11 Inspiring Latinas You Should Know

11 Inspiring Latinas You Should Know! Learn about Latinas who are doing amazing work in their careers.

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Dr. Nancy Huante dressed in graduation in front of the home she grew up in

“When families and schools work together, it can be mutually beneficial.” – Dr. Nancy Huante

Dr. Nancy Huante is the Director of Stockton Schools Initiative, Ethnic Studies professor at Sacramento State University, Chicana, activist, and all around #chignona! I’m proud to have worked along side of her to advocate for education equity in Stockton, California.
Catherine Cortez, first Latina US Senator 2017
“Passion helps you in protecting the community, and public service will follow it.” – US Senator, Catherine Cortez (Nevada-D)

In 2017, US Senator Catherine Cortez, became the first Latina to serve in the Senate as well as the first woman elected to represent Nevada.
Brittney Castro
“Wealth is not just about acquiring all the money you desire in life but also about having health, happiness and meaningful relationships.” – Brittney Castro, CFP®, AAMS®, CRPC®

Founder of Financially Wise Inc., Brittney Castro is helping women gain financial security while living their best life!
Marlen Esparza
“As an athlete, confidence makes me more competitive and helps me perform better.” – Marlen Esparza

2014 Women’s World Boxing Champion, 2006 Women’s World Boxing Champion, Bronze Medalist, 1st U.S. Olympic Team Trials Winner (Flyweight Division), 9- time Consecutive U.S. National Champion, Longest Winning Record in the U.S. (69-2 win/loss)
Lupe Velez
“I was drawn in by her talent, tragic story, & the Golden Age of Hollywood.” – Sofia Colón. Due to her tragic death, finding quotes from Lupe Veléz is challenging.

I simply adore Lupe Vélez, even though it was only a few years ago that I learned of her. She was an actress and singer during the Golden Age of Hollywood. They called her performances, both on and off the screen, wild. She has said that she was just being Lupe. She owned her mistakes and lived courageously until she couldn’t.
Ramona Ortega
“We’re changing the myth that communities of color don’t save.” – Ramona Ortega, Founder Mi Dinero Mi Futuro @mymoneymyfuture

Ramona Ortega has provided a way to help us all manage our day-to-day finances through the online tools at My Money, My Future. I signed up recently and found it so helpful!
Dr Ellen Ochoa
“I hope to continue to inspire our nation’s youth to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math so they, too, may reach for the stars.” – Dr. Ellen Ochoa.

In 1993, Dr Ochoa became the first Latina female astronaut when she served on the 9-day mission on Discovery Space Shuttle. Since then she served on a total of 4 space missions.
Graciela Tiscareño-Sato
“Live your life with high expectations of yourself and rise up to the occasion.” – Graciela Tiscareño-Sato.

Award-winning author of the first children’s bilingual book of an Air Force pilot and mother Captain Mamá, exceptional motivational speaker, passionate advocate for the Latino community, 2014 White House Champion of Change Woman Veteran Leader, to name only a few of the reasons to highlight Graciela Tiscareño-Sato . I’m motivated by what she has accomplished in her career and inspired by how she gives back to the community.
Luz Warrior
“Co-create with your higher self” – Luz Warrior | Linda Garcia.

Linda Garcia, known as Luz Warrior, is passionate about teaching us how to harness our intuitive power. She is an intentional speaker & podcaster of Let There Be Luz. Luz recently shared her guidance for collaboration with the We All Grow Amigas community. In her words, “Co-create with your higher self,” struck my heart hard! What a deep thought for anyone collaborating or considering collaboration. Have you spent time first collaborating with your higher self? Yes! Take it to the next level!
Anna Maria Chávez
“We cannot talk about moral leadership as a theory, but how do we place this subject into action.” – Anna Maria Chávez.

In 2011, Anna Maria Chavez became the first Latina, the first woman of color, CEO of Girl Scouts of America. She has many accomplishments throughout her career as a lawyer, public servant, and now in her role as Exec VP & Chief Growth Officer with the National Council on Aging.
Dr. Angélica Pérez-Litwin
“You are the quintessential woman that will lead this nation. Let’s galvanize and own it.” – Angélica Pérez-Litwin, PhD.

In 2013, while listening to NPR, I heard a woman talk about motivating Latinas, building a community of Latinas, and how important Latinas are to the future of our nation. This was the first time I had heard of Dr. Pérez-Litwin. I was inspired! I immediately connected with @latinasthinkbig throughout social media. I drove from Stockton to Los Angeles to attend the Latinas Think Big Summit where I listened in awe to several Latinas who were thinking big, encouraging us to do the same, and showing us how – through the power of networking. I have empowered ever since! Dr. Angélica Pérez-Litwin is a Psychologist with a private practice. She is the Founder and CEO of Latinas Think Big™️ She has been recognized among the “Top 50 Influential Latinos” in the US by Hispanic Business Magazine, 2013.

More Latina achievers are out there! Let us know who inspires you.

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