A Latina Achiever is an influential Latina woman who has broken barriers, successfully accomplished her goals and is a proven leader who rises above adversity finding strength through her heritage, beliefs and cultural values.
These Latina Achievers are a leading force within the largest minority population in America. They are a shining example of what it is like to live the American dream. These women are driving change in their communities, raising bi-cultural families and increasingly influencing American culture in politics, education, small business, literature, wellness, fashion, entertainment and just about everything, everywhere. Like a juggler in a circus, these American Latina Achievers, make every effort to balance the American lifestyle while staying true to her cultural values. These women not only work hard to improve the quality of life for their families, but those of others. These Latina Achievers represent the dreams that live within each one of us. They show us that reaching success is possible with faith, hard work, determination, and perseverance.
Redbean Society is inspired by these strong, educated, and powerful Latina Achievers who are making strides in our world and leading by example. We will periodically feature their achievements on this page, as a tribute to their contributions to our community and the aspirations they inspire in all of us.
“GEEK GODDESS”, ENTREPRENEUR & LATINO COMMUNITY ADVOCATE
Here’s a Latina Achiever who has received numerous and well-deserved accolades for her advocacy of the Latino community and her role as a social media maven and influencer. Elianne Ramos is a member of the Latino Digital Coalitions Desk for Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Campaign. Formerly, Elianne was Principal and CEO of Speak Hispanic Communications and Founder of the Border Kids Relief Project.
Geek goddess, you’ve come a long way and you deserve our respect and admiration.
I met Elianne when I first came to New York. She was a senior copywriter at GREY’s Winglatino, now WING. A strong writer who always stood by her creative criteria, which of course was equally strong, Elianne was always on top of her game. I will never forget what she told me one time when I was concerned that I would not be recognized as a Latina because of my name, blue eyes and blond hair. In her very own style, she elegantly told me, “Are you kidding me? Tú eres más Boricua1 que un pastel.” 2 And she’s right about that!
Thanks Elianne. you’re a Latina Achiever and you inspire so many other Latina Achievers-in-the-making.
- Boricua- Puerto Ricans often proudly identify themselves as Boricua derived from the Taíno word Boriken, to illustrate their recognition of the island’s Taíno heritage.
- In Puerto Rico, pastel is a typical dish that includes diced pork with olives, capers, raisins, chickpeas, and sweet peppers. This mixture is placed in the center of a dough made mainly of green plantains with a small portion of yautía, and potato. The dough is tinted with annatto It is then wrapped in a plantain leaf and tied with string. It is boiled and later served with arroz con gandules (yellow-rice with pigeon peas). The overall end result is very similar to Mexican and Peruvian tamales which are made with corn meal instead of plantains.
JUDGE SONIA SOTOMAYOR
FIRST LATINA SUPREME COURT JUSTICE OF THE UNITED STATES
Sonia Sotomayor is the Supreme Latina Achiever as she serves in the highest court in one of the most powerful countries in the world. She has the distinction of being the first Supreme Court Justice of the United States that is of Hispanic heritage, the first Latina, and its third female. She is also one of the youngest justices on the Supreme Court.
Few women are able to overcome the gender bias of the justice system even today, as we continue to struggle for women’s rights, equality in the work force, and equal pay. Today women continue to struggle to break that glass ceiling. Judge Sonia Sotomayor writes about her road to success in her book, My Beloved World where she, like many Latina women, had to face many obstacles. In her book, Judge Sonia Sotomayor describes her life as a young girl including the death of her father, her struggle with juvenile diabetes and her inspiring story of fulfilling her dream of becoming an attorney and Supreme Court justice. Sonny Mehta, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, stated that “Sonia Sotomayor has lived a remarkable life and her achievements will prove an inspiration to readers around the world. Hers is a triumph of the Latino experience in America.”
Most recently, she took the time to address women entrepreneurs in our island homeland, Puerto Rico, “encouraging them to own their mistakes, be unafraid and be fearless in the pursuit of their dreams,” as published by NBC News, 9/30/2016. At a time when Puerto Rico is undergoing significant economic struggles, it’s commendable that Judge Sotomayor would dedicate her time to inspire the many entrepreneurial women on the island at the Animus Summit in San Juan last month. Puerto Rico has a lot to offer the world and our professional women have historically taken a higher road on major community issues and crisis.
Well done! We congratulate Judge Sonia Sotomayor as she is a true Latina Achiever and an inspiration for all women.
DENISE SOLER COX
FILM DIRECTOR & CO-CREATOR OF PROJECT Ñ
Denise Soler Cox is a Latina Achiever who uses Project Ñ, a multi-platform documentary project about first-generation American- born Latinos, to inspire Latinos and place Latino issues on the map. Denise is a highly sought speaker on the subject of identity, a mission-based entrepreneur, an experienced internet marketer, a film director, and co-creator of Project Enye (Ñ). As a first-generation American Latina born to Puerto Rican parents in New York, Denise struggled to fit in and juggled the Puerto Rican and American lifestyle. Denise experienced firsthand the challenges, compromises and inequalities that many children of Spanish-speaking immigrants go through every day.
Inspired by these experiences, in 2012, Denise connected with Henry Ansbacher, a Denver-based Oscar-nominated filmmaker to create Project Ñ. Through Project Ñ, Denise brings the stories of American-born Latinos to the forefront and reveals the commonalities of shared “Ñ” experiences. These documentary stories touch on a variety of topics ranging from identity and language to family and assimilation. Denise’s stories help build community among this Latino population and defines this Latino generation, one story at a time.
Denise is a Latina Achiever because she inspires and helps build communities with her stories. Through her films, she shares the struggles and triumphs of all Latinos in America and reflects what it truly means to be Latino regardless of their country of origin.
In addition to her work in film, Denise is a regular blog contributor to Huffington Post Latino and a syndicated content provider for AOL.com. She has been featured on CNN Money, NBC News, Fox News Latino and Telemundo. Brava!