October 2016 | The List: 12 Leading Latinas in Business and Beyond

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Martinez is the president of sales and customer success at Salesforce, the leading CRM company in the United States with a market cap of more than $50 billion. As a tech leader and STEM advocate, Martinex developed a passion for technology during her studies in Puerto Rico and graduate school at the Ohio State University. Martinez has formerly worked with Microsoft and Motorola where she learned the rigor and risk necessary to lead a rapidly growing company. Martinez and her teal are responsible for creating amazing experiences and increasing business value for her clients.
October 2016 | The List: 12 Leading Latinas in Business and Beyond
Maria Martinez

Martinez is the president of sales and customer success at Salesforce, the leading CRM company in the United States with a market cap of more than $50 billion. As a tech leader and STEM advocate, Martinex developed a passion for technology during her studies in Puerto Rico and graduate school at the Ohio State University. Martinez has formerly worked with Microsoft and Motorola where she learned the rigor and risk necessary to lead a rapidly growing company. Martinez and her teal are responsible for creating amazing experiences and increasing business value for her clients.

Tanya Menendez is the Co-Founder and CMO of Maker’s Row, a Brooklyn-based online marketplace for American manufacturers with a network of over 10,000 manufacturers and 100,000 brands creating products in the USA.  Combining her experience in operations and automation Menendez co-created Maker’s Row, which has been helping entrepreneurs and designers get their projects produced since 2013, with over 100K businesses using the platform. Last year, Tanya was included in Forbes’ 30 Under 30.
October 2016 | The List: 12 Leading Latinas in Business and Beyond
Tanya Menendez

Tanya Menendez is the Co-Founder and CMO of Maker’s Row, a Brooklyn-based online marketplace for American manufacturers with a network of over 10,000 manufacturers and 100,000 brands creating products in the USA. Combining her experience in operations and automation Menendez co-created Maker’s Row, which has been helping entrepreneurs and designers get their projects produced since 2013, with over 100K businesses using the platform. Last year, Tanya was included in Forbes’ 30 Under 30.

Cynthia Rubio is the CEO, President, and Co-founder of Austin-based Radiant RFID, a research and development facility that uses technology to implement cutting-age solutions that automate asset tracking and management. Experienced in the aerospace, petroleum, automotive, and software industries, Rubio founded Radiant RFID when she couldn’t find a job and explore opportunities in technology entrepreneurship.
October 2016 | The List: 12 Leading Latinas in Business and Beyond
Cynthia Rubio

Cynthia Rubio is the CEO, President, and Co-founder of Austin-based Radiant RFID, a research and development facility that uses technology to implement cutting-age solutions that automate asset tracking and management. Experienced in the aerospace, petroleum, automotive, and software industries, Rubio founded Radiant RFID when she couldn’t find a job and explore opportunities in technology entrepreneurship.

Maria Contreras-Sweet was named the 24th Administrator of the US Small Business Administration as a part of President Obama’s cabinet in April 2014. As a successful business leader, entrepreneur, and California state cabinet official, Contreras-Sweet brings her drive to the Small Business Administration in order to expand its presence in domestic and global markets as the supporting organization for the nation’s small businesses. Through her work in the public and private sectors, she continues to be a champion of diversity and economic equity for all Americans.
October 2016 | The List: 12 Leading Latinas in Business and Beyond
Maria Contreras-Sweet

Maria Contreras-Sweet was named the 24th Administrator of the US Small Business Administration as a part of President Obama’s cabinet in April 2014. As a successful business leader, entrepreneur, and California state cabinet official, Contreras-Sweet brings her drive to the Small Business Administration in order to expand its presence in domestic and global markets as the supporting organization for the nation’s small businesses. Through her work in the public and private sectors, she continues to be a champion of diversity and economic equity for all Americans.

