2016

Welcome Camila Alves and Agatha Achindu to #WeAllGrowFAMILIA!

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Our #WeAllGrowFAMILIA attendees are in for a huge treat. Camila Alves and Agatha Achindu, co-founders of Yummy Spoonfuls, are joining us for a keynote conversation at our event on October 22nd at the Munchkin headquarters!

Yummy Spoonfuls, a frozen organic baby and toddler food made from farm-fresh whole ingredients and found in the freezer aisle at Target, was born out of the need of these two entrepreneurial moms to find the freshest, tastiest, most nutritious foods for their children -- just like the ones they grew up eating in their home countries of Brazil and Cameroon.

Both immigrants to the U.S., they longed for the fresh foods they grew up eating from either their own farms, backyards or local farmer's markets. Camila was born into a family of farmers in Brazil and Agatha ate only the freshest organic foods from her family's garden and local markets.

We're excited to hear more about how their connections to their countries of heritage and culture has impacted their vision for Yummy Spoonfuls. #WeAllGrowFAMILIA attendees will rejoice in this opportunity to be inspired and learn from two moms on a mission. Oh...and we'll get to taste some delicious Yummy Spoonfuls as well!

¡Bienvenidas, Camila y Agatha!

 

Giveaway! Attend #WeAllGrowFAMILIA in Los Angeles!

Do you want to attend our invite-only (and already at capacity!) #WeAllGrowFAMILIA one-day event in Los Angeles? Ser Padres and Parents Latina want to make that happen for you!

We’re giving away tickets (travel and accommodations included!) to TWO influencers who want to join us on October 22nd at the Munchkin Headquarters as part of the Ser Padres and Parents Latina #MomsSquad to capture the fun on their social media channels and blog. Pretty much what we love to do anyway, right?

To enter, all you need to do is share a picture or video via Instagram and/or Twitter showcasing what the phrase “Ser Padres” or “Ser madre” means to you. That’s it!

Here’s how it works:

  • Follow @WeAllGrowLatina and @SerPadres on Twitter and Instagram.
  • Post an image/video that reflects what “Ser Padres” or “Ser madre” means to you.
  • You must use the hashtags #MomSquad and #WeAllGrowFAMILIA in your entries.
  • You may post as many entries as you’d like
  • The giveaway starts on Monday, September 19th and ends on Monday, September 26th.
  • All entries must be in by September 26th, 2016 by 9pm PST / 12am EST.
  • Winners will be announced on Wednesday, September 28th.
  • Winners will receive a non-transferrable invitation to #WeAllGrowFAMILIA, airfare from closest major city and two nights hotel.

In order for your image to count as an entry, you must follow the instructions and guidelines.

Giveaway Rules:

  • You must be 18 and older to participate and a parent.
  • You must be a legal U.S. resident physically residing within the forty-eight (48) contiguous United States or the District of Columbia.
  • You must be a member of #WeAllGrow Latina. You can join HERE.
  • You must be the rightful owner of the email address and/or social media account associated with the entry.
  • Winner will be notified via email and Instagram tag and will have 72 hours to respond. If there is no response we will select another winner at random.
  • All decisions are final.
  • Void where prohibited.

Official #WeAllGrowFAMILIA giveaway terms and conditions

We can’t wait to see your pictures!

 

 

Meet the #WeAllGrowMIA Mentors

One of the most popular sessions in our events are the Mentor Roundtables where our attendees get a chance to meet in a small group of 10 or less with a two different Mentors, all experts and bosses at what they do. 

Our ten #WeAllGrowMIA Mentors bring so much diverse experience in PR, digital media, financial savviness, traditional media, book publishing, editorial, blogging y mucho más!

Make sure to follow along on September 10th via the hashtag #WeAllGrowMIA and our Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Snapchat at @weallgrowlatina. ¡Se va poner bueno!

#WeAllGrow Storytellers 2016, Presented by YouTube

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As our second annual #WeAllGrow Summit came to an end, the attendees gathered in the Hotel Maya's Lagunita Pavilion one last time to listen to the much anticipated Storytellers, presented by YouTube. This year the submissions for this event had surpassed our expectations. From over eighty submissions, six storytellers were selected as finalists to present their own unique story and voice to our diverse community.

Our storytellers touched everyone in the room from laughs to tears of emotion, We could not have been more proud.

Kathy Cano-Murillo of Crafty Chica 

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Our host and moderator, Kathy Cano-Murillo of Crafty Chica shared a story about the time her youngest daughter fell in love for the first time and how she quickly became a helicopter mom. Being the ultimate bohemian couple with her husband, she tried to stay optimistic while her husband knew her daughter’s new boyfriend was oncoming traffic.

While being caught in the middle between her husband and daughter for the first time, Kathy knew she wanted what was best for her daughter but still wanted to respect her and her relationship. She concluded by sharing how it’s a learning process when dealing with your children’s love life and reminded us all to always to stay connected with your child.

Gabby Natale of Super Latina

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Gaby Natale of SuperLatina took the stage to share the story of when she was a recent graduate in search of her dream job. Life did not turn our as planned. In 2001, she found herself unemployed. She did not allow that situation to defeat her. She worked that much harder to land a position that would eventually skyrocket her into the super Latina she is today.

During her story, she shared these words from mom with attendees, "Always bring your A-game because you never know when opportunity will come knocking at your door!" Gaby also never takes an opportunity for granted because she knows what it's like to not have any and she encouraged us all to take that approach in life as well.

Showing that women are warriors, she concluded by saying, "Don't play it safe. It could be the riskiest move ever."

Denise Cortes of Pear Mama

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Next to take the stage, Denise Cortes of Pear Mama shared the story of when her parenting as a mother came into a full circle. Her story recalls a tense night between her and her husband as they discussed the state of their marriage.

Later that night she was comforted by her first son Noah. “That’s where I felt my parenting came full circle, it was no longer mother and child. I let that pretense down and let my son see me at my weakest point”, Denise recalled. Her story taught us that when we let our guard down as parents, all the love and care that we instill into our children as parents is given back to us in times when we need it most.

Eliana Tardio 

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Eliana Tardio took the #WeAllGrow stage and discussed the importance of taking care of children with special needs. She described the heartbreaking first time she heard and felt a prejudice towards her special needs son. After that, she vowed to be one of the voices to make sure something like that never happened again to another child.

She encouraged parents to be the ones to stand up for their children and be their biggest cheerleaders. But the greatest lesson she passed on to us? Her children taught her that people who love you will accept you as you are, which is something we all need to remind ourselves!

Nancy Salas of Simply Nancy 

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Next to take the stage was Youtuber Nancy Salas, who shared an emotional childhood story of the time her mother suffered from a terrible stroke and became paralyzed. Through this life changing event at the age of nine, she felt unprepared growing up, as she was sheltered from seeing her mother in this condition. Through this troubling time as a child, she felt she lost her childhood and her family.

Through time she learned how to heal herself inside and bring about this inner peace that was broken for so long.  The lesson she ultimately learned from this tragedy was to prepare your children for the world and the unexpected, embrace your inner child, give love where it is needed and let the pain from the past drive you.

Yvonne Condes of Yvonne in LA

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Storytellers continued with Yvonne Condes of Moms LA, who discussed how important it is for Latino children to feel good in their skin. She wanted her sons to understand their Mexican heritage but also to not feel like they didn't belong because of it - something that Yvonne has personally experienced.

She never wanted her sons to feel like they were too Latino or not Latino enough but rather that their Mexican identity is something to be embraced and celebrated. She concluded by saying, "Whatever my boys say about me someday, I hope they say it lovingly and I hope they say it in Spanish!"

Marines Duarte of En Tus Zapatos 

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Lastly, Marinés Duarte of En Tus Zapatos Blog shared the story of when she was a little girl with big dreams of moving to the U.S. to study and play tennis. She faced many obstacles before her dreams came true but she did not let those hurdles keep her from achieving what she wanted.

