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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 Summit 2016 Speakers Announced!

#WeAllGrow Summit 2016 Speakers
#WeAllGrow Summit 2016 Speakers

We’re excited to share the Speakers for #WeAllGrow 2016 Summit!

From the various worlds of online influence, our expert panelists and workshop leaders seek to offer attendees moments of clarity, inspiration and, ultimately, awe.

At #WeAllGrow, the growth of our community isat the forefront of every decision and each 2016 Summit Speaker represents the reverential respect we have for our content creators. From fresh faces of the explosive world of beauty to expert tips from trusted industry leaders, #WeAllGrow Summit 2016 is poised to provide attendees with awe-inspiring opportunities of learning, networking and growth. It’s going to be an amazing weekend!

Visit our #WeAllGrow Summit 2016 Speakers Page to meet our speakers and stay tuned for more announcements this week! 

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#WeAllGrow Summit Keynotes and Sessions

The first full day of the #WeAllGrow Summit started off with Kundalina yoga and meditation with Siempre Mujer Editor-in-Chief and yoga instructor, Cristy Marrero. Sponsored by GAIAM, the session’s intention was designed to center the body and mind on growth and possibilities. This powerful ode to self was followed by a delicious breakfast and tea. Nourishing the mind, body and soul was the perfect way to start a very full day of learning and sharing. #WeAllGrow Summit

Following the principles of Kundalini Yoga, Cristy Marrero shared the 7 basics steps to achieve happiness in the first keynote panel of the day titled “A Celebration of Growth.” We learned about her inspiring travels, work relationships and her life-changing aha moments. Joining Cristy was mother and a multi million-dollar business entrepreneur Natalie Boden, who shared her journey in parenting, her cultural beliefs and personal growth. It was a powerful, eye-opening hour inspiring attendees to seek happiness, learn the art of acceptance and find the stillness and courage within to realize their dreams.

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Immediately following our Keynote speakers, the stage lit up with  Emmy Award-winning TODAY Show producer and New York Times best-selling author, Alicia Ybarbo, who moderated the panel titled “Bringing the Social to Media”. The talented panel included Marines Duarte, family & lifestyle expert for Univision; Alexys Gabrielle, broadcast journalist, television host, and social media influencer; Jeannette Kaplun, award-winning journalist and TV personality; Andrea Minski,  journalist and TV host; Gaby Natale, media personality and celebrity blogger; Kika Rocha, former fashion and beauty director of People en Español.

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These super Latinas shared how they transitioned their careers from traditional media to the digital world, how losing their safety nets opened new opportunities, what it takes to come to this country and succeed without understanding the language and how to achieve your dreams no matter the obstacles.

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What does LA bring to the table like no other place can? The Media! What is the #WeAllGrow Summit about? Connections! Attendees were also given the opportunity to show off their elevator pitches to latinamom.me, Baby Center, Siempre Mujer, Ser Padres, MiTú Networks, NGL Media, ChicaFresh.com, TapInfluence, CafeMom and Univision tlnovelas. Set up like a speed dating session, preparation was key, time was limited and there was only one chance to make a lasting impression. No pressure!

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In between empowering keynotes and career-changing meetings, Vive Mejor spoiled attendees with massages and manicures in the Expo Hall. While some picked out their nail colors, others created personalized lockets with Origami Owl just a few tables away. The Expo Hall was all about individuality, bonding and heartfelt moments … and of course a giveaway! ScholarShare was there as well and hosted a contest for chance to win $250 towards a college savings plan.

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Noon crept up quickly and it was time to eat again. But it wasn’t just any meal. A keynote lunch hosted by Neutrogena at the LINE Hotel ala Roy Choi can only mean one thing - Superb dining! Michelle Freyre, General Manager of Neutrogena, joined us for a very candid presentation about her experience as a Latina in a leadership role in the most leading skincare and beauty companies within the Johnson & Johnson family. She also made a very special exclusive announcement and introduction - Mexican actress and singer Eiza Gonzalez is to become the new Neutrogena ambassador for both general and hispanic markets. Eiza shared her love for Neutrogena products and talked about her life in the spotlight since childhood and her life-long enthusiasm for Neutrogena products. Congrats, Eiza!

The magic continued on the 12th floor with mimosas, cake pops, stylists, facials, music and lovely beauty vlogger and hostess Dulce Candy at the Neutrogena suite and Social Media Sanctuary.

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Needless to say, everyone looked and felt like they just stepped out of the salon during the conference. Even with a packed house, the stylists did an amazing job getting everyone dolled up and feeling great. Decorated with white drapery and luxury sofas, the sanctuary was a coveted room for stopping by to relax in between panels. The sessions were rich with information and tools for building businesses and creating brands.

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Brenda Cisnero of Mejorando Mi Hogar, Denisse Icaza of Ahorros Para Mama and Divina Rodriguez of Dancing Hotdogs shared tips and tricks for scoring major deals both on and off the blog.

