Latina Innovation Presented By Ella Institute

Join us for a dynamic conversation on how Latinas are innovating in this country at work, in business, technology and in our communities!  Meet some amazing Latina innovators, and learn how to leverage technology and social media to advance your innovation!

As a women in Technology field I believe it’s important for us to share our experience so that future generation can be inspired to succeed in Technology fields.

The focus of the Twitter Party is LATINA INNOVATION.

During this live Twitter conversation, we want to hear how Latinas are innovating in every field and sector, and how social media and technology are helping women advance their entrepreneurship and innovation.

 

We want to hear from YOU.  How do YOU innovate?  Together, let’s redefine the face of innovation in this country!  During the event, we’ll discuss how we innovate, why we innovate and what is in store for our future!  JOIN US!

LATINA INNOVATION TWITTER PARTY

 

PRESENTED BY ELLA INSTITUTE

DATE: JUNE 26, 2014

TIME: 6-7PM PT / 9-10PM ET

TWITTER PARTY HOST: @ELLAInstitute

OFFICIAL HASHTAG: #LatinaInnovation

RSVP: http://www.twtvite.com/latinainnovation

 

Join us for a dynamic Twitter chat on:

Latina Innovation

 

Calling ALL:

Digital Latinas | Innovators | Entrepreneurs | Latinas in STEM | Bloggers

Digital Media Entrepreneurs | Social Media Influencers | Career-Driven Latinas

 

HOW TO PARTICIPATE:

➨ Follow: @ELLAInstitute and #LatinaInnovation on Twitter

➨ Follow the discussion using Twubs at twubs.com/LatinaInnovation

➨ RSVP: http://www.twtvite.com/latinainnovation

 

FOLLOW OUR PARTNERS AND CO-HOSTS:

Voto Latino || @VotoLatino || www.votolatino.org

Crowdismo || @Crowdismo || www.crowdismo.com

Chantilly Patiño || @ChantillyPatino || www.chantillypatino.com

Deborah Deras || @DeborahDeras || www.deborahderas.com

Deldelp Medina || @Deldelp || www.avionventures.com

Eva Smith || @Eva_Smith || techfoodlife.com

Francesca Escoto-Zavala || @WAOFrancesca || www.francescaescoto.com

Graciela Tiscareno-Sato || @GraceTiscareno || www.gracefullyglobal.com

LaLa Castro || @LatinaGeeks || latinageeks.com

Mahrinah von Schlegel || @MLvS || embassy2.org

Vicky Ayala || @VickyAyala || vickybydesign.com

Hilda Ramirez || @HildaRamirez1 || facebook.com/Got2BSocial

FEATURED LATINA INNOVATORS

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CAROLINE AVAKIAN

Founder & CEO SourceRise

@CarolineAvakian

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CLARA GONZALEZ

Creator of DominicanCooking.com

@Aunt_Clara

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EVA SMITH

Engineer & Publisher of TechFoodLife.com

@Eva_Smith

GIVEAWAY PRIZES

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Fitbit Flex Cordless Activity / Sleep Tracker

Never stop moving with Fitbit Flex. Wear this slim, stylish device all the time and get the motivation you need to get out and be more active. It tracks steps, distance and calories burned and shows you how you re stacking up against your daily goals. At night, it tracks your sleep cycle, helps you learn how to sleep better and silently wakes you in the morning. Access your stats anytime on your computer, tablet or smartphone both iPhone and Android. Flex is your perfect companion and stays with you everywhere.  Learn more.

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Leverage + Launch Latte Consultation

In this 60 minute session we will review your business and identify how to best leverage your personal brand to launch a new service offering, program or ecourse. After 60 minutes you will have at least 3 actionable tasks that will help you take your brand to the next level. If you are struggling with naming your brand or find yourself at a crossroad with what direction to go in, this quickie session is perfect for you. http://vickybydesign.com

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Brand Clarity Coaching Session

Is your brand getting the attention that it deserves?  In this 45-minute Brand Clarity session, we’ll uncover ways to position your brand so that you can make a bigger impact online. We’ll talk about what you can do to target your audience, how to use strategic branding and messaging to attract the RIGHT audience, and ways to increase your visibility and influence online.  You’ll walk away a list of resources and action steps that will help you to establish your brand as a leader in your niche. www.chantillypatino.com

Business Entrepreneur Feature: Initials Inc

I recently attended the Initials, Inc West Coast tour launch.  Initials, Inc was founded by two moms, Britney Vickery and Ivy Hall,  who wanted to be there for their families, but also wanted to have successful careers.   They created a handbags, personalized products and home organization company that has rapidly grown into a multi-million dollar company within 8 years.  Their passion for entrepreneurship launched a nation-wide company that is slated to be a 400 million dollar company!

Adore the Initials Inc. Signature Collection Bag!

After their success in the midwest and south, the company made a decision to bring the product line and business opportunity to other women and launched a direct selling business.  The company grew so fast they decided to bring the products to the West Coast.