Laura Gomez has been a force in the silicon valley given her work with companies like Google (YouTube), SearchRev and Twitter. As a founding member of Twitter, Gomez was responsible for the expansion of Twitter en Espanol and lead its international team. A passionate advocate for diversity in tech, Gomez is the Founder and CEO of Atipica, a venture-backed startup focused on providing powerful data-driven platforms to streamline the job recruiting process.
October 2016 | The List: 12 Leading Latinas in Business and Beyond
Laura I. Gomez

Laura Gomez has been a force in the silicon valley given her work with companies like Google (YouTube), SearchRev and Twitter. As a founding member of Twitter, Gomez was responsible for the expansion of Twitter en Espanol and lead its international team. A passionate advocate for diversity in tech, Gomez is the Founder and CEO of Atipica, a venture-backed startup focused on providing powerful data-driven platforms to streamline the job recruiting process.

With over 30 years of experience in leading diversified media organizations and initiatives, Monica Lozano is the former editor, publisher, and CEO of La Opinion, the largest Spanish publication in the United States, and former CEO of its parent company, ImpreMedia, LLC. Under her leadership, she transformed ImpreMedia into a fully integrated multimedia content company serving Hispanic communities. She is now regarded as one of the most influential Latinas in the country and is a member of a multitude of boards including Bank of America and the Walt Disney Company.
October 2016 | The List: 12 Leading Latinas in Business and Beyond
Monica Lozano

With over 30 years of experience in leading diversified media organizations and initiatives, Monica Lozano is the former editor, publisher, and CEO of La Opinion, the largest Spanish publication in the United States, and former CEO of its parent company, ImpreMedia, LLC. Under her leadership, she transformed ImpreMedia into a fully integrated multimedia content company serving Hispanic communities. She is now regarded as one of the most influential Latinas in the country and is a member of a multitude of boards including Bank of America and the Walt Disney Company.

Nely Galan was the first Latina President of Entertainment for a US television network, Telemundo, and has since owned her own media company, Galan Entertainment, since 1994. She is also the founder of the non-profit organization The Adelante Movement, which trains and empowers Latinas to be entrepreneurs, and Santa Clara LLC, a real estate development, and investment company. A self-made media mogul, business owner, and Emmy-award winning producer, Galan has made it her mission to teach and inspire women to become their own bosses through entrepreneurship and leadership.
October 2016 | The List: 12 Leading Latinas in Business and Beyond
Nely Galan

Nely Galan was the first Latina President of Entertainment for a US television network, Telemundo, and has since owned her own media company, Galan Entertainment, since 1994. She is also the founder of the non-profit organization The Adelante Movement, which trains and empowers Latinas to be entrepreneurs, and Santa Clara LLC, a real estate development, and investment company. A self-made media mogul, business owner, and Emmy-award winning producer, Galan has made it her mission to teach and inspire women to become their own bosses through entrepreneurship and leadership.

Vaca is the Founder and CEO of the Pinnacle Group, America’s fastest growing woman-owned enterprise, and a leading technology, workforce solutions provider. As the third of five children born to Ecuadorian immigrants, Nina embraced my parents’ vision of the American dream: to create a better life through entrepreneurship and civic leadership. In 2015, Pinnacle Group generated over $1 billion in revenue, making it the largest Latina-owned business in the United States.
October 2016 | The List: 12 Leading Latinas in Business and Beyond
Nina Vaca

Vaca is the Founder and CEO of the Pinnacle Group, America’s fastest growing woman-owned enterprise, and a leading technology, workforce solutions provider. As the third of five children born to Ecuadorian immigrants, Nina embraced my parents’ vision of the American dream: to create a better life through entrepreneurship and civic leadership. In 2015, Pinnacle Group generated over $1 billion in revenue, making it the largest Latina-owned business in the United States.

An engineer and veteran astronaut with four space flights under her belt, Ellen Ochoa is the current director of the Johnson Space Center. She became the world’s first Hispanic female astronaut in 1991 and is currently the center’s first Hispanic director. She has been recognized by NASA with its highest award, the Distinguished Service Medal, and the Presidential Distinguished Rank Award for senior executives in the federal government.
October 2016 | The List: 12 Leading Latinas in Business and Beyond
Ellen Ochoa

An engineer and veteran astronaut with four space flights under her belt, Ellen Ochoa is the current director of the Johnson Space Center. She became the world’s first Hispanic female astronaut in 1991 and is currently the center’s first Hispanic director. She has been recognized by NASA with its highest award, the Distinguished Service Medal, and the Presidential Distinguished Rank Award for senior executives in the federal government.

