Travel offers information, tips and resources considering cultural nuances and preferences for Latinas who need to travel for work or pleasure.

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Is business travel as we know it dead? 

The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted countless industries across the globe over the past year and a half. One industry that has faced tremendous change is the travel industry, which came to a screeching halt in 2020 as countries closed their borders to prevent the spread of the virus. Now, more than a year on, we are still seeing the pandemic’s effects on travel. While widespread vaccinations and the CDC’s updated guidelines regarding mask usage and travel for vaccinated individuals have encouraged some to take leisure trips this summer, the business travel industry is still a long way from recovery.  

Pre-pandemic, business travel accounted for $300 billion of the airline industry’s $800 billion revenues according to a Fortune article. At the start of 2021, the International Airline Transport Association (IATA) predicted that the industry would see positive recovery by the end of the year. Now, the IATA predicts business travel will not fully recover until 2024 to 2025

So what does this mean for the age of business travel? 

Has Zoom ended business travel as we know it? 

It’s no secret that companies are now far more hesitant to authorize business trips, considering the risks as infections continue to crop up and new variant strains spread globally. Over the past year, we all have had to adapt, including companies, who have adopted the use of video conferencing technology to facilitate communication between employees and hold meetings worldwide without the need to travel. In many ways, Zoom has transformed the way we do business. 

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Business travel is also incredibly expensive. A Forbes article reported that one U.K. bank saved over $300 million in travel expenses over the past year. Many short trips, especially in Europe, between company offices, are now being replaced by train travel, while unnecessary trips are being replaced by virtual meetings. Until travel regulations fully lift and vaccination numbers rise, it does not make sense to take a trip halfway across the world for a company lunch or business meeting. 

You might be interested: What to know about the new COVID-19 Delta-variant infecting young and partially vaccinated people 

Resuming corporate travel protocols

Still, some road warriors express their dissatisfaction with Zoom meetings and long to resume standard business travel. 

In an article with NBC News, road warrior Stewart Mann said, “I went from flying probably 175 to 200 flights in a normal year to two flights last year after the pandemic hit. I’m a people person and I was depressed.”

For others, such as Fred Grubbe, president of the National Precast Concrete Association, Zoom just doesn’t cut it for his job. He said his workers prefer seeing the industrial mixers and heavy equipment they need to purchase in person. “With the restrictions of Zoom, you can’t see, touch or test the merchandise. This was huge,” he said to NBC News. “It’s very important because a lot of these relationships are personal. These are vendors our members have been working with for years,” he said.

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Resuming business travel protocols post-Covid19 will be a long road and travel may look different moving forward. In the U.K., companies are looking to send employees on longer, less frequent trips. “Because of the restrictions, it makes more sense to group two trips into one and stay a bit longer and then hop between cities instead of several trips,” Avi Meir, CEO and co-founder of TravelPerk told Forbes

Other industry leaders report hearing talks of a new category of business travel emerging: ‘return to base’ meetings for digital nomads who have changed locations either temporarily or permanently during the pandemic, working remotely far from the company’s home office. These meetings would require digital nomads to travel back to the company’s home base for routine face-to-face meetings. This new category of business travel may help to revitalize the airline and travel industry as business travel slowly begins to resume post-pandemic.

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Covid-19 travel safety tips and guidelines to get you to your next vacation this summer

As vaccines continue to roll out and we approach the summer months, everyone’s mind is wandering toward dreams of travel and sorely missed vacations. But is it safe to travel yet? What are the different restrictions for domestic travel vs international travel? With guidelines constantly changing and new information becoming available for vaccinated individuals, we have compiled a list of travel safety tips to help you get to your next vacation this summer. 

Covid-19 travel safety tips and guidelines for 2021 summer travel 

International travel is still riddled with hoops and hurdles as each country adopts different guidelines and many countries, such as Canada, continue to have their borders closed. If you are planning an international trip, it would be best to look into the guidelines for your specific destination. The CDC has a useful page for looking up guidelines by destination for those planning an international trip. 

However, you do not need to go far for your next get away. Domestic travel restrictions for fully vaccinated individuals have lifted many of the hurdles that prevented easy travel in the past. 

Domestic travel guidelines for fully-vaccinated individuals 

Fully vaccinated individuals or those who have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 3 months can now travel domestically without getting tested or self-quarantining before or after travel unless required by their specific destination. 

Fully vaccinated people should still follow the CDC’s general travel guidelines which include: 

  • Wearing a mask over your nose and mouth when in public.
  • Avoiding crowds and staying at least 6 feet/2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who is not traveling with you.
  • Washing your hands often or using hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol).

You might be interested: Everything you need to know about your COVID-19 vaccine card

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Domestic travel guidelines for fully vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. (Image source:

Domestic travel guidelines for unvaccinated individuals 

Unvaccinated individuals at this time are still required to follow all travel safety measures, including getting tested before and after traveling or self quarantining for 10 days. 

Because traveling increases the risk of exposure to the virus, unvaccinated individuals are encouraged to avoid unnecessary travel. However, if you choose to travel domestically and are still unvaccinated, following these guidelines will help minimize your risk of exposure. 

When traveling, unvaccinated people should: 

  • Get tested or self-quarantine before and after traveling
  • Wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth.  Masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in areas of transportation such as airports and stations.
  • Avoid crowds by staying 6 feet /2 meters apart 
  • Wash hands thoroughly and often or use hand sanitizer 

Further planning resources 

As much as we would love to be back to “normal” in time for summer vacations in 2021, the reality is we still must take proper precautions and follow all Covid-19 travel safety guidelines. 

