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I was at the White House with Top Latina Bloggers ~ Part One

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mayo 24, 2012

As I told you last Friday, Latinos in Social Media organized a unique event for the top Latina bloggers in the United States and Puerto Rico, and I had the fortune to be one of the invitees. The excitement I felt when I learned that I was going to be a part of the first ever Top Latina Blogger Retreat in Washington, DC was nothing compare to what I felt during those three days of intense emotions, conversations, debates, and of course, the visit to the White House.

My trip started with the right foot when Sunday morning I met with Jessie Nuez and Uchi Davidzon who were my trip mates on the train. The main subject of the trip where our respective children, the things they do, the day to day, the laughs, in general all of those things us moms can tell time after time without being tired.

However, now that I am reflecting on it, there was also another subject we had in common, our worry about the public school system, the expensive private schools are and how we have even considered moving from our area just based on their schools rating. Somehow, this conversation prepared us for what was to come the next day when we attended the briefing with the administration’s officials at the White House.

We arrived at the hotel and the always-pleasant Julie Diaz-Asper was welcoming us with her beautiful daughter who also happened to be an experienced photographer and very patiently took several shots. From there we went for a walk, lunch and more conversation and were ready for the official reception in which Ana Roca Castro welcomed us and talked a bit about what we should expect the next day.

On Monday we started early with the sessions and it was definitely throwing the body to the water immediately with high ranked executives from ten big companies whom talked about strategies ranging from how to approach brands to negotiation tactics to be successful entrepreneurs.

The second part of the morning we were able to have an individual session with the executive of our choice and I had the fortune to listen to excellent tips from a woman that is not only intelligent and a seasoned professional, but also with the willingness to serve as a mentor and helping me further than those 15 minutes of our conversation.

At noon, under a fine drizzle, we took taxis and went off to the West Wing of the White House where other powerful Latinas in managing positions within the Obama administration welcomed us and answer our questions.

Here are some images of what I experienced during those three days:

At the hotel lobby with my lovely traveling companions Jessie Nuez and Uchi Davidson

Ready to start with my device at hand, coffee and sparkling wine!

It’s beautiful when you can finally hug a friend with which that was the only thing pending.

Sharing and meeting so many talented women was one of the highlights of this retreat, here some of them:

Great excitement entering at the White House

An interesting panel where we were able to voice our opinions and ask questions to officials from the Obama administration.


On my next post I’ll tell you more about the laughs, friendly conversations, my ever-smiling roommate and other unforgettable anecdotes. Also, about what was discussed at the White House and the closing keynotes by the wonderful Angélica Pérez-Litwin, Jeannette Kaplun and Ana Flores I’ll tell you on the second part of this story.

What I can tell you is that I came armed with tools, motivation and the determination to take the step towards being a full-time entrepreneur.

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A mis madres, que dejan huella

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mayo 27, 2012


Ayer estuve organizando mi archivo y entre los papeles importantes y la basura que siempre llega en el correo encontré el marca libros que le regalaron a AbueCool hace unos años y que ven en la imagen aquí arriba. La señora que lo tenía habló sobre su aspiración como ser humano y como madre. A propósito del Día de las Madres Dominicanas, este mensaje me llegó nuevamente.

Creo que en esas tres palabras se simplica mi labor como mamá, estoy convencida de su efectividad porque lo he vivido como hija. De mi madre Amparo he aprendido tantas cosas, desde a cocinar hasta muchos de mis parámetros éticos; pero también de ella tengo mucho de mi instinto maternal de protección y amor.

De mi madre Mercedes (AbueCool) llevo la marca de un amor más moderno que entiende más la mujer que soy y puede compartir conmigo conceptos, ideas y logros. También, una segunda huella que ella está dejando es a través de su rol como abuela dándole a mis hijos ese amor y dulzura que sólo las abuelas saben dar.

Mi invitación para todas las madres es que traten de dejar huellas en sus hijos que duren toda una vida, más allá de cuando ya no estemos aquí para enseñar lecciones y dar amor. Mi misión es simple pero de impacto profundo, quiero poder decir con orgullo: Quien soy deja huella.

¿Cuál es tu misión como mamá? ¿Qué estás haciendo para dejar huellas positivas en tus hijos?

