#WeAllGrow Sessions For Growth And Inspiration

There was nothing like waking up on the second day of #WeAllGrow Summit to a view of Los Angeles while enjoying breakfast in bed? Compliments of Latina Blogger Connect, attendees started day two of the Summit with breakfast in bed hand delivered to their rooms, allowing for optimal rest for the busy day ahead. weallgrow-day2-1

Once fueled for a day of growth, attendees were blanketed in a message of empowerment with the morning’s Keynote presented by Pine-Sol. Shelly Ulaj of Women Empowered took the #WeAllGrow stage with a powerful message of female mentorship, sharing her story of building relationships in business and life.

Immediately following the morning Keynote, representatives from top public relations firms took the stage for a high energy discussion that attendees just couldn’t get enough of! Moderated by LBC’s own Roxana Sarmiento, the panel discussed the nuances of influencer/brand relationships; what works, what doesn’t and exactly how brands select influencers for their campaigns (tip: it’s not always about the numbers!). This electrifying panel consisted of Jesus Chavez, Sr. VP of the creator network for mitú network; Holly Hamann, co-founder and CMO of TapInfluence; Debra Hotaling, leader of Ford Motor Company's communications team in the western United States; Danica Kombol, the CEO of the Everywhere Agency; Hugo Perez, Executive Vice President of Global Content & Digital Innovation at Zeno Group; Robins Santos, PRWEEK Multi-Cultural Campaign of the Year award winner at the Clorox Company, where her brands encompass the entire Clorox Equity division and Pine-Sol; Susan Stipcianos, co-founder of The Dream Team Agency.


After the fast paced panel of public relations experts revved up the guests, they set out to meet sponsors during Suites Snack + Connect. Getting their Passport to Growth Ticket stamped at each suite, influencers networked with sponsors while enjoying giveaways and goodies. #WeAllGrow’s Summit Title Sponsor, Neutrogena, hosted glam sessions and an exquisite Social Media Sanctuary. Attendees strutted the runway in gorgeous ANDREA shoes and shared their fashion for their chance to win a huge giveaway. Guests got their cacariture drawn at the suite in celebration of ME day, a wonderful opportunity to honor the things that make us great. Pine-Sol continued their work empowering #WeAllGrow attendees with one on one business consultations and success mediation. And did you notice some influencers wearing the new Crest test strips? They work so fast, you likely didn’t! Crest was also taking gorgeous new head shots of #WeAllGrow attendees.


Inspired by the morning keynotes, attendees couldn’t wait for the day’s sessions to begin. From fashion influencers to mom bloggers, #WeAllGrow Summit promised something for everyone. Alejandra Ayala of Styled by Ale, Claudia Garay of The Penny Closet and Bertha Hildalgo of Chic in Academia shared their tips on Achieving Fashion Blog Success on a Budget.

Vanessa Bell of De Su Mama, Yolanda Machado of Sassy Mama in LA, Betty Galvan of My Friend Betty Says, Silvia Martinez of Mama Latina Tips and Maria Jose Ovalle of Very Busy Mama opened a dialogue during Growing up With Mom Bloggers, a panel focused on growth, focus and how to move beyond the baby years.

Attendees laughed and learned during Niche Monetization: Creative Business Model That Work. With speakers like Carol Cain of Girl Gone Travel, Kathy Cano-Murillo of Crafty Chica and Carolyn Scott-Hamilton of the Healthy Voyager, tips to help grow and monetize niche blogs were as plentiful as the belly-wrenching jokes.

Cynthia Sanchez, CEO and founder of Oh So Pinteresting, shared her tips on generating traffic, build community and access new audiences. As a leading Pinterest expert, Cynthia gave attendees inspiration for harnessing the powers of this mega-platform.


There was a quick break after the morning’s session, but then it was back in the trenches to learn and be inspired by the afternoon’s experts. Adriana Castro of El Diario de la Moda, Melissa Flores of Super Glam News, Katherine Lauren of On the Kattwalk and Nashelly Messina of Fabulatina discussed success tips to blog success on The Fashion and Beauty of Monetization.

Yvonne Condes of MomsLA, Stacey Ferguson of Blogalicious, Monique Frausto of Blogs by Latinas and Curves and Chaos and Ana Villegas of Mama Gallina shared their secrets to staying engaged with their fast growing communities. From tips on moderating and how to lead by example, these top influencers shared their approach for collaborations and building traffic.