For additional planning resources the CDC offers many detailed guidelines such as their Travel Planner which allows you to look up any domestic travel destination. For travel safety  recommendations such as best transportation methods and accommodations see the CDC’s Safer Travel Ideas.

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Expat platform founder shares hardship of living abroad during quarantine

For many of us, this quarantine has kept us away from friends and family and greatly limited our social lives. It has been a huge adjustment to make, going from what was once familiar to a completely new, uncertain world. Many of us are fortunate however to still be in the familiar comforts of our home, surrounded by familiar scenery and locations. For people who are living abroad during the quarantine, this is not the case. 

When the Covid-19 pandemic began in March, thousands of travelers abroad were either scrambling to get home before borders closed, or left stranded in unfamiliar countries. Since then, many have been able to return home, but many more  still remain under quarantine, unable to travel to see family.  

Nicole Caba is an expat currently living in France. She made the move from New York to Lyon, France, six months ago, just before the Covid-19 began to sweep across the globe. The purpose of her move was so that she could launch her new tech startup, Avvinue, an expat moving platform. 

Nicole Caba, founder of the expat moving platform Avvinue, is an expat currently living in France. She made the move from New York to Lyon, France, six months ago.

Avvinue’s mission is to build an expat moving platform to help other expats on their journey abroad. Many of the struggles and anxieties facing those stuck abroad during this time are similar struggles all expats face when relocating, just multiplied times 10! 

Feelings of loneliness, isolation, and struggling to settle into a new environment are all part of the process of relocating to a new environment. However, when living abroad during quarantine these worries are exacerbated since it is uncertain when people may be able to travel again and see their relatives back home. 

Nicole, fortunately, had her husband by her side during the move and throughout their quarantine in France, and together they have been able to grow even closer and keep each other sane. The Covid-19 pandemic hit just as they were beginning to settle in to life in France, eager to get out and start enjoying the nice weather and meet more people in Lyon. 

“Since we don’t know many people here in France, we were used to being each other’s best friend and companion (more than usual),” says Nicole, “but we were never in a lockdown situation where we both had to be home 24/7 for months. It was an interesting experience to say the least.”

Establishing order in the midst of chaos 

Nicole had made this big move specifically to launch her new business, something she was so excited and passionate about. She received the recognition of La French Tech to join the Boost In Lyon incubator program to launch her innovative, tech startup. Soon after her interview with the Boost In Lyon team, she packed her bags in New York to start her journey to France. Participation in BIL#15 started in September 2019 ending in February 2020.

But as the pandemic began, she soon found herself struggling to work. 

“Some days would be good and I would be really productive working on something for the website or business plan,” she says. “And then there were bad days when I would want to be in bed all day and not do anything. It’s almost like my mind and emotions weren’t aligning, which made me feel out of control. I had no routine.” 

Nicole in her home office

This lack of routine is something familiar to most of us by now, who all have likely struggled with finding order and balance in our lives again since this pandemic began. For those living abroad during quarantine, the need for structure is even greater as they have lost all that is familiar to them. There are many strategies out there for creating balance, such as setting work schedules or practicing mindfulness. Nicole found structure by completely revamping her workspace.

“It took about 3 weeks for me to really get into the swing of things and get my mind wrapped around what was happening and how to deal with the confinement life,” says Nicole. 

When she finally began accepting this “new normal” her first order of business was to find a home for her work desk. She tried endless setups, moving the desk from one end of her home to the other. 

“Started in the guest bedroom on one side, then in the living room, then another way in the living room. It wasn’t until I completely reconfigured the guest room that I finally found my sweet spot for working,” says Nicole. “Once I figured out the best arrangement for me to feel good and get work done, I was able to set up my routine that could help me emotionally cope with the confinement and spending my entire day at home.” 

You might be interested: Is working remotely a pain? Tips to be more comfortable and productive

“A time of reflection” 

Nicole’s experience living abroad during quarantine has given her the opportunity to reflect–about herself and her business. 

“It was almost like a time of meditation to truly understand why I’m here in France, how my startup plays a role in helping other return home post-Covid and really go back to the simple beauties of life.” 

The quarantine and the distance abroad also gave Nicole the opportunity to reconnect with friends and family, speaking to them more now than ever. 

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Working from Home, Nicole Caba, Avvinue Founder, an Expat Moving Platform (Photo courtesy Nicole Caba)

“During the lockdown in France, I held video calls with my family in the US almost every day – and it was so exciting to chat with family that I normally wouldn’t speak to throughout the year, so it was a beautiful experience.” 

She and her husband have also been able to spend more time together indulging in their hobbies, such as cooking. Together they have been spending more time in the kitchen making new recipes and trying new dishes.

“It’s been so nice to enjoy those moments together, which is something we are carrying on after confinement. In fact, just the other day we made a delicious cheesecake!” 

Living abroad during quarantine can be a challenging experience as there is so much uncertainty and unfamiliarity in a new place. Not being able to leave and reunite with loved ones is especially hard. But for many like Nicole, the experience transform into something positive. Nicole is carrying this experience into her business and using it to help shape her moving platform. 