Dominicanas:
¡Feliz Día de las Madres!

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To my mothers, who are leaving their footprint

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mayo 27, 2012

I was organizing my file cabinet yesterday and among the important papers and the junk we get in our mailbox I found a bookmark that was given to AbueCool a few years ago and that has the image above, it reads Who I am leaves a footprint. The lady who had it talked about her aspiration as a human being and as a mother. In the light of Dominican Mother’s Day, this message hit home again.

I think these three words simplify my work as a mother; I am convinced of its effectiveness because I have experienced it as a daughter. From my mother Amparo I’ve learn things that range from cooking to many of my ethical parameters, but also from her I have a lot of my motherly instincts of protection and love.

From my mother Mercedes (AbueCool) I carry the mark of a more mother love that understands more the woman I am and can share with me concepts, ideas and achievements. Also, a second print she is leaving is through her role as a grandmother giving my children that love and sweetness only grandmas know how to give.

My invitation for all mothers is to try to leave a lasting footprint in their children that sticks for a lifetime, way beyond our presence here teaching lessons and giving love. Mi mission is simple but with a deep impact, I want to be able to say proudly: Who I am leaves a footprint.

What is your mission as a mother? What are you doing to leave positive footprints in your children?

Dominicans:
Happy Mother’s Day!

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Top Blogueras en la Casa Blanca ~ Segunda Parte

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mayo 28, 2012

Luego de que se sosegó la emoción inicial de entrar en la Casa Blanca, hacerme unas cuantas fotos y sentarme, la realidad de esta oportunidad quedó clara: estábamos ahí para comenzar algo que iría más allá de ese par de horas. Este era el momento para hacernos sentir y comunicarles directamente a representantes del gobierno las necesidades que tiene nuestra comunidad.

Las preguntas fueron tan variadas como el grupo de blogueras y fueron desde inmigración hasta salud dejando claro que nuestras prioridades como mamás, mujeres profesionales y comunicadoras latinas representan las de la comunidad. También se habló sobre educación, que es un tema para mí de suma importancia y hubo preguntas que iban desde el aislamiento que experimentan los niños con necesidades especiales en las escuelas hasta la posibilidad de hacer estándar la educación bilingüe en todo el país.

Fueron unas horas provechosas en las que además de las preguntas de las Top Blogueras se nos proporcionó información sobre los distintos programas enfocados en los latinos que está llevando la administración, como La Mesa Completa, Let’s Move y Mi Plato que buscan incentivar a que las familias lleven vidas más saludables y activas.

En general, ir a la Casa Blanca fue una experiencia única que me dejó con mucho que reflexionar y con la convicción de que como comunidad debemos seguir luchando por las cosas que necesitamos y por una mejor educación para nuestros hijos. Estar ahí para hacer nuestras preguntas fue importante, pero el trabajo sólo comienza y está en las manos de cada una de nosotras.

La otra cara de la conferencia

Además de las actividades curriculares, las conferencias siempre son un espacio para estrechar lazos, crear nuevas conexiones y amistades. Entre una actividad y otra podemos conocernos un poquito más y creo que es el complemento de un evento donde se trataron muchos temas serios y al mismo tiempo pudimos reirnos bastante.

De mis interacciones individuales, disfruté de conversaciones con mi compañera de habitación, Helena Osorio, a quién además yo le causo mucha gracia y se reía de absolutamente todo lo que le decía, de TODO, se los juro. Pero entre una risa y otra, me encantaron las conversaciones francas, de mujer a mujer, sin pretensiones.

Hablar con mi amiga Maybelline Valenti, con quien ya había hablado muchas veces por teléfono antes, pero que nunca habíamos tenido la oportunidad de vernos en persona, también fue muy satisfactorio y le sumó mucho a toda la experiencia. Es grato saber que la calidez transmitida por la vía digital es mucho más amplia y real en persona.

Otro momento divertido fue después de un paseo en el vecindario, terminamos Helena Osorio, Dariela Cruz, Denisse Icaza y yo en el patio del hotel, contando cuentos como hacía mucho que no lo hacía, Helena que no podía decir ninguno porque la risa no la dejaba y me divertí muchísimo.

