September 6th is National Read A Book Day and we’re celebrating with some of our favorite reads by Latina Authors. These books are perfect for the Latina entrepreneur and career woman looking to advance and achieve greater success. Filled with tips and inspiring stories from Latinas who have made it to the top in their careers, these Latina authors share their expertise so YOU can succeed too. 

Check out these 6 must-read books by Latina authors for your next read this National Read A Book Day and beyond! 

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The Latina Trailblazer: Inspiring Stories From Latinas Who Overcame Adversity and Forged a New Path 

Synopsis: Only 15% of Hispanics in California have a bachelor’s degree. This is a fact that author Janet Escobar knows all too well. A first-generation American with no mentors to guide her through her pursuit of higher education, Escobar sheds light on what it’s like to navigate the world as an ambitious Latina. The Latina Trailblazer explores the intersection of the first-generation experience, growth mindset, and overcoming imposter syndrome.

Learn how to harness your adversity, embrace your roots, and unlock your potential to live a fulfilled life while still honoring your ancestry. The Latina Trailblazer will help you discover how to achieve your dreams, gain confidence, and feel less alone in your pursuit towards self-fulfillment.

Janet Escobar is a marketing consultant who studied business analytics in Silicon Valley. She spent most of her college career at San Jose State University exploring entrepreneurship, women empowerment, and career success through self-improvement books and programs aimed to empower minorities. She is an advocate for Braven, a career success program that helps minorities with career development, and an ambassador for Snowball Wealth, a company that helps first-generation Americans build generational wealth.

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Today’s Inspired Latina Volume IV (Volume 4) 

Synopsis: Today’s Inspired Latina™ is a book series of inspiration and hope, a poignant collection of personal stories that will activate your passion. These are success stories that need to be told, to motivate the Latina community for generations to come. By overcoming language barriers, self-doubts and other obstacles in their way, these strong Latinas are a great example of how inspiration and perseverance can lead you to happiness and success in business and life. It’s a positive, empowering read for anyone sitting on a dream and thinking it can’t come true. Today’s Inspired Latina™ shows that it can! Learn more at www.todayslatina.com

Jacqueline Camacho-Ruiz is an award-winning entrepreneur, international speaker, philanthropist and author of ten books. She is founder of The Fig Factor Foundation focused on unleashing the amazing in young Latinas and the creator of the Today’s Inspired Latina book series and international movement. Jacqueline is a regular guest on local and national TV, radio and print publications. She has been featured in Forbes, Inc Magazine, CBS World News, Univision, ESPN, CBS in the Morning, Univision and many others. As a two-time cancer survivor, Jacqueline possesses wisdom about life well beyond her years. She is one of the few Latina small airplane pilots in the US.

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Hispanic Stars Rising: The New Face of Power 

Synopsis: Hispanics are 100% Hispanic and 100% American. They believe in the American dream and are incredible contributors to this country. US Hispanics represent 60 million people, 18% of the population, 12% of the country’s GDP, $1.7 trillion of purchasing power, the youth population – and the list goes on! Yet, they are often invisible, negatively portrayed, seen as takers. Hispanics contribute so much to America, and now it is time for others to see just how beautiful and resilient they can be. Hispanic Stars Rising: The New Face of Power shares the stories about the experiences, challenges, and successes of Hispanic Stars nationwide. It showcases the diverse backgrounds, obstacles and contributions made by this strong and resilient population nationwide and shines a light on the beauty of this fundamental American community.

Claudia Romo Edelman is a social entrepreneur, an advocate and a catalyst for change. A frequent public speaker and media contributor, Claudia is a leader for diversity, inclusion and equity, focused on unifying the U.S. Hispanic community and promoting sustainability and purpose-driven activities.

Claudia is the Founder of the We Are All Human Foundation, a New York-based non-profit foundation, dedicated to advancing the agenda of diversity, inclusion and equity through global, national and regional events, conducting research, creating content and corporate activation.

A Mexican-Swiss Diplomat, Claudia is also a Founder and Co-Host of ‘Global GoalsCast’, a podcast distributed by CBS News Digital, which highlights global progress through the stories of champions making a difference.

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Jefa in Training: The Business Startup Toolkit for Entrepreneurial and Creative Women 

Synopsis: Jefa in Training is the only Spanglish project-launching toolkit and female entrepreneur planner specially made for a new generation of boss women.

A solopreneur and small business guide. A business startup planner and toolkit for women in leadership, business, and beyond, Jefa in Training offers women entrepreneurs the female empowerment needed to take a side hustle to the next level. Whether it’s learning to define your brand, set up a beta test group, or draft an LLC operating agreement, this compendium of lessons, anecdotes, worksheets, templates, and quotes teaches the next generation of women in business how to work for yourself and turn your ideas into something much bigger.

