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LATISM Weekend

September 23, 2013

MyFriendBettyLatism

Hi! How was your weekend? Mine included a whole lot of LATISM! Latinos in Tech Innovation and Social Media are a fun, creative and an intelligent bunch! I was selected as a Top Latina Blogger and invited to attend a special retreat with other top blogueras to the United Nations. It all started just a couple of days before the official conference. What an honor. Completely grateful. This opportunity and experience was so enriching.

All of us were able to visit The Ford Foundation which “supports visionary leaders and organizations on the frontlines of social change worldwide” and then tour the United Nations as a group. I left motivated to continue to use this platform for social good, to use my blog as my voice for the promotion of education: my passion. I hope to also continue to help other mothers and Latina women in any way that I can, with no excuses and no apologies (thank you, Jeannette Kaplun).

I met bloggers who I have followed for a few years who do just that—speak and stand up for so many others. I met the two women who have taken a chance on me and gave me my first writing gigs outside of MFBS! It was an honor to meet Monica from Mommy Maestra and Ana from Spanglish Baby. Two women that inspire me because they work so hard to help other parents, educators and Latina women! When I say work hard…my goodness, I mean hard.

I met veteran bloggers and newbies and even discovered that a neighbor I had in NYC, the first Mexican woman to receive a Ph.D. in physics from Stanford University, won “Best Latina Tech Blogger”! I didn’t know Science Babe was there (or that she blogged!) until I saw her go up for her award! Small world! Felicidades!!

A few of the other amazing winners:

Hungry Food Love

Latinas 4 Latino Lit

Mamiverse

Cafe con Claudia

What an uplifting group of women! There are still a lot more I didn’t mention here! I have been truly fortunate for the experience and will feature more of what I have learned this past week with you in future posts.

We were also pampered by Suave (#MomentosBrillantes) and provoked to think further by Johnson & Johnson (#InspireCare)! Love their messages! Take a look at some of the pics on my Instagram account!

In other news:

Surviving Whole Foods (Hilarious!! Thanks Caro!).

5 ways a healthy diet is making you tired.

New Land of Opportunity: Mรฉxico (Most e-mailed NYT article on Sunday).

Just scroll down ’til you get to Sofia… Wowsers!

True bird’s eye view.

The message of the weekend, I have to ask you: What changes in the world do you want to see? What inspires you to care? Please share in the comments below!ย 

Have a great week!

Top right image by Latina Bloggers Connect

 

 

 

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8 Comments

  • Reply Isabel Garcia September 24, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Congratulations on being selected as a Top Bloguera, Betty!!! So proud of you!!! Truly enjoyed reading about your experience at the retreat. For me, I would like to see a world where Latinos are striving and accomplishing their educational dreams. Coming from parents with very little education, I am passionate to help Latino children and their parents the value of literacy, which starts at home. Currently working on one of my literacy dreams to share with the Latino community.

    • Betty
      Reply Betty September 25, 2013 at 10:25 am

      Thank you, Isabel! I really appreciate your support! Can’t wait to hear your news!!! xoxo
      Betty recently posted..Mami on the GoMy Profile

  • Reply Yvette S September 24, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Congratulations! Looks like you really loved and enjoyed it!! Great job!

    • Betty
      Reply Betty September 25, 2013 at 10:26 am

      You, comadre, have been here since the beginning with a handful of others comadriando en el blog! jajaja! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Muah! xoxo
      Betty recently posted..Mami on the GoMy Profile

  • Reply Ana Flores September 25, 2013 at 1:01 am

    Really loved meeting you and meant everything I said!

    • Betty
      Reply Betty September 25, 2013 at 10:28 am

      Thank you, Ana! You are an inspiration and I meant everything I said about you and Monica. The bloguera community is tight! Loved meeting everyone. See you in a few weeks!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ xoxo
      Betty recently posted..Mami on the GoMy Profile

  • Reply Melissa from HungryFoodLove September 30, 2013 at 7:35 am

    Betty I loooved meeting you and feel so happy to call you my friend. I really enjoyed our connection. Please stay in touch. Un abrazo!

    • Betty
      Reply Betty October 7, 2013 at 10:12 am

      Likewise, Melissa! Of course! You need to be at Blogalicious next year, ok??? xoxo

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