She practiced tennis day and night, every afternoon and weekend in hopes of gaining a sports scholarship. All her hard work paid off. By the age of sixteen, she was ranked top ten in the nation. And year later, she was in the U.S. ready to play tennis.

Her excitement for what she had anticipated for so long quickly diminished, as she found herself not fitting with her new team. While her coach made her time miserable, she kept focused and determined to make it to the national championships. Eventually she did just that for four years in a row. Marinés continues to still hold the school's record till this day .

She concluded our #WeAllGrow Summit 2016 with one key message that we could not agree more with, “Latinas are the perfect combination between a warrior and a princess.”

Through all of our diverse stories and backgrounds our voices as Latinas come together because when one grows, we all grow.

2016 #WeAllGrow Summit Video: Moments of Awe

400 Latina bloggers, creators and industry professionals came together at Hotel Maya in Long Beach, CA for three days of sisterhood, growth, learning, storytelling and unforgettable moments of awe.

#WeAllGrow Summit has become more than a conference. It's a community experience of transformation and manifestations of our higher selves that leaves an undeniable imprint of the beautiful stories of the Latina community.

Our 2016 video, directed by Andrea Franco (Nuhr Studio), lovingly and vividly captures the energy of sisterhood that is generated when we create from deep within us with the only intention to have our stories shared and our voices heard. The result has been quite magical to the point that now, only in its second year, #WeAllGrow Summit stands on a class all of its own.

Thank you for co-creating this with us and for believing in your self, your passion, your dreams, your calling and this community of unique mujeres.

#WeAllGrow Summit 2016 Breakout Sessions: Day Two Recap

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We started off day two of #WeAllGrow Summit 2016 on Saturday, March 5th with breakfast in bed from Aguacates Frescos. It was just what we needed after a first day of awe-inspiring moments and growth with our fellow Latina digital creators.

The second day of breakout sessions began promptly at 11 a.m. and featured another group of incredible influencers who shared their advice with us, like practical tips on collaborating for growth, a blog design that speaks your language and how to grow your blog views to 1 million. They included:

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#WeAllGrow Summit

Each and every woman that spoke shared their journey and showered us with their knowledge about how to build our female brand larger to all #WeAllGrow Summit attendees. Here are just some of the lessons we learned:

  • From Blog Design con Voz we learned that when creating a logo it's important to look at brands from the same industry as you to draw inspiration from. Additionally, make sure to focus on a key message so your logo matches!
  • Enid Hwang taught us that 2/3 of what people pin on Pinterest is from professional content creators so make sure your content is up to par.
  • The Killer Content Cycle sessions taught us to not use more than two fonts on one blog post. According to Laura Fuentes, definitely combine two fonts for a more unique look and vary them in sizes.
  • Beyond the Inner Circle taught us that the key to networking is making genuine connections and swapping information digital is so impersonal. Go for a business card because it's the first impression people get of your brand!
  • Maura Wall Hernandez taught us that Google Analytics is like a puzzle. It's not enough to just look at your data - you need to investigate your content and really think about why something is or isn't happening. That's when the magic happens!
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After a Suite Snack + Connect networking break, we were back at 12:15 p.m. with more sessions. They included:

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#WeAllGrow Summit

While it's impossible to list every single lesson we learned (and trust us - there's a lot!) we rounded up some of the best:

  • Alana Marie told us to not get lost in trends; they come and go. The key for your blog is finding your own voice and staying true to yourself. Being authentic resonates with readers.
  • If you truly wish to connect with people from all walks of life, then you have to live stream! It's something that is happen in every country, in every culture and in every language. It's a great place for international networking and interactive engagement.
  • From MiTu - if you have a global reach be aware of your long term rights. It's absolutely vital to understand long term value and royalties.
  • Yoly Mason advised us to utilize that all-important A/B testing on your email marketing. Use different language, test it out on your audience and find out what makes them interact the most!
  • It's important to remember small key points when doing pitches Kika Rocha said, as well as understanding your personal voice and strength. That will help your case when talking with possible brands.
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#WeAllGrow Summit

Our day continued with the absolutely delicious keynote lunch, which was presented by Disney Parks and last round of sessions began at 3:15 p.m. Don't worry - they did not disappoint:

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#WeAllGrow Summit

We continued to expand our knowledge throughout these last few sessions and here are some takeaways:

  • #LatinasUnidas believes in having a united group that treats one another with respect and is empowered to grow together. We love this message and how much it aligns with #WeAllGrow!
  • If you're looking to work with brands on Snapchat, Alexys Gabrielle told us to screenshot how many times your story was viewed and show that data to the company. Awesome tip!
  • Share what you know because it allows not only personal growth but audience growth as well. When one grows, we all grow, right!?

When looking back at all the industry professionals and lessons they taught us, it's rather impossible to not feel a sense of inspiration to amp up our personal brands. Experts helped give confidence and reassurance on important topics for all bloggers, like personal growth, how to market content on social media and be an influencer. Reflecting on everything that happened at #WeAllGrow Summit 2016 fills us with such a sense of pride and love for all those that attended. It was a truly magical conference filled with moments of awe, personal growth and networking with prominent Latina creators and bloggers!

What was one lesson you learned from Day 2 of sessions? Let us know on social using #WeAllGrow!

#WeAllGrow Summit 2016 Breakout Sessions: Day One Recap

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If you're anything like us, you're probably going through major #WeAllGrow withdrawal! Those three days in Long Beach were truly magical for all of us. One of the parts that made #WeAllGrow so special was all the amazing breakout sessions! It all began at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, March 4th with four breakout sessions for the lovely #WeAllGrow attendees:

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While there was so much great advice passed down from our expert speakers, we're rounding up a few of our favorite takeaways:

  • Inspired from An Inside Look Into the World of Food Content Creators: If you're looking to start a blog don't wait until you're "ready." Because chances are you're never going to be ready and that's okay! It's important just to start.
  • Also from food content creators and recipe developers: If you're going to pursue food photography, half the battle is making sure your pictures are professional and eye catching. Make sure to perfect that skill as much as you can.
  • From Access Your Audience Through Podcasts: Your audience on a podcast is the same as your blog audience, in that they have habits, desires and needs. Make sure you know how they work.
  • A great reminder from the breakout session, Fortune 500 Company Won the Latin GRAMMYS® With Co-Created Content presented by BodenPR: When you want to work with a brand, realize that there's always going to be someone with a bigger following than you. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't try to work with that brand or that you wouldn't be able to do a great job. Always try.
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Sessions continued after the empowering keynote lunch with Neutrogena at 2:15 p.m. where another great lineup of breakout sessions was available for all to attend:

In case you missed out on any of the sessions, here are a few of our favorite sound bites:

  • Giving us writing tips from From Blogger to Paid Writer: If you consider yourself a writer and an expert in a certain area, don't be afraid that you'll run out of things to talk about on your blog. You know more than you think you do.
  • Food blogger Oriana Romero (@mommyhoodsdiary) and speaker on El Sabor Food Photography: Easy Tips and Tricks to Define Your Style said, "we don't take pictures, we create them." Keep this in mind when photographing a subject - you're creating an experience for your readers. Make sure it's worth it.
  • From How to Successfully Launch a YouTube Channel: Try to keep your content on YouTube as upbeat as you can, unless you're tackling a serious topic. Many people use YouTube as a way to escape, get information and laugh. Fulfill that for your viewers.
  • The wonderful Enid Hwang, community manager at Pinterest and presenter at Next Level Pinning gave us a lot of good tips to up our Pinterest game, such as the use of keywords! Keywords are absolutely essential to optimizing your content on Pinterest, as opposed to hashtags. Be search friendly and descriptive, be active with new content regularly and pin your own content and inspiration.
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Our last round of breakout sessions for #WeAllGrow Summit Day One started at 3:30 p.m. and was packed with informative and inspiring talks, including:

#WeAllGrow Summit Breakout Session speakers continued to give attendees awe-inspiring moments and inspiring tools for growth. Here are just a few things we learned:

  • From The Benefits of Selfless Promotion: Elevating Your Brand Through Social Good: Stories are key because it allows your readers and viewers to really connect with your content. Everyone can relate in some way to a story so it's important to share these experiences.
  • From las amigas de Blogs y Vlogs en Espanol: Dos and Donts en Social Media: There are many pros to being a bilingual blogger, such as: more opportunities, a wider audience to connect with and more changes to work with brands. Like with anything though, there are downsides: Google Analytics is a challenge, it's time consuming and can be expensive. But if you have the chance, do it and don't let any small mistakes stop you.
  • From Por el Amor de Instagram: Marketing Tips to Grow Your Brand on Instagram: The great thing about Instagram is that it doesn't matter what you're wearing or doing, people come to your page because they're interested in you. That's empowering!
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#WeAllGrow Summit

With so much expert advice provided to #WeAllGrow attendees, there's no wonder everyone felt inspired and ready to grow! Our favorite part? The continued feeling of sisterhood that was felt not just at the #WeAllGrow breakout sessions, but throughout the entire weekend. Not only was everyone so passionate, ut every single person was willing to share their knowledge in the effort to help their hermanas grow.

