Archives for October 2013

Join Me As A Google Glass Explorer

Over the past couple months I’ve had the privilege to be a part of the Google Glass Explorer program. I am fascinated with my Google Glass and use it for travel, recreation and social outings. As an early adopter I have been able to witness Google Glass evolved into the most innovative wearable technology device.

One of the things I love about Google Glass is that you can be engaged in the experience while capturing priceless memories via Glass.   Every photo taken through Glass  is unique and provides a personal perspective.

I was recently able to enjoy a breathtaking sunset and capture it through Glass at the Beaches of Ft Myers & Sanibel Islands.   I also was able to share a trip to California Adventure and Disneyland and captured the entire experience on Glass.

The high-resolution photography through glass is phenomenal.  One of the benefits of Glass is the ability to immediately share my photos and videos to multiple social media networks.

 

Today I am honored to announce that I will be sharing this experience with 3 of my friends to join me in the Google Glass Explorer program.   As a Google Glass Explorer you will get your very own Google Glass before it is released to the public and have the opportunity to  participate in the program to improve the product by sharing your experiences and feedback.   You will also get the new version of the wearable device which allows the user to use the device with their own glasses or shades.   The breakthrough wearable technology will be available to the public next year.

Are you interested in experiencing Google Glass for yourself?

Follow the instructions and enter to be selected as a Glass Explorer:


RULES: All Google Glass Explorers selected must: be a US resident, be 18 years or older, purchase Glass (cost $1500 + tax), provide a U.S. based shipping address OR pick up the device in New York, San Francisco or Los Angeles.

 

 

Free Virtual College Fair

Here are 2 great resources for  students and parents to prepare for the college application process.  Whether you are planning on attending a local college or out of state college the application process can sometimes be a time consuming process and stressful when you try to do everything on your own.    The first event is primarily in Spanish and is scheduled for October 10.  The second event is in English and scheduled for October 24.  Join the online conversation and obtain great resources to prepare your child to submit college applications, write essays, apply for financial aid and scholarships.

Virtual College Fair #1 – October 10 – 12pm-10pmEST

On Thursday October 10 from 12pm-10pm EST, over 100 colleges will gather together to participate in College Week Live to address the higher education needs of Hispanic students and their families.   Participants will be able to get access to expert advice on financial aid, tips on college study skills and participate in video chats with college admission representatives and students.

This is a great resource for parents who have children who is planning on attending college.

                

WHO
Hispanic/Latino Teens and their families

WHAT
Free Virtual College Fair as part of Univision’s Education Week

WHEN
Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 at 12 p.m. – 10 p.m. ET

WHERE
www.eselmomento.com

AGENDA

Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 (All Times Eastern)

12 p.m., How to Prepare for College: A Financial Aid Overview
Leslie Acosta-Martin, management and program analyst with Federal Student Aid (FSA) at the U.S. Department of Education.

1 p.m., Choosing a Major (in Spanish)
Elizabeth Romero, vice president of learning, New Futuro.

2 p.m., Admission Process
Adriana Flores, senior director, Diversity Initiatives at The College Board.

3 p.m., Excelencia in Education: Tracking Individual to National Latino College Success
Jose Cabrales, program manager at Excelencia in Education. 

4 p.m., I’m First – First Generation College Students
Chelsea Jones, student support associate at I’m First – Center for Student Opportunity.

5 p.m., The Gates Foundation – Academic Skills to Help You Succeed in College
Teresa Rivero, lead senior program officer at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

6 p.m., Financial Aid
Eyra Perez, executive director of the San Antonio Education Partnership.

8 p.m., UC Davis Video Chat
N/A

9 p.m., ACT
Juan Garcia, assistant vice president – Strategic Partnership ACT.

 

 

Virtual College Fair #2 – October 24 – 10 am – 10pm EST

All Access October is one event that is highly recommended by CollegeWeekLive. There will be over 280 schools participating to discuss topics for seniors like writing and essay and finalizing your application process.  They will also provide tips to prepare for college entrance exams, narrowing your school list and more.

