JCPenney One-Stop Shopping Place!
Oct05

JCPenney One-Stop Shopping Place!

 You know that feeling you get when you have to get ready for a special occasion, you have no idea what to wear and the event is in a couple of days? Last week as you know, I was part of the wonderful WebCityGirls #UnstoppableLATINAS social media adventure and of course, needed to look my best. Thankfully, I partnered with JCPenney on an influencer shopping experience. #UnstoppableLATINAS Miami Domenica, Lelany, Lynn, Fernanda, Linda I had the best time at JCPenney’s because they are a one-stop shopping destination offering a variety of stylish and affordable fashion, home and beauty merchandise. A broad assortment of products from leading private, exclusive and national brands are available at very reasonable prices. Amigas please check out my social media story and all the fun I had feeling beautiful and very happy with my new outfits from JCPenney at the Dadeland Mall in Miami. Se los recomiendo and congratulations to friend Janie Flores who won the incredible $300 JCP gift certificate from our #UnstoppableLATINAS Karaoke Giveaway Party!!! . @JCPenney + Big Assortment + Leading Brands + Affortable Prices = Great Look for #UnstoppableLatinas event. #ad pic.twitter.com/mtkIY9xAvi — Linda Ponder (@Ponderela) September 25, 2016 . @JCPenney has a variety of cocktail and party looks at great prices. Loving this look pic.twitter.com/CaucXvOjCL — Linda Ponder (@Ponderela) September 24, 2016 It was such a fun evening at the fiesta this past Saturday. I found the perfect outfit at… https://t.co/oIJWpX9h84 — Linda Ponder (@Ponderela) September 27, 2016 @jcpenney yes it was teasing me to give it a new home 😂. Got lots of compliments at #UnstoppableLatinas with this pic.twitter.com/N7v7cSO2Tb — Linda Ponder (@Ponderela) September 26, 2016 So excited to keep the Kareoke fiesta going all-night dressed by @jcpenney for my story on #unstoppablelatinas Thank you #jcpenny #moda #style #hispanicheritage #herenciahispana #latinas #music #musica A photo posted by linda (@ponderela) on Sep 25, 2016 at 8:06am PDT It was such a fun evening at the fiesta this past Saturday. I found the perfect outfit at @jcpenney for the #unstoppablelatinas karaoke party 🎤 🎉🎶👍👏 #ad #fiesta #hispanicheritage #hispanicheritagemonth #hispanos #heritage #fashion #moda #affortable A photo posted by linda (@ponderela) on Sep 27, 2016 at 5:55am PDT Thank you so much JCPenney it was a memorable day and evening and your were a big part of it!!!!  ...

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Nat Geo Mundo Estrena La Cuba de Hoy Mañana
Oct01

Nat Geo Mundo Estrena La Cuba de Hoy Mañana

 Need something to watch tomorrow night? Look no further than Nat Geo Mundo, which will be airing the first episode of its highly anticipated two-part special, La Cuba de Hoy. The special closes Nat Geo Mundo’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month and offers viewers a look at the Cuba of today and the significant change that has occurred since President Barack Obama met with Raúl Castro in December of 2014. From the perspective of a first-time visitor to Cuba, Cuban-American anthropologist and National Geographic correspondent Mireya Mayor, we get an up-close look at age-old traditions, efforts to preserve a cherished essence, the evolution of a culture, and a return home after its evolution. “Es un honor para mí poder compartir este viaje con los espectadores de Nat Geo Mundo, explorando mi tierra y viendo desde adentro el país dinámico en el que Cuba se ha transformado, con grandes cambios culturales y económicos en tan poco tiempo”, expresó Mayor. “LA CUBA DE HOY muestra un cuadro real de Cuba en la actualidad, contado por aquellas personas que recibieron el mayor impacto del restablecimiento de las relaciones con Estados Unidos, incluyendo cubanos, líderes de las industrias florecientes y aquellos que ahora pueden visitar una tierra que alguna vez se congeló en el tiempo”. A principios de esta semana, realizamos la proyección exclusiva de 'La Cuba de Hoy' en el histórico Teatro Tower de la Pequeña Habana de #Miami. ¡No te pierdes el estreno del documental el 2 de octubre en Nat Geo Mundo! A las 8PM ET/PT. A photo posted by Nat Geo Mundo (@natgeomundo) on Sep 15, 2016 at 7:41am PDT   Episode 1, “A Puertas Abiertas” (“Embracing Change”), airs tomorrow, October 2 at 8 PM ET/PT, and focuses on commerce and financial and technological enhancements, including the expansion of Wi-Fi as well as the challenges historic hotels and local restaurants now face in adapting to accommodate a growing amount of visitors. Episode 2, “Un Nuevo Son” (“A New Rhythm”), highlights the impact of restored U.S. relations in culture, discussing topics such as religion, art, and architecture. We will follow Mayor as she collects personal narratives that demonstrate the influence of recent visits from figures such as Pope Francis and engages in meetings with Cuban ballet dancer Alicia Alonso and artists like Willy Chirino, who share their stories and the impact that Cuba has had on their careers. The episode airs next Sunday, October 9 at 8 PM ET/PT. Don’t miss out on this unique television event! For more information, visit natgeomundo.com and follow along en las redes: Facebook: Nat Geo Mundo Twitter: @natgeomundo Instagram: @natgeomundo...

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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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