Inspiring Latina of the Week: Entrepreneur Michele Ruiz
Inspiring Latina of the Week: Entrepreneur Michele Ruiz
By Valerie Tejeda | 11/05/2013 - 13:41

Michele Ruiz is an accomplished entrepreneur, public speaker, blogger, author, and award-winning journalist. Born to a Panamanian mother in Glendale, California, Michele had a rough childhood dealing with abuse, racism, and poverty. Despite the odds, Ruiz put herself through college and went on to have a successful career in broadcast journalism. From there, she had the idea to start her own business with the motto, “Empowering Entrepreneurs to Empower Themselves.”


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Kyra Caruso
Inspiring Latina of the Week: DJ & Doula Kyra Caruso
By Valerie Tejeda | 10/29/2013 - 09:46

New York native Kyra Caruso has an interesting mix of professions: she is a DJ and a doula. Part Mexican and part Austrian, Kyra is co-owner of the music and lifestyle company Blend Media Group. Caruso has become quite the hot commodity, even djing for the likes of Katy Perry and Rihanna


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Stephanie Frances
Inspiring Latina of the Week: Marathon Runner Stefanie Frances
By Samantha Leal | 10/22/2013 - 14:51

Stefanie Frances didn't think she'd run a marathon when she first started running. But soon, it became a passion. Now, she's completed more than 30 marathons and, at the age of 60, has no plans on stopping. 

Every year Frances runs the Nike Marathon race, which is now in its 10th year and is one of the largest women's marathons in the world. (Fun fact: you get a Tiffany's necklace at the end!) The race benefits The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Team in Training. To date, Frances has raised more than $100,000 for the cause. 


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Sandra Guynes
Inspiring Latina of the Week: Domestic Violence Survivor Sandra Guynes
By Valerie Tejeda | 10/15/2013 - 14:00

Sandra Guynes is a nurse educator, artist, domestic violence survivor, and the president and founder of Pearls for Creative Healing, Inc–a nonprofit organization providing help to survivors of domestic violence.


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Inspiring Latina of the Week: Handbag Designer Sandra Reiman
Inspiring Latina of the Week: Handbag Designer Sandra Reiman
By Valerie Tejeda | 09/24/2013 - 11:23

Sandra Reiman is the fabulous designer behind the luxurious and sleek handbag line Sandra Cadavid. Hailing from Colombia, each bag is handmade one-by-one by artisans in her home country.

After moving to the U.S., Sandra decided to create her own design firm. From there, her handbags have taken off, even being worn and endorsed by celebrities such as Giuliana Rancic, Catherine Giudici, and Alexia Echevarría.


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Inspiring Latina of the Week: Model & Autism Activist Christina Mendez
Inspiring Latina of the Week: Model & Autism Advocate Christina Mendez
By Valerie Tejeda | 09/17/2013 - 12:05

Christina Mendez is an actress, model, philanthropist, hostess, and mother, who is taking the entertainment by storm. Being the granddaughter of Meringue King Joseito Mateo, performing was always in her blood.

After nine years of working hard, Christina has become one of the most recognizable “real size” models, and she is proud of her curves! Mendez has been been featured on BET's Rip The Runway, MSN Living, and countless fashion campaigns including QFD by Qristyl Frazier Designs-Project Runway Alumni, and MadRag, amoung others.


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Inspiring Latina of the Week: Runner & Athlete Brenda Martinez
Inspiring Latina of the Week: Runner & Athlete Brenda Martinez
By Connie Aitcheson | 09/11/2013 - 11:46

At the recent IAAF Track & Field World Championships in Moscow, Mexican-American Brenda Martinez became the first American woman to win a medal in the 800m at the event. She ran her personal-best at (1:57.80) and won the bronze medal. Martinez, 25, is from Rancho Cucamongo, CA and is the only Latina on the national track and field team.


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Triathlete Aurora Colello
Inspiring Latina of the Week: Triathlete Aurora Colello
By Valerie Tejeda | 08/27/2013 - 14:08

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
By Valerie Tejeda | 08/20/2013 - 11:47

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
By Valerie Tejeda | 08/13/2013 - 12:28

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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