Vivala.com. She is currently the Editor in Chief at HipLatina.com and recently created Galchemism, a new platform that empowers and educates women of color in arts & tech. Her writing has been featured in The Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, and Latina.

Follow her on Instagram here.

7. Rosa Clemente

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Rosa Clemente is an organizer, political commentator, independent journalist, and creator behind Puerto Rico on the Map, an independent Latinx media group founded in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Her activism and political drive pushed her to become the first Afro-Latina to have ever run for Vice President of the United States in 2008. This year, the Hollywood’s initiative #TimesUp invited her to join them on the Red Carpet in an effort to turn the spotlight on issues around sexual assault, Puerto Rico, restaurant workers, farmworkers and Black women.

Follow her here.

8. Xochitl Oseguera

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Xochitl Oseguera is the senior campaign director behind MomsRising.org, a grassroots organization advocating for mothers and their children. Her work has pushed her to collaborate policy partners to educate the public and empower mothers of the online digital media space.

Follow her on Instagram here.

9. Zandra Zuno Baerman

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Zandra Zuno Baermann is the senior vice president of Communications and Marketing at UnidosUS where she serves as strategic communications advisor to the CEO and senior leadership. Throughout her career, she has collaborated with and advised companies like Kaiser Permanente, Nintendo of America, Walmart, and Wells Fargo.

Follow her on Instagram here.

10. Jessica Molina

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Jessica Molina is a journalist, producer, digital content creator, and podcaster whose work typically highlights efforts of the Latinx community. As a co-host of the podcast @waitholduppod, she interviews guests about the “wait, hold up” moments that have changed their perspectives on life. Jessica also serves as the Sr. Producer at Hip Latina where she oversees daily editorial content and creates weekly videos that cover upcoming trends in the Latinx community.

Follow her on Instagram here.

11. Evette Rios

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Evette Rios has hosted shows on HGTV, A&E, and TLC and made frequent appearances on the TODAYShow, TheChew, Rachael Ray, Trading Spaces as well as Telemundo and Univision. Her lifestyle brand encourages audiences to embrace the multicultural American experience.

Follow her on Instagram here.

12. Kathleen Pagan

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Kathleen Pagan abandoned her successful finance career in corporate America to pursue entrepreneurship and became the lifestyle Youtuber and blogger behind Endlessly Elated. Her content teaches her followers how to create food, cocktails and home décor. Last year, the content creator shared with her followers that Endlessly Elated would make women’s empowerment its primary mission.

Follow her on Instagram here.

13. Brenda Blanco

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For over 6 years, Brenda Blanco has hosted, produced and directed radio, television and multimedia shows for Univision and BuzzFeed. These days she produces content for BuzzFeedTasty and has worked to grow and diversify the Tasty audience. Her experience and love for Latin American cultures led her to become an influential power over Tasty’s Spanish food channel: Bien Tasty.

Follow her on Instagram here.

Valeria Hinojosa

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Valeria Hinojosa was in the private banking industry as a VP for 5 years until deciding to embrace her passion for lifestyle content and started WaterThruSkin. The Miami blog about how to pursue a lifestyle with a sense of social and environmental awareness has pushed her to travel the world and explore exotic and eco-friendly destinations. These days she uses her travels as a means to acquire and promote eco-friendly brands, different cultures, green design and plant-based cuisine.

Follow her on Instagram here.

Jocelyn Ramirez

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Jocelyn Ramirez is a vegan chef, professor, and yoga instructor. In 2015 she founded Todo Verde a brand that promotes Mexican and South American inspired plant-based meals.

Follow her on Instagram here.


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