“In the end, it’s the small things in life that are important, and I want to carry that out into my startup,” says Nicole. “Sometimes we get so caught up on the bells and whistles of features and services that we forget the core reason why we exist. So that’s something I want to always have with my team in the future – a time of reflection. If we aren’t helping people, then we aren’t doing our job; and if we can dedicate time each week to think about the people whom we’ve helped, then we’ll be more passionate and more determined to provide the best expat moving platform that exists.” 


Renovad experiential retreat

Costa Rica experiential retreat specially curated for women by Renovad

Join us on June 20-27, 2020 for a Costa Rica experiential retreat and renewal experience! 

Costa Rica’s land, 25 percent of it a protected tropical jungle, is one of the most biodiverse places on Earth. From the Caribbean Sea to the Pacific Ocean, it is home to 5 percent of the world’s species. But one must not miss that Pura Vida, pure life, does not only refer to its flora and fauna – it emanates from the heart and spirit of the people of Costa Rica, it is their way of life and their gift to every visitor.

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Blue Osa Yoga Retreat & Spa, a jungle-chic off-the-grid eco resort aiming to leave the smallest possible carbon footprint, will be our private home for a week of Pura Vida.

The adventure begins as you board a 12-seater 45-minute flight from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez to oversee the lush jungle embracing mountains and ocean – a journey to paradise.

Your Costa Rica experiential retreat begins the moment you arrive in Blue Osa, tucked by the endless waves of a pristine Pacific Ocean, to experience life with all your senses. Farm to table in Blue Osa will leave you nourished from your body to your mind and soul. Your experience will be complete with a daily yoga practice and Blue Osa’s Sacred Meditation Walk, an inward journey of contemplation and discovery.


Your Costa Rica experiential retreat Includes:
  • 7-night accommodations at Blue Osa Yoga Retreat & Spa

  • Daily yoga and mindfulness practice

  • 3 farm to table meals per day & farewell reception

  • $50 Blue Osa Spa certificate

  • Kayak Jungle & mangrove tour

  • Conservation & farm tour

  • Chef’s farm to table secrets spilled

  • Puerto Jimenez community agape & tour

  • Puerto Jimenez Airport-Blue Osa roundtrip car transfer

  • Personalized attention with maximum of 24 guests

  • Master Concierge to assist you in researching flights and any additional custom-made experiences

  • Renovad organic cotton bag

Not included: Airfare to/from San Jose and Puerto Jimenez; tips

Renovad, you opportunity for a renewal experience 

PLACE YOU ON TOP OF THE PRIORITY LIST Take time to clear your mind, stimulate your senses and refresh your soul, so that you can show up for whom and what you love in full force

YOU ARE OUR KEYNOTE We intentionally do without speakers to focus on unique experiences to inspire your own internal conversation

JOIN IN SISTERHOOD Renovad’s multigenerational women, most of whom excel in business and hold leadership positions in a variety of sectors and industries, lift one another

BE CONCERNED ABOUT NOTHING We excel on destination knowledge, thus relieving you of the burden of planning and risk of trial and error

YOUR TIME TO FLOW Dial up and down on activities to further tailor your renewal experience

You might be interested: Latinas in Business co-hosts Renovad experiential retreat in Rome

Costa Rica experiential retreat

Veronica Torres Hazley, Founder, Hey Chica Movement & Costa Rica Co-Host

Frequently asked questions 

Do I need a passport or a visa to travel to Costa Rica?

A visa is not required. As of December 31, 2002 all Canadian, US and EU citizens who travel to Costa Rica for tourism and pleasure purposes only need a valid passport. Please check your passport to make sure you have at least 6 months validity from the time you enter Costa Rica. If not, you should get a new passport.

Do I need any shots before visiting Costa Rica?

You do not need any shots or vaccines before visiting Costa Rica. However, we always suggest speaking with your Doctor and referring to the World Health Organization’s website before traveling anywhere.

How do I get to Costa Rica and Blue Osa?

You need to flight into Juan Santa Maria Airport in San Jose (SJO). There are a number of direct flights and other options from many main US hubs. Then you should book a connecting flight to Puerto Jimenez.

Domestic Costa Rican carriers, such as Sansa, offer numerous flights daily from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez, with the one-way trip taking approximately 45 minutes. It should be noted, however, that there are no late afternoon or evening flights with either air-carrier. The last flights into Puerto Jimenez depart from San Jose in the early afternoon. Visitors arriving into the country in the late afternoon or evening should take this into consideration.

Should you need to stay in San Jose due to flight schedules in and/or out, we recommend Marriott Courtyard near the San Jose airport in Alajuela.

For additional information, and to make a reservation:

Latinas in Business highlights

2019 Latinas in Business highlights and most read articles

The 2019 Latinas in Business Highlights and Most Read Articles are here!

Gathering these highlights is a great way to look at the past to see progress, the present to appreciate our blessings and the future to plan our success. This was an intense year for Latinas in Business Inc., with great gains in brand recognition and equity, a higher bar for our promotional events, and the increased support of many people and organizations. Thank you! Gracias!

These are the 2019 Latinas in Business highlights and insights of our editorial year on, our dedicated editorial platform that promotes and empowers Latinas and other minority women entrepreneurs.

