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Hanging Secrets Latina innovation for lingerie and intimate apparel

Frances Prado, innovator, creator of Hanging Secrets

Frances Prado, innovator, creator of Hanging Secrets

Hello, my name is Frances Prado and I am the CEO/Founder of Ageless Beautiful Clever Creations LLC, a lingerie organizer line.

I am a proud daughter of Mexican immigrants who came to the USA in 1963. Born in Bakersfield, CA, I have been happily married for 32 years and have two young adult children Leo, a disabled Navy veteran and Ashley, who is a graphic designer.

A few years ago, I was going through the empty nest syndrome and specifically remember asking myself “Frances, what are you going to do with all this extra time on your hands?” I said, “Girl you better start cleaning and organizing around you.”

I started in my bedroom; I opened the drawer and that was my Aha! moment. For years I have been stuffing my bras into overfilled drawers resulting in damaged pieces that needed to be replaced well before they should had been. I thought there had to be a better way!

I knew I could create a brassière organizer that would look nice, maximize space, protect and organize all intimate apparel. I took the idea to the drawing pad and started translating my vision onto paper.

After trial and error, I was finally able to come up with Hanging Secrets, the bra organizer that received a patent in March of 2015. I am honored to be included in the seven percent of women that have been issued patents in the USA.

The organizer neatly stores and protects underwear from damage in see-through molded plastic windows conformed to the shape of a bra, with corresponding pockets for matching panties to be inserted for storage by style and color.

Hanging Secrets intimate apparel organizer closet

Hanging Secrets intimate apparel organizer closet

Hanging Secrets can be hung inside the closet on a standard rod or from a closet door. It can store up to three bras per holder and four panties per pocket.

Being Dr Melinda Silva’s patient for more than two years, I had an immediate connection with her because she is such a compassionate doctor. Dr. Melinda Silva graduated from UCLA with a BS in Psychobiology and then received her medical degree from UC Davis School of Medicine. She is a Board Certified physician in Family Medicine and completed a Fellowship in Functional and Regenerative Medicine.

With Dr. Silva’s expertise and training, she strives to provide the best medical care with a focus on prevention and holistic health care. She teaches us women to be the best version of ourselves and to age with grace and strength.

In December of 2014, I brought Hanging Secrets idea to Dr. Melinda Silva for her opinion on the product. Knowing that Dr. Silva was the ideal person to judge this product –given her experience with cancer patients and as an entrepreneur– I knew she would be of great help.

Immediately, after reviewing the product, Dr. Silva joined my journey “dream.” I call her my Angel partner because she believed in me and my product. In January 2015, we formed Ageless Beautiful Clever Creations LLC.

Hanging Secrets is committed to providing proceeds from sales to help support breast cancer survivors. In addition, when the product launches in September, the first 12 recipients of Hanging Secrets will be breast cancer survivors.

Join Our POSSI to help fight against Breast Cancer:

Dr Melinda Silva, MD, Board Certified physician in Family Medicine and Functional and Regenerative Medicine Fellow.

Dr Melinda Silva, MD, Board Certified physician in Family Medicine and Functional and Regenerative Medicine Fellow.

  • Protect
  • Organize
  • Showcase
  • Store
  • Intimates

All of my strength comes from what my parents taught me. I follow their advice in both my personal life and business. My mother Maria Guadalupe was born on 12/12/1935. She was an entrepreneur in her own time. She would make and sell tamales throughout her life to make ends meet. She passed away at the age of 63 from cancer. Although she is not here, she sends me messages through the number 12. One day I told Dr Silva that the number 12 was very special to me because it was my mother’s birthday. To my surprise, Dr Silva then told me her daughter’s birthday was also on 12/12. I knew then that our partnership was a very special one.

During my journey, I have been very fortunate to have my family and friends supporting and helping me all these past years. To those thinking of starting their own business journey, I would say:

  • Prepare yourself for the journey.
  • Align yourself with the right resources.
  • Pack a ton of patience and never give up.

My motto is “Create your Dreams, Crave your Dreams, and Cultivate your Dreams.” My first hand sketch of the Hanging Secrets Bra Organizer was created in July of 2006. Do it !! Si se puede !!!