We love that about #WeAllGrow and everyone who made that possible!

Did you have a favorite lesson you learned at one of the sessions? Leave it below in the comments! Look out for next week when we discuss Day 2 Sessions!

Moments of Awe: #WeAllGrow Summit 2016 Suites Snack + Connect

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Nuetrogena at #weallgrow

From informative sessions to meticulous tablescapes, #WeAllGrow Summit has a reputation for leaving no stone unturned when it comes to details. The team along with our sponsors worked diligently to make sure our attendees felt and looked their absolute best during their three-day stay.

#WeAllGrow Summit took over Hotel Maya, literally. From the Pavillion to the Esplanade, guests could get their hair, makeup and nails done as well as enjoy the artwork on display at the Latina Maker’s Market in between sessions. The backdrop of the pier and the beautiful walkways of the hotel created a relaxing and picturesque experience for everyone to enjoy.

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Latina Makers Market #WeAllGrow

When Neutrogena announced #VerasQueEsPosible, they were not kidding. Their suite, which was completely restructured and redesigned for guests, was more like a vacation spa retreat with mimosas, treats and breathtaking views. Celebrity makeup artists Elizabeth Ulloa and Erick Cuesta were on-hand to make sure appointments went smoothly and that everyone’s look was on point. And if that wasn’t enough, attendees also received personal style tips from celebrity stylist Claudia Zuleta of Claudia Fashions, who styled Gaby Espino’s black and white keynote look.

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Neutrogena at #weallgrow

Neutrogena knows very well that no makeup look is complete without photos! Hello? Bloggers, anyone? Without a photo there’s no proof it happened. There was a studio set-up for anyone who wished to get a new headshot, and we must say, everyone looked flawless.

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Neutrogena at #weallgrow

Going beyond products and makeup, the suite encapsulated what #WeAllGrow Summit is about with discussions about skincare with Dermatologist Dr. Bertha Baum and moments of reflection at the #MyIntent station, where bloggers shared their word of inspiration.

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#MyIntent at #WeAllGrow

And speaking of beauty, can we get an amen on those smoothies everyone was raving about? They were all types of delicious. Aveeno out-did themselves when it came to awakening our tastebuds while making sure we beautify from the inside out. Our personal favorite was the Tummy smoothie with fresh papaya, vanilla yogurt, coconut milk, shredded coconut, raisins, and cinnamon.

Brand Ambassador and lifestyle expert Kika Rocha also stopped by the suite to share her popular #TipsdeKika and new book, which is beautifully illustrated with words of empowerment.

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aveeno at #weallgrow

The pampering did not end there. Do you think we can have more than 350 Latinas in one place and not have a suite dedicated hair? And did we mention celebrity hair stylist Mario Anton was there, too? The conference looked like one big hair commercial, we kid you not.

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Dove at #weallgrow

Dermatologist Dr. Alicia Barba was also there to discuss skincare, particularly in the area no one really talks about: the underarms! We were very thankful to have had Dove Dry Spray handy as we ran from session to session (with our fabulous hair)!

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Dove

The suite also included a manicure station and an intimate lounge area made luxurious by plenty of lilies, a stunning white faux fur rug, fragrant soaps and chocolates. Guests left the suite with plenty of selfie opportunities with a backdrop of downtown Long Beach and unbelievably good lighting.

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narciso rodriguez at #weallgrow

With everyone looking so beautiful, it was only fitting that we have a Narciso Rodriguez Parfums suite to complete their look with a sophisticated scent. When a brand's description uses words such as subtle, grace, classic yet modern ... We know it's a perfect fit for #WeAllGrow attendees!

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mazda at #weallgrow

Style was at the forefront of #WeAllGrow Summit, as Mazda showcased their Mazda CX5 and Mazda MX5 models on the hotel grounds, making it easy for attendees to test out the cars' features as well as learn about ways they could become advocates for the brand!

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There's nothing quite like a great manicure. OPI was there to ensure that attendees were polished with their latest New Orleans Collection of Mardi Gras inspired colors. Needless to say, the manicure station was packed, as attendees lined up to choose their favorite colors. Who doesn’t like a glimpse of a pretty nail color while typing on the computer?

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colgate optic white at #weallgrow

#WeAllGrow attendees also know a thing or two about great accessories, which is why Colgate Optic White and celebrity stylist Irma Martinez, who looked stunning in red, dedicated an entire to suite to a great smile and statement necklace! Guests learned how to keep their already beautiful teeth (must be in the genes!) even whiter, and how rocking the right bling will enhance their smile.

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scholarshare at #weallgrow

For the attendees who dream of being able to send their little one off to a great college one day, ScholarShare was on hand to share that it was doable no matter how small the savings. Guests were given a $50 gift card to open a ScholarShare 529 College Savings Account, which pretty much speaks to the conference’s mantra "When One Grows, We All Grow." That includes a better a life for our families and a good education for our children.

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turbotax at #weallgrow

The TurboTax Happy Hour reminded us all that laughter and family is what life is all about. From the massage chair in their suite to s'mores with friends, a good refund should be spent on creating great memories for you and your loved ones.

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#weallgrow summit

Planning the conference with our sponsors was such a fun journey, as we envisioned all that could be done to create a memorable experience for our attendees. The attention to detail and energy was everything, and we can’t wait to do it again!

#WeAllGrow Field Trips Inspired Moments of Awe

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#WeAllGrow in Long Beach, CA

#WeAllGrow Summit started with several magical Field Trips filled with enough moments of awe to last a lifetime. Dolphins included!

Our sponsors were so excited to meet everyone and connect with the influencers who have been killing it online (Yes, you!). Several of them joined us in organizing an unforgettable day of tours, sightseeing, relaxation and a few mimosas! Because everyone knows you can’t have a fab day without a bit of champagne. #WeAllGrow sponsors also know that the only way to create long-lasting relationships is by illustrating the mission behind their brands with meaningful experiences, which are rooted in empowerment, cultura y familia.

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Select attendees were treated with a cruise to the Catalina Islands for a day of beach-front relaxation, a healthy, beautifying lunch, refreshing mimosas, and yoga under a gorgeous sunlit sky (with SPF, of course!). With scenic views in every corner and a beautiful dolphin sighting to complete the day, Neutrogena’s #VerasQueEsPosible mantra came to life.

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Neutrogena Field Trips #WeAllGrow #veraqueesposible

Transitions + VisionWorks

Transitions and VisionWorks kept the day stylish with a fun tour of Los Angeles with hosts, celebrity eyewear designers Coco + Breezy! Attendees learned all about the twins’ humble beginnings in the eyewear industry and connected over a delicious vegan Mexican lunch at the popular LA restaurant, Gracias Madre. Coco and Breezy set the tone for the rest of the day as they DJ’d from their phones on the tour bus and danced with attendees as they headed back to the studio for their very own photoshoot with Transitions + VisionWorks. Latina bloggers and creators were treated to a styling session and finished off their look with a chic pair of Transitions lenses from VisionWorks, perfect for their professional street style photoshoot.

