Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Stepping Out and Rising Up

Stepping Out and Rising Up Latin@s

I have had the honor and privilege to get to know each and everyone of these up and rising Latinos who have become an integral part of my life. Some started as Social Media friends, some as business acquaintances, some as comadres y colegas, all have become an essential part of my journey. A celebration of my life. I hope you take the time to friend them and get to know their work, you will be inspired, motivated and moved by the enthusiasm they bring to life, living, and leaving a legacy.
Download the complete Gratitude Journal, and see what these Up and Rising Latin@s have to say about Gratitude y las transformaciones en tu vida.
Con un pan y cafecito,
Seguimos Adelante


Aaron is an NBC Radio Personality who hosts LIVE with Aaron and Kelly" NBC News Radio KCAA 1050 AM and MiCasa Broadcasting, TV Show Host and Producer. He is also an Entertainment Reporter for NBC Radio KCAA 1050 AM, TV Show Host Producer.
Alain is the founder of SOL-Professionals, Society of Latino Professionals, based in Los Angeles, California. SOL was inspired by the realization that our spirit is what keeps us going despite any challenge that life may offer. As we delve into the spirit, we realize that it is eternal and it lacks ethnic origin. SOL-Professionals is an inclusive organization. The purpose is to propel the success of Latino Professionals. Therefore the membership resembles, not a color of skin, but a collective spirit that is in line with our purpose.
Alexandra is Travel Fashion Girl. She offers girls advice about how to pack travel clothing, beauty products, and travel gear that combines form, function, and fashion. Unparalleled packing lists, informative reviews, expert advice, and insightful interviews make Travel Fashion Girl a girl’s best pre-travel resource. It features on the road fashion and beauty advice from seasoned travelers and backpackers.
Alma is the creative director of Con Corazon Media. Con Corazon is a multi-media arts production company that serves the needs of the diverse latin@ storytelling and cultural communities in the United states and internationally. Con Corazón is committed to the arts and civic enrichment and has taken on a significant social goal of transforming the image and understanding of American Latin@s in our society and the world.rms of media.
Ana is a Latina mom, who with her best friends since college, co-foundes SpanglishBaby. They are extremely passionate about ensuring their children not only speak both of their languages, English and Español, but that they also grow up proud of both their cultures, Latino and American. Over three years ago they realized there's was a lack of information available for parents raising bilingual + bicultural children, so using their background in media, they launched SpanglishBaby.


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Ana is a PR & Social Media entrepreneur that specializes in ambition, goal attaining, and bringing together communities. She is the founder and CEO of both padma media and marketing, Inc. and the Latina Lifestyle Bloggers Collective.
Anna is a founding partner at FILMLOOK Inc., an award winning post production company. Mr. Faber's electronic engineering expertise and intense interest in filmmaking coupled with Ms. Cordova's managerial experience made FILMLOOK Inc. a reality. Several television shows have used FILMLOOK, including SportsCentury (ESPN Classic), Making the Band (ABC), Secret Adventures of Jules Verne (SciFi), Undressed (MTV), and It'a a Miracle (PAX).
A native of Argentina, Dr. Nogales is one of the most well-known and respected Latinas in the United States. Through her private practice, media presence, books, and organizational leadership, she has dedicated herself to ensuring the mental health and success of women, Latinos, and anyone else who struggles with cultural and personal issues, victimization, and inequality. 
Flantastic by Chef Kiki was created with the vision of sharing her family's recipe as a tribute to her father.  Once Flantastic by Chef Kiki was started, it took on a life of its own.  Chef Kiki started infusing different flavors and fresh ingredients that not only enhanced the recipe but made specialty desserts. Each gourmet Flan is prepared when it is ordered, using only the freshest ingredients making for a one-of-a-kind experience.
A Life-Coach, Motivational Speaker, and Certified Integrated Energy Therapist, Connie was personally mentored and coached by legendary life-coach, inspirational speaker and best-selling author, Alan Cohen. Connie is a very passionate spiritual teacher and life-coach that loves sharing the knowledge she has acquired through her own spiritual journey and growth. She inspires others to live their life purpose.
Daniel is an International Business Consultant, Motivational Speaker, Radio Personality and Author of Stepping Into Greatness: Success Is Up To You. Leveraging his experience, his infectious humor, and his deep belief that there is greatness in each of us, he has transformed businesses and individuals all over the world. His appeal breaks the boundaries of profession, culture, and age.
Deborah is a Brand Ambassador for the Hispanic Market, Inspirational Speaker, Author and Life Coach. She is known as a Productivity and Leadership expert facilitating webinars, corporate leadership trainings and keynote speaking engagements for Fortune 500 companies such as: JP Morgan, Kaiser, Macy’s, State Farm Insurance and the University of Phoenix. She served as a brand ambassador for Verizon Wireless campaign to outreach to Hispanic and Latino Entrepreneurs.
Dita is a multi-media journalist (writer, photographer, and video-maker) who's worked in advertising, television; magazine and online publications. She studied film at the Art Center College of Design and broadcast journalism at UCLA. Dita specializes in entertainment, politrix, and health.
Gina is the founder of both UpLatino and Get Wise Latinas. She gathers coaches, consultants, speakers, trainers and artists to inspire personal development among Latinas. Get Wise Latinas seeks to engage women in educational events and workshops run by Latinas, for Latinas. Both UpLatino and Get Wise Latinas are as organizations that aim to strengthen the Latino presence within American culture.
Jes is the founder and president of Turning Leaves Foundation (TLF). A foundation dedicated to giving children and their families the educational and emotional group support needed to cope with the demands that chronic illness imposes. TLF ensures that children and their families will gain knowledge and confidence, learn from mistakes and move away from the severe negative feelings commonly felt after being diagnosed and celebrate the positive outcomes and overall health in their process of coping.
Joanna is a writer, playwright, project strategist coach and a leader within the healthcare industry. She holds bachelor’s degrees in business administration and business management. Her creative works have been featured in Ride to the East Side CASA 0101 theater productions and she was the co-producer of the 8 Ways to Say I Love My Life theatrical production. Her business career includes partnering with organizations to develop small to medium businesses and help them strategize their business plans. She has held officer roles within nonprofit organizations, including Toastmasters International.
Jorge is the founder and CEO of, Zealous Vision, an organization dedicated to help its clients achieve their maximum potential. Individuals and organizations are coached, educated and empowered to move confidently in the direction of their dreams or goals respectively. While individuals experience fulfillment, passion, and a sense of purpose; organizations build a powerful culture, strategically making changes to increase employee engagement and driving profits upward.
Women's fiction author, Julia, lives in California in a home filled with bits and pieces of her Argentine heritage. Paintings of Argentine towns.  A beautiful leather map with the outline of Argentina.  Pictures and trinkets. However, the real details of her beautiful culture unfolded gradually as she grew up the daughter of Argentine immigrants. Today, a product of the American Dream, Julia writes emotionally rich stories about family love, and the passion of chasing and achieving life's goals.

