Inspiring Latina

Inspiring Latina of the Week: Lingerie Line Creator & Entrepreneur Catalina Girald
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.

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Latinas of the Year: The 14 Most Inspirational Women Of 2013
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.

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Monique Barraza
Inspiring Latina of the Week: Breast Cancer Awareness Advocate Monique Barraza
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.

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Jessica Medina
Inspiring Latina of the Week: 'Loving Curves Collective' Founder & CEO Jessica Medina
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.

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Inspiring Latina of the Week: Entrepreneur Michele Ruiz
Inspiring Latina of the Week: Entrepreneur Michele Ruiz
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.”

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Kyra Caruso
Inspiring Latina of the Week: DJ & Doula Kyra Caruso
By Valerie Tejeda | 10/29/2013 - 09:46

New York native Kyra Caruso has an interesting mix of professions: she is a DJ and a doula. Part Mexican and part Austrian, Kyra is co-owner of the music and lifestyle company Blend Media Group. Caruso has become quite the hot commodity, even djing for the likes of Katy Perry and Rihanna

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Stephanie Frances
Inspiring Latina of the Week: Marathon Runner Stefanie Frances
By Samantha Leal | 10/22/2013 - 14:51

Stefanie Frances didn't think she'd run a marathon when she first started running. But soon, it became a passion. Now, she's completed more than 30 marathons and, at the age of 60, has no plans on stopping. 

Every year Frances runs the Nike Marathon race, which is now in its 10th year and is one of the largest women's marathons in the world. (Fun fact: you get a Tiffany's necklace at the end!) The race benefits The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Team in Training. To date, Frances has raised more than $100,000 for the cause. 

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Sandra Guynes
Inspiring Latina of the Week: Domestic Violence Survivor Sandra Guynes
By Valerie Tejeda | 10/15/2013 - 14:00

Sandra Guynes is a nurse educator, artist, domestic violence survivor, and the president and founder of Pearls for Creative Healing, Inc–a nonprofit organization providing help to survivors of domestic violence.

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'Kid Chef' Eliana de Las Casas
Inspiring Latina of the Week: 13-Year-Old 'Kid Chef' Eliana de Las Casas
By Samantha Leal | 10/01/2013 - 13:42

Eliana de Las Casas might only be 13, but she's accomplished a lot more than your average adult! With a cookbook series and weekly radio show, the young chef counts Aaron Sanchez, Andrew Zimmern and Wendy Williams among fans. This week, she'll be working with Dove for their 4th Annual Dove Self-Esteem Weekend event, which partners with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Girls Inc. and Girl Scouts to improve the self-esteem of young girls all over the nation. 

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Inspiring Latina of the Week: Handbag Designer Sandra Reiman
Inspiring Latina of the Week: Handbag Designer Sandra Reiman
By Valerie Tejeda | 09/24/2013 - 11:23

Sandra Reiman is the fabulous designer behind the luxurious and sleek handbag line Sandra Cadavid. Hailing from Colombia, each bag is handmade one-by-one by artisans in her home country.

After moving to the U.S., Sandra decided to create her own design firm. From there, her handbags have taken off, even being worn and endorsed by celebrities such as Giuliana Rancic, Catherine Giudici, and Alexia Echevarría.

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