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5 Free Classes You Can Take Right Now to Elevate Your Jefa Status


There has been an “87% growth of Latina-owned business in the last five years alone,” with Latinas “start[ing] businesses at six times the national rate,” according to the Latino Entrepreneurship Fund. Our social and financial power is immense, and to keep that momentum going we’ve gathered resources for you that will make starting and running a business easier. We’ve done the homework and found five great online courses that you can take right now for free to elevate your jefa status. 

Self Made: Harnessing Values Into Success (An AMIGAS Masterclass)

We are all about empowering Latinas everywhere with important information and a sense of community. We created AMIGAS Masterclass just for that, where you can tap into courses built by mentors and experts that are eager to share their knowledge with you. 

Patty Arvielo, Co-Founder and President of New American Funding and #WeAllGrow Partner, has created a free course made to help you get clear on your values to define your path to success. Join Patty in this AMIGAS Masterclass as she challenges you to tap into your deepest entrepreneurial spirit, your true values and what motivates you the most, as you build your own empire

Enroll here.

Develop a Company Website with Wix –  Coursera

Every business must have a solid online presence, and nothing shows professionalism and trustworthiness more than a polished website. Luckily, there are plenty of online resources to help you start creating your own business site, including this one from Coursera. In Develop a Company Website with Wix, you will learn how to create your own website, design your content, edit sections, start and manage a blog, and more. You’ll also have access to a real-time instructor who will show you the ropes in a split-screen format and get your site going up in no time.

Enroll here.

Negotiating Salary – Harvard University

Latinas make only $0.57 for every dollar a non-Hispanic white man makes, according to CNBC. That comes out to a loss of a whopping $1.1 million dollars over the course of a career. Knowing how to negotiate your salary and ask for what you deserve is one of the steps to making Latina pay equity a reality. Harvard University offers numerous free classes, including Negotiating Salary, a 15-minute lesson taught via Harvard Business School Online. 

Enroll here.

Ascent for Women –  U.S. Small Business Administration

The Small Business Administration has created a free learning platform for women entrepreneurs, filled with resources that will help you take your business to the next level as a jefa. Ascent’s topics are referred to as Journeys; each Journey has several Excursions that will lead to the peak of knowledge for that topic. Notable topics include Strategic Marketing, Access to Capital, Entrepreneurial Leadership, and more. Added bonus? You can take these lessons at your own pace!

Enroll here.

#WeAllGrow AMIGAS Exclusive Workshops 

We’re all about learning and reaping the benefits in community. We coordinate live workshops led by trailblazing Latinas from all walks of life to support you on your professional endeavors. From exploring identity, building a business, or crowdfunding, our AMIGAS Exclusive Workshops have a fountain of resources for everyone. The best part? If you weren’t able to make it live, you can watch the replay to apply to your goals. Here’s a list of our favorites:

As you begin to see the impact that access to this information and tools have on your goals, share your experience with us. Tag us on Instagram or Twitter @WeAllGrowLatina and share what you are up to!

About the Author

V. Alexandra de F. Szoenyi

V. Alexandra de F. Szoenyi is a writer, historian on Latinas, and San Francisco; fashion expert; and library worker from San Francisco. She has written over 700 published articles, in publications including Refinery29 SomosRacked SF, the San Francisco ExaminerHipLatina, and The Bold Italic. She is also a published poet, with work in BoldLatinaThe Minison Project, and The Baram House, and the co-founder of the Latina Writers Community,




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