Spring 2019 Latinas in Business Highlights 

The Power of WE NYC and four Latina entrepreneurs building strategic alliances to succeed

In March, we were invited to be a moderator at The Power of WE NYC, a panel “en español” leading to discuss the topic of “Building Strategic Alliances”(Construyendo Alianzas Estratégicas). WE NYC (Women Entrepreneurs NYC) is an initiative based out of the New York City Department of Small Business Services dedicated to helping women start and grow their businesses.
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The Power of WE NYC (L to R) Diana Franco, WE NYC; Susana G Baumann, Latinas in Business Inc.; Juanita Galvis, The Assemblage; Bisila Bokoko, BBES International; Sarah Valdovinos, Walden Green Energy; and Rosario Ballesteros-Casas, VR Americas. (Photo Credit:

Also in March, we were invited as Media Partner and LUPE member to support the “Ready to Run® Conference and Eleccion Latina pushes for more diversity in politics .” Diversity in politics is an important issue especially now in such a polarized political climate. Our elected officials should represent the people and reflect the diversity within the population, which means we need more women and people of color in elected or appointed positions.

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Ready to Run and Election Latina

During April and May, we worked at planning and executing our first solo but second “Entrepreneur Empowerment Lunch” -the first one was concurrent with the 2018 Latina SmallBiz Expo and Pitch Competition-, which launched in June. Read about the participating speakers who supported our mission: Leaders, influencers and entrepreneurs converge in NJ at 2019 Entrepreneur Empowerment Lunch (EEL)

We also honored Hon. Wilda Diaz, Mayor of the City of Perth Amboy, as our 2019 Small Business Champion for her support to our mission. Hon Mayor Wilda Diaz to be honored at 2019 Entrepreneur Empowerment Lunch. Excellent speakers and great Latinas in Business highlights with the Latina Entrepreneur of the Year Awards ceremony.

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Small Business Champion Hon Wilda Diaz, Mayor of the City of Perth Amboy during the Entrepreneur Empowerment Lunch Latinas in Business Awards.

2019 EEL, Latinas in Business Highlights

Keynote Speaker First Lady of New Jersey Tammy Murphy (C) and Celebrity Speakers Cenia Paredes (L) and Ivana de Maria (R).

(L to R) Lori Margolin, HCCC; First Lady Tammy S. Murphy; Susana G Baumann, Latinas in Business; and Jackie Cacho, Triunfo Latino

Summer 2019 Latinas in Business Highlights 

In July, we were invited as a Panel Speaker at Latino Social Media Week, a conference designed for bloggers, social media developers and managers, marketing managers, photographers, press, influencers and people in the digital media industry, organized by Neoyorkinos Media Group with the Google partnership and the purpose is to introduce the latest technological advancements and tools to Social Media.

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Susana G Baumann invited as speaker at Latinos in Social Media Week at Google

Also in July, we were invited to run a 90-minute session at the Working Mother Media 2019 Multicultural Women’s National Conference in New York City. We had an outstanding turnout and fantastic attendee testimonials. Thanks so much for your enthusiasm!


 ( 1 Hour, 30 Min )
Round 2A. Empowerment Through Storytelling Workshop – Speaker

In this workshop, YOU are the Storyteller commanding the room. Learn how to tell a compelling and authentic story that will grow your value in the eyes of your networks and leadership, and empower you to be a resilient leader. Don’t miss this interactive and engaging session where the audience becomes the presenters, and the power of story is realized.


Fun, fun, under the sun with RENOVAD

The first Renovad experiential retreat took place in the  Eternal City -Rome- from August 27 to 31. We were proud to co-host this fantastic opportunity for women who want to get away from their stressful lives, take a breather and enjoy that female bonding that nurtures us and makes us stronger. We will continue to promote and be part of this fantastic initiative by our dear friend, colleague and mentor Pilar Avila!

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The Renovad Bellas in Rome visiting the Vatican. Congratulations to Pilar and Lisa Avila for such a thoughtful curated experience.

Fall 2019 Latinas in Business highlights

In October, we were invited by The Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA), which gathered the 50 Most Powerful Latinas in Corporate America Summit at the Goldman Sachs Headquarters in Jersey City.

ALPFA’s list prioritizes women leading large public companies with significant operating roles, rather than C-Level staff roles. It includes women operating global private firms, entrepreneurs who scaled their businesses into the middle market, and Latinas, who although recently retired, exercise leadership roles on Fortune 500 boards. ALPFA’s 50 Most Powerful Latinas gather in Jersey City to receive awards

Latinas in Business highlights

50 Most Powerful Latinas in Corporate America Summit at the Goldman Sachs Headquarters in Jersey City.

Finally in November, the last of our Latinas in Business highlights,  was the 2019 Latina SmallBiz Expo and Pitch your Business Competition POWER UP! which presented Wellness, Technology and Lifestyle international speakers such as Super Bowl Champion Isaiah Stanback, Virtual Reality Guru Rosario B. Casas, and the “Latino Shark” Angel Investor Manny Fernandez as a special guest, and many others that showed up to support our mission.

The 2019 Latina SmallBiz Expo and Pitch Competition took place at the Hudson County Community College Culinary Conference Center,  followed by the Investors Panel and 5th Anniversary Cocktail Reception. What a fantastic end of year with so much excitement and a great turnout!