As a Social Entrepreneur I can definitely relate to their story of a passion to connect others and building  a successful  entrepreneurial dream.  After finding out about their story, I decided to create the “Business Entrepreneur Feature” on the blog to feature other women and men who are doing remarkable things to build businesses.

It was great to meet Pat Sheehan - National Field Development Director at Initials, Inc

Initials Inc Product line

The products at Initials Inc are durable and trendy.  I especially love their Initials, Inc Signature bags and scarfs.   I am also in love with the quality of the materials the products are made of as well as the affordable prices.  There were many women from Southern California present to learn about the business and how they could start a home-based business as well.

Initials Inc tablet covers & laptop covers

Absolutely loved this scarf!

 

Since the business is in its early stages in the West Coast, women who join now will have the opportunity to grow their business rapidly.  This year Initials Inc celebrated it’s 8 year anniversary.

 

If you are looking to build a flexible business on your own, make sure to take a look at Initials Inc.  Visit Initials Inc Corporate Offices online  to view the Style Book, Host A Party and/or  to start your own business at Initials Inc.

To celebrate the launch in the West Coast, Initials Inc is offering one of my readers an Initials Inc Signature Collection bag.  You have the opportunity to win it by participating in the giveaway below:

 

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Celebrating Hispanic Scholarship Fund Leaders In Education Awards 2013 #LEA2013

 

I had the opportunity to attend the Hispanic Scholarship Fund Leaders In Education Awardsin Los Angeles, CA on Thursday, April 18.  The event is hosted by Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the nation’s largest not-for-profit organization supporting Hispanic higher education.   The 3rd annual Leaders In Education recognized Southern California students, parents, schools, teachers and other leaders which are making a difference in Hispanic Education and raises awareness to the work HSF has done to highlight the contributions of leaders in Education.

 

Congratulations to Leaders In Education Awards 2013 Winners

School of the Year – Ánimo Leadership Charter High School
Male Student of the Year – Ariel Salazar (Presented by Toyota)
Female Student of the Year – Barbie Aguilar (Presented by Toyota)
President & CEO Hispanic Scholarship Fund – Fidel A. Vargas
Educator of the Year – Teresa Carreto
Parent of the Year – Lorena Aguilar
Volunteer/Mentor of the Year – Oscar Ayon (Presented by Musician Christian Chavez)

 

 

We were honored to meet  Oscar Ayon is President / Co-founder of Unidos Por La Música.   Oscar Ayon has built a successful life and career and has given back to the community through various charitable programs.  Unidos Por La Music is a non-profit with a mission to provide university scholarships, medical grants and hunger relief efforts by creating musical charitable events to benefit those in need.  His community outreach programs “Bags of Hope”, also provided bags of groceries to needy families and fed over 66,00 children and families in the Inland Empire. 

 

We also met the President and CEO of Hispanic Scholarship Fund Fidel Vargas.  An HSF Alumni, he shared that there were 85,000 HSF applicants last year. Out of the 85,000 applicants  25,000 students qualified, However only 5,000 received awards.   His goal is to take Hispanic Scholarship Fund to the next level by raising more funds to provide scholarships for students in need.  He recalls receiving the scholarship funds as a student in Harvard.  One year it provided academic support to be able to save to buy a ticket to come home during the holidays and another year a warm coat during winter.  Several alumni shared testimonials on the difference the HSF scholarships also made in their lives.

Nely Galan at Hispanic Scholarship Fund Leaders in Education Awards 2013

The fundraising festivities were kicked off with an Adam Rodriguez interactive video encouraging participants to text a pledge to Hispanic Scholarship Fund.  An overwhelming response and support was provided by the attendees and sponsors to raise over $79,000 in just a couple hours.  Hispanic Scholarship Fund will have additional initiatives to raise awareness on the importance of supporting higher education.

 

The overwhelming amount of students in need of scholarships made me wonder how many other lives have been changed by Hispanic Scholarship Funds and also prompted me to ask  fellow Latina Leader Network members  to share their testimonials.

Stephanie Bravo, Founder of StudentMentor.org is a  Hispanic Scholarship Fund Alumni.   She received an HSF Scholarship during 2009-2010 academic year. HSF was able to help her in a time when she needed the most financial help since it was the first time she moved away from home to pursue medical school. It lessened her financial burden by helping her pay for academic and living expenses.   After graduating Stephanie was able to  revitalize her medical school’s chapter of the Latino Medical Student Association’s Mentorship Program, which pairs premedical students with medical student mentors to encourage them to become doctors.  She wanted to make a bigger difference and cofounded StudentMentor.org — a national nonprofit organization helping students collaborate with mentors. In less than 3 years, she has been able to help more than 10,000 students achieve their academic and career goals through StudentMentor.org.  Not only has Hispanic Scholarship Fund influenced her whole new career in higher education, but it keeps her engaged in her passion of mentoring as a mentor in HSF’s First Year Transition Program and is paying it forward.

