2013 Nominee: Favianna Rodriguez
Favianna is a print-maker, digital artist, and co-founder of Tumis, Inc., a bilingual design studio in Oakland providing graphics, web, and technology development for causas in social justice. An advocate for the power of culture & information, she mixes her ardent political activism, phenomenal artwork, and her digital savvy to launch organizations such as CultureStrike and Presente.org.
2013 Nominee: Fanny Veliz
The New Americano
Award winning actress and filmmaker, Fanny Véliz has impacted individuals and the Hispanic market by utilizing social media. This Revolucionaria engages in all social media platforms because she recognizes and understands the cultural shifts happening within the Latino community. Through her work as a Latina actress and role model, Fanny inspires her audience that include everyone from baby boomers to millennials.
2013 Nominee: Ruben Cantu
Ruben Cantu has a powerful personal commitment to giving back. His team at Core Media use the power of video to tell the stories of our modern reality. He has dedicated his company – and his career – to focus on social impact initiatives and makes sacrifices so that he can continue to dedicate his business to this effort. Making it his goal to be “that kid from Laredo that makes it really big by doing big things,” this Revolucionario has a calling of “Creating Opportunities that Revolutionize and Empower the World through Media.”
Combining his passion for the Internet and the Hispanic market, Lee founded Captura Group in 2001 to help clients reach online Hispanics in ways that make sense. Since that time, Lee has successfully lead Hispanic digital initiatives for clients such as Unilever, The United States Government, Allstate, Ford Motor Company, PayPal, Skype, SiriusXM and many others.
Lee is a contributor to Media Post’s Engage Hispanics blog, wrote the chapter on Hispanic digital marketing in M. Isabel Valdés newest book, Win! The Hispanic Market and is a frequent speaker at Hispanic and digital marketing conferences.
Lee holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of California Berkeley and a M.B.A. from the University of Southern California with a concentration E-Commerce. Born in Mexico City, Mexico, Lee is bilingual and bicultural.
2013 Nominee: Ramiro Abrevaya
This Argentinian cantautor y compositor blends the latest digital technology with a smooth acoustic sound. Beyond releasing his latest EP, he regularly composes pieces for documentaries, like his most recent Diálogos con Laclau. Ramiro’s soothing acoustics lend themselves for a holistic listening experience both at the local cafe and the silver screen.
2013 Nominee: Rebecca Aguilar
This award-winning journalist is the founder of “Wise Latinas Linked,” a virtual networking group on Facebook and LinkedIn that unites Latinas and shares information on job openings, college scholarships, fellowships, relationship advice, and personal and professional development. Today, WLL has mobilized more than 4,000 members and is representative of women in the U.S., Spain, Mexico, England, Peru, Colombia, Honduras, Canada, Australia and Puerto Rico. Whether it’s tackling the current drop-out rate of Latino children in local schools or improving the portrayal of Latinas on television shows, Rebecca and WLL support various causes that impact the lives of Latinas and their families.
2013 Nominee: Tony Hernandez
The New Americano
Tony Hernandez created the Immigrant Archive Project, an independent national initiative that preserves the rich history of the U.S. immigrant population. By documenting and sharing stories of immigrants in their own words via radio, television, internet, and art showcases, The Immigrant Archive Project hopes to preserve immigrant struggles, sueños and accomplishments so that future generations may learn from their experiences.
2013 Nominee: Andie Flores
The New Americano
Andie identifies herself as una mujer, muy mujer, who’s everyday is her Quinceañera, and who once taught Danny Trejo how to ‘Lean Like A Cholo.’ This New Americana fights to create a voice, inspire self-confidence and self-expression, and to create a better world for Latinos to live in, work in and thrive in. As Editor-in-Chief of Força Magazine, a site that covers all topics such as fashion, health, technology, music and style, Andie offers a platform for many groups of people who are otherwise underrepresented or misrepresented in mainstream news.
2013 Nominee: Lisa Quinones – Fontanez
Lisa Quinones-Fontanez has made it her mission to connect with inner-city familias that have children with Autism and help them by sharing her resources and experiences through her online blog and social networks. Through her writing, this Revolucionaria is not only reaching families affected by Autism, but is also educating those who aren’t familiar with the disorder. Recently Lisa has been given the opportunity to blog for both Parents.com and Babble.com where she is able to leverage her voice as an Autism awareness advocate in the online and social media comunidad.
2013 Nominee: Felicia Montes
Felicia ‘Fe’ Montes is a Xicana Indigenous artist and activist from Los Angeles. By co-founding the women’s art collective Mujeres de Maiz, Fe has been able to use social media to share Xicana feminist art, which helped raise awareness about women’s social and spiritual change. Fe’s Xicana activism has led her to organize efforts alongside the Zapatistas, Peace & Dignity Journeys, and La Red Xicana Indigena.
For 25 years, Maria Hinojosa has helped tell America’s untold stories and brought to light unsung heroes in America and abroad. In April 2010, Hinojosa launched The Futuro Media Group with the mission to produce multi-platform, community-based journalism that respects and celebrates the cultural richness of the American Experience. She is the anchor and Executive Producer of her own long-running weekly NPR show, Latino USA, anchor of the Emmy Award winning talk show Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One from WGBH/La Plaza, Contributing Correspondent for Frontline and Need to Know on PBS.
Hinojosa has won top honors in American journalism including four Emmy’s, the John Chancellor Award, the Studs Terkel Community Media Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Reporting on the Disadvantaged, the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Overseas Press Club for best documentary, and the Ruben Salazar Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Council of La Raza. In 2011 she received honors from the New York Women’s Foundation, Hispanics in Philanthropy, and The Opportunity Agenda.
2013 Nominee: Steven Quintanilla
Steven Quintanilla is the Chief Exchange Officer of Kirpeep, “Keep it real, people.” As the visionary behind this online bartering, trading, and exchanging platform, Steven has focused his professional career on researching how people and communities exchange. Kirpeep empowers those who provide value to the community by making it easy to exchange goods and services, with or without money. The site makes it possible to trade both goods and services for money, goods, and other services.
2013 WIinner: Laura Donnelly Gonzalez & Alicia Rascon
The New Americano
Laura Donnelly Gonzalez and Alicia Rancon are two University of Texas grads that transformed a class project into the powerful nonprofit and online magazine, Latinitas. Since 2009, Laura and Alicia have empowered young Latinas with programs, the most contemporary Web 2.0 platforms, open source software, and social media opportunities for self-expression. As founders of the only agency/publication of its kind, they have engaged 1,000 student bloggers to MyLatinitas.com and trained 20,000 elementary, middle and high school Latinas as reporters, bloggers, vloggers, and pod-casters whose voices bring to life the New Americana.
2013 Nominee: Sixto Rodriguez
The New Americano
Dicen que heroes get remembered but legends never die. When it comes to Sixto “Sugar Man” Rodriguez, he has qualities of both. He released two albums in the 1970’s that, while unsuccessful in the US, became part of the rallying cries of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. His lyrics elevated him to hero status in South Africa and his legend lives on for new generations of Americanos to appreciate in the form of anti-establishment ballads aimed at challenging the norm.
2013 Nominee: Lucia Ballas-Traynor
Lucia was the visionary and driving force behind creating MamasLatinas.com, now the largest social network for Hispanic mothers in the US with 780K monthly unique visitors. MamasLatinas is dedicated to understanding, connecting, entertaining and empowering Latina moms by speaking to their cultura, interests and needs. Last year, Lucia launched the first annual MamasLatinas Awards, a new platform designed to give Latina moms the recognition they rarely get, but so greatly deserve.
2013 Nominee: Edgar Mejia
Edgar Mejia, known as a social-do-gooder, has developed a company that focuses on the use of technology to remotely support various chambers of commerce and business organizations. He has educated Hispanic business owners about better business practices, innovation, and philanthropy. Through his use of social media, Edgar has also supported a number of non-profits in the fight against poverty amongst children. In addition, he has funded E-Commerce projects that have created sustainable social impacts in Latin America and the United States.
2013 Nominee: Dita Quinones
The New Americano
Dita Quiñones, a.k.a. Queen Dita, is a multimedia journalist with a passion for Latin Alternative and Hip-Hop music. She writes and reports for Poder Magazine, Latina.com, Latina Magazine, VidaVibrante.com, and NBC’s “SoundDiego.” Queen Dita’s writings and webisodes bridge the social media and music space while focusing on empowering Latinas, single mothers, domestic violence survivors, and cutting-edge musicians.
2013 Nominee: Michelle Herrera Mulligan
The New Americano
Michelle Herrera Mulligan is Editor in Chief of Cosmopolitan for Latinas and is responsible for introducing the new Latina identity. Introducing a new concept of womanhood far removed from the spicy salsa queens and machismo-dominated relationships of the past, Michelle exemplifies the strong Latina of the present; she isn’t afraid to speak her mind or talk about intimate topics that have traditionally been labeled as taboo. Cosmo Latina online has become the unofficial voice of the new age Latina and provides content to women nationwide.
2013 Nominee: ELLA Institute – Latina Leadership Network
Born the day after a Twitter party on Leadership, The ELLA – Latina Leadership Network embodies the way great ideas and driven networks grow organically, and fast. The LLN brings together 2,000 professional Latinas, industry experts, social media influencers, artists, and students who are actively engaged in supporting the careers and leadership of Latinas. In this supportive hub, smart conversations, resources, and opportunities are shared on a daily basis. Within just seven months of its launch, the platform has already generated collaborative ventures, projects, and meet ups.
2013 Nominee: Cesar Vargas
The New Americano
Cesar Vargas is a young and outspoken filmmaker that has created online buzz through his work in social media and on Facebook. With over 15,000 followers this bloguero’s page, “I want to see more Latinos in Film and TV!,” has helped expose and celebrate the accomplishments of Latinos in media. A “rebel” of sorts, Cesarito keeps us and US media companies on our toes by challenging his viewers’ perspective on stereotypes and expectations that Latino content creators face.
2013 Winner: Viviana Hurtado, Ph.D.
The New Americano
An award-winning journalist with a Yale Ph.D., Viviana Hurtado owns her smarts and shares it with others through her website, The Wise Latina Club. She embodies The New Americana with her authenticity, independence, and by turning her fellow Latinas onto politics by using engaging and down-to-earth content that inspires those who come across it. Using blogs, videos, facebook posts and tweets, Viviana has gained the admiration and recognition from many, including Latism 2011 and 2012 Best Political blogger, Blogs by Latinas’ Best 2011 and 2012 News blog, Forbes.com political influencers, and one of Voxxi.com’s most powerful Latinas in social media.
