When One of Us Succeeds, We All Win

Did you catch the Oscars this past weekend? We all know there was another “escándalo” like the one at Miss Universe with a mix-up about the winner—but that’s not what I want to talk about.

What I do want us to collectively think deeply about is the power of truly supporting one another as a community. Did you notice how many incredible African American artists won the Oscar? Did you also see that the best picture award went to an African American LGBTQ movie?

Isn’t it great that because the African American community stood up and chose themselves last year, this year everything changed? The African American community supported films like Moonlight, Hidden Figures, and Fences; and by spending money at the box office and making these films profitable, they created a greater market for themselves. Through the power of their purchase and supporting one another, they soared.

I always say that the success of one of us becomes the success of all of us.

WE HAVE TO BUY FROM OTHER LATINOS AND LATINAS. Until we understand that this is how abundance and commerce work, we will never come into our true power.

Our Stories

If you have not yet come across the story of Julissa Arce, there has never been a better or more poignant time to do so. Julissa started out in this country as undocumented and through the power of grit, creativity and endless hard work she became a Goldman Sachs analyst and a debut author! Hermanas, BUY AND READ HER BOOK. Her success is all of ours!

Here are parts one, two and three of her inspiring story!

Hidden Money

Digitalundivided is a company that uses innovation to foster the economic growth and empowerment of Latina and Black women entrepreneurs. Their BIG Incubator program (BIG) is geared toward tech enabled startups led by Latina and Black women. Located in downtown Atlanta’s Hurt Building, BIG provides a structured curriculum focused on developing sustainable businesses, mentorship by top leaders, opportunities to pitch directly to investors, and direct link to funding opportunities. BIG is a winner of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2015-2016 Growth Accelerator Fund Competition. They’re taking applications for their 2017 cohort very soon! Keep your eye on their site for more updates!

Adelante in the News and on the Scene!

In case you missed it, check out our own Nely Galán on Dr. Drew, Hollywood Talk Live and a great podcast on Women’s Eye Radio!

Hey Arizona! We’re coming to you for a great Adelante Movement workshop presented by Coca-Cola at ASU, on how to become self-made, led by Nely Galán. Check out the details here!

For you east coasters, on March 31, Nely will be at the Bay Path Women’s Conference in Springfield, MA. Details here!

In 2017 Becoming Rich in Every Way is a Must!

Last year I met so many of you on the road while on tour for my New York Times Bestselling Book, Self Made: Becoming Empowered, Self Reliant and Rich in Every Way <https://ec305.infusionsoft.com/app/linkClick/3647/1e7a9186dac65002/2876707/1580a60cada57af4>  (2016, Random House). We spoke about what it means to become self-made, which starts by cultivating a mindset of personal responsibility and financial freedom through an entrepreneurial way of thinking. Becoming a financially independent woman has never been more important—and never been so available and accessible to all of us. But we have to go get it. We cannot be distracted, and we must follow the money to be truly free to do whatever we want, and to finally live a rich life in every way.

What did I learn from all of you last year? That the answer for us is in connecting with one other, partnering with and buying from each other. We have to build bridges and realize that together we have the ability to change our lives, model a different future for our children and ultimately change the world.

I also learned that most women don’t even know that there is hidden money in America—much less how to get it. We need to become hunters! There’s hidden money everywhere—from corporate contests to tax incentives to government grants. We must learn how to access the money that’s there, which is one of the benefits of paying taxes, of being part of the economic system that we belong to.

And even before we hunt for money out in the world, practice finding the hidden money in your home. Watch me explain how on Hollywood Live.

The point is to get creative and exhaust every possible way to locate and earn the hidden money that’s literally just sitting there right under your nose. Now go get it!

The Drama that will change our lives

Ladies, the world is upside down, our families are afraid and uncertain, but we are starting this year strong, knowing that we Latinas are uniquely prepared for DRAMA. Why? Because we are experts in drama! For better or worse, it’s in our DNA. There’s drama in our families, in our relationships, and in our countries of origin. We are perfectly qualified to handle it, to use it as a springboard, and to own these moments of uncertainty and pain as tools for even more growth! I am so happy to have taken time to recover from last year and I am ready to stand here with you and take new action in this new year! Let’s take all the drama around us and let it help us change our lives!

In the midst of all the chaos around us, there are still tremendous opportunities in entrepreneurship and we need to keep our eyes on the prize. Never before has our financial independence been so important to ourselves and our families. It’s the one place where we can still take actionable steps to do our thing. So I say let’s make this the year that we take action- together!!! And the first step of the action plan always begins with yourself. You know what I always say: you have to put the oxygen mask on yourself first! So, prepare, recover, plan and act! What are the three things you will accomplish this year no matter what? Think about it…and then declare the action that makes it so!

