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20 Influential Boss Latinas Every Networker Should Know About

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 influential Latinas 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 Influential 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 20 of the fiercest influential 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

14. 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.

15. 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.

16. Gizel Jiménez

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Anyone self-identifying as a Broadway junky will likely be quick to spot out this Cubana actress and star of theatrical hits “Party People” and “Miss You Like Hell.” The NYC-based actress’ Instagram is a treasure trove for the Latina looking to keep up her #BBG y ¡azúcar! habit. Gizel usees her account to document her trips to barre and pilates sessions while also posting clips of herself as she enthusiastically chows down on croquetas. It’s an account packed full of bailar, strength and a pretty mighty six-pack.

Follow her here.

17. Keka Araujo

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Keka Araujo is the writer and blogger behind Negra With Tumbao a personal blog that touches on all things cultura, race, diaspora, and beauty. The writer, whose work has been featured in HuffPost and Blavity, has an account that brags an average of 17.6K followers. Her posts always promise to give viewers a peep into the topics (vida and fuckboys among them) that intrigue the Latina the most. Check out her account for a look into some of her amazing homecooked meals (ropa vieja for the win!) and some fly pics of her daily fashion and hairstyles.

Follow her here.

18. Juliet Casteneda AKA Juju

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When it comes to hustle, Juju Castenada has plenty. The American actress, model, realtor, business owner, and author has been keeping up with her side gigs long before her days of making appearances on “Love & Hip Hop: Miami.” Juju’s Instagram account acts as an appetizing fusion of her best street style and high glam moments. Baby hair enthusiasts will love the Cubana’s account for all of the inspiration her looks will bring to their edges.

Follow her here.

19. Aylen Alvarez

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Aylen Alvarez is the business entrepreneur behind her self-titled phone application: Aylen Alvarez Official Fan App. Tap into Alvarez’s account and get ready for a feed packed full of travel adventures to Venice, Italy, and Paris, France. The raw veganist also uses her account to promote body positivity and exercise tips.

Follow her here.

20. Monique Gonzalez AKA Momo

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The Miami-based artist first pierced the music scene back in 2015 when she took up the task of providing vocals to the “El Perdon (How Can I)” female remix featuring Pitbull. In the year’s since that appearance, the Cubana has popped up in the newsfeeds of HuffPost and Perez Hilton for her “rising pop star” status. When it comes to The Gram though, Gonzalez’s artistry really shines. The singer and model wields her account with the power of a purposeful museum curator, giving followers a chance to track her progress as an artist while also giving them a chance to glance at her style for major fashion inspiration. From pics of how to rock a hair scarf or casual sneakers, Momo’s looks are always spot on. In a post to her blog outside of Instagram, the Latina artist has described herself as “unapologetically Latina.” (UH can I get a finger snap emoji for that, please???)

Follow her here.

21. Camila Cabello

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When an artist like Camila Cabello bursts on to the scene with a hit about one of Cuba’s most beloved cities, ya just gotta put her on your list about rad Cubanas, yaknowwhudaymean?? The second generation Cuban-Mexicana and former member of Fifth Harmony has had a large and dedicated following for years, but it was her hit single “Havana” that blew up her name and, subsequently, her Instagram following. Subscribers to Cabello’s account will not get to follow the booming artist and travels to different locations around the globe but also get firsthand updates of her fleeting merch offers and latest projects.

Follow her here.

22. Danay García

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“Walking Dead” fans will be pumped to see the actress’s posts which range anywhere from behind the scene pics of her latest projects to videos of her on the fly ballet routines. Just after a few flip throughs of her account, followers will easily catch the same bug the nature enthusiast has for the outdoors.

23. Claudia Sampedro

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Since her days as a cast member on the E! show “WAGS Miami,” Sampadro has worked to continue to build her brand as an athleisure clothing designer and travelista. The model, actress, and mother from Miami, Florida has an Instagram account dotted with pics that exude her enthusiasm for all things lifestyle, travel, fitness, fashion, and momming. Perhaps one of the coolest aspects of Sampadro’s posts, however, is the fact that when it comes to Instagram the entrepreneur acts as a total open book. When the Kardashians are away, get your chismosa fix with pics of Sampadro’s quirky adventures to derma clinics for laser hair removal and hydrafacials.

Follow her here.

24. Gisselle

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OG Hipsters who love to boast about having loved Kendrik Lamar long before he went mainstream ought to tap into the artist that is Gisselle before she blows up the music scene. (Which by the look of her latest single’s success, could be any minute.) Still, despite her burgeoning music career, perhaps the coolest aspect of Gisselle’s account is the fact that the artist hardly uses her account to hawk her brand or advertise her business ventures. Instead, the account is much more personal as she brings followers into her life as a mother, Tupac fan, and brunch enthusiast.


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Time Magazine Had One Hundred Slots To Fill For Their ‘100 Most Influential People’ Issue And Picked These Seven Latinas

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Time Magazine Had One Hundred Slots To Fill For Their ‘100 Most Influential People’ Issue And Picked These Seven Latinas

Time magazine revealed its annual “100 Most Influential People” list for 2018 on Thursday celebrating pioneers, artists, icons, and leaders. Of the one hundred slots to fill, the news magazine only managed to recognize seven Latinas this year. Still, we’re beyond pumped to see this year’s most influential Latinas make the cut.

Here’s a look at the Latinas making waves in their industries and arenas.

Emma González’s strength and activism was praised by President Barack Obama.