Latinas in Business highlights

International speakers and great sponsors who supported our mission at the Latina SmallBiz Expo and Pitch Competition. (L to R) Lori Margolin, HC Community College; Dr Stephanie Burroughs, Stephanie Speaking; Isaiah Stanback, Super Bowl Champion and Wellness Entrepreneur; Joseph Camberato, National Business Capital and Services; Aquiles Larrea; Larrea Wealth Management; Susana G Baumann, Latinas in business Inc.; Jacqueline Sansone, Investors Bank; John Harmon, AACCNJ; Fatima Pearn, Valley Bank; and Manny Fernandez, DreamFunded.

We are very grateful for all the support from sponsors, hosts and participants that allowed us to continue our mission to advocate for the economic empowerment of Latinas and other minority women entrepreneurs.



Most Read Articles of 2019

How Latina serial-preneur Danay Escanaverino overcame roadblocks to success

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Danay Escanaverino, CEO LunaSolMedia and MediaClicks.

Roadblocks to success, whether those she encountered in business or life, did not stop Danay Escanaverino, CEO of LunaSol Media, a digital agency she has owned for 9 years to help brands connect with Hispanic consumers online.

She is also the Founder of MiraClick. her new venture, an affiliate network for Hispanic and Latino bloggers and creators to monetize their following with campaigns made for Latinos. We interviewed Danay as our Latina Entrepreneur of the Month. Congratulations on a fantastic journey and thanks for sharing with our readers!


Manifesting financial goals with Valerie Sanchez, co-founder of Divine Asset Management

Valerie Sanchez, co-founder, Divine Asset Management.

Valerie Sanchez is the partner and co-founder of Divine Asset Management, a women-owned and led financial services firm which provides the tools and resources to manifest one’s financial goals. With a specific focus on catering toward women, Divine Asset Management offers services in asset management, financial planning, retirement planning, insurance and financial education.

A proud Latina, mother, wife, and business owner, Valerie is grounded by her faith in God and loves serving people in whatever capacity she can. Her desire to serve and make an impact on the lives of others is what led her to manifest her own entrepreneurial dreams.

Empanada Fork seals the deal with new products by Latina entrepreneur Hipatia Lopez

The Empanada Fork Utensil aka, “The Empanada Fork Press Tool and The Empanada Fork Pastry Sealer”, is a utensil that is easy, effortless, fast, painless and resulting in beautiful dough design for those whom cherish in food presentation.

Making empanadas, turnovers, calzones and other filled pastries is a lot of fun, but it can also be very time consuming and painful when it comes to sealing the dough/pockets/pastries, etc, which was how the idea was born. The Empanada Fork Utensil made of stainless steel with a soft handle which makes it easy to use. This innovative product is a special design with fork-tines and a sturdy utensil which is a great addition to any kitchen.

Latina entrepreneur Pilar Avila launches Renovad experiential retreats around the world


Pilar Avila

Inspired by her journeys across 5 continents and 18 countries,and the desire to spend more quality time with the extraordinary women who serve as her mentors and collaborators, Pilar launched Renovadexperiential retreats as an extension of her organizational change management consulting practice, interDUCTUS.

The inaugural 2019 programs, August 27-31 in Italyand in MoroccoNovember 27 – December 1, will be followed by experiences in Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Greece, Mexico and Thailand in 2020. Renovad pivots on deep destination knowledge, andremoving the burden of travel planning and the risk of trial & error, to design experiences focused on relaxation, inspiration and adventure.

Changing leadership after #METOO a conversation with executive coach Dr. Ginny Baro

Dr Ginny Baro, Fearless Women @ Work

Dr. Ginny A. Baro is an international executive coach, motivational speaker, leadership expert, and CEO and founder of her executive coaching and career strategy companies ExecutiveBound and Fearless Women @ Work. Over her twenty-five years experience in corporate technology and financial services, Ginny has served in multiple leadership roles.


Thanks for your support and Happy Holidays for all from us! See you in the New Year!

Latinas in Business Inc. Team

Morocco 2019

Morocco 2019 Renovad’s Thanksgiving experiential retreat and a robust 2020 program

Morocco 2019 Thanksgiving Retreat– Renovad, the Latinas in Business Inc. strategic partner for international Holistic Retreats, is announcing there are only 6 spots left for their Morocco 2019 Thanksgiving Retreat -November 27 to December 2019.

I must share my personal experience in our last trip to Morocco, a country where we experienced the four seasons in 24 hours -from dust snow in the evening to freezing cold at night to Chergui wind in the morning to over 82 degrees in the afternoon! You won’t regret this fantastic adventure!

Enjoy the enchanting hosting of the Berbers!

Take advantage of a $200 OFF if you register BEFORE OCTOBER 30

Participate in this amazing trip that not only will show you a world of exotic culture but also the adventure of your lifetime!


Only 6 spots left for Thanksgiving in Morocco, Nov 27 – Dec 1, 2019


Ready for the Chergui wind!

I personally guarantee the professionalism and dedication of RENOVAD to your enjoyment! 

Morocco 2018

Watch me riding a camel!

The changes in temperature difference are impressive. I have never spent a colder night in my life, sleeping in a tent in the middle of the dessert, all clothes I had with me, gloves, hat and four -yes 2 double- thick blankets on top of me… and I was still freezing! However, the experience is unforgettable.

Morocco 2019 Renovad Experiential Retreat will have the mystery of the East with the cosmopolitan environment of the West!  NY Yankees fans are everywhere!


So RENOVAD is offering a $200 OFF to one winner in a DRAW during the Latina SmallBiz Expo and Pitch Competition among all attendees! Register now and participate in this amazing trip that not only will show you a world of exotic culture but also the adventure of your lifetime!