Transitions at #WeAllGrow
Transitions at #WeAllGrow

Long Beach Conventions and Visitor Bureau

As if the #WeAllGrow Summit and Latina Bloggers Connect teams didn’t suffer enough FOMO (we had meetings in lieu of trips), a group of over 40 attendees got to take in the beautiful sites of our host city, Long Beach. They started the day off with a boat tour that revisited the history of Long Beach’s scenic harbor. They were able to sit back and chat with each other while enjoying a breathtaking view of the city’s skyline and world famous Queen Mary. Shortly after their boat tour they headed to the Museum of Latin American Art located in the East Village Arts District of Long Beach. While there, Latina Bloggers had the opportunity to view MOLAA At Twenty 1996-2016 Exhibition, an extensive collection of U.S. Latino and Chicano art. A short bus ride over next led them to the Aquarium of the Pacific for a delicious lunch with a view and a VIP behind-the-scenes guided tour of the aquarium. Lastly, it wouldn’t have been a true tour of Long Beach without visiting the historic Queen Mary. Attendees wrapped up their daylong tour of Long Beach with a guided tour of the legendary ship.

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#LongBeach and #WeAllGrow Summit

Disney Parks

Disney Parks celebrated 60 years of magic with #WeAllGrow Summit attendees! Guests explored both Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure and enjoyed rides like Star Tours and Radiator Springs Racers. Rides were followed by a beautiful day listening to the Mickey Mouse marching band and #Disneyland60 celebrations throughout the park. The day ended with a group photo of all the bloggers and creators that attended this fabulous field trip.

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disney parks at #weallgrow summit

YouTube

There’s nothing quite like visiting the YouTube Space in Los Angeles to really bring the power of its influence to life. #LatinaCreators were excited to see and experience the place they’ve virtually known and loved for so long! Guests were once again blown away by the size of YouTube Space LA and the amount of resources available to those who wish to create a channel. Many came back from their trip ready to step up their game by perfecting their SEO, upping their video content and making better use of YouTube’s analytics to further understand their audiences.

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YouTube Space LA #WeAllGrow

Mazda

Mazda knows that #DrivingMatters, especially when you’re cruising down the Pacific Coast Highway. Attendees drove down Ocean Drive to Huntington Beach Pier in style in the brand new CX-5 before heading to the award-winning Parker’s Lighthouse for a seafood lunch in Long Beach. The day ended with a tour of the beautiful and culturally rich Museum of Latin American Art.

#DrivingMatters with Mazda #WeAllGrow
#DrivingMatters with Mazda #WeAllGrow

As you can see, there’s something about driving a Mazda that makes you whip your hair back and forth!

For more behind the scenes fun, check out our Snapchat story!

The #WeAllGrow Summit 2016 Sponsors Committed To Your Growth

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#weallgrow summit

If ever a community has been held in high esteem, it’s the #WeAllGrow Summit 2016 attendees of Latina bloggers and creators. With an abundance of awe-inspiring moments that propelled real growth and inspiration, we want to take a minute to recognize the amazing group of sponsors that showed up, committed and excited, to connect with each of you.

Here is a rundown of the #WeAllGrow Summit 2016 Sponsors. 

Neutrogena came back for a second year as #WeAllGrow Summit’s Title Sponsor with their #VerasQueEsPosible campaign that challenged attendees to #SeeWhatsPossible. Their presence was felt throughout the conference, from a lavish Suite Snack + Connect experience to an Empowering Keynote Lunch presentation, featuring Sandra Echeverría and our very own Ana Flores!

Neutrogena at #WeAllGrow
Neutrogena at #WeAllGrow

Hampton by Hiltonwelcomed #WeAllGrow attendees to the Summit and their muy fun Seekender Welcome Cocktail party. Attendees were also treated to an upscale charging station in the main conference hall, complete with comfortable seating and refreshments sponsored by Hampton by Hilton. As attendees started to depart, Hampton by Hilton ensured attendees were well nourished with their On the Run® Breakfast-To-Go Bags.

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HamptonByHilton-at-#WeAllGrow

Dovepampered our Latina influencers with hair styling and manicures, along with fun memories at their photo booth. Their #MujerDove messaging shone throughout, along with their #SpeakBeautiful keynote panel, Crown Yourself in Confidence: Uncovering the Power of Positive Words, as well as a community workshop with the local Boys and Girls Club that #WeAllGrow attendees are still talking about!

Dove at #WeAllGrow
Dove at #WeAllGrow

YouTubecame back for another year at #WeAllGrow Summit, this time hosting the cornerstone event, #WeAllGrow Storytellers, as well as partnering with #WeAllGrow for an educational Google Hangouts series prior to the Summit.

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Disney Parks joined the ranks of #WeAllGrow Summit 2016 sponsors to attendees delight! The Disney Parks Keynote lunch was everything you would expect from the happiest place on earth, down to quintessential background tunes and candied apples. Attendees learned about the new additions coming to Disney Parks and tips on how to work with the brand.

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Mazda came to #WeAllGrow to show attendees why #DrivingMatters and two of the sleekest additions to the Mazda family of cars. They hosted attendees at their Suite Snack + Connect with interactive activities and tips on how to advocate for the brand.

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Aguacates Frescoswas such a tasty addition to the lineup #WeAllGrow Summit 2016 sponsors! Sponsored by Aguacates Fresco, #SaboreaUnoHoy, attendees were treated to Breakfast in Bed with fresh avocados that are creamy, delicious and nutritious.

domain.ME was back again for a second year, this time hosting the coveted Mastermind Sessions at the Mentor.ME room that helped advance attendee’s knowledge in small group format. .ME a top-level domain names that is all about YOU – giving you an original destination to build and personalize your corporate or personal blog or brand.

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TurboTaxcame to #WeAllGrow excited to connect and empower Latina influencers and, not only help to grow their businesses, but to offer tools and information on how to file their own taxes. TurboTax held their own Suite Snack + Connect in which their brand ambassador, our very own Marinés Duarte, was available to chat about personal finances, filing taxes and product demos available at the suite, while also providing attendees recharge stations with chair massages and light refreshments while their tech tools also charged. TurboTax also sponsored our last cocktail party of the Summit. Their signature cocktail, “The Refund”, was a huge hit!

TurboTax at #WeAllGrow
TurboTax at #WeAllGrow

Aveeno’s Suite Snack + Connect became a highlight for thirsty attendees with their health-inspired smoothie station and coffee bar. Brand Ambassador and lifestyle expert, Kika Rocha, was there to chat with attendees and offer her popular #TipsdeKika, while attendees were also gifted an Aveeno bag filled with full-sized products. Check out #bellezaespontanea for more.

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Narciso Rodriguez Parfumspampered guests with Rosé and pink macaroons, and #WeAllGrow attendees were gifted with a different Narciso Rodriguez full-sized scent each day: the original for her eau de parfum and the new Narciso eau de parfum. Visit #NarcisoRodriguezParfums to check out the minimalist design and packaging.

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Pinterest was a perfect sponsor for #WeAllGrow, offering attendees industry knowledge on how to make the mega-platform enhance their brand’s visibility. Sending their top experts to connect with #WeAllGrow attendees, Pinterest presented a breakout session on Top Level Pinning. Pinterest also hosted our Sunset Happy Hour that was the perfect closure to our first full day of #WeAllGrow breakout sessions.

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Pinterest at #WeAllGrow

Colgate®Optic White® hosted a Suite Snack + Connect that welcomed attendees with a #SonrisaBrillante red carpet photo experience, while celebrity stylist Irma Martinez provided beauty tips. Colgate Optic White reminded #WeAllgrow attendees that their smile is the best accessorie and showcased their new High Impact White™ line with a live demonstration. Attendees left with a gift bag with the Colgate Optice White High Impact White™ products for attendees to test for themselves.