2013 Nominee: CODE2040
CODE2040 is a program that matches African American and Latino college students with internships at startup companies in Silicon Valley. With support from companies like Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Etsy, and AOL, Code 2040 aims to focus on diversifying these innovative companies by connecting them to young Latinos who possess the talent and the ganas to change the tech world. This unique fellowship empowers and inspires hundreds of minorities to pursue tech careers, which will greatly impact minority influence in the industry.
2013 Nominee: Proud To Be Latina
Created to help Latinas banish self-doubt and break self-imposed barriers, Proud To Be Latina is a personal and professional development network that educates, empowers and encourages Latinas to rise to their full potential. Proud To Be Latina’s programs include monthly empowerment calls with experts and thought leaders, quarterly networking events, and annual empowerment conferences. In March, the group will launch its Writers Group to encourage Latinas to improve their craft and seek publishing opportunities. From providing a forum where Latinas can connect through social media and offline, to offering strategies for personal and professional advancement, Proud To Be Latina offers knowledge-based programs to help Latinas reach the highest levels of success and make an impact in their organizations and communities.
2013 Nominee: Guy Garcia
The New Americano
Guy is a futurist, trends writer, entrepreneur and exceptional researcher of the social and demographic shifts that are redefining America. As President of New Mainstream Initiatives at EthniFacts LLC, he is a thought leader in paradigms that more accurately reflect the complex and fast shifting consumer and civic culture in the U.S. A contributing producer for CNN.com, the Huffington Post, and the National Journal, he has lectured and consulted with Fortune 500 companies on New Mainstream consumer markets and the convergence of technology, ethnicity and American identity.
2013 Winner: Axel Caballero
Axel Caballero is the director and producer of Cuéntame, a non-profit media organization for the Latino community. He also runs MetaforaPolitica.com, a blog en español that serves as a forum for public opinion. His use of multimedia platforms invites the online gente to get involved in their communities, instigating political action.
Social Media Rock Star
Byrdie is a director with LATISM Dallas/Fort Worth chapter and also manages outreach projects for LATISM National. Based in San Antonio, Byrdie is also a seasoned marketing consultant. Look out for her latest project www.BSoFly.com launching 4-25-13. To follow her beyond the Revolución check out her Twitter @byrdiefranco.
2013 Nominee: Denisse Montalvan
As founder & Chief Inspired Visionary at The Orphaned Earring, Denisse Montalvan uses her personal and her organization’s Facebook pages, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest to ask people to mail in their orphaned earrings and unwanted fashion jewelry to make bracelets. By asking and collecting orphaned earrings and unwanted fashion jewelry on her social media platforms, she re-purposes the materials and creates bracelets that are later sold. The Orphaned Earring is dedicated to bringing arts and crafts, school supplies as well as year-round festivities to four orphanages in Latin America: Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Colombia.
2013 Nominee: Aurelia Flores
Ms. Flores means business: she founded PowerfulLatinas.com as a resource for professional Latina women. The site interviews mentors and promotes motivational messages for the modern Latina. Her efforts are helping create las líderes latinas of tomorrow.
2013 Nominee: ¡VivaFest!
VivaFest is a non-profit content creator that uses its cultural festival platform to raise earned revenue and awareness for curriculum-based mariachi education in the San Jose, California public schools. Through a campaign combining web documentaries, social media outreach, live screenings at cultural events and teaching in San Jose public schools, VivaFest is innovating how to create academic and culturally relevant impact. Whether it is importing Harvard’s mariachi ensemble to mentor local youth, distributing that mentorship to millions via VivaFest’s web channels, developing online lesson plans, or bringing tenacious advocacy in Silicon Valley, the folks at VivaFest not only believe in the power of heritage, music and innovation to deliver impact, they are also inovadores across traditional and new media environments.
2013 Nominee: Davina Ferreira
Davina Ferreira is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of alegriamagazine.com, the first luxury bilingual arts and lifestyle magazine for Latinos in Southern California. This Revolucionaria has used her online reach to open many doors for people as well as exposing what Latino Americanos have to offer to this country. Davina combines her love of the arts with her passion to serve the Latino community and to produce a magazine that is truly one of a kind.
2013 Nominee: Ernesto Yerena Montejano
Ernesto is an artist, activist, and cultural aficionado who uses visual images and creative content to relay and encourage knowledge to others. His innovative spirit causes him to address critical questions about race and American society, often leaving others with the desire to learn more. Using spaces such as Tumblr, Facebook, and Instagram, Ernesto uses his own quest of identity to support others in finding themselves through the history of their ancestors and their connection to the land.
2013 Nominee: Mario Chamorro
Mario is devoted to generating positive social change by spreading happiness and cultivating a global grassroots network of social innovators. He is the founder and member of several initiatives that focus on creating happiness and helping individuals change how they approach life, which has touched the lives of at least 28 million people through social media outreach in more than 30 different countries. His positive attitude and deep passion to spread innovative ideas has transformed the world.
2013 Nominee: Gaby Pacheco
The New Americano
Gaby Pacheco is a Miami-based DREAMER fighting for the educational rights of young undocumented students. An undocumented American herself, Gaby walked 1,500 miles from Miami to Washington, DC in 2010, urging President Obama to stop the separations of families and deportations of DREAM Act–eligible youth. Through her journey in 2010 and until today, Gaby has used social media as a tool in mobilizing for change and spreading the message of DREAMERS like her.
2013 Nominee: Phil Colón
The New Americano
As founder of Project 2050, Phil Colón has produced award-winning PSAs that have appeared on the mega network MTV. Phil is also impacting new generations as co-founder of Voto Latino, an organization that empowers Latino youth to vote and become active members of their communities. His dedication focuses on bringing positive Latino perceptions into American society through socially active environments.
An author, political analyst and former director of a White House education initiative, Leslie Sanchez is known for her straightforward style and in-depth understanding of the political and cultural landscape, both inside and outside Washington. Leslie was an on-camera member of CNN’s award-winning 2008 election coverage team, making her one of only two Hispanic Americans ever hired as political contributors at major news networks.
Leslie is founder and CEO of Impacto Group LLC, a premium communications and market research firm that specializes in defining social and economic trends affecting women and the emerging Hispanic community.
2013 Winner: Magaly Chocano
In 2009, Magaly launched Swebapps, the first build-your-own-app platform. As a result she garnered the attention from the likes of Time magazine, Mashable, GigaOm, and Entrepreneur magazine to name a few. Since then, she’s helped local, national, and global brands find their footing in the mobile space. Most recently, Magaly showcased her innovation in supporting the creation of the site and system for San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro’s SA2020 Initiative. This platform allows citizens and non-profits to connect in entirely unique ways that make taking action in the city more effective and inspiring.
2013 Nominee: Camila Vallejo
This revolutionary Chilena isn’t afraid to fight for educational rights. As a 24 year old activist, Camila spends her free time organizing the largest protests in Chile since Pinochet’s regime. Despite the acts of violence and threats from the government, Vallejo keeps pushing back and takes her voice and protests online with over 600k followers on Twitter.
2013 Nominee: Veronica Villafane
Veronica Villafane is an Emmy award-winning journalist that currently runs MediaMoves.com, a site that covers Latinos in the media and spreads information on the value and accomplishments of Latinos. For many who feel the media landscape for Latinos is fragmented and without cohesion, Veronica’s site supplies that cohesion and becomes a resource where they can connect with other Latinos. As one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in the U.S. by Hispanic Business magazine Veronica generously gives her time to media organizations that promote Latino participation in media and mentors young folks looking to break into the media.
2013 Nominee: New Futuro
Connecting Latinos with educational resources is just one of the many ways New Futuro is making a difference. By providing bilingual access to college resources online, hosting college prep fairs, and workshops to help enact individualized plans at no cost to parents or students, New Futuro is creating pathways for students to pursue higher education and become interested through their social media channels.
Esther J. Cepeda
Esther J. Cepeda is an opinion journalist and expert on the issues of U.S. Hispanics/Latinos. Since October 2010, she writes two columns a week for the Washington Post Writers Group and is also a marketing/communications expert, social media strategist and coach, and public speaker.
Born and raised on the North Side of Chicago, Esther J. Cepeda attended Southern Illinois University, earning a Bachelor’s degree in journalism. She studied Integrated Marketing Communications at Northwestern University before going into direct marketing and public relations for a variety of Chicago companies.
Before joining the Chicago Sun-Times in 2006, then becoming Chicago’s first Latino metro columnist, Ms. Cepeda wrote about national and local politics and social issues for Illinois newspapers and magazines across the country. She wrote a weekly column for the Sun-Times until February 2012.
2013 Nominee: Hilda Ramirez
The New Americano
The proud daughter of an Immigrant Father, Hilda is Latina at Heart and 100% Americana. As an early adopter of social media, she’s been a strong advocate for others to learn and become engaged for social good. Whether as founder of the National Hispanic Organization of Real Estate Associates (NHORA) and the National Immigration Reform Advocates (NIRA), or as Co-Director for LATISM in the Bay Area, and serving on several boards and digital groups, Hilda shows her relentlessness through her efforts to use social media for causes on and offline.
2013 Nominee: Ricardo Trillos
An accountant by trade, Ricardo heard the call to share his passion and became a chocolatier. As the owner of Cao Chocolate in Miami, his company not only dedicates its efforts to producing high-quality chocolates and truffles, but also makes a difference within the community by donating a portion of Cao Chocolate’s sales to various charitable organizations. In addition to the charity, this Revolucionario makes a strong effort to spread positive words and reflections through his social media outlets.
2013 Nominee: Popular Hispanics
The New Americano
Popular Hispanics is not your average lifestyle and entertainment online magazine. With a mission to inform and inspire the Hispanic comunidad while breaking down social barriers, Popular Hispanics features stories from the diverse Hispanic cultures, so people can expand their perspectives on the Hispanic population. They focus on covering music, entertainment, fashion, current events, food, travel, and non-profit organizations in addition to writing stories about high-profile Hispanics and Non-Hispanics who are changing the world. Through their stories they show their commitment to informing, inspiring, promoting, supporting and educating their online community.
Inspired by movement, revolution and emotion, this Bloguera seeks to peek your interest with industry trends, insights and everything else in between. The Social Revolución is reflective of her vision to give Latinos a voice as influencers and role models for future generations to come. To follow her beyond the Revolución check out her Twitter @InspiredP and Tumblr InspiredP.