In Podcasting 101: Connect with Fans, Spread Your Message and Build with Audio, Laura Elgueta Sanchez encouraged attendees to speak authentically to engage with a dedicated audience. At the same time, SEO From The Start with social savvy Latinas, Maura Wall Hernandez and Yoly Mason was teaching attendees how to set up their platforms with strategy in mind.

Our #WeAllGrow sponsors were thrilled to be there inspiring Latina influencers, too! Our thriving community is made even better by their dedicated support. Origami Owl gave out beautiful lockets designed per influencer’s niche. Vive Mejor was freshening up manicures and giving out sweet treats. Scholarshare was giving away a jumpstart to a college fund. Opoli included discount codes to every attendee and beautiful journals to document our growth were privided by minted.

After a full day of sessions, attendees were inspired to grow their business and influence with new techniques and philosophies. Yet, as another stellar lunch was served at the LINE Hotel, the anticipation was growing for the main event of the night: #WeAllGrow Summit’s inaugural Storytellers event presented by Vive Mejor. We'll be back to relive #WeAllGrow Storytellers in a separate post, as the emotional experience is filled with details we don't want you to miss.

As the Summit drew to a close, attendees bonded during a Sunset Fiesta to engage with friends and colleagues. A toast was made to our community and influencers who dare to thrive and grow. Together.

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#WeAllGrow Summit Takes Over YouTube Space LA

As many of you know, we recently celebrated the launch of the much anticipated #WeAllGrow Summit. After four years of a lot of hard work and determination, Latina Bloggers Connect felt it was time to create a platform that will bring together all the voices and stories that have served as an inspiration to us all. From blogs to Instagram to YouTube, there has never been a shortage of inspiration. However, all in one room? It was certainly an experience many of us will remember for a long time. With so many Latinas creating video content, we decided to start the party early at the mecca of digital content creation, YouTube! With informative tours and delicious food on hand, they spoiled #WeAllGrow Summit attendees setting the tone for what is about to become three days of life-changing moments.

#WeAllGrow Summit YouTube Space LA

The #WeAllGrow Pre-Treat at YouTube Space LA started with plenty of LA sunshine and much excitement to see old friends and make new ones. In many ways, it was a lot like a family reunion. After all, we all share so much with each other online by offering support, answering questions and by simply enjoying each other’s updates and stories.

#WeAllGrowSummit YouTube Space LA

We were blown away by the magnitude of YouTube Space LA and the amount of resources available. Did you know that access to their equipment is free? The level of access depends on the amount of subscribers you have and there’s a YouTube Space in LA and NYC in the U.S. and three more across the globe. If you live in LA or NYC, there’s really no excuse to start your channel with such an amazing resource and workshops available to you. YouTube has over a billion viewers and approximately 300 hours of video are uploaded every minute. It’s time to carve out your space!

#WeAllGrow Summit YouTube Space LA

After taking in all YouTube Space has to offer, we sat down with Dulce, Alba, Daniela and Maiah - four fashion and beauty creators who started their journey with a passion for sharing what they love. As their outlets grew, they quickly became savvy business women, sought-after brand ambassadors and an inspiration to young women all over the world. It was very obvious that they absolutely love what they do and feel a strong connection to their communities. And isn’t that what it’s all about?

#WeAllGrow Summit YouTube Space LA

If you would like to see more pictures of the #WeAllGrow Pre-Treat at #YouTubeSpaceLA visit, check out our album on Facebook. You can also check out recaps by Dulce Candy and Nany’s Klozet! Stay tuned for more!

(Photos: Robson Muzel)

All-Star YouTube Vloggers to Speak at #WeAllGrow Pre-Treat


YouTube and #WeAllGrow Announce All-Star Vlogger Panel

To much anticipation, the #WeAllGrow Pre-Treat sponsored by YouTube has quickly filled to capacity by registered attendees of the inaugural #WeAllGrow Summit 2015 excited to catch a glimpse inside the heart of the mega-platform. This half-day event is taking place at the YouTube Space in Los Angeles, one of only five around the world and two in the U.S., on Wednesday, February 25th from 2pm to 7pm.

The event will feature a tour of YouTube facilities, sessions with Google and an expert panel moderated by Juanjo Duran, Head of Hispanic Content at YouTube, with some of the hottest Latina Vloggers ready to share and inspire fellow YouTubers!

With their powerhouse following and innovative content, we are proud to announce this All-Star panel.