Colgate Optic White at #WeAllGrow
Colgate Optic White at #WeAllGrow

ScholarSharecame back for a second year to chat with #WeAllGrow attendees about the benefits of their #StartSmall campaign. They also gave the gift of college by providing attendees with a $50 gift card to open a ScholarShare 529 College Savings Account.

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OPI, the number one salon brand worldwide, surprised #WeAllGrow with complimentary #OPIObsessed manicures, showcasing their Mardi Gras collection of festive colors.

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Vicks® VapoRub™is the topical cough medicine with medicated vapors that’s been soothing Latino families for generations. They made sure that attendees were feeling their best with a special delivery of the topical ointment to registered guests of Hotel Maya.

SheKnows Media is a community that inspires and empowers women to explore and pursue their passions and they brought that energy to #WeAllGrow with passion. BlogHer Co-founder and She Knows Media Chief Community Officer, Elisa Camahort Page, held an interactive session that changed perceptions and challenged attendees to own their expertise.

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Long Beachis a visitor bonanza with world-class attractions and, in addition to being the location of our host hotel, the city opened it’s doors to 50 or so #WeAllGrow attendees for a special Field Trip of VIP experiences.

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Transitions Opticalis the leading provider of plastic photochromic (adaptive) lenses that adapt to changing light, bringing out the best in everything you see. Visionworks is a leading provider of eye care services with more than 700 optical retail stores in 42 states and the District of Columbia. Both brands see the potential in our Latina influencers community and took a select group on an informative and festive Field Trip around Los Angeles with Latina eyewear designers, Coco and Breezy.

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EVITE® joined the ranks of #WeAllGrow Summit 2016 Sponsors and was excited to invite attendees to their Evite Influencer Network! With a focus on providing an unique experience like no other by actively engaging with attendees through live events, focus groups, pre-release new product information, rewards, hosted giveaways and more, attendees could sign up here. Evite also graciously hosted an exclusive dinner for select #WeAllGrow content creators.

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Today.com came back for another year at #WeAllGrow Summit with an informative keynote panel on The Convergence of Influence: How Traditional and New Media are Connecting to Reach Audiences In Modern Ways which discussed how Today.com is looking to work alongside digital influencers… like you!

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Today at #WeAllGrow

Ford Motor Company was a #WeAllGrow Summit 2016 sponsor and sent 10 bloggers to attend as #FordEspanol ambassadors, helping them go further in pursuing their professional growth.

HOLA! USA has a mission to entertain, engage and thrill by extending an exclusive invite for women to celebrate the greatest moments in life and they accomplished that at #WeAllGrow Summit 2016. On Friday, HOLA! USA hosted a celebrity sit down Q&A keynote panel with Gaby Espino and Rosie Rivera, moderated by HOLA!’s Editorial Vice President, Cristy Marrero. HOLA! USA also sponsored an interactive art installation by Carolina Rubio MacWright, an artist from Bogotá, Colombia, where attendees were prompted to breathe their intentions into origami lanterns that later shed light to all our dreams and hopes.

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HolaUSA at #WeAllGrow

Mom.me provides support, encouragement and community from pregnancy to high school, and beyond. So much more than a parenting site, mom.me and latinamom.me focus on all facets of a mom’s life. As media sponsors, Mom.me helped spread the amor of #WeAllGrow and also added an engraved keepsake in attendee welcome bags to remind us to keep sharing our stories.

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Mom.me at #WeAllGrow

We're so thankful to all of our sponsors for being such a huge part of #WeAllGrow Summit. Every single detail was designed with our attendees in mind, and we're honored to have worked with so many amazing people!

Experience Hampton by Hilton On the Run® Breakfast-To-Go Bags at #WeAllGrow

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The last fews days have been filled with moments of awe that we won’t soon forget. To keep the inspiration flowing as you embark on your journey home, #WeAllGrow attendees are treated to Hampton by Hilton On the Run® Breakfast-To-Go Bags.

Featuring an apple, bottled water and a breakfast bar, Hilton by Hampton On the Run® breakfast-to-go bags will be available on Sunday, March 6 from 5:00 AM to 11:00 AM, at the Hotel Maya lobby.

Hampton by Hilton knows that conferences are fast paced and wants to help you leave the experience with plenty of fuel to process the awe-inspiring information you’ve received. In addition to the Hampton by Hilton Seekender Welcome Cocktail Party (wasn’t that so much fun!), Hampton by Hilton is offering attendees the opportunity to fuel up with their signature On the Run® breakfast-to-go bags on the last morning of their #WeAllGrow trip. Make sure to pick up your On the Run® breakfast-to-go bag on Sunday morning!

The complimentary On the Run® breakfast-to-go bags are also available at the more than 2,000 Hampton by Hilton hotels from Monday through Friday. Additionally, free, hot breakfast is served daily with fresh-baked waffles and hearty oatmeal with delicious toppings.

Join us in thanking Hampton by Hilton by using #WeGoTogether and #WeAllGrow on social media and by checking out HamptonSeekender.com.

#SpeakBeautiful with Dove Keynote Panel at #WeAllGrow Summit 2016

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#WeAllGrow Summit 2016 is proud to partner with Dove to present three moments of awe that will elevate your inner core, provide a bit of self-care and inspire you to speak with beauty and positivism.

The Dove Suite

Dove invites you to visit the Dove Suite, located at the Luna/Solstice Room for a refresher on the latest hair & skincare trends and to meet our beauty experts, renowned hairstylist Mario Anton and board­certified dermatologist, Dr. Alicia Barba. Stop by for a personalized dry styling session and Beauty Bar manicure to celebrate your unique beauty. Feel free to relax on our outdoor terrace, taking in the gorgeous waterfront views, while enjoying refreshments and having fun with your fellow bloggers in our photobooth. We’re excited for you to join us in supporting #MujerDove, our message of confidence, empowerment and beauty for Latinas.

Crown Yourself in Confidence: Uncovering the Power of Positive Words

Beautiful. Ugly. Smart. Stupid. The power of words can have a significant impact on how we feel about ourselves and how we present ourselves to the world – whether it’s in real life or online. Too often, social media bombards women and girls with negative content that can damage their self-­esteem. Dove research shows 8 out of 10 women encounter negative comments on social media that critique women’s looks. With this in mind, Dove set out to overturn the pervasive online negativity and embarked on a partnership with Twitter to encourage women to #SpeakBeautiful and turn ugly tweets into beautiful, positive ones. Launching the campaign on Hollywood’s biggest night when online negativity was at its worst, Dove developed a truly unique campaign that leveraged primary research and insights, advocacy partnerships and deep influencer engagement, setting out to help shape the way future generations express themselves online. Since launch, Dove has continued to reach thousands of women and girls with #SpeakBeautiful, truly making social media a more positive place for all.

During Saturday morning’s keynote, therapist and life-­coach, Christine Gutierrez, will explore the journey to finding inner confidence and building self-­esteem in various aspects of our lives – from our careers, being mothers, how we feel about our bodies and how we translate our confidence to the world. After the keynote address, Christine will lead a panel featuring Dove Self­-Esteem Experts, Dania Peguero and Rosie Molinary, along with influential bloggers, Elayna Fernandez and Carolina Ortiz. Each panelist will provide their perspective on the importance of speaking positively and offering solutions for how we can all ignite positive change online and in the world.

Dove #SpeakBeautiful Workshop

Dove Self-­Esteem Educators, Rosie Molinary and Dania Peguero, will lead an inspiring workshop for 50 girls from the local Boys & Girls Club in Long Beach, CA.

The workshop ties to the Dove #SpeakBeautiful campaign that encourages women and girls to realize the role our online words play in impacting our confidence and self-­esteem. Dove research shows 8 out of 10 women encounter negative comments on social media that critique women’s looks. Furthermore, women do not realize messages they post are contributing to negative mindsets and behavior about beauty online. Only 9% of women admit to posting negative comments on social media.