Un cierre de lujo

Después de haber escuchado las ponencias de mujeres ejecutivas con mucha experiencia en sus respectivas áreas, el cierre de la conferencia fue el complemento perfecto. Tres mujeres excepcionales de nuestra comunidad digital que son un ejemplo a seguir cada una en su área de experiencia nos imprimieron motivación, datos y una presentación de nuestra realidad como profesionales latinas que fue muy clara.

Ana Flores, Jeannette Kaplun y la doctora Angélica Perez-Litwin, PhD a mí me abrieron los ojos a mantenerme enfocada en mis objetivos, ser fiel a mis creencias y al mismo tiempo desarrollar el lado emprendedor y empresarial para que las cosas que me apasionan y las ideas que tengo en plan desarrollar puedan servir como una fuente real de sustento para mí y para mi familia.

A todas las mujeres que prestaron su tiempo para compartir conocimientos y experiencias y que generosamente nos ofrecieron sus consejos, les agradezco mucho.

A LATISM y todo el equipo que trabajó horas para hacer este evento posible también les doy las gracias. En especial, tres mujeres que estuvieron al frente de todo lo relacionado al evento: Elma Placeres-Dieppa, Elianne Ramos y Ana Roca Castro, ¡ustedes son geniales!

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Top Bloggers at the White House ~ Part Two

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mayo 28, 2012

Right after the initial excitement of entering the White House, getting a couple of pictures and seating, the reality of this opportunity was clear: we were there to start something that will go beyond those couple of hours. This was the moment to make ourselves noticeable and communicate directly with the government representatives about the needs of our community.

The questions were as varied as the group of bloggers that was present and ranged from immigration to health, letting it clear that our priorities as Latina mothers; professional women and communicators represent those of the community. Also there were talks about education, which is a very important subject to me and there were questions ranging from the isolation that special needs children experience in schools to the possibility of making bilingual school standard in the country.

The hours were productive, and besides the questions of the Top Bloggers we were given information about the different programs targeting Latinos that the administration has like La Mesa Completa, Let’s Move y Choose My Plate that aim to motivate families to lead healthier and more active lives.

In general, going to the White House was a unique experience that left me with a lot to think about and with the conviction that as a community we should continue to fight for the things we need and for a better education for our children. Being there to ask our questions was important, but the work is just beginning and it’s in the hands of each one of us.

The other face of the conference

With Yoly Mason at the White House. Image courtesy of Maybelline Valenti.

Besides the curricular activities, conferences are always a space to bond, create new connections and friendships. Between activities we can get to know each other a bit more and I think is the complement of an event where very serious subjects were talked about and at the same time we could have a laugh.

From my individual interactions, I enjoyed the conversations with my roommate, Helena Osorio, to whom I am very funny and she laugh to absolutely everything I said, EVERY THING, I swear. But between laughs, I loved our candid conversations, between us women, without pretensions.

Talking with my friend Maybelline Valenti, with whom I had talked a lot before on the phone, but had never had the opportunity of seeing each other in person, added a lot to the whole experience. Is great knowing that the warmth felt through the digital space is even bigger and real in person.

Another fun moment was after taking a walk in the neighborhood, Helena Osorio, Dariela Cruz, Denisse Icaza and I at the hotel patio, telling stories as I had not done for a long time, Helena could not tell a joke because the laugh did no let her say much and I had a lot of fun.

An incredible closing

After listening to the executive women speakers with a lot of experience in their respective areas, the closing of the conference was the perfect complement. Three exceptional women from our digital community who are an example to follow in each of their areas of expertise, motivated us, provided facts and a presentation of our reality as professional Latinas that was clear.

Ana Flores, Jeannette Kaplun and Dr. Angélica Perez-Litwin, PhD opened my eyes to keep more focus in my objectives, be loyal to my beliefs and at the same time develop an entrepreneurial side to allow the things that I am passionate about and the ideas I have to develop and be a real source of financial security for me and my family.

To all the women who gave their time to share knowledge and experiences and that generously offered their advice, I thank you all very much.

To LATISM and the whole team who worked to make this event possible I also give thanks. Special shout out to the three women at the front of all this: Elma Placeres Dieppa, Elianne Ramos and Ana Roca Castro. You rock!

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