2013 Nominee: Rene Alegria
After putting himself through college while working four jobs, Rene started his journey as an innovator by creating Rayo at HarperCollins. Experiencing first hand the shift from print to digital, Rene reinvented his career and took the plunge from being editor of a major publishing company to digital entrepreneur. He’s the the brains and the vision behind the online platform for Latina moms Mamiverse.
2013 Nominee: Presente.org
Presente.org is a national political organization that seeks to amplify the voces of the Latino community using web tools. They rally community members to seek change in policies that affect them the most. One of the most successful campaigns that Presente.org has led was to remove Lou Dobbs from the air on CNN. As an essential vessel for the Latino grassroots community voice, Presente.org is creating and inspiring change.
2013 Nominee: Hispanicize
Hispanicize is the complete resource for Hispanic social media marketers and Latino bloggers. By regularly featuring in-depth industry news, webinar trainings, technology guides, online forums and a networking service for brands and Latina/o bloggers, they are furthering the reach of the Latino voice. Hispanicize is leading the way with their consulting, Latino social media strategy services and presence in the online community.
The PR Ejecutiva
Alejandra grew up in the cultural center of Mexico City and now lives in Texas. Her prior experience includes work in non-profit, print/online magazines, advertising and PR. She’s passionate about social media, writing and our community. She’s also obsessed about traveling. To follow her beyond the Revolución, check out her Twitter @alejandrasy.
2013 Nominee: Claudia Zapata
Revolucionaria Claudia Zapata is the Curator of Exhibitions and Programs at the Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin, Texas as well as the creator of the Latino Art Zine, ChingoZine. Claudia utilizes her social media networks to mobilize the community into viewing and celebrating Latino-themed art exhibitions, interactive theater, art openings, and promoting the history of Chicano art. She goes beyond the usual journalistic expectation of a Curator to create new methods of incorporating the community into Latino art appreciation.
2013 Winner: Dream Activist
The New Americano
By undocumented students, for undocumented students. Dream Activist shares individual stories through social media, and has accumulated significant mass media attention in hopes of passing the DREAM Act. This resource network hopes to spread tolerance among all Americans, documented or not.
Juan has worked for more than 16 years on the media, agency and client sides of the marketing and advertising industry, with experience in copywriting, strategy development, media buying and consumer research, Juan is an expert marketer with a passion for serving the Hispanic community. To follow him beyond the Revolución check out his Twitter @JuanTornoe and Blog Juantornoe.com.
2013 Nominee: Poderopedia.org
La Sabiduría es Poder, Knowledge is Power. Few understand this statement like the staff at Poderopedia. This website is not just an editorial, but also a crowd sourced data journalism platform that creates a map of the top businessmen and political figures in Chile. Using data visualization and semantic technology, Poderopedia has provided Chilenos with a more transparent and insightful view into the tactics of the influential decision makers who impact their community. Poderopedia will soon be expanding to other parts of Latin America.
2013 Nominee: Eileen Carter-Campos
The New Americano
Dissatisfied with the school system and with a big dream to be a writer, Eileen started the blog Mommy Teaches. Sharing her experiences in the classroom and at home, this proud Brooklyn mommy shines a light on issues that affect mamis latinas with infectious positivity and candor. Her success as a bloguera has earned her a spot as a featured writer on Voxxi.com and Mamiverse.
2013 Nominee: Giovanni Dubois
Giovanni is the Founder of LAM Network, a micro social network for the Latino professional that currently engages close to 5,000 members online and offline in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Originally from Guatemala, this Revolucionario’s dream is to continue connecting people and share the Latino culture with the world by growing the LAM Network. Giovanni has also opened the doors for many individuals and organizations as co-founder of the mentorship program, EDGEucation, and by helping initiate the Bay Area Latino Leaders Council.
2013 Nominee: Jessica Marie Gutierrez
As creator of thehispanicblog.com, Jessica Marie Gutierrez considers her blog the gateway to explore and discover the extraordinarily courageous Latino icons of yesterday, as it also highlights signature leaders of today. This Revolucionaria’s online voice recognizes that in union there is strength but as individuals we are powerless and for that reason her passion for making a difference reflects on issues like the modern Latino condition, which includes current leaders, politics, and marketing and public relations news. Being nominated last year and with the ganas to win it this year, Jessica wants to use her blog to touch lives and make a difference. Her hard work and community involvement has had her share her vision with big names, such as President Obama and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
Anderson creates memorable images and sound since 1994. Anderson’s capabilities include high-end graphics, animation and design in both 2D or 3D, HD editing and finishing along with sound design, original scoring, live broadcast production, and live integration, film and video production in studio or on location.
2013 Nominee: Cafecito
Highlighting and celebrating successful and proactive Latinos is a mere snapshot of how Cafecito, an online web series, seeks to engage the Latino community. This platform utilizes Blogspot, Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ to spread the word about programs and organizations that are committed to the betterment of la comunidad. With the help of activists, writers, artists and champions for change, they have highlighted such organizations as Voto Latino, Half the Sky, Free the Slaves, Children’s Health Fund and the Afro-Latin Jazz Alliance. Cafecito supports and uplifts the Latino community through the power of online media.
2013 Nominee: Jessica Sofia Valle
Jessica Sofia is a clinician, mental health advocate, and blogger whose goal is to “motivate, encourage, educate and help lives.” She’s living up to this mission by connecting organizations and networks who support efforts for families and children, particularly through education, health and technology. Through her partnerships and involvement in Bloggers of Health (BsOH), Turning Leaves Foundation (TLF), LATISM, The National Latina Women’s Business Association (NLWBA), and her own blog jessofiasays.com, Jessica Sofia brings to life the power of social media in educating about mental health and family advocacy.
La Muy Inquisitive
An academic turned marketing strategist, Jessika makes sense of our stories and passions to help organizations and groups create meaningful connections. All about turning “¿?” into “¡!” — she is driven by the thrill of transforming questions into new ideas and discoveries, all which she can’t wait to embrace at this year’s SXSW Interactive Festival. To follow her beyond the Revolución check out her Twitter @jessika_gmz and blog Thought Bubble.
2013 Nominee: Tomás Custer
Tomás is an expert content curator with the mission to empower people by informing and engaging them with relevant and comprehensive Hispanic/Latino news in the most useful, efficient and stimulating formats. Driven by a glaring lack of news in English about Latinos, he founded Hispanic Tips in 2005 and since has shared 115,000 posts with over 4 million people. Whether providing news on politics, health, education, and immigration, or covering social justice, culture, and business stories, Tomás has created a space for Latinos and non-Latinos alike to stay on top of what affects our diverse, vibrant and vital community.
MiTú is the fastest growing Latino lifestyle network on YouTube.
MiTú is a YouTube network highlighting, in English & Spanish, the work of Latinos in health, beauty, food, family, home & pop culture.
MiTú™ is a whole new video platform where millions of passionate content consumers and thousands of content creators can meet. For the first time ever, your message can reach that silent Latino majority that doesn’t want to be just one thing or the other. Soon your brand will have a new place where Hispanics’ languages, cultures and points-of-view are reflected, explored and celebrated.
2013 Nominee: Tony Diaz
Tony Diaz is a professor, author, and founder of Nuestra Palabra, a non-profit organization that promotes Latino literature. He is also a self-described book smuggler and one of the organizers of Librotraficante. When a ban prohibiting ethnic studies in Arizona was passed, Tony appeared in a Youtube video saying, “Arizona, we’re throwing the book at you.” This was just the beginning of a movement that has now delivered 1,000 banned books into Arizona, and whose message has been amplified by Tony’s active presence on Twitter as @Librotraficante. By advocating access to information on Latino culture, Tony demonstrates his dedication to freedom of speech and civil rights.
2013 Nominee: Eva Longoria
The New Americano
As one of the most influential mujeres of our time, Eva Longoria takes being a positive role model to the next level. Eva is the national spokesperson for PADRES Contra El Cancer, which is the only Latino program in the U.S. that focuses on addressing the needs of the entire family by helping them with educational, financial, and language resources. In addition, she has founded two philanthropic organizations: Eva’s Heroes, which helps developmentally disabled children and The Eva Longoria Foundation, which focuses on empowering Latinos to reach their full potential through education and entrepreneurship. All of Eva’s efforts are amplified by her strong voz in social media and her collaborations with networks and celebrities.
2013 Nominee: Hilda-Gabriela Hernández
The New Americano
As Editor of Quinceanera.com, Hilda-Gabriela understands and extends the importance of keeping alive Hispanic traditions and values to the new generation of American Latinas. Being herself a first generation Latina, Hilda-Gabriela is a mentor and role model to young girls trying to come to terms with their unique bicultural power within today’s changing America. Whether through Quinceanera.com’s online and print magazine, hosting various teen-focused events, or using email marketing and social media, this New Americana uses her unique hold and direct contact with thousands of 13-16 year old Latinas to emphasize the importance of education, health, and community involvement.
Hecho En Mexico
2013 Nominee: Latino Rebels
Latino Rebels was founded by a group of Latino activists to provide satirically impactful reporting on a wide range of US Latino issues. These self-proclaimed traviesos ignite social change through powerful journalistic expression in a digital news environment. This digital medium allows them to expose injustices and equip Latinos with an arsenal of information advocating social reform, all the while having a laugh.
2013 Nominee: Pete Quiroba III & Mr. Latino
Pete Quiroba’s passion and drive is what led him to establish mrlatinomagazine.com. Mr. Latino fills a void for today’s successful, stylized & sophisticated Latino and is dedicated to keeping in step with topics that are important to him. Offering in-depth coverage of key figures in Latino culture, entertainment’s rising and accomplished stars, business leaders and politicians, Mr. Latino recognizes that today’s Latinos are not only influencing the next generation but are now directing government policy, business practices, arts, entertainment, fashion and a whole lot more.
Winner 2012 - The Innovator Award
The founder of Being Latino, Lance Rios, has taken both education and communication to new levels in the Latino community. The Being Latino Online Magazine features relevant columns on news and entertainment, and often has unique featured articles written by staff. With over 66,000 likes, Being Latino’s Facebook is constantly creating a conversation with and between it’s followers. Mr. Rios has been working since 2009 to build this voice:
“Rios is creating a Being Latino empire rooted in collaborations & partnerships, bringing together several dozens of smaller players to create a massive Being Latino media machine, all without spending a dime on paid advertising.”