How can we help the next generation ignite positive change online? Dove invites #WeAllGrow attendees to join our workshop – to serve as mentors and to interact with girls from our partner organization. To date, Dove has reached 17 million girls globally. We look forward to working with you to impact more lives in our local communities.

TODAY.com Keynote Panel: The Convergence Of Influence

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TODAY.COM latina bloggers

In a committed effort to stay ahead of trends and growth opportunities for our community of Latina content creators, #WeAllGrow Summit 2016 is excited to announce the TODAY.com Keynote panel, The Convergence of Influence: How Traditional And New Media Are Connecting To Reach Audiences In Modern Ways. As New Media becomes a viable access point to audiences, come learn how Traditional Media plans to converge the two.

The Convergence of Influence: How Traditional And New Media Are Connecting To Reach Audiences In Modern Ways

The world of digital content has proven itself to be a powerful source of influence. No longer in its infancy, New Media connects with readership in creative, measurable ways and the world has taken notice. Along with advertisers and brands, major media outlets have begun the exciting convergence of influence; blending their traditional media and on-air reach with modern, digital content that accesses their audience at any point, from the comfort of their homes to the palm of their hand.

In this panel of media experts from TODAY.com and NBC Universo, #WeAllGrow attendees will learn the most current strategies and methods to partner with major media companies for both on-air and online exposure. Two of TODAY’s newest online destinations - The TODAY Parenting Team and The TODAY Food Club - will be introduced, showcasing the benefits of capitalizing on national exposure with digital influence.

With new media growing exponentially, digital content creators and traditional media outlets look to converge their influence in order to best serve their audiences in modern, convenient ways.

Moderated by Alicia Ybarbo, a producer at NBC's Today Show for more than 14 years, our expert panel is coming to #WeAllGrow Summit 2016 ready to share industry trends and insider knowledge on connecting with audiences in modern ways.

Alicia Ybarbo is a five time Emmy Award-winning television producer and New York Times bestselling author. A producer at NBC’s Today Show for more than 14 years, Alicia has worked on topics spanning from lifestyle to breaking news and currently focuses her ideas on the 9am and 10am hours. She became an accomplished author in 2009 with her first book, “Today’s Moms: Essentials for Surviving Baby’s First Year,” (Harper Collins). Her second book, “Sh*tty Mom: The Parenting Guide for the Rest of Us” (Abrams 2012) was on both the New York Times and Los Angeles Times bestseller lists. As a social media mom with more than 470,000 Twitter followers, @TodaysMoms has been listed by Twitter.com as ”One To Follow” since 2009 and ranked #3 on “The 50 Best Twitter Moms” by Babble.com. You can also follow Alicia at @ShttyMom and @AliciaYbarbo. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children.

Laura Fuentes is the CEO of MOMables, where she helps parents make fresh school lunches and meals food their kids will love with easy meal plans and an online fresh meal delivery business. She’s the Author of three cookbooks, spokesperson, YouTuber, makes regular television appearances, and a successful entrepreneur. Laura works with numerous brands on campaign work, contributes recipes to print magazines, is a TODAY Show & TODAY.com contributor, and writes for Parents and the Huffington Post.

Yarel Ramos lights up the screen as the host of NBC UNIVERSO. A native of Los Angeles, Yarel was born the first of three children to Mexican immigrant parents in Los Angeles. With a double bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism and International Relations from the University of Miami, she is now pursuing her Master’s Degree from the University of Southern California. On camera, whether conducting incisive interviews, or shining in the spotlight on the red carpet, Yarel radiates with the vivacious verve and sparkling charisma that has defined her as one of Hispanic television’s most captivating personalities.

Lilliana Vazquez is a multi-media powerhouse making waves on screen and online with her hallmark brand of personality, accessibility and expertise. Her approachable attitude and enviable style have made her one of the most in-demand television hosts and experts in the country. Vazquez is a contributor on The TODAY Show and lends her fashion prowess to Access Hollywood, E! News, Wendy Williams and The Rachael Ray Show … just to name a few. She is an Emmy-nominated host and producer who recently added author to her resume with her highly anticipated first book, The Cheap Chica’s Guide to Style: Secrets to Shopping Cheap and Looking Chic. Vazquez is also the creative force behind TheLVGuide.com, where she and her team of tastemakers share the best shopping, trends and inspiration to help you live your most stylish life, effortlessly.

She currently resides in New York City and can be seen daily on NBC’s The Meredith Vieira Show.

Be Part of the Hola! USA Art Installation at #WeAllGrow Summit 2016

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As an opportunity to appreciate the growth and connection we're set to embark on, #WeAllGrow Summit 2016 is proud to announce an exciting experience for attendees:

Hola! USA's Art Installation with artist Carolina Rubio MacWright

Hola! USA’s art installation will be an artist- led collaboration with participation from #WeAllGrow Summit 2016 attendees. Our community of Latina creators will take part in personalizing an origami globe of multiple colors by writing onto them a wish or desire before then blowing life into them, symbolizing our intentions at #WeAllGrow Summit.

The 400 globes will then hang from a gazebo and display the collective dreams and desires of the #WeAllGrow Latina creators community. We will also be displaying an original painting made by the artist, inspired by the Latinas of this year's event. This installation serves as an opportunity for #WeAllGrow attendees to honor their success stories, while accepting the challenge of saying HOLA! USA.

Carolina Rubio MacWright, lead artist of the Hola! USA Installation at #WeAllGrow Summit 2016, was born in Bogotá, Colombia, where she lived until age 20, when a need for a safer place to call home was necessary. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Florida International University with a Bachelor of Fine Art. After graduation, she felt the need to understand the legal system, at which point she moved to Oklahoma City where she received her Juris Doctorate Degree. Her time in Oklahoma's legal world, practicing criminal law, civil rights and mostly immigration law opened her eyes to the realities of the broken American criminal and immigration law system. Inspiration that keeps her up at night, making pieces that memorialize these stories. She is currently a full-time activist artist-mom in Brooklyn, NY.

Welcome to #WeAllGrow Summit's Latina Makers Market

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Latina Makers Market

#WeAllGrow Summit 2016 is thrilled to showcase the beautiful products of some of our favorite Latina makers, women within our community who's companies design and manufacture products available for purchase during this year's Summit in Long Beach, California.

For many of us, our influence exists largely in the virtual space and online world of social media or various websites. Some of us might even extend our influence to traditional media, where our influence is broadcast on television to audiences around the world.

This year, #WeAllGrow Summit 2016 is offering Latina Bloggers and Latina Creators the opportunity to meet, connect and grow with another important genre of Latina influencers - #WeAllGrow Latina Makers.

Here is the list of Latina Makers we have invited specifically so you can have the chance to engage with them at this coming #WeAllGrow Summit 2016.

#WeAllGrow Summit 2016 Latina Makers Market

Crafty Chica: Kathy Cano-Murillo of Craftychica.com will be offering various goods, including books she's authored, hand-painted mugs, boxes and prints.

Ilaments: Designed by Lisa Rocha, these hand-crafted pieces of jewelry are cultural and colorful. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, the creative journey of Ilaments began in 1997, when Lisa saw the need for jewelry with cultural flair.

The Orphaned Earring: By collecting orphan earrings and unwanted jewelry, Denisse Montalvan has been dedicated to creating beautiful pieces of jewelry in which 100% of the proceeds bring arts and crafts, school supplies, year-round festivities and food to five orphanages in Mexico, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Colombia.

Limonada: A curated shop of happy Mexican Design, Diana Cortes created Limonada: an up & coming Mexican designer’s collective, with each piece having its own aesthetics. Bringing you thoughtful products, from modern crafted leather bags and handmade sustainable wood sunglasses to distinct inspired jewelry and fun vegan shoes, Limonada works hard to give you the best price while fair-trading and honoring the work behind each piece. #FromMexicoWithLove

Chaca Chaka: T-shirts for people that wear T-shirts. Made from 100% cotton. Made in America. Sweathsop free.

