FOUNDER / CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
What inspired Women That Amaze, Inc.?
I was born to immigrant parents who worked hard to make a living. My father did not complete his education and my mother passed away suddenly when I was 19 years old. The day she passed, she was getting ready for school. We were both attending community college and I was pregnant with my first child.
It was such a difficult time in my life and there were many things I wish I would have known. I have been very fortunate to have amazing mentors along the way who have helped guide me. I want other young ladies to know, they can have the same. Having children really made the concept real for me. Like they say, it takes a village and I want others, including my children, to know that they can turn to me when they have a question, but that their support system and network is also very important. Women That Amaze, Inc. is a network, a support system to help guide young girls via mentorship, workshops, and speakers’ series. Women That Amaze, Inc. is my way of paying it forward.
Birthday: June 2
Education: Master Business Administration, University of Redlands
Family & Pets: Jeff (husband), Juliana (5) and Johnathan (15), 2 dogs, Buddy & Lola
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Cultural Heritage: Mexican
Personal Motto: You only have 1 life, so don’t regret anything. Mistakes will happen, so just dust yourself off and continue on. You are human! You will get through this, so live, laugh, and love hard!
What motivates you?
My children. I learn from them every day.
What's on your bucket list?
Traveling, I would love to see Europe, Asia, and other parts of Latin America.
What is inside your purse/pockets right now?
Crayons, 2 different lipsticks, check book, a snack
Best piece of advice you've ever received?
Be confident, the person you are talking to doesn’t know how much you know or don’t know.
What was your first job?
Lotion cart at the mall (Ms. "Would you like to try this?")
Most people are surprised to learn:
I lived in Mexico for 2 years and went to an all-girl school there (8th and 9th grade). I read, write, and speak Spanish and I still keep in touch with most of my classmates.
Favorite thing about Women That Amaze, Inc.: The people. Connecting with other women and girls across the nation and internationally has been so inspiring! YOU are what drives the passion for this project!