Dulce Ruiz of Dulce Candy

Dulce Ruiz is Dulce Candy, one of the top beauty & fashion influencers in the YouTube space with over 2.1 million subscribers and 288 million views across her two channels. As a young wife, mother and army vet, Dulce is a role model for an up-and-coming generation of women. She has been featured in Seventeen Magazine, The Stylist, Regard Magazine, Women’s Wear Daily, People Style Watch as well as being named one of Latina Magazine’s “Latinas of the Year.” In addition to joining our All-Star YouTube panel, Dulce Candy will be sharing her top beauty tips and tricks at Neutrogena’s Social Media Sanctuary throughout the #WeAllGrow Summit.

Dulce continues to build her business and expand her expertise as well as her audience. Dulce will be pushing her first book, “The Sweet Life,” in August 2015 under Penguin Random House’s imprint Avery.

In 2013, Dulce signed with manager Petar Mandich at ADDITION and has been member of Style Haul, the premiere fashion and beauty network on YouTube, since 2011.


Alba García of SunKissAlba

Alba Garcia is SunKissAlba, a Latina bi-lingual, beauty vlogger with nearly half a million subscribers. Alba's YouTube channel takes a natural approach to beauty, hair and health while staying on-trend and inspiring her viewers. While she wasn't always on the natural route, Alba began to attract a large audience through documenting her journey back to natural, curly hair with proper care and styling without using any heat for over 4 years. Along the journey of recovering her hair's natural state (and helping her son heal from health issues), Alba's eyes open to the power of natural nutrition and beauty.
Today, SunKissAbla on YouTube has a dedicated following of nearly 500,000 subscribers. By sharing her beliefs of natural beauty, Alba has created easy to follow tutorials, while also shedding light on the bigger picture: awareness of the many ingredients that we don't understand and tend to disregard in our food and beauty products.
Alba's vision is to turn SunKissAlba into a trusted beauty and health brand that is all organic, eco-friendly, cruelty free and toxic free. In the meantime, her focus is on creating inspiring content and continuing to learn new ways to help her viewers through her own lifestyle experiences.

Daniela Ramirez of Nany's Klozet

Daniela Ramirez, originally from Caracas, Venezuela, is a personal style influencer based in Miami. She studied Marketing and Fashion Merchandising and is currently pursuing a masters degree in Design and Media Management. Daniela started blogging in 2009, but opened her bilingual blog, Nany’s Klozet, in 2011. Her mission is to inspire women to express who they are and who they want to be through fashion and style.
You can find Daniela at her Nany's Klozet YouTube Channel, in both English and Spanish, as we shares tips on hair, beauty and fashion.

Maiah Ocando of Visto Bueno

Maiah is an explosive talent and rising superstar of the digital world who has conquered the internet with her fresh and fiery insights on fashion and beauty. Her tireless energy, sharp sense of humor, and pop sensibility has quickly made her one of the most sought after Latin social influencers today and the new favorite of TV networks.

Maiah's premium produced, tightly packaged videos reveal inside industry secrets that celebrities use everyday to look and dress fabulous, useful tips that help viewers achieve the looks they want, music videos, as well as comedy sketches about relationships, food and the daily struggles of the millennial generation.

With over 300,000 subscribers to her Spanish Visto Bueno YouTube channel and nearly 10,000 viewers coming to catch her English content, it's no wonder this high-energy millennial is an All-Star YouTube vlogger.

Follow along for all the great Pre-Treat moments at #WeAllGrow and #WAGpretreat.

#WeAllGrow Pre-Treat at YouTube Space Los Angeles

#WeAllGrow YouTube Space We promised you it would just keep getting better and we're sticking to that promise!

Please join us in welcoming YouTube as a Presenting sponsor of the inaugural #WeAllGrow Summit! 

We have joined forces to put together a half-day, pre-treat event at the state of the art YouTube Space in Los Angeles. The #WeAllGrow Pre-Treat, brought to you by YouTube, is a special event offered only to registered attendees (Influencer or Speaker pass only) of #WeAllGrow Summit 2015.

The event will feature a tour of their facilities, sessions with Google, YouTube experts and well-known YouTubers, as well as one of their infamous happy hours to bask in the California sunset.

YouTube Space Los Angeles

This half-day event is taking place at the YouTube Space in Los Angeles, only one of five around the world and two in the U.S., on Wednesday, February 25th from 2pm to 7pm.

We'd LOVE nothing more than to be able to invite all, however, attendance is limited to 40 #WeAllGrow registered attendees due to space capacity. Therefore, priority will be given to those attendees who already have a confirmed flight arriving in Los Angeles on Wednesday morning or earlier and then to those with a currently active YouTube channel.

Please be mindful of registering if you're not sure you can make it because you will be taking up a much-coveted spot.

Confirmations will go out via email no later than this Friday, January 23rd.

We will also have a waiting list that will be first come, first serve.