Cristian Ree + Kika Rocha Moda Handbag Collaboration: A handbag project dedicated to support an indigenous community, the Wayuu, in Riohacha Guajira, Colombia, proceeds of this special collaboration will go to buy food and water. They will be selling this special edition of handbags and typical accessories made with their particular kind of weave as a special event at #WeAllGrow.

ChaCha Covers: A unique line of nail decals featuring Latin@ iconography, pop culture images and other colorful themes, Ana Guajardo is a one stop pop nail shop. She also makes a line of customized pencils with fun and popular phrases!

Lil' Libros: Little libros for little hands, Patty Rodriguez and Ariana Stein are the creators of the bilingual baby board book series that is beloved by many Latina moms.

VeryThat: Created by Cristina Martinez, VeryThat is your one stop chicana shop. With everything proudly made by hand, you'll find relics with dichos that your Mami says, quotes from strong Latina women, symbols and fotos with Latino pop culture. Featuring tiles, journals, magnets & hand stamped necklaces, everything is proudly made in San Antonio, TX by Cristina Maria Martinez, a first gen chicanita blogger & full time artist dedicated to preserving her cultura.

Lasso is Love: Created by two amigas Latina, Lucy from Mexico and Maria from Colombia, Lasso is Love is making fun and fine jewelry to be use every day. The hand-made bracelets and delicate necklaces made out of 14k gold-filled, sterling silver and semi-precious stones are beautiful creations.

We Love Our #WeAllGrow Summit Sponsors Because They Love YOU!

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We are two weeks - TWO WEEKS - away from the second annual #WeAllGrow Summit and, let us be the first to tell you, this year's sponsors are ecstatic to meet you! From thrilling excursions to thoughtful conference experiences, everyone is so excited to engage, connect and grow together.

Take a moment to check out the expanding list of #WeAllGrow Summit 2016 Sponsors and, if you feel so inclined, introduce yourself via social using #WeAllGrow!

Today we have 8 new #WeAllGrow Sponsors to introduce you to!

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As the number one salon brand worldwide, OPI is committed to providing high-quality products and services to both salons and their customers, along with a focus on industry safety and innovation. With exceptional formulas, fashionable colors, and iconic names, OPI’s heavily-pigmented lacquers are super rich, long-lasting and chip-resistant – offering an affordable luxury to consumers. OPI nail lacquer is available in more than 200 shades. Each lacquer features OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate application. Currently, OPI is available in over 100 countries and retails a full line of professional items including OPI GelColor (available in more than 160 shades that match the iconic OPI colors), nail treatments, finishing products, lotions, manicure/pedicure products, files, tools, gels and acrylics. OPI is guaranteed only when purchased through authorized professional beauty outlets and prestige stores, not from a drugstore, supermarket, mass outlet, or other unauthorized source.

For more information, please visit OPI.com. Follow OPI on Twitter and Instagram @OPI_PRODUCTS and go to OPI Products on Facebook to become a fan!

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Narciso Rodriguez has a style that combines Latin sensuality and New York elegance - a reflection of his dual culture. Inspired by the beauty of women, the energy of New York City, architecture and photography, his fashion celebrates a woman’s beauty, her body and her personality. His two iconic perfumes, 'for her' and 'NARCISO', echo his double culture and his two visions of femininity. Exceptional perfumes built around a heart of musc and composed of the noblest raw materials, 'for her' was named best perfume of the past 20 years in 2012 by the Fragrance Foundation. In 2014, 'NARCISO' was named best perfume of the year by ELLE Magazine.

Find Narciso Rodriguez on Twitter, as @narciso_rodriguez on Instagram and his community on Facebook.

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Transitions Optical is the leading provider of plastic photochromic (adaptive) lenses that adapt to changing light, bringing out the best in everything you see. Transitions® lenses continually adapt to changing light, going beyond vision correction offered by ordinary clear prescription lenses. They also reduce glare and eyestrain making eyes more comfortable and block 100 percent of the sun’s harmful UV rays – important for maintaining eye health.

Visionworks is a leading provider of eye care services with more than 700 optical retail stores in 42 states and the District of Columbia. Visionworks is committed to providing our customers with an excellent shopping experience and high quality products and services with the best value and selection in the industry. All of our stores offer famous fashion brands and our own exclusive brand frames, lenses, sunglasses and accessories along with leading technology in vision correction.

Follow Transitions on Twitter and check out both brands on Facebook: Transition Lenses and Visionworks. You can also find them as @Transitionlenses and @Visionworks_eyewear on Instagram.

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Evite® is excited to be launching the Evite Influencer Network! We focus on what we can do to provide you an experience like no other by actively engaging with you through live events, focus groups and pre-release new product information, rewards, hosted giveaways and more.

You will be part of a social media and content-driven experience with exposure to more than 100 million annual users! If you are interested in learning more and participating in the Evite Influencer Network, sign up here.

Follow Evite® on Twitter, Facebook and as @Evite on Instagram.

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Long Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau is home to one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse cities in the U.S. Long Beach is a visitor bonanza with world-class attractions; the Queen Mary and the Aquarium of the Pacific, historic sites; Rancho Los Alamitos and Rancho Los Cerritos, four unique museums; Long Beach Museum of Art, Museum of Latin American Art, Pacific Islands Ethnic Arts Museum and the University Art Museum.

Long Beach’s urban downtown waterfront has picturesque Rainbow Harbor as its central jewel.  Here visitors will find the world-renowned Aquarium of the Pacific and just across the bay the Queen Mary reigns majestically over the city’s transformed skyline. Encircling Rainbow Harbor are Shoreline Village and The Pike at Rainbow Harbor, two shopping, dining, entertainment complexes, each with their own architecture and individual style.

“Walk-ability” is a new term to describe downtown Long Beach.  Everything a visitor might need or wish to do is just steps away.  The Convention Center, shops, restaurants, night clubs, theaters, marinas and beaches are all with an easy walk from downtown hotels.  Within an 8-block area downtown, there are over 100 quality restaurants serving everything from hot wings to haute cuisine.

Connect with the Long Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau as @VisitLB on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and join the conversation on #ThisisLB.

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Ford Logo With Tagline Vector Color

Ford Motor Company is taking you further than ever before. Llega Mas Lejos. Go Further. #fordespanol #llegamaslejos

Follow Ford Español on Twitter, Facebook and as @Ford on Instagram.

#WeAllGrow's Newest Media Sponsors

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Our mission is to entertain, engage and thrill by extending an exclusive invite for women to celebrate the greatest moments in life.

HOLA! USA offers exclusive access to celebrities, with a top-notch storytelling approach that is always ahead of the trend. With an irresistible twist of fashion and lifestyle, from beauty to celebrity glam to travel and life-changing moments, we deliver aspirational and intimate stories of the personalities our reader cares about. Through impactful images and human interest reports, we will make her life even more fulfilling, fun—and fabulous! HOLA! USA is the iconic brand she prefers.

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The TODAY Parenting Team is the online destination where parents come to laugh, learn, and connect, with heartwarming and inspiring stories from the playground trenches and you’ve-gotta-try-this tips. Because we’re all in this together.

Find The TODAY Parenting Team on Facebook and Instagram as @TODAYParents, as well as Twitter.

The TODAY Food Club takes our food coverage beyond segments and stories, allowing the audience to be an active part of the TODAY cooking experience and creating a unique, passionate community around TODAY food. Members will receive special access to digital events, invitations to monthly challenges and opportunities to appear on TODAY.

Find The TODAY Food Club on Facebook and on Instagram and Twitter as @TodayFood.

#WeAllGrow Summit 2016 Field Trips: Sign Ups Open!

For those who remember last year's inaugural event, #WeAllGrow Field Trips was a highlight of the conference and, for this year's Summit, we're proud to once again offer artfully crafted experiences that connect influencers with sponsors through one-of-a-kind excursions exploring the diverse offerings of Southern California on Thursday, March 3rd. Review the amazing experiences our sponsors have planned just for you, select your favorites and fill out the #WeAllGrow Summit 2016 Field Trips Sign Up Form today! Deadline to sign up is February 18th.

