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By Glenda Oviedo LatinaLista Battling five years of post-traumatic stress disorder and pain from a knee war injury, veteran Severa Rodriguez reveals a story of commitment, perseverance and honor. Severa Rodriguez wanted to travel the world. It wasn’t until she saw a commercial for the Marines and noticed how tough they looked that she decided […]

By Al Carlos Hernandez Herald de Paris HOLLYWOOD — Actress/acting coach Belita Moreno is one of the most recognizable comedic actress on television and probably the most recognizable Latinas in the history of network TV. She can be seen on televisions around the world and is best known for her television roles as George Lopez’s […]

By Ana Maria Hanssen LatinaLista Mystery author Carolina Garcia-Aguilera creates an award-winning series based on the Golden Rule of writing — write what you know. For award-winning author Carolina Garcia-Aguilera, “in order to be a writer you have to be a reader.” And it seems like in order to be a successful mystery writer it […]

LatinaLista — For sometime now, popular opinion has automatically blamed the downfall of the housing industry, a.k.a. home foreclosures, on subprime mortgages. It was thought that people, who were high-credit risks, were awarded these mortgages so they could fulfill their American Dream of owning a home, only to later default on their loans. Little was […]

Winning the title of Mrs. Kentucky International 2010, Elaine Barnes Bateman uses her pageant platform to raise awareness for mentoring and adopting troubled young adults.   LatinaLista — To look at Elaine Barnes Bateman, one can easily see how this petite, pretty Venezuelan-Cuban with the mega-watt smile was crowned Mrs. Kentucky International 2010. What’s not […]

Artist Diana Trevino-Wilson uses her creativity to create a special character named Fabil that reaches through the wall of autism to teach basic skills. LatinaLista — “If Walt Disney could start his empire with a cartoon mouse, anything is possible,” says Diana Trevino-Wilson, artist and entrepreneur. Artistic since the age of five, Diana has always […]

By Mariana Llamas-Cendon Veronica Valadez has been recognized as an Emerging Artist of the City of Ventura 2009 Mayor’s Arts Awards, but to her this distinction has many meanings… LatinaLista — Art has many faces; one of them is named Veronica Valadez. A Latina visual artist, Aztec dancer, gallery owner, teacher and community activist, among […]

Seeing the growing influence of the Hispanic consumer on the fashion industry, entrepreneur Michelle Sanchez creates a modeling agency catered to representing Latina models.   LatinaLista — In Spanish, “moda” means fashion. To Michelle Sanchez, a 31-year-old Dallas, Texas entrepreneur, there wasn’t a more fitting word to include in the name of her current business […]

Out of frustration from not finding traveling packs of high-quality toilet seat covers, Dora Cardenas-Ruckstuhl creates a product that puts a profitable spin to an unsexy item. LatinaLista — By her own admission, Dora Cardenas-Ruckstuhl has always been a dreamer. Ever since emigrating from her native sultry Colombia for the teeth-chattering temperatures of Canada at […]

Out of frustration from not finding traveling packs of high-quality toilet seat covers, Dora Cardenas-Ruckstuhl creates a product that puts a profitable spin to an unsexy item.   LatinaLista — By her own admission, Dora Cardenas-Ruckstuhl has always been a dreamer. Ever since emigrating from her native sultry Colombia for the teeth-chattering temperatures of Canada […]

Restaurant entrepreneur Amelia Contreras sees adversity as opportunity and proves it with three successful eateries. LatinaLista — Most people would think twice about starting a new business during hard economic times, but restaurant entrepreneur Amelia Contreras knows firsthand how adversity can prove to be a recipe for success. Restaurant entrepreneur Amelia Contreras Standing just shy […]

Kimberly Martinez knew her sister-in-law’s beaded ID necklaces were a great idea. Combining her “corporate” experience with her relative’s creativity, the two women transformed a home-based hobby into a full-fledged award-winning business. LatinaLista — Working in corporate America, Kimberly Martinez used to joke that she was an “Entrepreneurial Rapunzel.” The 45-year-old Florida resident dreamt of […]

In the competitive field of modeling where beauty and shape garner the spotlight, one Latina model carves her own curvaceous path to the top as a plus size model. LatinaLista — Olga Gonzalez-Ramos is a beauty. With her brown eyes, olive skin and 5’8″ frame, this New York City-based Latina makes a living from her looks […]

Texas lawyer and president of the National Women’s Political Caucus, Lulu Flores, devotes her life to helping more women achieve their dreams of getting elected to public office. LatinaLista — When Democratic hopeful Senator Hillary Clinton withdrew her nomination from the 2008 race for the U.S. presidency, there was probably no one more disappointed than […]

One stay-at-home mom turns cultural pride and frustration into a winning combination by creating the Latin Baby online boutique featuring products reflecting Hispanic pride. LatinaLista — It didn’t take long after the birth of her first child for Monica Olivera to figure out that what was missing from all the cute new baby clothes in […]

Young entrepreneur combines the familiar flavors drawn from Latino beverages to deliver an energy drink that she hopes will boost her company’s success. LatinaLista — There’s one word that sums up the essence of Daisy Ramirez these days — energy. Energy is what propelled this 30-year-old Latina to leave her native Honduras for North Carolina […]

Award-winning playwright Linda Nieves-Powell creates a business model that promotes awareness of Hispanic voices through theater. LatinaLista — How does a right-brain, methodical entrepreneur and self-professed lover of numbers reconcile a left-brain, spontaneous creative drive to manipulate language? Create a multimedia entertainment business, of course. Playwright and author Linda Nieves-Powell   Though it took over […]

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