With a central theme of “Latinos as Agents of Change,” I have said it before and this year is no different, LATISM is the only conference that has a soul. It has a soul not only because of the volunteers that create it together with founder Ana Roca, but also because of the people that attend who truly want to learn, connect, be inspired, and share their passion.
LATISM reunites yearly to bring together innovative thinkers, technologists, experts and influencers to start ideas and form partnerships and plans. Speakers focus on education, technology, best practices, new tools, trends, funding and partnerships, teaching the audience how to deliver results and create sustainable communities using the power of social media to make a positive impact in people’s lives.
In addition, there is a STEAM Fair about how the new generation is contributing to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. The Fair offers Coding, Parent Advocacy and College Readiness Workshops, plus a Hackathon Demo Day with a group of young brilliant makers developing real solutions to real problems affecting the Latino community through the creation of apps.
This year, one of the panels that impacted me most was “Latinas Creating Wealth” with several powerhouse Latinas like Lili Gil Valleta, who presented an amazing opportunity for Latinos and her latest venture HSN Project American Dreams Searching Latino Inventors, a business competition. Also speaking on the panel were Lucienne Gigante and Marta Michelle Colon, who introduced us to Access Latina, a non-profit organization that looks to bring together Latina entrepreneurs with the capital resources they need, including access to networks and mentoring.
Cathy Hackly, Borja Perez, Erick Lorenzo and Gabriel Sama conducted an eye-opening look into “The Future of Storytelling: From Live Video to Virtual Reality & 360 Degree Video,” where I learned how VR will become more accessible to consumers and how it is changing the way we communicate and create content online. I also had a great experience as speaker in two different panels: “Influencer2Brand” and “Building your Brand”.
LATISM Conference incorporates the Top Influencers Retreat, which was originally created in 2012 in Washington DC. I have had the privilege of being selected among the Top 100 Digital influencers every year to this date. It is a full day of training that includes behind-the-scenes education with mentors as well as a wonderful networking opportunity.
This year LATISM 2016 Awards Best in Tech Innovation and Social Media was very special, as I was nominated Best Latina Network Leader beside outstanding nominees Ana Flores and Yadira Ambert. I was honored to WIN and I was told that I got tons of votes!!!
2016 Influencers Advancing the Latino Community:
Best Vlogger: Jorge Narvaez/@RealityChangers
Best Tech Founder: Ximena Hartsock/@Phone2Action
Best Food Blogger: Ronaldo Linares/@Chef_Ronaldo
Best Activist: Meryland Cuevas/@Otros20Pesos
Best Education: Melanie Mendez Gonzales/@QueMeansWhat
Best Health: Fernanda Chacon/@CookandMove
Best Bilingual: Silvia Martinez/@MamaLatina
Best Business: Alexia Ramirez/@LivingMoneyWise
Best Lifestyle: Elayna Fernandez/@ThePositiveMom
Best Parenting: Gianny Liranzo/@MadresConectadas
Best Latina Network Leader: Lynn Ponder/@webcitygirls
“I am invigorated by the recognition I received this year at LATISM as Best Latina Network Leader and I am full of enthusiasm to continue moving forward creating engaging and original content”. This award recognizes my latest social media innovative activations #BeNumberless and #UnstoppableLATINAS.
Unstoppable LATINAS concept purpose and mission is to unite Latinas and give power to each other, through a social media LIVE series that travels to different cities across the United States sharing engaging and truthful stories with influencers and celebrities.