As a reminder, because of extreme capacity restraints, we're asking that attendees rank their desired Field Trip in order from one to five. So be sure to look over each field trip description, the influencer profile where noted and decide your level of interest. All field trips take place on Thursday, March 3rd.

These field trips will fill up fast! Once at capacity, #WeAllGrow Field Trips will be closed with a firm deadline of February 18th. No exceptions can be made. We love that our attendees are adventurous and eager to connect with #WeAllGrow sponsors, but please do send in your requests asap!

As much as we want to be able to have each and every one of you experience these sponsor field trips, we might have more demand than available spaces. Because each sponsor has prepared incredibly unique experiences, there are limited spots for each. Selections will be made on your interest, as well as your content's relevance to sponsors' product, service and / or message.

Confirmations will be sent via email from ashley(at)latinabloggersconnect.com no later than February 24th. Be mindful that the team is working fast and furiously on all the details of the Summit, so only contact Ashley if absolutely necessary.

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Fly Away to Catalina Island with Neutrogena

Neutrogena is inviting 20 lucky #WeAllGrow attendees on a helicopter ride to Catalina Island, a California gem approximately 20 miles off the coast and in the gulf of Santa Catalina. On Catalina Island, #WeAllGrow attendees will enjoy a beach-front yoga/Pilates class, brunch al-fresco, water activities, massages and a sky tour of the island, all while keeping the importance of sun protection top of mind.

The field trip will depart Hotel Maya at 8:15 am and end at 3:30 pm.

Neutrogena is specifically looking to connect with influencers who create beauty and / or lifestyle-focused content as their main niche.

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Unforgettable Day with Disney Parks

Unforgettable happens as the 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration at Disneyland Resort dazzles in both Parks. At Disneyland Park, enter a magical kingdom where you can sail with pirates, explore exotic jungles, meet fairy-tale princesses, dive under the ocean and rocket through the stars—all in the same day! Disney California Adventure allows you to explore 7 exciting lands that bring to life Disney and Disney*Pixar stories and characters through amazing attractions, entertainment and dining!

Our "magical" mini coach will depart from the Hotel Maya entrance at 8:30 am with 25 attendees. After a special Disney Parks Welcome,  #WeAllGrow attendees will explore Disney California Adventure before having lunch and visiting Disneyland. The group will depart Disneyland Resort for Hotel Maya in Long Beach at 3:45 pm.

Disney Parks is looking to connect with parents of children between the ages of 2-15 and who create travel, lifestyle and/or parenting content.

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Camera, Lights, Grow with YouTube

YouTube is taking 30 selected attendees to visit the Los Angeles YouTube Space. This flagship location was designed specifically for creators to produce video content, learn new skills, and collaborate with the YouTube creative community. During this one-of-a-kind experience, attendees will take a guided tour of the space, get expert advice on how to grow their own YouTube channel and learn from a panel of successful creators.

We’ll be leaving the hotel at 9am and returning at 4pm. Come join us for an exciting day!

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Eyes on L.A. Style with Transitions® Lenses and Visionworks

Join Transitions Lenses and Visionworks as they give you a stylist introduction to Los Angeles. The trip for 18 influencers kicks off with a journey to Los Angeles, home to design houses, boutiques and studios where fashion magazines set trends. Your hosts, Latina eyewear designers Coco and Breezy will kick off the day with a storytelling session and Q&A about how they moved to New York City at the tender age of 19 to launch their fashion brand, how they got Prince to wear the much talked about “3rd eye” glasses and what it takes to be a successful designer. If you’ve ever imagined yourself launching your own fashion brand, don’t miss your chance to ask Coco and Breezy advice during the intimate Q&A!

Next we’ll enjoy an outdoor lunch where you’ll receive tips on keeping your eyes healthy and learn about the latest trends in eyewear.

Finally, we’ll head to a fashion photo shoot where you’ll receive tips from a photographer on how to create a look book and take your photos to the next level. To put knowledge into practice, Coco and Breezy will help style and coach you for a photo that will be edited and re-touched. You’ll walk away with a professional photo that will inspire the next step on your journey as a style/fashion influencer.

We'll depart Hotel Maya at 10:00 am and arrive back at 4:00 pm.

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Drive What Matters with Mazda

At Mazda, we believe driving matters. And there’s no driving route more quintessential to Southern California than our famous Pacific Coast Highway. Join Mazda for our Driving Matters Road Tour, as we explore, along with 15 influencers, the southland in a caravan of five stylish Mazda vehicles. First we’ll introduce you to the local sights of Long Beach. Then we’ll head for the coast to check out some of our most iconic surf towns, beaches and scenic vistas. And, of course, take a few fun pit stops along the way! Next, we’ll loop back around to Long Beach for lunch at Parkers’ Lighthouse restaurant, where we’ll enjoy spectacular views of the Queen Mary and Long Beach harbor. And, finally, we’ll get back on the road to the East Arts District for a docent-guided tour through the Museum of Latin American Art—the only museum in the U.S. dedicated to modern and contemporary Latin American art.

So whether you want to take a turn behind the wheel and experience the performance of a Mazda vehicle first hand, or you just want to relax and gaze at the sights, join us on our laid back field trip and discover why Driving Matters!

We'll depart the Hotel Maya at 10:00 am and return by 4:00 pm.

Each of our #WeAllGrow Summit Field Trips on Thursday, March 3rd are designed by our sponsors with our content creators in mind. We can't wait to hear how much you loved the experiences!

Make sure you send in your #WeAllGrow Field Trips selections by the deadline of February 18th. Attendees will be notified by email by February 24th.

Join YouTube THIS Friday for an Audience Insights & Analytics Workshop

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WAGonYouTube hangout

Last week we kicked off the #WeAllGrow Summit learning with a workshop hosted by YouTube, one of this year’s amazing sponsors. We’re excited to announce that they are hosting another workshop this Friday: Understanding Your Audience With YouTube Analytics.

RSVP NOW AND JOIN US FOR THIS AWESOME OPPORTUNITY:

Date: Friday, February 19th Time: 2 pm ET / 11 am PT Hosted by: Alejandro Duque from the Strategic Partner Development team at YouTube What we’ll cover: This workshop aims to establish a knowledge of advanced channel design and provide a framework for understanding channel health with YouTube analytics.

Tell us if you’re joining, and be sure to tweet your questions: #WAGonYouTube

And if you missed last week’s workshop with YouTube on the fundamentals of starting a channel, you can catch the replay on our YouTube channel.

Lunch with Disney Parks: An Intimate Discussion on How Social Media Influencers and Disney Parks Collaborate

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KeynoteSpeaker_LeanneORegan

Today, the most magical place on earth is right here for #WeAllGrow Summit’s Saturday Lunch Keynote (March 5th), sponsored by Disney Parks, as we host an intimate discussion on how the legacy brand works alongside social media influencers.

Leanne O’Regan, Director of Public Relations at Disney Parks and leader of the team that manages the Disney Parks Moms Panel, blogger relations, Disney Social Media Moms and the strategic development of social media across public relations tactics, will sit down with esteemed influencer, Jeannette Kaplun, to showcase the dynamic and unique ways in which Disney Parks collaborates with bloggers and social media influencers.

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KeynoteSpeaker_JeannetteKaplun

Jeannette is an award-­winning bilingual journalist and TV personality featured on The Chew, Good Morning America, The Steve Harvey Show, Despierta América, La Revista de Zuleyka and other shows and has successfully forged a multimedia career in both English and Spanish as a lifestyle expert, internationally recognized parenting writer and conference speaker. Jeannette launched in 2012 her bilingual lifestyle blog for Hispanic women, Hispana Global, and boasts a thriving relationship with Disney Parks.

After the insiders Saturday Lunch Keynote discussion, the floor will open to #WeAllGrow attendees for a Q&A. #WeAllGrow Summit’s Saturday Lunch Keynote, sponsored by Disney Parks, will conclude with a raffle of two (2) Disney Prize Packs.

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