Don’t let stigma prevent you from getting tested for HIV
Sep12

Don’t let stigma prevent you from getting tested for HIV

 This post is made possible by support from the Let’s Stop HIV Together campaign. All opinions are my own. One of my favorite things about working in social media is that I get to inform others about valuable campaigns that are taking place in their community, so they can benefit from them. A perfect example of this is from the Center for Disease Control, Stop HIV Together community outreach event, which took place in Miami. Everyone was invited to get tested for HIV no questions asked and results where given to them on the spot. I really liked the impact this initiative had, as in just a few hours about one hundred people knew their health status. Testing is the only way to know if you are HIV positive but many people avoid testing because of stigma. Knowing your status may empower you to talk openly about what it’s like to get tested and encourage others to do the same. For more information about testing and to find a testing site near you, visit www.CDC.gov/DoingIt The main focus for CDC is to help decrease the stigma associated with HIV. Because stigma leads to marginalization of those that are positive, decreased testing due to the fear of a positive diagnosis, fear of disclosing status and getting treatment, and fewer conversations about safe sex. Ongoing stigma in our communities leads to perceived discrimination, fear and anxiety. It affects the emotional well-being and mental health of people living with HIV and prevents some from getting testes and treated for HIV. Conversations don’t have to be face to face. You can have a big impact by talking about HIV virtually through social media. Whether you blog, tweet, or snap please make sure that your message is speaking out against stigma for example: Don’t use exclamation marks in some context for it may fuel stigma, discrimination, fear and anxiety. Tune in and listen to what others are saying so you may correct myths about HIV by sharing the facts. Avoid words or phrases that promote stigma and misinformation. Here are some preferred terms available in the Let’s Stop HIV Together guide to talking about HIV. http://www.cdc.gov/actagainstaids/campaigns/starttalking/convo.html Personally I think that there is nothing wrong with saving ourselves until we get married, besides it is the most effective way to avoid the spread of HIV. However, if you choose to have sex then you must learn how to practice safe sex by wearing a latex condom each and every time.  ...

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Here comes #LATISM16
Aug09

Here comes #LATISM16

 Founded in 2009, LATISM is a nonprofit nonpartisan organization dedicated to advancing the social, civic and economic status of the Latino community. This organization has been leading truthfully, uniting digital influencers, as well as encouraging Latinos to pursue education in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM). I discovered LATISM in 2010 on Twitter by their notorious hashtag #LATISM and have been blessed ever since by tremendous friendships, learnings and business opportunities. LATISM conference has always impacted me with meaningful connections and helped develop better skills.  This year will be extra special as I will be speaking on a panel, where I will be able to share my journey creating movement online #BeNumberless to empower women…que emoción!!! During this wonderful new opportunity I intend to share acquired knowledge, experiences and challenges to confidently empower others. HIGHLIGHTS LATISM16 kicks-off with the Top Influencer Retreat, selected based on Leadership, Humbleness, Commitment and Passion. Grateful to be part of this inspiring group of influencers since 2012, who are truly outstanding and hard working women we call “hermanas”. Although women are the majority at this retreat, there are some men in the digital space who are part of the chosen, and I am looking forward to meet for the first-time. The day-retreat will unite and inspire us to advance our digital influence and validate our work as “Latinos as Change Agents,” theme of the actual conference. One of my most proudest moments visiting the WhiteHouse as part of LATISM first-ever Top Blogueras Retreat 2012: THE CONFERENCE 2016 The conference takes place at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Orlando Florida from October 19 – 21, exploring tech and social media avenues. The soul and machine behind everything that takes place is composed of an amazing team of LATISM volunteers hosted by the Orlando members, guided by a brilliant and thoughtful woman, Ana Roca, one of the original founders. THE TRACKS Business and Tech Entrepreneurship Civic Engagement Diversity and Inclusion Education Health Policy HACKATON & 2016 S.T.E.A.M. FAIR The conference will host a 36-hour Hackathon and will have it’s 2nd annual S.T.E.A.M Youth Fair in the last day of the conference where 5th-12th graders from around the country will display projects in science, technology, engineering, arts and math. They will have the opportunity for an educational behind-the-scene experience with Disney and the opportunity to win recognition and prizes. THE APP JOINING US? Please visit this link for further information to register and make sure to use our code:  INFLUENCER16 for a 30% discount: conference.latism.org Gracias!!! 2014 Disney Top Digital Influencers Retreat...