Whether you’re a newbie or veteran, Daily Baez of Daily Curlz, Pattie Cordova of Living Mi Vida Loca, Cindy Limon and Roxy Limon shared their personal journeys, experiences and insights for creating a successful and fulfilling vlogging career. If you’re just starting out, make sure you explore the Creative Studio option on YouTube to get the most of your channel!

With so many a-ma-zing Latina food bloggers, it’s not a conference (or a blogosphere!) without them.The invaluable information that was shared during the food styling workshop led by Clara Gonzalez of Dominican Cooking, Meseidy Rivera of the Noshery and Ericka Sanchez of Nibbles & Feasts had everyone clinging to their every word. From what cameras they preferred to what each thought about a certain styling or photography technique, attendees asked all those questions they’d been itching to get an answer about. No one wanted to leave the room! After all, who doesn’t love a beautifully styled food photo? The foodie love didn’t end there, the session that followed included a panel of food bloggers turned authors: Morena Escardo of The Everything Peruvian Cookbook, Pilar Hernandez of Comer rico: Del blog a la mesa, Yvette Marquez-Sharpnack of Muy Bueno Cookbook and Vianney Rodriguez of Latin Twist. This panel of respected recipe developers inspired attendees to get out there and materialize their recipes into a beautiful book

The panels continued throughout the rest of the day with a little something for everyone. Whether you’re more of a traditionalist when it comes to blogging or prefer to take your story outside of the blog, you were covered.

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Ismerai + Annette of LoveLuxeCo, Maya Murillo of Maya in the Moment, Angie Ramirez of Little Inspiration and Daniela Ramirez of Nany’s Klozet talked about their Vine and Instagram techniques. From perfectly curated images to what appears to look like candid moments and videos, all are carefully executed with consistency in mind. These platforms are given the same attention to detail as their blogs. Guest were encouraged to use their own authentic voice and noted that it’s good to be inspired but in the end people are going to know if it's genuine or not.

Taking things even further from the blog to TV and print was the next topic led by Bren Herrera of Flanboyant Eats, Jeannette Kaplun of Hispana Global and Mercedes Sanchez of Be Chic Mag. This powerhouse panel talked about the highs and lows of getting your voice out there and your talents noticed. A little bit courage and belief in yourself goes a long way. But no matter how good you are at what you do, good writing skills are key in getting the right people to notice you. No one knows that Maura Hernandez, editor of Latinamom.me and Lorraine C. Ladish, author and founder of VivaFifty. Attendees were given tips for improving grammar and what editors are looking at when reviewing their work.

Guests spent the rest of the evening taking it easy, dining at the hotel and exploring Los Angeles. Another full and exciting day was ahead, including breakfast in bed, sponsor suites and the much anticipated Storytellers session!

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Dulce Candy to Share Beauty Tips and Tricks With NEUTROGENA at #WeAllGrow Summit 2015

Dulce Candy Neutrogena #WeAllGrow Summit We’re super excited to reveal the first surprise that Neutrogena has in store for us… Beauty Influencer Dulce Candy will be joining us at our first #WeAllGrow Summit! She will be sharing her top beauty tips and tricks and more at Neutrogena’s social media sanctuary.

As part of the social sanctuary, Neutrogena will also be giving away a variety of amazing prizes throughout the day. Stay tuned for details on location and timing – you won’t want to miss this! Can’t wait to see what other surprises Neutrogena has up their sleeve!

Follow #MisMomentosNeutrogena and #WeAllGrow on Twitter and Instagram to join the action from February 26 - 28!

#WeAllGrow Opening Keynotes: A Celebration of Growth with Cristy Marrero and Natalie Boden

WeAllGrow-Keynotes-1Do you know how inspiring you are? Because you’re here – at the inaugural #WeAllGrow Summit – you must truly understand the most fundamental value that keeps our niche thriving; our influence rising; the doors opening…

When one grows, we all grow.

At the first #WeAllGrow Summit, we wish to honor your growth - your work ethic and tenacity to thrive - with two inspiring keynote presentations from Latinas who understand how to hone creative power to catapult personal and professional success.

From becoming the youngest Latina in leadership and editorial roles to balancing motherhood and a million dollar business, these opening keynote speakers dare #WeAllGrow attendees to grow. Whether in business or personal ambitions, we celebrate you. Because when you grow, we all grow.

CristyMarrero-WeAllGrow-1Balance Your Creative Energy (At Last!) with Cristy Marrero

As the Editor-in-Chief of Siempre Mujer magazine, published by Meredith Corp., Cristy Marrero is the youngest Latina in the U.S. to assume that position. Launched in 2005, Siempre Mujer is the only magazine written for, by and about the modern U.S. Hispanic woman who is actualizing her goal of success. With fresh, authentic and inspiring content, Siempre Mujer has become one of the leading Spanish language women’s magazines and the Latina’s source for the things she cares about most: beauty, style, fitness, fashion, arts, culture and career. Siempre Mujer reaches 1.7 million readers every issue, and is published on a bi-monthly basis. Siempremujer.com provides the latest in beauty and fashion trends, and original editorial content about relationships, current events, celebrity news and entertainment.