2013 Nominee: Jennifer Barreto-Leyva
Jennifer Barreto-Leyva is a blogger that has shown the world that she isn’t afraid to speak her mind. This Innovator has created “Diva Plus,” the first blog about the plus size population among Latinos in Latin America and the United States. She keeps her blog fresh by being fearless and posting original, independent content that connects and starts the conversation.
2013 Nominee: Erika Batista
The New Americano
Erika Batista is a fierce, strong-willed, and hard working Ecuadorian fashionista who is living proof that you can accomplish anything if you set your mind to it. In slightly over a year she has not only successfully started her own bilingual fashion blog, Lola Blue, which has a substantial readership in both English and Spanish, but also has created an online jewelry boutique called Lola Blue, the closet. As a goal to reach audiences that transcend the U.S.A., Erika takes pride in being a Latina woman and therefore proudly shows the world her heritage one stylish step at a time.
2013 Nominee: Hiram Enriquez
As the head of digital media for Viacom’s US Hispanic network, Tr3s, Hiram plays a key role in launching innovative digital platforms and new business models including theTr3s’ Blogger Network, which helps amplify new voices in the media world. Professionally connected to organizations like the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, UNITY, and the Online News Association, Hiram reminds everyone that native English speakers aren’t the only Americanos, and that new media should include bilingual voices. This Revolucionario who is at the intersection of new media and emerging technologies, is also deeply dedicated to the advancement of journalism, and to spreading quality information worldwide.
2013 Nominee: Gina Linn Espinoza
Gina Linn Espinoza (Doctora Love) is founder of Get Wise Latinas, an online forum which has given Latinas the tools to share who they are, what they like and don’t like regarding any subject matter, and how they feel about the world. This Revolucionaria believes that social media provides a democratic platform, which allows everyone the ability to “share”—that is, to share information freely and without restriction. As a Latina leader herself, Gina embraces the diversity that exists within the Latino community and how social media is one of the greatest tools for coalescing this variety of cultural nuances into a shared experience
Maria T. Kumar
Winner 2012 - The New Americano
Maria Teresa is an advocate for American Latino civil and political rights. A native of Colombia, who emigrated to the United States at a young age with her mother, she was raised in a bi-cultural household with her Colombian mother and her adoptive American father. She grew up keenly aware of both the mainstream American identity, as well as that of the Latino celebrating both world’s cultures and traditions, speaking both languages which eventually help shape her concept of the American Latino. Now she works tirelessly with Voto Latino—a nonpartisan civic engagement organization she founded with actress Rosario Dawson in 2004—to engage and empower American Latinos through registering them to vote. She also reports on Latino issues on MSNBC as a MSNBC Contributor. Maria Teresa Kumar is the 2012 Revolucionario Awards Winner for the New Americano category.
Sara Francesca Peralta
The News Junkie
Sara is an emerging communications professional in the Central Texas nonprofit community. With a diverse repertoire of communications experience, Sara leverages new and traditional media to raise awareness of critical community issues, rally support, and connect with constituencies To follow her beyond the Revolución check out her Twitter @sarafperalta and website sarafperalta.com.
2013 Nominee: Hector Castillo
The New Americano
Hector transcends traditional media in all ways possible, and has become a voice for the new age Latino as Digital/Social Media Manager and ambassador to the Holaciudad brand. With a gift for truly listening to the needs and wants of Latinos, he’s always providing answers and engaging his users. Known as Hector “BusyBee”, he’s out there building a hive and spreading honey. Hector is not only keeping our Latino community more informed, but also advancing the Hispanic social industry at large by working relentlessly to motivate offline marketers to tap into the power of social media.
2013 Nominee: Culture Strike
CultureStrike is a magazine that hosts a vast collaborative network of artists, writers, filmmakers, musicians, and other cultural workers around issues of immigration. This publication features poetry, fiction and journalism that broadens cultural perspectives on the immigrant experience.
2013 Nominee: Julio Alberto Ríos Gallego
Julio Alberto is using social media to bring education straight to the Latino community. By harnessing the power of YouTube, Twitter and Facebook, Julio Alberto gives math and physics lessons in Spanish with online audiences who might not otherwise have access to these subjects. On YouTube, Julio has 100,000 subscribers and his lessons have 38 million views. Also, his social media presence includes 6,000 followers on Twitter and 18,000 “likes” on Facebook.
2013 Nominee: Jennifer Arguello
This technology guru is not just passionate about the online space, but about making the world a better place. Not only does Jennifer have her own blog on “Women in Technology, Edu Tech, STEM, y Latinos,” but she also is a co-founder of the Latino Startup Alliance, current National Board Member of SHPE, and a volunteer with CODE2040. Her ability to translate great ideas into meaningful action is something which has already and will continue to greatly advance tech entrepreneurship among Latinos.
DJ Eddie RZA
Throughout the years Eddie has been selected to play with some of the world’s top DJs. Some of these include DJs like Andres Mijangos, open and at another event fill in for DJ Scribble, also open for Richard Vission on two different occasions, opened for George Acosta, Alex Peace, ATB, Benny Benassi, Bad Boy Bill, Sak Noel, and had the closing spot after Ferry Corsten. Eddie Rza’s dj career has had the biggest highlight to date when he got the chance to open forTIESTO, spinning right before the three time #1 DJ in the world in July 2007. Also, Eddie Rza has shared the line-up to open for John Digweed with local favorite Dave Molina, who opened the night for the former top ranked DJ.
With 20 years of experience, various residencies at upscale nightclubs, bars/lounges Eddie Rza’s humble journey will end at Club Rio with the same people that saw him grow and become the main resident for the biggest and most successful night club in San Antonio.
Sergio Alcocer is one of the most progressive multicultural marketers in the USA. In 1999 he helped found LatinWorks, an agency that has consistently bent the rules of the Hispanic market by creating thought provoking campaigns for some of the major advertisers in the space. The agency that Sergio presides over as President and CCO was recognized in 2010 and 2012 by both AdAge and Adweek as the Multicultural Agency of the Year, it was in the A-List of the Top Ten Agencies in the USA according to AdAge and it was honored as Small Agency of the Year in 2012. Sergio is a vinyl connoisseur. His affinity for music is as essential as his affinity for smart advertising.
2013 Nominee: Isaac Vazquez
With 7 years of experience in multimedia journalism, Isaac Vazquez is the mastermind behind the largest social media news platform in Latin America – El Universal. Digital convergence is still growing in Latin America, but with the help of social media gurus like Vazquez, the digital Revolución is sure to instigate change in communities everywhere.
2013 Nominee: Sara Inés Calderón
The New Americano
Sara Inés Calderón is 200% Latina. She exemplifies dos mundos by living her life as a modern Latina in the United States while always keeping true to her cultura. By utilizing her expressive journalism skills to bridge Latinos and the digital space, she’s able to bring new ideas and concepts to the table while bringing to light the stories that need to be told with honesty, finesse, and respect. Through her new start-up, Más Wired, a Latino and technology news site, she puts a huge focus on covering and inspiring more Latinos to be involved in technology. By being a part of the MiTu team, the first Latino Network on YouTube, she keeps this goal in mind when she specifically showcases Latino talents through the network. Whether she’s posting about immigration or the latest meme, she’s engaging with her networks in a way that creates a deeper understanding of the Latino experience.
2013 Nominee: Joe Fernandez
Joe Fernandez is the CEO of Klout, a social media tool that measures social media strength and influence. Klout has been an asset to countless blogueros and organizations by assessing their reach & gritos on the internet. Feedback on Twitter & Facebook were integral in making Klout the success it is today.
2013 Nominee: Conz Preti
Having lived in Argentina, Colombia, Brazil and having strong ties with Uruguay, Chile, Peru and Venezuela, Conz is well aware of what is happening, where and why. Between moves she developed a strong attachment to computers and the digital space, seeing it as a way of staying in touch with friends left behind. Now, as Social Media Editor for Univision News and through her own Twitter presence, she shines the light not only on issues that affect Latinos inside the US, but also social issues happening in Latin America.
2013 Nominee: Mex And The City
Mex And The City is a blog and agency that promotes the positive contributions of the contemporary Mexican experience. They use social media to organize Mexican-American arts and culture events in the heart of New York City. As advocates of ethnic studies, they developed Movement Makers, a high school pilot program that focuses on Latin American literature and discusses issues such as race, identity, class, and immigration. Mex and the City is moving the conversation of race and culture forward through online content, creative outlets, and educational efforts.
2013 Nominee: Rita Hernandez
Rita is the owner of Elite Fitness & Wellness, Art by Blas & Rita, and Founder/Host of the media outlet Inspiration 4 Life. This revolucionaria promotes healthy lifestyle education and provides inspiration, motivation, transformation, restoration and hope to San Antonians and listeners across 87 countries. Through her show and fitness education, Rita does more than bring out the best in others, she creates opportunities for people to live their best.
31K Portraits For Peace
Winner 2012 - The Mobilizer Award
Portraits for Peace is a personal project of photographer Diego Huerta. With the objective to counteract the negative impact of more than 31,000 deaths in the last four years in Mexico, Diego began a project of a lifetime on February 14, 2011. In order to accomplish his objective, Diego traveled the 32 states in Mexico and was able to photograph 31,000 people with a blue paper dove in their hands named “La Huasteca”. Hopefully, by doing this, he would achieve one of his goals; to change people minds and turn their negative thoughts into something positive. In addition, the message of “Peace Starts by Believing” to every single person he met.
2013 Nominee: Victor Landa
Victor Landa is a writer, journalist and community builder who is passionate about Latino representation, not only in the news, but at the voting polls. Through NewsTaco he continues to share innovative and insightful news on this platform for English-dominant US Latinos. He does this while he runs his own communications consulting business, Palabrero Communications, and serving as an advocate for civic participation through the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project (SVREP).
Jumex® – Fruit Juice & Nectars
Jumex is the #1 Fruit Nectar brand in the U.S. Manufactured in Mexico the brand offers 15 fruit varieties including Coconut Juice. Jumex, a truly generational brand. From Coast to Coast, we bridge America’s Hispanic landscape with Real Fruit……for Real People. Visit us at www.vilore.com
2013 Nominee: Cynthia Hellen
As a passionately curious, socially-oriented entrepreneur, Cynthia creates positive, environmental, and social change. She is the Founder and CEO of Smplct Lab, a research and development lab that creates cross-cultural collaboration between artists, technologists, scholars, and citizens worldwide. Cynthia is also the Co-Founder and Executive Director of GIRLS WHO ROCK, an annual concert in NYC connecting entertainment, technology, and design communities to advocate for girls and education. Cynthia further supports young women in business through the Leadership Team at Young Women Social Entrepreneurs.
