By Samantha Leal | 03/04/2014 - 13:29
Sofia Gonzalez is one funny lady. Graduating from The Groundlings School of Comedy, she's performed on theater stages in Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and New York City, and is the founder of the Los Angeles based sketch comedy group The Gym Comedy. For her dedication, sense of humor and passion, Sofia is this week's Inspiring Latina!
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By Samantha Leal | 02/25/2014 - 11:30
Looking at Alicia Vela-Bailey's life is like reading about three at the same time. Raised in Oahu, Hawaii, Alicia grew up in an artistic household. Her mother, Cecelia, was a ballerina and artist originally from North Carolina. Her late father, Armando, was an artist and top magician originally from El Salvador. He also owned his own landscaping business. She was put into gymnastics and dance at a very young age, and become a competitive level 9 gymnast.
By Cristina Arreola | 02/07/2014 - 13:45
Anna Maria Chavez is a Girl Scout in body, soul, mind and spirit. Chavez was raised by migrant farmworkers in Southern Arizona, and through her participation with the Girl Scouts, achieved her dream of becoming a lawyer. Now, the successful attorney serves as the first Latina CEO of the Girl Scouts of America, one of the most iconic leadership organizations in the world. Under Chavez's leadership, more Hispanics girls than ever before have engaged with the organization.
By Samantha Leal | 01/29/2014 - 11:23
Family is everything. And no one holds that in more esteem than Stephanie Gallo, third generation of the Gallo family who works as the Vice President of Marketing for the E&J Gallo Winery, the world's largest family-owned winery and the largest exporter of California wine. The Nicaraguan and Italian first worked in sales at the company, before earning her MBA at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and using that to fuel her success at the winery.
By Wanda Medina | 01/22/2014 - 11:10
Writing for TV’s Devious Maids marked a big step for this seasoned playwright—and for Latina visibility in Hollywood.
By Samantha Leal | 01/07/2014 - 11:00
Catalina Girald knows a thing or two about hard work. Born in Colombia, she worked as a mergers and acquisitions attorney for four years, before heading to Stanford to earn her MBA. In 2007, she founded Moxsie, a fashion site for independent designers, which she sold two years later.
By Wanda Medina | 12/13/2013 - 11:42
If we learned anything this year, it’s that Latina power is in full effect. From the media to the government, academia to entertainment, our women of the year are playing critical roles. They come from backgrounds as varied and rich as our culture, but they share a fighting spirit that seems to cry pa’lante with every move they make. Who are they? Read on, as we salute the mujeres who inspired us, moved us and wowed us in 2013.
By Valerie Tejeda | 11/20/2013 - 11:40
Monique Barraza is a breast cancer awareness advocate for the Latina community. After losing her mother to breast cancer back in 2005, Monique started the Abigail Barraza Foundation, an organization that unites Latinas in the fight against breast cancer.
By Valerie Tejeda | 11/12/2013 - 10:58
Jessica Medina is the Founder and CEO of Loving Curves Collective, a New York-based company and soon-to-be online store, that focuses on empowering and educating women to show off the beauty of their curves. The Dominicana strives encourage women from all ethnic backgrounds to embrace their body and be proud of who they are with events, photo shoots, and weekly video fashion tips.
By Valerie Tejeda | 11/05/2013 - 13:41
Michele Ruiz is an accomplished entrepreneur, public speaker, blogger, author, and award-winning journalist. Born to a Panamanian mother in Glendale, California, Michele had a rough childhood dealing with abuse, racism, and poverty. Despite the odds, Ruiz put herself through college and went on to have a successful career in broadcast journalism. From there, she had the idea to start her own business with the motto, “Empowering Entrepreneurs to Empower Themselves.”