Jul 03, 2015


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What’s been on my mind lately…

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Do you see yourself as an innovator? Innovative companies like Google and Facebook, and the recent $16 billion dollar deal for WhatsApp continue to highlight the importance and power of innovation. It reinforces the perception that innovation happens mostly within the world of technology and big companies. But there is nothing further from the truth. […]

ELLA Founder Dr. Angelica Perez-Litwin Named 2013 Hispanic Business Influential!

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On the heels of a very exciting week for the ELLA Leadership Institute, ELLA’s Founder & CEO, Dr. Angelica Perez-Litwin, has been named one of Hispanic Business Magazine’s 2013 Hispanic Business Influentials! Noted for her work as an entrepreneur, social media influencer, and mental health professional, Dr. Perez-Litwin joins 49 other Latino movers and shakers […]

Awakening the Millionaire Within

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No.  A millionaire mind has nothing to do with money.  In fact, focusing on money is the wrong mentality. When my father was 10 years old, he lost one of his only pair of shoes.  Since his parents were not able to afford a new pair at the time, he went to school with one […]

Clinical Research Saved My Father’s Life

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It was fall 2002, my first semester at Fordham University and I was so excited. My initial week was filled with nerves, rushing back and forth from Washington Heights to the Lincoln center campus, and one life changing phone call from my mom. I was expecting to hear, “Why haven’t you called me, how’s school […]

Saturday Familia: On a Mission to Reconnect My Suburban Children to Our Extended Family

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I was born and raised in Washington Heights, New York – a Dominican enclave where Spanish is the signature language in the bodegas and on the streets.  My trip to Yolanda’s beauty parlor was just an elevator ride down and a block away.  My cousins, tias, abuelos and neighbors had regular gatherings in front of our ten […]

“Becoming Ricardo” – The Next Big Slap-Stick Web Comedy Series – Created by a Latina!


Introducing “Becoming Ricardo” – The Next Big Slap-Stick Web Comedy Series Talented Latinas are making their mark as entrepreneurs, executives, professionals and politicians.  One such Latina is JESENIA The Comedian, the creator of “Becoming Ricardo” — a comedy series about a down-and-out-actress, who in a desperate attempt to get her career moving faster, decides to […]

Getting to the Root of Afro-Latina Hair

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Questioning the Standard . The standard of beauty in the United States is obvious.  Most of the supermodels are tall and slender with long, flowing straight hair.  This beauty standard is impartial to skin tone: many Caucasian, African-American and Latina models have the same hairstyles regardless of its natural state.  As an Afro-Latina, my dark […]

Self-Help, Spanish Style: Growing Up in 12-Step Meetings, in English and en Español

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 I grew up in an Argentine-Italian family where liquor flowed and fighting was contagious. I thought drinking was “normal, part of our cultural tradition.” I never imagined we lived with a disease called alcoholism and that each of us – including the pets and the plants – were affected by the insanity. I wanted to hang a […]

Latina Spotlight: Amy Javier

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Today’s spotlight is on Amy Javier, fashionista, entrepreneur and creator of Style Bloomer. What is your country of origin or family heritage? My parents are Dominican from the Dominican Republic. My mother came to NYC when she was seven years old. My father wooed my mother by commenting on how gorgeous her hair was and […]

Congratulations Junot! Junot Díaz Granted the MacArthur Genius Grant

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Junot Díaz, who was granted the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2008 for his novel, “The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao,” added yet another impressive accolade to his already shining resume.  He has been granted the extremely coveted MacArthur  Genius Grant, otherwise known as the MacArthur Fellowship. The MacArthur Genius Grant is awarded to […]

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