Latina Leadership Collective was reborn as NENANI in 2015 as a Latina Leadership platform to feature the talent and contributions of Professional Latin Women who are advancing and succeeding in the US, as well as to support younger Latinas on their journey through mentoring. I originally established the company in 2010 as a marketing consulting firm, helping companies find their branding voice, which is another way of how I now support the Latina Leaders featured on LLC.
ABOUT ANA LARREA-ALBERT
Born and raised in Ecuador, I moved to the US to complete my university studies. I studied French at La Sorbonne in France, International Relations at Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador, and received my undergraduate degree in Marketing and an EMBA specializing in International Business from Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in Boca Raton, FL. As I pivot my career towards a life of service, I have continued my learning journey as a Mid-Career pursuing a Master of Public Administration at Harvard.
I’ve worked in international businesses in several functions including financial, operations, marketing and sales, all of which have given me a well-rounded approach to running an international business. I have conducted work in French and Spanish, enjoying every opportunity I get to speak a different language.
I want to empower women to reach their goals regardless of their discipline, political inclinations, age or success level. I firmly believe that the advancement of women should be a bi-partisan and truly inclusive initiative, so I welcome and feature women who have distinctively different as well as similar ideas and backgrounds than me. The female empowerment conversation as it stands now has failed to do this, so I’m taking it upon myself to show what diversity and inclusion also mean.
It is an important step to chose to leave your country of birth and create a life elsewhere, so I’m especially interested in featuring women that have walked a similar path to mine. Defining and sharing one’s ethnic or cultural identity under “Latina” given our place of birth can be challenging at first, especially when there are significant cultural differences among Latin American countries and within each country. As a Latina, I understand we do not look, speak or think the same way, but I want to add to the conversation of empowering us as professionals and to help other trailblazers reach their goals.
I am proud to have been named a 2017 Latina of Influence by Hispanic Lifestyle and a nominee for 2018 Everyday Hero by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Palm Beach County and hold those titles with great pride and responsibility.
What this page really should be called is About You. “You” being all the inspiring women and Latina professionals contributing to your work, your families, your passions and your communities. I have chosen to share the beautiful stories from some of the neatest Latinas I know personally and those who I’ve always wanted to know to feature them as talented contributors to our communities.
By showcasing your stories and lessons of perseverance and pride, I wish to give us all a platform to be recognized not only as valuable and inspiring members of our society, but the true change makers that we are.
I invite you to explore the stories of these women I personally admire and trust that these touching recounts will help you recognize the potential and value of these and many other professional Latinas around the US.
“The size of your dreams must always exceed your current capacity to achieve them. If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.”
― Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
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