Hispanic Heritage Month provides a platform for opening conversations about work, culture, and migration. Women entrepreneurs make substantial contributions to the economy by creating jobs and innovative products or services. Therefore, celebrating their achievements acknowledges their role in driving economic growth and opening doors for others.
The importance of Hispanic Heritage Month lies in its context for celebrating the contributions and addressing the challenges that the Latinx community within this country has faced. As I reflect on my journey from Venezuela to the U.S., I am reminded of the power of our community.
Hispanic women have achieved incredible success in various areas, which is why celebrating women’s entrepreneurship shows the power of being different, breaks old ideas, helps the economy, gives us people to look up to, and makes our communities stronger.
Check out 10 inspiring Latina entrepreneurs who have made a significant impact in their respective industries:
1. Marivette Navarrete
Navarrete is a Nicaraguan-American media expert, founder, and CEO of The Mujerista, a “community-first media platform driven by our commitment to empowering Latinas. The Mujerista provides an inclusive gathering space for Latinas to express themselves, feel heard, and be represented.”
2. Ana Flores
“When one grows, we all grow.” That’s the motto of WeAllGrow, the popular digital community that Ana founded back in 2010. It serves as the “go-to community and a leading media and lifestyle brand for Latinas and femme-Latines who are driving social and economic impact.”
3. Cristina Junqueira
Junqueira is the co-founder of Nubank, the largest fintech company in Latin America. Under her guidance, Nubank has disrupted traditional banking systems, providing innovative and customer-centric financial solutions to millions of people and, according to Forbes, “leaving the U.S. digital banks in the dust.”
4. Nina Vaca
Vaca is an Ecuadorian-American who has been the founder, chairman, and CEO of Pinnacle Group for 27 years, the largest Hispanic and woman-owned workforce solutions company that provides staffing, consulting, and technology services. She’s also committed to diversity, leadership, and women empowerment.
5. Cecilia Corral
As the co-founder of CareMessage, a Stanford non-profit, Cecilia is “a product leader focused on using human-centered design to solve problems in healthcare for underserved populations,” according to her LinkedIn profile. Corral is a passionate DEI voice in the tech industry through collecting and publishing data on Latina Tech Founders.
6. Julissa Prado
She’s the founder and CEO of Rizos Curls, a clean and Latina-owned line of products for curly hair available on their website, UltaBeauty, and Target across the U.S. Prado, Afro-Mexican, is herself a digital content creator who’s been featured in People en Español, PopSugar, Forbes, Allure, Glamour Magazine, and more.
7. Adriana Alejandre
The (de)stigmatization of mental health is a crucial topic to address within the Latino community, which is why Alejandre’s role as the founder of Latinx Therapy, a network of therapists and resources for Latinos in the U.S., is of great significance.
8. Yesi Ortiz
According to her LinkedIn, Yesi “is a co-founder for the L.I.M.A COALITION (Latinos in Media & Arts) working to equalize Latino talent and recognition in the arts and media industry.” She’s a Mexican-American prominent figure in LA’s media industry, using her platform to uplift the Latinx music scene.
9. Codie Sanchez
Sanchez is Contrarian Thinking’s CEO, “the world’s first free-thinking finance and media company,” focused on helping people build and improve their finances regarding where they come from. Born from immigrant parents, Codie is an innovative mind within the world of finance.
10. Ivelyse Andino
As the CEO and Founder of Radical Health, a company that “works at the intersection of community health and tech,” Andino is a TEDx Speaker and media figure dedicated to fight against gender and health inequality. She’s also featured as one of the 16 Latinas Impact List by WeAllGrow.