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2020 Latinas In Business highlights and most read articles 

Our 2020 Latinas in Business Highlights and Most Read Articles are here!

This year has been unpredictable from start to finish. At first glance, we may think 2020 was all bad, but looking back at our 2020 highlights and most read articles, it’s hard not to see how much we’ve still managed to accomplish amidst all the chaos and uncertainty. We have been challenged this year and we have all struggled, but the Latinas in Business community has risen to the challenges and come together to uplift and support each other. Through collaborative initiatives and virtual events, our community has innovated and adapted to the unexpected changes brought on by 2020. 

Each year we strive to set the bar higher and this year was no different here at Latinas in Business Inc. We are so blessed and honored to have such an amazing community to readers, supporters, and collaborators. We thank you so much! Gracias! 

Now, here are the 2020 Latinas in Business highlights and most read articles on LatinasinBusiness.us, our dedicated editorial platform that promotes and empowers Latinas and other minority women entrepreneurs.

2020 Latinas in Business most read articles 

Latina Leader of March, Sara Pena (Photo courtesy Sara Pena)

In March we honored community leader and advocate, Sara Peña, as Latina Leader of the Month. As a Newark native working toward community empowerment, Sara strives to empower Latinos, especially the youth, through advocacy, legislature, and mentorship. She is currently the Director of the Center for Hispanic Policy, Research and Development in the NJ Department of State, as well as the founder of the  Boys to Leaders Foundation. Sara was also previously President of  LUPE Fund -Latinas United for Political Empowerment– whose focus is to educate, empower, and engage Latinas to promote leadership and civic service. 

Through her community leadership and service work, Sara helped to improve the quality of life and the empowerment of the New Jersey’s Hispanic community. We can’t wait to see what she will do next! 

Isahias Stanback, StedFast, and Jackeline Sansone, Branch Manager, Investors Bank at 2019 Latina SmallBiz Expo.

In May, Latinas in Business shared a step-by-step guide to help you through the PPP sole proprietor application process

For sole proprietors and micro-businesses -also known as solo-preneurs-, the SBA subsidies and loans this year have been a frustrating experience. And these programs have been designed with large employers in mind, making it all the more difficult for small businesses and sole proprietors to navigate the application process. 

But Latinas in Business had you covered with a list of resources, explanations, and step-by-step instructions on how to get the best results with your PPP application. 

Check out this reader-favorite article for more tips and resources for your next application process.

(L to R) Maria de los Angeles Corral, Education for Excellence; Alicia Garcia, Reuters; Charles Neugebauer, Univision; Jessica K Asencio, LNC; Susana G Baumann and Tathiana Carrasco, Latinas in Business Inc. (Photo Latinas in Business Inc.)

In July we said goodbye to a beloved Latina leader, Jessica K. Asencio. Friends, family, and colleagues came together to honor and remember Jessica and her legacy with loving words and fond memories of the fearless leader. 

Born in Ecuador and raised in Brooklyn, NYC, Jessica dedicated her life to supporting Latino-Hispanic causes and uplifting their voices in the workplace. Jessica became a D&I leader, and was recognized as a Diversity Champion at JPMorgan Chase. She also founded the Latino Networks Coalition (LNC), originally inaugurated in 2010 by JPMorgan Chase, Deloitte and Thomson Reuters. The coalition was launched with additional partners including American Express, Bank of America, Citibank, Credit Suisse and The New York Times.

Throughout her entire career Jessica strove to support and uplift others. She was remembered by many for her hard work, kindness, enthusiasm, and love. 

“She was a leader who led by example with optimism, strength, devotion, and focus,” says Alicia Garcia, friend, and Latino Networks Coalition’s Leader.

“Her desire to elevate the power of our community in numbers combined with her ability to create consensus and bring us together as leaders will forever be remembered,” says Lili Gil Valletta, CEO & Co-Founder of CIEN+.

“She built a legacy on relationships,” says Jonathan Wunderlich, Dream Project Development Director. “I only hope I can follow in her footsteps and continue to listen, to care, and build from there.”

Sister-duo, Lissa and Melissa, Co-founders of Ella’s Eve Cosmetics showing off their liquid lipsticks (Photo courtesy Melissa Polanco).