ADELANTE in the NEWS!

Don’t miss Adelante’s founder Nely Galan:

The Steve Harvey Show

People Magazine

Money Magazine

HIDDEN MONEY & OPPORTUNITIES

Quick! The FedEx Small Business Grant Contest is right around the corner! This is an amazing grant program to award ten small businesses with grants up o $25,000 and up to $70,000 in FedEx Office print and business services. Entry period for the contest is Feb 21 – Mar 29, 2017. More info HERE.

MORE LATINAS CRUSHING IT!

There is no mountain high enough for this single Latina mom, daughter of immigrants who ended up at MIT with not one, but three degrees! Read this amazing story HERE.

 

 

Make 2017 Your Best Year Yet!

Every end also marks a new beginning, so as we wrap up this year, which was challenging, rewarding and everything in between, let’s take a collective breath of relief, knowing that 2017 is our chance to REBOOT. And before we pounce on our list of resolutions, I invite us all to ask ourselves the following questions:

 

*             What did I accomplish this year?

 

*             What did I want to accomplish?

 

*             How can I take it further next year?

 

*             What would I do differently?

 

*             What did I learn?

 

*             How did I grow?

 

*             How will I grow?

 

Looking back at 2016, we are so grateful and happy to have met so many of you, and hopefully helped you to forge onward to become rich in every way. And 2017 is going to be even better, with brand new content, insights and interviews to continue inspiring you! Stick with us. We’re just getting started.

 

Happy new year and see you real soon!

You Don’t Have to Start from Scratch to Become Self Made

After what can only be called an exciting but challenging year for all of us, I’m thrilled to be able to wrap it all up with an incredible spread in the current issue of People magazine <https://ec305.infusionsoft.com/app/linkClick/3517/6eeb06bf2a3b257c/2723689/a2e815f598cc3eb6> ! Of course I feel proud of the coverage—but even prouder of the fact that they helped spread the message of the book SELF MADE <https://ec305.infusionsoft.com/app/linkClick/3519/30cf2c0b54bce7b3/2723689/a2e815f598cc3eb6> , which is a testament to what we have all been saying: that entrepreneurship for women, and especially multicultural women, is unquestionably on the rise!

 

As we move into a new year, I want to say that there is no shame in saying that you have no idea how to become self-made. Some of us may have a clear vision of our goals and missions, but for others the road is not always so obvious. But luckily, there are countless ways to create a self-made mindset. The bottom line is that making money while you sleep does not mean you have to create a business, and becoming self-made does not mean you have to start from scratch.

 

Franchising, for example, is one of the easiest ways to kickstart a path of financial self-reliance. Learn all the tips and tricks on how it’s done from franchising pro, Nicole Enearu, who owns not one, but 13 franchises along with her mother and sister! Click here <https://ec305.infusionsoft.com/app/linkClick/3499/5b4517c1d2da2c6e/2723689/a2e815f598cc3eb6>  to register for our free and on-demand webinar, “Franchising as a Family Business” along with five of our other incredible webinars.

 

Happy Holidays!

Seize all the opportunities in 2017

You know what I say: it all starts by choosing yourself, by taking the reigns of your life, seizing the moment, and really getting behind the idea of calling your own shots. NEVER HAS THIS BEEN MORE IMPORTANT. In 2017, let’s not wait for things to happen—let’s jump on all the opportunities!

And as I have been telling you all year, the food business is one of the fast-growing industries for Latinas. This is why you should not miss our webinar “Opportunities in the Food Business” with Hattie Hill, CEO & President of the Women’s Foodservice Forum, who lays out all the different ways the food industry can help you cook up a killer career.

Click here to register for this and five more of our incredible free and on-demand webinars!

The Year of Becoming a Rich Latina

With just weeks away from a brand new year, wouldn’t you agree that it’s time to start critically thinking about how to master 2017? For this coming year, I say: let’s aim high!

Let’s all walk into the new year not only ready, but also determined to become rich Latinas. To get you inspired, click here to register for our free, on-demand webinar: “How to be a Rich Woman.” I’ll walk you through some incredible tips and insights on what it really means to be rich, not only when it comes to finances, but truly rich in every single way.

End the year on a high note!

We need to end the year on a high note by going inward and taking some time to complete and then contemplate. Only then can we quietly plan our 2017, our best year ever! We are laying low the month of December, after publishing two books in English and Spanish, building four websites, visiting over 75 cities and meeting thousands of you. We plan on rebooting, refreshing and reinvigorating for the next few weeks. And in January 2017, get ready for all kinds of clear new inspiration and intention coming your way!