A Latina book by Latinas, for Latinas. Solopreneurs and creatives, you are invited to let go of your fears and finally launch your blog, project, or platform. Jefa in Training isn’t your typical small business book. Part Latinx book, it is a conversation with a special tribe of Latina immigrants, Hispanic American generations, and women of color in financial, media, entrepreneurial, and creative spaces. Explore a more complex view of Latinidad, covering everything from imposter syndrome to micro-aggressions and bilingualism.

Ashley K. Stoyanov Ojeda is a community-builder, business-development strategist, coach, and socialpreneur. Originally from Queens, NYC, and born to a Mexican mom and French-American father, Ashley’s career started in the music industry in 2012, working at major record labels, publishers, and venues. After relocating to Portland, OR, post-college, she created her own network for local womxn songwriters, now a national organization that has been featured in The Recording Academy, called #WomxnCrush Music.

Since the rapid growth of her organization, she has dedicated her career to creating opportunities and developing businesses and communities of underrepresented entrepreneurs through her coaching and consulting, and has become known as the Business Hada Madrina (Business Fairygodmother).

Dr. Ginny A. Baro
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Healing Leadership: How to Lead, Love, and Thrive in Business and Life

Synopsis: Profound global crises call for innovative approaches to navigate change successfully. A new leadership style is emerging, and this book delivers its message: Leaders are healers, and the first step is to heal ourselves.

Healing Leadership will transform the way you view your role as a leader, how you lead yourself and contribute to others. In this valuable guide based on in-depth experience, heartfelt stories and interviews with distinguished industry experts, Dr. Ginny A. Baro takes you on a delightful journey to discover the critical leadership skills leaders must possess to overcome challenges and thrive in a shifting world. 

Strong leaders like yourself will turn to this new book to learn:

  • The secrets to healing leadership, from creating meaningful connections to leading with love and inclusivity.
  • Expert advice on how to lead, engage and influence others authentically.
  • A unique road map to develop, coach, mentor, and retain talent.
  • Strategies and microsteps to awaken your strengths and resources to skyrocket your career.
  • Are you ready to unleash your full potential and become a fearless leader and role model? 

Dr. Baro invites you to elevate your leadership skills to generate massive results where you’re needed most. After all, exceptional leaders do not get where they are alone! 

Dr. Ginny A. Baro, PhD, MBA, MS, CPC, is an award-winning international motivational speaker, certified leadership coach, career strategist, #1 bestselling author, and host of the Visionary Leaders Circle podcast. Dr. Baro leverages three decades in highly competitive work environments to deliver leadership training, coaching programs, and impactful keynotes to global audiences. She helps Fortune 500 companies build inclusive leadership dream teams and is the creator of the Fearless Leadership Mastermind(TM), a new gold standard for virtual leadership development. 

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Leapfrog: The New Revolution for Women Entrepreneurs

Synopsis: Think the most critical factor for becoming a great entrepreneur is grit, risk-taking, or technical skills? Think again. Despite what every other business book might say, historical data show the real secret ingredients to getting ahead in business are being rich, white, and male.

Until now. Leapfrog is the decades-overdue startup bible for the rest of us. It’s filled with uncompromising guidance for winning at business, your way. Leapfrog is for entrepreneurs of all stripes who are fed up with status quo advice–the kind that assumes you have rich friends and family and a public relations team.

Refreshingly frank and witty, author Nathalie Molina Niño is a serial tech entrepreneur and a proud daughter of Latinx immigrants. While teaching budding entrepreneurs at Barnard College at Columbia University and searching the globe for investment-worthy startups, she has met or advised thousands of entrepreneurs who’ve gone from zero to scalable business. Here she shares their best secrets in the form of fifty “leapfrogs”–clever loopholes and shortcuts to outsmart, jump over, or straight up annihilate the seemingly intractable hurdles facing entrepreneurs who don’t have family money, cultural capital, or connections.

Nathalie Molina Niño is the CEO and founder of BRAVA Investments, investing in high-growth, innovative businesses that deliver a measurable economic benefit to women. A technologist and coder by training, Molina Niño launched her first tech startup at the age of twenty. Molina Niño is also the co-founder Entrepreneurs@Athena at the Athena Center for Leadership Studies of Barnard College at Columbia University. She has served as a business and global growth advisor to industry leaders in the for- and non-profit sectors, including Disney, Microsoft, MTV, Mattel, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Most recently, she stepped in as CRO of PowerToFly and led the launch campaign for Nely Galán’s New York Times bestseller and company, Self-Made.

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  • Victoria Arena is a writer and student, passionate about writing, literature, and women's studies. She is bilingual, fluent in both English and Spanish. She holds an Associates in Fine Arts for Creative Writing, and a Bachelor's in English Literature from Montclair State University.

By Victoria Arena

Victoria Arena is a writer and student, passionate about writing, literature, and women's studies. She is bilingual, fluent in both English and Spanish. She holds an Associates in Fine Arts for Creative Writing, and a Bachelor's in English Literature from Montclair State University.

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