I am a social entrepreneur, non-profit professional, and a community advocate.
With a background in tourism, planning, communications, strategy and development. I have a passion for clear and to-the-point talk.
I think diversity is the most beautiful thing we have and I believe in the intersection business models and non-profit mission.
At 8 years old, I started my first business by selling Hello Kitty stickers in my elementary school; since then, I have worked as a hostess, bartender, waitress, run 3 businesses and have been involved with non-profits in different capacities, from Executive to contractor, consultant and volunteer for the past 12 years.
2002: Director of Resource Development & Marketing for the Latin American Association. Along with my team, we secured the first endowment and multi-year grant of 3mil for the organization. Re-launched largest fundraising event and cultural initiative.
2006: Launched a successful fair-trade venture Inca Kids in 2006 working with cooperatives of artisan women in Peru.
2009: Starts consulting practice with non-profits and businesses in the areas of Latino outreach, development & communications strategy. Clients include: The Latin American Association, Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Latin American Chamber of Commerce, Gathering Wild Dance Company, Sandy Springs Mission, Cadeuceus, Inc, etc.
2014: Launched LatinoConnectionGa.com as a tool to bridge the gap between important issues affecting Hispanic commmunity in the state and English speakers. LatinoConnectionGA.com incorporates resources for Latino-serving professionals, a service and program directory for Hispanic families, opinion pieces, highlights and success stories of local leaders and impactful programs and initiatives.
2015: Co-founded and launched YoSoyM, the first social venture dedicated to strengthen Latinas by connecting them to information, resources and services through a digital community (the largest in the state) and grass-roots touch points throughout the year. Highly successful and disruptive, the venture has inspired important change locally.
2017: LatinoConnectionGA evolves to incorporate as a non-profit with a B2B model focused on Latino-serving non-profits, micro-entrepreneurs and coalition building.
I serve on the board of the Center for Pan-Asian Community Services, The Thanks Mom & Dad Fund, The Feminist Women’s Health Center and the advisory board at Caminar Latino and The Hispanic Scholarship Fund. I enjoy public speaking in the areas of social entrepreneurship, women’s development and rights, Hispanic/Latino issues.
I have worked in 3 continents and enjoy multi-cultural and diverse teams. I have trained staff on sales and customer service at the Patek-Phillipe flagship store in Shanghai, was part of the opening team at the Ritz-Carlton Boston Common, studied sustainability and effective training practices in Spain, led the first fundraiser for an international charity in China, led the international protocols for dignataries at the international airport in Lima, have worked with foundations, corporations and cooperatives of artisan women.
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