The next day, walking on the dunes with a t-shirt. AMAZING! See us up there? 

The next day, walking on the dunes with a t-shirt. AMAZING! See us up there?

A fantastic journey through the Atlas Mountains

This is a trip you cannot miss!!!


Only 6 spots left for Thanksgiving in Morocco 2019, Nov 27 – Dec 1, 2019




You might be interested:  Latinas in Business co-hosts Renovad experiential retreat in Rome

Notes from Pilar Avila, Renovad’s CEO

As the autumn breezes in, Renovad’s summer will remain one to remember. From launch events in New York, New Jersey and Puerto Rico, to scouting in Costa Rica, Greece and Tuscany, and successfully hosting their maiden voyage to Italy co-hosted by Latinas In Business, it is one for the history books.


Renovad Summer to Remember

Italy 2019 – La Bella Vita


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Latinas in Business co-hosts Renovad experiential retreat in Rome

Renovad experiential retreat is coming up and we are just dying to be on the plane! It will take place in the  Eternal City -Rome- from August 27 to 31. We are proud to co-host this fantastic opportunity for women who want to get away from their stressful lives, take a breather and enjoy that female bonding that nurtures us and makes us stronger.

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The 2019 Summer Experiential Retreat will take place in Rome, Italy

It has been an eventful summer for all of us between family vacations and keeping up with our businesses. As we launched our Summer Tour, Renovad was welcomed cheerfully by our growing community of women in business and wellness in New York, New Jersey, and Puerto Rico.

We are now a few days away from our maiden voyage to Italy: Rome & Pompeii on August 27-31. We are grateful to launch with a SOLD OUT retreat to the Roman peninsula. Among us will be former presidential and governor appointees; wellness, media, tech entrepreneurs; foundation executives; mother, daughter, niece, sisters, cousins, collaborators & friends – all extraordinary souls.

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Latinas in Business co-hosting Renovad experiential retreat in Rome. Join us!

Italy’s capital is a sprawling cosmopolitan city with nearly 3,000 years of globally influential art, architecture and culture on display. You will be awestruck as you walk the Roman streets to find unidentified sites with multiple levels of underground construction silently telling stories spanning over 28 centuries.

We are staying at Hotel Isa, located in the historic centre of Rome between Piazza di Spagna, the Vatican and Piazza Navona. The main areas of interest can be easily reached walking or using public transport.

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Hotel Isa is the lodging for the 2019 Summer Renovad experiential retreats




You will step into the ancient ruins of the Forum and the Colosseum, the largest amphitheater ever built, evoking the power of the Roman Empire. You will be inspired at St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museum among Michelangelo’s masterpiece frescoes at the Sistine Chapel.

The 2019 Summer Renovad Experiential Retreat participants will be lodging at Hotel Isa -a centrally located boutique hotel.

You will be mesmerized by Pompeii, once a thriving and sophisticated Roman city, which rose from the ashes after being buried for sixteen centuries by the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. And you will be nourished physically, mentally and spiritually with a daily Pilates practice at the studio of Sabina Formichella, one of the founders of the movement in Rome.

Brindisi per la bella vita!

2019 Fall Renovad Experiential Retreat in Morocco

However, the adventure doesn’t stop there! There are a few spots left for our Thanksgiving retreat in Morocco. As with all of our retreats, we will experience Morocco through the eyes of women. We will explore the ancient city of Marrakech, which has been standing since the 12th century.

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As we travel through the Atlas Mountains, we will visit Education For All, a boarding school for girls recently visited by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. And we will be nourished physically, mentally and spiritually with a daily yoga practice and the endless beauty of the land, people and culture of Morocco.


As we continue scouting and curating extraordinary experiences for 2020 in Greece, Costa Rica, Tuscany, Spain, Mexico, and Puerto Rico, we invite you to follow us through social media and confirm your spot for an upcoming retreat. And remember – place yourself on top of the priority list so you continue to rise for you and others in full force.

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Blessings and success always,


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Latina entrepreneur Pilar Avila launches Renovad experiential retreats around the world

Renovad’s carefully curated experiential retreats entice participants to take a breath of fresh air, clear their minds, stimulate their senses, refresh their souls and reconnect with the essence and power within themselves.

Meet Pilar Avila at the 2019 Entrepreneur Empowerment Lunch in Jersey City on June 13 – Wellness Panel Speaker 

Inspired by her journeys across 5 continents and 18 countries,and the desire to spend more quality time with the extraordinary women who serve as her mentors and collaborators, Pilar launched Renovadexperiential retreats as an extension of her organizational change management consulting practice, interDUCTUS.

The inaugural 2019 programs, August 27-31 in Italyand in MoroccoNovember 27 – December 1, will be followed by experiences in Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Greece, Mexico and Thailand in 2020. Renovad pivots on deep destination knowledge, andremoving the burden of travel planning and the risk of trial & error, to design experiences focused on relaxation, inspiration and adventure.

The idea behind the experiential retreats
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Renovad experiential retreats are carefully curated by Founder and CEO Pilar Avila (L)

After building a fruitful career over 26 yearsproviding leadership at institutions across the private equity, hospitality, and nonprofit sectors, Pilar Avila decided to launch a consulting practice as a boutique lifestyle business.