Laura is the founder of Bag Lady Productions (BLP), LLC., one of the first influential networking circles geared towards connecting Women in Business, Brands, Mompreneurs and Influencers. BLP provides resources, events and connections for women entrepreneurs and brands. She is the creator of the BLP ConnectHER Conference & Influential Event and is the editor for BLP’s sister site
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Leti is the President and CEO of LARA Consulting Group, a group dedicated to solutions to wellness.
Liz is a life changing coach. As a Coach, she will guide you, challenge you, love you, celebrate you, help you grow, help you achieve what you are capable and deserving of, and help you reach that place of Happy as you live, love and lead. Get on this journey with me. It will change your life.
Maria is the creator of Art by Latina Artists or ABLA as it has come to be known by the artist community. It is an online network of Latina artists. It originated as a "guest page" on her personal website back in 2004 with just one artist highlighted. One became two, two became four and it has since evolved into its own website. Over the years it has grown organically to become a network of nearly 500 Latina artists from all over the world, not just the United States..
Marian is the CEO and founder of Parenting on your Own, an online membership community designed to assist and support single parent families. Resources are tele-classes and interviews with experts, articles on a vast amount of topics on the blog and connections with organizations and businesses in various areas. The website is in the process of being completely revamped it will be amazing!
Marcela is the Chief Information and Marketing Officer for the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. The fund is the nation’s largest not-for-profit organization supporting Hispanic higher education. Founded in 1975, HSF provides American families with the financial and educational resources they need to achieve a college education and help America be more competitive.
Nora is a visionary intuitive Holistic Healer & Teacher, Inspirational Mentor & Speaker and a Cosmic Channel. She is the founder of Cosmic Healing, Energy Medicine, AbunDANCE Events, and Living from the Heart TV.


Founder and President of Financially Fit Foundation, Inc., Oly has created this organization out of her desire to educate people about managing their finances.  It is based on the knowledge she acquired through college, in managing her own finances, reading financial material, talking to experts in the field, successfully managing her own business and from what she learned from an amazing and incredible woman on money management, her mother.
Señorita Vino, founded by Pamela C. Pajuelo, offers wine education in a fun and casual format with the goal of reinforcing the fact that wine can be enjoyed by anyone, regardless of their level of knowledge or experience. Señorita Vino is dedicated to wine lovers of all stripes, palates, tastes and socioeconomic levels. In particular, she seeks to create a forum for Latinas who like wine, but may feel somewhat intimidated by the notion of selecting, tasting and talking about it.
Reyna Grande is an award-winning novelist and memoirist. Her first novel, Across a Hundred Mountains, (Atria, 2006), received a 2010 Latino Books Into Movies Award, a 2007 American Book Award, and the 2006 El Premio Aztlán Literary Award. Her second novel, Dancing with Butterflies (Washington Square Press, 2009) was critically acclaimed and was the recipient of a 2010 International Latino Book Awards. The Distance Between Us, Reyna's third book is about her life before and after illegally immigrating from Mexico to the United States.
Ruby is the founder of Hermosa Yoga. Yoga has had such a positive and powerful impact on her life, she had the need to give back. She has a mission to guide/offer yoga classes in communities where Yoga typically would not be practiced or afforded.  She chooses to service these area’s, so that everyone has an equal opportunity to practice Yoga and enrich their lives as she have. 
Sandra is the founder and CEO of Healing Skeem Teletherapy an independent online therapy practice specializing in healing trauma and helping individuals get the life they want. Sandra’s mission is to provide a therapeutic relationship for healing. She also introduces her clients to The Healing SKEEM, which is the Sandra Kimberly Eberhardt Enrichment Method, developed through her doctoral research.
Susan is the founder and co-owner of Latin Inspired Designs with her mom. They have authentically designed and culturally sensitive handmade Latin Inspired Nutcrackers in folklorico costumes, Mariachi costumes, Day of the Dead Style Nutcrackers, Frida and Virgen de Guadalupe. These most awesome and original Latino Style Nutcrackers can be displayed in your home all year long.
Zulmara is the founder and CEO of Roots and Wings, dedicated to helping Latin@s achieve their dreams by integrating their two cultures into a healthy whole. She focuses on integrating Latin@ Roots with the alas that are needed to soar. She is an inspirational writer, speaker, and workshop leader. She leads workshops on Achieving Balance, Journaling, Business, Storytelling, just o name a few. Her workshops are guided by spirit and follow a path for increasing love and success in your life as you embrace who you are, where you have been, and where you are going.

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