Valerie Tejeda

Triathlete Aurora Colello
Inspiring Latina of the Week: Triathlete Aurora Colello

To call Colombian triathlete Aurora Colello a go-getter would be the understatement of the century. After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), this mother of four took matters into her own hands, using diet, exercise, and holistic methods for treatment–even curing her blindness caused by the disease. 

After participating in many triathlons, Aurora is now working to raise money for pediatric cancer research by competing this September in the Nautica Malibu Triathlon presented by Equinox


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Dr. Juliana Rangel-Posada
Inspiring Latina of the Week: Entomology Professor & Bee Researcher Dr. Juliana Rangel-Posada

Dr. Juliana Rangel-Posada, Ph.D., is the associate professor for Texas A&M's Entomology Department. Only in her early thirties, this native Colombian has quite the impressive resume! 


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Inspiring Latina of the Week: Chef & Food Blogger Bren Herrera
Inspiring Latina of the Week: Chef & Food Blogger Bren Herrera

Bren Herrera is a professional chef and owner of the award-winning culinary blog Flanboyant Eats, where she documents her life as a food writer and private chef. Bren also hosts the travel webseries, “Dine Out,” where she lends her cooking expertise and explores different cuisines from across the globe.


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Karin Larrave
Inspiring Latina of the Week: Financial Representative Karin Larrave

Karin Larrave works as a financial representative for Northwestern Mutual, specializing in estate planning, business risk management, retirement, life insurance and disability income planning. She is also the owner of her own practice and is a certified bilingual financial representative. Born in Guatemala and raised in Mexico, Karin works in Dallas, Texas, where 38 percent of the population is Hispanic. Larrave works to educated her clients about protecting themselves in both English and Spanish.


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Inspiring Latina of the Week: Artist S. Whittaker
Inspiring Latina of the Week: Artist S. Whittaker

Latina artist S. Whittaker recently launched her first 3D art exhibit in New York called "Time Signature." Using oil and acrylic based portraits on wooden canvases, Whittaker painted pictures of many of her favorite musicians, including Celia Cruz, Bob Marley, Marc Anthony and Ruben Blades.


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Lina Oliveros
Inspiring Latina of the Week: Scientist & Community Leader Lina Oliveros

Lina Oliveros is doing more than her part to help our environment. Originally from Colombia, the now Batlimore-based scientist created a project called, "Raising Prawns in the City," an alternative to harvesting shrimp from natural waters using aquaponics- a concept that dates back to early Aztec civilizations.


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Luisa Monge
Inspiring Latina of the Week: Director of Business Development and Strategy Luisa Monge

Luisa Monge serves as the Director of Business Development and Strategy for the Interactive Entertainment Business (Media Entertainment Group) at Microsoft Corporation. Monge is responsible for advancing the company’s Xbox/Kinect platforms.


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Inspiring Latina of the Week: Journalist Maria Eugenia Alcón

Maria Eugenia Alcón is the Deputy Editor of NBCLatino.com. Born in Colombia, and raised for some of her life in Spain, Maria’s career began in 1997, where she was hired as a producer for CBS Telenoticias. From there, Maria worked as an Emmy Award-winning producer for NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, where she covered heart-wrenching stories such as the Haiti Earthquake tragedy, and the saga of the Chilean miners. Maria has also worked as a field producer traveling across Latina America and the United States, reporting on various topics. 


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Amy Tintera
Inspiring Latina of the Week: Young Adult Author Amy Tintera

At only 30-years-old, Texas native Amy Tintera has accomplished quite a lot. Her debut young adult novel REBOOT is being published by HarperCollins, and the movie rights for the book have already been bought by Fox.


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Maria Molina
Inspiring Latina of the Week: Meteorologist Maria Molina

Maria Molina is a meteorologist for FOX News Channel. Originally from Nicaragua, Maria is one of the youngest weather women on cable. In addition to her busy job at FOX, Molina is working towards her graduate degree at Columbia University, studying climate change. With her hard work ethic, and positive outlook on life, Maria Molina is this week’s Inspiring Latina!

What inspired you to become a meteorologist? 


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