Pilar stated, “As women focused on sustaining our families, advancing our businesses, and improving our communities, too often we place ourselves far down the priority list. Reality is that in the measure that we nourish ourselves, we are more effective in lifting others. This is the impetus for Renovad retreats.”

The experiential retreats are intentionally without speakers and prescribed programs, to open space and set the state of mind for participants to let go, listen to their inner voices, delight on the sounds they will encounter around the world, to ultimately reinvigorate mind, body and soul.A “come as you are and when you please” approach provides participants the freedom to flow, dial up and down on activities, and further tailor their own renewal experience.

Pilar Avila, the passage from corporate to entrepreneurship

Pilar’s reputation as a strategic, innovative, multidisciplinary, results-oriented business and civic change leader precedes her. But in her own words, it took a whole new level of gustiness to muster the courage and take the plunge from employment to entrepreneurship. “The biggest challenge I overcame in launching my business was the fear of leaving behind the certainty of an increasing and predictable income. I had always known that my biggest anxiety in life was building and maintaining financial security, being prepared to support my family in time of need and opportunity, and securing funds for a comfortable retirement.”

Pilar took inventory of what she had accumulated and figured that if she could generate funds to sustain her lifestyle while protecting her net worth, she would likely be in a good position to retire when the time comes. She decided to invest in herself by allocating 10 percent of her reserves as seed money for launching her business.

As Pilar’s network got word that she was in the process of launching a consulting practice, the first client knocked on her door and validated her move to entrepreneurship before she could even complete her new company branding and print business cards.

The three most relevant strengths Pilar developed through her career and that provided a solid foundation to launch her business included a proven ability to successfully manage most critical business aspects of a non profit and small business enterprise, a deep and wide network of collaborators and advisors across industries and markets, and a reputation for getting things done with a focused, transparent and win-win approach. “These continue to be my biggest assets that I’m tapping in building my management consulting practice and Renovad’s experiential retreats,” Pilar explained.

Building experiential retreats as an change agent
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Beautiful landscapes of Italy for Renovad experiential retreats

As Pilar continues to delve in this new stage of life and business, her commitment as a change agent, passion about the rise of diverse leadership, and championing of equal access to economic opportunity and investment in education, are as strong as ever.

She isenergized by the determination that women are applying in advocating for equal pay and opportunity. She has been an advocate in her own way since the beginning of her career. “It always makes me smile, and wonder where I got the guts, when I recall approaching my boss during a yearly performance review – it was my second professional job five years into my career,” she said.

Considering her title and job responsibilities, not to mention her unstoppable drive and developing talent, Pilar knew that she was grossly underpaid. She showed up at the performance review ready with highlights of her accomplishments over the previous year. Her boss commended and thanked her for her vision and success in implementing a new national program.

Before the talk on salary and bonuses, she swiftly presented him with a basic budget of living expenses (in excel, of course) required to sustain the modest lifestyle of a young professional, such as her, in Washington, DC. The budget demonstrated that she was underpaid at least by 50 percent; she received a 30 percent increase in compensation on the spot. The next year her income increased by another 30 percent when she accepted a position at another organization.

“Three years later and eight years into my career, I broke into the six-figure income club and purchased my first home, one of seven real estate investments I have made to date. I am certain that without the audacity of standing up for the pay that I deserved, things would have worked out differently”.

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If you are thinking of starting your own business
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Mysterious rias in Morocco to hold your imagination

Here is Pilar’s advice to Latinas who are thinking of starting their own business or would like to achieve success in their profession or career:

  • Focus on utilizing and showcasing your current strengths while developing other strategic skills that may enhance your career and business success in the future.
  • Skills are not everything – a collaborative, kind and win-win approach will take you a long way.
  • There is nothing more valuable than your reputation – do not compromise on transparency, trustworthiness and kindness., an initiative of interDUCTUS, hosts world-class renovation experiences around the globe in destinations that evoke relaxation, inspiration and adventure, providing women of consequence a unique opportunity to reinvigorate mind, body and soul. RSVPfor upcoming retreats.

www.interDUCTUS.cois an organizational change management consulting practice focused on enhancing the capacity and performance of nonprofit and private enterprises by providing extended leadership and multidisciplinary expertise.


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Leaders, influencers and entrepreneurs converge in NJ at 2019 Entrepreneur Empowerment Lunch (EEL)

The first set of panel speakers including leaders, influencers and entrepreneurs for “Beauty, Health and Wealth: Taking Charge of Our Lives” event have been announced, giving an insight into our biggest and best EEL yet!

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The 2019 Entrepreneur Empowerment Lunch is hosted by Hudson County Community College.

The excitement is growing as we are getting closer to “Beauty, Health and Wealth: Taking Charge of Our Lives”  this year’s theme for the 2019 Entrepreneur Empowerment Lunch. Organizational leaders, social media influencers and successful entrepreneurs have been tapped to gather at the Hudson County Culinary Conference Center,161 Newkirk Ave, Jersey City NJ 07306 on June 13, 2019 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm(Registration, breakfast and networking starts at 8:00am )

“In addition to exceptional keynote and celebrity speakers, leaders, influencers and entrepreneurs from around the country are converging in Jersey City on June 13 to produce the most dynamic event for Latinas and other minority women entrepreneurs in the Northeast region. We continue with our goal to help them “Learn. Connect. Succeed!” and find the network and resources they need to advance their businesses,” said Susana G Baumann, President and CEO, Latinas in Business Inc.