2013 Nominee: Ramiro Gomez Jr.
Ramiro disrupts the peace one painting at a time. Most of his cardboard paintings of immigrant workers are displayed in front of Hollywood mansions, Rodeo Drive, Capitol Hill, and shared online through his blog Happy Hills. It’s his way of reminding powerful figures of the importance of the immigrant workforce. His artistic political statements are getting some serious attention in art and political circles, which in turn promote immigration reform.
2013 Nominee: Pili Montilla
The New Americano
Best known for interviewing the hottest Latino stars, Pili Montilla is expanding her reach in the Latino community through new endeavors and social media. This proud boricua is a regular host for MundoFox and is quickly tapping into other media as a rising producer, social media expert, and blogger. Her background in acting stems from her passion to entertain and help others; she wants to inspire Latinas to be proud of their roots and use them to make an impact in the modern Latina society.
2013 Nominee: Yeko N Castillo
The New Americano
Graphic designer, Yeko Castillo, brings a little chilango flavor to Salt Lake City with his ongoing project, The Monito Series. The series is a compilation of Latino pop culture figures. A user sponsors a Monito design, and a percentage of the money goes to Utah Dream Center. His unique multicultural style and strong community outreach greatly benefit his online popularity.
2013 Nominee: Ana L. Flores
Whether talking about raising bicultural children, or bringing brands and bloggers together, Ana is driven by the idea that “when one grows, we all grow.” This Houston-born salvadoreña co-founded the award-winning online community, SpanglishBaby, a go-to source for parents raising bilingual and bicultural kids. Following SpanglishBaby’s success, Ana went on to create Latina Bloggers Connect, where she works to bring together professional Latina bloggers and brands seeking to reach the growing US Latino population.
Steve Hall is passionate about advertising, marketing and social media. Steve has done time in media, account management and new business at, among others, Leo Burnett, Starcom/Mediavest, BlackSheep Marketing, and Bozell, where he managed marketing budgets for both consumer and business-to-business clients including Reebok, Sperry Topsider, Monster.com, Tyco, Marriott Hotels and Marshmallow Fluff.
He’s an avid photographer, freelance writer and loves to keep the ad industry on its toes through his writing on Adrants. Steve has written about and spoken for industry associations on topics such as the advertising’s role in consumer-controlled media, the integration of public relations and advertising, the future convergence of media, the rise of social media and the decline of traditional media.
2013 Nominee: Diana Jimenez
At just 26, Diana has become a leading social media expert, PR executive, and humanitarian who uses social media and the United Latino Professionals Social Network (ULP) to spread the philosophy of Unity, and the importance of solidarity. Whether advocating for underprivileged children to access higher education , empowering Latina women to grow personally and professionally, advocating against animal cruelty, or promoting awareness of Latin American cultures, Diana fosters peace, friendship, and collaboration among individuals and communities. As a mobilizer, she inspires and supports other Latinos to give back to the community and advocate human rights around the world.
2013 Nominee: Leo Ramirez
A social entrepreneur with exceptionally diverse experience launching and managing nonprofits, Leo embodies the qualities of a strong Mobilizer. As the President, Chief Executive and Co-Founder of minidonations.org, he has contributed to the establishment of a platform that facilitates donation-giving to any philanthropic cause of one’s choice. Rising from humble beginnings, Leo is aware of the importance of giving back to those less fortunate than oneself, and through MiniDonations he is making philanthropy easy, affordable and accessible for everyone, regardless of age or budget.
2013 Nominee: Eric V. Ibarra
While a picture is worth a thousand words, Eric V. Ibarra’s impact on Latina youth is worth a thousand more. Eric turned his hobby, photography, into a tool to give young Latinas a voice. He founded Las Fotos Project in 2010 after seeing a need for teenage girls throughout Los Angeles to have a skill that could help build their confidence and self-esteem. Eric utilizes social media platforms to collaborate with other organizations and garner national support for the work he is doing, empowering Latina youth through photography mentorship, and self-expression.
Bryan Eisenberg is coauthor of the Wall Street Journal, Amazon, BusinessWeek, and New York Times bestselling books “Call to Action,” “Waiting For Your Cat to Bark?,” and “Always Be Testing.” Bryan was been recognized by eConsultancy members as one of the top 10 User Experience Gurus, he was selected as one of the inaugural iMedia Top 25 Marketers, and a DMEF Rising Star Award winner in 2010. He is also cofounder and chairman emeritus of the Web Analytics Association now the Digital Analytics Association. Bryan serves as an advisory board member of SES Conference & Expo, the eMetrics Marketing Optimization Summit, and several venture capital backed companies. He works with his coauthor and brother Jeffrey Eisenberg. You can find them at BryanEisenberg.com.
2013 Nominee: Daniela Capistrano
Daniela uses technology as a tool to promote the printed word. Through her work with People of Color Zine Project and POC Race Riot she helps bring zines created by minorities to universities, research centers, libraries, and other POC spaces for workshops and panels. In true mobilizer fashion, Daniela’s messages online and off are meant to not only raise awareness, but inspire action.
2013 Nominee: Get Wise Latinas by Gina Linn Espinoza
Gina Linn Espinoza’s work ranges from empowering chicas as a Get Wise Latinas ambassador, to serving on the Board of the community art program CASA 0101, and to becoming the president of the Español Division at the media firm, HumaniTV. As founder of Get Wise Latinas, she created this online forum in order to give Latinas the tools to share who they are, what they like and don’t like regarding any subject matter, and how they feel about the world.
(Gina Linn has also been nominated for El Innovator category)
2013 Nominee: Don Daniel Ortiz
The New Americano
This Don is “America’s #1 Latino Success Coach.” Daniel owned and presided over his own financial planning firm, but soon found he was losing his Latino Identity. He promptly quit and bought a one-way ticket to España to get in touch with his roots. After returning home, he dedicated his life to helping Hispanics reach their American dreams without sacrificing their unique Latino Souls. Today, Don Daniel is the Executive Producer and Host of the hit web series “American Dream- Latin Souls” and continues to use various social media platforms to tell the “untold story” of how Latinos are bettering the American economy through entrepreneurship.
2013 Nominee: Marisa Treviño
Marisa Treviño is a trailblazer among blogueros. She uses Latina Listas’ platform and social media to share to highlight a multitude of causes, social justice issues, and work done by people who do extraordinary things. Her efforts at Latina Lista have brought national attention to local stories that promote action and praise. From deportations to education for inner-city students, Treviño is unafraid to post, link, and write articles that need a voice online and off.
Mario Cader-Frech is currently the Vice President Public Affairs & Corporate Responsibility for Viacom International Media Networks – The Americas. Cader-Frech oversees Viacommunity Brand Solutions department, a creative team tapping the power of VIMN’s unparalleled connection to youth and children for non-profit partners and private sector brands seeking out fresh approaches to deliver social responsible campaigns. For instance, “Agentes de Cambio,” a campaign launched in 2007 through a partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank and private sector brands, designed to showcase young people throughout the region who are making a positive difference in their communities. Cader-Frech is also responsible for launching Nickelodeon Latin America “MAS VERDE” campaign in collaboration with UNICEF, with NICK’s very own animated character “Verdito” addressing climate change, healthy lifestyles, and positive attitudes.
2013 Nominee: Elizabeth Peregrina
The New Americano
Like a true New Americana, Elizabeth originally picked up yoga to heal an injury, and wound up touching the lives of many Latinos by embracing a tradition outside of her culture and making it her own. She got in-tune with meditative practices, and soon became a yoga instructor and an Ayurvedic counselor. Through eastern healing, Elizabeth helps the Latino community in the greater Los Angeles area help themselves physically and spiritually, all while sharing her practice beyond the mat through her blog www.lollipoproyalty.com
2013 Nominee: Elianne Ramos
As Principal and CEO of Speak Hispanic and Vice-Chair and Marketing/PR Specialist at LATISM, Elianne Ramos leverages her influence online to help la comunidad and others. She has shown innovation through her engagement with the Latino community, and demonstrated a way in which to use it to create positive change, educate, propel Latino voices, and show that we all are our own leaders within. She is a true
Revolucionaria in both the virtual space and offline. Her innovative approach helps to show the people that we all have a voice.
2013 Nominee: Luis Molina
This Revolucionario started ProminentLatinos.com, an amazing source where Latinos from all over the world can read tips from some of the most influential Latinos in the United States. Aiming to inspire and educate his audience, he interviews these well-renowned Influencers on how to be successful. Luis wants to erase the boundaries that limit U.S. Latinos and inspire them to become prominent members of society.
2013 Nominee: One Voice Radio
Hosted by Christian Henriquez, One Voice Radio is an internet show powered by listeners who submit topics online and promote conversaciones on the issues most important to them. The new media platform utilizes Twitter and Facebook to amplify the voices of activists and individuals who serve as advocates for the U.S. Latino community.
2013 Nominee: Libby Juliá-Vázquez
Libby is a mentor to many who uses her writing to educate and empower Latinas all over. She’s the CEO of Write Media, specializing in writing, editing and social media consulting, and formerly the Chief Content Officer for Being Latino, Inc. This Summer, Libby is launching More Than Latina, a platform that will share Latina-relevant stories in an irreverent fashion and challenge its readers to see Latinas beyond the labels.
2013 Nominee: Cristy Clavijo-Kish & Katherine Doble
Cristy Clavijo-Kish and Katherine Doble founded LosTweens.com to create a space where Latino and multi-cultural parents could connect on the challenges of raising tweens, children ages 7-12, and teaching them about their culture. Today Los Tweens continues to expand on its mission to empower Latino and multicultural families with the information they need to be healthy and informed. While the site and its social media channels are only a year old, they are flourishing and growing at a pace far-exceeding all expectations.
2013 Nominee: Erika Andiola
The New Americano
Erika Andiola is a well known advocate for the DREAM Act in Arizona and currently is a district outreach staffer for Rep. Kyrsten Sinema. Being an undocumented immigrant herself, she has been involved with Promise Arizona, a grassroots civic engagement organization for young people. With her new position and the support of the Dream Action Coalition, she and Rep. Sinema hope to gather la comunidad in order to encourage immigration-friendly legislation.