Under Cristy’s leadership, Siempre Mujer was named “Best Women’s Magazine” on Adweek's Hot List in 2011. Most recently, she was promoted to Group Content Chief for all Meredith Hispanic Media titles – including the ever popular Ser Padres, which has been celebrated today’s Latina mom since 1990 - and once again become the youngest Latina to assume this leadership role.

However, of Cristy’s most proud accomplishment is becoming a certified Kundalini Yoga instructor and Reiki master. Cristy attributes these disciplines to her professional and personal success, as well as her ability to hone the creative energy that fuels stellar content as a top influencer.

Have you ever felt like you are in a creative limbo? During her keynote, Cristy hopes to inspire #WeAllGrow attendees to set free the creative animal that dwells within them by understanding that a “creative block” is a symptom rather than a constant. Following Yogi Bhajan’s—master of Kundalini Yoga— premise, Cristy will share the 7 basics steps to achieve happiness and creative balance, while sharing her personal walk through self-exploration and healing.

NatalieBoden-WeAllGrow-1Say Yes to Growth: How One Latina Mom Built a Multi-Million Dollar Business with Natalie Boden

As Managing Director and Founder of BodenPR, Natalie Boden is no stranger to launching campaigns, pursing balance and analyzing growth. Named one of PRWeek's 2014 "Top 40 under 40" Heavy Hitters in PR, Natalie has succeeded in building BodenPR into one of the country's fastest growing U.S Hispanic PR & Social Media agencies, scaling the business across offerings from social media to content development and influencer engagement. In just the last few years, with clients such as Target, McDonald's and AT&T/Cricket Wireless business, BodenPR was nominated for PR Week's "Best Multicultural Campaign of the Year" for McDonald's #ViveTuJuego.

In addition to growing a million dollar company, Natalia is also a full time, Latina mom and champion of women and girls’ empowerment causes. Natalie’s work as an advocate at Count Me In for Women's Economic Independence and member of the Latina Advisory Board of Girls Inc. fuels her creativity and passion, translating to growth in her professional life as well.

During her keynote presentation, Natalie hopes to inspire #WeAllGrow attendees to say yes to growth by understanding the creative and practical elements that impact your brand.

Do you ever feel like “growth” is an illusive word plagued by missed opportunities or failed initiatives? Do you ever feel like you’re standing in your own way?

By celebrating how one Latina mom dared to build a multi-million dollar business centered on the culture and language of her childhood, Natalie will uncover the methodology of developing landmark campaigns and how those principles universally apply to your brand’s potential to grow beyond your wildest dreams. From one Latina mom and business woman to the next, Natalie hopes to inspire you to actualize your own growth by daring to say yes.

We welcome you to the opening keynote presentations on Friday, February 27th at 9am.

#WeAllGrow Welcomes Michelle Freyre, General Manager Neutrogena

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#WeAllGrow is honored to welcome Michelle Freyre, General Manager of Neutrogena, to the inaugural #WeAllGrow Summit. Michelle will deliver a key note speech at our event, and participate in a Q&A session with our very own Latina in business, Ana Flores.

Michelle Freyre will speak to WAG attendees about her experience as a Latina in a leadership role at a leading skincare and beauty company within the Johnson & Johnson family of companies. By sharing her story, Michelle hopes to provide insights and encourage Latina influencers and those looking to grow in business to embrace their culture, passions and aspirations.

We invite you to be a part of this candid, sit-down conversation with Michelle as she seeks to inspire and aid in our growth as bloggers, social media influencers and Latina business owners.

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Neutrogena is #WeAllGrow Summit’s Title Sponsor

As long time supporters of the Latina Bloggers Connect community, Neutrogena has joined our team as the exclusive Title Sponsor for the inaugural #WeAllGrow Summit and is committed to our growth as bloggers and business owners.

Neutrogena will welcome all attendees as they register at the Summit and will be hosting a lunch on Friday, February 27th where the Brand’s latest secrets and innovations will be unveiled. In addition, you’ll be able to connect with Neutrogena at their beauty suite on Friday and Saturday.

Meet the First Round of #WeAllGrow Summit 2015 Speakers!

WAG_speakers_collag The day is finally here! We were so anxious to show you the faces de las increíbles mujeres that will be passing along their knowledge, expertise and good will to #WeAllGrow Summit 2015 attendees.

To check them all out, go to the Speakers page.

Visit the Sessions page for an overview of all confirmed sessions. More will be added soon.

This is the first round of speakers and more will be announced the second week of January.  Stay tuned for keynote speakers, more fabulous sponsor announcements and updates on unique happenings during our 2-3 days together at the LINE Hotel in Los Angeles from February 26-28!

¡Se va poner bueno!

So, are you ready? We will sell out soon, so make sure you register early, book your hotel room and invest in growing with us.