Lorella Praeli is the Latina outreach director for the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. In her role, the Peruvian works to secure endorsements from Latino leaders and tailoring the campaign’s messaging to reach the nation’s fastest-growing segment of voters. Praeli immigrated to the United States as a child to seek medical treatment after losing a leg in a car cash. She recently gained citizenship and the right to vote in the very election she is helping to shape. Praeli previously worked at United We Dream, one of the nation’s largest immigrant youth groups, where she was instrumental in convincing President Barack Obama to expand his deportation protection program to include the parents of citizens and legal permanent residents.
October 2016 | The List: 12 Leading Latinas in Business and Beyond
Lorella Praeli

Lorella Praeli is the Latina outreach director for the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. In her role, the Peruvian works to secure endorsements from Latino leaders and tailoring the campaign’s messaging to reach the nation’s fastest-growing segment of voters. Praeli immigrated to the United States as a child to seek medical treatment after losing a leg in a car cash. She recently gained citizenship and the right to vote in the very election she is helping to shape. Praeli previously worked at United We Dream, one of the nation’s largest immigrant youth groups, where she was instrumental in convincing President Barack Obama to expand his deportation protection program to include the parents of citizens and legal permanent residents.

Alicia Rascon is using media and technology as the Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Latinitas, a non-profit organization and magazine, to give young Latinas the confidence, knowledge, and tools to navigate their careers and tell the stories that matter to them. Prior to creating Latinitas, Rascon was a development associate for the Austin Children’s Museum and has worked in non-profit and Hispanic media as a production assistant at National Public Radio’s Latino USA and as the director of communications for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Travis County. Rascon created Latinitas when she realized something was missing in the teen magazines she frequently read which was her culture.  Dedicated to providing new opportunities to help Hispanic girls realize their potential,  Latinitas gives young girls the opportunity to let their voices be heard.
October 2016 | The List: 12 Leading Latinas in Business and Beyond
Alicia Rascon

Alicia Rascon is using media and technology as the Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Latinitas, a non-profit organization and magazine, to give young Latinas the confidence, knowledge, and tools to navigate their careers and tell the stories that matter to them. Prior to creating Latinitas, Rascon was a development associate for the Austin Children’s Museum and has worked in non-profit and Hispanic media as a production assistant at National Public Radio’s Latino USA and as the director of communications for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Travis County. Rascon created Latinitas when she realized something was missing in the teen magazines she frequently read which was her culture. Dedicated to providing new opportunities to help Hispanic girls realize their potential, Latinitas gives young girls the opportunity to let their voices be heard.

Belcalis Almanzar, or Cardi B, is a social media and reality television starlet. Her infectious personality, transparent demeanor, and candid language make her relatable and popular among the masses. Her Instagram account boasts over 1 million followers. She uses the platform to discuss her business ventures, speak on social and women’s issues, and promotes her career as a rapper. Introduced to the world on what has become one of the largest TV franchises in history, Love and Hip Hop, Cardi B is just getting her start in business and beyond.
October 2016 | The List: 12 Leading Latinas in Business and Beyond
Cardi B.

Belcalis Almanzar, or Cardi B, is a social media and reality television starlet. Her infectious personality, transparent demeanor, and candid language make her relatable and popular among the masses. Her Instagram account boasts over 1 million followers. She uses the platform to discuss her business ventures, speak on social and women’s issues, and promotes her career as a rapper. Introduced to the world on what has become one of the largest TV franchises in history, Love and Hip Hop, Cardi B is just getting her start in business and beyond.

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, we are highlighting 12 Latina and Hispanic women leading in their respective fields. From entrepreneurship and media to technology and business, The List for October 2016 celebrates the game-changers who play key roles in the business landscape and in their cultures.

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