2013 Nominee: LatinoJustice PRLDEF
Time and time again Latinos fall prey to the injusticia that exists within the systems of education, housing, voting, immigration and employment. However, LatinoJustice PRLDEF has been one group of Revolucionarios fighting since 1972 for the civil rights of Latinos. This group of lawyers uses social media to engage and inform Latinos of their rights so that they can strike back against the system. Some of the more Influential social media engagements include Twitter Town Halls meetings and a Tumblr to report stories of Latinos being stopped and accosted by the NYPD. Their efforts to educate, empower, and engage Latino communities have made them one of the most powerful Latino civil rights organizations of today.
2013 Nominee: Elma Placeres Dieppa
Elma Placeres Dieppa is an active blogger, marketer, and community organizer. Her work with #LATISM, a volunteer-based community that helps empower Latinos through the use of social media, has created a positive impact on the Latino community. Through #Latism this Revolucionaria has raised awareness of important issues such as human rights and education, as well as topics that are currently affecting the surrounding communities. By using social media to share information , other activists have been able to connect with one another in efforts to support these causes.
2013 Nominee: Henry Cardenas
After having immigrated to the United States from his native Colombia at age 17, Henry Cardenas has made a huge impact in marketing through his agency, Cardenas Marketing Network. With the help of Latino pop icon Marc Anthony, in 2012 Henry co-founded Maestro Cares, a non-profit focused on helping to create awareness of the poverty, homelessness, and violence affecting children in Latin America. Maestro Cares is using social media to update global supporters on the construction project of a new orphanage being built by the organization in the Dominican Republic.
Hugh Forrest serves as the Director of the South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi) Festival. Scheduled March 8-12, 2013, this event brings more than 25,000 digital creatives from across the United States and around the world to Austin for five days of panels, brainstorming, networking, deal-making and fun. Forrest graduated from Austin High School in 1980, and then majored in English at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. Before joining the SXSW team in 1988, he founded a small alternative publication called “The Austin Challenger.” He is still working on the first chapter of his first novel.
2013 Nominee: Sandra Fernandez
When it comes to social media efforts and influence, Sandra Fernandez is a force to be reckoned with. This Mobilizer dedicates most of her online influence towards the personal improvement and growth of the Latino comunidad. In addition to managing her rich and diverse content online, Sandra teaches social media techniques and strategy on a regular basis to the Houston community.
MTV, Música y Más te entiende
Tr3s: MTV, Música y Más, owned and operated by Viacom International Media Networks, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), reaches 6.3 million Hispanic TV households (45% of US Hispanic Total TV HH) and 33.6 million total TV households. The network’s programming embraces the trilogy of cultures that represents Latino life – Latin American plus American equals US Latino – through original productions, key acquisitions, and content from MTV Networks’ portfolio of entertainment brands. Tr3s embraces the key lifestyle aspects of Latino identity – milestones, making it and music – as well as social responsibility through its initiative “Agentes de Cambio”, which tackles issues that affect Latinos today. The network also taps into the growing number of Latinos that are digitally connected through www.tr3s.com.
2013 Nominee: Sandra Ordoñez
The New Americano
As a brilliant, hard-working teacher and leader, Sandra Ordoñez has an exciting digital history that includes collaboration with open source and web communities. Founder of Collaborative Nation, a virtual hacker space for those who love all things digital, she aims to foster an environment where individuals can educate themselves on topics that include digital strategy, community management, bicultural/multicultural communications, web culture, and collaboration. This New Americana also helps organizations navigate the online universe, like Girls in Tech and their programs, in order to inspire and educate girls and women to take on careers in technology.
2013 Nominee: Gina Linn Espinoza
The New Americano
Gina Linn’s lifetime work has been dedicated to finding meaningful, inspirational content, and significant role models among Latinos. In doing so, she has created online groups like Get Wise Latinas and UpLatino that give others a place to post and share information freely without restriction or judgement. This New Americana is a philanthropist that as board member of Thirteen Senses, CASA 101 and the Financially Fit Foundation advocates for the preservation of heritage, nurtures art and storytelling, and supports financial freedom through education.
2013 Nominee: Carolina Valencia
The New Americano
Carolina Valencia has been a pioneer of social media even before her current role as the Director of Social Media at Univision. She came into this position by courageously using social networking to introduce herself to the company and her boldness and expertise landed her the first social media position at Univision. Today this Revolucionaria serves Univision’s audience with quality social experiences that are authentic to the way we live and relate. Her community management and strategic efforts are integral in connecting Hispanic America and Univision online.
2013 Nominee: Veronique de Miguel
Veronique de Miguel is a native of Argentina and has gained a reputation for being la voz de la mujer in South America. This innovative bloguera is responsible for Mujer Latina Online, the “políticamente incorrecta” website that inspires Latinas to use the power of their voice and intellect to challenge the stereotypical portrayal of women in South America. Veronique is also a radio personality, she co-hosts the AM radio show “Primero Vos” where she stands as a symbol of the progressive Latina voice.
2013 Nominee: Shalida Ann Dobbins
At only 20 years old, Shalida Ann Dobbins has already been running her own fashion blog for three years. Being in a wheelchair since she was three, Shalida has used blogging about fashion as a way inspire other girls, with disabilities or not, to gain confidence inside and out. Through her experiences, she has learned that the most important person to love is yourself, and in spreading that message she is helping other girls to have a good outlook on their future and self image.
Musicians & Bands
Las Cafeteras create a vibrant musical fusion with a unique East LA sound and a community-focused political message. Their Afro-Mexican rhythms, zapateado & inspiring lyrics tell stories of a community who is looking for love & fights for justice in the concrete jungle of Los Angeles. A remix of traditional Son Jarocho sounds, LAS CAFETERAS add Afro-Caribbean marimbol and cajón, poetry in English and Spanglish, and instruments like jarana, requinto, a donkey jawbone and a wooden platform called the Tarima.
2013 Nominee: Rick Wion
In true Revolucionario fashion, Rick Wion has been the driving force behind McDonald’s various social marketing campaigns for the past seven years. He has inspired Latinos worldwide to exclaim “me encanta” by creating a one-stop Spanish language website for McDonald’s lovers to connect through music, online games and interactive downloads. Yet his true dedication to la gente is manifested in his work with HACER, a McDonalds House Charities program that provides scholarships to aspiring high school graduates. This pursuit has made the dreams of higher education possible for young Latinos and Latinas nationwide.
2013 Nominee: CODE2040
The New Americano
CODE2040 is an organization that helps minorities influence the startup culture. It enables Black and Latino college students to intern at Silicon Valley start-ups, giving them the edge they need to place their mark on the future of the tech industry. As true believers that diversity in tech entrepreneurship should reflect the diversity of our culture, CODE2040 empowers networks to participate in the solution and have a voice in the online community.
2013 Nominee: Ana Roca Castro
As founder of LATISM (Latinos is Tech, Innovation and Social Media), Ana Roca Castro has proven that Latinos have a presence and a voice in social media. Owning the hashtag #LATISM, which generates 10 million impressions daily on Twitter, Latism uses social media as a platform for social good with emphasis in the Latino community and has grown to be the largest organization of Latinos in social media. This Revolucionaria is a business owner, a philanthropist, mother, wife and friend, and focuses her professional efforts in making social media a voice for Latinos.
2013 Nominee: Karen Comas
Karen Comas serves as the director of social media for Telemundo and has shifted the focus of the station to reaching Latinos at every possible touch point. Although she specializes in mass communication across social media platforms, she has not sacrificed her pasión for engaging each consumer at an individual level. Using Facebook “likes”, personalized tweets and status comments, Karen has been able to transform Telemundo into a leader in the field of social media engagement. She has proven to be a true innovator, reaching everyone from huge audiences watching “Premios tu Mundo” to the abuelitas at home watching their favorite novelas.
2013 Nominee: José Alejandro Andalón Estrada
El Maestro Andalón is passionate about youth being able to access free math tutoring in a simple and fast way. So, in true innovator fashion he’s turned to the digital space to make this possible. Using Youtube videos that average ten minutes in length, Maestro Andalón has helped over 34 million people in all of Iberoamérica and the United States access math education through his free video math classes. By also pursuing efforts to televise his lessons, and showcase them at a museum in his home city of Tijuana for those without internet access, this innovator shows a true commitment to making knowledge accessible at all levels.
2013 Nominee: Elianne Ramos
Known as the soul of LATISM, Elianne Ramos has united many by hosting LATISM’s signature Thursday night Twitter parties. This Revolucionaria is Principal and CEO of Speak Hispanic, the Vice-Chair and Marketing/PR Specialist at LATISM and is widely regarded as one of the most influential Latinas in social media. Outside of Twitterlandia, Elianne represents us all when she moderates panels and interviews with White House representatives and brings issues to the forefront in order to remind our country’s leaders that our Latino presence is strong.
Maria Teresa Kumar
Maria Teresa Kumar is the founding President and CEO of Voto Latino and an Emmy-nominated contributor with MSNBC. Fast Company called Maria Teresa one of the top 100 Creative Minds for her work at Voto Latino, using technology, celebrity voices, media and youth themselves to empower a generation of young voters. Under her leadership, Voto Latino has become a key factor in national elections by directly registering over 225,000 new voters and influencing millions more through viral, celebrity-driven campaigns.
Maria Teresa is a frequent guest analyst on NPR and PBS, opinion writer for national publications, and speaker at major conferences including NetRoots Nation, Personal Democracy Forum, and TEDx. She started her career as a legislative aide for then Democratic Caucus Chair Vic Fazio, and graduated from Harvard’s Kennedy School and the University of California at Davis.
2013 Nominee: Self Help Graphics & Arts
The New Americano
Self Help Graphics & Art is a nationally recognized center for Latino arts that has developed and nurtured artists in printmaking for 40 years. This organization is one of the leading cultural hubs which promotes the contribution of Chicano/Latino art and culture to the American landscape. SHG has not only been a vital resource for many Latino artists, but an iconic symbol of art in general. Its active social media platforms, cultural messages, and prolific young artists make SHG a movement that won’t be forgotten anytime soon.
Winner 2012 - The Innovator Award
The Vocabador iPhone application is ideal for students studying for the SAT, the GRE or for anyone looking to boost their vocabulary. Combining the theme of Lucha Libre wrestling with over 400 powerful vocabulary words, Vocabador offers a fresh approach to learning that will help you build some serious vocabulary muscle! Vocabador is the 2012 Revolucionario Awards Winner for the Innovator category.