Please give me feedback about the product and how you think it could help you store and keep your most precious lingerie! If you’ like to pre-purchase the product, please leave me your information below. Thanks!

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A Latina innovator on becoming a successful Tech entrepreneur

Commerce has been in my blood since birth. But being a Tech entrepreneur?

Monica Taher, serial Tech entrepreneur and new Tech Talk contributor at LatinasInBusiness.us

Monica Taher, serial Tech entrepreneur and Tech Talk contributor at LatinasInBusiness.us

As a little girl, I would literally sell anything that came my way to my friends. Unused school supplies, gifts my parents gave me (they still don’t know about this) and fruit from the trees in my backyard were hot commodities. Growing up in a tropical country certainly had its advantages.

It wasn’t about having the extra cash in my pocket. I just loved interacting with people. I still do!

Ironically, I didn’t major in business when I left for college. Instead, I chose to embrace my love for film. While I wholeheartedly support women who are interested in studying business, it’s important to know that you CAN become a tech entrepreneur without a business degree.

Becoming a tech entrepreneur was a matter of feast or famine for me, meaning, I had to put food on the table. Ok, maybe I’m being a bit dramatic. Or maybe not. If you haven’t read my story, you can do so here.

I’m not crazy. I have a comfortable job. Worse: I don’t know how to become a Tech entrepreneur!

Yes. If you are thinking of becoming a Tech entrepreneur, all of the above are correct. However, here are a few insightful points to consider:

A. Tech is the future

You are either in the digital era – or you’re not. Some of you might think you need to know how to decipher all of those weird computer languages to become the next Mark Zuckerberg. You don’t.

While I am a fervent supporter of women who code (go STEM majors!), you don’t have to be 100 percent literate in computer code to launch a tech startup.

How do I know? Well, if you are reading this blog, you probably already have a special idea you’ve been pondering in your head. You just don’t know how to go about executing it.

Furthermore, if you’ve always felt for any reason that you wanted to launch your own business, then you have it in you. And if tech is the future, you want to start thinking about that special idea in tech terms: an app or a platform (a service or product) and how it can serve consumers. Become a Tech entrepreneur!

By 2020, entrepreneurship and the need for innovators will be more important than ever. In 2013, men made up 74 percent of the tech workforce in our country. The rest (26%) were women. We need to change this ratio. Now it is your chance!

B. Knowledge is power

Click. Read. Repeat.

Who said that business news is boring? It’s just like watching an episode of the Kardashians. There’s plenty of drama to roll your eyes at and keep you entertained. Don’t believe me? Just ask the guys at Tinder. Anyway, you need to stay on top of trends, new ideas, and what other people are doing and developing by reading and reading and reading.

Yes, but where should you start?

Try getting accustomed to a daily dosage of fun tech articles on Business Insider, Forbes Woman, Entrepreneur Magazine and even the different sections (tech, business, women, etc.) in the Huffington Post. Also follow updates and topics here at the Tech Talk section in LatinasInBusiness.us.

If you want to be cool, create a group on your Facebook or Twitter feeds that contain these publications. Your feed will show you headlines with easy-to-read links.

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C. You enjoy dealing with people – Even when they are sometimes, Eh, annoying

Let’s be honest. It takes some finesse to deal with people – especially when one single person seems to have multiple personalities. I’ve met a few of those.

Instead of thinking you need to “sell your idea,” believe in your idea fiercely and love it passionately. Be smart and flexible enough to shift gears if something isn’t working quite right. In tech terms, this is called “pivoting.”

Become a “connector.” Don’t sell. Instead, share knowledge. People will appreciate that.

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If you still haven’t read Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, then you must. It is an inspiring book that can help you shape your perspective on entrepreneurship.

D. Get in there and make it happen

As a woman and single mother, I cannot express to you how fulfilling it is to run a startup. If you have always dreamed about owning a business, there’s no better time than now.

In future posts, I will be blogging about the basics: How to launch a startup, where you can find seed and investment funding, and other provocative topics to help you navigate the world of tech entrepreneurship.

Remember, tech is the future. You are a woman – and you are invincible.
 

Did you miss my CNN en Español segment about women & leadership in the tech industry? You can watch it here.

Follow Monica’s blog at http://www.monicataher.com/