For Time’s annual list, the 44th president of the United States celebrated and praised Emma González and her fellow students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for the activism that they have displayed in the wake of the February 14 shooting that terrorized their school.

“By bearing witness to carnage, by asking tough questions and demanding real answers, the Parkland students are shaking us out of our complacency. The NRA’s favored candidates are starting to fear they might lose. Law-abiding gun owners are starting to speak out. As these young leaders make common cause with African Americans and Latinos—the disproportionate victims of gun violence—and reach voting age, the possibilities of meaningful change will steadily grow,” the former president wrote in his piece for the magazine.

Carmen Yulín Cruz’s refusal to let her people be ignored put her in the category of leaders.

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Last September, when Hurricane Maria battered the island of Puerto Rico, Cruz rose up as an unwavering voice who refused to let the disenfranchised citizens of the territory be ignored. In a short essay written by Puerto Rican actor Benicio Del Toro, the Oscar winner hailed Cruz for her uncompromising strength in fighting for the 3.4 million American citizens on the island who were at the time and have been historically ill-treated and ignored by their own country.

“Cruz’s legacy will be marked by her uncompromising refusal to let anyone ignore the lives of those affected by the hurricane. For this we are forever grateful,” Del Toro shared.

Jennifer Lopez is described as an iconic performer and activist by another artist the Bronx.

@jlo is one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2018—and one of our six #TIME100 covers. "As a kid growing up in the Bronx," writes Emmy-nominated actor @kerrywashington, "I used to watch Jennifer Lopez from the wings. Several of us girls would hide in the folds of the curtains at the Boys & Girls Club to watch her perform. We were in awe of our neighborhood role model and phenom. When Jennifer left the Bronx to pursue her dreams, I would rush to finish my homework on Sunday to watch her on In Living Color. She made me believe that you could come from where we came from and achieve whatever you imagine is possible." Lopez became the first Latina actor to earn over $1 million for a film and the first woman to have a No. 1 album and a No. 1 movie in the same week. Adds Washington: "But she’s also a mother, an entrepreneur, an activist, a designer, a beauty icon, a philanthropist and a producer. She is an undeniable force and a powerful example—not just for women of color but for anyone who has been made to feel 'other' and for everyone who carries the burden and the privilege of being a first." See the full list at TIME.com/100. Photograph by Peter Hapak for TIME

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As “Scandal” actress Kerry Washington explains in the piece she penned about Jennifer Lopez, the singer has been inspiring Washington long before she reached fame as Selena. In her article, Washington described what it was like to be a kid growing up in the Bronx alongside Lopez. “I used to watch Jennifer Lopez from the wings. Several of us girls would hide in the folds of the curtains at the Boys & Girls Club to watch her perform. We were in awe of our neighborhood role model and phenom. When Jennifer left the Bronx to pursue her dreams, I would rush to finish my homework on Sunday to watch her on In Living Color. She made me believe that you could come from where we came from and achieve whatever you imagine is possible,” Washington said before speaking about Lopez’s accomplishment of becoming the “first Latina actor to earn over $1 million for a film and the first woman to have a No. 1 album and a No. 1 movie in the same week.”

Washington’s essay went on to celebrate Lopez for all the many roads that she has paved for the female artists of color that have followed her saying “She’s also a mother, an entrepreneur, an activist, a designer, a beauty icon, a philanthropist and a producer. She is an undeniable force and a powerful example—not just for women of color but for anyone who has been made to feel ‘other’ and for everyone who carries the burden and the privilege of being a first.”

Unconventional artist Cardi was honored for her ability to be outspoken.

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Golden Globe-winning actress Taraji P. Henson described in her article the awe and satisfaction she has felt at seeing Cardi B’s rise in relationship to her own career success. “When I first came up, people said, “She’s too edgy.” But I can do Shakespeare in the Park! You can’t judge me based on where I come from or the colloquialisms that I speak with because that’s who I am.” Henson wrote. “I identify with Cardi B, because she knows that too. The first time I went on her Instagram page, she was so raw, coming at you, like, whoa! She used words like “shmoney” and “shmoves,” and she talked openly about being a former stripper. And she was proud of it—like, So what, I was on the pole, look what I parlayed that into?”

An advocate spoke to the importance of Cristina Jiménez’s work for Dreamers.

In her essay for the Time’s, Selena Gomez wrote about the importance of seeing a Latina activist like Cristina Jiménez become the American dream. “She dreams big. She dreams because she wants there to be a future for the roughly 700,000 young people who, by no choice of their own, were brought to the U.S. as children by their undocumented immigrant parents. She dreams because she wants the fear and anxiety of the unknown to end. She dreams because she is one of the Dreamers who could be affected by the reversal of DACA.” Gomez explained. “As a nation of immigrants, the country is filled with those who believe in the American Dream: the ideal that everyone should have an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work and determination.”

A president shared her love for actress Daniela Vega.

Chile’s former president, Michelle Bachelet recalled the importance of seeing “A Fantastic Woman” actress make history by being the first openly transgender person to present at the Academy Awards for her country. “The movie shows the challenges we face not only as a country but also as human beings—that is, to accept and confront the reality of transgender people in our societies. It’s urgent, and a matter of human rights,” Bachelet explained. “When Daniela made history as the first openly transgender person to present at the Academy Awards, she said this onstage: ‘I want to invite you to open your heart and your feelings, to feel the reality, to feel love.’ I also want to invite people to empathize with others and respect them, because diversity allows us to understand humanity even more”


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