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Latino Entrepreneurs #SuNegocio Lands in San Jose, California
Jul26

Latino Entrepreneurs #SuNegocio Lands in San Jose, California

  Its my pleasure to confirm that we continue to collaborate with MassMutual Financial Group sharing the next stop of “Su Negocio” Program, Assisting Latino Small Business. Please Save-The-Date on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 from 7:00am to 10:30am PST at Silicon Valley Capital Club, San Jose, California. MassMutual and the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) designed the traveling program to assist and empower Latino-owned small businesses. Did you know that recent data indicates that Latino-owned small businesses are the fastest growing segment of small businesses in the country? Inspiration for HNBA and MassMutual to stand ready to help these businesses succeed. The event will feature a keynote speaker, educational workshops for both start-ups and growth businesses and a networking reception. Get your business cards ready and RESERVE your spot today clicking here now !!! For more information visit: massmutual.com , Twitter @massmutual and Facebook MassMutual Es un placer confirmarles que continuamos colaborando con MassMutual Financial Group compartiendo la siguiente parada del Programa “Su Negocio “, ayudando a pequeñas empresas latinas. Quedan invitados el Miércoles 3 de Agosto del 2016, de 7:00 am a 10:30 am PST en Silicon Valley Capital Club en San José, California. MassMutual y la Asociación Nacional de Abogados Hispanos ( HNBA ) diseñaron el programa para ayudar y empoderar a los latinos empresarios dueños de pequeños negocios. ¿Sabías que estudios recientes indican que latinos con pequeñas negocios son el segmento de mas rápido crecimiento de las pequeñas empresas en el país? Inspiración para Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) y MassMutual que están dispuestos a ayudar a estas empresas a crecer y tener éxito. El evento contará con un orador principal, talleres educativos y una recepción. Recomiendo que tengas listas tus tarjetas de presentación y RESERVA tu lugar aquí !!! Para mas información visiten: massmutual.com/latino  Twitter @massmutual y  Facebook MassMutual Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Massachusetts Mutual Financial Group (MassMutual) . All opinions are my own....

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What is Financial Independence?
Jun28

What is Financial Independence?

 I am glad to be collaborating by writing this blog sponsored by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) whose purpose is to help you secure your future and protect the ones you love. Independence Day is around the corner, so it makes sense to apply this powerful word of independence into the structure of our financial reality. Although this blog is sponsored by MassMutual all opinions are my own. Financial independence for me as an entrepreneur means creating my own opportunities to prosper, working passionately doing what I love. I create content from a positive point of view and share on the blog webcitygirls.com as well as on our favorite social media networks Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube and Facebook. Before becoming an influencer/blogger I was a successful producer owner of an international production company in Miami and Mexico. Reinvention into the digital space meant a transition to a new career which came with challenges. The first time I got a compensated opportunity was a memorable moment to be grateful and celebrate. Now on my way to steady growth of economic success, I firmly believe that planning correctly through saving for retirement and making wise financial decisions is key to financial independence. This is where MassMutual can help!!! When you are right out of college you want financial independence and you should work towards your goals, just keep in mind that it takes time and planning. Through different periods in my life, I have had ups and downs as an entrepreneur, but I stayed focused. Honestly, nothing gets in my way of creating prosperity and the financial independence I need for retirement. Seven TIPS to keep on track (click on the links for further and great advise): Avoid consumer debt. Try not to carry credit card balance. Buy what you can afford and use credit cards for things you can afford to pay back. Stop accumulating stuff. Buy what you really need. Spend much less than you earn by keeping track of your expenses. Get a good life insurance policy to help protect your family. Upon your death, the proceeds of a life insurance policy can help provide for your loved ones when you are not there to help pay expenses such as Mortgage Payments, College Tuition, Outstanding Debt and Monthly income. Prioritize saving ahead of everything else. Work hard to increase your income. Always keep your career or business moving forward. Diversify how you can make money. Please join me and MassMutual in learning all about Financial Independence this July. Follow along and share your own story, so we can all learn from each other in our life journey towards financial independence. MassMutual will help you get...

