7 Latina Creatives Who Can Help You Level Up Your Life

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Latinx people show their creativity in a variety of different ways. From filmmaking to career coaching, connecting with a fellow Latina to help you level up your life is always a good idea. 

We pulled together a quick list of Latina creatives who are paving their own way and want to help you do the same through coaching, education, and creating more opportunities for yourself. Next time you are looking for a creative to work with, consider one of the following super talented Latinas.  

Career

Catalina Peña aka @Curiouscata on Instagram will help you get your career goals checked off your list through her career coaching services. As an Afro-Latina hailing from Colombia, she is dedicated to helping people of color find success in their careers. She has years of experience recruiting at some of the biggest tech companies like Twitter, Facebook, and Andreessen Horowitz. If you want to get your career life on track, reach out to her. 

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Today, I got the opportunity to attend The Hispanic Leadership Summit at The UN as part of a group of 500 other Latinx leaders helping shape the future of our community in the US. . The room included Fortune 500 CEO’s and Executives, Startup Founders, Govt Officials, Activists, Journalists, etc to bridge the industry gap so cooperation can bring about real change to increase Latinx access and impact. . It is a huge honor to be included in such an amazing group of individuals only 7 months after founding Catalyst Creation, and be able to be there representing the company I’ve built. . It was also a very emotional and surreal experience for me because, as an AfroColombian who moved to the US at 9 with ZERO connections and who’s been fired multiple times, I NEVER EVEN THOUGHT TO ASK to be included in a room like that, but someone saw I could add value to the conversation and made sure I was there 🙌🏽 . Forever grateful for the mentors that are always looking out and helping me every step of the way 🙏🏽 . Remember: You BELONG IN EVERY ROOM YOU’RE IN even if you never knew it existed ✨ #hispanicsummit2019 #hispanicleadershipsummit #youbelongintheroom #daretodream #liveyourbestlife #founder #latinafounder #blackfounder #afrolatinafounder #movingonup #thisisjustthebeginning

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Business

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Las Jefas Crew.

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Supporting more Latinx businesses this year just got a lot easier through ShopLatinx. Created by Brittany Chavez, Shop Latinx is all about curating Latinx businesses from around the country that people can support through their marketplace. From home goods to clothes, Shop Latinx can help you find what you’re looking for while you shop with intention because that’s what the business is all about. “I want to work with people and brands who are on their grind, know their target customer, and people I trust and whose products I love personally,” Chavez told BeLatina earlier this winter.

Trainings

If you have been wanting to support undocumented youth to obtain leadership skills, an education, or entrepreneurial skills you should check out New York State Youth Leadership Council (NYSYLC). NYSYLC is an undocumented youth-led organization with the goal of giving undocumented youth the tools and space to organize and create change in our communities. Book them for one of their workshops on navigating educational systems in a mixed immigration home or request a speaker for your next training or event. You can also make a donation to continue their leadership in these especially trying political times.

Entrepreneurship

Curvy Latinas who have a hard time finding fashions that fit them can rejoice while they support  Blogger House Curvy Closet. This Latina-founded company for plus-size women helps them find fashions that are both trendy and affordable! Puerto Rican Founders Darlene Lebron and Sandra Negron found an ingenious solution for their closets, bank accounts, and community when they started selling their fashion to other plus-size women online. They have curated a community where trying new things is celebrated and influencers can help everyone be their best selves. 

Media

Connie Chavez is a Peruvian filmmaker and photographer who has worked with major brands like TIDAL, Rockstar Games, and AfroPunk to highlight the creativity and beauty of people of color. Her micro-documentary in partnership with MAIA, Women Leading Change, highlighted Indigenous Mayan women and was nominated for an award at the Official Latino Short Film Festival in 2017. With the Oscars completely ignoring women creatives, hiring Latina filmmakers is of utmost importance and can start with you. Also the creator of Alegria Peruanx, Chavez is all about creating beautiful work that serves a purpose. 

Digital Business

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OMG – Latinas make up 2% of women in STEM!🤯 and it was an honor to be Nominated for Tech/Gaming for a TECLA Award at- and get to present an award and connect tech to photography at @hispanicizeevent but y’all where my NERDS all at?!! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ @daniamicala read this stat and I was like —— EEEEER WHAT?! Internet fam can you help me find them?!😭 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Having the DATA on this – it hit HARD. It wasn’t just in my head that I was usually the ONLY person in the rooms. It’s because there ARE FEW OF US (…For NOW 😈) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But there has to be more of us right? And we’re stronger when we team up. Can y’all help me find my #LatinaSTEMSquad and tag Latinas in science, tech, engineering , and mathematics?!?! Or let me know if you are one of them…👀😭

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If you want to learn how to level up your digital strategy and business, hit up Joy Valerie. Joy is a digital advertising and growth strategist who loves using tested growth hacking techniques to help people scale their great ideas and businesses online. Last year, Joy launched an array of online courses that help you find your community, monetize your products, and create great content. Start your side hustle, main hustle, or maybe hustle off right with some help from a professional! 

Education and Culture

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Reading more books by Latinx authors is always a good way to help diversify your library, see yourself in the literature you consume, and learn more about different Latinx cultures and communities. Thankfully Latinx Reads is here to help us make finding more diverse Latinx authors easier. Their Instagram feed is full of Latinx authors from various cultures and ethnicities to satisfy your desire for a more diverse bookshelf.