Even though we are laying low, our system will remind you weekly to take advantage of all the incredible content, webinars and resources that we have curated for you, that will help you process this year and push you to plan your mission, intention and strategy for next year, which can be your best year ever!

We want to leave you with our own Twelve Days of Christmas—a stockpile of some of our best material, including:

  • A brand new Our Story, featuring Part One of Dr. Yasmin Davidd’s inspiring journey from abused little girl to power-house social entrepreneur.
  • Six free and on-demand webinars on opportunities in the food industry, finding the hidden money in America, becoming a rich woman in every way and more (all of which you can watch at any time, even from your pajamas! Register HERE)
  • Seven articles loaded with all kinds of information about resources for Latina entrepreneurs just like you!
  • Tons of other articles from the Latina zeitgeist to inform and inspire you—all focused on financial empowerment, entrepreneurship and becoming self-made!

I think we can all agree 2016 was an intense year. But now it’s time to take stock of everything we did, and even what we didn’t do, so that we can rise again next year even stronger, prouder, louder, and ever more ready to charge forward!

So Hermanas, please rest, recover, restore, revive and reboot. Because 2017 has got our names all over it! We need to learn from this year and next year take ourselves to a higher place!!!

Grateful for BAD!

It’s easy to be grateful when things go our way, when good things happen to good people. But what about when things go bad? How are we supposed to feel when bad things happen to good people? What happens when you are literally dying for the year to end, just so that you can press the restart button on a new year? Is it possible to be grateful for bad things, bad experiences, even for bad years? I say it’s a must.

We must find gratitude in the awful, the unforgivable, the bad luck moments, for the wrong-place-wrong-time scenarios, even in tragedy. Life is a puzzle that reveals itself slowly and only with time and wisdom do we realize that the worst things actually bring us to the best version of ourselves. It is important to know that when you are in the middle of despair you are around the corner from the very best you. “No hay mal que por bien no venga.”

Thanksgiving is just a holiday, but it’s also a good time to mark where you are now, and know that wherever you are (good or bad), is exactly where you need to be. So be grateful! As women who are becoming self-made, this is a time to open our hearts and minds to abundance, the kind that comes from changing the way you see yourself, the way you take personal responsibility for your life and financial well being. I am grateful for all of you and blessed to have met so many of you this year. What I have to offer you is my knowledge, the knowledge of my friends, and my encouragement to take action and take the opportunity (no matter where you are in your life) to grow.

This month we’re continuing to gift you SIX of our best-ever webinars, on new entrepreneurial openings in the food industry, finding the hidden money in America, becoming a rich woman in every way and more…for FREE and ON DEMAND! You can watch these any time, at your convenience for one whole month! If you missed any of them in the past, this is your chance to catch up! Click HERE to register!

Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor says, “The Latina in me is an ember that blazes forever.” Let’s all remember that this is the greatest gift we possess: our culture, our upbringing—our Latinaness. Here are some other inspiring stories of women to help make you feel proud and grateful as ever to be a Latina!

Noramay Cadena, Teen mom turned tech entrepreneur!
Francesca Kennedy, Social Entrepreneur who solves the Guatemalan water crisis!
Sabrina González, Millennial physics genius often referred to as the next Albert Einstein!
Cristina Martinez, Undocumented award-winning chef!
Grateful for all of them, and beyond grateful for all of you!!!!

Don’t Listen to the Noise: Instead Find Your Voice!

As 2016 starts to wind down, I invite us all to calmly take stock of how we can do better both as individuals and as a community, in spite of the commotion we see around us. There’s no question that as Latinas, we have tremendous power in this country—more and more each day. So we have to ask ourselves: with such influence, how can we let anyone or anything bring us down? Let’s not focus on the noise, but rather on our own voice and making it stronger and louder every day.

With that in mind, let’s also celebrate some of the Latina heroines who emerged during this election season. Like Ana Navarro, for example, the political pundit and strategist who let her voice be heard loudly, and worked tirelessly to bring the Latino vote with her; and former Nevada attorney general, Catherine Cortez Masto, the first Latina ever elected to the U.S. Senate. Hermanas, this is what we call MOMENTUM.

Let’s continue to build on our collective momentum by committing to growing a little bit every day. And for Latina women, entrepreneurship is the key to growth. Which is why this month, we’re gifting you SIX of our best-ever webinars, on opportunities in the food industry, finding the hidden money in America, becoming a rich woman in every way and more…for FREE and ON DEMAND! You can watch these any time, at your convenience for one whole month! If you missed any of them in the past, this is your chance to catch up! Click HERE to register!