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Your Small Business Program: #SuNegocio
Jun23

Your Small Business Program: #SuNegocio

 We continue to share valuable information for our community through the blog and social media. One of the reasons why we are excited to be collaborating with MassMutual Financial Group is to help get the word out to our girlfriends in Chicago about some great resources available to them, that will ensure a successful future for their small business. We encourage our girlfriends to invite their friends and family from Chicago to take advantage of this unique opportunity. Please RESERVE Tuesday, July 12 from 7:00 am to 10:0am for motivation, education and networking.  Get your business cards ready and meet Hispanic National Bar Association and MassMutual at the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago. The valet parking and workshops are complimentary. Ladies can I ask you to please click HERE to REGISTER for the event. I am confident that if you attend, you will be inspired and full of valuable information to achieve prosperity with Your Business.!!! One last thing, since we all hangout on Facebook, if you would please click on the event page so we can respond to your comments or questions directly. For more information visit: massmutual.com , Twitter @massmutual and Facebook MassMutual     Continuamos compartiendo información valiosa para nuestra comunidad a través del blog y las redes sociales. Por esta razón estamos felices colaborando con MassMutual Financial Group para informarle a nuestras amigas de Chicago como tener acceso a recursos necesarios que pueden asegurar un futuro exitoso para su pequeño negocio. Exhortamos a las amigas invitar a sus amigas y familia a esta oportunidad única en Chicago. Chicas por favor reserven el Martes 12 de Julio de 7:00am a 10:am para unos talleres educacionales libre de costos, que les facilitarán información necesaria para el crecimiento de su pequeño negocio. Traigan sus tarjetas de presentación al Hard Rock Hotel Chicago y en confianza vayan directo al valet parking que nuestros amigos de Hispanic National Bar Association y MassMutual con gusto cubrirán este gasto también. Les solicito que por favor se REGISTREN haciendo click AQUÍ.  Estoy segura que si van al evento saldrán inspiradas llenas de información invaluable para lograr prosperidad en Su Negocio! Y como todas estamos en Facebook vamos a comunicarnos para saber quiénes van y responderles a sus comentarios o preguntas en la página del evento. Para la página en Facebook del evento por favor dale CLICK AQUÍ okis! Para mas información visiten massmutual.com/latino Twitter @massmutual and Facebook MassMutual Thank you!!! Gracias!!!! Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Massachusetts Mutual Financial Group (MassMutual) . All opinions are my own....

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Packing For A Successful Business Trip: 10 Must-Have Items
Jun23

Packing For A Successful Business Trip: 10 Must-Have Items

 Frequent flyers who travel for business become expert packers. They know exactly what to take to enhance their stay and remain productive. Take a leaf out of their book and make sure your pack these must-have items. 1. Awesome Carry On Bag Arguably one of the most important travel items is your carry on bag. It needs to be small and light enough to meet airline standards. While at the same time it has to allow for multiple items. And it needs to be sturdy and withstand being dragged through numerous airports and taxi ranks. 2. Sleep Mask Always pack a sleep mask for the flight and hotel. It will block out unwanted light and help your body produce melatonin. This is the hormone that allows your body to fall asleep naturally. Some airlines will provide these for you. Check with your provider when you book your discount business class seats. Getting enough sleep will help you arrive at your conference or meeting looking fresh and rested. 3. Headphones / Earplugs Pro travelers will extol the virtues of a good pair of headphones. It’s worth paying a little extra for a pair that fit comfortably and cancel out external noise. They are invaluable for train journeys and flights. Earplugs are another option. 4. Slip-On Shoes If possible, wear comfortable slip-on shoes. These will get you through airport security quicker. And they are easy to slip off once you’re comfortably in your seat. Your feet can swell a little during flights, so it’s a good idea to wear shoes that have a little extra room. 5. Comfy Socks If you’re on a long haul-flight, you might as well make yourself comfortable. Slip off your shoes and settle back. Take a comfortable pair of socks that will keep your feet warm. Planes can feel very cold. 6.Lightweight Laptop You don’t want to be lugging around heavy tech. Take a lightweight laptop and load it up with all relevant documents. Even better, store your work on a cloud service like Google Drive. This will ensure it is accessible wherever you go. A local version can be downloaded to your devices for when there is no wifi. 7. E-Reader If you like to read, load up your e-reader with books. Opt for a version with a built-in reading light. This will save you valuable space in your carry-on luggage. 8. Day To Evening Clothing To save space in your suitcase, take outfits that will work for business and social events. Take smart, comfortable shoes if you are going to multiple locations. Your feet will thank you for it. 9. Pen And Notebook Though...

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