Aug 04, 2015


Spotlight: Marisa Treviño, Founder of Latina Lista!

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Current job/professional title: President of Treviño TodaMedia/Founder of Latina Lista

City you live in: Greater Dallas area

Any recent/past professional/social achievements: Named Groundbreaking Latina Blogger of the Year in 2011by Catalina magazine

Country of origin or family heritage? I am Spanish, Mexican, British and German. I was born in Madrid, Spain and was brought to the US at 2 years of age.

Three words that best describes you: Nurturing, positive and a visionary

What makes you a smart Latina? I am a smart Latina because I have an unquenchable curiosity to learn all that I can learn. Whether it’s keeping up with current events, technology developments or social good practices, I want to know what’s going on and figure out a way to apply it to my life and business.

Stilettos or Flats? Flats. I believe in being myself. Being myself conveys a sense of genuiness that people pick up on and puts them at ease enough to talk, share and confide in me their stories and hopes.

Who has always inspired you to be your best? Me. I guess you could say that I’m my own best competition. My family and friends accept me the way I am and I accept myself the way I am but I understand in order to accomplish things in life it takes more effort. In that process, your best just naturally comes to the forefront.

Merengue, Salsa, Bachata or Other? Cumbia. I’m not self-conscious dancing alone and can easily dance with a partner or a group and always have a great time.

What’s your favorite hobby or creative outlet? My favorite hobby is playwriting. Before Latina Lista, I used to write plays often. There’s something thrilling about hearing dialogue you heard in your head and scenes you envisioned in your mind take shape on a stage via the interpretation of another person.

25 million Latinas and counting!  Your thoughts…?

While the numbers signify that Latinas are coming into our own demographically, it doesn’t mean anything if Latinas don’t use their voices to join national dialogues and demand inclusion. Inclusion creates awareness of presence and literally brings the issues, needs, aspirations, accomplishments, challenges and deficits of Latinas to the forefront.

Countries you’ve visited, and your favorite one: Spain, France, Mexico and Belgium. I really enjoyed Spain – I may be biased J

Describe a perfect day off from work: Spending time with family and attending a cultural event

Favorite TV show: Actually, my favorite TV channel is History International. Love the programming on that channel.

Favorite magazine: I just don’t read a magazine from cover to cover since I do so much reading online and then it’s just articles from different sources.

What has been your biggest accomplishment so far? Keeping Latina Lista going for 7 years.

What has been your biggest challenge in life? Balancing work and life

What is your next dream? Becoming a Latina new media mogul J


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Angélica Pérez-Litwin

Angélica Pérez-Litwin

Dr. Perez-Litwin is the Founder & CEO of ELLA Leadership Institute, a multi-platform professional development organization designed to advance the careers and leadership of women. She's the creative force behind the LATINAS THINK BIG™ national tour, sponsored and live-streamed by Google.

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  1. Lisbeth Karina Velazquez says:

    Marisa hi remember me Im Karina u helped me with my brothers here in Alabama well Im writing because Im concern with the new law that went through here and how does it affect the immigrants. My num is 205-356-3324. I met with u in fort Worth at Dennys.

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