We ended the summer regaining confidence with Ella’s Eve Cosmetics. Owned by Latina sister-duo, Melissa and Lissa, Ella’s Eve Cosmetics is a new beauty brand that is building a community around self-confidence, authenticity, and empowerment. 

Originally a hobby, the sisters soon found a passion for makeup while watching YouTube tutorials and following their favorite influencers on social media. Then, when they began doing their own research into the makeup industry, they soon found that there were not many Latina owned makeup brands. Additionally they noticed many viewed makeup as “fake” or an inauthentic “mask.” This motivated the sisters to launch their own brand, with a focus on being real, authentic, and confident by using makeup to help people highlight their natural beauty not hide it. 

“Confidence comes from being real, the makeup only enhances the beauty that was already there.”

Libro Magico Amarillo personalized Spanish books for children.

Finally, in fall we learned how these adorable and fun personalized Spanish books for children by Libro Magico Amarillo are helping parents raise bilingual children

Founded by Maria Victoria Sanchez, Libro Magico Amarillo is a publishing company that creates personalized Spanish children’s books. Her books offer a mix of adventures and educational content that keep children engaged and reading longer, all while playing and having fun. These books also serve as a tool for parents raising bilingual children, helping them foster a love and appreciation of Hispanic language and culture in their children. 

With many options to choose from, these personalized books also make great gifts for the children in your life! 

2020 Regain Our Latino Power highlights 

In October, Latinas In Business hosted the Regain Our Latino Power virtual event where important Latinx issues were discussed in the weeks leading up to the 2020 Presidential Election. 

Regain our Latino Power, Thanksgiving

Some key topics included: discussion about Latinxs essential workers, Latinxs and the economy, Immigration Reform, Deportations and Incarceration of Latino Children. 

We were also honored to have award-winning journalist and author, Maria Elena Salinas as guest and Keynote Speaker. 

The multi-day event took place over the two last Fridays of October, leading up to the November 3rd election. Throughout the two days we welcomed guest speakers: Alana Cueto, Amy Hinojosa, Rev. Carmen Hernandez, Attorney Cesar Martin Estela, Gabriela Chavez-Lopez, Maria Santiago-Valentín, and many more

You might be interested: 12 Latina leaders honored in 2020

Oldies but goodies: These past articles made a come-back this year 

These articles made a comeback this year, piquing the interest of our readers. 

Photo by Ross Parmly on Unsplash

In the year of COVID-19 and travel restrictions, many of our Latinas In Business readers were interested in learning the 6 Benefits of top management diversity in the hospitality and tourism industry. With 8 million people employed in the travel and tourism industry and 1.2 million of those jobs linked directly and supported with international tourists, many hospitality and tourism workers were left unemployed this year due to COVID-19, travel bans, and border control. With travel and tourism at an all-time-low, it’s no wonder our readers were interested in how the industry might be affected. 

Readers were also curious about the 8 Top dating sites for business and professional women. Perhaps another COVID-19 inspired read as many were forced to turn their social lives to the virtual realm during lockdown. Due to social distancing, our social lives have also suffered and the dating scene has most definitely not been the same. It’s no wonder readers were interested in the best dating sites to connect with others while still staying safe social distancing during the pandemic. 

In Workplace, a popular article this year was 3 Common mistakes companies make in understanding assimilation in the workplace. As the Black Lives Matter movement brought the issues of racism and diversity to the forefront of national conversation, more and more companies were called out for issues regarding racism in the workplace. An unfortunately persistent issue, many companies still do not prioritize diversity and inclusion in their hiring process, resulting in a marked absence of people of color in leadership positions. Our article on the assimilation in the workplace touches on some of the common mistakes companies make when approaching the issue of diversity and inclusion and how companies can better approach this important matter.  

Finally, in Lifestyle readers were curious about which Latina celebrity is the smartest business woman. From Jennifer Lopez to Eva Longoria, Sofia Vergara, and Salma Hayek, who do you think is the best business woman? Check out our reader-favorite article to find out! 

Thank You! 

Looking back on our 2020 Latinas in Business highlights and most read articles reminds us of what an amazing and inspiring community we have here. Once again, we are so very grateful for all the support from sponsors, hosts, supporters, collaborators, and reades that allowed us to continue our mission to advocate for the economic empowerment of Latinas and other minority women entrepreneurs.