WHO
High School Juniors and Seniors and their families

WHAT
Free Virtual College Fair as part of College Week Live

WHEN
Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 at 10a.m. – 10 p.m. ET

WHERE
http://www.collegeweeklive.com/en_CA/Guest/College-Events-October

AGENDA

10am, Why Letters of Recommendations are Important

11:30am, NCAA presents: Path to the Student-Athlete Experience

12:00pm, Three Skills to Minimize College Debt

1:00pm, The Who, What, When and Why of the Campus Visit

2:00pm, Choosing A College Based On Your Return on Investment

3:00pm, Indiana Tech Video Chat

FULL Schedule

LATINAS THINK BIG NATIONAL TOUR

I was raised by the hardest working Latina entrepreneur on the planet.  She  baked and sold the most beautiful wedding, birthday and quinceañera cakes.  My mom also launched several home-based businesses selling hand-made crafts,  jewelry, Tupperware, Shaklee, Avon, Mary Kay, Home Interior, Princess House and managed to find the time to raise a family and help people in need in our community.   During the holidays she would make tamales  to share and for school fundraising.  Her drive and passion for entrepreneurship and social good lifestyle was passed on to my siblings and I.  As a child I use to watch her carry a notebook with lots of lists and wondered how to automate a lot of her administrative tasks of  setting up appointments, billing and collecting money.  I believe that is why I chose a career in Software Development & Engineering and I still code to automate a lot of my day to day technical tasks as a Telecommunications Engineer.

Today’s entrepreneurial Latina is a lot like yesterday’s savvy business woman, except we have a lot of tools at out disposal to automate and facilitate day to day tasks and enable us to focus on our goals.   Today’s Latina is entrepreneurial and Tech Savvy.  However, before many of us take the leap of faith to launch on our own or  to further our career path, we need  resources to help us build our networks and connect with like minded goal seekers.  We also need to sharpen our skills and  find communities with a solid foundation and support system.

 

ELLA Leadership Institute was born out of  similar drive and passion that is instilled in all hardworking and goal seeking Latinas.   ELLA Leadership Institute recently launched the  LATINAS THINK BIG™ national tour to inspire and showcase Latinas who are making a difference.     The second stop of a national and international TED-style tour showcasing innovative professional Latinas will be held on October 11.   I’m  really excited to attend the event and support the ELLA Institute initiatives as a Twitter Ambassador.  I will be joining over 150 attendees to connect  and celebrate Latinas who are breaking new ground.  I’m looking forward to the featured speakers and discussions about careers, business, entrepreneurship and innovation.   Whether you are planning on launching a business or need a word of encouragement from Latinas in Leadership, LATINAS THINK BIG event is for YOU.

The onsite event has SOLD-OUT.  However, you can join the conversation online via Google hangouts and Twitter and be a part of the life-changing virtual event.  I had the opportunity to join the historic LATINAS THINK BIG launch online and  felt like I had the best seats in the house.  I walked away with a lot of resources and inspiration to develop a business idea.   I also felt the presence of a sense of community among the attendees.

The Los Angeles tour was a historical event  and attended by over 100 empowered Latinas, including ten TWITTER AMBASSADORS.

LATINAS THINK BIG VIRTUAL TOUR – LOS ANGELES

EVENT HASHTAG: 
#LATINASTHINKBIG

EVENT AGENDA
4:00PM – 5:00PM New York Life Career Consulting Hour
5:00PM – 5:50PM Registration, Hors d’Oeuvres, Mingle & Live Band Music
6:00PM – 6:20PM Welcome Remarks
6:20PM – 7:40PM LATINAS THINK BIG™ Presentations
7:40PM – 8:00PM Monica Gil Interview
8:00PM – 8:25PM Awards Ceremony
8:25PM – 8:30PM Closing Remarks
8:30PM – 9:30PM Mingling with Presenters and Honorees

”LATINAS

TWITTER AMBASSADORS
Jacky Diaz | @amigapreneur
Monique Frausto | @BLOGSbyLATINAS
Deborah Deras | @DeborahDeras
Eva Smith | @Eva_Smith
Gina Linn Espinoza | @ginalinn
Graciela Tscareno-Sato | @GraceTiscareno
Hilda Ramirez | @HildaRamirez1
LaLa Castro | @latinageeks
Nelly Cardinale | @nycrican2
Stephanie Bravo | @stephanierbravo

 

 

 

 

 

Question:  How have your parents inspired you to seek your career? What are some of the career and entrepreneurial areas you need leadership inspiration in?  Will you be attending the Latina Think Big Virtual Tour?

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