2021 WEES

2021 WEES: Announcing THRIVE! Women’s Panel Speakers 

Latinas in Business is pleased to announce three incredible female business leaders as speakers for the 2021 Women Entrepreneur Empowerment Summit. The WEES hybrid event is set to take place on Thursday, June 10 from 1:30 PM – 6:30 PM EDT.

Be sure to Register Now for this must-attend event! 

2021 WEES Women's Panel

With THRIVE! as our motto this year, the 2021 Women Entrepreneur Summit (#2021 WEES) will center on key areas of growth to connect and empower women business owners with tools and insights that will propel them forward in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The event will feature inspiring Keynote speakers, fun networking sessions, and various panels with industry leaders and entrepreneurs. 

2021 WEES THRIVE! Women’s Panel speakers 

Our THRIVE! Women Turning Adversity into Success panel will feature three inspiring women entrepreneurs who will share their journeys to success while fighting the odds of being a woman and reinventing themselves during the pandemic.  

We are so pleased to announce and welcome our three guest speakers: Marvina Robinson, Maria Piastre, and Jessie Gabriel. 

Marvina Robinson, owner and founder of Stuyvesant Champagne. (Photo courtesy Marvina Robinson)

Marvina Robinson is the owner and founder of Stuyvesant Champagne.

Her love affair with champagne began quite humbly as a college student when she and her friends would often pool their limited funds to purchase a bottle of Moet & Chandon, White Star.

Years later, Marvina desired to create her own brand of champagne to serve as the private house label for her upcoming champagne bar. In order to achieve that goal, she worked with a vineyard in France to create Stuyvesant Champagne.

As one of the few African-American women owning a Champagne brand, Marvina hopes to bring a taste of home, spice and culture to the Champagne community. Her love for her hometown, Bedford-Stuyvesant (Brooklyn, NY), inspired the name of her brand, Stuyvesant Champagne.

Maria Piastre, CEO of Metallix Refining. (Photo courtesy Maria Piastre)

Maria Piastre is the CEO of  Metallix Refining.

As a business development professional with a degree in economics from Kean University NJ, Maria joined the Metallix team in 2005, working alongside department heads, touching upon strategic planning, marketing and sales.

Closely working with engineers and some of the most respected and accomplished minds in the precious metals industry, soon developed supplier and partner relationships based on sound business and proven results.

In 2017 Maria was promoted to company CEO after demonstrating an ability to perform critical duties throughout the organization, achieving the trust and respect of employees and colleagues. As CEO of Metallix Refining, Maria Piastre is an acknowledged and accomplished leading voice within the precious metals industry and financial sector.

Jessie Gabriel, founder of All Places, business and legal strategy firm. (Photo courtesy Jessie Gabriel)


Jessie Gabriel is the founder of All Places, a business and legal strategy firm that supports women asset managers and entrepreneurs.

Jessie is a champion for women and a prominent voice on the role of capital ownership and control in achieving gender equity. Raised by a single working mother in Southern California, Jessie’s success came with a deep appreciation of how gender norms and unequal access to capital contribute to a systemic lack of opportunities for women-identifying entrepreneurs and executives. Her personal vision and passionate advocacy are fueled by the desire to create true change.

All-Places is the culmination of her expertise and ethos, space for women to formulate businesses of all kinds, receive trusted legal and strategic guidance, and ultimately cultivate long-term financial success. Jessie is also the General Counsel of the New America Alliance, an organization that advocates for the Latinx asset management community, and Chair of the Board of New Destiny Housing, which builds permanent, beautiful, affordable housing for families that have survived domestic violence.

Hear their inspiring stories and learn from their experiences at the 2021 Women Entrepreneur Empowerment Summit, Thursday, June 10th. Register Now! 

2021 WEES

Grammy-award winning Cherry Martinez offers free commercials to minority-owned businesses

Grammy-award winning publisher and radio mogul, Cherry Martinez offers free commercials to minority-owned businesses in light of global coronavirus pandemic. The New York-based Afro-Latina founder of FMHipHop will provide air-time for businesses in need of advertising as a result of the effects of COVID-19

Legendary New York radio DJ and media personality, Cherry Martinez announced today that she will provide free radio commercials for minority-owned businesses negatively affected by the novel coronavirus.

Cherry Martinez is a hip hop radio veteran, New York DJ, media personality, and philanthropist. She is a graduate of Emerson College in Boston. Martinez started her career at WILD 1090 AM giving entertainment reports (thanks to the highly talented Stephen Hill) and for many years, hosted “Sexy in the City,” Power 105.1’s #1 rated evening show.

The advertisements will be featured on her 24/7 radio show,, the growing destination for hip-hop, trap and R&B news, culture and music. The spots will also be syndicated on the show’s other streaming sites, TuneIn and Aha Radio, completely charge-free.

This philanthropy initiative comes at a crucial time for minority-owned businesses.  As a result of the virus, they have been hit hard. In two recent surveys, only 12% of Black and Hispanic business owners reported that they received funding they had requested. Also, 45% of minority business owners reported that they expect to permanently shut down in the next six months.

“We know that many budding entrepreneurs and small businesses would benefit from any type of free promotion during this pandemic-induced economic shutdown,” explains Martinez. “This is my community and I want to help as much as I can.”

  1. Follow us on Instagram @FMHipHop!
  2. Repost our commercial to your Instagram page
  3. Tag 5 minority businesses under your post
  4. Email your 30 sec MP3 commercial to! Be sure to include your Instagram username!
  1. Download the Voice Record Pro app from the App Store on iTunes, or the Voice Recorder app from Google Play for Android.
  2. Save audio file then send by email!
free commercials to minority-owned businesses

Cherry Martinez, founder of FMHipHop (Photo Courtesy Cherry Martinez)

FMHipHop will air up to 50 free small business commercials repeatedly on their 24/7 radio show throughout the summer. For more details, head to

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FMHipHop is a digital radio station rapidly becoming the #1 digital destination for what’s happening in the world of hip hop, trap and rnb. What sets FMHipHop apart is our lean toward edgy, modern hip-hop compared to traditional stations. Their growing audience will be introduced to new songs they haven’t heard before as well as popular hits they know and love already. FMHipHop has something for everyone: commercial-free mix shows, talk shows, celebrity interviews, and the latest gossip, news, and trends in the music industry.

Today, Cherry’s businesses include, a marketing platform, Code Media and Cherry’s Code Media published Grammy winning song “Focus” by H.E.R. and helped Fetty Wap by contributing to the radio version of seven time Grammy nominated “Trap Queen” which has sold 10 million copies units and is certified Diamond.