2013 Nominee: Alfonso Barrera
As founder of HispanicPro.com – the Hispanic Professional Network, Alfonso Barrerra is a Revolucionario that has truly shown his success through innovation and collaboration. By helping aspiring Latino professionals grow their career and personal brand, Alfonso offers opportunities of expansion and exposure for these future leaders. In addition, Hispanic Pro helps highlight Alfonso’s strong advocacy for Latino entrepreneurship and corporate diversity.
2013 Winner: Joaquin H. Guerra
Joaquin Guerra has run digital programs and strategies for political campaigns in the past, but in the summer of 2009 he used digital engagement to tell Walter Lara’s story and in return created a movement that allowed for his stay from deportation. Since then this model has been used by many other organizations like DREAMACTIVIST, United We DREAM and Change.org to stop the deportations of thousands of other DREAMers. This Revolucionario has not only empowered the immigrant rights movement but has also helped non-profits, especially those that serve low-income communities of color, to build their digital engagement capacity.
2013 Nominee: Adrian Carrasquillo
The New Americano
As the Chief Social Media Expert for NBC Latino, Adrian Carrasquillo understands the necessity to incorporate the social world, digital world, and traditional world into his journalism. This revolucionario aims to highlight the U.S. Latino experience into mainstream with authenticity in order to expose some important stories occurring in the Latino space.
2013 Nominee: Julio Salgado
Julio Salgado is a gay Mexican-born activist artist from Long Beach, California. His status as an undocumented queer activist has fueled the contents of his illustrations. As a co-founder of DreamersAdrift.com, Julio offers a discussion about undocumented youth and helps them display their stories through videos, art, music, spoken word, prose, and poetry.
Winner 2012 - Lideres Award
When analyzing their impact and influence, the Social Revolución team came to the conclusion that they embody all three Revolucionario categories:
The New Americanos – Puerto Rican born, Calle13 has had a career in music reaching millions with their catchy beats and powerful lyrics that are being recognized in pueblitos in Latin America as well as the Grammys. They are living in what we call dos mundos and their music is reflective of that experience.
The Mobilizers – Partnering with Unicef and other cause oriented organizations, Calle 13 has crossed over as philanthropists using their music, fans and capacity as artists to inspire and make change. Their movements have extended themselves as campaigns online and off.
The Innovators – Their music doesn’t play on Top 40 or even Spanish US stations yet they’ve won over 5 Grammys and every US and Foreign Latino knows who they are. This is due to their popularity and exposure online – their video “Latinoamerica” has had over 150k views on YouTube.
2013 Nominee: Dubalu
Dubalu is the first social network marketing site in the world. Built on the idea that users should be able to generate money or virtual currency for their time and content shared on social networks, it offers a wide range of social networking applications, marketing and e-commerce tools on one single platform. As the first of its kind, Dubalu aims to change the playing field, from one where only a few big companies benefit from user-generated content, to one where social networks or sites share a portion of their revenue with the users.
2013 Nominee: New Futuro
Using social media to connect with Latino students and their families, New Futuro is an organization that provides the resources families need in order to plan, prepare, and pay for college. Encouraging Latino students to pursue higher education is New Futuro’s passion which has led them to produce a rapidly-growing, socially innovative model that has been recognized nationwide, and supported by many government and private organizations.
Winner 2012 - The New Americano Award
A celebrated satirist, talk show host, author, speaker, and nationally-syndicated cartoonist, Lalo Alcaraz (pocho.com) has been stirring the political consciousness on such issues as immigration reform and Latino stereotypes for more than 20 years. He and his work have been featured across the media, including in The New York Times, Al Jazeera TV, NPR, and ABC. There is no doubt he is a leading figure in the Chicano art movement. His satirical character “Daniel D. Portado” made him a household name in the call for coining “reverse immigration,” which has recently become an issue again with the current GOP Race. Lalo Alcaraz is the 2012 Revolucionario Awards Winner for the New Americano category.
2013 Nominee: Gabriel Shepherd
Gabriel Shepherd is a tech startup entrepreneur from Las Vegas who is passionate about the economic diversification of his community, and the sustainability and growth of the tech industry within the state of Nevada. He is also an organizer of #VegasTech—a tight-knit group of thinkers, doers and makers committed to making Las Vegas the #1 hot spot for tech entrepreneurship. They’ll be in Austin at this year’s SXSW, sharing the spirit of VegasTech and showcasing some of its top startups and personalities.
2013 Nominee: Elizabeth Donato
Elizabeth is the owner of thebudgetfind.com; an online boutique that offers online shoppers style with a twist of Glam. This Revolucionaria has turned her passion for fashion and shoes to support The March of Dimes. Through “Shoes for a Cause,” which is also promoted online, Elizabeth collects new and used shoes in good condition to benefit the organization all while raising awareness for this important cause that’s so close to her heart.
2013 Nominee: Cafe Con Leche Republicans
Founded only fifteen months ago, Café Con Leche Republicans has already been ranked as having the number one website amongst similar organizations as well as having a large Twitter following. This Revolucionario supports many causes such as immigration reform, pushing back against anti-immigration groups, and helping conservatives better understand issues relating to immigration and assimilation. By being the leader amongst Hispanic-Republic organizations, they are able to promote immigration reform to other conservative groups which will ultimately help them get closer to accomplishing their goal of making America more friendly to immigrants.
2013 Nominee: Yoly Mason
The New Americano
“From Life to Social Media and Everything in Between.” This pretty much sums up what this ambitious Revolucionaria strives to cover through her social impact. Yoly is the driving force behind Cuponeando.net, a website that helps Latino families in need of financial assistance by providing them the opportunity to be money savvy and to live large with a small budget. Cuponeando.net allows people to learn about how to save money by using nation-wide discount coupons. As a result, Yoly has helped several Latinos save big bucks all the while helping them learn more about healthy eating habits!
2013 Nominee: George “Urban Jíbaro” Torres
The New Americano
George Torres, better known as the Urban Jíbaro, has been a Latino social media pioneer for years with the goal to help people and the community. Considered a connector, George keeps true to himself as he continues to succeed in creating a vibrant online community known as sofritoforyoursoul.com. Online and off this Revolucionario is close to his causes and when he is involved in a community event people know it’s the “real deal.”
Winner 2012 - The Mobilizer Award
Oscar Morales Guevara organized the No Mas FARC protests that rallied 12 million people in 200 cities across the world, considered as the largest antiterrorism demonstrations in history. As founder of the One Million Voices Foundation, Morales Guevara has been a speaker in Facebook Headquarters, Advertising Week 2008, and Google Zeitgeist 2009. His movement inspired the “Alliance of Youth Movements”, comprising movements from around the world using social media to promote causes against terrorism, violence, and extremism. Morales is also counselor of “One Young World”, an initiative supported by Kofi Annan and Desmond Tutu. More recently, he was appointed by President George W. Bush to lead the Human Freedom Initiative in the Bush Institute in Dallas. Oscar Morales is the 2012 Revolucionario Awards Winner for the Mobilizer category.
2013 Nominee: Belinda DeeDee Blase
Belinda “Dee Dee” Blasé is the Founder and Co-President of a nonpartisan, female-led political party known as The Tequila Party, where the motto is “Your shot for change.” The movement seeks to rally the Hispanic population to vote in record numbers in the Presidential Election. She has worked on several voter registration efforts from Nebraska to Nevada including her role as the former President of SOMOS Republicans. Through The Tequila Party, Dee Dee hopes to provide pro-immigrant political covering to politicians in high Hispanic populated states and key Presidential election swing states.
2013 Nominee: Jose Antonio Vargas
The New Americano
Jose Antonio Vargas is an award-winning journalist who has covered a wide array of topics including video game culture, HIV/AIDS in Washington DC, and the Virginia Tech massacre. As a senior contributing editor at the Huffington Post, Jose has focused online and off on hot topic Latino issues such as immigration. He is the founder of Define American, a campaign focused on elevating the conversation about immigration.
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2013 Nominee: Michelle Olvera
Tech enthusiast Michelle Olvera is Founder and CEO of a boutique digital media company called SupaSistaLatina Media. Through ‘SupaDaily,’ a daily email newsletter for the hip English-speaking Latina, Michelle encourages her loyal and growing audience to achieve success at work, in life and in play. She convergences social media and email marketing to assist advertisers in optimizing offers sold to one of the fastest growing segments of the U.S. market, the U.S. Hispanic Millennial Woman. Serving as an Executive Committee Member of the Latino Startup Alliance, Michelle believes in creating a community for Latinos to succeed in, while also changing the view of who Latinas are.
2013 Nominee: Picaro Media
Pícaro Media is a creative production house, committed to creating authentic, compelling content for the New Generation Latino living in the mainstream world. Distributed through all mediums and across all screens, this Revolucionario’s content is geared for Latinos, and assists brands and companies in authentically connecting with the New Generation Latino community. Founded by a group of talented creative individuals, Pícaro is looking to change the way that brands market to Latinos through innovative ideas and collaborations.
2013 Nominee: Jose M. Muñoz
The New Americano
Jose is a New Americano whose passion for helping others is only matched by his creativity. In 2010, he launched the City of Chicago’s public health social media strategy, enabling the city to communicate with its residents using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and several other social media tools to help improve the health of the city. Most recently, he joined NewFuturo.com where he is using his communications background to help Latino youth across the country find the tools and resources they need to get into college. He’s led communication efforts that generated more than 250 million media impressions for New Futuro’s national college fair launch, and a Facebook campaign asking students to share their dreams of higher education through pictures which resulted in over 12,000 new Facebook Likes in one month for New Futuro.
Felipe Korzenny, Ph.D., is founder and director of the Center for Hispanic Marketing Communication at Florida State University. He co-authored with Dr. Betty Ann Korzenny the 2012 book: “Hispanic Marketing: Connecting with the New Latino Consumer.” He teaches and conducts research on Latino and Multicultural marketing, account planning, and media. He was founder and CEO of Hispanic and Asian Marketing Communication Research, and later Co-Founder and Principal of Cheskin. His blog at http://felipekorzenny.blogspot.com contains many of the results of the research he has recently conducted with his students and others.
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Alexandra grew up in Los Angeles and Aguascalientes, Mexico. She graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 1998 with a B.A. in History & Policy, and in 2004 she earned an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Texas State University. She currently works in Austin as a freelance PR professional, promoting eco-friendly, healthy lifestyle, and cultural projects. To follow her beyond the Revolución check out her Twitter @undercovermexi and blog The Chronicles of Undercover Mexican Girl.