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

Latinas in Business Inc. Team

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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 LatinasinBusiness.us, 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: Afrikanspot.nyc)

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!

SESSIONS

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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

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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!

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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

Renovad

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

2018 Latinas in Business highlights and most read articles

Already gathering the 2018 Latinas in Business highlights! Wow, where did time go? This has been such an intense year for Latinas in Business Inc. that it seems it really flew by. Looking back is the only way you realize how far you’ve become and how many of your goals you have accomplished.

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Susana G Baumann, President and CEO, Editor in Chief, Latinas in Business Inc.

Here are some Latinas in Business highlights of 2018 and insights of our editorial year on LatinasinBusiness.us, our dedicated editorial platform that promotes and empowers Latinas in business and the workplace:

2018 LATINAS IN BUSINESS HIGHLIGHTS

  1. We started in March with participation at the “Dream Project” Fundraiser in NYC where Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Diaz dedicated his reading to us. So honored to be part of this visionary event!
  2. In April, we applied –and were approved- for our non-profit status. Born out of an initiative under the umbrella of LCSWorldwide Language and Multicultural Marketing Communications, we achieved this year’s commitment to convert Latinas in Business Inc. in an autonomous non-profit entity with its own resources and its own team.
  3. Also at the end of April we were invited to participate at the “50 Most Powerful Latinas” event in NYC. Such a treat to be surrounded by these amazing Latinas from all industries.

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    50 Most Powerful Latinas event in Columbia University NYC.

  4. In May, we were invited to participate at the “Banking on Latinos for Growth” with LNC Executive Board members and speakers from major banking institutions hosted by Univision. Our most read article of the year!

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    (L to R) Adriana, Charles Neurenberg, Univision; Jessica J Asencio, LNC; Susana G Baumann and Tathiana Carrasco, Latinas in Business Inc.

  5. We were committed to increase the number of in-person events in 2018. In July, we partnered with Leo Cervantes, Chef and owner at La Playa Restaurant to party the summer off with “Mexican Sushi en La Playa” event.
  6. In August we launched our first “Latinas in Business Monthly Networking Kick Off” in Bloomfield NJ with a total of 98 registered participants. Guest speaker was Rafael Mata, Director of Hudson County Office of Business Opportunity.
  7. At this event, we launched our “Latinas Inner Circle”membership, an opportunity for Latina entrepreneurs to receive a number of benefits including promoting their brand and their businesses and attending our events at discount price.
  8. We followed up with a Latinas in Business Central Jersey Monthly Networking in “Las Marias” Restaurant and 78 registered participants. Guest speaker in his opportunity was Maddie Brooks at Prudential.
  9. At the end of September, we gathered Latina entrepreneurs at the Town Hall Latino Business Meeting with Lt Governor Sheila Oliver and hosted by Perth Amboy Major Wilda Diaz. Main sponsor for this event was Investors Bank. Outstanding success with a Q&A session and networking event and over 100 participants.

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    Town Hall Latina Business Meeting in Perth Amboy

  10. In October we worked frantically in putting together our upcoming November “Latina SmallBiz Expo and Pitch Competition.”
  11. November also brought a great opportunity to join the AARP “Women of Certain Age”event at Montclair University with the presence of NJ Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg.

    Susana G Baumann, President and CEO, and Editor in Chief, Latinas in Business Inc.

  12. November 8 finally arrived and we had the most powerful and successful event so far! See the “2018 Latina SmallBiz Expo recap celebrating the economic force of Latina entrepreneurs.” Thanks to the generous hosting of Hudson County Office of Business Opportunity and Hudson County Community College, we were able to have a fantastic event full of highlights and great attendance!
  13. The year ended in a high note when we received the Red Shoe Movement “Leaders Who Walk the Walk” award in NYC.Susana G Baumann

So 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 the Latina working woman.