These success stories are an example of Hispanic Scholarship Fund’s  commitment of not only putting a college degree in every Latino household, but to propel Latinos to successfully attain the highest levels of education.  For detailed honoree bios visit the Hispanic Scholarship Fund website at http://www.hsf.net/lea2013honorees.aspx and follow the conversation on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/HispanicScholarshipFund.

 

Disclosure:   This is a sponsored post with Smith New Media and Hispanic Scholarship Fund.  However, all opinions are my own.

 

Question:  Which Hispanic Scholarship Fund success story resonated with you?  Why is it important to help fund Hispanic Education?  What is our responsibility to others pursuing higher education?

So Thankful To Be A Mentor! #LatinoBigs

As a young child I surrounded myself by positive people.  People that were good listeners, good friends and above all people that had my back.   I always had mentors in my life that cared,  supported me and guided me.  Mentors that knew my strength, abilities and provided a boost of self-esteem.  I also had neighborhood comadres that would set me straight if they suspected I was making wrong decisions because they wanted me to be a successful and an independent woman.

As I became an adult I felt it was very important for me to provide the same type of support and guidance to others.  I shared life lessons to help raise tomorrow’s leaders, escorted youth to field trips and talk with youth about future goals.  I know that the reason I was able to transition into a role of a mentor is  because my parents were good role models to me and my siblings and taught us by example by serving our community.

I’m so thankful to serve as a community leader.   I have been fortunate to serve many roles as a mentor. Whether it was to provide a listening ear in time of need, guidance to a friend,  counseling, support at an appointment or volunteering at a local event during the holidays it’s been a very rewarding opportunity for me. I have always had a heart to serve youth and women in need in my community.  My calling is to mentor women.  Whether they are young women or peers I know that supporting women has it many rewards because I know I’m making a difference in someone’s life.  It is one of the most rewarding things I have done in my life.

Tomorrow’s leaders need mentors from all walks of life. That is why I’m so thankful for programs such as Big Brother’s Big Sister’s Latino Bigs.   Big Brothers Big Sisters Latino Bigs volunteers have multiple backgrounds. Some are bus drivers, waitresses, business owners, stay-at-home moms, lawyers, nurses and construction workers. They are also college students and retirees.  You don’t need special training or a degree to positively influence a child. YOU have what it takes to be a great role model.

Getting together doesn’t require a special occasion or expensive activity—just a few hours every month doing things the Little and Big already enjoy such as reading books, cooking together or providing guidance and inspiration.

As you count your blessing during the holiday season consider how you can help youth in your neighborhood that need a role model, guidance or just a listening ear.   Consider making a difference in the life of tomorrow’s leaders by volunteering.

For more more information about volunteering as a ‘”Big” check out www.latinobigs.org or  www.bigbrothersbigsisters.org.

Question:  Do you have a mentor you are Thankful for?   Has the experienced encouraged you to mentor others?

This is part of a supported campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and Big Brothers Big Sisters.  However, all opinions expressed are my own.

Happy President’s Day! Top 6 Presidential Quotes For Leaders

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

 

“Any man worth his salt will stick up for what he believes right, but it takes a slightly better man to acknowledge instantly and without reservation that he is in error” – Andrew Jackson

“Big things are expected of us, and nothing big ever came of being small.” – Bill Clinton

“Entrepreneurs and their small enterprises are responsible for almost all the economic growth in the United States.” – Ronald Reagan

“You can’t let your failures define you — you have to let your failures teach you. You have to let them show you what to do differently the next time.” – Barack Obama

“Any definition of a successful life must include serving others.” – George Bush

Goodbye 2011 and Hello 2012!

2011 was definitely a year of growth for Tech.Food.Life. blog.  I started off the year with a plan to blog more and put an authentic voice to my blogging.  With so many different websites out there, I wanted to make it a place where no matter who visits they feel at home and want to wander [Read more...]

Setting SMART Goals

What is your favorite Goal attaining system?  I prefer setting goals using the S.M.A.R.T. system. If you don’t have a goal setting system, I recommend this system.  It’s a simple and effective way to set SMARTer goals.  It’s my go to system for setting goals.  [Read more...]

7 Fascination Triggers to Persuade and Captivate

I attended LinkedOC One Night Only w/ keynote speaker Sally Hogshead yesterday evening at Gothic Moon Productions in Orange, CA.  She is the author of the Leadership Book Fascinate: Your 7 Triggers to Persuade and Captivate,  and is a well sought out motivational speaker (ie TED)  and Advertising Mastermind.  I was really captivated by her [Read more...]

A Lesson From The Four Agreements

I’m a notetaker, listmaker and self-proclaimed wiki and periodically review my notes for nuggets I may have missed during a speaking engagement, conference or meeting.  [Read more...]

1-2-3 #LATISM Latino2 Conference Here We Come!

A couple of months ago  Ana Roca Castro (@AnaRC) Founder of Latinos in Social Media started a discussion about “Where are all the Latino Startups“?   We learned that statistically speaking the number of Latino Startups don’t exist.   Ana’s post was  followed by Jesse Luna’s (@JesseLuna)  interview with a dynamic Latina Entrepreneur, Leanna Hernandez who [Read more...]

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