2013 Nominee: Dr. Angélica Pérez-Litwin
Dr. Angélica Pérez-Litwin is a sixteen-year Clinical Psychologist and Life Coach with a driven desire to empower others, especially women and her Latino community. She is the Creator and Publisher of New Latina, a website that offers relevant content on personal growth and career development. Nearly 5,000 strong, the New Latina community engages in Twitter parties, online conversations, and spotlight articles that amplify the platform’s mission. Dr. Pérez-Litwin will soon launch the ELLA Leadership Institute, an innovative approach to career development. As the Founder and CEO of the leadership training institute, she aims to create powerful social impact and provide multicultural women the skills to rise their respective fields.
2013 Nominee: Marjoriet Matute
This revolucionaria is a true survivor who has overcome cancer, and who virtually against all odds gave birth to two healthy boys. Marjoriet founded Devin and Tristan Give Back (DTGB), an organization that conducts charitable activities and collections through various social media outlets to provide relief to everyone from hurricane victims to the terminally ill. Marjoriet serves as a symbol of perseverance and has provided individuals who are on the edge of giving up the support they need to move forward, all while teaching her two boys the value of giving back.
2013 Nominee: Charles García
The New Americano
Charles Garcia is a Florida-based Panameño that embodies the meaning of being a social and business entrepreneur. He’s an accomplished Air Force officer and White House fellow, best-selling author, founder of the fastest-growing Hispanic business in the US, co-founder of the Latino Rebels Foundation, and on top of all that, he’s a passionate advocate in major news outlets and the digital sphere. With over 1.2 million Twitter followers, and ranked in the top 20 most connected LinkedIn users worldwide, he uses this power in numbers to spread a critical perspective on immigration, Latino issues, and politics.
Musicians & Bands
What do you get when you meld “fast/loud rules” with the Tex-Mex accordion? Piñata Protest and their invigorating and pointed “punk rock-y-roll.” The band “forcefully take the raw essence of conjunto into warp-speed tempos and punky aggression,” raves the San Antonio Current, which rates them as “one of the most original forces on the local music scene.” And now with their national debut album on Saustex Records, Plethora, Piñata Protest take their infectious and bracing South Texas slamdance to the rest of America and the planet at large.
2013 Nominee: Annae Padilla
The New Americano
Annae Padilla embodies the spirit of her Native American and Mexican antepasados through her perseverance and her relentless pursuit of justice. After growing up in the rough streets of South Central Los Angeles, Annae moved to Arizona where she encountered first hand the injustice of the Arizona Immigration Laws. Motivated to speak up for la gente against the oppression of these laws, this Revolucionaria founded and designs for Melanic Tees. Melanic Tees Coolection is a website that exhibits melanism and self expression as well as sells t-shirts that represent this Revolucionaria’s voice.
2013 Nominee: Carlos Gutierrez
Carlos is a New York-based film/video programmer, cultural promoter and arts consultant who co-founded Cinema Tropical in 2011, a non-profit organization that promotes Latin American Cinema in the US. Through Cinema Tropical, Carlos brought U.S. audiences some of the first screenings of films such as Amores Perros and Y Tu Mamá También. Today he continues to experiment in creating effective strategies for the distribution and exhibition of foreign cinema.
2013 Nominee: Silicon Valley Latino
Silicon Valley Latino is a media company in the Silicon Valley/San Francisco Bay Area that educates, inspires, and engages the Latino community through its media platforms and events by showcasing the Latino and Latina experience. These Revolucionarios believe in the re-branding of the Latino community by exclusively featuring positive stories and by challenging traditional perceptions of Latinos. SV Latino also utilizes various social media, an online magazine, a high-end print publication, and Latino leadership events to create a positive influence on our community.
2013 Nominee: The Academic & the Artist
Dr. José Moreno (the academic) and Sergio Muñoz (the artist) host a podcast which focuses on “dialogues for a multicultural & multilingual society.” Just like the name suggests, the program provides in-depth discussions of issues affecting la comunidad latina and promotes alternative music.
2013 Nominee: Stephanie Bravo
The New Americano
Stephanie Bravo is a Mexican American from San Jose, California, and founder of the StudentMentor.org, a free online student mentorship service providing resources for disadvantaged students in search of a college degree. Bravo was inspired to create this site from her mentorship experience at The Stanford University Minority Medical Alliance Medical Mentorship Program (SUMMA MMP), while at San Jose State University. Although she applied herself and got accepted into medical school, Bravo put her dream of becoming a physician on the backburner to pursue her passion for education.
2013 Nominee: KokoChé
KokoChé is a mobile subscription application for local merchants that offer real-time flash deals to the community. Founded in Los Angeles, KokoChé has created an innovative way to provide small businesses with services such as inventory in real-time. Video: Munir Jawed Kokoche
2013 Nominee: Xiomara Sosa
Xiomara Sosa utilizes social media tools and platforms to mobilize people online and off for a greater good. She founded two mental health advocacy groups, The Get-Right! and You Are Strong! organizations, which support, educate, and counsel families and military veterans about mental health. To even further her philanthropy, Sosa founded XAS Consulting, where she provides coaching, diagnostic services, and Do It Yourself healthcare. Her websites and social media groups are platforms where the greater community can share, but most importantly these platforms provide answers and resources for those in need.
2013 Winner: Mi Vida Tec – With Rosa Alonso
Mi Vida Tec – with Rosa Alonso primarily uses Facebook and Twitter to share new technology trends, digital and social news, and lifestyle tips to its audience in both English and Español. Mi Vida Tec makes it easy to find new apps, computer programs, and gadgets. It’s a simple, easy-to-follow platform which makes technology news more relatable and relevant to its techy Latino audience.
2013 Nominee: Jeannette Kaplun
The New Americano
Jeannette Kaplun is a successful journalist, TV co-host, businesswoman, and most importantly, mother. As co-founder of Todobebé, a parenting multimedia company, Kaplun shares her bilingual and bi-cultural roots while inspiring mothers. This Revolucionaria also runs Hispana Global, an online blog and strategic communications service that inspires to help Hispanic women be, feel, and do their best. Twitter parties, sponsored posts, Pinterest boards, Facebook engagement and branded integrations in videos are a few examples of the social impact and influence Kaplun is making in the online space.
2013 Nominee: Lucia Matthews
Lucía Matthews is the founder and CEO of DIÁLOGO, which was awarded the national PR Practitioner of the Year in 2012 by the Hispanic Public Relations Association. With Lucía’s innovative mindset she has created a powerful promotional tool called MediaMás™ by combining the largest Hispanic blogger network, HispanoBloggers™, with an award winning media distribution service called DIÁLOGO360™.
In addition to her focus on business development, she finds diversity and education in the community very important. She also is a fervent advocate of mentorship and has a special interest in nurturing the next generation of Latina communication professionals.
2013 Nominee: Laura Carbonell
Laura Carbonell is a bilingual language teacher based in the San Francisco Bay area, a foodie who enjoys sharing her abuelita’s recipes, and experimenting with make-up. Born into a family of writers, she shares her vision of empowerment and motivation with the online community through her writings in spanglishbeauty.com, VOXXI, Mamiverse, Onlifeandhope.com, and About.com. Believing that “there is always light at the end of the tunnel if you keep walking,” she uses blogging and social media as a way to move others to feel encouraged and optimistic in their own journeys.
2013 Nominee: Susan Stipcianos
As founder of The Dream Team Agency, Susan is exceptionally well-known in the Latino media industry for her talent, charm and client roster, and for the way she uses that powerful influence to support the causes and people she is passionate about. Not only is she a hard-working and self-made entrepreneur in the public relations world, but she also sits on the board of St. Jude’s Hospital. Her endeavors in pediatric treatment and research support are some of her greatest accomplishments.
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2013 Nominee: Lorraine C. Ladish
Leading by example, Lorraine speaks and writes about the adversities she has overcome and encourages others to do the same. She provides Latinos and women in general a platform to share their voices as the editor-in-chief of Mamiverse.com. Also a featured writer in RedBook, Voxxi, and SpanglishBeauty, Lorraine inspires bloggers and writers by helping them envision their goals, and to take the steps to achieve them. By spreading a message of sisterhood and empowerment, this revolucionaria has created a sense of community on and offline.
2013 Nominee: ¡COLOR! with Jackie Gil
¡COLOR! is not just a web series, but a living movement that inspires and invests in high quality production that gives access to unique cultural stories. Tailored for today’s adventurous, conscientious and trendy Latina, this Revolucionario highlights incredible Hispanic people who have faced adversity and overcame it. With a belief that education is the key to uplifting an entire community, ¡COLOR! makes a point to always have a positive message in every webisode.
2013 Nominee: Latino Startup Alliance
To encourage the inspiration and cultivation of U.S. Latino-led technology startup ventures, the Latino Startup Alliance provides a strong support network of fellow entrepreneurs, investors, inovadores, and mentors. Over one thousand Twitter and Facebook followers are influenced by the entrepreneurial spirit and expert advice that the Latino Startup Alliance shares.
2013 Nominee: Mahrinah von Schlegel
Mahrinah is a strong advocate for social justice and equality. Using social media as her weapon, she brings awareness to the fact that many minorities lack adequate access to burgeoning industry sectors, including tech. As a founder of her tech incubator Cibola, the MPRCL accelerator, and the Velocity Pitch Series, she is opening new doors that make tech entrepreneurship a more diverse scene than it currently is, all while providing resources and tools for people to build their dreams.
Gretel is the co-founder of Q Communications Group, a 100% Latina-owned public relations agency. Gretel offers more than 14 years of agency, corporate and international PR experience, with a specialty in the U.S. Hispanic and Latin America markets. Her digital media experience includes managing the social media strategy for Dell in Latin America and leading the Hispanic digital media engagement for the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Throughout her career, Gretel has crafted creative communications campaigns for brands such as Dell, Lowe’s Cover Girl, SAS, Panasonic, Visa, Miller Lite, Honeywell and the Government of Puerto Rico.
Originally from Venezuela, Gretel is an avid traveler and has lived in seven countries including Barbados, Brazil, Holland, Paraguay and Russia.
2013 Nominee: Daniel Gil-Morales
The New Americano
Seeing a need for an online space for Spanish-speaking Latino LGBT, Daniel Gil-Morales created BeSeTu.com, a site that offers community, news, and health related content. His accomplishments as a blogger have inspired many to be themselves and to aspire for more in the United States, all while filling an informational gap and challenging stigmas. Daniel has been a guest speaker and presenter at various conferences nationwide, including the National Association of Hispanic Journalists Conference, UNITY, and Book Expo America.