Choose one workshop from each session at registration. Maximum capacity for each workshop is 35-40 participants on a first come, first serve basis. We reserve the right to move participants to other workshops on the same session if workshop is at full capacity so register soon!panelist speakers

EEL Panel speakers from around the country

From Los Angeles to Miami, Virginia to New York and New Jersey, participants at the workshops include the who’s who in this spectrum of leaders, influencers and successful entrepreneurs.

A new addition this year are the “talleres en español” (Spanish Workshops) where women will find information to start, grow or expand their businesses. “We had many requests from women who are just starting as entrepreneurs or would like to start a side business, so we added these talleres en español. In this way, we give them an opportunity to meet other successful women conducting their businesses and encourage them to  pursue their dreams,” Baumann said.

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Some of the panel speakers announced  include organizational leaders Diana Franco, Director, Women Entrepreneurs of New York  (NYC), Trinidad de la Rosa, Spanish Language Manager at Rising Tide Capital (NJ), and Samantha (Unger) Katz, CEO & Co-Founder, Left Tackle Capital.

Also announced are social media influencers Stephanie Flor, founder, (NY); LeAura Luciano, EverSoPopular (NY); Sugey Palomares, Social Media manager, Family Circle (NY); and Danay Escanaverino, founder, LunaSol Media.

Entrepreneurs include Maria del Pilar Avila, founder Renovad and InterDUCTUS; Dr Ginny A. Baro, founder, Fearless Women @Work; Nelly Reyes, Founder and CEO, Freshie Feminine Care (NJ) ; Silvina Rodriguez Picaro, SRP Health Care Communications (FL), and Gladys Voghlan, co-founder, K&G Agency Solutions. (This is a partial list of speakers, more to be announced soon).

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“We are grateful to Hudson County Community College and their new President, Dr. Chris Reber, for their constant support and hospitality. As a Hispanic-serving institution,  they are again co-hosting this magnificent event that showcases the best and most successful stories of Latinas and other women entrepreneurs building businesses, families and community around them,” Baumann said.

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Workshops at 2019 Entrepreneur Empowerment Lunch

SESSION 1 (9:30 am to 10:30 am)

  1. Win the Marketing Battle: How to get your foot in the door with major buyers

What are large companies looking for in diverse suppliers? How can you market your products to major chains? Learn from entrepreneurs who sold their products to large companies and from companies with a solid supplier diversity program how you can sell your products to the general market.

  1. The Healthy Consumer Trend: What’s in it for me? 

Consumers’ health is front and center for those who churn out the food products that will line supermarket shelves in the next year. Selections like “organic,” “no added sugar or artificial ingredients,” “no-GMO,” or “gluten free” are now available to the consumer. Find out the trends that are disrupting the market and hear from companies and local incubators what you need to start or expand your healthy product business.

  1. The Wellness Industry: Users, providers and technology 

Mindfulness, clean eating, spas and essential oils— it’s all part of the wellness trend that’s growing faster than the veggies in your friend’s rooftop garden. The wellness industry is now worth over $3.7 trillion. Hear from these entrepreneurs how they founded and expanded their wellness businesses, how technology is helping them grow and expand, and how they are riding the wellness wave.

  1. Incubadoras: Oportunidades para negocios entre 1 y 3 años 

Cuando se comienza un negocio no basta tener una idea; es necesario gestar un plan que proyecte el desarrollo y la ejecución del emprendimiento. Las incubadoras son excelentes herramientas para impulsar el nacimiento de empresas, pues proporcionan la asistencia necesaria para crecer. Conoce cómo funcionan y aprovéchalas para emprender.

SESSION 2 (11:30 am to 12:30 pm)

  1. Raising Capital for Startups: The tough road to success 

Of the more than $40 billion of funds raised by venture capital firms, less than 3% is allocated to minority-owned startups. However, if the startup has a “double-minority” owner –for instance, woman and Latina– that figure drastically drops to just 0.2%. Interact with angel investors and alternative sources of income to learn how you can present your business to obtain funding.

  1. Strategies to Expanding and Securing your Business Future 

Do you want to expand your business but don’t know how? Are you stagnant and need to create new strategies to secure the financial growth of your business? You may be wondering how to take the next step and grow your business securely beyond its current status. Hear from women entrepreneurs who successfully strategized their businesses’ growth and from experts who can help you achieve a new level of success.

  1. Branding in the Era of Social Media 

Your brand is your company’s identity. It is the link that connects your company to your customers and vice versa. A strong brand provides your business value. It is reflected in everything from “look and. feel” to your mission and vision. A strong brand provide value to your organization well beyond your physical assets. Join our Branding Experts and Social Media Influencers to discuss how you can also create a strong brand for your company and for you!

  1. Empieza tu negocio en belleza, salud y finanzas ya! 

Tienes una idea y no sabes por dónde empezar? Quieres desarrollar o establecer tu negocio con servicios y programas que te ayuden a capacitarte y ampliar las oportunidades económicas como dueño/a de negocio? Ven a presenter tu caso a estas organizaciones que tienen oportunidades y recursos para que comiences o expandas tu propio negocio.

Choose one workshop from each session at registration. Maximum capacity for each workshop is 35-40 participants on a first come, first serve basis. We reserve the right to move participants to other workshops on the same session if workshop is at full capacity so register soon!