 

MOST SHARED ARTICLES ON 2018

  1. Latina community leader in the Bronx inspiring service across gender and cultures

Rev. Carmen Hernandez is a Latina community leader, activist, and advocate, working for people for over 35 years in the Soundview section of the Bronx, NY. Inspired by mentors from a young age, she has always felt a calling to help people. Throughout her years as an activist she has created many organizations and services to help her community. [Continue reading…]

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Rev Carmen Hernandez, a well known figure in the Bronx (Courtesy Rev Carmen Hernandez)

  1. Corporate executive Beth Marmolejos shares insights on being a Latina leader

How hard is it to become a Latina leader? Throughout her career, Beth Marmolejos has risen to leadership roles and achieved great success in her field.  Her story offers some insights and advice to other aspiring Latina leaders.  [Continue reading…]

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  1. Latina entrepreneur Silvina Rodriguez Picaro turns crisis into business opportunity

Latina entrepreneur Silvina Rodriguez Picaro transformed an external crisis into a business opportunity for her marketing communications company. She is the founder of the well-established, award-winning marketing communications agency, SRP Communications & Brand Design, SRP Interactive, and SRP Health Care Communication. Her company has offices in both Miami and Buenos Aires, and serves a variety of clients from startups to global corporations. [Continue reading…]

 

Latina entrepreneur Silvina Rodriguez Porcaro

Latina entrepreneur Silvina Rodriguez Porcaro

MOST READ ARTICLE OF ALL TIMES

6 Benefits of top management diversity in the hospitality and tourism industry 

The hospitality and tourism industry employs a diverse workforce yet at a senior level there are still issues of equality. Diversity in the hospitality and tourism industry is frequent in lower paid, less skilled jobs. However, senior positions at board level such as CEOs, CFOs and upper management career track are short in minority representation, clearly an issue for the industry’s future and development of skilled workers mirroring its market base.

 

MOST READ ARTICLE OF 2018

1.7 Trillion US Latino market growth, opportunity and challenge for banking industry

The explosion of the Latino market growth is no news for the 59 million strong – and growing –Latinos living in the USA. However, in an exclusive interview for LatinasinBusiness.us with Jessica K Asencio, President of the Latino Networks Coalition, we discussed this “cannot-be-missed” opportunity, which continues to be a challenge for companies that are still hovering on this potential without taking radical action.

 

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

Latinas in Business Inc. Team

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5 Most read articles on LatinasInBusiness.us

social media iconsJust to start the year with the right foot –or the left one if you feel more power on that one, like many soccer players do-, I took the time to analyze what articles were doing best on our platform and why, so I can give you some tips on how to use our platform. Here are the winners:

 

  1. Modern Day Latinas have a story to tell on Merrick Park

The inspirational story of an accomplished Cuban-American entrepreneur, Aymee Zubizarreta, the idea and message behind the new series aims at changing the traditional image of Latinas in TV series and movies into who they really are: accomplished professionals, well-educated career driven and family oriented women having big dreams, facing and overcoming their challenges and most importantly, thriving on their own in a bicultural and bilingual world. She is now on the funding efforts stage, so we will continue to support her cause!

2. Empanada Fork makes a mark for Latina entrepreneur

Hipatia Lopez “idea” began around the kitchen table during the holiday season when her family was making 100 empanadas. She envisioned a tool that would help with closing the empanadas easily and quickly; found an architect who helped her with perfecting the drawings to make it come to life on paper and patent tool. From the kitchen table to main supermarket chains and wholesalers, for Hipatia the rest is history!

3. SHCC of NJ Awards Luncheon Photo Gallery

This fabulous annual event featured the who’s who in New Jersey Latino entrepreneurs, included awards, workshops and an exhibit floor with over 250 expositors. Well done, Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey and Carlos Medina, Prezi!

4. Talent and innovation at Latinas Think Big™ Summit

Dr. Angelica Perez-Litwin, a top national influencer devoted to advancing and supporting Latina innovators, is leading Latinas Think Big™. Dr. Perez-Litwin’s intention is to bring to a national debate the disparities in Latinas’ career development in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), with an emphasis on technology, and to address the digital divide in this country. Congratulations, Angelica!

5. Monica Taher when crisis sets the path to financial freedom

Monica Taher, a Latina in business who defines herself as a serial entrepreneur, faced the turmoil of splitting with her lifetime partner in 2011. Today, she shares some tips on how she came back from the ashes and acquired financial freedom doing what she loves. Fabulous come back story, all the best to brave Monica!

 

All these articles were successful readers not only because of the value of their stories but also because the Latinas featured on them understood the value of the tool we provide and took the time and effort to share with their communities and social media.

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